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by Aemilius
Wed Aug 04, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: how empty is our reality?
Replies: 22
Views: 405

Re: how empty is our reality?

Pañcaviṃśati Prajña Paramita sutra: "Furthermore, O Subhūti, the bodhisattva-mahāsattva who wishes to become established in: 1. the emptiness of inner dharmas (adhyātmaśūnyatā), 2. the emptiness of outer dharmas (bahirdhāśūnyatā), 3. the emptiness of inner and outer dharmas (adhyātmabahirdhāśūn...
by Aemilius
Wed Aug 04, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: how empty is our reality?
Replies: 22
Views: 405

Re: how empty is our reality?

Emptiness or non-emptiness of things is also a social contract. In a given social institution, a religious or a nonreligious organisation, certain events that defy the true existence of matter and/or atoms are accepted as miraculous and they are regarded to have really happened. Other social and rel...
by Aemilius
Wed Aug 04, 2021 8:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What sutra is this story from?
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: What sutra is this story from?

Friend, I remember reading a version of that story, but there are easily more than 500 stories of past lives in different sutras and collections of Jatakas and Avadanas. You can look at this collection of past life stories: https://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/j1/index.htm
by Aemilius
Tue Aug 03, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 256
Views: 31480

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

Yes, but the appearance of pus and blood is valid for a hungry ghost, and water is a valid cognition for a human. The preta's vision of pus and blood is not valid for humans. It would be wrong to say that there are beings who do not experience liquid as pus and blood. In the same way, it would be w...
by Aemilius
Tue Aug 03, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Maitrī that is karma free.
Replies: 2
Views: 397

Re: Maitrī that is karma free.

In the teaching of Mahayana there are two or three levels of Maitri (and other Brahmaviharas): 1. You see the objects of Maitri as self-existing indviudals, i.e. maitri is combined with some amount of ignorance. 2. You see the objects of Maitri as being without self-existence, as illusory appearance...
by Aemilius
Tue Aug 03, 2021 8:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 256
Views: 31480

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

Ajahn Brahmavamso has mentioned in his talks a story about a Boy with no brain to illustrate that there is consciousness independent of brain, here is a longer version of this incident: Is Your Brain Really Necessary? In 1980, Roger Lewin published an article in Science, "Is Your Brain Really N...
by Aemilius
Mon Aug 02, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: How Bhikshu Svagata drinks (too much) alcohol
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: How Bhikshu Svagata drinks (too much) alcohol

Further to the same exploits done by Svāgata, the grateful people offer their hospitality for seven days to the Buddha and all his company. One of them knew Svāgata's father. For fear of the naga demon, this snake charmer fled under another name to the city of Sravasti [1]. There the king Prasenajit...
by Aemilius
Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Refuge name conundrum
Replies: 29
Views: 493

Re: Refuge name conundrum

Take refuge again with a teacher you have full confidence in. In general refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha have nothing to do with various Tibetan lineages so the person you take refuge with should feel like a solid representation of the three jewels. /magnus Oh really? It certainly should ha...
by Aemilius
Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: How Bhikshu Svagata drinks (too much) alcohol
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: How Bhikshu Svagata drinks (too much) alcohol

It seems evident that the Mahāsāṃghika Vinaya is the earlier version and likely better reflects the original narrative concerning the incident which led to The Buddha prohibiting Alcohol consumption. What is the evidence that the "Mahāsāṃghika Vinaya is the earlier version..."? If you rea...
by Aemilius
Sun Aug 01, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: How Bhikshu Svagata drinks (too much) alcohol
Replies: 4
Views: 185

How Bhikshu Svagata drinks (too much) alcohol

It seems evident that the Mahāsāṃghika Vinaya is the earlier version and likely better reflects the original narrative concerning the incident which led to The Buddha prohibiting Alcohol consumption. The Mahāsāṃghika account of the incident is as follows: The Buddha was residing in the country of Ka...
by Aemilius
Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Refuge name conundrum
Replies: 29
Views: 493

Re: Refuge name conundrum

Hello all - hope you're well. I'm writing with a question regarding a refuge name I received. I was previously a member of the Shambhala community, which (as I'm sure many know) has been up-ended by the revelation of an abuse scandal (both recent and historical). I took refuge with a representative...
by Aemilius
Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya
Replies: 12
Views: 245

Re: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya

If you manage to get into the dhyana without concepts, there are no concepts of self or no-self.
by Aemilius
Sat Jul 31, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?
Replies: 30
Views: 1001

Re: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?

This is not a Mahayana or Vajrayana topic, but I don't know where else to post the question to competent people. I have read that Siddharta Gautama is said to have had practical experience in battle, not just combat training as traditionally passed down. This seems very doubtful to me, so I would l...
by Aemilius
Fri Jul 30, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?
Replies: 30
Views: 1001

Re: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?

The estates of the realm, or three estates, were the broad orders of social hierarchy used in Europe from the Middle Ages to early modern Europe. Different systems for dividing society members into estates developed and evolved over time. The best known system is the French Ancien Régime (Old Regime...
by Aemilius
Thu Jul 29, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya
Replies: 12
Views: 245

Re: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya

Candrakirti (and Nagarjuna) say that nirvana is that nothing arises or ceases (essentially), in Reason Sixty (Yuktisastika) & the Commentary of Candrakirti. They both say that it is a totally wrong idea that nirvana would be nothingness, i.e. that cessation would mean a literal ceasing of senses...
by Aemilius
Thu Jul 29, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three thousand thoughts in a single life moment..
Replies: 23
Views: 554

Re: Three thousand thoughts in a single life moment..

I think it means that one thing depends on a limitless number of other things. One thought does not exist by itself in isolation of other thoughts. Its meaning derives from other thoughts and from other concepts. All the other thoughts and concepts are implied by and included in one thought. Like th...
by Aemilius
Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya
Replies: 12
Views: 245

Re: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya

In Lankavatara sutra the transformation of consciousness is called Paravritti or Asraya-paravritti, and there is previous discussion of it: https://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=24952&start=20 D.T. Suzuki gives the impression that paravritti is a radical and profound event, that i...
by Aemilius
Tue Jul 27, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya
Replies: 12
Views: 245

Re: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya

Hakuin Ekaku (1685- 1768) has written about these same wisdoms. They are known as four wisdoms in the tradition that reached japan, but they are clearly the same teaching and same wisdoms. Explication of the Four Knowledges of Buddhahood Translated by Thomas F. Cleary In: The Original Face: An Antho...
by Aemilius
Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya
Replies: 12
Views: 245

Re: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya

Third Karmapa's Distinguishing Consciousness and Wisdom discusses this in terms of transforming the eight consciousnesses into the five wisdoms.

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by Aemilius
Tue Jul 27, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Family in next birth - Cause and Effect Sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: Family in next birth - Cause and Effect Sutra

There are sutras/suttas where Buddha Gautama teaches that you can be reborn in the company of Devas and Brahmas as a result of following the Noble Eightfold Path, for example Jhana Sutta, Mental Absorption https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an04/an04.123.than.html A sutta about factors that...

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