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by Will
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 400 Noble Truths
Replies: 32
Views: 530

Re: 400 Noble Truths

Back to the sutra... excerpt from chapter 22 which goes into great detail about the Fourth Truth of 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 ...
by Will
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahabharata
Replies: 6
Views: 81

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: 530

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: 530

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: 530

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: 530

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: 530

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: 530

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: 81

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: 81

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: 81

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: 81

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: 81

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: 20
Views: 860

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
by Will
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Value of interfaith studies
Replies: 20
Views: 860

Re: Value of interfaith studies

A small sample: 1 Vishwamitra said:— Rama, now it is appropriate that you have your mind properly purified from its doubts, as it was done with Shuka, the son of Vyasa. 2 You see, O great sages, how perfectly the knowable is known to Rama, whose good understanding has learnt to feel a distaste for w...
by Will
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Value of interfaith studies
Replies: 20
Views: 860

Re: Yoga Vasishta

A huge, ancient text, which has intellectual flavors from varied traditions. The main portion is the Rishi Vasistha teaching the young Rama, the Avatar. A readable online version, also available from Lulu as one volume book ($50 or so) or free Mobi or PDF formats: http://yogavasishta.org/introductio...
by Will
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Victims of Communism
Replies: 215
Views: 13372

Re: Victims of Communism

Several recent panel discussions on varied aspects of Communism:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... ZNuNMaNWP0
by Will
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 465
Views: 15767

Re: Amy Wax on reason vs assertion

A professor on reason vs assertion... https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/are-we-free-to-discuss-americas-real-problems/?appeal_code=MK118EM3&utm_campaign=imprimis&utm_source=housefile&utm_medium=email&utm_content=jan_2018_free_to_discuss&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_2P3F05IeQxbqjC7-I1hkBMEhDwutIqeUOq0TUQSswHjJQ2qHr4...
by Will
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Words
Replies: 113
Views: 6810

Re: Inspiring Words

To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.
—Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present
by Will
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Free pdfs from BDK
Replies: 0
Views: 134

Free pdfs from BDK

Mainly Mahayana, but there are some Agama texts too. All of their books are now available in pdf format:

http://www.bdkamerica.org/blog/all-volu ... lable-pdfs