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by Will
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 177
Views: 24656

Re: Theosophy

His first chapter begins: In studying the Perennial Philosophy we can begin either at the bottom, with practice and morality; or at the top, with a consideration of metaphysical truths; or, finally, in the middle, at the focal point where mind and matter, action and thought have their meeting place ...
by Will
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 177
Views: 24656

Re: Theosophy

The first 19 chapters of Huxley's work which was his commentary on many old or ancient sources: Chapter i That Art Thou 7 ii The Nature of the Ground 29 in Personality, Sanctity, Divine Incarnation 45 iv God in the World 69 v Charity 95 vi Mortification, Non-Attachment, Right Livelihood 113 vii Trut...
by Will
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 177
Views: 24656

Re: Theosophy

There is an offshoot of Blavatsky's theosophy........... It is called the Perennial Philosophy. I think this is a misrepresentation. chownah Rene Guenon Theosophy: History of a Pseudo-Religion (Le Théosophisme – Histoire d'une pseudo-religion, 1921) The ground covered by Blavatsky is the same (yet ...
by Will
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 177
Views: 24656

Re: Theosophy

There is an offshoot of Blavatsky's theosophy, which is scholarly, proper & scorns Blavatsky. It is called the Perennial Philosophy. The self-validating certainty of direct awareness cannot in the very nature of things be achieved except by those equipped with the moral 'astrolabe of God's mysteries...
by Will
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a ‘western sangha’?
Replies: 14
Views: 580

Re: Is there a ‘western sangha’?

There is an annual gathering of Western monks & nuns held in the USA. My porous memory cannot recall what this group is called, maybe it will pop into mind later.
by Will
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buddhas before Lord Tanhankara
Replies: 27
Views: 1710

Re: Buddhas before Lord Tanhankara

A related query: There is a list of kappas by number of buddhas - one appears, two appear etc. It would be nice & tidy if the chronological sequence of the kappas was the same, but I doubt it - or is it so?
by Will
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buddhas before Lord Tanhankara
Replies: 27
Views: 1710

Re: Buddhas before Lord Tanhankara

As I wrote over at Dharma Wheel:
Neither the Buddhavamsa nor the Mahavastu name any Buddhas before Tanhankara. Since he was the first in the Saramanda kappa, one needs at least to know the name of the previous kappa, which I do not.
by Will
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 98
Views: 3062

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

OK, so why and how stress [or suffering] is the best way to reach certainty or truth? Because humans are so body fixated: We know pain hurts, that the pain has cause(s), there are healing regimens to reduce the pain, and finally the pain is gone. These four truths were also in the air of ancient In...
by Will
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Buddhism and Abortion
Replies: 2
Views: 874

Re: Buddhism and Abortion

There have been a few threads concerning Abortion - here is one:

viewtopic.php?f=19&t=17159&start=15
by Will
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Skeptical of Samsara
Replies: 34
Views: 1190

Re: Skeptical of Samsara

inyenzi, Never mind rebirth or inner planes etc., just spend 10 or 15 minutes watching your mind. Those appearing & disappearing thoughts, feelings and sensations are samsara. Sometimes one can see a connection between them, others just pop into view from where... & why.... One main point is that we...
by Will
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Dhammapada/Udanavarga
Replies: 7
Views: 4475

Udanavarga

Cannot find an online copy of Sparham's version, but here is a link to the Rockhill 1883 version:

https://ia600209.us.archive.org/14/item ... kah_bw.pdf
by Will
Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 177
Views: 24656

Re: Theosophy

Upasaka Olcott wrote a little book that endeared him to all Buddhists of Ceylon and South Asia. Since the teachings of Buddha were so clearly set forth, many Mahayana sages accepted this book as solid Dhamma:

Buddhist Catechism.pdf
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It is still in print, I think.
by Will
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 177
Views: 24656

Re: Theosophy

However odd Theosophy may appear nowadays, in India of late 19th century it had a beneficent effect. Here is the first year of the monthly journal The Theosophist . It contained stories, and interfaith articles about Jainism, Buddhism, Vedanta etc. https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/theosoph/theos...
by Will
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reasoned Argument
Replies: 8
Views: 413

Re: Reasoned Argument

SDC wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:50 pm
You do realize that something as simple as, "Does this apply to Theravadins and how they practice?" would suffice?
No, I did not.
by Will
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reasoned Argument
Replies: 8
Views: 413

Re: Reasoned Argument

Part of the purpose of this section of DW is "what can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?"

If you presume that no one can learn anything from reading this piece, without me telling the readers what connections there are to Theravada, then do your gatekeeping duty.