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by tiltbillings
Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In the Pali Canon, is there anything that disagrees with the Mahyana teachings?
Replies: 56
Views: 4404

Re: In the Pali Canon, is there anything that disagrees with the Mahyana teachings?

Here's one of my favorites. A certain sect says, Buddha taught cause and effect in the first vehicle. In the second, he taught cause and effect is emptiness. And in the third vehicle he taught emptiness is cause and effect. This is a contradiction. Some might say the second should be he taught the ...
by tiltbillings
Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In the Pali Canon, is there anything that disagrees with the Mahyana teachings?
Replies: 56
Views: 4404

Re: In the Pali Canon, is there anything that disagrees with the Mahyana teachings?

Thanks Tilt for your comprehensive summary. :anjali: And thank you. The above was part of a debate I was having on the quite dead E-Sangha forum with some rather rigid, hardline Mahayanists who insisted that the Mahayana characterization of the Hinayana was appropriate description of the Theravada ...
by tiltbillings
Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "The Deathless" (amata)
Replies: 423
Views: 49965

Re: "The Deathless" (amata)

suttametta wrote:Tilt, . . . something.
Well, thank you for sharing your thoughts.
by tiltbillings
Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In the Pali Canon, is there anything that disagrees with the Mahyana teachings?
Replies: 56
Views: 4404

Re: In the Pali Canon, is there anything that disagrees with the Mahyana teachings?

Thanks Tilt for your comprehensive summary. :anjali: And thank you. The above was part of a debate I was having on the quite dead E-Sangha forum with some rather rigid, hardline Mahayanists who insisted that the Mahayana characterization of the Hinayana was appropriate description of the Theravada ...
by tiltbillings
Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In the Pali Canon, is there anything that disagrees with the Mahyana teachings?
Replies: 56
Views: 4404

Re: In the Pali Canon, is there anything that disagrees with the Mahyana teachings?

Here is something, I posted here 5 years ago, and on E-Sangha sometime before that, that addresses the question of the Buddha's and arahant's attainment of bodhi: • The Buddha : In the same way I saw an ancient path, an ancient road, traveled by the Rightly Self-awakened Ones of former times. And wh...
by tiltbillings
Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:42 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1891
Views: 107715

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

Hey guys, that's "ad hominem" -- haven't you read the TOS? It can easily be demonstrated that he is a serial liar, and as the debate has shown, he is impulsive and easily baited, which would make him very dangerous to be in control of a military. He certainly is self-absorbed, and this is a man who...
by tiltbillings
Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:15 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1891
Views: 107715

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

You can never know, if Trump wins, this could be beneficial to minorities. It is akin to throwing someone young into the jungle as an equal member. If he succeed to survive, he becomes stronger and gets respected in a world that gives an edge to those who are strong (and probably he becomes the opp...
by tiltbillings
Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:27 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1891
Views: 107715

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

Trump gets closer too office everyday, forget the polls, this bloke is a cert! (and value) ;) I may not agree with him or the capitalist system for that matter, but I do have a bet now and again(mainly horses), and the message the second largest power in America have put out there( immigration, Mus...
by tiltbillings
Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2236
Views: 120093

Re: Is Nibbana a transcendent reality, or just a state of mind?

If I were new to the forum I would think you were saying the mind is the atta and nibbana is the atta returning to its pure atta-ness devoid of fabrications. Only because we've discussed anatta so many do I know that can't be what you mean despite it sounding like you're saying that. Lucky you're n...
by tiltbillings
Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thought substitution vs. Observing feeling
Replies: 208
Views: 16505

Re: Thought substitution vs. Observing feeling

And before you "practice", get the theory right. You don't need monks anymore. You have the internet to provide you with the early texts. Then join the true Sangha, and practice. I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying at Savatthi in the Eastern Monastery, the palace of Migara...
by tiltbillings
Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2236
Views: 120093

Re: Is Nibbana a transcendent reality, or just a state of mind?

suttametta wrote:Tilt, Your conclusion . . .
If you seriously want to deal with this, you need to repost this in the appropriate thread. And I suggest you read the whole thing.
by tiltbillings
Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2236
Views: 120093

Re: Is Nibbana a transcendent reality, or just a state of mind?

Spiny Norman wrote:. . .
Let me suggest that you revisit this thread, in which you participated in (note your Gilliam influenced avatar). It covers a lot of the ground that is actually quite relevant to your questions here.
by tiltbillings
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thought substitution vs. Observing feeling
Replies: 208
Views: 16505

Re: Thought substitution vs. Observing feeling

many suttas to me gives me very little insight into how to actually practice. I guess you have to find a monk/nun that helps one to understand more clearly the practice. There are also excellent lay teachers who are learned and highly experienced. Joseph Goldstein is very good and there are others.
by tiltbillings
Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1891
Views: 107715

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

Post racial society? Basically, Trump appeals to fear by appealing to white identity that sees itself as under threat. Why would a Buddhist support that? I suspect a Buddhist who a) doesn't believe that racial oppression is a major problem, or b) legitemately believes that white people are a discri...
by tiltbillings
Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2236
Views: 120093

Re: Is Nibbana a transcendent reality, or just a state of mind?

See: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=2409#p33515 for a detailed discussion. Clearly the Udana passage is describing Nibbana, and it would make sense for unborn, unbecome etc to be adjectives describing it. I think the ambiguity is really around the meaning of "There is" and "There exists...