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by Coëmgenu
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the self a defensive, illusory structure, constructed in response to an awareness of the omnipresence of affliction?
Replies: 46
Views: 554

Re: Is the self a defensive, illusory structure, constructed in response to an awareness of the omnipresence of afflicti

Greetings. A Buddhist psychologist says: Buddhist psychology offers an analysis of the self as a defensive, illusory structure, constructed in response to an awareness of the omnipresence of affliction. By creating the delusion of a permanent self, humans isolate themselves from one another, and fr...
by Coëmgenu
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 71641

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

If Buddha cannot help you, I cannot. :shrug: If I am to give cappuccino benefit of the doubt, I would say that his or her emptiness is the Venerable Nāgārjuna's emptiness, which is neither void nor substance, nor any combination of the two, nor something else. Basically any 'stance' at all regardin...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism
Replies: 67
Views: 2108

Re: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism

The parable of the prodigal son, as contained in the Gospel of Luke, was originally a parable about the Buddha in the Lotus Sutra. Nonsense. First, its a parable of replacement theology with the prodigal representing the gentiles and the elder brother the jews. Second, I find it doubtfull the level...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mayahana and Mainstream Indian Buddhist Accounts of Each Other
Replies: 66
Views: 1032

Re: Mayahana and Mainstream Indian Buddhist Accounts of Each Other

This recension, AFAIK (and I'm still looking at it as I type), isn't addressed to anyone. It simply has the Buddha speaking to a 'myriad bhikṣavaḥ' (諸比丘). But I am in the process of doube-checking myself. Incidentally, while I have your attention, the time and place of the Chinese recension also se...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mayahana and Mainstream Indian Buddhist Accounts of Each Other
Replies: 66
Views: 1032

Re: Mayahana and Mainstream Indian Buddhist Accounts of Each Other

This recension, AFAIK (and I'm still looking at it as I type), isn't addressed to anyone. It simply has the Buddha speaking to a 'myriad bhikṣavaḥ' (諸比丘). But I am in the process of doube-checking myself.
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mayahana and Mainstream Indian Buddhist Accounts of Each Other
Replies: 66
Views: 1032

Re: Mayahana and Mainstream Indian Buddhist Accounts of Each Other

It seems like it may indeed be a hiccup by Ven Bhāviveka, barring anyone finding a translated Tarkajvālā for context. It just goes to show that even famous and revered ancient people are perfectly capable of making that must be retrojectively embarrassing errors. I was thinking that maybe the āgama-...
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mayahana and Mainstream Indian Buddhist Accounts of Each Other
Replies: 66
Views: 1032

Re: Mayahana and Mainstream Indian Buddhist Accounts of Each Other

I can only remember two of his arguments now. Bhāvaviveka goes on the offensive, quoting Mahāyāna sūtras to indicate that this teaching was not intended for those of Hīnayāna ilk and provides examples of Mahāyāna sūtras in which there are no śrāvakas present in the audience. For example, to call in...
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: kundalini
Replies: 12
Views: 323

Re: kundalini

If the practitioner considers that the śakti is empty, does kuṇḍalinī become Buddhist? :sage: :spy:

Is making something 'empty' all it takes to make something 'Buddhist'? :sage: :spy:

:stirthepot:

:anjali:
by Coëmgenu
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does nibanna have a quality of true existence?
Replies: 26
Views: 467

Re: Does nibanna have a quality of true existence?

Since Nibbāna itself is generally listed as a 'phenomenon' (dhamma), Nibbāna can't really 'transcend phenomena' altogether, as it itself is a phenomenon. Thoughts? Nibbana is said to be unconditioned in the suttas, ie "exempt" from conditionality. But it is also said to be a phenomenon, albeit an u...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does nibanna have a quality of true existence?
Replies: 26
Views: 467

Re: Does nibanna have a quality of true existence?

What is "true" existence under the stipulations of the OP? Is the view that nibanna is "a reality transcendent to the entire world of mundane experience, a reality transcendent to all the realms of phenomenal existence" common in the Theravada tradition? Is this the main/most popular view of nibanna...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In what ways can Dhamma be said to be "life affirming?"
Replies: 47
Views: 524

Re: In what ways can Dhamma be said to be "life affirming?"

Best presentation of Dharma in fiction is where at the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 5 Buffy tells Dawn "The hardest thing in this world is to live in it" before she jumps off a tower into a swirly light vortex that kills her. That's just awesome. Maybe you should write it up and submit it...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Taoist morality - extended list of un- & wholesome actions
Replies: 21
Views: 312

Re: Taoist morality - extended list of un- & wholesome actions

The two are identical and the differences are due to different cultural perception.....that is what u are saying. No, it is not. I just mean that the words/phrases are literally similar, not that Daoists secretly believe in rebirth or anything like that. I am only referring to no karma generation a...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Taoist morality - extended list of un- & wholesome actions
Replies: 21
Views: 312

Re: Taoist morality - extended list of un- & wholesome actions

form wrote:
The two are identical and the differences are due to different cultural perception.....that is what u are saying.
No, it is not. I just mean that the words/phrases are literally similar, not that Daoists secretly believe in rebirth or anything like that.
by Coëmgenu
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Taoist morality - extended list of un- & wholesome actions
Replies: 21
Views: 312

Re: Taoist morality - extended list of un- & wholesome actions

Naturally absent, since rebirth isn't a Taoist idea (originally, anyway, although this http://www.patheos.com/library/taoism/beliefs/afterlife-and-salvation site reckons some Taoist groups adopted it from Buddhism). :namaste: Kim Now this could well be a wrong-headed and foolish contrived inferrenc...
by Coëmgenu
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Taoist morality - extended list of un- & wholesome actions
Replies: 21
Views: 312

Re: Taoist morality - extended list of un- & wholesome actions

In addition, as well as dark kamma, bright kamma, and mixed kamma, there is also the most important kind: the kamma that leads to the ending of kamma. That doesn't seem to be evident in the lists you link. Naturally absent, since rebirth isn't a Taoist idea (originally, anyway, although this http:/...
by Coëmgenu
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 109
Views: 2149

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

Coëmgenu wrote:anbiyāʔ
Nabī, I don't know what possessed me to write the plural.
by Coëmgenu
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 109
Views: 2149

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

But aren't Buddhists already critical in such ways? Towards Mohammed and various other founders of rival religions? Depends on the Buddhist. I've heard some Buddhist's argue that we shouldn't be critical of any religion or its founder. "Mean to-" and "critical of-" aren't the same thing. If a Buddh...
by Coëmgenu
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 109
Views: 2149

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

As Buddhists we should not respect such a man. So what should this "not respecting such a man" look like? In simple terms it would involve being critical of Muhammad and the religion that he founded. But aren't Buddhists already critical in such ways? Towards Mohammed and various other founders of ...
by Coëmgenu
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way
Replies: 45
Views: 854

Re: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way

Another passage, DDJ II , with spooky overtones of similarity to how some Buddhist discourses are worded, at the very least: 天下皆知美之為美,斯惡已。 From the heavens descending all know beauty's as the beautiful, dividing the ugly thereafter. 皆知善之為善,斯不善已。 All know skill's as the skillful, dividing the unskill...
by Coëmgenu
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way
Replies: 45
Views: 854

Re: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way

(Replying to both posts) I think the problematic shift is to characterise "something" as "a being" because that brings with it all sorts of notions about a personality, motivations, etc. which (the consensus seems to be) simply aren't there in the original. And it's very hard for any Westerners, wi...