[Buddha-l] Fwd: Abhidharma vindicated once again

Jim Peavler jmp at peavler.org
Tue Mar 8 16:53:41 MST 2011

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "JKirkpatrick" <jkirk at spro.net>
> Date: March 8, 2011 4:07:48 PM MST
> To: "'Jamie Hubbard'" <jhubbard at smith.edu>
> Cc: "'Buddhist discussion forum'" <buddha-l at mailman.swcp.com>
> Subject: Re: [Buddha-l] Abhidharma vindicated once again
> Reply-To: Buddhist discussion forum <buddha-l at mailman.swcp.com>
> Jamie,
> "Of course, after years in India I agree with Dan's thinking that
> the reliability of the electric grid is also a consideration :)"
> Oh how déjà vu of you :) Ah yes, my years of fighting the Indian
> and Bangladeshian electricity grid.............arg.
> " So the fact that the lama still had brain activity ..." my
> impression of the anecdotal report of the attached wires was that
> he was still warm around the heart. Did they also pick up brain
> activity? Or am I mixing up dead lamas?
> Your contribution about HHDL's insistence on the subtle body and
> how that controls his thinking about neural activity was helpful
> --I hadn't realised that he clings to the magic of the
> supernatural that far in his dealings with regular scientists.
> (He still relies on his chief diviner, right?) 
> Very well put here:
> "His "subtle mind" is the whole gamut of
> Buddha-nature/tathagatagarbha/citta-prakrti, and etc. He will
> *not* let this go, in spite of his famous willingness to jettison
> Buddhist ideas not in accord with scientific findings ("not
> finding something is not the same as finding its non-existence").
> For him this level of consciousness--subtle mind with *no neural
> correlates*--is crucial to his understanding of how nirvana can
> come about (we are Buddhas to begin with). Some sort of
> consciousness with no neural correlates must also be part of the
> rebirth process."
> So thanks.
> Joanna
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Jim Peavler
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"When the experts are agreed, the opposite opinion cannot be held to be certain; "
	-- Bertrand Russell.

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