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by Loving
Sun May 05, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 5309

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

Anywhere there is the Four Noble Truths, which includes the 8-fold path. Wherever you find that, you find Buddha-Dharma. The Path includes the teachings, including the Brahma Viharas (loving-kindness, compassion, joy with others, equanimity). Thank you. :) A core or common vision of Buddhism and dh...
by Loving
Sat May 04, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 5257

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

Well, the mahayana sutra canon. :D Yes! :D I wanted to explore the Pali canon, and pre-sectarian Buddhism, first for historical reasons (for scholarship, you would say :D). But as a Buddhist practitioner, I will have a much greater interest in the preservation and evolution of the teachings, across...
by Loving
Sat May 04, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 5309

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

Queequeg wrote: Sat May 04, 2019 12:48 pm Buddha taught the cause of suffering and its end.
This is a helpful answer, actually. :D
by Loving
Sat May 04, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 5257

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

Miroku wrote: Sat May 04, 2019 12:14 pm You are on a Mahayana forum this limited view of what was taught by Buddha is not accepted here.
I am new to Buddhism. Do you want to offer an alternative point of view?
by Loving
Sat May 04, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 5257

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

What do you consider the teachings of the historical Buddha? Good question! See my new thread, where this change of topic is more relevant: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha I read a book called The Life of the Buddha According to the Pali Canon by Ñāṇamoli Bhikkhu. According to that book, in Majj...
by Loving
Sat May 04, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 5257

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

There's a new thread here - https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=31120#p491615 - which describes an attempt by scientists to ascertain the limits of science. Thanks for sharing this :) I am sure the workshops described in the article are aiming at something important, but I would be cautiou...
by Loving
Sat May 04, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 5309

Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

Through discussion on my post about the secularisation of Buddhism through scientific discovery, I began to perceive that "Buddhism" is a somewhat broader concept than "accepting and obeying Gotama". That is what I want to talk about here. What I mean more specifically is that it does not appear to ...
by Loving
Fri May 03, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 5257

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

Oh no. No misunderstanding. :smile:

My proper concern actually isn't with whether or not to accept rebirth. It is about the relationship between Buddhism and the teachings of the historical Buddha (so far as we can understand them).
by Loving
Thu May 02, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 5257

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

I have no qualms with following Buddha's ethical and contemplative teaching while disbelieving the metaphysics of rebirth and nirvana. But in that case, what does it mean to call yourself a Buddhist?

I am very confused on this point. Might be time for a new thread.
by Loving
Thu May 02, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 5257

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

PSM wrote: Thu May 02, 2019 12:50 pm Not sure that's true...
I can't think of a single person who is universally held in high regard :tongue:
by Loving
Thu May 02, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 5257

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

Here is a concise elaboration of Dr. Wallace's vision, as he articulated it five years ago:

by Loving
Thu May 02, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 5257

Re: Buddhism and Parapsychology

Excellent! Thank you for your responses :) When I say that the scientific-contemplative interface seems utterly important, I say it mostly with a mind to those millions of people who are not involved in Buddhism. In particular, I say it with a mind to all those who could benefit from Buddhist practi...
by Loving
Wed May 01, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Family
Replies: 17
Views: 2202

Re: Buddhism and the Family

I suspect that formally cutting off all contact with family is the sign of a cult. Buddha did not do this as much of his family followed him into the Sangha. If your practice is so fragile it cannot handle human contact, how are you to deal with teacher and sangha? You will be a basket case. At the...
by Loving
Wed May 01, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Parapsychology
Replies: 50
Views: 5257

Buddhism and Parapsychology

I was listening to a conversation between B. Alan Wallace, an expert on Tibetan Buddhism and the relationship between science and Buddhism, and physicist Sean Carroll ( The Nature of Reality: A Dialogue Between a Buddhist Scholar and a Theoretical Physicist ). In this conversation, Alan Wallace make...
by Loving
Wed May 01, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Family
Replies: 17
Views: 2202

Re: Buddhism and the Family

Earlier today I read an interesting sutra called the Visākhā Sutta . Its label is Udāna VIII.8 in the Khuddaka Nikāya or Kṣudraka Āgama , of the Pali canon. I will quote it below (trans. Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu): I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Sāvatthī at the Eastern M...
by Loving
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Family
Replies: 17
Views: 2202

Re: Buddhism and the Family

I'm grateful to you both for replying so helpfully and so promptly. Thank you Wayfarer, thank you jake! 'True renunciation' is a term I encountered in a translation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's The Middle Way , in commentary on Lama Je Tsongkhapa's 15th-century Three Principal Aspects of the Pat...
by Loving
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Family
Replies: 17
Views: 2202

Buddhism and the Family

May someone please kindly advise me on the relationship between true renunciation and familial love? Gotama Buddha himself is said to have left his parents, wife, and son in pursuit of his spiritual path. Buddhist monks are, in general, celibate and abstain from laborious family ties. Elaborations o...

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