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by jake
Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Problem with PMs (2)
Replies: 10
Views: 978

Re: Problem with PMs (2)

Pms remain in the outbox until they are opened and read by the recipient.
by jake
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Who is this monk looking at the Ryoan-Ji Karesansui garden?
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Who is this monk looking at the Ryoan-Ji Karesansui garden?

You know the temple, the year (+/-), and have a picture. Have you tried writing to ask? Can't find any e-mail info. http://www.ryoanji.jp/smph/eng/ You didn't check the Japanese page. http://www.ryoanji.jp/smph/contact/index.html Or, write a letter, the mailing address is available on the English p...
by jake
Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Who is this monk looking at the Ryoan-Ji Karesansui garden?
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Who is this monk looking at the Ryoan-Ji Karesansui garden?

You know the temple, the year (+/-), and have a picture. Have you tried writing to ask?
by jake
Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Water offering bowl question
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: Water offering bowl question

So they don't wobble?
by jake
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: AKB, Ch. 1, V. 21-22d: Classification of the skandhas, justification for the scheme
Replies: 1
Views: 236

Re: AKB, Ch. 1, V. 21-22d: Classification of the skandhas, justification for the scheme

21. The two mental states, sensation and ideas, are defined as distinct skandhas because they are the causes of the roots of dispute, because they are the causes of transmigration, and also by reason of the causes which justify the order of the skandhas. (The commentary explains this further, but b...
by jake
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Essential & Useful Reading on Abhidharma and Prajnaparamita/Madhyamaka
Replies: 13
Views: 2372

Re: Essential & Useful Reading on Abhidharma and Prajnaparamita/Madhyamaka

Thank you, this is great! I would be happy to participate in a book club reading of some of these texts if there is interest among others? I would surely be happy to join such a group, as I'm about to start proper study of some of these fundamental works. Hello Manjushri, I've added you to the grou...
by jake
Thu Nov 05, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?
Replies: 23
Views: 680

Re: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?

I intended "we" = "all of humanity" but you're right, the main responsibility for the problem and its solution falls squarely on the affluent countries. We (the rich) must pull back from our current over-consumption for the sake of we (the whole natural world and including future generations). If w...
by jake
Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?
Replies: 23
Views: 680

Re: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?

We can either cut our resource use or our population, or run out of resources and let the Four Horsemen take care of the problem. :thinking: Kim That common refrain has always troubled me a bit. Who is the "We" in that sentence? https://phys.org/news/2020-09-richest-emissions-poorest-analysis.html
by jake
Tue Nov 03, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Opting out.
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: Opting out.

Sorry, I was unclear. I meant was there an option to opt out of certain sub forums. Clearly the answer is no. So it will have be good old fashioned not clicking on the debates in certain forums. Thank you. This is a feature I would love to see. The "Unread Posts" feature isn't as helpful when it's ...
by jake
Tue Oct 27, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 854

Re: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

The humor you're talking about is probably closer to the absurdity observed by existentialists. It is my concern not to be trapped into the absurdity observed by existentialists, not inside that spherical wall upon which logic hits and cannot pass. I believe in God, by my own inclination and by the...
by jake
Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: AKB, Ch. 1, V. 20: significance of the threefold skandhas/ayatana/dhatu system
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Re: AKB, Ch. 1, V. 20: significance of the threefold skandhas/ayatana/dhatu system

I'm struggling a bit to wrap my head around one of the answers to an objection in 20ab. (page 237 of the LS translation). =::Objection:: In this second hypothesis, the gross and the subtle are not established, since the same material form is gross or subtle according to whether it is compared to mat...
by jake
Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: AKB, Ch. 1, V. 17c -19d: Skandhas, ayatanas, dhatus
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Re: AKB, Ch. 1, V. 17c -19d: Skandhas, ayatanas, dhatus

Then they address briefly the question of whether each individual eye should be counted as a separate organ of sight, and the same for ears, etc. 19a-c. The organs of sight, of hearing, and of smell, although twofold, form only, in pairs, one dhatu, for their nature, their sphere of activity, and t...
by jake
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Revisiting Kiva
Replies: 12
Views: 443

Re: Revisiting Kiva

Johnny Dangerous wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:01 am "[...]and similar groups, as well as groups like Institute For Local Self Reliance[...]
A wonderful NPO and think tank. Glad to see another fan and supporter :)
by jake
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question on rebirth - point of no recollection
Replies: 16
Views: 721

Re: Question on rebirth - point of no recollection

Well some arguments are pretty strong but anyway. This is going to the metaphysics of buddhism it's not science. Malcom I will take the book thank you. I think we've me in a retreat of ChNN in Tenerife. We were debating about which tomatoes were better...the usa or the greek ones:P A touch off topi...
by jake
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Beginner
Replies: 8
Views: 433

Re: Beginner

I'm new to Shingon Buddhism. I'm probably 100 miles from the nearest teacher, so I'm on my own.I have found a daily practice on this site, but as for the thirteen mantras I have no idea how to pronounce them in Japanese. I need to see them written phonetically. Is there a place on this site that ca...
by jake
Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Recommended commentary on the Shurangama Sutra thats not by Ven. Hsuan Hua?
Replies: 6
Views: 344

Re: Recommended commentary on the Shurangama Sutra thats not by Ven. Hsuan Hua?

While not a sutra, you should take a look at the Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana , also available online ( Yoshito S. Hakeda , Whalen Lai , Teitaro Suzuki , Timothy Richard ), plus a very new translation ( Jorgensen, Lusthaus, Strange, Makeham ) and there are some commentaries ( Wonhyo , Fazang ...
by jake
Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4079

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

Since no one yet has contributed something specific on the Vajrayana view, I want to add (though I think it is well known), that there are many tantric practices related to Sukhavati, and many Vajrayana teachers suggest aspiring and practicing towards going there. I assume by Vajrayana view you mea...
by jake
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: How Emperor Ashoka Invented Indian Buddhism
Replies: 27
Views: 829

Re: How Emperor Ashoka Invented Indian Buddhism

neander wrote: Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:15 pm I still think the article was an exaggeration but I am not a scholar so if anyone has literature or evidence I am ready to think about it.
Any evidence of what, exactly? What is the "research question" you're trying to answer here?
by jake
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Some questions about Shingon
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Some questions about Shingon

Way too many questions for me to answer. You ask about books. It was recommended to me and now I recommend the same to others: Read the first 100 pages of Hakeda's Kukai: Major Works and then read Takagi and Dreitlein's Kukai on the Philosophy of Language (if you live in Europe, send me a PM I have ...
by jake
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?
Replies: 162
Views: 2966

Re: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?

Hi, I'm really trying to understand this but fail to see how the quote you make and the follow-up above responds in anyway to the point QQ makes regarding the Nirmanakaya Gautama vs the Shakyamuni of the Lotus Sutra. Just to clarify - Gautama and the Shakyamuni who awoke in the remote past are the ...

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