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by Iconodule
Thu May 02, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Pope accused of Heresy
Replies: 9
Views: 561

Re: Pope accused of Heresy

This pope is probably the most liberal one in modern times. I say "modern times" because in the distant past there were some popes who fathered children and I believe there is at least one case of a pope who fathered a son, who also became a pope. Well, being "liberal" and being personally dissolut...
by Iconodule
Thu May 02, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Pope accused of Heresy
Replies: 9
Views: 561

Re: Pope accused of Heresy

As far as I recall, the last pope to get a churchwide condemnation for heresy was Honorius, at the 6th ecumenical council. The trouble with Pope Francis is that he says a lot of things in a very sloppy way, and it's hard to tell if he means it or if it's just some ill-considered outburst. And like m...
by Iconodule
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Reincarnation with a soul
Replies: 12
Views: 1166

Re: Reincarnation with a soul

The Buddhist understanding of rebirth is a bit tricky for me, though, because, it would seem to be that, if we take the principles of impermanence and non-self to a logical conclusion, then the karmic seeds should scatter at death like the other forms of consciousness and the other skandhas. So at m...
by Iconodule
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism, engaged Dharma
Topic: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 2922

Re: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism

This is a tiny and near-moribund forum. I think a measure of respect and equanimity, above the typical internetz shenanigans, might help to retain people and attract new ones. There are many other, more lively places where we can indulge in bitterness.
by Iconodule
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism, engaged Dharma
Topic: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 2922

Re: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism

That’s quite a rude and uncalled-for response.
by Iconodule
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Iconodule
Replies: 7
Views: 3280

Re: Iconodule

by Iconodule
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism, engaged Dharma
Topic: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 2922

Re: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism

Look, you can criticize the direction he's taking, I get that. I usually cringe when monastics intervene in politics because 1. It's antithetical to the monastic calling and 2. The stuff they say, even if I agree with the basic sentiment, tends to be goofy, as one would expect of people who spent lo...
by Iconodule
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism, engaged Dharma
Topic: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 2922

Re: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism

To be clear, this political statement is stupid. But I've read enough of the man's other work- translations and essays- to know that he is not and that he is quite serious. There are of course Western self-described Buddhists who adopt Buddhist trappings as a cover for some atheistic, individualisti...
by Iconodule
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Sri Lanka Bombings
Replies: 6
Views: 509

Re: Sri Lanka Bombings

Unfortunately we will probably see more attacks like this around the world as the jihadists return home from their defeat in Syria. Disrespectful aside: It's amazing to me that the iconolator has the most Buddhist avatar on the board. https://i.imgur.com/d2bIOAT.png I didn't even notice my avatar w...
by Iconodule
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism, engaged Dharma
Topic: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 2922

Re: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism

I have a lot of respect for Bhikkhu Bodhi. I don't think monks (or clergy) should be miring themselves in the stupidity of American politics but there is definitely no "cosplay" going on at his monastery. He is a real Buddhist monk and a fine scholar too.
by Iconodule
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 9
Views: 3063

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Yeah St Maximus was definitely familiar with Proclus. He quotes or paraphrases him often in the Ambigua
by Iconodule
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 9
Views: 3063

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

The Avatamsaka Sutra is an amazing book. Its vivid presentation of interpenetration is both profound and beautifully imaginative. I see parallels with the thoughts on interpenetration expressed by St Maximos the Confessor, such as: There is but one world and it is not divided into parts. On the cont...
by Iconodule
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Sri Lanka Bombings
Replies: 6
Views: 509

Re: Sri Lanka Bombings

Unfortunately we will probably see more attacks like this around the world as the jihadists return home from their defeat in Syria.
by Iconodule
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas
Replies: 21
Views: 1487

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: 8
Views: 2564

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: 1560

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: 1487

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: 1487

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: 485

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: 1487

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,...