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by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?
Replies: 56
Views: 1494

Re: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?

Also remember the bodhisattva principle, accepting those that insult you as teachers, and not feeling aggrieved by what they say. It doesn't mean agreeing with them, but not being disturbed by them. I know, much easier to say than do, but it is worth reflecting on.
by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Advice for scraping a website.
Replies: 10
Views: 352

Re: Advice for scraping a website.

there used to be a tool called Web Whacker for doing exactly that. Used it 10 years ago, worked then.
by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 261
Views: 7778

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

I think the harsh reality is that American politicians have decided that the so-called 'second amendment freedoms' outweigh the fact of tens of thousands of innocents being killed every year. In other words, they are willing to tolerate a very high rate of murder, for what they think of as 'freedom'...
by Wayfarer
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 74
Views: 2497

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

Good luck with writing the specification. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 261
Views: 7778

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Imagine what Trump and his alt-right supporters would be saying if the shooter had been Muslim. It would have precipitated talk of martial law, internment of suspects, immediate implementation of immigration barriers, and other such punitive and drastic measures, possibly culminating in real militar...
by Wayfarer
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Shin Buddhism's role in Japanese Militarism
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Re: Shin Buddhism's role in Japanese Militarism

You didn't mention Brian Victoria's book, Zen at War, which was published about 20 years ago, and has often been discussed here. I don't know if it discusses Shin Buddhism, as distinct from Zen, in the Imperial Japanese war effort, but if you haven't looked at it, it might have some references.
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: How does one perform Lojong?
Replies: 16
Views: 630

Re: How does one perform Lojong?

Also the website Monlam Tharchin posted here is really good.

Also Ken McLeod has a really good sub-site in his site, specifically about Lojong, it's here.

Definitely going to make use of this training, I've encountered it previously but never taken it up.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Been offered a job ... don't know if it is consistent with Buddhist ethics
Replies: 6
Views: 308

Re: Been offered a job ... don't know if it is consistent with Buddhist ethics

It is an interesting question! I would say, see it as the upholding of laws to protect wildlife and mitigate harm - helping critters, rather than assisting the hunters.
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: dalai lama conflict science buddhism change
Replies: 11
Views: 709

Re: dalai lama conflict science buddhism change

He means that if dogmas conflict with facts, especially facts previously unknown but discovered by science, then the dogma has to change. But Buddhism has always claimed to be non-dogmatic (although not always succeeded in so doing.) Furthermore, the fundamental teachings of Buddhism are not likely ...
by Wayfarer
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Deities
Replies: 14
Views: 509

Re: Buddhist Deities

I'm not keen on 'true for you'', that's simple relativism. I believe the wisdom beings and deities are real, if they're aspects of mind, that is true in a sense much more profound than psychology would fathom.
by Wayfarer
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Deities
Replies: 14
Views: 509

Re: Buddhist Deiti

Modern scientific culture is naturally inclined towards scientific materialism. This is the view that science alone is the guide to what is real, that the only kinds of reailities that are to be taken seriously are those which can be detected by scientific instruments and scientific analysis. Even m...
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Myanmar Rohingya Persecution: Consolidated Thread
Replies: 99
Views: 2010

Re: Rohingya and the Myth of Buddhist Tolerance

Yes it is a very detailed report, thank you for it, I will take time to read it.
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Myanmar Rohingya Persecution: Consolidated Thread
Replies: 99
Views: 2010

Re: Rohingya and the Myth of Buddhist Tolerance

I can't help but see the dreadful situation in Myanmar/Bangladesh as being a consequence of overpopulation, resource depletion and lack of economic development and opportunity. It is a conflict over allocation of resources and scarcity of habitable space between competing ethnic groups. Buddhism fig...
by Wayfarer
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2892

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

Behoves us all to remember that when the Buddha was asked 'does the self exist, or not' that he didn't answer.
by Wayfarer
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2892

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

But I wasn't actually trying to make an arcane philosophical point. All I had said was 'buddha nature was not found in the early Buddhist texts'. And it wasn't. So, you can say that actually it was, that was what the 'luminous mind' sutta actually meant, which I guess is true, but it then drags the ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2892

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

Malcolm wrote: The above sutta is precisely a teaching on tathāgatagarbha.

I'm sure that, from the Mahayana perspective, that verse can be taken to refer to Buddha Nature, but does the actual term 'tathāgatagarbha' appear in the Pali? And do you think a Theravadin would agree that that is what is meant by it?
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha nature vs Soul
Replies: 81
Views: 2892

Re: Buddha nature vs Soul

The original Buddhist criticism of Ātman was about the belief that there was some element in the self, or the self itself, that was permanent and unchanging. The analogies given were that this was conceived as something 'set firm like a post' or 'like a mountain peak'. This was the supposed 'unchang...
by Wayfarer
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Peeling the onion
Replies: 76
Views: 2660

Re: Peeling the onion

It is very difficult for most of us to see that there is no such thing as gradual understanding, gradual seeing, gradually acquiring deep meaning. We are conditioned to accept a gradual evolutionary process. Most of us are nationalists, English, German, French, Italian, Indian, Chinese, and we say ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What does one chant for?
Replies: 17
Views: 527

Re: What does one chant for?

My advice is, chant just to chant. Also sit just to sit. The first real Dharma book I read, and still one of the best, was Zen Mind Beginner's Mind, and it says in many places, 'give up all idea of gaining something'. I think trying to attain material benefits through practice is not the real intent...
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Love
Replies: 23
Views: 610

Re: Love

My teacher said once that there isn't enough emphasis on love in Buddhism. That's something I've been meditating on too. In the Mahāyāna, 'universal compassion' (bodhicitta) is central. But where does it come from? What is its source? I'm sure it's not something that we can simply do, or generate; ...