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by Anders
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Seeing Diagonal Moving Lines While Failing To Meditate
Replies: 12
Views: 679

Re: Seeing Diagonal Moving Lines While Failing To Meditate

What is it that you actually want, Onasander? I must admit, I find much of what you write here disconnected in many ways. What drew you to meditation in the first place? What intent in you was strong enough that it made you sign up here and share your difficulties? I imagine it isn't a desire to mus...
by Anders
Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Seeing Diagonal Moving Lines While Failing To Meditate
Replies: 12
Views: 679

Re: Seeing Diagonal Moving Lines While Failing To Meditate

It could be many things. A purely physiological or neurological condition, an old trauma constricting in the eyes, or even natural extra sensory sensitivity in the absence of training. If you still have a desire for meditation, I'd suggest simply practice with eyes closed. And to work with a teacher...
by Anders
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Difference between Avalokiteśvara and Sitatapatra
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Difference between Avalokiteśvara and Sitatapatra

I meant between Guan Yin and Sitatapatra as I am getting their amulets. Guan yin is the same as Avalokiteshvara. Just a sex change. Otherwise, the same. But not the same as Sitatapatra. What specific differences are you looking for? Technically, isn't Sitatapatra a form of Tara and Tara herself bei...
by Anders
Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Difference between Avalokiteśvara and Sitatapatra
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Difference between Avalokiteśvara and Sitatapatra

I meant between Guan Yin and Sitatapatra as I am getting their amulets. Same except shared gender. "Buddhist Goddesses of India" will give you a good run down of Sitatapatra from where it should be easy enough to tell the difference. If you register at archive.org you can "loan" the book for free t...
by Anders
Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Difference between Avalokiteśvara and Sitatapatra
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Difference between Avalokiteśvara and Sitatapatra

Sitapatra is a female protective guardian deity. Avalokiteshvara is a male diety of compassion. They both have many arms.
by Anders
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2446

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

So far as I understand from my reading of a little on Shentong, there is an association between the absolute self (which is not the relative self of the theists, an atom in the heart which contains our "selfhood") and light. I believe that a lot of tantras and such speak of our nature as being "lum...
by Anders
Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren was a scriptural Buddhist
Replies: 1
Views: 169

Re: Nichiren was a scriptural Buddhist

I am locking this as it is basically a re-post from before without really adding discussion points. Please bear in mind that DW is a discussion forum and not a blogging platform. Topics can of course be started on the basis of sharing blog posts but they should have a clear discussion angle moreso ...
by Anders
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Teach me Madhyamaka
Replies: 16
Views: 715

Re: Teach me Madhyamaka

A nutshell explanation, without particular reference to Buddhist terminology and filling in a few blanks often glossed over, would go something like this: The basic premise is that the mind organises its experience in two ways: existence and non existence. This is such a basic mechanism it can be ha...
by Anders
Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: The Prodigal Buddhist
Replies: 12
Views: 386

Re: The Prodigal Buddhist

Welcome back :anjali: :heart:
by Anders
Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?
Replies: 33
Views: 947

Re: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?

:rolling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20yRHABy5Oo "String theory (or, more technically, M-theory) is often described as the leading candidate for the theory of everything in our universe. But there's no empirical evidence for it, or for any alternative ideas about how gravity might unify with t...
by Anders
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?
Replies: 33
Views: 947

Re: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?

The strings posited by string theory are so small, they will almost certainly never be empirically verified. Which means we also will never be able to ask the question "are these strings then also composite?" and expect an empirical answer to that. they are for all intents and purposes a mathematica...
by Anders
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Prajnaparamita sutra - other translations than Conze's?
Replies: 21
Views: 1327

Re: Prajnaparamita sutra - other translations than Conze's?

Matthew Orsborn has released a partial translation.
https://www.academia.edu/37274516/An_An ... S%C5%ABtra

Perhaps he will release a full one at some point. I'm sure he has full draft versions of it.
by Anders
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What's the best advice you've been given?
Replies: 29
Views: 1511

Re: What's the best advice you've been given?

The "best"-ness of this advice perhaps had more to to with time and place for me and the samadhi power of the one saying it to drive the point home: "if you can learn to meditate for at least one hour per day, I promise, you will live a happy life." Hearing that was the trigger for me to push past m...
by Anders
Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Looking for Buddhist logical statements that disprove the idea that "All is one"
Replies: 19
Views: 1008

Re: Looking for Buddhist logical statements that disprove the idea that "All is one"

It depends. Madhyamika refutes the seeming reality of discrete objects. So the realisation of the unproduced nature of phenomena is in many ways a "oneness" experience. Shedding dualistic vision of inner and outer likewise. Such experience of oneness is a sign of profound practice. The refutation of...
by Anders
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 22813

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

I have no reason to doubt Zhi Yi’s sincere faith in the Mahāprajñāpāramitopadeśa. There is zero chance that Nagarjuna composed this text, however. So my point still stands. Are you also disputing that the work is Indian, and/or somehow not representative of Indian Madhyamika at its time of writing?
by Anders
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 22813

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

Malcolm wrote: Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:47 pm No, it's isn't sectarian polemics at all. There are many upadesá lineages in common Mahāyāna, Chan/Zen is one of those.
What do you mean by "upadesha lineages" here?
by Anders
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 165
Views: 10714

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

but only for the sake of the delusional beings enticed by it. :smile: What, do bodhisattvas never have fun? only when it's someone else's, from what I've heard. Tbh, I think it's the kind of assumption that doesn't bear scrutiny when you spend some time with realised teachers. Enlightenment isn't s...
by Anders
Thu May 28, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 165
Views: 10714

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

Wayfarer wrote: Thu May 28, 2020 11:26 am but only for the sake of the delusional beings enticed by it. :smile:
What, do bodhisattvas never have fun?
by Anders
Fri May 01, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there a pure classical Madhyamaka school in existence today?
Replies: 37
Views: 2558

Re: Is there a pure classical Madhyamaka school in existence today?

As an aside, I just discovered that Bikshu Dharmamitra, another paragon in the field from the east Asian side of the fence, has resumed his translation work after recovering from illness. And released a translation of Nagarjuna's (allegedly) commentary on the daśabhūmika sutra, another text classica...
by Anders
Fri May 01, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there a pure classical Madhyamaka school in existence today?
Replies: 37
Views: 2558

Re: Is there a pure classical Madhyamaka school in existence today?

The work, despite the allusion above, is almost certainly Indian in origin. Yinshun has written a rebuttal of Lamotte's findings, showing that the author uses many more mahasanghika sources than Lamotte found and that many of the sarvastivada attributions aren't actually so. more here from Huifeng, ...

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