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by Indrajala
Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some questions on Pure Land Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 1248

Re: Some questions on Pure Land Buddhism

A followup question: Are there monks in Japan who still follow the full monastic vinaya? There are missionary Theravada monks teaching in Japan, so technically "yes". Otherwise, it would be up to the 6 Nara schools or the Obaku school and as far as I can tell none of them still practice it. Maybe I...
by Indrajala
Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to access "specifically" Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 20
Views: 1376

Re: How to access "specifically" Tibetan Buddhism

There's nothing stopping you from picking up Tibetan literature in translation and reading it until you have the opportunity to study under someone. You could also start to study Classical Tibetan, which would facilitate your study of Tibetan Buddhism.
by Indrajala
Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Food for retreat
Replies: 19
Views: 1672

Re: Food for retreat

So if you have done a solitary retreat I would be curious to hear about what your diet was like and how it treated you? I was in the Himalayas, so I craved rich foods. High fat foods are best as they nourish the body and keep your brain optimally functioning. They also keep your appetite regulated....
by Indrajala
Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Is Buddhist cosmology essentially Vedic?
Replies: 32
Views: 4688

Re: Is Buddhist cosmology essentially Vedic?

Alexander Duncan compared certain aspects of Buddhist cosmology to the Tree of Life in Kabbalah, though this may or may not be somewhat contrived. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fSXBhutn-U (Chart introduced at 5:30) It's nevertheless an interesting idea. Remember that Jewish traditions are rooted...
by Indrajala
Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Question about ágamasútra translation
Replies: 2
Views: 555

Re: Question about ágamasútra translation

My immediate reading without any further investigation:

若佛出世,若未出世,此法常住,法住法界

Whether a Buddha has appeared in the world,
Whether they have not appeared in the world,
This Dharma is constantly abiding [present],
[This] Dharma abides in [is present in] the dharma-dhātu.
by Indrajala
Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 5708

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

With respect to the concept of 'buddhahood in a single lifetime' and some of the history behind it, something I wrote here might be of interest... http://huayanzang.blogspot.com/2016/05/buddhahood-and-early-mandala.html Edit: If you like that, see the following as well (gives some dates to keep in m...
by Indrajala
Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: BDK Translations
Replies: 12
Views: 1249

Re: BDK Translations

Thanks, Indrajala - I've downloaded the travel book and look forward to reading it. Has anyone compared it, I wonder, to Marco Polo's travels? I don't know if anyone has compared it like that. Marco Polo went to Mongol China. :smile: There is another, much shorter, travelogue to India by the Korean...
by Indrajala
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: BDK Translations
Replies: 12
Views: 1249

BDK Translations

The selection of BDK translations has been updated recently: http://www.bdkamerica.org/bdk-tripitaka-digital-downloads More and more will be added over time. I would like to especially draw attention to Li Rongxi's full translation of Xuanzang's travelogue to India. http://www.bdkamerica.org/system/...
by Indrajala
Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Is Buddhist cosmology essentially Vedic?
Replies: 32
Views: 4688

Re: Is Buddhist cosmology essentially Vedic?

Buddha says the Gayatri mantra is the supreme mantra in Samyutta Nikaya 111, Majjhima Nikaya 92 and Vinaya i 246 of the Pali Canon. aggihuttamukhā yaññā sāvittī chandaso mukham. Sacrifices have the agnihotra as foremost; of meter the foremost is the Sāvitrī. Described on page 119 of this: http://jo...
by Indrajala
Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Washington Post: Demonic Possession
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Re: Washington Post: Demonic Possession

Or have they? It depends a lot on who you ask. And whoever you ask the answer turns out to revolve around degrees of statistical probability. So the credibility or otherwise of all the research turns out to involve wading through book-length articles on statistical significance. Although it isn't s...
by Indrajala
Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Washington Post: Demonic Possession
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Washington Post: Demonic Possession

Washington Post recently ran an interesting article by a psychiatrist who believes in the reality of demonic possession. https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/07/01/as-a-psychiatrist-i-diagnose-mental-illness-and-sometimes-demonic-possession/ Is it possible to be a sophisticated psyc...
by Indrajala
Fri Jul 01, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 16142

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

The atheism you see out of America and to a lesser extent the UK is the final outcome of Protestantism: protestants started dropping everything they found disagreeable about their religion and worldview (the papacy, artwork, bits of theology) and then once these same communities found themselves imm...
by Indrajala
Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 16142

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

Repeatability and peer review are huge parts of scientific practice and they amount to a kind of consensus. There is also a consensus as to what constitutes a valid area of research, and what doesn't, and where the prevailing assumptions are materialist, those who dare challenge it are frequently o...
by Indrajala
Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 16142

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

Malcolm wrote:Sure, but Babylonian:

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http://ufodigest.com/ is not a valid source. :anjali:
by Indrajala
Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 16142

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

Pretty much, it is true. The language Indians use to describe these things are largely lifted from Greek. I am not suggesting that Indians did not have their own astrological and astronomical ideas prior to the Greeks, for they certainly did, but in terms of calendar making and so on... Ptolemy was...
by Indrajala
Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 16142

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

...but the geography of Mt. Meru is really originally an Indo-European idea. You find it throughout Indo-European civilizations. Maybe so, maybe not. Norse: http://www.germanicmythology.com/original/images/CosmologyMallet.jpg Zoroastrian: http://www.iranicaonline.org/img/v11f5/haft_keshvar_plate_I....
by Indrajala
Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 16142

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

I don't really see the point of using Buddhist scripture to refute scientific materialism. I don't see any way it doesn't end up as "ha! foolish scientists. I have taken your false premises and destroyed them... with SCRIPTURE!" If there is an argument to be made (I think there is) against material...
by Indrajala
Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 16142

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

Malcolm wrote: Anyway, it is pretty clear that Meru Cosmology is a descendent of Babylonian cosmology, shifted to India.
There's Babylonian numerology throughout Indian cosmologies, but the geography of Mt. Meru is really originally an Indo-European idea. You find it throughout Indo-European civilizations.
by Indrajala
Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 16142

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

As a moral and aesthetic cosmolgy, not literally. For example, Edward Henning, probably the worlds leading expert on Kalacakra calculations right now, points out in his lengthy technical book, Kalacakra and the Tibetan Calendar , that the authors of the Kalacakra certainly did not take the Meru cos...
by Indrajala
Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Newar Vajrayana
Replies: 9
Views: 1031

Re: Newar Vajrayana

I think Newar Buddhism is 'Indian Buddhism' or at least one form of it. If you set aside modern conventions regarding nation states, the Kathmandu valley was (and still is) an extension of the Indosphere. The Chinese understood Nepal as belonging to 'northern India'. See the following: http://wenyan...