simultaneity of cause and effect

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Malcolm » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:53 pm

The Cicada wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:08 pm
before being cisformed back into her normal form in that instant.
No, there is no support at all for this point of view in the text.
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[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Malcolm » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:55 pm

The Cicada wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:08 pm
but that just leaves us claiming that the other side believes in a bunch of mythological hooey.
Yes, you finally figured it out...
Buddhahood in This Life
འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔


[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Minobu » Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:24 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:55 pm
The Cicada wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:08 pm
but that just leaves us claiming that the other side believes in a bunch of mythological hooey.
Yes, you finally figured it out...
I've asked you to actually answer this question so many times and you dance around it for some odd reason.

i take it from what i've read you have written that Mahayana Sutra are just myths and legends....your words you wrote once.

So that implies that what ever you are teaching isn't reallyBuddhist but just using Buddhism as a sort of good house keeping seal of approval.

it also gives me a reason to refer to you as an elitist above the common people who believe in Buddhism as it has been handed down.

this is not some ad hominem ..it's just in line with the vague line you just used as a quote.

so lets see if you can come out with it ..

In my heart of hearts i would like to see.

No Dave i believe the Sutras are not myth or legend, in any way but the golden Words of the Buddha in fact each word of the Lotus sutra is a Golden Buddha


EDIT: In my heart of hearts i would like to see.

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Coëmgenu » Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:45 pm

Coëmgenu wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:28 pm
Why can't Mañjuśrī bodhisattva see that she is a non-retrograding bodhisattva? That is a question IMO. Is she hiding it from him? How can she do such a thing?
This question should have been about Bodhisattva Accumulated Wisdom, not Mañjuśrī bodhisattva necessarily.
世尊在靈山會上拈華示眾眾皆默然唯迦葉破顏微笑世尊云
The Lord dwelt at the Vulture Peak with the assembly and plucked a flower as a teaching. The myriad totality were silent, save for Kāśyapa, whose face cracked in a faint smile. The Lord spoke.

吾有正法眼藏涅槃妙心實相無相微妙法門不立文字教外別傳付囑摩訶迦葉。
I have the treasure of the true dharma eye, I have nirvāṇa as wondrous citta, I know signless dharmatā, the subtle dharma-gate, which is not standing on written word, which is external to scriptures, which is a special dispensation, which is entrusted to Mahākāśyapa.

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Malcolm » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:10 pm

Minobu wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:24 pm

i take it from what i've read you have written that Mahayana Sutra are just myths and legends....your words you wrote once.
I once speculated that Mahāyāna Sūtras were visionary revelations, but not records of actual historical events.

However, clinging to the events described in the Lotus Sūtra, or any other Mahāyāna Sūtra, opens up an uncomfortable can of worms for those who literally believe in the text of the sūtra in question.

For example, have you ever seen Vulture's Peak where the Buddha is said to have taught this sūtra?

Image
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How are 12,000 arhat bhikṣus supposed to fit there? Let alone, 2,000 extra, 6,000 nuns, and 80,000 bodhisattvas? Were they all levitating in space around the mountain?
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འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔


[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Coëmgenu » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:26 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:10 pm
Minobu wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:24 pm

i take it from what i've read you have written that Mahayana Sutra are just myths and legends....your words you wrote once.
I once speculated that Mahāyāna Sūtras were visionary revelations, but not records of actual historical events.

However, clinging to the events described in the Lotus Sūtra, or any other Mahāyāna Sūtra, opens up an uncomfortable can of worms for those who literally believe in the text of the sūtra in question.

For example, have you ever seen Vulture's Peak where the Buddha is said to have taught this sūtra?

Image
Image

How are 12,000 arhat bhikṣus supposed to fit there? Let alone, 2,000 extra, 6,000 nuns, and 80,000 bodhisattvas? Were they all levitating in space around the mountain?
If I recall correctly, some Buddhist scholasticists, I cannot recall from whichever tradition, hypothesized visible-or-invisible floating platforms which materialized to hold the hosts viewing the Buddha.
世尊在靈山會上拈華示眾眾皆默然唯迦葉破顏微笑世尊云
The Lord dwelt at the Vulture Peak with the assembly and plucked a flower as a teaching. The myriad totality were silent, save for Kāśyapa, whose face cracked in a faint smile. The Lord spoke.

吾有正法眼藏涅槃妙心實相無相微妙法門不立文字教外別傳付囑摩訶迦葉。
I have the treasure of the true dharma eye, I have nirvāṇa as wondrous citta, I know signless dharmatā, the subtle dharma-gate, which is not standing on written word, which is external to scriptures, which is a special dispensation, which is entrusted to Mahākāśyapa.

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Coëmgenu » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:34 pm

Coëmgenu wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:26 pm

If I recall correctly, some Buddhist scholasticists, I cannot recall from whichever tradition, hypothesized visible-or-invisible floating platforms which materialized to hold the hosts viewing the Buddha.
This is turning out to be very hard to find substantiation for, but I am giving it my best, because I swear that one cannot make this up.
世尊在靈山會上拈華示眾眾皆默然唯迦葉破顏微笑世尊云
The Lord dwelt at the Vulture Peak with the assembly and plucked a flower as a teaching. The myriad totality were silent, save for Kāśyapa, whose face cracked in a faint smile. The Lord spoke.

吾有正法眼藏涅槃妙心實相無相微妙法門不立文字教外別傳付囑摩訶迦葉。
I have the treasure of the true dharma eye, I have nirvāṇa as wondrous citta, I know signless dharmatā, the subtle dharma-gate, which is not standing on written word, which is external to scriptures, which is a special dispensation, which is entrusted to Mahākāśyapa.

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Simon E. » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:47 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:55 pm
The Cicada wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:08 pm
but that just leaves us claiming that the other side believes in a bunch of mythological hooey.
Yes, you finally figured it out...
I wouldn't go that far personally.
Myths can be very potent teaching aids.
What they are not is any kind of history or record of conventional reality.
If you use the word 'mind' without defining your terms I will ask you politely for a definition. :smile:
This is not to be awkward. But it's really not self-explanatory.

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Queequeg » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:53 pm

Simon E. wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:47 pm
What they are not is any kind of history or record of conventional reality.
That goes too far... there are plenty of things we've thought were myth, only to find evidence that they are historical accounts - albeit often times mixed with myth. King Ashoka, for instance.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Malcolm » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:56 pm

Simon E. wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:47 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:55 pm
The Cicada wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:08 pm
but that just leaves us claiming that the other side believes in a bunch of mythological hooey.
Yes, you finally figured it out...
I wouldn't go that far personally.
Myths can be very potent teaching aids.
What they are not is any kind of history or record of conventional reality.

I was pointing out the poverty of negating someone else's mythological hooey and trying to prove your own. Most Buddhist polemics boil down to exactly that unless they are strictly doctrinal, for example, Yogacara, Madhyamaka, etc.
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འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔


[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Coëmgenu » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:02 pm

Queequeg wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:53 pm
Simon E. wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:47 pm
What they are not is any kind of history or record of conventional reality.
That goes too far... there are plenty of things we've thought were myth, only to find evidence that they are historical accounts - albeit often times mixed with myth. King Ashoka, for instance.
Or the city of Troy, a famous example.

That being said, I also don't think any meteorologists are going to spot any flying jewelled stupas any time soon.
世尊在靈山會上拈華示眾眾皆默然唯迦葉破顏微笑世尊云
The Lord dwelt at the Vulture Peak with the assembly and plucked a flower as a teaching. The myriad totality were silent, save for Kāśyapa, whose face cracked in a faint smile. The Lord spoke.

吾有正法眼藏涅槃妙心實相無相微妙法門不立文字教外別傳付囑摩訶迦葉。
I have the treasure of the true dharma eye, I have nirvāṇa as wondrous citta, I know signless dharmatā, the subtle dharma-gate, which is not standing on written word, which is external to scriptures, which is a special dispensation, which is entrusted to Mahākāśyapa.

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Queequeg » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:03 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:10 pm
I once speculated that Mahāyāna Sūtras were visionary revelations, but not records of actual historical events.

However, clinging to the events described in the Lotus Sūtra, or any other Mahāyāna Sūtra, opens up an uncomfortable can of worms for those who literally believe in the text of the sūtra in question.

For example, have you ever seen Vulture's Peak where the Buddha is said to have taught this sūtra?
If the description of the assembly at the opening of the Sutra did not clue one into the nature of the teaching, the UFO emerging from the Earth should have removed all doubt. And this is coming from someone who believes the Sutra to be utterly true.

What gives?
This [Lotus] sutra deals with the original mind [of enlightenment] in the waking state. But because living beings are accustomed to thinking in the mental terms appropriate to a dream state, it borrows the language of the dream state in order to teach the waking state of the original mind. However, though the language is that employed in a dream state, the intention behind it is to give instruction in the waking state of the original mind. This is the aim of both the text of the Lotus Sutra itself and of the commentaries on it. If one does not clearly understand this, one will invariably misunderstand the wording of both the sutra and its commentaries.
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Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Malcolm » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:32 pm

Queequeg wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:03 pm

If the description of the assembly at the opening of the Sutra did not clue one into the nature of the teaching, the UFO emerging from the Earth should have removed all doubt. And this is coming from someone who believes the Sutra to be utterly true.
So you believe it be utterly true, rather then literally true?
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[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Queequeg » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:45 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:32 pm
Queequeg wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:03 pm

If the description of the assembly at the opening of the Sutra did not clue one into the nature of the teaching, the UFO emerging from the Earth should have removed all doubt. And this is coming from someone who believes the Sutra to be utterly true.
So you believe it be utterly true, rather then literally true?
Fair distinction. I included the quote to explain what I meant.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Malcolm » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:46 pm

Queequeg wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:45 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:32 pm
Queequeg wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:03 pm

If the description of the assembly at the opening of the Sutra did not clue one into the nature of the teaching, the UFO emerging from the Earth should have removed all doubt. And this is coming from someone who believes the Sutra to be utterly true.
So you believe it be utterly true, rather then literally true?
Fair distinction. I included the quote to explain what I meant.

And since you do not believe it to be literally true, Minobu should be hassling you?
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[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Queequeg » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:52 pm

Minobu and I have been down that road.

I'm just more charming✨.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Coëmgenu » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:01 pm

Queequeg wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:52 pm
Minobu and I have been down that road.

I'm just more charming✨.
You are also, I assume, quite younger. I suspect that when I am as old as Minobu, I will similarly come off as out-of-touch with "new" things and ideas in general, for the simple reason that they are 'new' and I will not be. This goes equally for things that are "contemporarily new" and things that are "new to me".

I suspect that I will talk about things that other people are not familiar with. I suspect that I will assume any educated person is familiar with them. I suspect that I will draw greatly upon personal experience and deeply personal modes of communication, simply because I will have had a great deal more 'personal experiences' than I have now, generally.
世尊在靈山會上拈華示眾眾皆默然唯迦葉破顏微笑世尊云
The Lord dwelt at the Vulture Peak with the assembly and plucked a flower as a teaching. The myriad totality were silent, save for Kāśyapa, whose face cracked in a faint smile. The Lord spoke.

吾有正法眼藏涅槃妙心實相無相微妙法門不立文字教外別傳付囑摩訶迦葉。
I have the treasure of the true dharma eye, I have nirvāṇa as wondrous citta, I know signless dharmatā, the subtle dharma-gate, which is not standing on written word, which is external to scriptures, which is a special dispensation, which is entrusted to Mahākāśyapa.

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Simon E. » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:10 pm

Queequeg wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:53 pm
Simon E. wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:47 pm
What they are not is any kind of history or record of conventional reality.
That goes too far... there are plenty of things we've thought were myth, only to find evidence that they are historical accounts - albeit often times mixed with myth. King Ashoka, for instance.
I think there is a clear difference between speculative history which is subsequently shown to be factual, and myth... which is of a different order of reality. But may still be 'true' inasmuch as it throws light on real processes and truths.
If you use the word 'mind' without defining your terms I will ask you politely for a definition. :smile:
This is not to be awkward. But it's really not self-explanatory.

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Simon E. » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:15 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:56 pm
Simon E. wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:47 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:55 pm


Yes, you finally figured it out...
I wouldn't go that far personally.
Myths can be very potent teaching aids.
What they are not is any kind of history or record of conventional reality.

I was pointing out the poverty of negating someone else's mythological hooey and trying to prove your own. Most Buddhist polemics boil down to exactly that unless they are strictly doctrinal, for example, Yogacara, Madhyamaka, etc.
My PC skills are still pretty primitive, so I don't always edit quotes skillfully enough.
The 'not going that far' was in response to 'hooey'.. :smile:
If you use the word 'mind' without defining your terms I will ask you politely for a definition. :smile:
This is not to be awkward. But it's really not self-explanatory.

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Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Post by Minobu » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:27 pm

for me the happenings in the Lotus that seem incredible are down to the Buddha's powers./
And somewhere on here i mentioned that not everyone could see what was happening and that it was something that people could take part in due to the Buddha's power.

so like some tourista walking around at the time would see a barren mountainside...whilst all this was going on...

now maybe it is like Nichiren daishonin explained.
This [Lotus] sutra deals with the original mind [of enlightenment] in the waking state. But because living beings are accustomed to thinking in the mental terms appropriate to a dream state, it borrows the language of the dream state in order to teach the waking state of the original mind. However, though the language is that employed in a dream state, the intention behind it is to give instruction in the waking state of the original mind. This is the aim of both the text of the Lotus Sutra itself and of the commentaries on it. If one does not clearly understand this, one will invariably misunderstand the wording of both the sutra and its commentaries.
but the real question is how does the Sutra come to be.

All were written well after the Parinirvana of the Buddha Sakyamuni ?

all start with thus i heard....
so who heard from who and how.

there is a difference between writing a story made up and writing something you heard.

how far down the myth and legend rabbit hole do you want to go....

is it all just along the lines of some contrived thing like placing a crown on a king's head and verifying that God willed this....you now belong to him and are ruled by him and we his priests can attest to this.

i can easily see it being the same paradigm to control people and be their high priests and bring about a new world order way back when...

i appreciate malcolm's take on it and i don;t hassle anyone except in getting them to say what they really think and believe...

Malcolm seems very politically correct in his answers ...

if i hassle it is for a more lucid blunt answer...


so lets have it then
"who heard from who and how". some sort of Dharmakaya thing?
a vision?

did the Stupa come out of the ground as some huger than huge thing with Buddhas inside it ....did certain qualified people see this in some sort of Samadhi happening.

is is all just
This [Lotus] sutra deals with the original mind [of enlightenment] in the waking state. But because living beings are accustomed to thinking in the mental terms appropriate to a dream state, it borrows the language of the dream state in order to teach the waking state of the original mind. However, though the language is that employed in a dream state, the intention behind it is to give instruction in the waking state of the original mind. This is the aim of both the text of the Lotus Sutra itself and of the commentaries on it. If one does not clearly understand this, one will invariably misunderstand the wording of both the sutra and its commentaries.
but again ..who came up with it and how...

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