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by Astus
Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is Ignorance (avidya)?
Replies: 14
Views: 284

Re: What is Ignorance (avidya)?

one of the books on my shelf that will likely not get the attention I want to give it until this dusty household life becomes a little less dusty. If all goes well, another 16.5 years, at the earliest. I need a long life this time around. No need to wait, just see your nature. Then you find the 84,...
by Astus
Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is Ignorance (avidya)?
Replies: 14
Views: 284

Re: What is Ignorance (avidya)?

I think I can intuit what this means. Can you explain briefly? "Samantabhadra says that connate ignorance is unconscious, unmindful. It is unawareness. The dominating ignorance brings the connate ignorance, which arises simultaneously with our mind. The connate ignorance is together with every...
by Astus
Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Mind-Only Tradition
Replies: 14
Views: 271

Re: The Mind-Only Tradition

So it makes me wonder why the school is called mind-only when they have no ontological position. As the designation seems to imply existent (if impermanent and changing) mind and non-existent objects of awareness, which is again ontological. If you look at Vasubandhu's verses, he uses the term vijñ...
by Astus
Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Mind-Only Tradition
Replies: 14
Views: 271

Re: The Mind-Only Tradition

srivijaya wrote:How do we define "mind" in Mind-Only?


Wikipedia: Eight Consciousnesses
Xuanzang: Verses Delineating the Eight Consciousnesses
by Astus
Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is Ignorance (avidya)?
Replies: 14
Views: 284

Re: What is Ignorance (avidya)?

This is more or less a madhyamika "revelation through utter negation" Yes. "That there are no names that can be named is to name the self-natures." (Platform Sutra, ch 8, BDK p 79) But it has some extras as well. The self-natures are endowed with the three bodies. Generating ill...
by Astus
Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Mind-Only Tradition
Replies: 14
Views: 271

Re: The Mind-Only Tradition

Which one of these statements about the mind-only tradition is true (or are both right? Are both wrong in their way)? 1) The mind-only tradition, specifically on account of its being a "mind-only" discourse, offers a valid metaphysical and (perhaps) cosmological description of the true na...
by Astus
Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is Ignorance (avidya)?
Replies: 14
Views: 284

Re: What is Ignorance (avidya)?

As far as Zen goes on defining the meaning: "When one is deluded as to the self-nature, one is a sentient being, but when one realizes the self-nature, one is a buddha." (Platform Sutra, ch 3, BDK Edition, p 39) "If you depend merely on oral explanations of seeing the nature, [like a]...
by Astus
Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Mind-Only Tradition
Replies: 14
Views: 271

Re: The Mind-Only Tradition

In the Mahayana system it has been established that those belonging to the three worlds are mere representations of consciousness. This is clear from the aphorism, ‘Oh ! Jinaputra, those belonging to the three worlds are mere mind’ . The terms mind [citta] , thought-consciousness, [mano-vijnana] an...
by Astus
Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Schools of Buddhism mind map
Replies: 10
Views: 190

Re: Schools of Buddhism mind map

Madhyamaka was the first major doctrinal exposition on the concept of emptiness, and serves as the basis for everyone else who came later. Yogacara, as the second major school of Mahayana thought, and arguably the real first Mahayana system, is the second set of doctrines that influenced everyone el...
by Astus
Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Schools of Buddhism mind map
Replies: 10
Views: 190

Re: Schools of Buddhism mind map

That is a fairly misleading map, displaying various schools as if they had emerged independently of each other. Furthermore, some are philosophical systems, some are organisations, some are long dead, etc.
by Astus
Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Enlightenment vs. Liberation vs. Awakening
Replies: 8
Views: 238

Re: Enlightenment vs. Liberation vs. Awakening

The common word for bodhi in Chinese is pú​tí 菩提, i.e. a transliteration. But, another term that may be used for bodhi is dào 道, i.e. way. Now that is a loaded word. So, I think one can stay with whatever English term seems fitting in the context, as long as the usage remains consistent and clear.
by Astus
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and Theravada practices
Replies: 11
Views: 276

Re: Mahamudra and Theravada practices

Does this mean that Theravadins acheive Mahamudra too by practicing Vipassana and Samatha? First you might want to specify what calming and insight stand for in Theravada and in Mahamudra. Also, if you want to study a structural interpretation of doctrines, Ringu Tulku's Daring Steps is a fine work...
by Astus
Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Differences about Zen Soto, Son and Thien. Searching right for me.
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Re: Differences about Zen Soto, Son and Thien. Searching right for me.

Does Zen Soto, Son and Thien different a lot? Mostly, yes, unless it's "Westernised", in which case they reduce things to meditation and not much else. I would like to choose that one, which is the closer one with Thich Nhat Hanh’s Thien school. What TNH teaches and what Thien looks like ...
by Astus
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 68
Views: 1131

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

How about I put my OP this way....are Mahamudra and Shikantaza synonymous? One can find common elements between the Great Seal and Just Sitting. Both are meant as the realisation of the ultimate truth, for instance. Both view the ultimate wisdom as the absence of attachment and detachment. Both see...
by Astus
Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Surangama Sutra as an anti-Dzogchen intervention
Replies: 108
Views: 2432

Re: Surangama Sutra as an anti-Dzogchen intervention

Tsongkhapafan wrote:there's no enlightenment without HYT. It's not an opinion, it's the teaching of Buddha Vajradhara ... No HYT, no enlightenment.


Then let's just say it is not a teaching others accept as definitive, just as you do not accept their teachings as definitive.
by Astus
Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Surangama Sutra as an anti-Dzogchen intervention
Replies: 108
Views: 2432

Re: Surangama Sutra as an anti-Dzogchen intervention

The Heart Sutra is perfectly aligned with the longer Perfection of Wisdom Sutra but when people claim they can attain enlightenment by meditating on the clarity of the mind which is only a conventional truth or that generation stage of HYT is not necessary, these heresies which are clearly contrary...
by Astus
Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 68
Views: 1131

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

Malcolm wrote:That's all Mahāmudra is.


Fine. Then let me ask again: what do you call all the other things taught under the label of Mahamudra?
by Astus
Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Surangama Sutra as an anti-Dzogchen intervention
Replies: 108
Views: 2432

Re: Surangama Sutra as an anti-Dzogchen intervention

That's too far, isn't it? From a modern scholarly perspective, ie. the Social Sciences, the legends are more raw material for study. For the modern scholar, all of it is just more stuff to catalog and analyze. If one wants to establish a historical sequence, then it does not matter how old a tradit...
by Astus
Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 68
Views: 1131

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

But it really doesn't work that way. No matter what books you might have read. Mahāmudra is nongradual. It is non-gradual if you limit Mahamudra to the realisation of and familiarisation with the nature of mind. But if you consider the methods used to reach the realisation, then it can be gradual. ...
by Astus
Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Surangama Sutra as an anti-Dzogchen intervention
Replies: 108
Views: 2432

Re: Surangama Sutra as an anti-Dzogchen intervention

In other words, Buddha did not teach Dzogchen. How then can it be a Buddhist practice? Buddha Shakyamuni predicted the appearance of Nagarjuna and Je Tsongkhapa but not Garab Dorje. The question is rather what kind of history or legendary accounts one accepts. If one takes literally every tradition...

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