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by Dan74
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has Nagarjuna been straw-manly & caricaturedly appropriated by [some or all] Mahayana-ish sects?
Replies: 116
Views: 1279

Re: Has Nagarjuna been straw-manly & caricaturedly appropriated by [some or all] Mahayana-ish sects?

I don't think there are major doctrinal differences. If one accept Abhidhamma, then any dhammas having self-essence is not something Nagarjuna would countenance, I think. And what do you understand by “self essence” in terms of Theravāda? Not sure, self-arisen, perhaps, having an essential essence,...
by Dan74
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has Nagarjuna been straw-manly & caricaturedly appropriated by [some or all] Mahayana-ish sects?
Replies: 116
Views: 1279

Re: Has Nagarjuna been straw-manly & caricaturedly appropriated by [some or all] Mahayana-ish sects?

What would be interesting would be to hear from the Nāgārjuna fans what they think are the major differences between Theravāda and Madhyamaka. We have already heard one regarding ultimate truth and conventional truth. Anything else? I don't think there are major doctrinal differences. If one accept...
by Dan74
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Zoroastrian influence in Buddhism?
Replies: 12
Views: 923

Re: Zoroastrian influence in Buddhism?

Greek Buddha is Fake News R.I.P. intellectual integrity :candle: :candle: :candle: Care to elaborate ? The author has good credentials and the book was published by princeton... Princeton publishes Elaine Pagels' scholarship. They have no credibility. Has her work been discredited? I thought there ...
by Dan74
Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Mahayana believes that a Buddha has no consciousness but acts based on past merit and volition
Replies: 23
Views: 488

Re: The Mahayana believes that a Buddha has no consciousness but acts based on past merit and volition

Does this make sence?is this possible?if not,why not ? Doesn't the Heart Sutra say that the aggregates are empty? Including consciousness. Empty means don't have own-essence, in Theravada terms, dependently originated. So consciousness being empty, does not imply that there is no consciousness anym...
by Dan74
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Melbourne Temple in English
Replies: 9
Views: 156

Re: Melbourne Temple in English

one_awakening wrote: Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:58 am
SarathW wrote: Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:53 am One of my friends in Australia said he is visiting the Buddhist Society of Victoria Inc.
Yeah I've been going to this one, just wanted to go do an actual temple for something different
There's Bodhivana in Warburton.

https://buddhabodhivana.org/contact/
by Dan74
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In 1993, Deepak Chopra Showed Oprah the Power of Her Mind
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: In 1993, Deepak Chopra Showed Oprah the Power of Her Mind

I don't believe there are any convincing experiments proving telekinesis. If this were real, she would not have to hold it with her fingers, but just a string suspended in a holder, standing on a table, would've made a much stronger point.

Chopra is a businessman, rather than a spiritual man.
by Dan74
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 41
Views: 21234

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

Dan74 wrote I think the reason that Ajahn Sumedho sounds like a Zen master sometimes, is because his is primarily a practice tradition. So he is being practical and trying to provide some pointers. Thank you. But it is not Zen, in the sense that his lineage has its specific methods that are Therava...
by Dan74
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 41
Views: 21234

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

I think the reason that Ajahn Sumedho sounds like a Zen master sometimes, is because his is primarily a practice tradition. So he is being practical and trying to provide some pointers. But it is not Zen, in the sense that his lineage has its specific methods that are Theravadan. Whether they arrive...
by Dan74
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?
Replies: 176
Views: 4135

Re: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?

I would add my voice here to the many supporting Ajahn Sumedho as a wise monk who has contributed immensely to the dhamma and its propagation. To call him a "heretic" is preposterous, ignorant, and grossly inappropriate. I agree, but for the folks who focus on the doctrine, I guess it makes sense t...
by Dan74
Thu Nov 05, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I believe tathagatagarbha true self exists
Replies: 49
Views: 3037

Re: Why I believe tathagatagarbha true self exists

Since all that we know are sense impressions and thoughts, how can any thing be established? We may call the experience "consciousness", but how can we establish that consciousness is a thing ? An it ? Any thoughts we may have about it, any experience, are itself part of this consciousness and can n...
by Dan74
Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 11
Views: 1239

Re: Right Speech

Does Right Speech include speaking harshly and criticising on occasion? Only when appropriate (the right relationship) and driven by the right motive (compassion). So, for instance a parent can sometimes harshly reprimand the child when gentle speech is not having an effect, but pretty rarely I thi...
by Dan74
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Dad bods are best for family men
Replies: 12
Views: 10505

Re: Dad bods are best for family men

Some good news finally! :clap: :clap: :clap:
by Dan74
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Venerable Dhammanando's video
Replies: 22
Views: 3985

Re: Venerable Dhammanando's video

Im trying to find a sutta says that the nature of phenomena is rising-persisting-falling, but I cannot, could you send me a link? I think its in the Anguttara nikaya? "And what is the development of concentration that, when developed & pursued, leads to mindfulness & alertness? There is the case wh...
by Dan74
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Venerable Dhammanando's video
Replies: 22
Views: 3985

Re: Venerable Dhammanando's video

Sadhu, Bhante.

:bow: :bow: :bow:
by Dan74
Sun Oct 11, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An argument for ultimate reality from a Theravādin perspective.
Replies: 79
Views: 10073

Re: An argument for ultimate reality from a Theravādin perspective.

I think it pays to go deeper into the terms that are being used. For instance, what is meant by existence? Otherwise we will be refuting arguments that have never been made. A lot of unnecessary arguments here could be avoided by first reading this short article from Jan Westerhoff: https://plato.st...