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  1. Thread: Hello

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    Re: Hello

    Welcome. I am also interested in Shaivism.
  2. Re: Correct to have demolished Budhdhist temples to build Hindu temples?

    Namaste markandeya,
    I feel that I could have written that myself, as I have exactly the same feelings towards academic work as you do. I treasure it's contribution but the living practice is another...
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    Namaste markandeya, devotee and others.

    @markandeya - this is also my approach.

    With regard to that approach, and our general discussion, here is a fascinating video. The speaker,...
  4. Re: Correct to have demolished Budhdhist temples to build Hindu temples?

    Namaste markandeya,
    I agree. I can only work with that which I understand. All else I set aside.
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    Namaste markandeya,
    Some of the tantric texts I've read are pure sorcery in their original context. Binding and killing enemies, evoking spirits in cremation grounds and so on. They seem to have...
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    Re: Translations on Pali Suttas

    Namaste markandeya,
    Great sutta. This bit gets to the heart of it in my opinion:
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    I have read a legend that Vishnu supposedly introduced tantra to Buddhism to degrade and ultimately destroy it. This is an amazing idea, as tantra as a system was, and is, both Buddhist and Hindu but...
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Namaste markandeya,
    Good approach. Yes, there are plenty of good people out there too. My personal opportunity to travel to more distant centers is limited at the moment, and the only significant...
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Namaste Indialover,
    Reassuring to discover others have a similar experience.
  10. Re: Correct to have demolished Budhdhist temples to build Hindu temples?

    This kind of thing has always happened. In England, the oldest churches are usually sited on pre-christian pagan temple sites. The site was already considered sacred and the incoming group wanted to...
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Namaste markandeya,
    I've always had a soft spot for Mogallana. If I could sit down and share a cup of tea with one of Buddha's followers, then it would be him.


    I'm sure we would have a great...
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Many paths may lead to the summit of a mountain, as the saying goes.
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Namaste markandeya,
    This is absolutely the case but for some people, there is misunderstanding between cessation of views on self and claiming that there is no self, but like you say...


    So, I...
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Namaste devotee,
    Nalanda University was a hotbed of philosophical debate and development in the history of Buddhism. Scholars met and argued points and sects and schism were rife. Unfortunately,...
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Namaste markandeya,
    Simple, as in the essence - very much so, as what else could it be? A very good point and one which is discovered experientially.


    All the systems were established by...
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Namaste devotee,
    Thank you for your wise words. Regarding the difference, I think it is difficult to summarize as there are many approaches both within Buddhism and Hinduism and which should we...
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Namaste markandeya,
    What you have written is absolutely correct, I just wish more people were aware of it. I think, especially among westerners, there are some odd ideas concerning samatha and the...
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Vipassana is very popular at the moment but it lacks the necessary balance of samatha. Buddha taught both in combination. Actually, you make a good point about devotion in Buddhism. The Tibetan...
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Interesting. There has been an attempt of sorts, though it's not Buddhism. The Navayana rejects all the core teachings of Buddha Dharma, which is a pity as they have missed an opportunity I feel. ...
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Namaste Seeker,
    This seems quite similar to the Buddhist presentation of the Three Poisons, self grasping etc.
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Thanks Viraja,
    This thread was quiet for a while but I'm glad I checked back. This list notes Brahman as the cause for the existence of the Atman, depicted as actively creating a soul. This is...
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Namaste Viraja,
    Thank you for the link and also your replies.

    I think the answer I was seeking appears to be 'the five senses', as this is a consistent theme.
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Namaste Indialover,
    Thank you for this.
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Namaste,
    Thank you for that. I suspected that there was such a diversity but that makes it clear.



    This accords with the observation of the Buddha sabbe sankhara Anicca and Nagarjuna's...
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Namaste Yajvan
    Thanks for the reply. Yes, the above is a very interesting question and can be answered on many levels. This provides much 'merriment' on Buddhist forums where people who believe in...
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    Namaste Site Tech,
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    More detail is found under this link:...
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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Namaste Viraja,
    Thank you for your considered and very informative reply, it has given me much to consider. I guess the sense organs themselves are not inherently contaminated, rather the witnessing...
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    Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    Namaste all,
    As a person with a Buddhist background, I have studied those teachings on the cause for rebirth in samsara.

    But I'm interested how Hindus present the cause for rebirth. Is the state...
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    Re: Panentheistic Saiva tradition

    Namaste Ale,
    I can relate to this, as my background brought me to a similar conclusion. Such intellectual imposition is not to be found in Kashmiri Shaivism or the Spanda Doctrine, so if you are...
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    Re: śivaḥ & destruction

    Thanks Yajvan. I'm always pleased to see this topic aired, as it is very profound and beneficial and not much discussed it seems.
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    Re: śivaḥ & destruction

    I'm currently re-reading The Doctrine of Vibration by Mark Dyczkowski and I found the following germane lines in the introduction:

    "We examine what is meant by Spanda in its own terms as a...
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    Re: śivaḥ & destruction

    Great thread and good point. I have jaideva singh’s translation myself and very much cherish it.
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    Re: Sushupti: Dreamless Sleep

    Interesting post, lots to consider. I've always been interested in the mechanics of consciousness from an early reading of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The parallel drawn between the dissolution of...
  34. Re: Attack on HDF (From within, outside and backend)

    As someone who has moderated (never again) I can agree with that. I don't feel that any of you owe that guy an apology. The way you dealt with his barrage is a credit to this forum.

    It's your...
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    Re: Atman-Brahman in Buddhism

    This topic has sparked a very long thread at a Buddhist forum I frequent.

    I personally feel that the whole debate is flawed from the outset, as it relies upon assertions of what exists versus what...
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    Re: What is wrong with this forum

    I've been on forums (mainly Buddhist) for very many years and I've even moderated on a few. Unfortunately I've never seen the ideals in the OP actually manifest to anything like that extent. You get...
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    Re: Atheist reconsidering stance on religion.

    Hi Rishab,
    A friend of mine has the same condition. She found that a gentle meditation to bring her awareness to the breath has helped. Your thoughts are not your enemy, they will also become...
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    Re: Atheist reconsidering stance on religion.

    Hi Rishab,
    I'm not the best person to answer but since nobody else has, I thought I'd comment. Like you I rejected god outright after a religious search. I was about 18 at the time and in hindsight...
  39. Re: Is Sankhara "suffering" for Hindus, or something else?

    Namaste smaranam,
    Many thanks for that wonderful post which clears up the confusion for me. I suspected that there must be a linguistic explanation somewhere along the line and that demonstrates it...
  40. Re: Is Sankhara "suffering" for Hindus, or something else?

    Hi devotee,
    I've also seen that configuration but it seems interchangeable, as the book I'm reading uses sankara rather than shamkara in the context of another name for Shiva. Looks like a mystery...
  41. Re: Is Sankhara "suffering" for Hindus, or something else?

    Hi satay,
    This from a reliable Buddhist source:

    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/bps-essay_43.html

    Etymologically, it seems to have the same root, ie. the prefix sam, meaning...
  42. Is Sankhara "suffering" for Hindus, or something else?

    In Buddhism, with which I am more familiar, "Sabbe sankhara dukkha" is often translated as "all formations are suffering".

    Recently I've encountered references in Shaivite teachings which equate...
  43. Re: When it comes to Buddhism and reasonable vedantic arguments

    As someone who has been a Buddhist for many years (I can't speak for vedanta) I reject both the concept of 'no-self' and the philosophical contrivance of sunyata. Buddha never taught either but many...
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    Re: Meditative Instructions for Durga Devi

    Namaste JaiMaaDurga
    Thank you for your advice, I'll look this up online. That's also a wonderful signature you have there.
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    Re: Meditative Instructions for Durga Devi

    My thanks to MahaHrada & Twilightdance for this information and dialogue. It's given me something to investigate.
    Namaste
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    Re: What Role Does Buddha Play in Hinduism?

    I very much believe this to be the case. The evidence points to it. Apart from which, the physical reality of a human's body/mind is something the species has had for way longer.


    And a very dead...
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    Re: What Role Does Buddha Play in Hinduism?

    Hi MahaHrada,
    Great to see you again. I guess what I mean by "original" is the material in the Pali suttas. Perhaps "original" is the wrong word but they at least contain the core teachings and have...
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    Meditative Instructions for Durga Devi

    What are the meditative instructions used by those who follow Devi? Is there anything particular or recommended?
    By this I mean actual meditation rather than ceremony or such.
    Namste
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    Re: What Role Does Buddha Play in Hinduism?

    I think that this is perhaps true. All of the speculative philosophy came much later and does not comply with the original teachings. You are very right about the tendency towards nihilism and it is,...
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    Re: Are gods mortal in Hinduism?

    Hi Crane Foot King,
    I have only studied the non-dual schools of Shaivism, so I can't answer that specific question. Within the doctrine of Spanda, the supreme state is Shiva - beyond time, space and...
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