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by PeterC
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Genealogies of Mahāyāna Buddhism: Emptiness, Power and the Question of Origin
Replies: 4
Views: 435

Re: Genealogies of Mahāyāna Buddhism: Emptiness, Power and the Question of Origin

Bronkhorst is saying the same https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/77156628.pdf This is an interesting argument. I think he has at least two hurdles to get over, though: 1/ There are a lot of imagery and devices in the pali canon that can plausibly be viewed as commentary on Brahminical practices. (This...
by PeterC
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Questions about "Early" as in early early.
Replies: 34
Views: 1091

Re: Questions about "Early" as in early early.

Since Pali Canon is not so dissimilar to the Chinese Canon, why does it take as preeminent prestige in EBT studies? Probably because the Pali Canon is from a single school and thus have a larger degree of consistency. The Chinese Agamas are supposedly from different schools. Though nowadays the Chi...
by PeterC
Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Questions about "Early" as in early early.
Replies: 34
Views: 1091

Re: Questions about "Early" as in early early.

neander wrote: Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:38 am There is already a specific thread on this related to the temples...
Just read it. Your comments in that were uninformed nonsense too.
by PeterC
Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Questions about "Early" as in early early.
Replies: 34
Views: 1091

Re: Questions about "Early" as in early early.

...I personally doubted that temples and monastic life were part of original Buddhism as it looks to me an extreme that enfeebles men and that was rejected by the Middle Way path How do you think the Buddha spent his time? How did he live? In what sense was monastic life *not* part of "original Bud...
by PeterC
Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras
Replies: 56
Views: 1814

Re: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras

This has nothing to do with the question, which is: you asserted that there was a historical Bodhisattvayana preceding Gautama Buddha, I asked (several times) where you got this idea from. I'm still interested to hear the answer to this, whether it's scriptural authority, history of some form, or e...
by PeterC
Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Questions about "Early" as in early early.
Replies: 34
Views: 1091

Re: Questions about "Early" as in early early.

...I personally doubted that temples and monastic life were part of original Buddhism as it looks to me an extreme that enfeebles men and that was rejected by the Middle Way path How do you think the Buddha spent his time? How did he live? In what sense was monastic life *not* part of "original Bud...
by PeterC
Mon Jan 25, 2021 6:06 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras
Replies: 56
Views: 1814

Re: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras

I hope this discussion has not been in vain. That depends on whether you plan on providing backup for your assertion or not. Nagarjuna says in Bodhicittavivarana (or in Bodhisambhara) that one should not doubt the authenticity of Mahayana. Perhaps it needs to be said that the Mahayana movement cons...
by PeterC
Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras
Replies: 56
Views: 1814

Re: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras

I have said before that there are no academic proofs for this claim or view, but there are spiritual proofs, and these are not accepted by the academic world view. I.e. the Five eyes and the Six supernormal powers, these have been accepted as a basis of knowledge in the Dharma for 2500 years. Next ...
by PeterC
Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Dao of Politics and ideology
Replies: 58
Views: 1397

Re: The Dao of Politics and ideology

I think the non-engagement with news, politics and arguments is actually a good quality for dharma. Moving away from these sources of wordliness is moving nearer to a mind of retreat. The sort of people who meditate all day often won't spend much time with these things. Those who meditate all day c...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 23, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras
Replies: 56
Views: 1814

Re: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras

... All largely irrelevant to the question of whether there was a bodhisattvayana preceding Gautama. That’s four times I’ve asked and you haven’t responded, so I’ll assume you don’t have any evidence for this. We do know, and it’s very well documented, that there were sramana movements before, duri...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:08 am
Forum: Media
Topic: contest to show there's an afterlife
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: contest to show there's an afterlife

He wants to prove whether or not there’s an afterlife, and his approach is...an essay contest?

An unkind person might say that there are easier and cheaper ways to test that hypothesis, though I can understand why he doesn’t want to use those
by PeterC
Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: I'm crying in fear of thoughts at death
Replies: 21
Views: 899

Re: I'm crying in fear of thoughts at death

Please tell me what to do when a horrible ocd thought pops up at the time of death. Say a memory from a horror movie that was very terrible. What do I do? I have OCD and it forces one to think bad things at times that are important It seems that your problem isn’t what might happen when you die, bu...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras
Replies: 56
Views: 1814

Re: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras

You opined: I have the impression that the Bodhisattvayana is older than the time of Siddhartha Gautama, i.e. it existed in India already at time of his propagation of the doctrine. And I asked: Would be interested to hear who asserts this, and on what textual / archeological / other basis. You furt...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 22, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Questions about "Early" as in early early.
Replies: 34
Views: 1091

Re: Questions about "Early" as in early early.

It is synonymous in many people's minds that EBT is Pali Text. But a few questions: What currently are the earliest texts we have? Physically oldest? The Gandharan texts Determined by textualists to be earliest? Depends on which textualist you ask and what assumptions/methodology they apply Gandhar...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras
Replies: 56
Views: 1814

Re: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras

There are many strands of knowledge in the world... Sure, but still: would be interested to hear who asserts this, and on what textual / archeological / other basis. Or is it your theory? Also the examples you offer also talk about some sort of eternal soul, which is definitely not the Bodhisattvay...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:24 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Heruka Chakrasamvara thangka
Replies: 4
Views: 331

Re: Heruka Chakrasamvara thangka

Someone who has received that empowerment is supposed to carry an image of the Yidam with them at least until they reach the stage of wearing the attire - presumably that would be why they gave you an image, as to the significance of the specific image, hard to say, the footprints are probably an im...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:20 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras
Replies: 56
Views: 1814

Re: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras

I have the impression that the Bodhisattvayana is older than the time of Siddhartha Gautama, i.e. it existed in India already at time of his propagation of the doctrine. It was called Bodhisattva-gana or something like that, it was not called Sangha. Gautama joined the Bodhisattva-order at some poi...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 21, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best way to sort e-library
Replies: 6
Views: 412

Re: Best way to sort e-library

My primary device for this is Kindle, and that organizes into collections that aren't mutually exclusive - so a book can appear in multiple collections. That generally solves my problem - you can have folders by lineage, by nature of text (sutra, shastra, etc.), by type of practice, by teacher from ...
by PeterC
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Brief Sang Offering - transmission needed or no
Replies: 15
Views: 733

Re: Brief Sang Offering - transmission needed or no

Soma999 wrote: Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:37 am By the inner experiences, and the results in onés life.

How do you know you have really been initiated during an empowerment ?
You’ve missed my point
by PeterC
Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Brief Sang Offering - transmission needed or no
Replies: 15
Views: 733

Re: Brief Sang Offering - transmission needed or no

Soma999 wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:17 pm
The point is : it worked without lung, with lung, and with wang.
and you know that how?

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