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by Queequeg
Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara
Replies: 110
Views: 2288

Re: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara

Personally, I don’t think there’s a contradiction with being a materialist and practicing the buddhist teachings. When the Buddha taught, almost all of the examples of things he used to ‘make his argument’ concerned the material world, physical phenomena. He advised people not to accept the teachin...
by Queequeg
Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara
Replies: 110
Views: 2288

Re: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara

No, as in "No, modern schools of Mahayana Buddhism do not adhere to the opinion that external objects do not exist." Malcolm in his laconic manner has not mentioned the rest of the tetralemma... Things exist. Things do not exist. Things both exist and do not exist. Things neither exist nor do not e...
by Queequeg
Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara
Replies: 110
Views: 2288

Re: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara

Thank you. Are you saying that in order to be a Buddhist, you cannot be a materialist and you can not believe in a naive objective reality? If you think consciousness is an epiphenomenon of matter, then that's going to get in the way of practicing Buddhism. There are some "Western Buddhists" who th...
by Queequeg
Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why can't Buddha liberate beings?
Replies: 10
Views: 402

Re: Why can't Buddha liberate beings?

The mudra for that teaching starts with the welcoming gesture, and as easily as a strong man bends his arm, the hand is brought up to cover the face.
by Queequeg
Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara
Replies: 110
Views: 2288

Re: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara

Here is an article that is a pretty good summation of yogacara. It’s not as simple as “objects do not exist”. I’m not even sure it’s accurate to say that yogacarans (mind-only school) think that everything is just a figment of the imagination: https://www.lionsroar.com/dharma-dictionary-yogacara/ ....
by Queequeg
Sun Apr 18, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara
Replies: 110
Views: 2288

Re: An intersubjective experience in Yogacara

Does this mean that modern Mahayana Buddhists of all schools do not adhere to the Yogacara point of view, according to which external objects do not exist? Thank you I don’t think Mahayanists reject yogacara. It’s part of the whole philosophical structure. Something I have mentioned a few times is ...
by Queequeg
Sat Apr 17, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do modern Buddhist schools explain compassion?
Replies: 11
Views: 328

Re: How do modern Buddhist schools explain compassion?

Garfield renders karuna as "care". I like that sense of intimacy. The word compassion to me has a bit of a abstracted feeling - something you feel for someone suffering you see on the news half a world away, or the homeless person you pass some coins to and quickly move away from. I imagine Avalokit...
by Queequeg
Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva appearing as a Buddha
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Re: Bodhisattva appearing as a Buddha

Great bodhisattvas are said to be able to appear as buddhas in order to approach and teach beings. What is the difference between a bona fide buddha and a bodhisattva who appears as a buddha? Is there any difference? I assume by great bodhisattvas we are talking about tenth stage bodhisattvas, in w...
by Queequeg
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva appearing as a Buddha
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Bodhisattva appearing as a Buddha

Great bodhisattvas are said to be able to appear as buddhas in order to approach and teach beings.

What is the difference between a bona fide buddha and a bodhisattva who appears as a buddha? Is there any difference?
by Queequeg
Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 68
Views: 1384

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

Tathagatagarbha --- womb or embryo? It is disputed whether buddha-nature is identical to Tathagatagarbha. Perhaps they both describe the same thing from different angles? Tathāgatagarbha needs no cultivation... only uncovering, as it is already present and perfect in each being. (Remember the Sutra...
by Queequeg
Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 68
Views: 1384

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

A lord lolling on his pillows and a peasant plowing their fields are both "already Buddhas" so each just needs to "recognize" his current perfection, and no change to the social architecture is necessary. It's an interesting line of thought. In order to recognize, no change is necessary, but once r...
by Queequeg
Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 68
Views: 1384

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

All sentient beings have buddhanature. They all can awaken. Not necessarily in this life, or even in this world. But certainly in this life with the right opportunities and effort.
by Queequeg
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: On Death and Rebirth-How to Face Death
Replies: 2
Views: 517

Re: On Death and Rebirth-How to Face Death

Thank you for posting this.
by Queequeg
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knower: Self and non-self?
Replies: 43
Views: 748

Re: Knower: Self and non-self?

If I follow you, I think that's right. Alayavijnana is defiled. It's the seed from which samsara springs. Manas Vijnana (7th), observing the expressions of the alaya conceives a notion of self. As I understand, alaya is known only through it's appearances and can't be know directly.
by Queequeg
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: 100,000 candles??
Replies: 57
Views: 1605

Re: 100,000 candles??

Just thinking of the logistics... would you try to light all of these at once? By my napkin calculation, if you could light 60 candles a minute, it would take you like 28 hours. I remember visiting a temple in China where someone was making offerings and the entire floor of the chamber was covered w...
by Queequeg
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Wanting and Suffering
Replies: 26
Views: 793

Re: Wanting and Suffering

LastLegend wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:11 pm
Queequeg wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:09 pm
LastLegend wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:57 pm

What are you talking about?
What are you talking about?
Nothing you can understand!
Well, with you, that goes without saying. :rolling:
by Queequeg
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Wanting and Suffering
Replies: 26
Views: 793

Re: Wanting and Suffering

LastLegend wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:57 pm
Queequeg wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:51 pm
LastLegend wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:44 am
Does OP want to pursue enlightenment?
He's asking in a Buddhist forum, so we can presume he's soliciting a Buddhist perspective on his dilemma. If all he wants is tips on being a rapture engineer, there are better places.
What are you talking about?
What are you talking about?
by Queequeg
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Wanting and Suffering
Replies: 26
Views: 793

Re: Wanting and Suffering

He can make a choice. Of course, the Buddha gave advice not only to monastics, but also to laypeople with lower aspirations (basically for a happy re-birth, not necessarily for final liberation). But the very essence of the Buddha´s teaching is the gradual transcendence of the senses, not their gra...
by Queequeg
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Users' Avatars
Replies: 18
Views: 469

Re: Users' Avatars

My son is of that age where when he goes to a friend's birthday party, well, back in the pre-covid days there were birthday parties... I digress... the kids get a goody bag of candy and trinkets (I really hate this custom - we end up with lots of useless plastic toys that either don't work out of th...
by Queequeg
Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.
Replies: 98
Views: 2774

Re: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.

Nobody addressed this. It never made much sense to me how Buddhism apparently finds it totally acceptable to assume the definition of "individual minds" while going on and negating the existence of any such thing as jiva, atman and the like. Buddhism does not define “individual minds” as such, but ...

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