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by Caoimhghín
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?
Replies: 54
Views: 1010

Re: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?

Why don't we engage in non-conceitful conversation instead? I for my part have already but to continue beyond the point where I suggested to agreed to disagree would be to start engaging in conceitful conversation. I suppose this point at which "to continue beyond [...] would be to start engaging i...
by Caoimhghín
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?
Replies: 54
Views: 1010

Re: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?

It's good to agree that we don't agree. I suppose that's one reaction to have when you are refuted. I can also agree to disagree, but is that really the wisest choice? You really want to engage in such conceitful conversation? :shrug: Why don't we engage in non-conceitful conversation instead? I wo...
by Caoimhghín
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?
Replies: 54
Views: 1010

Re: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?

SteRo wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:21 pm
It's good to agree that we don't agree.
I suppose that's one reaction to have when you are refuted. I can also agree to disagree, but is that really the wisest choice?
by Caoimhghín
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?
Replies: 54
Views: 1010

Re: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?

In other words, once we understand emptiness, that ultimately nothing applies to the ultimate, we can use whichever words are transactionally convenient, even if they are scary taboo words like "ātma." After all, there is ultimately neither self nor non-self. In the quote from Ven Bhāvaviveka earli...
by Caoimhghín
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?
Replies: 54
Views: 1010

Re: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?

In other words, once we understand emptiness, that ultimately nothing applies to the ultimate, we can use whichever words are transactionally convenient, even if they are scary taboo words like "ātma." After all, there is ultimately neither self nor non-self. In the quote from Ven Bhāvaviveka earli...
by Caoimhghín
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?
Replies: 54
Views: 1010

Re: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?

Eventually, "self vs non-self" loses its utility as transactional language. Something just occurred to me: this is the simile of how the Dharma is like a lotus blossom from Venerable Zhìyǐ that outlines the principle of 開權顯實 (opening the conventional to reveal the real) , from 妙法玄義 (T1716 "The Prof...
by Caoimhghín
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?
Replies: 54
Views: 1010

Re: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?

Eventually, "self vs non-self" loses its utility as transactional language. Why did Venerable Nāgārjuna say "All is real, all is unreal, all is both real and unreal, all is neither real nor unreal. This is called the Dharma of all Buddhas" (T1564.23c16 "一切實非實亦實亦非實非實非非實是名諸佛法") in the Ātmaparīkṣā? All...
by Caoimhghín
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?
Replies: 54
Views: 1010

Re: emptiness of everything (subject and object) is cure for everything?

"Buddha nature" often is simply equated with emptiness and emptiness would not be considered a "true, immutable, and eternal nature" by those who do not ignore the advice of Nagarjuna because that would amount to cultivating a view of emptiness. ajātatā hi bhāvānāṃ svabhāvo'kṛtrimatvataḥ anapāyitva...
by Caoimhghín
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Prajñā (wisdom) and Jñāna (knowledge) in Pāramitā (the Bodhisattva path)
Replies: 13
Views: 450

Re: Prajñā (wisdom) and Jñāna (knowledge) in Pāramitā (the Bodhisattva path)

"Knowety" has a sense of uncleftish beholding to it, if you catch my drift. Noesis, noetic, noema, etc. (and the above-coined spelling 'noety') actually come from noûs (νόος) , an Ancient Greek term for the mind. It has an uncertain etymology, but we constantly see the g being removed from the gno- ...
by Caoimhghín
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Prajñā (wisdom) and Jñāna (knowledge) in Pāramitā (the Bodhisattva path)
Replies: 13
Views: 450

Re: Prajñā (wisdom) and Jñāna (knowledge) in Pāramitā (the Bodhisattva path)

They're from the same root, jñā-, meaning knowledge or discernment. Prajñā is associated with Mahāyāna and specifically with the Prajñāpāramitā sutras. The connotation of 'jñā-' or 'jñāna'' is nearer in meaning to the Western 'gnosis' than to 'knowledge', and in fact it's the same Indo-European roo...
by Caoimhghín
Sat May 30, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Test: What do you see?
Replies: 7
Views: 315

Re: Test: What do you see?

Something which by another name might smell just as sweet.
by Caoimhghín
Tue May 26, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 124
Views: 2605

Re: Nihilistic view

I was referring to sankharas (or samskara) being described as anicca and dukkha while dhammas being described as anatta. Here, you mean "sankhata" in Pali, in all _conditioned_ phenomena are impermanent (annica). The Pāli actually has saṁskārā: Sabbe saṅkhārā aniccā; sabbe dhammā anattā All conditi...
by Caoimhghín
Wed May 20, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic cause become gay
Replies: 72
Views: 1768

Re: Karmic cause become gay

It's become a joke among people of my generation (I'm in my 20s) that many women my age are bisexual. While it's obviously not objective, the fact that the joke has caught on like wildfire suggests something I think. Human sexuality is not fully understood, and I think homosexuality is underreporte...
by Caoimhghín
Wed May 20, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic cause become gay
Replies: 72
Views: 1768

Re: Karmic cause become gay

Hello guys As far as I can tell Buddha never condemns gay people, Buddha taught us to have compassion to all living beings. But the question is, what is the karmic cause that makes someone become a gay? Thanks in advance. Traditionally, many will tell you it is because of past cheating. Specificall...
by Caoimhghín
Wed May 20, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: Language
Topic: The Syllable "Pey" in the Mani Mantra
Replies: 17
Views: 572

Re: The Syllable "Pey" in the Mani Mantra

The sanskrit form is Om Mani Padme Hum Padme? You mean like Luke Skywalker’s mother? Sometimes I wonder if Lucas was interested in the notion of being unable to give up the apparition of a sky-flower, the vain imputation of the self onto the other by that self's reification of the "real" that it pe...
by Caoimhghín
Mon May 18, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic cause become gay
Replies: 72
Views: 1768

Re: Karmic cause become gay

We can only assume being born straight is due to cheating on your homosexual lover. :rolling: Best explanation. Well, it certainly explains why there's so many straight people. It's just all that homosexual experimentation with non-monogamy. It's just going to feed into itself forever, as more and ...
by Caoimhghín
Mon May 18, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic cause become gay
Replies: 72
Views: 1768

Re: Karmic cause become gay

Hello guys As far as I can tell Buddha never condemns gay people, Buddha taught us to have compassion to all living beings. But the question is, what is the karmic cause that makes someone become a gay? Thanks in advance. Traditionally, many will tell you it is because of past cheating. Specificall...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Soul Integration
Replies: 138
Views: 4920

Re: Soul Integration

As for monetary support of anti-gay legislation, that is a very serious allegation. My understanding is that DRBA does not engage in political activity (at least not since the support of Bush Sr.'s campaign). It would be even more troubling if funds offered to the Three Jewels were being used for p...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Soul Integration
Replies: 138
Views: 4920

Re: Soul Integration

It's also rooted in apocryphal upāsakaśīla sūtras popular in China, but I get where you are coming from with Daoism. It's also rooted in Confucianism, which strict gendered roles for family members and society.
by Caoimhghín
Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Soul Integration
Replies: 138
Views: 4920

Re: Soul Integration

IMO Ven Xuānhuà can become enlightened after he deals with the ramifications of the extreme suffering he has caused for untold numbers of American gay Buddhists. His association to this very day is rabidly homophobic and funnels it's monetary weight into supporting anti-gay legislation. I don't thin...

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