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by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The 18 Downfalls according to Ven Khenpo Kunzang Palden?
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: The 18 Downfalls according to Ven Khenpo Kunzang Palden?

General question: what are ‘the five sins of instant retribution’? (In first quotation.)
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER
Replies: 35
Views: 916

Re: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

if you think about, the whole point of philosophical naturalism is that nature is svabhava, self-originated. That is what I suspect is going to have to be let go of.
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER
Replies: 35
Views: 916

Re: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

'"What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet." ~ Woody Allen. Actually, I think a more serious response to such discoveries is that perhaps the reason that the physical analysis of the cosmos ('physical' being 'the universe studied by phys...
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 134
Views: 10047

Re: How to believe in rebirth

To me, the idea of rebirth only seems a problem if, for some reason, you equate mind with a physical brain, as an emergent property of brain-matter. My interpretation is that the ‘self’ that is rejected, is ‘a self’ that is regarded as being like an unchangeable essence which migrates from life to ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 134
Views: 10047

Re: How to believe in rebirth

But in practice, there’s a definite issue of agency and subject-hood. I mean, in the case of reincarnate lamas, an infant is shown the possessions they purportedly had in a previous life, as part of the means of ascertaining the genuineness of the re-birth. They will pick out those possessions from ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 134
Views: 10047

Re: How to believe in rebirth

But who can provide evidence of the existence of other realms and other life-bearing planets? I am open to any evidence, but what evidence is there? Earth itself. If it can happen here, it can happen elsewhere. Simple probability. The universe is a pretty big place. I agree, although it seems to be...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hell
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: Hell

Sam Bercholz, who founded Shambhala Publications, has published a book on hell, as a consequence of a near-death he experienced due to surgery. I haven't read it - actually it looks a bit forbidding - but if you're interested in Buddhist ideas on hell, it might be interesting to you. Information on ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What Have You Learned
Replies: 19
Views: 445

Re: What Have You Learned

I find something that happens time and time again, is just when I think I've learning something really excellent, something will happen - OK, I will do something - that makes me feel like I'm back at square one. Square one is not actually that bad a place, but still. It reminds me a little of the My...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Chodong Karmo Translation Group
Replies: 0
Views: 151

Chodong Karmo Translation Group

I found this site here https://chodungkarmo.org/. It appears to be the source of the excellent Bodhisvara site which is publishing exquisite chanted versions of classic Buddhists texts. It also originated the Lojong app which is downloadable from the App Store. I haven’t spent a lot of time perusing...
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Dignaga and Dharmakirti
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: Dignaga and Dharmakirti

One book on the curriculum of many Buddhist Studies courses is Recognizing Reality, Georges Dreyfus
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is the Mind-Body Problem Treated in Buddhism?
Replies: 12
Views: 347

Re: How is the Mind-Body Problem Treated in Buddhism?

The modern mind-body problem is almost entirely a product of Rene Descartes’ dualistic model of matter and spirit. Have a look for the article, What Is and Isn’t Yogācāra, by Dan Lusthaus, which has a pretty good analysis of the whole matter.
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Nerd humor in gravitational physics
Replies: 23
Views: 552

Re: Nerd humor in gravitational physics

Albert A. Michelson, in 1894, wrote: It seems probable that most of the grand underlying principles [of physics] have been firmly established … An eminent physicist remarked that the future truths of physical science are to be looked for in the sixth place of decimals.
Well - that didn't work out.
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 152
Views: 2500

Re: Zen Forum International

I think if you register as a Mauritus domain name, the suffix would be .mu (definitely an in joke).
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Practice Forms
Replies: 15
Views: 622

Re: Zen Practice Forms

It sounds like a very distressing state of affairs, Linda. I imagine it must be very trying circumstances. I lived in a bushfire-prone part of Australia (actually still do) but so far I’ve been lucky; got close in 2004 but nothing since. But it must be very difficult indeed with all of the discloati...
by Wayfarer
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Nerd humor in gravitational physics
Replies: 23
Views: 552

Re: Nerd humor in gravitational physics

Apparently the universe is held together by something unknown. As matter is the only kind of thing we think is real, then we think it must be matter. But we can’t actually see it, so it must be dark. Hence. Dark Matter.

The gaps are getting bigger. :alien: :woohoo: :shrug:
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Forum International status
Replies: 62
Views: 3833

Re: Zen Forum International

I visited ZFI when the Santa Rosa fires happened - a couple of weeks back now - to enquire after Gregory, as he lives up that way. (He's OK, by the way.) However I did notice the last post by him on ZFI was (I think) about April, so I guessed that he had stopped participating there, or it so it seem...
by Wayfarer
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Starring Grigoris at 1:39
Replies: 31
Views: 1060

Re: Starring Grigoris at 1:39

You're doing great work and a really important service Grigoris, under what must be very difficult circumstances.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1858

Re: Nothing further to seek...

The definition of Prajñāpāramitā which I am familiar with is 'perfection of wisdom'. I am inclined to retain that definition.
by Wayfarer
Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1858

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Well, I would agree, but there remains a quality of perfection, which is expressed in the Buddhist-inspired artwork and iconography of China and Japan. Actually I recall being told that Chinese fine ceramics often have a deliberate slight imperfection or flaw so as to denote the imperfection of all ...