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by Wayfarer
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1789

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

There is a similar process of liberation in Neoplatonic thought... Thanks for that analysis, I too have found many parallels with neo-Platonism. There's a suggestive passage in D T Suzuki's preamble to his translation of the Lanka, about the parallels between the Sanskrit 'pravritti' and the Greek ...
by Wayfarer
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1789

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

you should be able to analyze the object which causes anger and reduce it to its basic characteristic, which is "non-arisen", being neither existent nor non-existent That really hits the nail on the head. It makes it clear the sense in which the expression ‘non-arisen’ is meant. Also, that it perta...
by Wayfarer
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nagarjuna and the chariot argument for emptiness
Replies: 8
Views: 271

Re: Nagarjuna and the chariot argument for emptiness

I posted a thread on the other Wheel about Milinda’s Chariot. I expressed some doubt that ‘the Venerable Nagasena’ who tells the parable, really is just ‘a collection of parts’. Also I note that ‘the chariot’ in addition to being ‘a collection of parts’, is also a designed object which fulfils a cer...
by Wayfarer
Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: OBERF - Out of Body Experience Research Foundation
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: OBERF - Out of Body Experience Research Foundation

I would love it if every time you tried to visit their lab, there was a sign on the door saying ‘away from office’ :smile:
by Wayfarer
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Media
Topic: "Wild Wild Country" - Osho documentary on Netflix
Replies: 42
Views: 1345

Re: "Wild Wild Country" - Osho documentary on Netflix

Really don’t want to know. I borrowed one of Rajneesh’ books from my Uni library in the late seventies before he was famous, and made him as a phoney. He had been a lecturer in Religious Studies at Indian universities and was obviously charismatic and highly educated, but I felt he was a phoney from...
by Wayfarer
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1789

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

Thank you, Astus. As this is the Academic forum, it is interesting to notice that this passage: Being does not arise, since it exists. Non-being does not arise, since it does not exist. Being and non-being [together] do not arise, due to [their] heterogeneity. Consequently they do not endure or vani...
by Wayfarer
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1789

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

Have you explored the Gelugpa presentation of emptiness? It sounds like you’d like it. What I know, I like. Re: mowing. :twothumbsup: ( I can’t help but remember you have two cows .) The ‘mowing’ analogy was obviously light-hearted but it is something that occurs to me in many of the discussions ab...
by Wayfarer
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1789

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

They don't arise ultimately, they do arise conventionally, sometimes people (not just anyone) say they don't arise conventionally either. When nothing arises, even conventionally, what is the point of even positing a conventional? Precisely! There are some very good answers and sources here, which ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1789

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

Still begs the question of why Madhyamika is not simply nihilism, i.e. 'nothing is real'. It is one thing to say that 'appearances are empty' but another to say that 'nothing whatever exists' - and the latter is nihilism. ('Nihil' means 'nothing', so 'nihilism' means literally 'nothing-ism'.) There'...
by Wayfarer
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is it good not to exist?
Replies: 29
Views: 934

Re: Is it good not to exist?

'Beyond existence', 'gone beyond', and so on, are not merely non-existence: “Śāriputra, foolish ordinary beings do not have the wisdom that comes from hearing the Dharma. When they hear about a Tathāgata’s entering nirvāṇa, they take the wrong view of cessation or extinction. Because of their percep...
by Wayfarer
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1789

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

Norwegian wrote: Try studying Nagarjuna's MMK
Oh, I have. I have not had a traditionalist Buddhist education, but I do have a Master's Degree in Buddhist Studies.
by Wayfarer
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1789

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

Many thanks Way-Fun.

Thanks for the sources. They are deep teachings indeed, I will continue to meditate on them.

Also, I remembered after having posted it, that the saying 'from the beginning, not a single thing is', is from the Platform Sutra of Huineng.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1789

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

Thanks, all - I do get the general drift of the expression. But I do sometimes encounter it in discussions here, in forms like, 'from the beginning, not a single thing exists'. And that is a radical thing to say. After all, the philosophy that 'nothing really exists' is exactly the meaning of 'philo...
by Wayfarer
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Discussion/debate/argument
Replies: 61
Views: 977

Re: Discussion/debate/argument

Jeff H - IN relations to that particular argument, about how ‘God creates according to his will’ etc - it occurs to me that the recently deceased Stephen Hawking firmly held to the view that the Universe is self-creating. He arrived at this, mainly due to his disdain for religion, to which he was fa...
by Wayfarer
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 1789

‘Dharmas do not arise’

From here

I do encounter this declaration on DharmaWheel regularly, but I don’t understand it. What I always want to say is ‘but I still have to mow the lawn’. So - what does it mean?
by Wayfarer
Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 8317

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

And what are the implications of the quasi-Vedanta usage? There is a Buddhist term for non-dual, which is ‘advaya’. It is similar, but different, to the Hindu ‘advaita’. They’re different forms of non-dualism. And in this thread I think the distinction is being blurred. Here are some sources on the...
by Wayfarer
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 8317

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

What it actually is cannot be described, and that includes how it exists or not exist. But there's your incoherence in a nutshell! The subject of the indefinite article, 'it', in this sentence, can't be described, and can't be said to exist nor not exist. So - what are you actually talking about? W...
by Wayfarer
Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Discussion/debate/argument
Replies: 61
Views: 977

Re: Discussion/debate/argument

That really does rip off Maslow’s triangle so will post it here just to illustrate that:

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We can argue about that if you want but just sayin’
by Wayfarer
Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 8317

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

I am interested in what this inconsistency in my approach that you are alluding to. Educate me. Because you are saying that there is an existing but ineffable ultimate which is foundational. You acknowledge that it is ‘beyond thought’ but that it still ‘exists’. This is the only point at issue. It ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Worship?
Replies: 14
Views: 460

Re: Worship?

‘From the Mahayana point of view, beings are divisible into two heads: those that are enlightened and those that are ignorant. The former are called Buddhas including also Bodhisattvas, Arhats, and Pratyekabuddhas while the latter comprise all the rest of beings under the general designation of bala...