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Pure Land / Re: Amida is a real Buddha?
« Last post by Skylar on Today at 08:54:28 am »
Dairy Lama you wrote:
 "It certainly doesn't HAVE to involve belief..."

So it (Buddhism) CAN involve belief...is that right?

Because it does for many millions (including myself) - to varying degrees, and for various reasons.

So may I respectfully ask, Dairy Lama, can one prove Amida is not a real Buddha, without resting within one's own set of beliefs?

With genuinely felt & believed-in Metta,
Your friend and ever well wisher,
Skylar

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Public land? . . .
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Practice Tools / Re: When will enlightenment happen?
« Last post by Zen44 on Today at 06:35:39 am »
You're enlightened by Higher Powers everyday.

Who or what are these Higher Powers?

The Great Discovery of the Nothing.

Which is what, exactly?  Tautology and undefined proper nouns don't get us anywhere.

Yea, I think the question of "What" is referring to the empty background subject.

So if you ask "what?" and it is empty then then it's Nothing.
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Practice Tools / Re: When will enlightenment happen?
« Last post by Dairy Lama on Today at 02:23:14 am »
You're enlightened by Higher Powers everyday.

Who or what are these Higher Powers?

The Great Discovery of the Nothing.

Which is what, exactly?  Tautology and undefined proper nouns don't get us anywhere.
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Pure Land / Re: Amida is a real Buddha?
« Last post by Dairy Lama on Today at 02:22:04 am »
You don't even give the guy a chance.  Kinda rude.  Disrespectful.

That is the pot calling the kettle black.  You seem to confuse moderation with throwing your weight around here, always needing to be right, always needing to have the last word.

Something to keep in mind here.  Buddhism is a religion - a system of beliefs.  Fact doesn't really enter into it.  Facts are for the courts.

Now you are making pronouncements.  Buddhism is many different things, it certainly doesn't have to involve belief in the sense we are talking about here.
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Pure Land / Re: Amida is a real Buddha?
« Last post by Chaz on March 21, 2019, 05:04:59 pm »
... Yes. Amida is a real Buddha.

But you can't prove that, any more than you can prove God exists. 

Well, he doesn't have to.  No one's asked him, for one thing.  Someone who what interestest in challenging a belief would ask, rather than make a pronouncement.  You don't even give the guy a chance.  Kinda rude.  Disrespectful.

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These are statements of belief, and not statements of fact.

Something to keep in mind here.  Buddhism is a religion - a system of beliefs.  Fact doesn't really enter into it.  Facts are for the courts.

If you want to abide in facts and call it Buddhism you are free to do so.  Lighten up and let others do the same with their beliefs.

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Practice Tools / Re: When will enlightenment happen?
« Last post by Zen44 on March 21, 2019, 05:04:32 pm »
You're enlightened by Higher Powers everyday.

Who or what are these Higher Powers?

The Great Discovery of the Nothing.
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Pure Land / Re: Amida is a real Buddha?
« Last post by Dairy Lama on March 21, 2019, 04:43:06 am »
... Yes. Amida is a real Buddha.

But you can't prove that, any more than you can prove God exists.  These are statements of belief, and not statements of fact. 
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Practice Tools / Re: When will enlightenment happen?
« Last post by Dairy Lama on March 21, 2019, 04:37:48 am »
You're enlightened by Higher Powers everyday.

Who or what are these Higher Powers?
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Mantras are freely available, so charging for them is down-right cheeky.
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