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by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 182
Views: 21796

Re: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism

If you can reduce your self-cherishing by believing in a flying spaghetti monster what's the harm in believing in it? There are a lot of things that can reduce self-cherishing. Life is full of humbling experiences, awe-inspiring events and so forth. But to reduce is different from the permanently r...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 182
Views: 21796

Re: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism

Your argument is: What the BuddhaDharma teaches is true, BuddhaDharma tells about Mount Meru, Therefore, what the BuddhaDharma teaches about Mount Meru is true. I didn't say that, rather I said that Truth is essential to BuddhaDharma . etc... What I mean here is that karmic causality lasting for se...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 182
Views: 21796

Re: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism

The great strength in science is that a theory can be disproved.
The great weakness in religion is that a theory can't be.
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 182
Views: 21796

Re: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism

Your argument is: What the BuddhaDharma teaches is true, BuddhaDharma tells about Mount Meru, Therefore, what the BuddhaDharma teaches about Mount Meru is true. So, you have to look at the foundation of your argument What the BuddhaDharma teaches is true (in your words, "Truth is essential to Buddha...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 182
Views: 21796

Re: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism

Kai wrote:
el_chupacabra wrote:My perception of the situation in Europe is of a growth in materialism, both in the younger generations and in academia.
While in Americas, the sign of increasing fanaticism and religious fundamentalism is becoming a serious issue.....
Thus, evolution can go in reverse.
by PadmaVonSamba
Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 182
Views: 21796

Re: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism

The BuddhaDharma has one purpose, the cessation of suffering. The constant reference to unfathomably long and impossible lengths of time, kalpas and so on, serves to lift the practitioner from the grasp of time itself. The events in this lifetime do not consume us because this lifetime is regarded a...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Delusion
Replies: 29
Views: 5016

Re: Delusion

Awakening does not depend on either gradual or spontaneous, because then it would be conditional.
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by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Delusion
Replies: 29
Views: 5016

Re: Delusion

Anything can preclude everything else if you let it. Ultimately, it can even preclude itself. nonsense. Do you have direct perception of my direct perception not needed and do you perceive that yours is in fact perception as opposed to say, faith or touchy feely intuition? I am not sure what you ar...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Delusion
Replies: 29
Views: 5016

Re: Delusion

Even though awakening is sudden, it only happens if a gradual series of events preclude it. Suppose that's true, but this is not my question. My question is, how do you know this? Direct perception? What makes this generalized condition on the nature of reality more than just another passing cloud ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Delusion
Replies: 29
Views: 5016

Re: Delusion

At that very second when a ripe apple falls from a tree, is that gradual or sudden? Even though awakening is sudden, it only happens if a gradual series of events preclude it. That is the interconnectedness of things. Once it happens, any difference between sudden and gradual is no longer the view. ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Delusion
Replies: 29
Views: 5016

Re: Delusion

Cessation is not spontaneous since it is the absence of a cause. Cessation is not gradual since it is the absence of a cause. Are non-spontaneity and non-gradation the temporal properties of a non-event? Cessation isn't when something happens, it's when something stops happening. Is inaction a non-...
by PadmaVonSamba
Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Delusion
Replies: 29
Views: 5016

Re: Delusion

Cessation isn't when something happens, it's when something stops happening.
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 182
Views: 21796

Re: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism

There appears to be some inconsistency between theory of evolution of humans from primates and Mahayana Buddhism. Basically, in Buddhism it takes minimum three 'countless' kalpas to reach Buddhahood. Every sentient requires at least that period of time to reach Buddhahood including our very Buddha ...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 182
Views: 21796

Re: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism

Considering the massive destruction of knowledge caused by christianity and islam we can be sure that before it there has been knowledge about the other continents, that was known in the ancient world of Europe and India. There was the Library of Alexandria, there were many great collections that h...
by PadmaVonSamba
Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 182
Views: 21796

Re: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism

Who is Michael Cremo? I think he once sold me some incense at the airport...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Cremo _ _ _ _ _ __ _ :alien:
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 182
Views: 21796

Re: Evolution of humans and Mahayana Buddhism

Considering the massive destruction of knowledge caused by christianity and islam we can be sure that before it there has been knowledge about the other continents, that was known in the ancient world of Europe and India. That's like saying that before my house burned down there must have been a se...
by PadmaVonSamba
Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Spirit possession and/or harrassment
Replies: 16
Views: 2367

Re: Spirit possession and/or harrassment

Another question one might ask is, "is that just a load of garbage?"
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Logical Fallacies
Replies: 27
Views: 4374

Re: Logical Fallacies

2. There are a lot of people who cannot see beyond their own stubborn inconsistencies. So? These are people - normal, everyday people you're dealing with. They may not have the skills in debate that you'd like them to have. Many of them may not have the faintest idea that they're arguments have log...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Logical Fallacies
Replies: 27
Views: 4374

Re: Logical Fallacies

Interesting choice of sources. Of all the sources for info on logical fallacies, why did you pick Nizkor...? ... Trying to get people to abandon falcious argument, especially when they don't know anything about it or don't really care can and probably would be futile. It would do little good to res...
by PadmaVonSamba
Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Logical Fallacies
Replies: 27
Views: 4374

Logical Fallacies

This is a link to a list of "logical fallacies"...faulty premises and faulty conclusions. Since there are so many philosophers here, and because one often runs into an argument that may not make sense, this list might be helpful. It describes a variety of faulty arguments, and gives the name for tha...

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