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by Indrajala
Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?
Replies: 122
Views: 11033

Re: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?

A more realistic position is that what Hindus and Buddhists means by "liberation" is only superficially similar. Either side led to people having consistent and enriching experiences of some kind, which may or may not be mutually comparable depending on who you talk to. Perhaps the Buddhists had di...
by Indrajala
Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?
Replies: 122
Views: 11033

Re: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?

IJ, I totally understand where you are coming from. For me the key was finding the right teacher. One issue I've encountered in that regard is mutual respect and understanding of cultural differences. What is taken as a norm or misunderstood as even an immutable value for one is not necessarily so ...
by Indrajala
Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?
Replies: 122
Views: 11033

Re: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?

All religions claim to have the ultimate view of reality, but the thing that snagged my attention is that Buddhism specifically talks about the Hindu view and uses logical arguments to explain why it is erroneous. The other side had counterarguments and attacked the Buddhists with equal enthusiasm,...
by Indrajala
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?
Replies: 122
Views: 11033

Re: Why Buddhism over Vedanta?

... why they chose Buddhism over, say, Vedanta or other mystical and/or meditative traditions. At the end of the day, there's actually no such thing as Buddhism in the singular. It is plural: Buddhisms. Malcolm cites Nāgārjuna, but we need to be aware that not everyone in India agreed with him and ...
by Indrajala
Sat Aug 22, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Forbidden Archeology
Replies: 114
Views: 9436

Re: Forbidden Archeology

Rahu and Kalagni aren't actual planets!?!?!!? I'm devastated. My cherished sages are mistaken!!!! Rahu and Ketu are the ascending and descending nodes of the moon actually. This was recognized even by non-Buddhist Chinese writers. The issue is that you are mistaking Buddhist descriptions of the uni...
by Indrajala
Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:04 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Forbidden Archeology
Replies: 114
Views: 9436

Re: Forbidden Archeology

That is, unless you somehow believe [against all evidence, archaeological and otherwise] that Tibet was empty of humans until it was "discovered" by China. No, I'm just saying a self-identifying Tibetan nation doesn't seem to exist until at least the sixth century. People lived there, but whether t...
by Indrajala
Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Forbidden Archeology
Replies: 114
Views: 9436

Re: Forbidden Archeology

Malcolm wrote: What, to get a job? Maybe, maybe not.
I don't have any issues with the methodology. I can operate from multiple perspectives.
by Indrajala
Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Forbidden Archeology
Replies: 114
Views: 9436

Re: Forbidden Archeology

Malcolm wrote: BTW, I now have a very good reason why the Chinese did not know anything about Tibetans prior to the Tang.
Or there were no self-identifying Tibetans in the Han dynasty.

I think you need to reevaluate your wishful ideas.
by Indrajala
Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Forbidden Archeology
Replies: 114
Views: 9436

Re: Forbidden Archeology

You seem to be operating under the assumption that people in the past were completely f*cking retarded, despite the fact that sutras like the Perfection of Wisdom were obviously written by geniuses, nominally. Just because they were intelligent does not mean they got everything right. The same can ...
by Indrajala
Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Forbidden Archeology
Replies: 114
Views: 9436

Re: Forbidden Archeology

... but more broadly to Western intellectual life. I don't really see what we gain from your perspective. It strikes me as very indefinite and nebulous. If you just state your given purpose and clarify what you intend to demonstrate (such as what the American flag represented to such and such peopl...
by Indrajala
Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Forbidden Archeology
Replies: 114
Views: 9436

Re: Forbidden Archeology

Ergo, whether you intend it to be or not, your methodology is rooted in the western tradition of logical positivism, it is therefore materialist, even if you are not in terms of your personal beliefs a materialist or a physicalist. I accept that western materialism as a methodology produces valid k...
by Indrajala
Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:17 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Sanskrit Tables
Replies: 1
Views: 1070

Sanskrit Tables

A handy .pdf containing essential Sanskrit declension tables:

https://alliance.anu.edu.au/access/cont ... d_book.pdf
by Indrajala
Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:59 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Forbidden Archeology
Replies: 114
Views: 9436

Re: Forbidden Archeology

Malcolm wrote: It is necessarily materialistic.
So I suppose you believe the earth is flat because scripture says so despite materialist science proposing otherwise? How about evolution? One might easily imagine you deny this too because it stems from a materialist tradition.
by Indrajala
Tue Aug 18, 2015 2:44 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Forbidden Archeology
Replies: 114
Views: 9436

Re: Forbidden Archeology

It's a western intellectual bias speaking in the view that subjects can be pinned like butterflies, and while we listen to their feelings and experiences, the scientist studies objectively what's really going on. No, not at all. You forget that people from living traditions do the same thing with t...
by Indrajala
Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Forbidden Archeology
Replies: 114
Views: 9436

Re: Forbidden Archeology

Sure, we collectively perceive a spherical earth. Does it mean a spherical earth has any objective reality to it? No. If we collectively perceive a spherical earth, then clearly it has an objective reality to it so far as we can all agree and say, "Yes, I see it like this too." That's how conventio...
by Indrajala
Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:54 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Forbidden Archeology
Replies: 114
Views: 9436

Re: Forbidden Archeology

First of all, the Meru cosmology is fundamentally a moral cosmology. No, it isn't. It was clearly believed by Buddhist writers in India to be a physical world atop which the sun and moon as discs circuited around. Did you read my blog post? As you are probably aware, E. Henning disputes the notion ...
by Indrajala
Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Forbidden Archeology
Replies: 114
Views: 9436

Re: Forbidden Archeology

The extremely small chunk of the population who possess the siddhi which would enable them to perceive devas, would not normally report contact. For a monk to report contact to a lay person, even if they possess the siddhi, would be a breakage of precepts. Monks never follow all their precepts, so ...
by Indrajala
Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Forbidden Archeology
Replies: 114
Views: 9436

Re: Forbidden Archeology

When we see water, pretas see only pus and devas see amrita. What we perceive is completely due to our karma, not to any objective reality. We collectively actually perceive spherical earth. If we all went into space we'd see it with our own eyes. That should be informative about the nature of our ...
by Indrajala
Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:13 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Forbidden Archeology
Replies: 114
Views: 9436

Re: Forbidden Archeology

So because we don't see pretas and devas, believing in them is also "wrong"? Where did I say that? Having logical proofs and evidence (satellite photos) of a spherical earth disproves Buddhism's flat earth cosmology. Devas are not normally seen walking around talking to people, but nevertheless a g...
by Indrajala
Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:31 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Forbidden Archeology
Replies: 114
Views: 9436

Re: Forbidden Archeology

It's a biased distinction, and also misplaced. The so-called "etic" approach arrogates to itself a scientific veneer when it fact it is nothing of the kind. It merely replaces the biases of the researcher/research community for the lore and traditions of the person/group under study. No, not at all...