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by 5heaps
Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Dawkins Dilemma
Replies: 42
Views: 5492

Re: The Dawkins Dilemma

Dhammabodhi wrote:Is the peace one experiences through meditation just a 'security blanket' which is self-decieving? I know there is no straightforward answer
Yes there is: no.
by 5heaps
Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Illusion and Emptiness
Replies: 43
Views: 6588

Re: Illusion and Emptiness

I dont see (in my limited experience) that Theravada has any analytical meditation process on Emptiness...or am I off the mark? For non-mahayana it is utterly nihilistic to say that, an apple for example, does not come from its own side. Of course it comes from its own side! It is made up of fundam...
by 5heaps
Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you find Hinayana offensive?
Replies: 241
Views: 26118

Re: Do you find Hinayana offensive?

"Small vehicle" is no compliment, but they don't think that it is a nasty insult, either. If we always think that when modern Anglophone Mahayanists use the word "hinayana" they mean it as "inferior / despicable vehicle", then we are probably misrepresenting them. But misrepresentation seems par fo...
by 5heaps
Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you find Hinayana offensive?
Replies: 241
Views: 26118

Re: Do you find Hinayana offensive?

So, having rejected "hinayana" (obviously!) and "mainstream" as terms to describe non-Mahayana groups as a whole, do you have any other terms that will work? I think that this is an important question. If we are keen to drop the nasty terms as long gone history, how are we to proceed in the present...
by 5heaps
Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you find Hinayana offensive?
Replies: 241
Views: 26118

Re: Do you find Hinayana offensive?

Also, contrary to what many Mahayanists might think, the Theravada is not hinayana, the garbage vehicle, or even the "lower" vehicle. Why? From the mahayana pov, any vehicle leading to liberation which does not include bodhichitta as a path is by definition "lower". In the same way that shravaka ar...
by 5heaps
Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you find Hinayana offensive?
Replies: 241
Views: 26118

Re: Do you find Hinayana offensive?

retrofuturist wrote:Your comments are inappropriate for a Discovering Theravada forum.
How so, and where are the guidelines (I can't see them anywhere)?
by 5heaps
Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you find Hinayana offensive?
Replies: 241
Views: 26118

Re: Do you find Hinayana offensive?

-- A Treasury of Mahayana Sutras, Garma Chang page 116. So? Assuming that the translation good, it's something you have to take up with the little princess. You could ask her about the sutras which lay out the bodhisattva vows, including the one where you break your vows if you denigrate or give up...
by 5heaps
Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you find Hinayana offensive?
Replies: 241
Views: 26118

Re: Do you find Hinayana offensive?

The lesser/higher vehicle distinction comes straight from the mahayana sutras. From that point of view mahayana is higher in every way (ie. motivation, final goal, qualities of the path, etc) and non-mahayana is lesser in every way. When talking about various vehicles there can be no element of bein...