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by Astus
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 49
Views: 721

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

if we are all Buddhas...can i communicate with my Sambhogokaya Body ? I think the meaning of sambhogakaya is somewhat unclear in that question. Sambhoga means enjoyment, it is the resultant pleasure of the infinite merits accumulated over the bodhisattva path, and it is the form of a buddha that ap...
by Astus
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 49
Views: 721

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

I'm reminded of the parable of the herbs in the Lotus Sutra, where Buddha Shakyamuni explains that he is always guiding beings to Buddhahood. Supposing that there is such a guidance makes no difference, as it's still up to each person to cultivate the way. In other words, a defiled mind sees only a...
by Astus
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: zen is hard or easy, for a lot or few ?
Replies: 17
Views: 299

Re: zen is hard or easy, for a lot or few ?

1 - What means : "The mind of the Patriarchs is in every blade of grass!" in you first quotation ? The truth is ubiquitous, all appearances are already such. 2- be diligent would be a condition to not suffer in the eons to come ? Did i get correctly your second quotation ? Yes. If one is ...
by Astus
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 49
Views: 721

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

but is it possible if we are Buddhas our Sambhogakaya body could be guiding us. guiding us....using the Dharma kaya body to aid in Samsara to put things in our path ...thoughts, and such...maybe a new teacher...maybe finding a site online from which to learn from...We are not Nirmana kaya obvioulsy...
by Astus
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: zen is hard or easy, for a lot or few ?
Replies: 17
Views: 299

Re: zen is hard or easy, for a lot or few ?

i guess i should be more precise : do you think is it the best way for everybody. it look likes to me that it's hard and for few people Few people care hard enough to bother to comprehend the very simple teaching of Zen. So the rest remain confused. The closing paragraph of Huangbo's Essentials of ...
by Astus
Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: zen is hard or easy, for a lot or few ?
Replies: 17
Views: 299

Re: zen is hard or easy, for a lot or few ?

One day, while the Layman was meditating in his sitting hut, he suddenly cried out, “It s hard, hard, hard! And I've put ten coats of linseed oil on this platform, too!” His wife said, “Its easy, easy, easy! Just turn your eyes to the floor, lower your feet to it, and be on your way!“ Ling-chao sai...
by Astus
Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the Difference between Arhats, Pratyekabuddha, Bodhisattvas and Buddhas?
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: What are the Difference between Arhats, Pratyekabuddha, Bodhisattvas and Buddhas?

thecowisflying wrote:How so?


In brief, the buddha-bodies and abilities are identified with the nature of mind, thus no need for all the magical displays normally attributed to buddhas.
by Astus
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the Difference between Arhats, Pratyekabuddha, Bodhisattvas and Buddhas?
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: What are the Difference between Arhats, Pratyekabuddha, Bodhisattvas and Buddhas?

Southern School practitioners do however see Arhatship and Praetyakabuddhahood as full buddhhood. Theravada maintains the difference between arhatship and buddhahood in terms of abilities. While Mahayana also agrees that arhats are free from samsara, just like buddhas. It is more interesting to con...
by Astus
Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The doctrine of no-self - teaching device or metaphysical truth?
Replies: 52
Views: 908

Re: The doctrine of no-self - teaching device or metaphysical truth?

The teaching of no-self is that of the explicit (nitartha) and ultimate truth (paramarthasatya). So, in terms of teachings, it could not really be clearer that it is a truth of the highest category. At the same time, the reason some might be reluctant to be too affirmative, is because even the corre...
by Astus
Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 129
Views: 1612

Re: Question about processes

the notion that 'awakening is a temporary experience' doesn't actually square with the teachings in some important respects In what respects? Awakening happens as a result of the path, and it happens only once. 'Come to the end of craving' is nowhere described in terms of 'a temporary experience'. ...
by Astus
Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 129
Views: 1612

Re: Question about processes

rachmiel wrote:Astus, what does this mean: "Just this alone is real abiding." ?


Preceding the previously quoted section:

Q: Where does the mind dwell in its real abode?
A: Dwelling nowhere is its real abode.
Q: What is dwelling nowhere?
A: It is the mind not dwelling anywhere or on anything.
by Astus
Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 129
Views: 1612

Re: Question about processes

Is there no solace in Buddhism ... no "happily ever after" ... not even any ground on which to firmly plant your feet? Abiding in any appearance is samsara. "Not to dwell anywhere or on anything means not to dwell on good or evil, existence or non-existence, within or without or on t...
by Astus
Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 129
Views: 1612

Re: Question about processes

this "No-one no-thing is ultimately behind the curtain" view might just turn my cozy little world completely upside down. "Illusion-like are all dharmas, Yet the illusion itself cannot be found." ( The Noble Mahāyāna Sūtra of The Ornament of the Light of Awareness that Enters th...
by Astus
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shikantaza and Mahamudra
Replies: 12
Views: 340

Re: Shikantaza and Mahamudra

In the past it was done for political reasons as we see the history of Buddhist religious institutions in different countries.. there was much to gain.. power and property. But today it is rather an expression of emotional confusion, it does not reflect understanding dharma... All, zen, mahamudra, ...
by Astus
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 129
Views: 1612

Re: Question about processes

Hasn't it been argued that by refusing to answer the famed 10/14 metaphysical questions, Buddha was either hiding part of the truth or shutting the door to open inquiry into it ... presumably for soteriological reasons? You might want to read some teachings from the Avyakata-samyutta where it becom...
by Astus
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 129
Views: 1612

Re: Question about processes

Because the doctrine serves the singleminded goal of ending suffering, and going into that which might or might not lie beyond phenomena was thought by the Buddha to work against this goal. Not exactly. Although it is true that one should not lose sight of the goal, it doesn't mean that there is so...
by Astus
Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 129
Views: 1612

Re: Question about processes

I generally agree with you, and was going to make a similar point, but I'm a bit hesitant about 'nothing else beyond experience'. I would like to think Buddhist terms such as dharmadhatu and dharmakaya denote a higher reality and not simply the 'absence of experience'; not something phenomenal, but...
by Astus
Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 129
Views: 1612

Re: Question about processes

Afaiu this is pretty much what Kant said about phenomena (experience) and noumena (real things). Any talk of noumena is purely speculative. For all we know noumena (if they exist) are in themselves so utterly alien to our sensorium and brains that our wildest imaginations don't come anywhere near c...
by Astus
Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 129
Views: 1612

Re: Question about processes

If I drop a glass, and it falls ... am I merely imagining a faux-process of a glass falling? Or am I experiencing a real process as "filtered" through my visual system? Let's analyse this a bit. "If I drop a glass" if - that is already hypothetical, so it's clearly imagined I - ...
by Astus
Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 129
Views: 1612

Re: Question about processes

the extent to which the process of me that I feel is so real is or is not actually real. Whatever one feels is a feeling, a thought. Both feelings and thoughts are impermanent. One moment it's there, in the next moment one is thinking about breakfast. But what can keep one circling about an idea is...

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