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by Nyana
Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2167
Views: 93226

Re: Nibbana = universal consciousness?

mogg wrote:Nibbana is not the same as universal consciousness (as taught in the suttas).
No, it isn't. Which is what I've said throughout.
by Nyana
Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2167
Views: 93226

Re: Nibbana = universal consciousness?

It looks like it's been a very interesting discussion, but at this point it would be bewildering to try and trace the argument back to its source. Wondering if someone could quickly clarify: -- is it that some Mahayana schools posit a "permanent vinnana lighting the cosmos" aka universal consciousn...
by Nyana
Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2167
Views: 93226

Re: Nibbana = universal consciousness?

mogg wrote:The title of this thread is entirely incorrect.
This thread was split off from another discussion and titled by a moderator.
by Nyana
Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist
Replies: 136
Views: 15421

Re: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist

Lazy_eye wrote:Have you read Henry Stapp's book? I haven't got to it yet, but am planning to this year.
I've read a bit about Stapp's ideas, but I haven't read his books.
by Nyana
Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist
Replies: 136
Views: 15421

Re: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist

Alex123 wrote:I believe that materialism is metaphysics just as much as idealism.
So you're a skeptic. Skepticism and demands for empirically demonstrable proof will leave a lot of questions unresolved. Skepticism doesn't establish anything.
by Nyana
Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist
Replies: 136
Views: 15421

Re: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist

Could you give some examples? For starters, your man Chalmers argues against materialism in The Conscious Mind (Ch. 4). Hasker goes beyond Chalmers' natural dualism and argues against causal closure of the physical domain in his paper How Not To Be A Reductivist . Rosenberg's A Place for Consciousn...
by Nyana
Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist
Replies: 136
Views: 15421

Re: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist

My impression is that during what might be called the "Theravada revival" in the 19th/20th centuries, there was a conscious attempt made to separate the dhamma from what were seen (by the reformers) as atavistic devotional practices. In other words, there was an attempt to "brand" the dhamma, if yo...
by Nyana
Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist
Replies: 136
Views: 15421

Re: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist

But still, Pali Canon has too many religious teachings - and unfortunately some of them are key points ( kamma, rebirth, cosmology ) which the Buddha is said to have taught. Why do you think it's unfortunate that the Buddha's dhamma includes the key points of kamma and rebirth? And there are good r...
by Nyana
Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist
Replies: 136
Views: 15421

Re: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist

Yes, and a more accurate less misleading name for his philosophy would be "buddhist materialism", because from what i have read about it, including interviews with stephen batchelor and talks by him, it is not a form of buddhism, but is a kind of materialism. Not sure about that. I think the more a...
by Nyana
Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist
Replies: 136
Views: 15421

Re: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist

Define what you mean by "Theravadin practice." What is presented here . I think "Theravāda practice" covers a broader range of practices than what's covered in that book. Examples from ancient times would include chanting DN 20 . From Ven. Ṭhānissaro's Introduction to this sutta: This discourse is ...
by Nyana
Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist
Replies: 136
Views: 15421

Re: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist

Lazy_eye wrote:Nevertheless, in my study of Mahayana, I have encountered the following (which seem to me like a pronounced departure from Theravadin practice):
Define what you mean by "Theravadin practice."
by Nyana
Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Discovering Buddhavamsa
Replies: 22
Views: 2843

Re: Discovering Buddhavamsa

I would personally dismiss the Buddhavamsa as hagiographical. The first four nikayas are the word of the Buddha, and in DN 14 the Buddha mentions that there have been only 6 Buddhas in the past 91 aeons (and he lists them, Lord Buddhas': Vipassi, Sikhi, Vessabhu, Kakusandha, Konagamana, Kassapa). F...
by Nyana
Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist
Replies: 136
Views: 15421

Re: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist

Here's a question I've wondered about. Assuming there is such a need for adaptation, which tradition is better poised to adapt? Theravada or Mahayana? Many people would say Theravada is quite analytical, rational and compatible with science -- to a degree. It is also more stubbornly orthodox and bo...
by Nyana
Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Discovering Buddhavamsa
Replies: 22
Views: 2843

Re: Discovering Buddhavamsa

I have not read the Buddhavamsa, I will study it. But is this considered a Theravada scripture? It's included in the Pāli Tipiṭaka, so yes. Did the Buddha Whom I know as the famous Siddhartha the Buddha in fact was a previous Buddha? No, he wasn't a previous buddha. Or will He come again in the fut...
by Nyana
Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years
Replies: 26
Views: 2644

Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Christopher Knight, Maine Hermit, Attracts Wedding Proposal : Knight has drawn international interest since his arrest, with an offer of marriage, an offer of bail and a ballad written in his honor. Attorneys in and outside Maine have expressed an interest in representing him, and one person wanted...
by Nyana
Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: In simple Terms
Replies: 14
Views: 3003

Re: In simple Terms

Does this make the Theravadins quasi-Madhyamakas? What's a quasi-mādhyamika?... Whatever it is, for a mādhyamika it would ultimately be niḥsvabhāvatā. Mādhyamikas don't limit their criticism just to the Sarvāstivāda theory of tri-temporal existence. They're also critical of Sautrāntika and Yogācāra...
by Nyana
Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism, Hinduism and the caste system
Replies: 42
Views: 7458

Re: Buddhism, Hinduism and the caste system

My question is: why specifically is Buddhism seen as a relief from birth-based caste doctrines? This should begin to address your questions: Buddhism and the Race Question by G. P. Malalasekera & H. N. Jayatilleke. In recent times there is also the life of B. R. Ambedkar who became a Buddhist and w...
by Nyana
Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vipassanā: What Is Dissolution, Really?
Replies: 337
Views: 29383

Re: Vipassanā: What Is Dissolution, Really?

To make this specific post on-topic :tongue: I want to stress that the statement "there is only momentariness" is a view, and the statement that "there is no momentariness" is also a view. But when someone sees directly all kinds of anicca (including momentariness), and that conforms to (or at leas...
by Nyana
Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahayanists and the historical record
Replies: 73
Views: 7960

Re: Mahayanists and the historical record

Thanks for sharing these resources. These scholars, as far as I'm aware, are practitioners of various Mahayana lineages. Perhaps because of their 'in-betweenness' - i.e. neither fully within sacred or scholarly, Buddhist or academic, East or West - they have had to be critically reflexive of their ...
by Nyana
Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Replies: 55
Views: 4677

Re: Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher

One thing concervatives (cetrtainly in the USA) are very good at is getting people to vote against their best interest. It seems to me that the current crop of American conservative teabaggers are far to the right of Thatcher on a whole number of issues (e.g. taxes, health care, social security, et...