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by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: One path or two
Replies: 19
Views: 911

Re: One path or two

The Universe Is Waking Up dhivan thomas jones, Western Buddhist Review - a relevant review of Thomas Nagel's book Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False Nagel’s starting point is not simply that he finds materialism partial or unconvincing,...
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: One path or two
Replies: 19
Views: 911

Re: One path or two

There are various ‘new age’ type philosophies that talk about ‘evolutionary enlightenment’ - the idea that evolution itself is a kind of spiritual process, or the expression of a spiritual process. Similar ideas are also found in various non-orthodox Western philosophers like Pierre Tielhard du Char...
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 1441

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

Hence my "is no thesis it's own thesis?" Trying to tackle this again. The Tathagatha is 'gone beyond'; and one of the whole class of things 'gone beyond' are indeed theses, views, or opinions. So to the extent that 'a view' amounts to an opinion or a particular perspective, then the Tathagatha is b...
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 1441

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

I could respond by saying ‘if it’s something, then it’s “eternalism”, if it’s nothing, then it’s “nihilism”. I hope that is not too trite an answer. But a verse does come to mind here: any physical form by which one describing the Tathagata would describe him: That the Tathagata has abandoned, its r...
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 1441

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

Coëmgenu wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:52 am
Hence my "is no thesis it's own thesis?"
Only if you make something of it. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 1441

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

Incidentally, the "Noble Silence" itself is position 4, the eel-wriggler's. The difference is that the amaravikṣepa has no thesis, and the Buddha, allegedly, has a thesis, which is dependent origination. That is really the only thing separating the Buddhas and the eel-wrigglers. Of course, above, w...
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Worship of Donald Trump
Replies: 91
Views: 1729

Re: The Worship of Donald Trump

that leads into the whole subject of religion as ritual magic which I think is clearly connected with the image in the OP. And that in turn can be related to ideas like ‘prosperity gospel’ where religious ritual is seen to be a form of magic aimed at generating prosperity. I’m sure that occurs in Bu...
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?
Replies: 23
Views: 882

Re: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?

I think the confusion comes through viewing samsara as a place. :thumbsup: From the point of view of Madhyamaka, there were never any existent beings in the first place. In fact, the mistaken notion that oneself is truly existent is the chief delusion of sentient beings. Can a distinction be made b...
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Worship of Donald Trump
Replies: 91
Views: 1729

Re: The Worship of Donald Trump

there was a phenomenon in New Guinea for decades called 'cargo cults'. A cargo cult is a belief system found in developing cultures in which adherents practice rituals which are aimed at bringing modern goods and technological culture. These cults were first described in Melanesia the colonial perio...
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 Final Report (Shambhala/Sakyong Mipham/etc)
Replies: 53
Views: 2789

Re: Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 Final Report (Shambhala/Sakyong Mipham/etc)

I don’t want to convey the idea that I posted that quote in because I am supporting or defending whatever has happened. It was simply that when I did a search on that story, one of the first links that came up was a statement by the organisation so I thought for the sake of completeness it was worth...
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 Final Report (Shambhala/Sakyong Mipham/etc)
Replies: 53
Views: 2789

Re: Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 Final Report (Shambhala/Sakyong Mipham/etc)

Shambhala has issued a statement. In a statement Thursday, Shambhala International rejected the report's findings. "These allegations are not only unfounded, but they each are based on speculative and unsubstantiated claims made by a single unnamed source," the Buddhist organization said of one seri...
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Insulting a religion
Replies: 22
Views: 877

Re: Insulting a religion

What kind of penalty does that attract? Do people go to jail for it?
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Insulting a religion
Replies: 22
Views: 877

Re: Insulting a religion

Usually in Thailand, foreigners get into trouble for insulting the monarchy, not Buddhism. Respect for the sovereign is covered by a law called 'lese majeste' and it is very strictly observed in Thailand.
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Insulting a religion
Replies: 22
Views: 877

Re: Insulting a religion

Let's not forget what happened to Governor Ahok.
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can a Stream Enterer believe in silly things?
Replies: 25
Views: 961

Re: Can a Stream Enterer believe in silly things?

I would think the answer to the question is 'yes', but then I'd add - isn't that part of the reason for 'not holding to views?' Remember the aggi-vachagotta-sutta about the shortcomings of clinging to 'thickets and writhings of views'. I think the correct attitude is, not to say that you don't belie...
by Wayfarer
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Remote Teaching Centres and Programmes
Replies: 14
Views: 1375

Re: Remote Teaching Centres and Programmes

I posted the last one to try and keep these resources in one thread. I haven’t really been able to settle into any of the particular online offerings as yet, although I am keeping up every day practice and reading. But what with the amount of activity going on in this online teaching space, I think ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Remote Teaching Centres and Programmes
Replies: 14
Views: 1375

Re: Remote Teaching Centres and Programmes

International Buddhist Studies Online programme : The IBA STUDIES ONLINE website has been created to offer students from all over the world access to the Dharma courses held over the past years at the International Buddhist Academy in Kathmandu, Nepal. The courses are all free of cost. In accordanc...
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 38
Views: 1139

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

It’s not so much that he considers himself academic, as this is the kind of effort it takes to get some kind of profile from the position he’s in as an independent scholar. I respect the guy’s diligence and obvious acuity, but I do wonder about the motivation. Anyway I recall reading Tricycle piece ...
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 53
Views: 1151

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

If it came to that, the 1% wouldn't constitute a single decent snack for the 99%. :smile:

And then it would be back to hunter-gatherer. :stirthepot:
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 53
Views: 1151

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

What has been or is being destroyed in American civil discourse is the idea of principled opposition . This is the essential idea of allowing for a range of viewpoints and differences of view which can be accommodated even though they plainly disagree. Now, the aim is to vilify and destroy one's opp...

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