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by Santi253
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theistic Belief/Believing in God/Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
Replies: 116
Views: 10315

Re: Theistic Belief/Believing in God/Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

Maybe belief in the ability of buddhas and bodhisattvas to answer prayer stems from the Lotus Sutra where Avalokitesvara promises salvation from worldly calamities and disasters for those who call on her name. Avalokitesvara is one of many celestial buddhas and bodhisattvas in Mahayana Buddhism. Ma...
by Santi253
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhism & Big Bang Cosmology
Replies: 31
Views: 2391

Buddhism & Big Bang Cosmology

According to mainstream science, the universe began approximately 13.8 billion years ago, after expanding from a singularity in the Big Bang. Buddhism traditionally teaches that the universe is vastly older than this, undergoing countless cycles of creation and dissolution. While mainstream science ...
by Santi253
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theistic Belief/Believing in God/Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
Replies: 116
Views: 10315

Re: Theistic Belief/Believing in God/Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

In Mahayana Buddhism, there's an understanding that one can pray to buddhas and bodhisattvas to act out of their boundless compassion. Perhaps most notable is Avalokitesvara in the Lotus Sutra, which promises salvation from worldly calamities and disasters for those who call on her name. At a deeper...
by Santi253
Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: The bare face of American kleptocratic imperialism
Replies: 61
Views: 4771

Re: The bare face of American kleptocratic imperialism

when pundits upset their sponsors too much, the show gets pulled. Yes, that's why Cenk Uygur left MSNBC. He turned down a multimillionaire dollar contract, because they didn't want him to say anything critical of the Obama administration from a progressive perspective. It's also why Phil Donahue wa...
by Santi253
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Pure Land is the Pure Mind
Replies: 175
Views: 11318

Re: The Pure Land is the Pure Mind

This might be the most important section of any sutra regarding the nature of the Pure Land: “Therefore, Jeweled Accumulation, if the Bodhisattva wishes to acquire a pure land, he must purify his mind. When the mind is pure, the Buddha land will be pure.”… The Buddha then pressed his toe against the...
by Santi253
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theistic Belief/Believing in God/Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
Replies: 116
Views: 10315

Re: Theistic Belief/Believing in God/Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

To be honest, I think that the Buddha is better than a god. While a god might offer the chance to serve him in heaven, the Buddha teaches us the path to become Buddhas ourselves. Buddha wins.
by Santi253
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: The bare face of American kleptocratic imperialism
Replies: 61
Views: 4771

Re: The bare face of American kleptocratic imperialism

Buddha Vacana wrote:American kleptocratic imperialism
I've yet to see any evidence that Maddow herself supports that.
by Santi253
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In your view, understanding, Parinibbana is:
Replies: 159
Views: 26666

Re: In your view, understanding, Parinibbana is:

cappuccino wrote:
Santi253 wrote:Can the enlightened being speak to us or visit us from the Nirvana realm?
:shrug:
This is a main difference between Mahayana and Theravada, since Mahayana teaches that the enlightened being remains active in the world after death, out of compassion for all beings.
by Santi253
Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In your view, understanding, Parinibbana is:
Replies: 159
Views: 26666

Re: In your view, understanding, Parinibbana is:

cappuccino wrote:
Santi253 wrote:
cappuccino wrote:Death is not the end, it's the beginning.
Yeah, but in what form? It's an unanswerable question, unless one's experienced it.
Spirit form, a subtle body.
Can the enlightened being speak to us or visit us from the Nirvana realm?
by Santi253
Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In your view, understanding, Parinibbana is:
Replies: 159
Views: 26666

Re: In your view, understanding, Parinibbana is:

cappuccino wrote:Death is not the end, it's the beginning.
Yeah, but in what form? It's an unanswerable question, unless one's experienced it.
by Santi253
Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2265
Views: 175872

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

Yes, but what is parinirvana? Who or what exists in it? We're already selfless so how do you exist? If you're not who nor what. Well… you may not be this or that, but this and that is still present. I don't like to speculate too much about these things. I try to accept that Nirvana is the Ultimate ...
by Santi253
Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2265
Views: 175872

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

If Nirvana is the Ultimate Truth, there can be nothing after it parinibbāna is after it, not annihilation Yes, but what is parinirvana? Who or what exists in it, and in what form? People often ask: What is there after Nirvana? This question cannot arise, because Nirvana is the Ultimate Truth. If it...
by Santi253
Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2265
Views: 175872

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

Asking what happens to a deceased person who had attained Nirvana is a loaded question. It’s like asking an innocent man if he’s stopped beating his wife. If Nirvana is the Ultimate Truth, there can be nothing after it: The Buddha was often asked this question of the state of a Tathagata, here meani...
by Santi253
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2265
Views: 175872

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

cappuccino wrote:
Santi253 wrote:Does the typical Theravada Buddhist, in traditionally Theravadin countries, believe that the Buddha remains present in the world?
Buddha is no longer visible to gods or men.
I am interested in learning what Theravadins popularly believe in traditionally Theravadin countries.
by Santi253
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2265
Views: 175872

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

If such a thing is believed by some, then Buddha remaining in the world being a belief that is similarly believed is open game how I see it. What I believe is, after the Buddha's parinirvana, it's the Dharmakaya, the Dharma-body of all buddhas, which remains active in the world: The Buddha is equat...