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by Iconodule
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas

You can discuss or not discuss what you like within the forum rules, and I can respond by the same parameters. True enough. And on reflection, I did not come here because I am looking for an echo chamber in which to validate my views. I am just having trouble understanding how you and I can move fo...
by Iconodule
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: Forum activity
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Forum activity

The forum definitely needs some enlivening and new members. I'll keep checking in and posting as long as it's around though. There are other comparative religion forums out there but they did to be big and wild and I like being able to discuss religious topics as a Christian with a small group of kn...
by Iconodule
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Dionysius (ca. 500)
Replies: 6
Views: 1139

Re: Dionysius (ca. 500)

St Maximus also comments on some passages from St. Dionysius (along with Gregory the Theologian and others) in his Ambigua which has been translated into English in two volumes.
by Iconodule
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas

You are in Riyadh right now? As in Saudi Arabia? I assume you're not Muslim, perhaps there teaching? I haven't been to Saudi Arabia yet; Jews aren't allowed (afaik, unless the rules have changed) but perhaps as a convert to Buddhism, I might be allowed in. Israelis no. Jews yes. I have had a number...
by Iconodule
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas

As a rule, the name YHWH would not be said aloud;... 6,519 times in the OT. 0 times in the NT. k 0 times aloud, in any language. 0 times written in the Greek OT (Septuagint), the Old Testament used by the New Testament writers. And again... "Before Abraham was, I am." EDIT: But just to be clear, I ...
by Iconodule
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Religious nones are the new #1
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Re: Religious nones are the new #1

I suppose it depends on how one defines religion. Some might argue that our age is as religious as any owing to the proliferation of assumptions which, while not deriving from any recognized religion, are held as sacred. These include not only moral precepts but principles like nation, money, The In...
by Iconodule
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas

By the time of the New Testament, though, it's simply not the case that the Jewish God- and the Christian God- could be regarded as one among many. Gnosticism, as a word, has been about as abused as a word can be abused, but I've always found in interesting that the name YHWH isn't used in any way,...
by Iconodule
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas

I suspect it would be really impossible to prove either way, from archaeological evidence, whether the monotheism that appears in the Old Testament is a revisionist movement within a previously polytheistic Israelite religion, or whether it was the original Hebrew faith later corrupted by polytheism...
by Iconodule
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 2669

Re: Chinese Buddhism

Would it not be more correct to refer to Chinese Buddhism as Chan/Ch'an? After all, some of the greatest sages have lived and taught there and still have widespread influence on everything Buddhist. The patriarchs, beginning with Bodhidharma, up through all the Tang masters such as Huangbo, and on ...
by Iconodule
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Post-enlightenment religion is impossible
Replies: 6
Views: 979

Re: Post-enlightenment religion is impossible

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from...
by Iconodule
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Engineered form of Buddhism
Replies: 9
Views: 1497

Re: Engineered form of Buddhism

Would someone like to comment further on Ch’an. Are there any Esoteric-style visualization methods? I am primarily practicing Mahamudra at the moment in the context of TB. Chan by and large absorbed the other Chinese Buddhist schools, so a plethora of different practices have continued. I imagine i...
by Iconodule
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: The Only Capital of Israel
Replies: 16
Views: 1687

Re: The Only Capital of Israel

Trump has, however, threatened to cut off funding for countries that voted yes. Can anyone imagine him cutting off funding to the Saudis? Yeah, me neither.
by Iconodule
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Health, wellness and fitness
Topic: Monks should only consume Soylent
Replies: 8
Views: 1016

Re: Monks should only consume Soylent

Herb Caplan wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:31 am
DNS wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:50 am
I heard it's a good way to lose weight.
So from my posting, you assume I'm fat?
I mainly get the impression that you like otters.
by Iconodule
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Buddhist Billionaire works for Freedom
Replies: 3
Views: 612

Re: Buddhist Billionaire works for Freedom

Shouldn't Buddhists be grateful to the PRC for liberating Tibet from slavery?
by Iconodule
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Buddhist Billionaire works for Freedom
Replies: 3
Views: 612

Re: Buddhist Billionaire works for Freedom

Billionaires bankrolling regime change... that always goes well.
by Iconodule
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: The Only Capital of Israel
Replies: 16
Views: 1687

Re: The Only Capital of Israel

The soil of Tibet was soaked by the internecine warfare there between red hats and yellow hats. Japanese soldiers massacred their way across China and the Pacific with the hearty encouragement of Buddhist clergy. The Rohingya are murdered now with the encouragement of Buddhist monks. I'm not going t...
by Iconodule
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Engineered form of Buddhism
Replies: 9
Views: 1497

Re: Engineered form of Buddhism

Would someone like to comment further on Ch’an. Are there any Esoteric-style visualization methods? I am primarily practicing Mahamudra at the moment in the context of TB. Chan by and large absorbed the other Chinese Buddhist schools, so a plethora of different practices have continued. I imagine i...
by Iconodule
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: The Only Capital of Israel
Replies: 16
Views: 1687

Re: The Only Capital of Israel

Positing this as a chiefly religious or ethnic problem is a rather facile analysis that ignores the massive interventions of imperial powers in the region. And Buddhists can be just as passionate about plots of dirt as anyone. Yes, there were many Imperial regimes that have gone through the Middle ...
by Iconodule
Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: The Only Capital of Israel
Replies: 16
Views: 1687

Re: The Only Capital of Israel

Positing this as a chiefly religious or ethnic problem is a rather facile analysis that ignores the massive interventions of imperial powers in the region.

And Buddhists can be just as passionate about plots of dirt as anyone.
by Iconodule
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: The Only Capital of Israel
Replies: 16
Views: 1687

Re: The Only Capitol of Israel

Most Christians in Jerusalem itself are not pleased: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.827207

In fact, I'd wager that, outside American evangelicals, Christians are generally not fans of this irresponsible move.