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by Will
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Value of interfaith studies
Replies: 53
Views: 1177

Re: Value of interfaith studies

To your first point, no. As to how to cultivate, my only guess (not much more than that) is stay with intense one-minded focus (ekagrata) (once one gets to the 4th jnana) and non-attachment. The latter is more helpful I suspect. Yes, conceptual pondering is valuable & needed to help us drain our sw...
by Will
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Value of interfaith studies
Replies: 53
Views: 1177

Re: Value of interfaith studies

Quite so Sam, but as long as the dichotomy of knower & object of knowledge operates, then we are in the area of conceptual knowing. I am not suggesting that all non-conceptual knowing garners the identical result, only that conceptual thinking is a tangled web or better, a circular trap. Gotama bec...
by Will
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Value of interfaith studies
Replies: 53
Views: 1177

Re: Value of interfaith studies

The key appears to be that thinking or cognizing conceptually will not take one beyond samsara. It often just tangles us up even more. Yet there is a way knowing directly, which interfaith studies discover in many non-Buddhist paths. I take your point, but the problem remains that although differen...
by Will
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Value of interfaith studies
Replies: 53
Views: 1177

Re: Value of interfaith studies

Good topic, Will. The Swami is right, but I have known a lot of people who are desperate to uncover some kind of universal spirituality or philosophia perennis , and then decontextualise and distort the meaning of different texts and traditions in order to make them fit. Our motives will condition ...
by Will
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:
Replies: 23
Views: 399

Re: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:

The percentage of those humans with 'leisure time' is probably much larger now than 2500 years ago. But was it ever the case that even 30% of those long ago rich folk with free time seriously pursued liberation or buddhahood - I very much doubt it. Today the distractions and attractions for the sens...
by Will
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Words
Replies: 119
Views: 6999

Re: Inspiring Words

There is a deity within us who breathes that divine fire by which we are animated. -- Ovid.
by Will
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 400 Noble Truths
Replies: 32
Views: 549

Re: 400 Noble Truths

Back to the sutra... excerpt from chapter 22 which goes into great detail about the Fourth Truth - the Path - the Ten Treasuries. First is Faith or Belief: I. The Treasury of Belief “Disciples of the Buddha, what is the Bodhisattva Mahasattvas’ Treasury of Belief?” “These Bodhisattvas believe that a...
by Will
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahabharata
Replies: 6
Views: 93

Re: Mahabharata

Bhishma praises Krishna: Lying down on that bed of arrows, he joined his hands in salutation and worshipped Krishna. In a loud voice, he praised Madhusudana, the lord of yoga, Padmanabha, Vishnu, Jishnu, the lord of the universe. He joined his hands in salutation and purified himself. Bhishma was su...
by Will
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 400 Noble Truths
Replies: 32
Views: 549

Re: 400 Noble Truths

I don't even want to discuss it, i am glad you have affection for the Tathagata and interested and/or practicing meditation. Let's leave it at that. As you wish, but for others who may be interested... Maybe a metaphor will clarify - To we worldlings water differs from ice and ice differs from stea...
by Will
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 400 Noble Truths
Replies: 32
Views: 549

Re: 400 Noble Truths

Four Noble Truths. What is a truth and what makes a truth Noble. I am not saying it is a bad teaching but it is not the teaching on The Noble Truths, lacks the characteristics, only title is same imo. It is NOT the truth that is Noble, but the noble character of the one who studies & practices them.
by Will
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 400 Noble Truths
Replies: 32
Views: 549

Re: 400 Noble Truths

I would have said, rather, that the Four Truths have more and deeper meanings than Buddha had time to teach, and that they are relevant or helpful on the Path but they are all consistent with the 4NT and can all be extrapolated from them (with enough thought, naturally). :namaste: Kim So among some...
by Will
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 400 Noble Truths
Replies: 32
Views: 549

Re: 400 Noble Truths

rightviewftw wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:37 am
I think it is a complete minsunderstanding of the essential teaching sorry but maybe you do not have the data to put it into proper context.
(May regret this, but...) What is the it being misunderstood and what is the essential teaching.
by Will
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 400 Noble Truths
Replies: 32
Views: 549

Re: 400 Noble Truths

i do not understand on account of what is any of it in it self or when taken as a whole constitute a Noble Truth? If you are focused on the use of 'Noble', that is used for Arya - meaning ordinary folk (not-arya) only get the surface truthful meaning of these Four. An Arya is 'noble' because of the...
by Will
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 400 Noble Truths
Replies: 32
Views: 549

Re: 400 Noble Truths

Not sure which sutra Master Hua is quoting or just paraphrasing... At that time Manjushri Bodhisattva asked, “Is all the Dharma which the Buddha hasn’t spoken yet included within the Four Holy Truths? If it is included within the Four Holy Truths then the Buddha has already spoken it. If it is not i...
by Will
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahabharata
Replies: 6
Views: 93

Re: Mahabharata

Using Debroy's recent translation from volume 8: In all the worlds, there are thirteen kinds of truth. There is no doubt that truth is impartiality and self-control. There is also lack of malice, forgiveness, modesty, patience, lack of envy, renunciation, meditation, wisdom, fortitude, constant adhe...
by Will
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahabharata
Replies: 6
Views: 93

Re: Mahabharata

That virtue, in consequence of which an intelligent man, contented in mind and speech, achieves many good deeds and never incurs the censure of others, is called modesty . It is acquired through the aid of righteousness. That virtue which forgives for the sake of virtue and profit is called enduran...
by Will
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahabharata
Replies: 6
Views: 93

Re: Mahabharata

No_Mind wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:55 pm
How is Mahabharata relevant to Buddhism?

:namaste:
Truth and virtues are common to all paths.
by Will
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahabharata
Replies: 6
Views: 93

Re: Mahabharata

When desire and aversion, as also lust and wrath, are destroyed, that attribute in consequence of which one is able to look upon one’s own self and one’s foe, upon one’s good and one’s evil, with an unchanging eye, is called impartiality. Self control consists in never wishing for another man’s pos...
by Will
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahabharata
Replies: 6
Views: 93

Mahabharata

Truth The Mahabharata Santi Parva, Section CLXII Translated by Sri Kisari Mohan Ganguli Yudhishthira said: Brahmanas and Rishis and Pitris and the gods all applaud the duty of truth. I desire to hear of truth. Discourse to me upon it, O grandsire! What are the indications, O king, of truth? How may ...
by Will
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Value of interfaith studies
Replies: 53
Views: 1177

Re: Value of interfaith studies

A summary of the philosophy & metaphysics of Yoga Vasistha by B.L. Atreya - the last 3 lectures in particular.

https://archive.org/details/Yogavasisth ... phy_201709