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by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: NATURE
Replies: 24
Views: 518

Re: NATURE

kalden yungdrung wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:54 pm

This wonderful little bird was discovered recently somewhere in China.
...I would like to know for sure if this is real, it seems very much like video manipulation to me. Is there a source for it?
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 551

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

Buddhism doesn't require belief in God or gods from anyone, full stop. Best to put it to one side - just do the practice and the study and suspend judgement about it. And, resist the urge to get involved in debates about it. That would be my advice.
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 17
Views: 492

Re: What is reborn after death?

So you're asking, 'how does it benefit me?' That is indeed a good question to contemplate.
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 19
Views: 503

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Thanks. That is interesting indeed! There are many convergences between the Forest tradition and Zen tradition, and I've noticed a certain Zen-like sensibility in Ven. Sumedho's talks and writings. But I think you would agree, as Ajahn Chah's practice was rooted in the Thai forest tradition, then th...
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are Buddhas formless or form?
Replies: 13
Views: 414

Re: Are Buddhas formless or form?

The original question has been addressed by the citations provided here. Speculation about what 'formless' means is not conducive to sound practice, so this thread is now locked. Please PM any objections.
by Wayfarer
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 19
Views: 503

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

JMGinPDX wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:49 pm
Ajahn Chah started out practicing Zen, as did his disciple Ajahn Sumedho...
Do you have a source for that? I don't think Ajahn Chah ever practiced outside Thailand, and Zen lineages are generally not represented there.
by Wayfarer
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 17
Views: 492

Re: What is reborn after death?

I've learned that according to Buddhism, personality consists of five elements (Five skandhas). And that our life it is a set of moments. Nothing is permanent. But I still can't get one thing. For example, a person, because of disease will lose feelings, will he not be a person or personality? He w...
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 17
Views: 492

Re: What is reborn after death?

Lotus891 wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:37 pm
Buddhism teaches us about Anatta. But what is reborns then, if there is no Atta? Consciousness (vijñāna-skandha)?
There is no subject of experience that migrates from life to life. Rather, the processes that give rise to the sense of being a subject, continue to do so again and again.
by Wayfarer
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 19
Views: 503

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Agree with most of the above, although not inclined to dismiss 'hinayana' as inferior out of hand. But an important point is to understand the dialectical nature of (especially) early Buddhism. 'Dialectic' refers to a mode of exposition arising from a dialogue between differing perspectives. You als...
by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Finland
Replies: 4
Views: 112

Re: Greetings from Finland

Welcome Germanius :hi:
by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?
Replies: 49
Views: 815

Re: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?

The problem is, as has been demonstrated time and again, that for Trump, and for Trump supporters, facts don't matter . There is no such thing as an objective reality - truth is what Trump says it is. Just like his attorney Guiliani said a couple of weeks back 'truth is not the truth'. ERGO, there i...
by Wayfarer
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?
Replies: 49
Views: 815

Re: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?

Forgets ‘parable of the raft, and also the Diamond Sutra. Ultimately there are no Buddhists, and the Buddha himself is nobody in particular. Shocking but true.
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?
Replies: 49
Views: 815

Re: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?

Note the OP title is about 'being a Republican'. It's worth recalling that in a representative democracy, you can vote for a party without belonging to it - in other words, not actually being a party member. So the thread could have been titled 'to vote Republican', rather than to be Republican. Man...
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: 10 Most Dangerous Roads In India
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: 10 Most Dangerous Roads In India

They're not only in the Himalaya:

by Wayfarer
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: End of suffering
Replies: 27
Views: 1255

Re: End of suffering

Dharmawheel Forum is not an appropriate medium for dealing with problems of the kind being discussed here. Accordingly this thread is being locked.
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:
Replies: 20
Views: 467

Re: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:

bokki wrote:would you say something, in reply, what do you think????
'Something which is only useful for stirring up trouble on internet forums. Other than that, no value'.
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: 435

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...

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