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by Wayfarer
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does the Buddha's Omniscient Mind Pervade the Universe Like Space?
Replies: 14
Views: 706

Re: Does the Buddha's Omniscient Mind Pervade the Universe Like Space?

My only caveat would be that something is 'pervading' can easily make it seem like 'extended in space', like an 'essence' or 'ether', which I'm sure it's not. There is nowhere where it is not, but it's also not anywhere - which I think is the meaning of the last sentence in the second quoted paragra...
by Wayfarer
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: A Zen story that stayed with me for decades
Replies: 9
Views: 465

Re: A Zen story that stayed with me for decades

Well, like a lot of people, the very first thing I ever read about Zen was the well-known Penguin paperback, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, by Paul Reps (along with Alan Watts' Way of Zen). Those books were in countless homes in the late 60's and 70's: https://pictures.abebooks.com/TIMETRAVELLERBOOKS/md/md22...
by Wayfarer
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 9848

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Then you have missed what I wrote here : https://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.p ... 40#p438687 My reasoning for maintaining that there is a difference between the relative and the ultimate is simply this. If the ultimate is truly indescribable, then you cannot say that it is truly non-existent. If...
by Wayfarer
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is sex( “Immoral “ ) inherently bad or neutral?
Replies: 19
Views: 720

Re: Is sex( “Immoral “ ) inherently bad or neutral?

Immoral and moral to me are just mere concepts, way of thinking... That’s much more characteristic of ‘living in modern culture’ than anything in Buddhist cultures. Sure Buddhists aren’t moralistic in the same way as Biblical cultures are, but they generally value traditional values. And there’s a ...
by Wayfarer
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 9848

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Malcolm's point is, I think, if you claim there is an ultimate then you ought to be able to say what it is. If you can't say what it is, then why call it 'an ultimate''? It is very like believing in a God, by another name. If you have read and understood my arguments in the thread, I don't think yo...
by Wayfarer
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 9848

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Malcolm's point is, I think, if you claim there is an ultimate then you ought to be able to say what it is. If you can't say what it is, then why call it 'an ultimate''? It is very like believing in a God, by another name. When it comes to 'the chariot' - isn't the point that the chariot neither 'is...
by Wayfarer
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Australia/NZ
Topic: Australian Association of Buddhist Studies March 15
Replies: 0
Views: 165

Australian Association of Buddhist Studies March 15

For those in or around Sydney Next seminar will be at 6:00-7:30pm on Thursday March 15 in Lecture Theater S325 of the John Woolley Building, University of Sydney. Meditation in Tibetan Buddhism: Mind, Mahāmudrā and the Rhetoric of Immediacy Training the mind (often labelled ‘meditation’) is one of t...
by Wayfarer
Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Mind Fundamental?
Replies: 61
Views: 1903

Re: Is Mind Fundamental?

I don't think, however, that this contradicts the ordinary, "realist" view with regards to things happening in our physical universe, within and without ourselves, that we have yet to discover. I think, it's really just a broader understanding of a greater, all-encompassing context. I agree! As you...
by Wayfarer
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Mind Fundamental?
Replies: 61
Views: 1903

Re: Is Mind Fundamental?

Did the Dharma teachings occur before you had any concept of them? If apparently "external" phenomena are purely a projection of mind according to one's karmic parameters, and do not occur prior to the functioning of mind, then how is this possible? If the Dharma teachings did not occur prior to on...
by Wayfarer
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 9848

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

A bank robbery was foiled when the robbers, having grabbed the cash, fled the building, only to find that their getaway car didn't actually exist. 'I was sure I had parked it there and left the engine running', said the driver, as he was hauled off in the police paddy wagon, 'but when we came back o...
by Wayfarer
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Livable Alien Planet Finally Discovered
Replies: 28
Views: 754

Re: Livable Alien Planet Finally Discovered

‘Only 20 light years’. The famous little probe that passed out of the Solar System after having travelled for 30 years or something - point it towards that planet, and it will take hundreds of millions of years to get there. A light year is an astronomical distance. We’re never going to get there i...
by Wayfarer
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Livable Alien Planet Finally Discovered
Replies: 28
Views: 754

Re: Livable Alien Planet Finally Discovered

‘Only 20 light years’. The famous little probe that passed out of the Solar System after having travelled for 30 years or something - point it towards that planet, and it will take hundreds of millions of years to get there. A light year is an astronomical distance. We’re never going to get there in...
by Wayfarer
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Mind Fundamental?
Replies: 61
Views: 1903

Re: Is Mind Fundamental?

“Malcolm” wrote:Science is good for blowing shit up.
Also for making useful devices, such as those used by yourself to make that remark on the global network of interconnected users. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Mind Fundamental?
Replies: 61
Views: 1903

Re: Is Mind Fundamental?

THat is perfectly true, but it’s not all there is to it. That is ‘manas’ as an organ of perception, but ‘citta’ has a different meaning in Yogācāra. And the point remains that no schools of Buddhism were realist in the way we tend to be and take for granted nowadays. Even the Dharmas of abhidharma a...
by Wayfarer
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Mind Fundamental?
Replies: 61
Views: 1903

Re: Is Mind Fundamental?

Buddhists were never scientific realists. In fact the possibility of being a ‘scientific realist’ never really existed before the age we live in. It now seems obvious to us, but that is because we’re brought up in it. But in traditional cultures, the whole idea of reality is different to our own in ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tradition.
Replies: 54
Views: 1679

Re: Tradition.

Good quote Simon. One for the scrapbook (although it goes without saying that it will be stigmatized as “conservatism” by a lot of folks.)
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 596
Views: 23221

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

I heard part of the angry rant, er, media conference by an NRA talking head, who went on about ‘the freedom that makes America great’. With no acknowledgement of the more than 15,000 gunshot victims (leaving aside suicides) that occur every year. What is ‘great’ about that? Why is that ‘freedom’? Pe...
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump
Replies: 3
Views: 404

Re: Trump

Important to note she was booed and heckled, and had to be escorted out of the venue by a security detail. The lunatics are in charge of the asylum now.
by Wayfarer
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 596
Views: 23221

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Nothing will ever be done while the dogma of ‘guns=freedom’ reigns. This morning's NY Times summarized Wayne LaPierre's speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference Wayne LaPierre is a nutcase. He’s an awful man with a completely distorted understanding of the meaning freedom. He’s a dang...
by Wayfarer
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 596
Views: 23221

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Nothing will ever be done while the dogma of ‘guns=freedom’ reigns.