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by Coëmgenu
Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Could someone explain some classical Madhyamaka for me please?
Replies: 58
Views: 11112

Re: Could someone explain some classical Madhyamaka for me please?

Thank you for these resources. The only difficult thing with this is that Ven Sēngzhào is ~2-300 years too early for the Tang dynasty. He could be citing an earlier version of it and it only became mainstream popular in the Tang, or perhaps it was popular with the square before the Tang and we have ...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Gay and Buddhism
Replies: 39
Views: 19814

Re: Gay and Buddhism

For example, jf you read Vinaya you'll see they “allow” the ordination of bottom gay males, but not of bisexuals (half-time pandaka) What is the logic behind this? It's even stranger than this. The pandaka named after oral sex (the Tibetan version of his name literally translates to "vagina-face") ...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Gay and Buddhism
Replies: 39
Views: 19814

Re: Gay and Buddhism

The Theravadin commentaries are actually rather progressive, allowing the ordination of I think 2 out of 5 pandakas. I appreciate the want to say "Pandakas aren't even homosexuals," but the sorts of things Buddhist has to say about homosexuals really aren't anything particularly special. All world-h...
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Could someone explain some classical Madhyamaka for me please?
Replies: 58
Views: 11112

Re: Could someone explain some classical Madhyamaka for me please?

This is much too late a source to be considered "classical Madhyamaka," and this writer comes from the wrong sect, the Kegon, the Japanese instantiation of the wider "Flower Garland" tradition. Venerable Gyōnen (1240–1321) writes us a treatise on what he believes to be the fundamental doctrinal esse...
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Could someone explain some classical Madhyamaka for me please?
Replies: 58
Views: 11112

Re: Could someone explain some classical Madhyamaka for me please?

What does it mean for them to be said to be unreal? There is a certain utility to saying "All things are unreal," and in truth there is a manner in which all things are unreal, in the sense that all things are not the uncreated, unconditioned, nirvāṇa in the Madhyamaka view (remember, nirvāṇa here i...
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Could someone explain some classical Madhyamaka for me please?
Replies: 58
Views: 11112

Re: Could someone explain some classical Madhyamaka for me please?

For a change of pace, branching from the above analysis of nirvana and samsara from Venerable Vimalaksa, we have Venerable Sēngzhào (384–414) , an early Chinese Madhyamaka Buddhist of what would later be called the Sānlùnzōng (三論宗, "three-treatise school") . Touching on the Madhyamaka conception of ...
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What does ego mean?
Replies: 30
Views: 290

Re: What does ego mean?

Buddhatva. If you attain buddhatta, you will have an infallible 'superego' which is not your ātma. The way you're using "ego" here especially in the context of "superego" is not really a traditionally Buddhist way to use "ātma" and whatever "superego" would translate as. I suppose this is what the p...
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:35 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: translate this line from MN 69 cmy, on āruppa
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Re: translate this line from MN 69 cmy, on āruppa

If "arupa" to "aruppā" is "arūpa" to "arūpya," then is "sāmaññā" to "samaṇa" like "śramaṇya" is to "śramaṇa?"
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: death of forum member dylanj
Replies: 38
Views: 718

Re: death of forum member dylanj

:candle:
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 569
Views: 143018

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

Buddhists have, and indeed the Buddha has, no problem using the language of "self" provisionally. When the Buddha instructs his follows in the four mindfulness bases, he instructs them to view internally, adhy ātma (Pali: ajjhatta) , and externally, bahirdhā. Similarly, when the Buddha, or anyone el...
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions about stream entry
Replies: 65
Views: 1060

Re: Questions about stream entry

I've noticed you've twice linked to these BDK texts. While the information in them can be good, they make no effort to cite the Mahāyāna sūtras these stories are adapted out of, which does trouble me a bit. They ultimately do more good than ill, though. It makes fact-checking anything in them nigh-i...
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions about stream entry
Replies: 65
Views: 1060

Re: Questions about stream entry

Are the fruity inclinations of the Buddha who supplies foodstuffs attested in Pāli literature or a Mahāyāna Sūtra?
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Western
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: Western

The only thing I would have to add is that the above post from me was unscholarly inasmuch as there are many uses of the "a-" prefix that are not negatory.
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What does ego mean?
Replies: 30
Views: 290

Re: What does ego mean?

SarathW wrote: Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:32 am What is the pali word for "ego"?
Attā.
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 569
Views: 143018

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

That's an interesting find. 自知不受後有 knowing for oneself no suffering thereafter there is It is not an instance of the term "ātma"/我 from above, but it does relate to the Buddhist paradox of what is awakened if there is no ātma. What the translator renders as "self-realization" is 自知, which is "knowi...