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by Bundokji
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 1077

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

Consider a narrative like this: "There is a you, the True You, that is eternal, blissful. One that is not bound by this body, by the confines of material existence. At present, you don't know who you really are, this is why you're confused and why you suffer in life. You're not sure what to do with...
by Bundokji
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 1077

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

Atman is more like an "internal" manifestation of Brahman (the underlying reality), so none of those terms describe it well. I'm not an expert on Hindu philosophy, but I know enough to observe that Buddhist critique often misses the point. In much the same way that Hindu critique of Buddhist philos...
by Bundokji
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 1077

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

Dinsdale wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:46 pm
Who is naming Atman as a self?
Do you find any meaningful difference between "soul" or "essence" and between "self"? If so, could you please highlight it?
by Bundokji
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 1077

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

Sam Vara wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:11 pm
No, I'm not sure that I agree. "Thing" here does not denote an object, but is merely a general term to be used as a placeholder.
Can you name an object that is not a thing?

If not, we are back to square one: what is the use of naming Atman as a self when they say it is formless/unknowable?
by Bundokji
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 1077

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

He also taught that all things (presumably both conditioned and unconditioned) were anatta , which means that even non-objects are not self, which is distinctly disadvantageous if you think you are one and would like to remain one. "Unconditioned" and "thing" seem to be mutually exclusive. If you a...
by Bundokji
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 1077

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

binocular wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:00 pm
"Hinduism" is such a broad term ... comprising so many different doctrines, not just a few of them mutually exclusive.
Same thing can be said about Buddhism. For an outsider examining different schools and methods of practice, it is hard to believe that they belong to the same doctrine.
by Bundokji
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 1077

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

Though in the suttas the unconditioned (Nibbana) is said to be knowable, and to be an "escape" from the conditioned. I'm not suggesting that realisation of Atman = realisation of Nibbana (that would be heresy!), but I sometimes wonder whether they are different ways of describing similar experience...
by Bundokji
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 1077

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

The unknowability of Atman as an object of knowledge is "useful" in that it enables one to make the claim that it is indeed self, and that the Buddhist anatta doctrine (and Dukkha and anicca ) applies only to objects of knowledge. I still fail to see how the idea of Atman adds anything useful. The ...
by Bundokji
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 1077

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

It would be interesting to see a more systematic and comprehensive outline of Shankaracharya's thought. The speaker in the first video seemed quite impressive. His point was that there was no essential difference between Hinduism and Buddhism, and that the anatta doctrine was perfectly acceptable t...
by Bundokji
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What homage is owed, and to whom?
Replies: 44
Views: 1284

Re: What homage is owed, and to whom?

What is required to be given back in order to develop understanding? To give something back in order to gain anything in return (such as more understanding) seem to defeat the purpose in my opinion as it implies a hidden agenda driven by greed. Genuine gratitude happens by seeing the real value in ...
by Bundokji
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma is everything!
Replies: 20
Views: 1143

Re: Karma is everything!

Don't you think that the obsession with living a life without suffering is not a sign of healthy mind?
by Bundokji
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Re: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?

There are many online resources on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which can be useful.

Studying materials on critical thinking, informal logic, meaning analysis and cognitive biases can improve thinking and make one more mindful.

https://philosophy.hku.hk/think/
by Bundokji
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: when is the end of suffering?
Replies: 26
Views: 864

Re: when is the end of suffering?

Possibly, though that seems more like a realisation of the First Truth. Does that lead inevitably to a realisation of the Third Truth? I think it depends. If the four noble truths are a useful presentation with the purpose of ending suffering, then there is no meaningful difference between the four...
by Bundokji
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: when is the end of suffering?
Replies: 26
Views: 864

Re: when is the end of suffering?

When suffering is seen for what it is, i guess.