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by sphairos
Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:34 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: _Rethinking the Buddha_ comments
Replies: 30
Views: 5266

_Rethinking the Buddha_ comments

"Rethinking the Buddha: Early Buddhist Philosophy as Meditative Perception, Eviatar Shulman." "Shulman traces the development of what we now call the four noble truths, which in fact originated as observations to be cultivated during deep meditation. The early texts reveal that other central Buddhis...
by sphairos
Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:51 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: four imaginary characteristic functions
Replies: 24
Views: 4126

Re: four imaginary characteristic functions

Dear Sylvester, As I know Pāli and Sanskrit, I don't need any translations. Uccheda-diṭṭhi and sassata-diṭṭhi and the early Buddhist problem of self are well-studied (Jayatilleke, Collins, Oetke, Bronkhorst etc.) "Oetke comes to the conclusion that the idea that early Buddhism rejects the existence ...
by sphairos
Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: four imaginary characteristic functions
Replies: 24
Views: 4126

Re: four imaginary characteristic functions

The message is quite clear: thinking about the self whether past, present, or future is inappropriate attention. Dear Mkoll, I totally agree that these are great quotes, but I'd like to note, perhaps, correct you, that the message is: thinking about the self or absence of self whether past, present...
by sphairos
Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:06 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: four imaginary characteristic functions
Replies: 24
Views: 4126

Re: four imaginary characteristic functions

Also, It is evident, that the Buddha's view on self has nothing to do with our, European concept of self. The Buddha was concerned with this śramanic/brahmanic doctrine of the almighty, omnipresent, world-sustaining Eternal Absolute Self. The Buddhist teaching can and should be described as an ampli...
by sphairos
Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: four imaginary characteristic functions
Replies: 24
Views: 4126

Re: four imaginary characteristic functions

I'd like to note, that stuff like the Buddhaghosa's doctrine "there is no doer, only doing" and the outright rejection of "I", "self" are explicitly connected in the suttas to the uccheda-diṭṭhi, ucchedavāda, "annihilationism" (the opposite to the sassatavāda, "eternalism"). Many materialists, ascet...
by sphairos
Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good reasons to reject Mahayana and follow Theravada
Replies: 40
Views: 5700

Re: Good reasons to reject Mahayana and follow Theravada

I do follow Theravāda and did reject Mahāyāna, because I only have a "limited vision": it is said in Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna texts and teachings, that in order to follow these higher teachings one must have a "great vision", "enlargened", "enbiggened" vision. This vision allows one to see 40 000 monk...
by sphairos
Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:04 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Brain in a vat, solipsism...
Replies: 31
Views: 7718

Re: Brain in a vat, solipsism...

Dear Christian, perhaps at some point you should try the Hilary Putnam's "Reason, truth and history". The first chapter is called "Brains in a vat". The book is hard, but, in short, he demonstrates, that if we were "brains in a vat", we wouldn't be able to say that we are brains in a vat, because al...
by sphairos
Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What the Buddha NEVER said
Replies: 25
Views: 4734

Re: What the Buddha NEVER said

cooran, thank you for the link to the article, it is indeed quite interesting. Pāli "c'eva" here means rather "indeed", "just", "surely" than "only". "Eva" means "so, even, just, surely, only, alone, indeed". And it means all this simultaneously : one can never prove that only "only", "surely", "eve...
by sphairos
Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: (Purportedly) new dates for the Buddha...
Replies: 28
Views: 7212

Re: (Purportedly) new dates for the Buddha...

Dave,

this is funny , I agree :)
by sphairos
Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: (Purportedly) new dates for the Buddha...
Replies: 28
Views: 7212

Re: (Purportedly) new dates for the Buddha...

I would say, that if there is not found any strong epigraphical, inscriptional (which says something like "This is a shrine devoted to the Almighty Buddha"), sculptural (or other pertaining to the domain of the Buddhist art) evidence (and there seems to be no such evidence), there will be no possibl...
by sphairos
Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: (Purportedly) new dates for the Buddha...
Replies: 28
Views: 7212

Re: (Purportedly) new dates for the Buddha...

Guys, here is what Buddhist scholars J. Silk and A. Bayer have so far said about the topic: "Subject: Re: ARTICLE> The Date of the Buddha, Dear Colleagues, Regarding the recent report from Lumbini, mentioned by Matthew Kapstein, as one might expect, the facts do not bear out the hype. I read the art...
by sphairos
Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:49 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: (Purportedly) new dates for the Buddha...
Replies: 28
Views: 7212

Re: (Purportedly) new dates for the Buddha...

Hello everyone, famous Buddhologist and Tibetologist M. Kapstein wrote at some Buddhist scholars' mailing list: "Dear Friends, An interesting article in today's New York Times discusses recent finds at Lumbini. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/26/science/new-clues-may-change-buddhas-date-of-birth.html...
by sphairos
Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Need attention of an educated native English speaker
Replies: 4
Views: 1500

Re: Need attention of an educated native English speaker

Guys, thank you all so much for your readiness to help! I will finish the essays within 2 days and then write to you.
by sphairos
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:18 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Need attention of an educated native English speaker
Replies: 4
Views: 1500

Need attention of an educated native English speaker

Dear friends, As an Indologist and Buddhist scholar I am currently applying for an important research grant, and I need some educated native English speaker with some knowledge of Buddhism or Buddhology to check my English in my outline of the research project. As my project is related to the Early ...
by sphairos
Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:52 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet
Replies: 20
Views: 4080

Re: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

Dieticians and nutritionist are health care professionals. All health care professionals - at least formally - are doctors/physicians (with an exception to less qualified personnel, like nurses). In most of the world a dietician is in the first place a doctor/physician. Which in the first place qua...