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by Andrew108
Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unreality of Thoughts
Replies: 167
Views: 8186

Re: Unreality of Thoughts

@ Sherab. Emptiness in the suttas you referenced simply means no essence can found and therefore craving has no basis. Emptiness is a conclusion about a natural fact. In that sense it is conceptual. Look at the Sunna Sutta for a basic outline of emptiness. It is the fact of anatta. Then comes the co...
by Andrew108
Fri Jun 27, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unreality of Thoughts
Replies: 167
Views: 8186

Re: Unreality of Thoughts

@ asunthatneversets . Dependent origination is not a view but an invariance experienced in a factual way. In a material way. Emptiness is the view. The concept. The imagined.
by Andrew108
Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unreality of Thoughts
Replies: 167
Views: 8186

Re: Unreality of Thoughts

"The ultimate is described as 'permanent' because it is emptiness.." asunthatneversets
by Andrew108
Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unreality of Thoughts
Replies: 167
Views: 8186

Re: Unreality of Thoughts

The ultimate is described as 'permanent' because it is emptiness, ergo it never arose and therefore cannot cease. However it is not an permanent existent in the ontological sense, that type of permanence is of course considered to be impossible. Everything is transient except for the ultimate simpl...
by Andrew108
Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unreality of Thoughts
Replies: 167
Views: 8186

Re: Unreality of Thoughts

If we substitute the term ultimate with the term invariance then I think we get closer to the meaning. In this sense transience is invariant where as non-transience is not.
by Andrew108
Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unreality of Thoughts
Replies: 167
Views: 8186

Re: Unreality of Thoughts

It seems clear that the statement was ultimate is not transient. What is not transient is permanent. What is permanent is eternal. And so on. It is quite obvious. No weasel words.
by Andrew108
Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unreality of Thoughts
Replies: 167
Views: 8186

Re: Unreality of Thoughts

Everything is transient. Apart from the ultimate, yes. Could you please direct me to a link or two that clearly asserts this and explains why? I thought Buddhism considered everything to be impermanent. Once again, I am reminded of Brahman -- unchanging, eternal -- and Brahman is the main reason I ...
by Andrew108
Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unreality of Thoughts
Replies: 167
Views: 8186

Re: Unreality of Thoughts

Oy, this Two Truths thingie is gonna drive me bonkers! I've read so many apparently different descriptions of what it means. Well, it is found experientially. How? Mostly through meditation which is refining those things that cause you to feel stressed. Taken as an idea by itself it has limited val...
by Andrew108
Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Physicalist Theory of Mind
Replies: 250
Views: 13848

Re: A Physicalist Theory of Mind

Part of this is manifesting as the 'secular Buddhist' movement, which seeks to completely strip Buddhism of the dimension of the sacred. Sacred? What do you mean by sacred? I understand it to mean very important or very special. What is this dimension of the sacred that secular Buddhism wants to st...
by Andrew108
Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Physicalist Theory of Mind
Replies: 250
Views: 13848

Re: A Physicalist Theory of Mind

Part of this is manifesting as the 'secular Buddhist' movement, which seeks to completely strip Buddhism of the dimension of the sacred. Sacred? What do you mean by sacred? I understand it to mean very important or very special. What is this dimension of the sacred that secular Buddhism wants to st...
by Andrew108
Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unreality of Thoughts
Replies: 167
Views: 8186

Re: Unreality of Thoughts

As conceptual constructs the two truths are relative. There is however a non-conceptual, unconstructed ultimate truth. Which you have now introduced as an idea, bringing this non-conceptual, unconstructed ultimate truth well within the conventional. Just by talking about it you have made it a conve...
by Andrew108
Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unreality of Thoughts
Replies: 167
Views: 8186

Re: Unreality of Thoughts

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche posted the following on 21 June: If you see thoughts don't truly exist you are no longer a Buddhist, you are actually a Buddha. I'm confused. Per the two truths: Thoughts certainly exist conventionally. Just as all feelings, perceptions, mind objects. Ultimate truth assert...
by Andrew108
Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Physicalist Theory of Mind
Replies: 250
Views: 13848

Re: A Physicalist Theory of Mind

Objective reality or objective condition? The latter is not controversial at all.
by Andrew108
Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Physicalist Theory of Mind
Replies: 250
Views: 13848

Re: A Physicalist Theory of Mind

@ Jayarava. That was an interesting post. I hope you can publish a link to your blog. I would be interested in reading it. Just a question. This ontological monism you are talking about - the monism is 'thing' monism rather than 'stuff' monism right?
by Andrew108
Sun Jun 22, 2014 11:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrasattva questions
Replies: 45
Views: 3032

Re: Vajrasattva questions

Two simple questions about vajrasattva practice. 1) How do you work with this to apparently contradicting feelings. The first one being the identification of oneself as the divinity, or divinity pride and second one being the sense of wanting to purify our bad deeds? This seems contradictory within...
by Andrew108
Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrasattva questions
Replies: 45
Views: 3032

Re: Vajrasattva questions

Is this practice part of your ngondro?
by Andrew108
Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 9519

Re: Is there anyone home?

True and you make an interesting point. I would go onto say that when a person tries to identify what is awareness and they can't find anything, then this not finding is obviously very significant. Especially as we still we have that 'awareness' in which experience takes place. The simple fact of aw...
by Andrew108
Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 9519

Re: Is there anyone home?

Essentially there is the experience of this 'river-like' flow of consciousness -awareness and that's all we have until as you said we could then break it down through developing our meditation. But even then the moments are still so short-lived that it is hard to see how they could be isolated. For...
by Andrew108
Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 9519

Re: Is there anyone home?

One more thing about this. This chain vs rope analogy. If the chain is running between lives and not dependent on material form how is it operationally different to a rope?

Then the other thing. In Abhidharma isn't 'material' considered an ultimate?
by Andrew108
Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 9519

Re: Is there anyone home?

Malcolm wrote:
Andrew108 wrote:So you can see how this 'flow' is 'atman-like' without being 'atman'.
More importantly, you can see how this flow can be mistaken for an atman without an atman being present.
Yes that is true. But there is only a hair width of difference. Like a chain being mistaken for a rope or thread.