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by Dexing
Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Eviction Notice: Brown Recluse
Replies: 30
Views: 2679

Re: Eviction Notice: Brown Recluse

Hi Ben, Thanks for the suggestion, but the problem is really with an "infestation" of them. I don't know if catching and releasing them all will be a feasible option. But worth doing should I encounter them in the short term. Santa, great article! A natural repellent will be great in the long term! ...
by Dexing
Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Eviction Notice: Brown Recluse
Replies: 30
Views: 2679

Eviction Notice: Brown Recluse

So my house seems to have an infestation of them as of late. A number have been spotted in the attic and basement, and recently on the second floor, where bedrooms are. They are said to be non-aggressive and only bite when provoked (which may be accidental). I usually leave insects alone in the hous...
by Dexing
Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:24 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: New Transliterated Pali/Sanskrit IME
Replies: 3
Views: 594

Re: New Transliterated Pali/Sanskrit IME

This program, as you can see in the picture, converts the text as you type, whether in a web browser or any windows application. http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/LeFuJun/sakyamuni.jpg You can see the cursor after Śākyamuni indicating my placement in the sentence. Then the box with Tathāgata appe...
by Dexing
Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:19 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: New Transliterated Pali/Sanskrit IME
Replies: 3
Views: 594

New Transliterated Pali/Sanskrit IME

Hello everyone, *Calling all programmers!* I've been searching for an easy-to-use IME for transliterated Sanskrit/Pali, but everything seems either overly complicated or difficult to obtain, e.g. requiring a Mac or something else less universally applicable. I have for the last few years been using ...
by Dexing
Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:07 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

Probably more than you have given that I have had access to unpublished translations made by scholars. :thinking: rather than the much later distortions of Yogachara that turn it into a philosophically indefensible idealism as you are presenting it. First, you have been misunderstanding what I'm pr...
by Dexing
Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

Far better articles on Yogacara: What is and isn't Yogācāra and The Crux of the Yogåcåra Project If you want to read something on Yogacara, best stick with the Yogacara texts or teachings in line with them, rather than reading Dan Lusthaus' personal imputations on the subject. Lusthaus is a world c...
by Dexing
Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

So you are saying that some people perceive the table as red, but call it blue, and some perceive is as green but call it blue, depending on their kammic seeds or which of the six paths they are on. Presumably only Bodhissatvas perceive what blue as blue then. How on earth did you arrive at that co...
by Dexing
Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

Hi Dexing Well now I guess you're going to have to show us where these ideas are implicit. Take care not to slander! :smile: Take for example the familiar Sabba Sutta- "The All". "Monks, I will teach you the All. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak." "As you say, lord," the monks responded. ...
by Dexing
Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

If the characteristics are created by mind, and 1,000,000 people perceive a table and 99% of them (excepting those who are colour blind) perceive it as blue, why is it that they perceive the same characteristic each with their own minds? Because of individual karma, as well as collective karma as h...
by Dexing
Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

tiltbillings wrote:Far better articles on Yogacara: What is and isn't Yogācāra and The Crux of the Yogåcåra Project
If you want to read something on Yogacara, best stick with the Yogacara texts or teachings in line with them, rather than reading Dan Lusthaus' personal imputations on the subject.

:namaste:
by Dexing
Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

As for your first question, perhaps you are more familiar with the Pali Suttas than I. Are external objects or the Form Aggregate for example ever refuted in Theravada as not being objective existence? Interestingly, you have criticized and characterized the Theravada and the Pali suttas in terms o...
by Dexing
Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

Dex, If your point of view is not to be found in the Pali texts, it may be because such ideas did not exist at the time. I have found some places in Theravada where it seems implicit, whereas later Mahayana teachings are more explicit. Which strengthens the idea of teaching in a purposely sequentia...
by Dexing
Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

But to then say, as you appear to be in the above quote, that because of the above there is nothing there at all, there is just illusion, there is just figment of our imagination, the componants of the table don't exist, the characteristics don't exist, the matter doesn't exist, the conditions that...
by Dexing
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

This is no different from the Theravadin view of it as far as I understand it. So where did the "everything is an illusion" notion go? What has 20+ pages of argument been about? I don't think it went anywhere. That "everything" always referred to "what ordinary beings hold has reality"... which is ...
by Dexing
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

I can't make sense of how consciousness can be transformed into wisdom - in the system I'm familiar with, citta (consciousness) is one sort of dhamma, and cetasika (like wisdom) is another. They might condition each other, but one can't become the other. Moreover, both are conditioned and their ari...
by Dexing
Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

Been busy folks! Looking back to see where I left off, I read again: It isn't just the non-existence of 'individual things' which is a mistaken view, but the non-existence of 'everything' ie. that there is any such non-existence at all. It is another form of self-view: reality has an essential/inher...
by Dexing
Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

Dexig, Lest your forget: A very simple question: Yogacara teachings first of all teach that everything ordinary beings perceive is merely the object of a subjective consciousness and not objective existence. Once realizing this, then obviously "exist" or "does not exist" both do not apply. And the ...
by Dexing
Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

Dexing,my apologies for yet another long post. But a thought occurred to me and I'll share it in case it's relevant. What benefit is it to you to continue stating your beliefs when others don't seem to agree? Isn't that just "I-making" activity? "Your beliefs" = self and views? To apply energy to a...
by Dexing
Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

Why should this make more sense than the conventional "view of the world"? If you burn your fingers with fire it does not matter wether you conceive the fire as an "illusion" or you conceive it being an objective fire external of yourself. If you are hungry you buy food. You buy your "illusory food...
by Dexing
Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 32594

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

Interesting, you've changed "all are illusion" into "all as illusion".... It was only the grammar of the sentence. The "teaching of all as illusion" is that "all is illusion". I don't know what you are trying to catch me up in. lol First, the self view is already eradicated at the sotapana level. F...