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by Nicholas
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Ahimsa
Topic: Sacred Music
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Re: Sacred Music

by Nicholas
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: The Greatest of All Gifts
Topic: Gems of Wisdom
Replies: 254
Views: 40282

Re: Gems of Wisdom

The conservative is concerned, first of all, for the regeneration of spirit and character -- with the perennial problem of the inner order of the soul, the restoration of the ethical understanding and the religious sanction upon which any life worth living is founded. This is conservatism at its hi...
by Nicholas
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Ahimsa
Topic: Sacred Music
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Sacred Music

Being clueless myself regarding either secular or sacred music, with little appeal from either category, yet millions value both. Sacred music need not be explicitly or implicitly 'religous'. Here is an excerpt from a new book about the life & music of the English composer Cyril Scott (d. 1970): The...
by Nicholas
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Purifying the mind and the idea of sin
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Purifying the mind and the idea of sin

From a dictionary re Sin: Transgression of the law of God; disobedience of the divine command; any violation of God's will, either in purpose or conduct; moral deficiency in the character; iniquity; as, sins of omission and sins of commission. Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. John vii...
by Nicholas
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: The Greatest of All Gifts
Topic: Gems of Wisdom
Replies: 254
Views: 40282

Re: Gems of Wisdom

There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance — that principle is contempt prior to investigation.
Herbert Spencer.
by Nicholas
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Purifying the mind and the idea of sin
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Purifying the mind and the idea of sin

How do you now understand the differences yourself?
by Nicholas
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: The Greatest of All Gifts
Topic: Gems of Wisdom
Replies: 254
Views: 40282

Re: Gems of Wisdom

We need to be careful about our every thought. If every thought is wholesome, then our lives will be brighter.
Master Hsuan Hua
by Nicholas
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Dharma at Home
Topic: Path Stories
Replies: 3
Views: 1139

Re: Path Stories

From about 1920; in two parts:

The Initiate Some Impressions (1932).pdf
(12.62 MiB) Downloaded 5 times
by Nicholas
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 38
Views: 8074

Re: In Praise of Virtue

Dialectic, reasoned argument - real dialog, are aspects of mind that are much needed in this sectarian age:

https://heterodoxacademy.org/viewpoint- ... -to-argue/
by Nicholas
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Ramayana
Replies: 3
Views: 916

Re: Ramayana

Narada continues to praise Rama; notes are by Debroy. He is radiant, possesses fortitude and is capable of controlling.6 He is intelligent and follows good policy. He is eloquent and handsome. He is a destroyer of enemies. He possesses broad shoulders and mighty arms. His neck is like a conch shell ...
by Nicholas
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Bhagavata Purana
Replies: 0
Views: 39

Bhagavata Purana

A recent three volume critical edition by Debroy begins like this: Creation and everything else 1 flow from him. Directly, and indirectly, he knows of all the objectives. He rules over himself. He is the one who filled the heart of Brahmā, 2 the original wise being. The gods are bemused by him. He i...
by Nicholas
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Ramayana
Replies: 3
Views: 916

Re: Ramayana

A recent three volume critical edition by Debroy starts like this: Narada* was a bull among sages, devoted to austerities and self-studying. He was an ascetic and supreme among those who were eloquent. Valmiki asked him, ‘Right now, who in this world is valorous and possesses all the qualities? Who ...
by Nicholas
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Judaism, Kabbalah-Jewish mysticism
Topic: Philo of Alexandria (20 BC?-50 AD?)
Replies: 4
Views: 963

Re: Philo of Alexandria (20 BC?-50 AD?)

The vocation of these philosophers is disclosed at once by their name, for they are called, according to the true meaning or etymology of the words, Therapeutae and Therapeutrides [literally, "healers," male and female], either insofar as they profess an art of healing better than that practiced in...
by Nicholas
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Jain Dharma
Topic: World's first vegetarian city
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: World's first vegetarian city

Looks like this is not a brand new law: In August 2014, the Gujarat government declared Palitana a meat-free zone, banning the sale of meat and eggs, as well as slaughter of animals in the town. Even though my diet is now pretty much Vegan, it not good for governments to impose dietary laws. The 25%...
by Nicholas
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Altruism
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Re: Altruism

An excerpt: Valuing the other and being concerned about his situation are two essential components to altruism. When this attitude prevails in us, it manifests itself in the form of benevolence toward others, and it is translated into an open-mindedness and a willingness to take care of them. When w...
by Nicholas
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Altruism
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Altruism

It is possible for some folks to be altruistic who deny karma, rebirth, god or gods, humans having a soul etc. In short, convinced secular atheists. This 2015 large book by a Buddhist monk, Matthieu Ricard is, or will become, a bible for such folks. There are a great deal of reasons given (in 700 + ...
by Nicholas
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Re: Golden Light Sutra

Buddha tells, in verse & prose the event of his past life as Mahasattva giving his body to a starving tigress. He sums up the karmic links of the major persons involved: I, the Tathagata Shakyamuni was formerly Mahasattva, Son of King Maharatha who made the tigress well. Shuddhodana, the great king ...
by Nicholas
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Re: Golden Light Sutra

DNS wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:59 pm

11th~13th century, chrysographic Tangut version
That image is actually from the Lotus Sutra, in Tangut.
by Nicholas
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Re: Golden Light Sutra

For my and others edification re Tangut:

https://www.omniglot.com/writing/tangut.htm

Seems odd that this language was created around 1000 AD and only was in use for 600 years or so. Yet many thousands of texts, mostly Mahayana, were put into it. Many devoted Buddhist translators, I guess.
by Nicholas
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Golden Light Sutra

A much revered teaching of Buddha & his disciples. Even the Pali Text Society published Emmerick's translation, so there must be value to non-Mahayana Buddhists too.

https://fpmt.org/wp-content/uploads/tea ... 07lttr.pdf