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by SunWuKong
Sun May 12, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 6980

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

If you think it possible for lay-members dwell in nibanna, you are not Theravada. If you think it unlikely that lay-members can find the Path to Nirvana, you probably aren't Mahayana. This might help actually, if you forget the crap they told you and just do this: http://www.dhammatalks.net/Books/Aj...
by SunWuKong
Sun May 12, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 14284

Re: For the science and religion crowd

The male partner in a sexual union bears the greater responsibility, as should he. But most abortions begin with his deception, dishonesty, his fraudulent, untruthful behavior. This will always be a problem in society with men being like this.
by SunWuKong
Sun May 12, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 6980

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Nice post! I myself am going through some re-alignment of my views and affiliations. I'm not quite sure what the end of it will be, but i favor equal status for women and men, laity and cloistered. In fact, I don't recognize monks and nuns as anyone different or special. Working on one's own defilem...
by SunWuKong
Sat May 11, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Regarding Livelihood
Replies: 4
Views: 1194

Re: Regarding Livelihood

Hi can any one answer what if we live on by means of allowing one body to undertake harsh conditions of work that would do harm to the body would it be bad then?should one continue such work? (Meaning for example a person has a skin disease eczema and is allergy to many types of environment factors...
by SunWuKong
Fri May 10, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Flow, mindfulness, nondual awareness
Replies: 81
Views: 12213

Re: Flow, mindfulness, nondual awareness

In terms of brain function, yes, there are several bypasses. One is the reflex action which only goes up the nerves and back out, it never reaches the brain until after or reactions have happened. Then back to the jazz player, he only hears music inside his head but his instrument plays it as fast a...
by SunWuKong
Fri May 10, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Flow, mindfulness, nondual awareness
Replies: 81
Views: 12213

Re: Flow, mindfulness, nondual awareness

Rick wrote: Fri May 10, 2019 11:30 am Flow is a topic I revisit regularly, and my view on it has changed over the years.
Have you looked at it from the perspective of kinesthetic memory? For example a jazz musician who bypasses mind and theory and whose fingers move as the heart moves?
by SunWuKong
Fri May 10, 2019 5:43 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Flow, mindfulness, nondual awareness
Replies: 81
Views: 12213

Re: Flow, mindfulness, nondual awareness

Did you seriously just ressurrect your own thread from 2016? I'm astonished by that
by SunWuKong
Fri May 10, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 4732

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

I'm going to be honest. I don't care whether or not the ancients had it "right", or scientists have it "right". Whether we are a ghost in a machine or all things are centred in the mind, whether we have free will or all is determined or both, whether we inhabit an infinite or a finite cosmos or a s...
by SunWuKong
Fri May 10, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 8239

Re: What is Art ?

Al Hansen drops the piano throughout time and space. It is no longer possible to un-drop it. Once dropped, always dropped. I was referring to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6zmMWfzv38 Aha i see the only way i would have ever seen that is if you had posted it, which you did, so i thank you. ...
by SunWuKong
Fri May 10, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gene Reeves has passed away
Replies: 3
Views: 711

Re: Gene Reeves has passed away

by SunWuKong
Thu May 09, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 8239

Re: What is Art ?

I do think that art's ability to pose a question can mitigate an absence of technique in the artwork. But I don't think that the question can just be "what is art?" - it has to be something more. Otherwise anyone can take a shit on a piece of paper and say that it's challenging our concept of what ...
by SunWuKong
Thu May 09, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 8239

Re: What is Art ?

Do you like Picasso? Generally, no. But seeing Guernica in the Reina Sofia was one of the best experiences I've had in the visual arts. Does Asian art and culture flower simultaneously to the Buddhist diaspora? No. (1) there really isn't such a thing as "Asian" art in the abstract, there's lots of ...
by SunWuKong
Thu May 09, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 8239

Re: What is Art ?

I met fine art graduate who was studying to become a school art teacher who vigourously upheld the notion that, "Whatever provokes a reaction," is Art. I do think that art's ability to pose a question can mitigate an absence of technique in the artwork. But I don't think that the question can just ...
by SunWuKong
Thu May 09, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 5589

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

In samadhi, the "conditioned" and "unconditioned" don't look any different at their source. That's why it's called samadhi.
by SunWuKong
Thu May 09, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 5589

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

Not even the unconditioned has an independent, permanent, eternal existence. It's a cornerstone of the Dharma.
by SunWuKong
Thu May 09, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 209
Views: 58448

Re: Dharma Gems

“Excellent, Sāriputta. Excellent. Those who have not known, seen, penetrated, realized, or attained it by means of discernment would have to take it on conviction in others that the faculty of conviction… persistence… mindfulness… concentration… discernment, when developed & pursued, gains a footin...
by SunWuKong
Thu May 09, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 8239

Re: What is Art ?

I have a BFA in Art and Design, and I can't remember anyone ever asking this question, or considering it to be particularly important. It is assumed that art is what artists do. I'll need a lot more to go on, if we're going to converse. Do you like Picasso? Does Asian art and culture flower simultan...
by SunWuKong
Wed May 08, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 4732

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

None of this addresses Non-secular Buddhists borrowing practices from "secular" Buddhism, or vice versa. Which is where artificial categories break down. In the video, Batchelor attempts to explain "Early Buddhism" as essentially secular in nature, but as I've indicated this is because it is being v...
by SunWuKong
Wed May 08, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 3340
Views: 417519

Re: Music time

by SunWuKong
Wed May 08, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 4732

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

But in response to the video with Batchelor and Peacock, and their agreement on seeking out this "historical Buddha" or the message of "Early Buddhism" (pre-schism) - i think this discussion is lost due to the lack of understanding what created this schism in the first place, firstly, and secondly t...

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