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by Nicholas
Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Rhetoric versus Dialectic
Replies: 2
Views: 20

Re: Rhetoric versus Dialectic

Rhetoric is called oratory by its famous exponent Gorgias. Nowadays we call it advertising or propaganda. SOCRATES: Now I think you’ve come closest to making clear what craft you take oratory to be, Gorgias. If I follow you at all, you’re saying that oratory is a producer of persuasion. Its whole bu...
by Nicholas
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Rhetoric versus Dialectic
Replies: 2
Views: 20

Re: Rhetoric versus Dialectic

Then in the Sophist the Visitor shows the difference between a propagandist using rhetoric vs a dialectician who reasons clearly. VISITOR: Aren’t we going to say that it takes expertise in dialectic to divide things by kinds and not to think that the same form is a different one or that a different ...
by Nicholas
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Rhetoric versus Dialectic
Replies: 2
Views: 20

Rhetoric versus Dialectic

Plato thought poorly of the deceptive tendency of rhetoric and valued instead the honest dialectical way of thinking. Here are some passages from the Phaedrus : SOCRATES: I think it will become clear if we look at it this way. Where is deception most likely to occur—regarding things that differ much...
by Nicholas
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Rhetoric versus Dialectic
Replies: 0
Views: 10

Rhetoric versus Dialectic

Plato thought poorly of the deceptive tendency of rhetoric and valued instead the honest dialectical way of thinking. Here are some passages from the Phaedrus:
by Nicholas
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Islam, Sufism-Islamic mysticism
Topic: Sufism and Zen.
Replies: 19
Views: 501

Re: Sufism and Zen.

Its always the less strong who doubt that the strong can do things differently. History is not all from books or the mouth of teachers my friend. Self reliance and strength is the way for those who feel confident to do so. Fare Thee Well and consider helping me (and others?) when you become a buddh...
by Nicholas
Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Jesus: It’s all about the empty tomb
Replies: 43
Views: 1342

Re: Jesus: It’s all about the empty tomb

Here Buddha on a Naga. https://i.ibb.co/C0qxXFC/4-C376893-F280-4-FB3-AA0-C-FFC364881-FE3.jpg Would like DNS who knows Southern Buddhism better to give a sutta or shastra quote about this Naga. I have seen the same sort of ikon, yet it is Nagarjuna in place of Buddha. :offtopic: (Maybe time to cut &...
by Nicholas
Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Islam, Sufism-Islamic mysticism
Topic: Sufism and Zen.
Replies: 19
Views: 501

Re: Sufism and Zen.

So I agree that private religion is the way, but not everyone is strong enough to rely on himself or herself in this regard. Hence company of enlightened sages or saints and service to them is then recommended. If one is not able to attain these above two, then the reading of good spiritual books i...
by Nicholas
Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Kriya Lineage
Replies: 21
Views: 57621

Re: Kriya Lineage

Here is someone in the Kriya lineage that I believe is worthy of attention. Beyond attention, I do not know. http://sanskritclassics.com As one can see, this Kriya Swami says Babaji is not an Avatar. This Swami gives deep insights into the Kriya tradition, Babaji and the need for a Kriya Guru. Prac...
by Nicholas
Wed Jun 09, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Forest of Pearls From the Dharma Garden
Replies: 10
Views: 1222

Re: Forest of Pearls From the Dharma Garden

From volume two, this gives one reason why the Chinese tradition puts Buddha's lifetime in the 900s bc: According to the Zhoushu yiji , on the eighth day of the fourth month, in the twenty-fourth year during the rule of King Zhao of Zhou, the jiaying year in the sixty-year cycle designation, the wat...
by Nicholas
Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Yogananda on Christ's teachings
Replies: 24
Views: 60537

Re: Yogananda on Christ's teachings

More of Swami on his visionary experiences of Jesus: To the New Testament account of the Christ of Galilee I humbly add my own testimony. From personal experience I know the reality of his life and miracles, for I have seen him many, many times, and communed with him, and received his direct confirm...
by Nicholas
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Forest of Pearls From the Dharma Garden
Replies: 10
Views: 1222

Re: Forest of Pearls From the Dharma Garden

The entire work has 100 chapters, so these four volumes of 19 chapters are only the beginning. A Forest of Pearls from the Dharma Garden , Volume IV Chapter Ten. The Field of Merit 3 Chapter Eleven. Taking Refuge and Believing in [the Three Treasures] 15 Chapter Twelve. Men and Women 31 Chapter Thir...
by Nicholas
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Forest of Pearls From the Dharma Garden
Replies: 10
Views: 1222

Re: Forest of Pearls From the Dharma Garden

Volume two is devoted to one subject - One Thousand Buddhas. Volume three covers five subjects: Chapter Six. Paying Respect to the Buddha 3 Chapter Six (continued). Paying Respect to the Buddha (continued) 37 Chapter Six (continued). Paying Respect to the Buddha (continued) 87 Chapter Six (continued...
by Nicholas
Tue Jun 08, 2021 4:42 am
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Forest of Pearls From the Dharma Garden
Replies: 10
Views: 1222

Re: Forest of Pearls From the Dharma Garden

These are the subjects in volume one: Preface to A Forest of Pearls from the Dharma Garden 3 [Topics To Be Discussed] 7 Chapter One. The Measurement of World Ages (Kalpas) 9 Chapter Two. The Three Realms 49 Chapter Two (continued). The Three Realms (continued) 89 Chapter Three. The Sun and Moon 123 ...
by Nicholas
Tue Jun 08, 2021 4:28 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Law of Karma
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Re: Law of Karma

One the best known & beloved sutras which tells the operation of Karma thru stories. This is an edition of The Hundred Deeds with illustrations done by children:

https://84000.co/media/T340SpecialEdition.pdf
by Nicholas
Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 132
Views: 335546

Re: Theosophy

A recent quarterly, The Spiral Path from TS Pasadena:

https://www.theosocietyamsec.org/the-spiral-path

The archives of the newsletters from Australia:

http://theosophydownunder.org/newsletters.php
by Nicholas
Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 132
Views: 335546

Re: Theosophy

Nicholas wrote: Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:00 pm First issue for 2021 of modern Lucifer magazine. This English edition began around 2013:

https://blavatskyhouse.org/uploads/file ... 2021-1.pdf
Here is the archive of all English editions:

https://blavatskyhouse.org/magazine/magazine-archive/
by Nicholas
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: William Quan Judge (1851-96)
Replies: 9
Views: 49041

Re: William Quan Judge (1851-96)

The ideas of Theosophy should be mastered, and once that is done it will be easy to express those in the simplest possible terms. And discussions about the Absolute, the Hierarchies, and so forth, are worse than useless. Such ideas as Karma, Reincarnation, the Perfectibility of Man, the Dual Nature...
by Nicholas
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Perennial Philosophy
Replies: 2
Views: 3372

Re: Perennial Philosophy

Here are samples of perennial wisdom from many fields & traditions:

https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/ts/pere_wis.htm
by Nicholas
Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:09 am
Forum: The Greatest of All Gifts
Topic: Benefits of Giving Dharma
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Re: Benefits of Giving Dharma

Another 20 benefits from freely giving Dharma: Maitreya, offering the Dharma with an attitude that is free of materialistic interest has another twenty benefits. What are these twenty? (1) Intellectual prowess will be born in one formerly without it; (2) that prowess, once born, will not be lost; (3...
by Nicholas
Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:04 am
Forum: The Greatest of All Gifts
Topic: Benefits of Giving Dharma
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Benefits of Giving Dharma

From Buddha's advice in the Inspiring Determination Sutra : Maitreya, giving the gift of Dharma without materialistic interest, without the desire for offerings or respect, confers twenty benefits. These twenty are as follows: One will (1) have mindfulness, (2) have intelligence, (3) be judicious, (...