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by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:02 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 25375

Re: Online Philosophy & Buddhology Resources

The Berzin Archives . "The Berzin Archives is a collection of translations and teachings by Dr. Alexander Berzin primarily on the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Covering the areas of sutra, tantra, Kalachakra, dzogchen, and mahamudra meditation, the Archives presents materia...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Richard Dawkins: If I met god when I die
Replies: 48
Views: 5518

Re: Richard Dawkins: If I met god when I die

A great deal of the problems caused by fundamentalism all come down to the desire for certainty . This is accentuated by the giddiness of the modern predicament. 'Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold'. 'The old is dying, the new is waiting to be born'. It took 500,000 years to learn how to slig...
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 11666

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

Experience of debating such questions on forums, and talking to friends, indicates that the only real answer to this question is 'sensitivity to suffering' - in other words, the ability to respond to the noble truth of suffering. If a person is not open to this possibility, then there is no way to t...
by Wayfarer
Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The West's conflict with mixing spirituality and materiality
Replies: 33
Views: 5838

Re: The West's conflict with mixing spirituality and materiality

Money is more like a subset of the "8 worldy concerns" here under as parsed by HH The Dalai Lama: 1. Attachment to getting and keeping material things. 2. Aversion to not getting material things or being separated from them. 3. Attachment to praise, hearing nice words, and feeling encouraged. 4. Ave...
by Wayfarer
Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Richard Dawkins: If I met god when I die
Replies: 48
Views: 5518

Re: Richard Dawkins: If I met god when I die

Everyone seems to have a different notion of what the idea "God" is, so proving or disproving that idea seems like a fruitless exercise. Quite true. In fact the Madhyamikas would say that any assertion about something conceived as 'the absolute', whether positive (exists) or negative (doesn't exist...
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Richard Dawkins: If I met god when I die
Replies: 48
Views: 5518

Re: Richard Dawkins: If I met god when I die

In my view, Dawkins notion of God is essentially meaningless (which is ironic considering how many books it has sold). He says in his book The God Delusion that God must be 'infinitely complex', on the grounds that 'a thing that designs must be more complex than what is designed.' But this is nothin...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The West's conflict with mixing spirituality and materiality
Replies: 33
Views: 5838

Re: The West's conflict with mixing spirituality and materiality

what comes first, that is the key. I think if you practice seriously, then your motivation for truth comes first, no matter what the cost. If you put your well-being first, and start wondering how, perhaps, your practice can support your well-being, I don't think that is a sound motivation.
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:29 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The West's conflict with mixing spirituality and materiality
Replies: 33
Views: 5838

Re: The West's conflict with mixing spirituality and materiality

My perspective is that Nichiren Buddhism gets "bashed" for something that I think is representative in the Asian cultures: focusing on being successful and happy in the material world. This is like the 'prosperity gospel' in the West. You know, God wants you to enjoy all the good things in life, th...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:54 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The West's conflict with mixing spirituality and materiality
Replies: 33
Views: 5838

Re: The West's conflict with mixing spirituality and materiality

I think that is simply human nature. It was necessary even in the earliest stratum of the teachings for the Vinaya to explicitly ban fortune-telling, faith healing and so on. There is power associated with all religious teachings, and Buddhism is no exception. Of course the Buddha has renounced all ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Thoughts on consciousness
Replies: 5
Views: 958

Re: Thoughts on consciousness

First, thanks for a very heart-felt and deeply thought post. A couple of points in response. I understand the general question very much the same way you do. As for which school I am in, I don't really have an answer. I have associations with Tibetan, Theravada, Zen and Mahayana schools. But there i...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:36 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings and Salutations
Replies: 5
Views: 949

Re: Greetings and Salutations

So long all.
by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions regardin God and Nirvana
Replies: 45
Views: 4586

Re: Questions regardin God and Nirvana

actually there is a much better text in that archive about Buddhism and God. It starts here and continues on for a few chapters. It was translated by Paul Carus who seems to have his own particular understanding of the question, but it is quite interesting, from the viewpoint of comparative studies.
by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: American to become abbott of Tibetan Buddhist Monastry
Replies: 5
Views: 865

American to become abbott of Tibetan Buddhist Monastry

The Dalai Lama has given Nicholas Vreeland, director of The Tibet Center in New York, a daunting new assignment. On July 6, Vreeland will be enthroned as the new abbot of Rato Monastery in southern India, one of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism. He will be the first Westerner to h...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:36 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen
Replies: 172
Views: 25295

Re: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen

Further to the above, detailed critique of that paper has gone up on ZFI. The thread this is linked to is actually referenced in the paper.
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:36 am
Forum: Media
Topic: NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"
Replies: 8
Views: 1595

Re: NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"

I don't distrust science or scientists, but dislike materialism and reductionism. The idea that we can figure out human nature by understanding 'how the brain works' is a fantasy of omniscience in my view. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:06 am
Forum: Media
Topic: NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"
Replies: 8
Views: 1595

Re: NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"

This is not a new story, Jill Bolte Taylor has appeared on Oprah and written a book about her experience. And I think what she has to say is important and worthwhile, especially coming from a neuroscientist, who are often thought to be hardcore materialists.
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen
Replies: 172
Views: 25295

Re: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen

same thing happens in all manner of religious groups, also the armed services, politics, financial services, and so on. There is a long-running thread on ZFI about one of these two cases. And the Zen teachers in the US have signed on to an agreement of some kind (I can't remember the details) specif...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions regardin God and Nirvana
Replies: 45
Views: 4586

Re: Questions regardin God and Nirvana

aha that explains it I thought the milk was off......
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:41 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions regardin God and Nirvana
Replies: 45
Views: 4586

Re: Questions regardin God and Nirvana

How about - 'soul is a quality not an entity'?