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by Sherab
Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why would a creator god need a creator god?
Replies: 98
Views: 5078

Re: Why would a creator god need a creator god?

Here's another good video: God is not a good theory. (I think I posted this link before.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew_cNONhhKI
by Sherab
Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why would a creator god need a creator god?
Replies: 98
Views: 5078

Re: Why would a creator god need a creator god?

Here's an interesting video on why we believe in gods:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iMmvu9eMrg
by Sherab
Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: And therefore, God does not exist!
Replies: 221
Views: 7303

Re: And therefore, God does not exist!

Here's a pretty good video that is relevant to this thread.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew_cNONhhKI
by Sherab
Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:07 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 15264

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

A misunderstanding of logical argumentation . Natural science and philosophy of nature are two different type of pursuits of knowledge, with two different methods, and two different types of truths arrived at. Natural science has for its object and its goal the phenomena and processes of sensible b...
by Sherab
Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 15264

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

To answer Goofaholix, tiltbillings, Sherab, and others participating: The topic is ontology, the study of being. Western ontology asks the questions concerning existence. The doctrine given called hylomorphism teaches that there is actuality, what is that which is in existence, and potentiality, wh...
by Sherab
Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 15264

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

To answer Goofaholix, tiltbillings, Sherab, and others participating: The topic is ontology, the study of being. Western ontology asks the questions concerning existence. The doctrine given called hylomorphism teaches that there is actuality, what is that which is in existence, and potentiality, wh...
by Sherab
Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 15264

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

God's nature is to be. Pure Actuality. Pure Being. Not pure creation. I hope I am being clear here. Creation is another question altogether. Then the presence of man or anything else in this world for that matter is purposeless. There will always be a disjoint between the existence of God and the e...
by Sherab
Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 15264

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

.. The concept of the Greatest Possible Being (GPB) is coherent (and thus broadly logically possible)... The concept of a Creator God is incoherent. God by definition must be self-sufficient, if he is not self-sufficient how can he be defined as God? If God is self-sufficient, there is no need for ...
by Sherab
Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:07 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: The Work of Venerable Ñānavīra Thera
Replies: 247
Views: 21648

Re: The Work of Venerable Ñānavīra Thera

Can you (or anyone else) provide an excerpt from one of Ven Nanavira's works which clearly indicates this? Notes on Dhamma :: Shorter Notes :: PATICCASAMUPPÁDA In spite of the venerable tradition, starting with the Patisambhidamagga (or perhaps the Abhidhamma Pitaka) and continued in all the Commen...
by Sherab
Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:59 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: The Work of Venerable Ñānavīra Thera
Replies: 247
Views: 21648

Re: The Work of Venerable Ñānavīra Thera

Ven Nanavira taught that DO is structural rather than temporal. For me, the implications that flows from this assertion is simply mind blowing. It sweeps away all ideas of DO in the form of one life model, two lives model or the three lives model; or any number of lives model.
by Sherab
Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: determinism, prophecies and myths
Replies: 36
Views: 1869

Re: determinism, prophecies and myths

The Buddha taught that we should have no doctrine of self whatever.......I guess..... I see the doctrine of no self was and is meant to counter those who holds the idea of a permanent unchanging soul (e.g. Christians) or atman (e.g Hindus). The idea of a changing self is consistent with the teachin...
by Sherab
Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: determinism, prophecies and myths
Replies: 36
Views: 1869

Re: determinism, prophecies and myths

chownah wrote:Who does the choosing?
chownah
A dependently arisen self.
by Sherab
Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:49 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: The Work of Venerable Ñānavīra Thera
Replies: 247
Views: 21648

Re: The Work of Venerable Ñānavīra Thera

Perhaps the people of the Buddha's day weren't as haunted about nihilism as we in the West are today. In paticcasamuppáda isn't death more or less lumped in with aging and "this entire mass of suffering"? The source of our dukkha is our holding our experience in subjection, appropriating it as mine...
by Sherab
Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: determinism, prophecies and myths
Replies: 36
Views: 1869

Re: determinism, prophecies and myths

and later under the chaper "No inner nature" Thanissaro states The idea of innate natures slipped into the Buddhist tradition in later centuries, when the principle of freedom was forgotten. Past bad kamma was seen as so totally deterministic that there seemed no way around it unless you assumed ei...
by Sherab
Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists close in on elusive 'God particle'
Replies: 22
Views: 1075

Re: Scientists close in on elusive 'God particle'

retrofuturist wrote:I can't help reading this without thinking about the parallel to Abhidhammic model of dhammas and moments.
The "situation" at the quantum level is more akin to the Buddha's admonition of not grasping at existence and non-existence.
by Sherab
Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "Theravada school totally rejected Mahayana's sutras because
Replies: 7
Views: 757

"Theravada school totally rejected Mahayana's sutras because

"Theravada school totally rejected Mahayana's sutras because they were different concepts and views"
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Thought it would be interesting to see the distribution of views in this forum.
by Sherab
Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:52 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana split
Replies: 82
Views: 16433

Re: Mahayana split

Actually, in terms of historical studies, yes. But you did not answer the question: You think this a balanced article? Perhaps you did not notice that the article I linked was a 2011 article which would appear to have information not available in a book that is published in 2000. As for the content...
by Sherab
Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:16 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana split
Replies: 82
Views: 16433

Re: Mahayana split

Could you provide one or two recent articles that are more balanced in its presentation? I'm interested to see what they have to say. A good part of the article is the question of the origin of the Mahayana. For that I'd point you to Paul Wiilliams book, BUDDHIST THOUGHT, chapter three. You think t...
by Sherab
Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:32 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana split
Replies: 82
Views: 16433

Re: Mahayana split

Something to chew on: http://www.tricycle.com/feature/whose-buddhism-truest?page=0,0" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; For those who do not have a Tricycle account: Whose Buddhism is Truest – Linda Heuman Sadly; however, this is not a very good article. Its author is rather selective o...
by Sherab
Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:07 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana split
Replies: 82
Views: 16433

Re: Mahayana split

Something to chew on:

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