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by Caodemarte
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 115
Views: 3132

Re: Form is emptiness

The Heart Sutra is a summary of the Prajnaparmita literature and what arose from that. What arose from that is the Madhymaka school which fully explicated why emptiness is not only logical, but why it would be the only logical position possible. There is a vast collection of texts on this. Of course...
by Caodemarte
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 115
Views: 3132

Re: Form is emptiness

.... Saying "the chair is empty" is short-hand for "the chair is empty of independent existence" or "the chair doesn't exist from its own side" or "the chair lacks own-being" or "the nature of the chair is emptiness". Clearly sunyata isn't a thing, it's just the nature of things. In much the same w...
by Caodemarte
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 115
Views: 3132

Re: Form is emptiness

...but if emptiness is empty then what could it contain from which a delineation could be made?....how would the emptiness (being empty of everything) be classified? chownah We're back to nouns and adjectives! Yeah! I am actually assuming that what is said is what is meant. To say that form is empt...
by Caodemarte
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 115
Views: 3132

Re: Form is emptiness

Take a look at the works of deceased Theravadin scholar David J. Kalupahana. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Kalupahana). He repeatedly argues that the Mahayana emptiness idea is Theravada which he tends to conflate with Early Buddhism and the Pali canon. He was more than a bit of a Theravada...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 49
Views: 1506

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

Adi Shankaracharya born 788 CE. Buddhism did last for at least 1,000 years in India. Therefore, what did it offer apart from basic morality & anatta to last so long? I just go with the standard narrative that says that back then, there were many people "with little dust in their eyes". When they di...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 49
Views: 1506

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

The decline and disappearance of Buddhism in India had many historical causes, but there is little to no reason to claim that ideological defeat (apparently invisible to historians and contemporaries) was a significant factor. The most common theory is that Buddhism became functionally indistinguish...
by Caodemarte
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?
Replies: 89
Views: 3203

Re: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?

.... if karma & rebirth are true, then the gods are real Why? All realms have to exist because their karma exists Is it not the other way around? If something "exists," it is because it is formed by karma and in turn has effects. If all realms exist then the Tooth Fairy, the self, Odin, and every o...
by Caodemarte
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?
Replies: 89
Views: 3203

Re: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?

cappuccino wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 6:38 pm
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if karma & rebirth are true, then the gods are real
Why?
by Caodemarte
Mon May 20, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Should nuns and monks be political?
Replies: 54
Views: 2255

Re: Should nuns and monks be political?

....For example, did Nazi policy support families or did Nazi policy support the sex industry? If Brian Ruhe or the monk say anything in accordance with Dhamma, what they say remains valid. If Brian Ruhe or the monk say anything contrary to the Dhamma, what they say remains invalid. Their “pro fami...
by Caodemarte
Sun May 19, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Burgs?Books?
Replies: 13
Views: 546

Re: Burgs?Books?

Where is it stated that he was or is a student of Pa Auk Sayadaw? I found his glancing references to having attended Pa Auk Sayadaw retreat or retreats. Are there any statements by Pa Auk Sayadaw that he would be happy with Burgs teaching? He is a student of pa auk sayadaw and another hindu teacher...
by Caodemarte
Sun May 19, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Burgs?Books?
Replies: 13
Views: 546

Re: Burgs?Books?

Where is it stated that he was or is a student of Pa Auk Sayadaw? I found his glancing references to having attended Pa Auk Sayadaw retreat or retreats. Are there any statements by Pa Auk Sayadaw that he would be happy with Burgs teaching?
by Caodemarte
Thu May 09, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Synthesis of Indian and Buddhist Practice in Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 740

Re: Synthesis of Indian and Buddhist Practice in Japan

....What is interesting to examine why Japanese Buddhism has so much influence from Hinduism but it appears very little influence to Tibetan Buddhism... Buddhism formed over time as “Hinduism” formed over time in Indian cultures. It is not surprising that they influenced each other and that such in...
by Caodemarte
Tue May 07, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Chah Zen Theravada?
Replies: 52
Views: 9445

Re: Ajahn Chah Zen Theravada?

... Many well read people would comment that Luang Pu's teachings were very similar to those of Zen or the Platform Sutra..... ".....When wise people try to select the words best suited to explain the Truth to those who aim at the Truth, they have to use the methods of the Truth that, on reflection...
by Caodemarte
Thu May 02, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mental illness
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Re: Mental illness

The tangled multiple chains of cause and effect are extremely difficult to understand, let alone predict. The important point is to do one’s best to live a wholesome, healthy life. What can one do or not do now, in this life, at this moment, to be healthy in body, mind, morals, and action? That is t...