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by Queequeg
Wed Jan 27, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Can I ask this theoretical question
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Re: Can I ask this theoretical question

Christianity says the poorest and weakest of us will soon be triumphant. But Buddhism seems to be different with regards to this. Is it true that for example victims of disasters, rape and subsequent murder, or something comparably disruptive will take with them negative Kharma to the next life bec...
by Queequeg
Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is it adultery if my partner is still married?
Replies: 8
Views: 231

Re: Is it adultery if my partner is still married?

In Germany, the simple bureaucratic way is: the husband is the father unless he signs a form that he isn't. Law is not always the same as common sense. In Japan, to get married or divorced, all you need to do is file paperwork saying you are married or divorced. No ceremony required. Seems more civ...
by Queequeg
Wed Jan 27, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras
Replies: 53
Views: 1228

Re: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras

My point is precisely that the academic viewpoint is dependent on certain agreed-on objective standards not to be superseded by individual revelations. If these (or similar, they are not "unique") ground rules are not agreed on, there is little possibility of a discussion that does not devolve into...
by Queequeg
Wed Jan 27, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras
Replies: 53
Views: 1228

Re: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras

tingdzin wrote: Wed Jan 27, 2021 5:58 pm the objective shared world.
What is that? I suppose this being the Academic forum, we could assume that to refer to the Academy with its unique rules.
by Queequeg
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: At what stage of meditation do you start to experience something really profound?
Replies: 18
Views: 386

Re: At what stage of meditation do you start to experience something really profound?

Padmist wrote: Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:13 pm I understand my own words just fine. Thanks.

There's no need to be condescending. And your answer is wrong so in the spirit of your tone, I would suggest that you don't know what you're talking about.
Sorry, did not mean it that way.
by Queequeg
Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is it adultery if my partner is still married?
Replies: 8
Views: 231

Re: Is it adultery if my partner is still married?

From a legal POV you just have to be cautious with the legal state of your baby - if there would be one to come. The husband will be legally regarded as the father, even if they didn't meet for 3 years. That could be inconvenient. Good point, Ayu. In an East Asian context, I've heard the period bef...
by Queequeg
Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is it adultery if my partner is still married?
Replies: 8
Views: 231

Re: Is it adultery if my partner is still married?

Based on what you wrote, I wouldn't worry about it. The marriage at this point is a legal formality, as is your relationship being "adultery". Do you let government rules and regulations determine your moral behavior in other contexts? There are plenty of things that are technically legal but, depen...
by Queequeg
Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: At what stage of meditation do you start to experience something really profound?
Replies: 18
Views: 386

Re: At what stage of meditation do you start to experience something really profound?

Profound - going to some 'land', hearing and seeing the Buddha or devas, etc. I'd put that question aside for a few years at least and just put in the work your teacher advises. The meaning of the words you use there will likely change dramatically after a few years of serious practice and study. F...
by Queequeg
Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: How to get a reals sense of reincarnation being true? / Fear of death questions
Replies: 7
Views: 206

Re: How to get a reals sense of reincarnation being true? / Fear of death questions

1. I have heard that meditation practice can bring you to the deepest levels of your consciousness that persist through the cycles of life and death. Its said that penetrating to that level is not just a sense of rebirth being true, but actually being able to recall details of past lives, in additio...
by Queequeg
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 232
Views: 3488

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

“Conventional” simply means “functional,” it does not mean arbitrary or subjective. Yes. Exactly. That's exactly what Zhiyi said the Middle Way/Buddhanature is. Functions are responsive. Conditions being various, various functions are necessary. Give it a rest, bro. The middle way is inexpressible....
by Queequeg
Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 232
Views: 3488

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

Malcolm wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:21 pm “Conventional” simply means “functional,” it does not mean arbitrary or subjective.
Yes. Exactly. That's exactly what Zhiyi said the Middle Way/Buddhanature is.

Functions are responsive. Conditions being various, various functions are necessary.

Give it a rest, bro.
by Queequeg
Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 232
Views: 3488

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

They exist conventionally. bbbbbbut... only one convention (or rather conventional way to look at reality) is TRUE!!!! Christ. This conversation has gone stupid. This is what happens when someone takes a convention and insists, ONLY THIS IS TRUE, EVERYTHING ELSE IS FALSE. How appropriate that this ...
by Queequeg
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 232
Views: 3488

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

I've got nothing to argue. Nothing to comment on. No particular disagreement.
Queequeg wrote: Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:09 am There is something else going on here than mere Madhyamaka.
Nothing to argue about, bro. Its not your cup of tea. Move on.
by Queequeg
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 232
Views: 3488

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

To use ziporyn's terminology, local coherence (conventions/dharma's) / global incoherence (emptiness). A is A in contrast to Not A; but Not A is an arbitrary distinction (Buddha makes distinctions in order to teach - upaya); but if A is intelligible only contrasted with Not A, Not A is actually an ...
by Queequeg
Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:28 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 232
Views: 3488

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

Just to add, middleway/buddha nature is a teaching on the aspect of reality itself being both the basis of ignorance and gnosis. When obscured, it's ignorance, but with reflection it's nature comes to be known. Zhiyi explains this as threefold buddha nature. Real aspect, buddha's teaching pointing t...
by Queequeg
Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:09 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 232
Views: 3488

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

To use ziporyn's terminology, local coherence (conventions/dharma's) / global incoherence (emptiness). A is A in contrast to Not A; but Not A is an arbitrary distinction (Buddha makes distinctions in order to teach - upaya); but if A is intelligible only contrasted with Not A, Not A is actually an i...
by Queequeg
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:39 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 232
Views: 3488

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

middle=thusness; not just emptiness. emptiness is just another aspect of conventionality. middle in the sudden & perfect teaching is seeing both fully integrated. distinct teaching sees the three aspects of the perfect teaching distinctly. Perfect teaching is described in MMK 24:18 Suchness is also...
by Queequeg
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 232
Views: 3488

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

“Whatever is dependently co-arisen, that is explained to be emptiness. That, being a dependent designation, is itself the middle way.”
24:18
by Queequeg
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 232
Views: 3488

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

middle=thusness; not just emptiness. emptiness is just another aspect of conventionality. middle in the sudden & perfect teaching is seeing both fully integrated. distinct teaching sees the three aspects of the perfect teaching distinctly. Perfect teaching is described in MMK 24:18

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