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by Wayfarer
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Confronting Mortality
Replies: 15
Views: 526

Re: Confronting Mortality

Agree with the spirit of the above post. In a profound sense, *all* Buddhist practice is concerned with 'confronting mortality'. There is a saying in many spiritual traditions, not only Buddhism, that the aim of spiritual discipline is to 'practice for death'. After all, one of the 'four sights' tha...
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 795

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

on one hand we are taught the the illusion of individual existence (a.k.a. independent self) is fundamental ignorance, the cause of all suffering, and it must be countered with buddhist ethics, meditation and wisdom practice. Clear. Then we are taught to accept and revere individual buddhas. Why th...
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello everyone
Replies: 4
Views: 116

Re: Hello everyone

Welcome, and ask away.
by Wayfarer
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 94
Views: 28068

Re: Brief members bios - please contribute!

Welcome to DharmaWheel :hi: DharmaWheel is not really an interfaith forum as it's dedicated to Buddhism, but there are quite a few interfaith books and resources I am aware of that might be of help. There is quite a flourishing exchange of views between Christian and Buddhists particularly in Zen. J...
by Wayfarer
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Did Nichiren believe in demons?
Replies: 7
Views: 261

Re: Did Nichiren believe in demons?

There is saying from Western literature, ‘the greatest trick of the devil was to convince us he doesn’t exist’. I’m not superstitious, but I believe that to be true, and that there are demonic beings, just as there angelic. This is one of the reasons to take refuge, because over those who have taken...
by Wayfarer
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB
Replies: 56
Views: 2269

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

The two traditions seem far more alike from outside than from within. From the outside perspective, i.e. as a Westerner, both of them share the same sacramental language, Sanskrit, and have also influenced each other by defining their tenets in opposition to each other. According to one of the sourc...
by Wayfarer
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is Dualism truly?
Replies: 19
Views: 661

Re: What is Dualism truly?

I thought the self was a delusion that didn't really exist... 'I thought', eh? :smile: There is no use thinking 'the self is a delusion', because until we really see through that delusion then it's a reality for us. In other words, it's not much use entertaining such an idea as a theory, when in pr...
by Wayfarer
Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there just one Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 795

Re: Is there just one Buddha?

Source of being/ground of being/origin. Unborn/uncreated/not begotten. Known through un-knowing, un-binding, un-becoming. All discursive analysis useless noise, beating of a tin drum, dog chasing own tail.
by Wayfarer
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is Dualism truly?
Replies: 19
Views: 661

Re: What is Dualism truly?

You will get many different answers to such a broad question, but the way I would answer it, is to understand it through the history of ideas. It’s with the philosophy of Descartes that modern Western dualism really started, as he divided ‘being’ into ‘res cogitans’ (thinking subject) and ‘res exten...
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there no contradiction here?
Replies: 15
Views: 580

Re: Is there no contradiction here?

I believe the Four Noble Truths of the Buddha are of great depth, and that they represent all that ever needs to be understood. We have the idea that they're something simple to understand, because they're spelled out and repeated and memorised, and so we think we understand what they mean. But the ...
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Amazon links are bugged
Replies: 12
Views: 2070

Re: Amazon links are bugged

Amazon actually has a neat system - if you look at most book pages, there’s a ‘share’ link which connects to a short permalink like so http://a.co/d/eULeeMr It’s usually above the panel to the right of the page next to the other share icons, but sometimes it’s further down on left. I have noticed th...
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there no contradiction here?
Replies: 15
Views: 580

Re: Is there no contradiction here?

I have an academic text, Re-thinking the Buddha , Eviatar Schulman, which claims that the present-day doctrinal formulation of the Four Noble Truths is a refined presentation of the original teaching that emerged over the course of centuries. To be honest, having ordered the book from Amazon, I coul...
by Wayfarer
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: American Circumcision
Replies: 35
Views: 1121

Re: American Circumcision

frankly it amazes me the things that some people will protest about. (I was going to say 'Americans' but that might be discriminatory.) :thinking:
by Wayfarer
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Karma and insanity
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Re: Karma and insanity

Hi Revata, welcome to DharmaWheel. Karma is not really 'written up', although I suppose as a metaphor that is kind of what it seems like. The key point about the Buddhist understanding of 'karma' is indeed the quality of intention that motivates an action. In fact that is one of the ways in which th...
by Wayfarer
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The future is here ... and it doesn't look pretty
Replies: 8
Views: 411

Re: The future is here ... and it doesn't look pretty

The China Social Credit system is indeed highly creepy and should be called out. There is plenty of informed commentary on this topic, and it sounds like something that ought to be discussed, as it is truly Orwellian in design and intention. There are, meanwhile, anonymous web browsers becoming avai...
by Wayfarer
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Information on outdoor meditation hut
Replies: 5
Views: 239

Re: Information on outdoor meditation hut

I also am thinking yurt. And nowadays with inexpensive solar you could even power it ‘off the grid’.

by Wayfarer
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Donate to the center or to the teacher?
Replies: 6
Views: 288

Re: Donate to the center or to the teacher?

When attending a teaching then Dana to the teacher is appropriate. But in terms of general practice, I would think donation to a centre or organisation is preferable. All of which depends on many other factors which you have to make a judgement about case by case.
by Wayfarer
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who Would Eat This
Replies: 9
Views: 344

Re: Who Would Eat This

It is Portland.

[Note to self: must go there one day.]
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools
Replies: 18
Views: 636

Re: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools

Another point is that fundamentalism is very much part of the reaction against the pace of change in the modern world. It's like a backlash against modernity (Karen Armstrong wrote a book about it). The word 'fundamentalism' itself was coined in the late nineteenth c in the US, to describe a kind of...
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools
Replies: 18
Views: 636

Re: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools

Fundamentalism is a personality trait.

- low tolerance for ambiguity/uncertainty
- values authority figures and strong guidelines
- strong distinction between own-group/s and 'others'.

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