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by Aemilius
Sat Sep 25, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Skandhas in all schools of Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Skandhas in all schools of Mahayana Buddhism

"In the Samyukta Agama, the Buddha asks the ascetic Shrenika Vatsagotra if the Tathagata (another name for a buddha) is the same as the skandhas, and Shrenika says, "No, Bhagavan." Again the Buddha asks if the Tathagata is separate from the skandhas, and again Shrenika answers, "...
by Aemilius
Fri Sep 24, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Skandhas in all schools of Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Skandhas in all schools of Mahayana Buddhism

"All schools of Buddhism", that is quite a lot. Different scholars and different schools translate the skandhas differently, there are many interpretations of what these skandhas actually are. The first skandha, rupa, is form or matter. It is the form of subject and object, it is not just ...
by Aemilius
Thu Sep 23, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A translation of Lamrim Chenmo into Italian in 1700's by Francesco Orazio della Penna
Replies: 0
Views: 65

A translation of Lamrim Chenmo into Italian in 1700's by Francesco Orazio della Penna

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The Resolve to Become a Buddha
Dorji Wangchuk
Tokyo International Institute for Buddhist Studies 2007
by Aemilius
Thu Sep 23, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 3962
Views: 529510

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by Aemilius
Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Thoughts on Ajahn Sona's video series on Buddhist Cosmology?
Replies: 14
Views: 783

Re: Thoughts on Ajahn Sona's video series on Buddhist Cosmology?

I should also point out a few things as well: 1. The monks themselves evidently don't take the mythology too literally - they demonstrate that the Ancient Indians believed the whole world consisted of the Subcontinent of India and nothing else - something obviously not true. Moreover, in their late...
by Aemilius
Tue Sep 21, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where is Buddha Now?
Replies: 15
Views: 384

Re: Where is Buddha Now?

Buddha is Dharmakaya beyond space and time. "Further the Lord taught on that occasion the following stanzas: Those who by my form did see me, And those who followed my voice Wrong the efforts they engaged in, me those people will not see. From the Dharma should one see the Buddhas, From the Dha...
by Aemilius
Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: First Cause
Replies: 18
Views: 723

Re: First Cause

19. Investigation of Time 1. If the present and the future were contingent on the past, then the present and the future would have existed in the past. 2. If the present and future did not exist there, then how could the present and the future be contingent on it? Verses from the Center Mula madhya...
by Aemilius
Sun Sep 19, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the cause existentially dependent upon the effect for Nagarjuna?
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: Is the cause existentially dependent upon the effect for Nagarjuna?

Water makes the plants grow, but water does not think "I will make the plants grow". In this sense water is a non-cause. It functions as a cause in the growing of the plant. You could also say that plant is not different from water, because plant does not exist without water. Plant is wate...
by Aemilius
Sat Sep 18, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is enlightenment never mentioned in 4NT and 8FP?
Replies: 39
Views: 953

Re: Why is enlightenment never mentioned in 4NT and 8FP?

The 33 synonyms of Nirvana (SN 43:1-44, combined; IV 359-73) '' Thirty-Three Synonyms for Nibbaana "Monks, I will teach you the unconditioned and the path leading to the unconditioned. Listen... "And what, monks, is the unconditioned? The destruction of lust, the destruction of hatred, the...
by Aemilius
Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: First Cause
Replies: 18
Views: 723

Re: First Cause

In Buddhism a circle of causes is what happens: summer follows spring, autumn follows summer, winter follows autumn, and spring follows winter, etc... The kalpa of emptiness precedes the kalpa of formation, the kalpa of formation precedes the kalpa of maturity, the kalpa of maturity precedes the kal...
by Aemilius
Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Physics Metaphor application to Buddhist concepts - an exercise
Replies: 6
Views: 254

Re: Physics Metaphor application to Buddhist concepts - an exercise

SHôYôROKU, Book of Equanimity CASE 23: Roso Faces the Wall Whenever Roso saw a monk coming, he immediately sat facing the wall. Hearing of this, Nansen said, "I usually tell my people to realize what has existed before the kalpa of emptiness, or to understand what has been before Buddhas appear...
by Aemilius
Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Argument against common conversion about karma
Replies: 35
Views: 860

Re: Argument against common conversion about karma

"Another misunderstanding is that everything that happens to us is the result of our past karma. The Buddha said that the belief that everything a person experiences is due to their past karma (pubbekatahetu) is a false and pernicious view leading to fatalism (A.I,173). In fact, Buddhism recog...
by Aemilius
Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Argument against common conversion about karma
Replies: 35
Views: 860

Re: Argument against common conversion about karma

"Another misunderstanding is that everything that happens to us is the result of our past karma. The Buddha said that the belief that everything a person experiences is due to their past karma (pubbekatahetu) is a false and pernicious view leading to fatalism (A.I,173). In fact, Buddhism recogn...
by Aemilius
Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Physics Metaphor application to Buddhist concepts - an exercise
Replies: 6
Views: 254

Re: Physics Metaphor application to Buddhist concepts - an exercise

A Physics Metaphor application to Buddhist concepts - an exercise Traditionally people have applied the physics over the world they know as metaphors to review spiritual insights. I thought of 3 metaphors from physics that I could apply to the notion of purity and impurity as an issue in personal t...
by Aemilius
Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 42
Views: 4203

Re: Buddhist morality

"Within a community", that is of course true, otherwise there wouldn't have been humans or other social species on this planet. But feuds are an established phenomenon even in genetic studies. Feuds between clans can explain the bottlenecks that are found in the patrilinear DNA. These feud...
by Aemilius
Sat Sep 11, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: did Dogen say......
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: did Dogen say......

Link is clear for me, though the page does incorporate doubleclick and googlesyndication javascript which would be good to disable via something like noscript. I don't understand anything of that, but the link works fine on my computer. Here is a link to the main page of A-Z Quotes https://www.azqu...
by Aemilius
Sat Sep 11, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 42
Views: 4203

Re: Buddhist morality

In my tradition it is said that ethics are natural. Take killing. It’s always a sin. One doesn’t have to assume a religion, like become a Buddhist, for that to be so. Or to take vows, like the pratimoksha, for that to be so. The difference between Buddhist morality and worldly morality is the wisdo...
by Aemilius
Fri Sep 10, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: did Dogen say......
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: did Dogen say......

"There is no beginning to practice nor end to enlightenment; There is no beginning to enlightenment nor end to practice." ~ Dogen
by Aemilius
Thu Sep 09, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 3962
Views: 529510

Re: Music time

by Aemilius
Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?
Replies: 5
Views: 372

Re: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?

Sentient Light wrote Nov 14, 2016 : " I've been reading through BDK's volume ii of the Dirgha-agama, and while reading DA14 (or DA15--I think it was 15) I saw the Buddha explicitly state a couple of times that monastics should avoid eating meat . And that's a pretty big departure from the Nikay...

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