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by Malcolm
Sun Aug 01, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?
Replies: 27
Views: 829

Re: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?

He remarks on Nagarjuna using a linguistic example of, "when I traveled in the road, I traveled on the road," as proof of traveling twice. Nagarjuna uses this example to show the illusory nature of appearance. Bronkworst uses this example to show Nagarjuna's use of linguistic devices stem...
by Malcolm
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What's with all the monarchism being fed to kids?
Replies: 28
Views: 353

Re: What's with all the monarchism being fed to kids?

What america does have, which is at the core of its society, is an aristocracy. Large parts of society are organized in such a way as to entrench it. There is no genuine form aristocracy in America. There is sort of a Hollywood glitter version of it, but no one takes it seriously. There is a burgeo...
by Malcolm
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Refuge name conundrum
Replies: 4
Views: 54

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 Malcolm
Sat Jul 31, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Scientific study on brain activity of practitioners in tukdam
Replies: 15
Views: 260

Re: Scientific study on brain activity of practitioners in tukdam

heart wrote: Sat Jul 31, 2021 8:02 pm
People in tukdam are dead. Thet don't breath, their hearts don't beat. So it would be very weird if there was any brain activity.
But they do breathe, while in Thukdam, the inner respiration has not ceased.
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 31, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What's with all the monarchism being fed to kids?
Replies: 28
Views: 353

Re: What's with all the monarchism being fed to kids?

Washington was offered a “crown” of sorts, no matter how a kings crown was broken into many parts. Not in actuality. Thankfully he rejected as you say, but to say there was no memory and fear of another lord protector, A tyrant is unreasonable. We rejected the monarchy and its trappings. We still d...
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 31, 2021 9:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What's with all the monarchism being fed to kids?
Replies: 28
Views: 353

Re: What's with all the monarchism being fed to kids?

Callender sided with the Jeffersonian Democratic-Republican Party, which believed in a limited federal government that would allow states to determine their own future. Republicans, as they were known until 1828 when they would become the Democratic Party, believed Congress had principal power in n...
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 31, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What's with all the monarchism being fed to kids?
Replies: 28
Views: 353

Re: What's with all the monarchism being fed to kids?

Danny wrote: Sat Jul 31, 2021 7:58 pm
Typical gaslighting
Typical ambiguous claims not backed by any facts whatsoever.
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 31, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?
Replies: 27
Views: 829

Re: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?

Which Nirmanakaya is that? Vajradakini? Visionary. The nirmāṇakāya of Mahāvajradhara by the name of Śṛī Heruka. So, not visionary, meant to be taken literally as you indicate below, which is why people spend time going to the 24 places, and renaming place in Tibet after them, etc. especially in the...
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 31, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What's with all the monarchism being fed to kids?
Replies: 28
Views: 353

Re: What's with all the monarchism being fed to kids?

Lol Washington was a king in all but name. That is just false. The fears of the day were that Washington was a king, without the ritual, checking for a dick, and the blood of the Roman eagle confirmation. Whose fears? Also the fears were what fills the “void” after reactionary forces had secured a ...
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What's with all the monarchism being fed to kids?
Replies: 28
Views: 353

Re: What's with all the monarchism being fed to kids?

Isn't it because Americans have this weird thing for (European) royalty and dominate the entertainment industry? We don't really. We look at royalty as a quaint and charming oddity that we have abandoned. Lol Washington was a king in all but name. That is just false. There was a man, Colonel Lewis ...
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three thousand thoughts in a single life moment..
Replies: 18
Views: 350

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

Yeah, all I can say is I don't think Zhiyi devolved to the sarvastivadin position as you describe it. Well, the three dependent originations pretty much coved every possible causal relationship. I would not call it a devolution. I'm not sure cause and effect as you have in mind applies to the view ...
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What's with all the monarchism being fed to kids?
Replies: 28
Views: 353

Re: What's with all the monarchism being fed to kids?

Archie2009 wrote: Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:06 pm Isn't it because Americans have this weird thing for (European) royalty and dominate the entertainment industry?
We don't really. We look at royalty as a quaint and charming oddity that we have abandoned.
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 31, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?
Replies: 27
Views: 829

Re: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?

It's an interesting issue. So in Guhyagarbha the wrathful mandala chapter 15 gives this long story about how Heruka tamed Tarpa Nagpo. It is an allegory. An allegory has a purpose, it is meant to crystalize a value. In this case the value is the most essential point of tantra, the mandala, mantra, ...
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 31, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: abhisamayalankara resources
Replies: 7
Views: 88

Re: abhisamayalankara resources

Humanic wrote: Sat Jul 31, 2021 11:31 am Anyone have any idea about resources/texts in English to study the abhisamayalankara? Preferably from a gelugpa source.
Tsongkhapa’s commentary has been translated and published by Spareham.
by Malcolm
Sat Jul 31, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?
Replies: 27
Views: 829

Re: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?

I don't think it is quite that simple. We are divorced by two thousand years from the conditions on the ground that led to the rise of Mahāyāna, etc. They lied because that was cool 2000 years ago? No one considers dramatizations to be lies. For example, Plato’s Socrates was based on a real person,...
by Malcolm
Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?
Replies: 27
Views: 829

Re: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?

Credibility is important. Liars lie for a motive. Either the miraculous accounts happened or they didn't. If they didn't, probably the text is irrelevant at best. I don't think it is quite that simple. We are divorced by two thousand years from the conditions on the ground that led to the rise of M...
by Malcolm
Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three thousand thoughts in a single life moment..
Replies: 18
Views: 350

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

Yeah, all I can say is I don't think Zhiyi devolved to the sarvastivadin position as you describe it. Well, the three dependent originations pretty much coved every possible causal relationship. I would not call it a devolution. And I can't say much more than the above. Back to the Yogacarins, as I...
by Malcolm
Fri Jul 30, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three thousand thoughts in a single life moment..
Replies: 18
Views: 350

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

Well, I don't think Zhiyi would say phenomena are causes of all other phenomena. That would imply what he calls a vertical relationship, which he says is not correct. I think the key here would be the ichinen - one thought-moment, ie. ksana. He's not talking about successive moments that would sugg...
by Malcolm
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three thousand thoughts in a single life moment..
Replies: 18
Views: 350

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

By understanding that the world is our mind, we enter the Sudden and Perfect path. How is this different than the yogacāra assertion? That's a good question. In general, I don't think it is, except that Zhiyi argued that the mind only position is incomplete. So, for instance, Yogacarin would say th...
by Malcolm
Fri Jul 30, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three thousand thoughts in a single life moment..
Replies: 18
Views: 350

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

Queequeg wrote: Fri Jul 30, 2021 5:35 pm By understanding that the world is our mind, we enter the Sudden and Perfect path.
How is this different than the yogacāra assertion?

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