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by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Faith
Replies: 75
Views: 8899

Re: Faith

Sport and enjoyment? :shrug:
by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 203
Views: 2989

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

A Buddhist reinterpretation of that myth might be something like this - Mara, in the guise of Brahma, convinces Sisyphus that if he can roll the boulder to the top of the mountain, he will find eternal happiness. Little does Sisyphus know, however, that the mountain is a rigged carnival game that m...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The world is getting worse and worse
Replies: 42
Views: 1648

Re: The world is getting worse and worse

Actually here is some concrete evidence that the world is actually getting better and better - in terms of life expectancy, income, and overall living standards. As of 2017: Every day, the number of people around the world living in extreme poverty (less than about $2 a day) goes down by 217,000, ac...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Wolff book about Trump
Replies: 55
Views: 1779

Re: Wolff book about Trump

I object to this talk about Trump’s ‘mental state’. It’s his intellectual capacity that is at issue.
by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: nagarjuna basics?
Replies: 31
Views: 1340

Re: nagarjuna basics?

If you're interested in my recent research and activities, see the following: Hi, Indrajala! :hi: Glad to hear you're doing well and congratulations on completing the PhD. I have been looking in on your blog sites from time to time, always a source of fascinating arcana! ** Incidentally, apropos of...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 203
Views: 2989

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

Yes, I do think I'm talking at cross purposes to others here. I don't know what they mean by 'meaning' but it seems different to what I'm referring to.
by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Sermons of a Buddhist Abbot
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Re: Sermons of a Buddhist Abbot

I’ve had a copy since the 1980s. It is a reprint of Soyen Shaku’s talks given at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. Thereafter he stayed in San Francisco for some time, with a young D T Suzuki as his assistant. His sermons still stand up very well in my opinion. And he was definitely on...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 203
Views: 2989

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

I feel strongly that life is meaningless most of the time, and the more I remember this, the happier I am. Well, that is completely alien to my experience. For me, the only times I have ever felt life was meaningless, was when I was unhappy. Pretending that [Sisyphus] suffering had some kind of ult...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 203
Views: 2989

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

I would associate the feeling that life is meaningless, with a state of depression. Would I be mistaken in that?
by Wayfarer
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 203
Views: 2989

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

One way I interpret the OP, is that ‘meaning’ isn’t scripted. We’re not handed a role to play, like in the olden days when everyone was born into an hereditary occupation. We have to figure out our own role and decide to play it. It means we have a high degree of freedom, but sometimes freedom is it...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: "Objectivity" and objective moral values
Replies: 51
Views: 1438

Re: "Objectivity" and objective moral values

I read the Adrian Kuzminski book years ago, I liked it. Good, I'll take that on board. I have the Kindle preview and will consider buying it, as it's not in my university library. I read a long review of the Beckwith book and am not so sure about it - it seems more up the pop philosophy end of the ...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: "Objectivity" and objective moral values
Replies: 51
Views: 1438

Re: "Objectivity" and objective moral values

Pyrrhonism: How the Ancient Greeks Reinvented Buddhism (Studies in Comparative Philosophy and Religion) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0739125079/re ... uAbRRBE0MA

On my to-read list.
by Wayfarer
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Remote Teaching Centres and Programmes
Replies: 10
Views: 905

Re: Remote Teaching Centres and Programmes

https://www.fullybeing.org/ Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Vine of Obstacles, Dosho Port's Online Zen teaching portal.
by Wayfarer
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 203
Views: 2989

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

You can look for meaning. Knock yourself out.
That statement is meaningful.

See? Wasn’t difficult.
by Wayfarer
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 203
Views: 2989

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

The search for meaning is impossible. I really don't get that either. There is a sense in which the Buddha gestures towards 'that which is beyond words', for example, the legend of Mahakasyapa and the flower. But at the same time, the 'recorded sayings of the Buddha' are voluminous and exact and th...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: 538 approves of meditation
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Re: 538 approves of meditation

I like the article. Also I find it quite honest. I really like that it notes you can 'overcommit to skepticism'. That takes true skepticism. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what is your approach to Dharma?
Replies: 42
Views: 1517

Re: what is your approach to Dharma?

My approach was from the need to find out what this 'enlightenment' thing was about. At aged about 18 or so, I became convinced that it was real, and important, and that it was important to know about it. I was often puzzled that not many other people felt like that, when it seemed obvious to me. Be...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: "Objectivity" and objective moral values
Replies: 51
Views: 1438

Re: "Objectivity" and objective moral values

Malcolm wrote:The secular west is a natural consequence of the Scottish Enlightenment...
All true, sir. And also not to be forgotten, Charles Darwin was very much influenced by ‘the Scottish Enlightenment’, unlike Alfred Russel Wallace, who rejected it, and was rejected in turn.
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: "Objectivity" and objective moral values
Replies: 51
Views: 1438

Re: "Objectivity" and objective moral values

I know what you're saying! I could simply say that Buddhists don't have a dog in the fight, and walk away. But I'm trying to understand the historical predicament of the Secular West. After all it's where I live. The whole issue that I am trying to understand is 'how did scientific materialism becom...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Wolff book about Trump
Replies: 55
Views: 1779

Re: Wolff book about Trump

There’s an article by Wolff in Hollywood Reporter about the book. Wolff points out that at the outset, he asked Trump if he could spend time at the West Wing and write a book, and conveys the fact that Trump didn’t really seem to understand the question, but didn’t say ‘no’. So the existence of this...