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by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 8271

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

A Japanese Zen teacher I know remarked RE this tendency, attributing the confusion to deep Abrahamic underpinnings carried by many westerners, unawares and despite their conscious rejection of those faith traditions. the Westerner who is attracted by Zen and who would understand it deeply must have...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 8271

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

It might be worth considering the sense in which ‘the One’ is sometimes understood in religious and spiritual thought. In this context, ‘one’ doesn’t necessarily denote a numerical unity, but something which is the same in everything. If you say that ‘there is one’ of something, then this very cogni...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 4345

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

There seems much confusion in this thread about the meaning of ‘meaning’.
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 45
Views: 1066

Re: Dog thread

@Boda - Beautiful pup. Piercing blue eyes! I have a 'sheltie cross' called River (co-incidentally!) 'Sheltie' is 'Shetland sheepdog' but they're a smallish breed, our guy is a medium dog, we think he might be a kelpie cross. Rescue dog, nine years old, totally devoted to his owner (i.e. me); general...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'
Replies: 20
Views: 722

Re: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'

Glad to see it. Keeping track of mantras during the day can be tricky. Wayfarer, I'm in Insight too. We should start a DW group if there isn't one already :) Actually I've shied away from the various social functions on Insight Timer. I literally just use it to keep time and stats. Boring, I know. ...
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma in the context of the Dharma Wheel Forum
Replies: 5
Views: 427

Re: Dharma in the context of the Dharma Wheel Forum

It's a feature of the software the Forum uses. The same software is used by all kinds of forums, not just Dharma forums, and I don't think there's any karmic implications from it. If you add another poster to your 'foes' list, all it means is you won't see their posts.
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'
Replies: 20
Views: 722

Re: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'

Online merit. Gotta love it. :smile:

I've been using Insight Timer for three years. It's now an entire social media network, although I just use it for timing. I suppose I'm also using health apps to keep track of fitness activities.

Welcome to 21st Century.
by Wayfarer
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 54
Views: 1732

Re: what do we mean by faith?

I was taught that the Buddhist word for faith, ‘sraddha’, means ‘to place ones’ heart upon’. Another definition I found helpful was ‘confidence in the principles of Buddhism’. But ‘faith’ in a mundane sense is demonstrated all the time by signing contracts, taking out insurance, and so on. All of th...
by Wayfarer
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is dependant origination eternal?
Replies: 56
Views: 1325

Re: Is dependant origination eternal?

Thank you. Citation? :namaste: Buddhism DOES NOT reject eternalism per se. It only rejects eternalism insofar as it pertains to a thing/mind/field that is permanent and unchanging. So things like Brahman, an eternal soul and a Creator God are rejected. Not only that, Buddhism also rejects nihilism i...
by Wayfarer
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Chogyam Trungpa
Replies: 19
Views: 1335

Re: Chogyam Trungpa

You could do worse than reading the article on Wikipedia about him, and then following up on the references it provides.
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Solipsism
Replies: 31
Views: 1111

Re: Solipsism

That is what he said. And in fact, it wasn’t even a new idea. St Augustine, who lived a long, long time before Descartes, said much the same: But who will doubt that he lives, remembers, understands, wills, thinks, knows, and judges? For even if he doubts, he lives. If he doubts where his doubs come...
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Solipsism
Replies: 31
Views: 1111

Re: Solipsism

No, it is realising the unconditioned, the unborn, the unmade, just as all the texts say. But that is ‘un-knowing’, as the Zen teachers instruct. ‘He that knows it, knows it not’. Descartes was actually on his way towards realising that but I think Western philosophy lost the thread somewhere along ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is dependant origination eternal?
Replies: 56
Views: 1325

Re: Is dependant origination eternal?

I think it always works that way, so is like an eternal law. But an eternal law is not an eternally-existing substance, it is not something that always exists without changing. So to ask whether 'dependent origination' is eternal, is to make it an object, which it isn't. It's just the way things work.
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Solipsism
Replies: 31
Views: 1111

Re: Solipsism

I've heard Buddhists say that Descartes was establishing a permanent self with that meditation. That would probably correspond to "establishes the 'thinking being' as an indubitable reality" in your third paragraph. And that may indeed have been his intent, but I'm not sure that's true if his meani...
by Wayfarer
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Solipsism
Replies: 31
Views: 1111

Re: Solipsism

I don't understand how there can be a conversation about solipsism. The reason solipsism is discussed at all, is as a consequence of a debate in Western academic philosophical circles, going back to Descartes’ famous ‘cogito ergo sum’ (usually translated as ‘I think, therefore I am’.) Descartes med...
by Wayfarer
Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Goodbye
Replies: 17
Views: 810

Re: Goodbye

“Malcolm” wrote:In the meantime, we observe conventions and do not assume these illusory conditions don't have rules and apparent consequences.
Thank you, that is the point I wished to clarify.
by Wayfarer
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Goodbye
Replies: 17
Views: 810

Re: Goodbye

seems a little eccentric. But I just listened to the video posted above - first Peterson video i’ve listened to, agree with it 100%. And I think there’s a reason why it was posted on this particular forum.
by Wayfarer
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Goodbye
Replies: 17
Views: 810

Re: Goodbye

All Buddhist discipline takes these ten natural principles based on our body, voice, and mind as the foundation for all vows, and so on. When we add bodhicitta on top of this, we arrive at the Mahāyāna path. This is why all Mahāyāna practice, including Dzogchen, takes the motivation to attain buddh...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello All
Replies: 15
Views: 868

Re: Hello All

Hi No_Mind1 :hi: My approach is similar to yours - although I live in Australia rather than India. But I’m a bit of an eclectic, which came from many years of visiting the Adyar Bookshop, which used to be run by the Theosophical Society, although it went out of business long since. I am not formally...
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Largest one day drop in U.S. stock market - in history
Replies: 47
Views: 1215

Re: Largest one day drop in U.S. stock market - in history

It’s worth it all, just to imagine Trump squirming about it. :smile: