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by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Scanning Library Books
Replies: 14
Views: 417

Re: Scanning Library Books

True, but if in practice you scan books for your own use and don’t distribute them, it’ hardly going to be policed, nor do I see it as an unethical practice, unless you went to obsessive ends over it.
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Scanning Library Books
Replies: 14
Views: 417

Re: Scanning Library Books

In most books, there's a thing called 'fair use provision'. It usually means that you're able to make copies, etc, provided they're for your own use and benefit and not so as to make profits or reproduce the material for others. I would interpret that to mean that if you scan library books for your ...
by Wayfarer
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: 'nāma' in nāmamahāyānasūtra
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: 'nāma' in nāmamahāyānasūtra

At a guess, I think ‘nama’ has an esoteric dimension, as for example in the invocation ‘namo tassa bhagavato...’ which every Buddhist recites. So it is more like an invocation than a grammatical signifier - like ‘the holy name’, the recitation or saying of which itself conveys blessings or causes on...
by Wayfarer
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Jay Garfield and Guy Newland on Metaphors in Buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 439

Re: Jay Garfield and Guy Newland on Metaphors in Buddhism

I have the idea that there a ‘rogue metaphors’ - that is, metaphors that were originally devised to make a particular point, but then develop a life of their own, and start generating further implications which are widely accepted because the original metaphor has become so deeply embedded in cultur...
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mundane Wants?
Replies: 33
Views: 1027

Re: Mundane Wants?

I don't think karma can be measured, but that doesn't make it any less real.
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Charlotte Joko Beck
Replies: 9
Views: 458

Re: Charlotte Joko Beck

As this thread has drifted away from comments on Charlotte Joko Beck into a general slanging match aboud 'anglophone zen' or 'internet zen', it's locked.
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Charlotte Joko Beck
Replies: 9
Views: 458

Re: Charlotte Joko Beck

'Everyday Zen' was a real signpost title for me back around late 90's. Gave it too my sister.
by Wayfarer
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 1340

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

Indeed you have. Let's hope he's an attentive student!
by Wayfarer
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 1340

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

I'm responding to the OP, not 'laying down a law'. What should not be aspired to? Travelling to heavens/buddha-fields, talking to highly realised beings, or clarifying doubts? It is said that it worked for Asanga. Well, what you would you suggest to young Matthew here. How could he visit 'Sukhavati...
by Wayfarer
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 1340

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

Astus wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:58 pm
Wayfarer wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:26 pm
I was thinking more of the principle of 'abandoning hope of fruition'.
But that is a hope one should not abandon until the fruition is right in one's hands. Without intention there is no action, without action there is no result.
I'm responding to the OP, not 'laying down a law'.
by Wayfarer
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 1340

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

Astus wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:47 am
Wayfarer wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:32 am
Wanting to get there will never get you there.
Virya-paramita is quite essential.
Which, I'm sure, is quite different to the kind of 'hankering' that I had in mind, based on the OP. I was thinking more of the principle of 'abandoning hope of fruition'.
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 18
Views: 1242

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

The original definition of atom was 'indivisible' (a-tom meaning 'uncuttable' in Greek). And arguably no such entity has ever been found by science. People will often say that 'quarks' occupy this role, but whether such entities are really 'particles' is an open question in light of the dual 'wave-p...
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 1910

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

I've mentioned before that there has been a 'Royal Commision' in Australia into institutional responses to child sex abuse (see here . Royal Commissions of enquiry have strong powers of coercion and leave no stone unturned.) There were sexual offenders in all kinds of religious orders, as well as th...
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 1340

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

MatthewAngby wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:35 am
Is there any methods that allows one to travel to the heavens ( Tusita’s inner courts ) or sukhavati without waiting
I'm afraid not. Every method I've ever encountered says patience is a fundamental. Wanting to get there will never get you there.
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hofstadter
Replies: 11
Views: 372

Re: Hofstadter

I've had that book since the 1970's. I would like to like it, but Hofstader is, unfortunately, a scientific materialist. At the end of the day, we're kind of chemical entities that just happened to have been spat out by a physical process, and he's working out how it appears to be otherwise. That's ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's a "pure tradition"?
Replies: 102
Views: 2552

Re: What's a "pure tradition"?

Something else to beware of is how easily 'the quest for doctrinal purity' can morph into heresy-hunting. This is not to say that outer forms cannot be corrupted.
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 37
Views: 1154

Re: No end to samsara?

There is a saying I learned here on this forum:


'Samsara has no beginning, but it has an end. Nirvana has a beginning, but it has no end'.


:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 18
Views: 1242

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

You might find this interesting - interview with physicist Anton Zelllger : You have spent time with the Dalai Lama and have taught him the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. What was that like? Is he a good student?
 He has a very clear scientific mind. He’s very analytic, very precise. I explained...
by Wayfarer
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mahayana and The Trolley Problem
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: Mahayana and The Trolley Problem

The Trolley Problem regularly comes up on the Philosophy Forum where it inevitably produces pages of wheel-spinning. My view is, you will never know what you will do until you're confronted with the problem, and it's a problem you're never really likely to be confronted with. It's a thought-experime...
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 18
Views: 1242

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:36 pm
Found this.
Slightly tangential but still relevant - have a look at The Debate between Plato and Democritus, Werner Heisenberg. He mentions those diagrams.

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