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by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:29 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 33202

Re: Celibacy

The other interesting thing to reflect on is that what I am proposing is actually 'shocking' in our social context. I think we react against the 'traditionalist' attitude in these matters, in exactly the same way that a 'traditionalist' would react to the 'modern' attitude: namely, shock. This is be...
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:16 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 33202

Re: Celibacy

Well, it seems to me that whenever somebody here looks at a scripture they seem to take off the "who is the audience the Buddha is teaching to" spectacles. Now while I agree 100% that lust is a mental poison that is mentioned endlessly (and warned against) throughout the canon, to laypeople and mon...
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:29 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 33202

Re: Celibacy

Of course. What I said was the attitudes have changed. I think they've changed a lot more than you're aware of. You're taking a lot for granted, you have to learn to look through spectacles other than the ones you're comfortable wearing.
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:05 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 33202

Re: Celibacy

Bear in mind, attitudes to these matter have changed enormously in the last 50 years. Maybe such things as 'casual sex, masturbation' and so on, were not explicitly mentioned in the early texts, because the terms for them simply not exist, or they weren't considered subjects for discussion. But if y...
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Dhyana and the brain.
Replies: 10
Views: 2382

Re: Dhyana and the brain.

Thanks! Important distinction. I will look into that article.
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:08 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 33202

Re: Celibacy

Sometimes tolerating sin is unfortunately necessary as the alternative may do more harm than good. This is why I don't support censorship. I'm sure nearly all my friends, and indeed my dear departed father, would agree with you. But in the circumstances, I now see it as misplaced idealism. I think ...
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 33202

Re: Celibacy

That cuts both ways, though. I think if your motivation is anti-Christian, then you are still being conditioned and influenced by Christian attitudes, only by way of aversion rather than imitation. (And in fact the descriptions of the various hell realms in older Buddhist traditions would give any m...
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:07 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Dhyana and the brain.
Replies: 10
Views: 2382

Re: Dhyana and the brain.

Only one empirical study to date has been conducted with regard to jhana/dhyana and the brain. Only one? I seem to remember reading articles about Matthieu Ricard participating in similar studies, and I'm sure there are references to further such studies on the Mind and Life Institute website, and ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Grasping and Self
Replies: 16
Views: 1394

Re: Grasping and Self

Lankavatara makes the the point as something like "things are eternal precisely in terms of their their non-eternality", or like the Way Of the Bodhisattva says "This will never pass again...etc." Personally I think being able to see things this way, a concatenation, and endless net with no beginni...
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 13603

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

Actually there's a marvellous quote from an earlier Nagel essay that I often used to deploy on the Philosophy Forum, where he discusses 'fear of religion': I believe that this is one manifestation of a fear of religion which has large and often pernicious consequences for modern intellectual life. I...
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 13603

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

I agree that his book has shortcomings. I like Nagel, but he is, as he admits, a very non-spiritual kind of person - lacks what he refers to as 'the sensus divinatus '. But the point about this book is that it is written from 'inside the tent'. He is a tenured Professor in the Western academy, so wh...
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 13603

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

This might be a good place to mention Thomas Nagel's book of October 2012, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False . This book is aimed squarely at 'scientism' and is by a hitherto well-respected and decidely non-religious philosopher. Part o...
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Grasping and Self
Replies: 16
Views: 1394

Re: Grasping and Self

So, do that mean that if we 'see things as there are', there is no beauty? I think the idea of 'anicca' or momentariness, whilst it is a central tenet, is becoming a dogma for many Buddhists. In my view, it simply points to the futility of attaching to external or phenomenal experiences or objects. ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:39 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 33202

Re: Celibacy

I think I understand that christian complex about sin - I have studied the Augustinian understanding of the nature of 'original sin' which has cast an enormous shadow in Western culture. The Augustinian view is that sin is something which we have no conscious ability to control, and so it is only by...
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 13603

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

:good: I was also going to agree with a part of what 'Bodhi' said, specifically: I still find that practice Buddhism such as contemplating on what cause my suffering, such as my arrogance and desire, I can still lead a happy life that I think is worth living. I still find meditation helpful with my ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:49 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 33202

Re: Celibacy

I think traditional Buddhist teachers would regard pornography as transgressive of the 3rd precept (grossly so, in fact). Yes and no. Sexual misconduct is defined by the partner, place and time. But the problem I am having is that I do look to Dharma for clarity and guidance. That kind of response,...
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 13603

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

The idea has occurred to me that 'belief in re-incarnation' is not really a religious belief or a matter of religion whatever. To those cultures within which reincarnation is accepted, it is a simple fact of existence, as simple as any other observation about the nature of human existence. I mean, c...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Sutras origins
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Re: Sutras origins

It is said by many teachers that the Buddha taught the Mahayana Sutras. Scholars, Theravadins and others say otherwise. Well, we know several sutras appeared so much after, some of them were created in China (like Surangama Suta, Brahma-net Sutra, etc). Knowing this, how is explained that Buddha ta...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:16 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and Yogacara
Replies: 58
Views: 13245

Re: Mahamudra and Yogacara

One day the master announced to the assembly, “I have a thing without head or tail, without name or title, without front or back. Do you know what it is?” Shenhui came forth and said, “It is the fundamental source of the buddhas. It is my buddha-nature.” The master said, “I told you it was without ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and Yogacara
Replies: 58
Views: 13245

Re: Mahamudra and Yogacara

The problem is with the idea: it . So in verses such as the one quoted above: There is something which as long as left unknown Results in life’s three planes of vicious circle. Beyond all doubt, it dwells in every being. To the dharmadhatu I devoutly bow. There are also passages from the Aspiration...

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