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by Abhaya
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:22 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Are plants beings?
Replies: 29
Views: 13986

Re: Are plants beings?

Living beings to whom non-violent ethic applies: 1.Breathing beings (pana) Does this mean it is OK to destroy an embryo or a fetus as it is not breathing? Simply because a being depends on someone or something else for respiration (whether mother or a respirator) does not disqualify them. Being inc...
by Abhaya
Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Are plants beings?
Replies: 29
Views: 13986

Re: Are plants beings?

A while back, my 20-year-old self wrote this based on the following source, quoted throughout: Findly, Ellison Banks. "Borderline beings: Plant possibilities in early buddhism." Journal of the American Oriental Society (2002): 252-263. -- Some [of what I consider to be] important excerpts from the a...
by Abhaya
Sat Jun 18, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Are plants beings?
Replies: 29
Views: 13986

Re: Are plants beings?

Here's an excerpt of something I wrote on this topic around 6 years ago. -- In my opinion, consciousness in plants is a premature conclusion to draw at this point. Plants are surely alive by biological standards, but attributing cognitive abilities to plants is an overstatement, as consciousness in ...
by Abhaya
Sat Jun 18, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: How to Understand the Mahayana in Light of the Pali Canon
Replies: 36
Views: 17925

Re: How to Understand the Mahayana in Light of the Pali Canon

Can someone explain me the final goal of Mahayana. The way I understand they do not teach Nibbana. The aim is to become a Bodhisatta and come back to this world again and become enlightened Buddha. Am I correct? The goal of Mahayana is embodied by the Bodhisattva, who delays their own liberation in...
by Abhaya
Sat Jun 18, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: How to Understand the Mahayana in Light of the Pali Canon
Replies: 36
Views: 17925

Re: How to Understand the Mahayana in Light of the Pali Canon

Like Lhamo, I'm also not convinced that the Pali Canon is the end-all, be-all of the Buddha's teachings. Just because something is in the Pali Canon does not make it true. Just because something is not in the Pali Canon does not make it false. That said, I've read the first four Nikayas (plus parts ...
by Abhaya
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings!
Replies: 7
Views: 4966

Re: Greetings!

Welcome, Tex!

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by Abhaya
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:37 pm
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: When inspiration for practice is low...
Replies: 40
Views: 118324

Re: When inspiration for practice is low...

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by Abhaya
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Amitabha Buddha Stupa
Replies: 2
Views: 3188

Re: Amitabha Buddha Stupa

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by Abhaya
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Amitabha Buddha Stupa
Replies: 2
Views: 3188

Re: Amitabha Buddha Stupa

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by Abhaya
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Amitabha Buddha Stupa
Replies: 2
Views: 3188

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Amitabha Buddha Stupa in Sedona, Arizona. Photos are from 6/2/2016.

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by Abhaya
Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Resources on Orthodox Christianity
Replies: 3
Views: 3230

Re: Resources on Orthodox Christianity

Wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to start reading!

:anjali:
by Abhaya
Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Dharma at Home
Topic: Buddhist suttas for the householder
Replies: 2
Views: 40759

Re: Buddhist suttas for the householder

Extremely thorough! Thanks for posting and sadhu to bodom's efforts to compile them!

:anjali:
by Abhaya
Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:02 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from another friend from Dhamma wheel
Replies: 5
Views: 3870

Re: Hi from another friend from Dhamma wheel

Welcome!
SarathW wrote: I hope this forum will promote the friendship and understanding on all interfaith religions and their followers.
:anjali:
May it be so.
:anjali:
by Abhaya
Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:07 am
Forum: Health, wellness and fitness
Topic: Which diet do you follow?
Replies: 9
Views: 48484

Re: Which diet do you follow?

Lacto-ovo vegetarian.
by Abhaya
Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: A critique of corporate mindfulness
Replies: 6
Views: 28884

Re: A critique of corporate mindfulness

This is a sad reality, which has been building for quite a while... One of my primary reasons for leaving the fields of neuroscience and psychology. Hoping it doesn't cause more harm than good...

Thanks for sharing.
by Abhaya
Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Taoism
Topic: Taoism resources
Replies: 6
Views: 45889

Re: Taoism resources

Side-by-side original Chinese and English translations of Daoist classics:

http://ctext.org/daoism

Also a good resource for other Chinese philosophies.
by Abhaya
Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: TM community in Fairfield, Iowa
Replies: 1
Views: 2390

Re: TM community in Fairfield, Iowa

While I've never visited, I've heard of their community and would like to see more like it in terms of the emphasis on contemplative education. A near-equivalent in Buddhism might be City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB) and Dharma Realm Buddhist University (DRBU) in Ukiah, California, known as "the o...
by Abhaya
Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: The Greatest of All Gifts
Topic: MN 20: The Removal Of Distracting Thoughts
Replies: 5
Views: 43529

Re: MN 20: The Removal Of Distracting Thoughts

Found it.

"Ayaṃ vuccati bhikkhave bhikkhu vasī vitakkapariyāyapathesu."

"This bhikkhu is then called a master of the courses of thought."
by Abhaya
Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana links and resources
Replies: 10
Views: 49013

Re: Mahayana links and resources

A few Mahayana Sutras to add. Astasahasrika Prajna Paramita Sutra: http://huntingtonarchive.osu.edu/resources/downloads/sutras/02Prajnaparamita/Astasahasrika.pdf Lankavatara Sutra: http://lirs.ru/do/lanka_eng/lanka-nondiacritical.htm Avatamsaka Sutra: http://zen-ua.org/wp-content/uploads/avatamsaka-...
by Abhaya
Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:29 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Iconodule
Replies: 7
Views: 46502

Re: Iconodule

Welcome, Iconodule! Looking forward to hearing your perspective and learning about your path.

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