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by Coëmgenu
Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is an appropriate hermeneutic lens to read Buddhist scripture through? What is not?
Replies: 104
Views: 13672

Re: What is an appropriate hermeneutic lens to read Buddhist scripture through? What is not?

Coëmgenu , Thanks for the explanation. I'll give this some thought. Just one question for now. If someone hands me some text (could be about anything at all) and asks me to read it without telling me what it is about, then what hermeneutic lens would I be using when I read it? chownah Your hermeneu...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is an appropriate hermeneutic lens to read Buddhist scripture through? What is not?
Replies: 104
Views: 13672

Re: What is an appropriate hermeneutic lens to read Buddhist scripture through? What is not?

Well every text is read to extract a truth. You can't escape hermeneutics when approaching scriptural traditions. I think this represents a scholarly way of approaching a text. A scholar might say "I will approach this text a being an historical account of events that occured at a particular time i...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Definition of "Buddhist"
Replies: 30
Views: 2523

Re: Definition of "Buddhist"

That's how Westerners call followers of Asian religious movements where the figure of Buddha plays a key role. See: The Invention of World Religions: Or, How European Universalism Was Preserved in the Language of Pluralism Tomoko Masuzawa http://books.google.com/books?id=Quu3VvTFnnAC&pg=PA121 Thank...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is an appropriate hermeneutic lens to read Buddhist scripture through? What is not?
Replies: 104
Views: 13672

Re: What is an appropriate hermeneutic lens to read Buddhist scripture through? What is not?

How do we extract truth from the scriptural tradition of Buddhism? I am speaking about the Pali Canon specifically here, but if people want to comment on the scriptural traditions of other sects that is fine. Do we assume that the Pali Canon transmits an exact or nearly exact account of material hi...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is an appropriate hermeneutic lens to read Buddhist scripture through? What is not?
Replies: 104
Views: 13672

Re: What is an appropriate hermeneutic lens to read Buddhist scripture through? What is not?

Do we assume that the Pali Canon transmits an exact or nearly exact account of material history? That would presume that the compilers of the Canon themselves had a historical-materialist worldview, which is an anachronism. The irony is that you're the one doing that. For instance, you get mad that...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is an appropriate hermeneutic lens to read Buddhist scripture through? What is not?
Replies: 104
Views: 13672

What is an appropriate hermeneutic lens to read Buddhist scripture through? What is not?

How do we extract truth from the scriptural tradition of Buddhism? I am speaking about the Pali Canon specifically here, but if people want to comment on the scriptural traditions of other sects that is fine. Do we assume that the Pali Canon transmits an exact or nearly exact account of material his...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 569
Views: 149344

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

Bolding is mine. The problem with this pseudo-Vedanta "this is the original Buddhism" reconstructionist conspiracy theory, that the sangha doctored Buddha's words to create an allegedly nihilistic religion, is a critical problem of hermeneutic on the parts of the reconstructionists. They read the s...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Gender and Sexuality report
Replies: 54
Views: 6432

Re: Gender and Sexuality report

If society by and large just accepted these people as being ok and just simply what they are then alot of people might not even feel the need for possibly risky medical interventions.... But why should society accept these people as being okay? On the grounds of what? Can you sketch out the ethical...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Definition of "Buddhist"
Replies: 30
Views: 2523

Re: Definition of "Buddhist"

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by Coëmgenu
Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: relinking consciousness in pre-English Theravada or non-Western orthodox Abhidhamma
Replies: 8
Views: 1490

Re: relinking consciousness in pre-English Theravada or non-Western orthodox Abhidhamma

Another common anti-Abhidhammic narrative I hear is dismissal of it on the basis that X or Y monk (Van Thanissaro, for example) says, rightly, that its not "manditory reading for Enlightenment", as if that means it is de facto useless. Stangely, Ven T states in at least one talk I've listened to th...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Definition of "Buddhist"
Replies: 30
Views: 2523

Re: Definition of "Buddhist"

The sangha is the gatekeeper of orthodoxy, if you can't stomach the sangha, you have no access to the Buddha or the Dhamma. Which sangha? IOW, in abstract theory, the trio Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha are appealing, but especially the part about the sangha can become a problem in practice. If there i...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Definition of "Buddhist"
Replies: 30
Views: 2523

Re: Definition of "Buddhist"

Even more problematic are those with no desire to engage the sangha in any way, or those who think that all sanghas are actively deceptive and heretical. Or those who follow Jainist or Hindu Dharma while claiming Buddha taught it. The sangha is the gatekeeper of orthodoxy, if you can't stomach the s...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why Buddhism Need Not Be Scientific?
Replies: 76
Views: 6755

Re: Why Buddhism Need Not Be Scientific?

Everyone has the time and money to study scientific claims. Then grab your gear, and off to Switzerland we go, surely they won't mind giving us some private sessions with the LHC! I don't want to. Too much effort. Thats the hinderance to learning higher sciences. And I didn't say you can get into t...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 569
Views: 149344

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

To me believing in a soul is like believing in God, it is the same clutching at metaphysical straws, valuing comfort over truth. Could you state, for the sake of the discussion, your stance on the anatta issue: Do you eblieve there is a soul, do you believe there is no soul, ...? Any Buddhist who w...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why Buddhism Need Not Be Scientific?
Replies: 76
Views: 6755

Re: Why Buddhism Need Not Be Scientific?

Although both the religious and the scientists love to talk about how I can get to know the truthfulness of their claims by myself, it is simply not possible for me to do so, because I don't have the money or the time to do so -- and they know that . And this is the really ugly thing about it. I do...