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Visualization Sutra Study Group

Postby Admin_PC » Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:35 am

I've put this off for the past week, to make sure I wasn't burnt out from the 31 day study group.

Over the course of the next few months, I would like to walk through the visualizations in the Visualization Sutra 佛說觀無量壽佛經 (T12n0365). I'll be relying on Rulu's translation from sutrasmantras.info and the BDK translation in their publication "Three Pure Land Sutras." I will also try to leverage Shantao's Exposition of the Method of Contemplation on Amida Buddha (Jpn:Kannenbomon, Chn:Kuan-nien o-mi-t’o fo hsiang-hai san-mei kung-te fa-men, 觀念阿彌陀佛相海三昧功徳法門 T47n1959). I wish I had access to Shan-tao's Commentary on the Visualization sutra (T37n1753 觀無量壽佛經疏) but there really isn't a good English translation available yet (though there may be some forthcoming from the Jodo Shu Research Institute and the Pristine Pure Land group).

Ideally, I'd like to paste the Chinese, then paste the 2 available English translations, add the pertinent commentary below that, and add my own words at the bottom - but navigating the Chinese is just proving too cumbersome for me at the moment (I am pretty much limited to small passages). As a result, I'll stick with posting the English resources.

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Postby Admin_PC » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:30 am

When I think of sunsets, as pretty as the ones I've seen in Texas have been, my mind usually drifts back to Okinawa - where I went to high school.
I worked on a beach called "Kadena Marina" while home from college one summer.
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Re: Visualization Sutra Study Group

Postby shaunc » Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:13 am

They're very beautiful pictures.
To quote Ajahn Chah, a quite famous Thai Buddhist monk. To know nature is to know dharma and to know dharma is to know nature.
Thank you for all of the work and time you're putting in for us all.
Namu Amida Butsu.

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Postby Admin_PC » Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:45 pm

To be perfectly honest, I'm getting at least as much out of it as you guys. :)

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Re: Visualization Sutra Study Group

Postby DGA » Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:18 pm

I had imagined those banners taking a form similar to the victory banners of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, which are sort of parasol or even stupa-shaped.

http://rywiki.tsadra.org/index.php/rgyal_mtshan

Ven. Eijo's helpful translation seems to confirm this kind of shape.

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