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by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: escape from samsara
Replies: 16
Views: 477

Re: escape from samsara

also, isn't there a Pema Chodron book called 'Wisdom of No Escape?' I haven't actually read it, but I think that's what it's about.
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: escape from samsara
Replies: 16
Views: 477

Re: escape from samsara

My understanding of the Mahāyāna teaching, is that I don't think it's a matter of 'escaping' so much, as a matter of 'letting go'. The teaching is: when you seize or cling to saṃsāra, it is the source of suffering, when you release it, it's the source of joy. In comments on The Fundamental Wisdom of...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the difference between trance and meditation?
Replies: 10
Views: 428

Re: What's the difference between trance and meditation?

I had thought that the 'states of jhana' in the Pali text corresponded to trance states (or 'rapture'). And I don't really see why 'trance' is a pejorative term or something that ought to be avoided. There are many accounts of yogis (Buddhist and other) entering states where their metabolic signs sl...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The merit of supporting Christian monastics?
Replies: 11
Views: 539

Re: The merit of supporting Christian monastics?

I have to say, I am very dubious about 'calculating' the various 'amounts of merit' that one is likely to 'receive' for so-called 'meritorious acts'. I think it is worth meditating on the Diamond Sutra in this regard, for example Chapter 4 : “Furthermore, Subhuti, in the practice of compassion and c...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Australia/NZ
Topic: Buddhism and Philosophy - 1 Day Workshop, Melbourne
Replies: 0
Views: 334

Buddhism and Philosophy - 1 Day Workshop, Melbourne

Buddhism and Philosophy: A Workshop with Professor Jay L Garfield When: 9.30am-5.00pm, 10 August Where: Deakin Downtown, Level 12 Tower 2, 727 Collins St, Melbourne In his book Engaging Buddhism, Jay Garfield states that he aimed “to show that we in the West can talk with, not about, philosophers an...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Enlightenment vs. Liberation vs. Awakening
Replies: 10
Views: 1214

Re: Enlightenment vs. Liberation vs. Awakening

'Pristine cognition' sure has to be pretty close to the English expression 'purity of heart', doesn't it? :shrug:

[By gosh that's big sig you've got there. Reminds me of that current movie title, 'Three Billboards' although in this case, it's only one. :smile: )
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Help Required
Topic: a silly request
Replies: 41
Views: 710

Re: a silly request

Jesse - I think all of us here are very concerned for your well-being. If what you say is true, you really urgently do need medical attention, so please do go to a hospital and get yourself looked after.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nagarjuna on Awareness
Replies: 8
Views: 438

Re: Nagarjuna on Awareness

As soon as you use the terminology 'permanent thing' you're already off the mark! Awareness isn't any thing whatever, and certainly not an object or anything to which the term 'permanent' might be applied. You're experiencing 'grasping' when you ask the question. So while it is true that Yogacara an...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 31, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism on actors
Replies: 59
Views: 1713

Re: Buddhism on actors

ShineeSeoul wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 5:02 am
is there sutras were Buddha talk about it?
Read the OP!
by Wayfarer
Thu May 31, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mountains and Rivers quote
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: Mountains and Rivers quote

Greetings and welcome. I think it's a koan. It was popularised by a song by the folk-rock artist Donovan, back in the sixties, in the song First there is a Mountain (then there is no mountain, then there is.) So that way it entered popular culture. One of the scholars here will know the exact proven...
by Wayfarer
Wed May 30, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmavidya's Authorization to teach
Replies: 11
Views: 490

Re: Dharmavidya's Authorization to teach

For what it's worth, I like David Brazier's writing. I had a collection of his aphorisms stuck to the study wall for a long while, and I have a few of his books on Kindle. As he's a Brit, of about the same age (or about 5 years older), I find he's a good counterpoint to Stephen Batchelor's 'Buddhist...
by Wayfarer
Tue May 29, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Review - 'Buddhism without Nirvāṇa or Nirvāṇa without Buddhism'?
Replies: 2
Views: 430

Review - 'Buddhism without Nirvāṇa or Nirvāṇa without Buddhism'?

I came across this paper in the regular update from Sutta Central: Buddhism without Nirvāṇa , or Nirvāṇa without Buddhism . It's a review of two recently published books, the first on 'mindfulness in America', the second on the origins of mindfulness meditation in Burmese Buddhism. I was particularl...
by Wayfarer
Sat May 26, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

His essay Darwinism Applied to Man , ends with this paragraph: (...) we possess intellectual and moral faculties which could not have been so developed, but must have had another origin; and for this origin we can only find an adequate cause in the unseen universe of Spirit. In this thread was the ...
by Wayfarer
Sat May 26, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

I was taught at school that evolution is the 'survival of the fittest', but upon reflection, it seems to me that this is not the case. The phrase 'survival of the fittest' was coined by Herbert Spencer who was a contemporary of Darwin. But Darwin approved of it, and according to the Wikipedia artic...
by Wayfarer
Fri May 25, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

From which:
As for the so-called science, there is no real thing called science. People just made up the name "science" and called it that. It's actually just a body of theories.
Anyone who believes this should clearly renounce modern technology as it's all obviously bogus. :tongue:
by Wayfarer
Fri May 25, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

Supramundane wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 2:28 am
as you have reminded us, Tom, we are made of nuclear waste (!).
'We are stardust' is a nicer way of putting it. (From Joni Mitchell)
by Wayfarer
Fri May 25, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Father Francis Tiso Dzogchen & Early Christianity Connection
Replies: 50
Views: 9636

Re: Father Francis Tiso Dzogchen & Early Christianity Connection

To be more precise, only certain teachings [of Origen's] were condemned As a casual student of these subjects, I had the idea that the main cause for Origen's condemnation was the rejection of his 'doctrine of the pre-existence of souls' as 'a monstrous heresy'. This has been famously, if incorrect...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 24, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism on actors
Replies: 59
Views: 1713

Re: Buddhism on actors

Not sure if I understand the the passage below correctly, but it alludes that actors would go to hell. One thing I learned from Buddhism is that karma is generated by intention? And that one who upholds the five precept will will be reborn again as human? So, if an actor does not intentionally do a...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 24, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

Not that simians would have any such knowledge.....

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