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by Caoimhghín
Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Tell me this is not relevent for us who practice.
Replies: 17
Views: 1536

Re: Tell me this is not relevent for us who practice.

I read this in another section. it is from a blog online. I realize Nichiren Shonin's view on Nembutsu, but this is exactly what I do anyway. Sort of at times. there is a link to a Tendai School http://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=24292 I've often thought that a lot of the allegedly diverse...
by Caoimhghín
Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A helpful mapping
Replies: 20
Views: 9676

Re: A helpful mapping

The Mahaparinibbana sutta has tons of goodies: [...] Part 5 verse 24-31 - Buddha talks about how the householders should venerate him (but the monks should focus on practice) and that if they do venerate him (at a stupa) and have faith, they will be reborn in heaven. I can't actually find where is ...
by Caoimhghín
Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 81868

Re: A helpful mapping

The Mahaparinibbana sutta has tons of goodies: [...] Part 5 verse 24-31 - Buddha talks about how the householders should venerate him (but the monks should focus on practice) and that if they do venerate him (at a stupa) and have faith, they will be reborn in heaven. I can't actually find where is ...
by Caoimhghín
Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?
Replies: 417
Views: 36496

Re: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?

Islam definitely contributed to the destruction of Buddhism after Nalanda they continued plundering. Widespread and almost industrial scale destruction of temples, places of worship. The word ‘butshikan’ gets coined meaning destroyer of Buts (or Buddhas) Widespread looting and excessive taxation - ...
by Caoimhghín
Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?
Replies: 417
Views: 36496

Re: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?

There are two principal varieties of idiots regarding race. Which two?

The first idiot thinks only white people are capable of racism. The second idiot thinks white people are the victim of global racial oppression.
by Caoimhghín
Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?
Replies: 417
Views: 36496

Re: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?

Buddhist scriptures promise heaven on earth. If "heaven" is understood to be Awakening and "on earth" is understood to mean "in this life". Which is nothing like what people usually imagine by "heaven". Its what most of the Christians I know believe about their soteriological preoccupations. "The t...
by Caoimhghín
Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Six New Sutra Translations by 84000
Replies: 14
Views: 2820

Re: Six New Sutra Translations by 84000

How should one read Mahayana sutras? Is there some framework, some order, or does one just pick up whatever's available? I would suggest starting with Prajñāpāramitā vaipulya sūtrāṇi, because they are sort of the foundation of modern Mahāyāna Buddhism, even though they are oftentimes extremely long...
by Caoimhghín
Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Sherab Dorje to Grigoris
Replies: 3
Views: 726

Re: Sherab Dorje to Grigoris

Whenever I had read the word "Sherab", it reminded me of "Cherub". So I always got the mental image of a character something like this http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/new-monster/images/f/fe/Cherub.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20160719213818 when reading your posts. My mentally-construed angry Greek c...
by Caoimhghín
Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Non-random Mother India
Replies: 10
Views: 1554

Re: Non-random Mother India

Regarding the OP, what do you mean by "non-random"? Can a "non-random" universe be dependently originated? I kinda mean non-nondeterminism. Could a "non-random" universe not be dependently originated? Well various other religions and other teachings have diverse notions as to the origination of the...
by Caoimhghín
Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism, Social Equity, and odd interpretations of karma
Replies: 97
Views: 9286

Re: Buddhism, Social Equity, and odd interpretations of karma

So did the Buddha ever address individuals who thought others to be less deserving of proper treatment on account of perceived negative past karma? Or is that misunderstanding a strictly modern departure from the dharma? No and yes. "No and yes" to if the Buddha ever addressed discrimination based ...
by Caoimhghín
Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism, Social Equity, and odd interpretations of karma
Replies: 97
Views: 9286

Re: Buddhism, Social Equity, and odd interpretations of karma

There's this story about a British missionary in India during Victorian times who saw a girl being swept downstream by a river. An old Indian man by the river stood by and watched while the missionary went in to save the girl. Afterwards he asked the old man why he didn't save her. He said it was h...
by Caoimhghín
Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism, Social Equity, and odd interpretations of karma
Replies: 97
Views: 9286

Re: Buddhism, Social Equity, and odd interpretations of karma

So did the Buddha ever address individuals who thought others to be less deserving of proper treatment on account of perceived negative past karma? Or is that misunderstanding a strictly modern departure from the dharma?
by Caoimhghín
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Non-random Mother India
Replies: 10
Views: 1554

Re: Non-random Mother India

That's fair enough. I just wanted to point out that the religious climate into which Shakyamuni Buddha was born doesn't really correspond to what we understand today as "Hinduism." Certainly. And similarly the Brahmannical religious movement that the Buddha preached critically of in the āgama-nikāy...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?
Replies: 417
Views: 36496

Re: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?

Janet didn't get hired at the garage because the manager Joe thinks women can't be mechanics. If only Janet hadn't self-identified as a women. I'm sure that would have stopped the sexism. This world operates by isms. I don't know of any religious scriptures that would promise heaven on earth. Quite...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Non-random Mother India
Replies: 10
Views: 1554

Re: Non-random Mother India

Bhagavad Gita did not exist yet. Bhagavad Gita was written centuries after the time of Buddha Shakyamuni, in the second century BCE. It appeared in its final definetive form at this time yes, but it preexisted its book form and its present manifestation as oral literature for many many years. We ca...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?
Replies: 417
Views: 36496

Re: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?

It is always darkly amusing, in a morbid way, when Buddhist social conservatives think that oppression is caused by pernicious self-view on the part of the oppressed. The logic of "Oppressed? Maybe you should stop self-identifying as oppressed. Then, logically, we will have less oppression in the w...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism, Social Equity, and odd interpretations of karma
Replies: 97
Views: 9286

Re: Buddhism, Social Equity, and odd interpretations of karma

binocular wrote:Karma can't work unless people put in the work -- or this, at least, seems to be what those people actually believe.
That would indeed be an "odd interpretation of karma".
by Caoimhghín
Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism, Social Equity, and odd interpretations of karma
Replies: 97
Views: 9286

Re: Buddhism, Social Equity, and odd interpretations of karma

I feel like, conventionally, there will always be negative karma as long as there are deluded mindsets. That's a fair enough statement I think. Given that it is believed to be delusion that brings rise to the mindset that is susceptible to "negative and positive" conceptualizations, as long as delus...
by Caoimhghín
Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism, Social Equity, and odd interpretations of karma
Replies: 97
Views: 9286

Re: Buddhism, Social Equity, and odd interpretations of karma

Maybe in their immediate past lives they did extraordinary good to be born human. Who knows? That was my line of argument. I generally respond with "well whatever they did, clearly that did a damn good job at one point, cuz they got a human rebirth", but that does not convince people to my experien...
by Caoimhghín
Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi all! New member from SA
Replies: 12
Views: 3822

Re: Hi all! New member from SA

A member from the Saṃyuktāgama itself?! I am honoured.

*joking*

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