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 Post subject: Madhyamaka forum please!
PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:32 am 
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It would be good to have the relevant threads together, could be a sub-forum of "The Way of the Bodhisattva". Even better would be to have a new area called "Nalanda University" which could have sub-forums for Madhyamaka, Pramana, Yogachara, Sanskrit and Tibetan translation issues, etc.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:21 pm 
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Nice idea. :smile:


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:28 pm 
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Agree, that would be cool! I like the Nalanda idea especially.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:07 pm 
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Likewise. :smile:


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:38 am 
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Thanks for the suggestion. The creation of a Madhyamaka forum is currently being discussed by the team.

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Please see the announcement here viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5975#p68466

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What a hoot!

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So opinions that are not personal, yet not based on a guru's teachings, yet again, are shallow, are going to produce some really nifty "in-depth discussions". :zzz:

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:21 pm 
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Perhaps it might be better to say:

"The focus of this (these) forum(s) is critical thought applied to philosophical texts from the scholastic Buddhist traditions in the spirit of the great monastic universities like Nalanda."

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:23 pm 
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Should noobs claim they are worthy of the Nalanda university?

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Question to Mods:

Why are threads that are not related to Nalanda being moved there?
eg. the thread on Nagarjuna works.

Madhyamaka does not equal Nalanda (or vice versa), by any standard.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:36 am 
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Huifeng wrote:
Question to Mods:

Why are threads that are not related to Nalanda being moved there?
eg. the thread on Nagarjuna works.

Madhyamaka does not equal Nalanda (or vice versa), by any standard.

~~ Huifeng


the Nalanda forum is not about Nalanda per se, its just a fun way to create a space for more academic discussions of Buddhist philosophy and keep the threads together.

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Yes, that's the spirit of the thing. :lol:


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Then I think that by so naming it, it is already giving a preference and slant as to what constitutes "academic discussion".
If one actually tried this in academic Buddhist studies, it would simply not pass muster.
For example, does this somehow exclude the climate of discussion that occurred in Chang'an over the centuries? Or Nara?

Why not just call it what it is?

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Huifeng wrote:
Then I think that by so naming it, it is already giving a preference and slant as to what constitutes "academic discussion".
If one actually tried this in academic Buddhist studies, it would simply not pass muster.
For example, does this somehow exclude the climate of discussion that occurred in Chang'an over the centuries? Or Nara?

Why not just call it what it is?

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I don't oppose.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:13 pm 
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oh fer crissakes. Buddhism is originally an Indian phenomena, and Nalanda is simply the most famous center of Buddhist academic study from the "golden age" But if people's feelings are hurt and they have no sense of fun, then sure, change it to "non-sectarian politically correct Buddhist Academic Forum"

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Thanks for the contributions. The name has been changed to "Academic Discussion"

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