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by Caodemarte
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Coëmgenu!
Replies: 7
Views: 57

Re: Happy Birthday Coëmgenu!

Happy Birthday 🎁🎊🎂!
by Caodemarte
Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 194

Re: The Tiāntāi Synthesis

In the translation I posted earlier, Ven Dōgen says that the rocks, trees, and nations are sentient being s . I don't think Japanese has plurals. The rock being "sentient being" can make sense. Especially in the context of it being 'mind'. That gets us back into standard Buddhism. But when the 's' ...
by Caodemarte
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 194

Re: The Tiāntāi Synthesis

If I may clarify: It seems to me that Ven Dōgen is arguing that the rock has a seperate mindstream from the perceiver of the rock . This is not the case? And to lastly clarify another point concerning Indra's Net: That the "cosmos" is not an uncomplicated "Oneness" is rejected by Tiāntāi. And I hav...
by Caodemarte
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 194

Re: The Tiāntāi Synthesis

The implications of Interdependent origination or causation are that there is no separate inside or outside. From one perspective, that rock you see causes you and you cause the rock. You cannot separate the two or inside and outside. From one perspective, that rock is you. If you have sentience, t...
by Caodemarte
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 194

Re: The Tiāntāi Synthesis

.... There is also a lot of Indra's Net/Huáyán influence going on here, it seems at least. I suppose this is why Thích Nhất Hạnh uses "interbe" for the state of being dependently originated. Oh, yes. TNH uses “interbeing” for dependent or interdependent origination for exactly this reason. Huayen a...
by Caodemarte
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Chest tension during meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 211

Re: Chest tension during meditation

.....I just wanted to drop in and say that relaxing points of tension that I put into my focus like you described has been indispensable in my meditation practice. I first heard about this trick in a Thanissaro guided meditation, I believe, and it has been absolutely revolutionary for me. Another t...
by Caodemarte
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 194

Re: The Tiāntāi Synthesis

....Can you explain to me how the rocks are sentient beings? I don't understand how Ven Dogen attributes aggregates to them? AFAIK, sentience is the meeting of 5 consciousnesses. To oversimplify my oversimplified understanding of mainstream Mahayana thought: The implications of Interdependent origi...
by Caodemarte
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 194

Re: The Tiāntāi Synthesis

Buddhism was not isolated, particularly in this era. In this case, Dogen, a pretty good example of the Sinosphere, trained in China, studied (at least Chinese language) Buddhist texts in Japan, and trained in China. Dogen expressed orthodox Buddhism with unique, inspiring language and a fluidity of ...
by Caodemarte
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 194

Re: The Tiāntāi Synthesis

Would you mind explaining the reference to “apparently rooted in the way the thought of the Japanese people expresses itself in language.?” This may be obvious in the fuller context, but here it appears to suggest that certain Buddhist ideas were established by Japanese or uniquely created by them. ...
by Caodemarte
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 125
Views: 1652

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

L.N., Given a HYPOTHETICAL example of a society where its moral attitude is derived from its religion and which espouses female genital mutilation, child brides, the stoning of rape victims, women being used as chattel and sex slaves, women being blown up and otherwise killed or dislocated through ...
by Caodemarte
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 125
Views: 1652

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Greetings, Just a few comments... I'm not particularly interested in other religions, but when (as has been pointed out above) it is written into the scriptures of certain religions that infidels (i.e. most people on Earth) are to be killed, is it somehow "lacking in compassion" or "intolerant" to ...
by Caodemarte
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 154
Views: 2996

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

From my understanding, Muhammad married Aisha at age seven and consummated the marriage at age 9. This makes Muhammad a paedophile as he engaged in intercourse with her before puberty. It's sounds very tacky, but was that the cultural norm back then? At my local group recently somebody was criticis...
by Caodemarte
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 125
Views: 1652

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

There's a bigger problem: How does one show goodwill to someone who wishes one suffering forever and ever? Do you believe that all or most or many muslims think that way towards you (as well as towards other "infidels)? Yes. It's part of their doctrine. No, it is not. This has no place in mainstrea...
by Caodemarte
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 125
Views: 1652

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

The problem with reporting these comments is that nothing is done. Apparently the TOS is interpreted to not cover them. There's a bigger problem: How does one show goodwill to someone who wishes one suffering forever and ever? If you can answer that, and present a way to have such goodwill without ...
by Caodemarte
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 125
Views: 1652

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

The problem with reporting these comments is that nothing is done. Apparently the TOS is interpreted to not cover them. I am surprised that DW would let itself be a platform for such propaganda that has nothing up to do with Theravada or an exploration of links to other religions. This is not hidden...
by Caodemarte
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 154
Views: 2996

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

Except that Dharmasherab's quotes are full of lies and misinformation about Islam. We have provided original trusted canonical sources to back up our solid statements. I'm sorry, but it's time for you guys to provide some substance to your arguments. No, you have not. Reliable sources, what you cal...
by Caodemarte
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ideas, emptiness, etc.
Replies: 11
Views: 142

Re: Ideas, emptiness, etc.

......Is this why Nagarjuna said all ideas, views, concepts must be abandoned? Once they are gone, we will be empty. And nothing can contradict emptiness. As I understand it, Nagarjuna’s point was to abandon rigidly holding on to any position or concept, including “emptiness” or “abandoning” or “na...
by Caodemarte
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released
Replies: 11
Views: 296

Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

The book ad links to a book publication sponsorship appeal. I am unfamiliar with this approach for books for sale. Is this common? Gift Aid is very common with registered charities in Britain, but I don't know about other countries.... Thanks. I was unaware that Windhorse was a charity, but apparen...
by Caodemarte
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released
Replies: 11
Views: 296

Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

The book ad links to a book publication sponsorship appeal. I am unfamiliar with this approach for books for sale. Is this common?