Prophecy of Buddhism's Downfall in India

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Prophecy of Buddhism's Downfall in India

Postby Indrajala » Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:06 pm

tad etat sarvajñānaṃ karuṇāmūlaṃ bodhicittahetukam upāyaparyavasānam iti |

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Re: Prophecy of Buddhism's Downfall in India

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Re: Prophecy of Buddhism's Downfall in India

Postby Indrajala » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:15 pm

tad etat sarvajñānaṃ karuṇāmūlaṃ bodhicittahetukam upāyaparyavasānam iti |

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Re: Prophecy of Buddhism's Downfall in India

Postby Malcolm » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:27 pm





འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔


Free of hope and fear, relax.
Human life spent in
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Re: Prophecy of Buddhism's Downfall in India

Postby Rakshasa » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:00 pm

Since the prophecy was known to be popular in India around 7 AD, could it be possible that by "corrupt Buddhism" the Buddhist monk and Abbotts were referring to the upcoming full fledged Tantric practices that emerged as a sect of Buddhism? Or is it just a coincidence that the time that the prophecy gives for the real Dharma to be extinct in India "when corrupt sects masquerading as Buddhists" emerge, and the time when the hardcore Vajrayana sex practices for fast enlightenment, magical powers, bliss etc started to emerge?

After reading the account of the 14th century Magadhan Buddhist monk Dhyanabhadra, who was a Mahayana monk who traveled and settled to China and Korea (like how it was prophecized), it is clear that the few remaining Buddhist monks in India at that time looked down upon practitioners of Buddhist tantra as inferior or even as heretics. I strongly believe that this was indeed the case.

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Re: Prophecy of Buddhism's Downfall in India

Postby Konchog1 » Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:02 am

Except its a Tantra that makes the prophecy...
Equanimity is the ground. Love is the moisture. Compassion is the seed. Bodhicitta is the result.

-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra

"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Re: Prophecy of Buddhism's Downfall in India

Postby Sherlock » Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:46 pm

The Indian monks who came to Wutai Shan just did their pilgrimage and returned to India mainly. They were still reluctant to stay in China and to help out with translations. I can't cite anything concrete but there are a few articles about Buddhist translations in the Song Dynasty about this.

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Re: Prophecy of Buddhism's Downfall in India

Postby Aemilius » Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:43 pm

There is, or there used to be back in 1970's and even in early 1980's, a teaching and a story about the indian King Kriti, (maybe it should be King Kirti). It was published in several books, I have read it several times. It was for example in the earlier printings of the Blue Annals. In this story King Kriti sees about 15 dreams, he then asks Buddha about them, who interprets the King's dreams for him. In the new printing of Blue Annals the dream about Dharma's demise in India and its flourishing in the borderlands has been taken away. The dream in question is that the ocean is turbulent in the centre and calm on its edges.
In the ancient Indian geography the central lands are Jambudvipa/India, Africa/Videha, South-America/Kuru and Australia/Godaniya. The borderlands are then the landmasses around these central countries or central continents, i.e. North Asia, Europe and North-America.
The story about the Dreams of King Kriti has been eradicated with utmost care, I can't find a trace of it.
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Re: Prophecy of Buddhism's Downfall in India

Postby Indrajala » Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:16 pm

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