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by Caodemarte
Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Schools of Buddhism mind map
Replies: 4
Views: 81

Re: Schools of Buddhism mind map

It is a noble effort. I hope corrections are welcome. On the the Zen side, for example, is not correct to separate the Caodong line from Linji line. At least one of the Caodong school dharma transmitters was also in the Linji line. Won Buddhism is not in any line at all, but was independently founde...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 188
Views: 1602

Re: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explaine

As a Buddhist meditation teacher said, you will have many moments of fascinating insights or experiences or emotions, including boredom, when you meditate. Just keep going.
by Caodemarte
Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Interpenetrationality
Replies: 85
Views: 2906

Re: Interpenetrationality

....Ultimate Truth (Paramattha Sacca) is not some kind of metaphysical or ontological reality vs an unreal, illusory world. This somewhat gnostic and uniquely Chinese interpretation (but also seen in Advaita Vedanta's mayavada) is not borne out by the early texts, which when they do use these terms...
by Caodemarte
Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?
Replies: 197
Views: 5696

Re: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?

Why is the Buddha's knowledge or lack of knowledge about things like this of the least concern to any but the most literalist person? I doubt that the term omniscience was meant to refer to knowledge of the earh's size, shape, the speed of light, next week's lottery winning number, etc. Surely it re...
by Caodemarte
Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Tattoo advice.
Replies: 8
Views: 139

Re: Tattoo advice.

Just a sidebar: The traditional reason for the existence for the state in many SE Asia countries is to protect Buddhism. This is why perceived insults to Buddhism can also be interpreted as threats or challenges to the state. If the state does not visibly react it may be perceived as weak and as a l...
by Caodemarte
Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Tattoo advice.
Replies: 8
Views: 139

Re: Tattoo advice.

Please note that if you travel in Asia a tattoo will mark you as a gangster or at least very superstitious in most countries. If there is any Buddhist content you may be viewed as someone insulting Buddhism and/or charged under the relevant laws. In many SE Asia countries an insult to Buddhism is co...
by Caodemarte
Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 188
Views: 1602

Re: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and listening to discourses] (explained) -

Can anyone comment on the following? There is the following, where one, striving and realizing with the body the supreme truth, understanding it, is described as the discovery of truth, not yet the final arrival at truth. It seems thus that one must strive to realize the supreme truth with the body...
by Caodemarte
Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Why was Mahāmoggallāna blue?
Replies: 8
Views: 124

Re: Why was Mahāmoggallāna blue?

Krishna is portrayed as blue. This may well be because of an early mistranslation of the word dark as blue. So the theory has it that Krishna was originally a southern Dravadian (hence seen as dark skinned) god adopted or assimilated into the pantheon of the paler Northern invaders/immigrants who ev...
by Caodemarte
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

Great! If I change my name from chownah to nagarjuna people will probably take my posts more seriously. nagarjuna Well, it is really the content of your posts that will determine that. :tongue: There was a graduate student at the U. of Wisconsin Buddhist Studies who proudly announced that he was th...
by Caodemarte
Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

Great! If I change my name from chownah to nagarjuna people will probably take my posts more seriously. nagarjuna Well, it is really the content of your posts that will determine that. :tongue: There was a graduate student at the U. of Wisconsin Buddhist Studies who proudly announced that he was th...
by Caodemarte
Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is there Nimitta outside of Theravada?
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: Is there Nimitta outside of Theravada?

Nimitta is used with such a range of meanings and there are so many different teachers in both sects, that it is difficult to answer this interesting question. Some Theravada teachers, for example, dismiss nimitta (as definite signs appearing in meditation) entirely. Generally speaking, I would thin...
by Caodemarte
Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

There was very possibly, then, one original Nagarjuna, but to him was added a legend which ramified. This legend, in turn, inspired the adoption of the name of Nagarjuna by many later texts written at different times, and likely also by some later teachers in the tantric tradition... There are two ...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: paali relationship to other asian languages?
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Re: paali relationship to other asian languages?

In terms of ancient language it would help with Sanskrit.
In terms of modern language I assume it would really help with Sinhala and possibly Bengali. Otherwise it would help with Pali-derived technical Buddhist vocabulary in other languages, but not by much.
by Caodemarte
Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

Is there any Theravada thinker who says Nibbana...are thing..., self-existing independent dhamma...? Yes, the Buddha. There might be, Ānanda. There are, Ānanda, these two elements: the conditioned element and the unconditioned element . When he knows and sees these two elements, a bhikkhu can be ca...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

Is there any Theravada thinker who says Nibbana and samsara are things and have a self? 'Things' ('dhammas') & 'self' ('atta') are not synonymous in Theravāda, as they appear to be in Nāgārjunavāda. Ok then: Is there any Theravada thinker who says Nibbana and samsara are things, self-existing i...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

Nagarjuna says there is no difference between nirvana and samsara or that they are "not two." He carefully does not say they are one as this can lead to a monistic misinterpretation by what he is saying? He denies that either is some "thing" or object with independent self-existi...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

Buddha teachings have always been used to make a case for all kind of philosophies be them idealism, materialism, constructivism etc... But Buddha teachings are subtle, they require a full understanding oh his view to properly understand. You can't take 3 suttas out of context and make a case for a...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

I personally think that Nagarjuna's key insights into emptiness are correct and match up quite nicely with the suttas. Many passages in the suttas express the freedom from views and the selflessness of phenomena. I would agree for what that is worth. We tend to exaggerate the differences between Bu...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

Suttas could not stress more the importance of arriving at right view and getting out of wrong view, one of this wrong views been the doctrine of skepticism itself. Nowhere does Buddha advocate for relativism. He openly criticized those wanderers of other sects who believed in it:] Only buddhist se...
by Caodemarte
Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

The late Theravada scholar Kalupahana argued n his many works, including his translation of Mūlamadhyamakakārikā that Nagarjuna's ideas were implicit or explicit in early Buddhism and in Theravada. They are shared ideas so there is no contradiction possible. If so, Kalupahana had wrong view because...

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