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by jhanapeacock
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Which heavens correspond
Replies: 37
Views: 2788

Re: Which heavens correspond

Christians talk about a heaven. If we were to map that onto buddhist cosmology, which heaven would that be? How about the christian hell? thank you It would be a pure land, heaven is presided by god itself, is outside space and time, it can`t be any realm within samsara, God itself is omnipotent an...
by jhanapeacock
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Which heavens correspond
Replies: 37
Views: 2788

Re: Which heavens correspond

Christians talk about a heaven. If we were to map that onto buddhist cosmology, which heaven would that be? How about the christian hell? thank you It would be a pure land, heaven is presided by god itself, is outside space and time, it can`t be any realm within samsara, God itself is omnipotent an...
by jhanapeacock
Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there time for bodhisattvas?
Replies: 9
Views: 1109

Re: Is there time for bodhisattvas?

So, how it works?, "[how] it works" ... that's the dependent arising of time. Thank you. I was a little naive when i made this question. I already stop wondering about this stuff and another difficult questions as to why the Dharmakaya becomes poluted. The real answer is inconceivable for us, as th...
by jhanapeacock
Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there time for bodhisattvas?
Replies: 9
Views: 1109

Re: Is there time for bodhisattvas?

If time doesn’t exist for such great Bodhisattvas... what about kalachakra? I don´t know, you tell me. Im not a practitioner of Vajrayana or knowledgeable on the matter. In Mahayana (bodhisattvas of equal enlightenment) and mahasamghika those very advanced bodhisattvas already posess the dharmakaya...
by jhanapeacock
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 2926

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

Bodhisattvas are also described as following the precepts, meditating on the four noble truths including the 8-fold path and developing śamatha and vipaśyanā. Actually, in the Abhisamayalamkara, it is Bodhisattvas who are presented as being the greater practitioners of meditation rather than the Ar...
by jhanapeacock
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 2926

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

it is made clear that someone who is an arhat who enters the Mahayana path takes longer to become fully enlightened than one who enters the Mahayana path directly. Why? Because even an arhat who enters the Mahayana path before they die in that same life has the habit to enter meditative equipoise f...
by jhanapeacock
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 2926

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

I respect the Theravada as I respect the Mahayana. I do not equate 'sravaka path' with 'Theravada path'. From my perspective there are sravakas and bodhisattvas in both, Theravada and Mahayana. An Arhat is by definition "totally unbound": For him — thus knowing, thus seeing — the mind is released f...
by jhanapeacock
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 2926

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

it is made clear that someone who is an arhat who enters the Mahayana path takes longer to become fully enlightened than one who enters the Mahayana path directly. Why? Because even an arhat who enters the Mahayana path before they die in that same life has the habit to enter meditative equipoise f...
by jhanapeacock
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 2926

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

One point of ambiguity here: for the sake of this discussion, we are saying there is no Vajrayāna and secret mantra, but are we saying there are no Vajrayāna teachers even when they teach Mahāyāna? For instance, if Venerable Tsongkhapa (one of the sources I intend to bring up) addressed the point i...
by jhanapeacock
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 2926

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

Again that seems to be a private idea of yours. It is? it is said that the path of accumulation includes main shamatha and insight practice, the merit the practicioner has prior to starting the path (being human) is also relevant. However there is said that there are Arhats of weak faculties, so sp...
by jhanapeacock
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 2926

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

But these "seven lifetimes" refer to the path from stream entry to Arhatship, i.e. beginning with path of seeing which is attained after completion of sravaka path of preparation and after sravaka path of accumulation. Of course one has to consider the difference of merit accumulated by a bodhisatt...
by jhanapeacock
Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 2926

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

Fine. But since you are referring to Patrul Rinpoche now - from your perspective - is that "standard Mahayana" or "Vajrayana POV"? It is from a wiki, and he is speaking from "standard Mahayana" POV No. Where do you get these "one to seven lifetimes" from? What about the sravaka path of accumulation...
by jhanapeacock
Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 2926

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

I made the distinction between standard Mahayana and Vajrayana because in the latter you can bypass the incalculable aeons, in the former is not the case. So my argument of the Arhat starting from the path of accoumulation would apply from the perspective of standard Mahayana.
by jhanapeacock
Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 2926

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

1: Ok, the source for this is mostly comments in this forum and "Orthodox Chinese Buddhism: A Contemporary Chan Master answers to common questions". So no structured consistent system but a collection of ideas, I see. 2: In standard Mahayana a bodhisattva needs to accoumulate merit for at least 1 i...
by jhanapeacock
Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 2926

Re: Arhat turning to Mahayana

So it is said that when an arhat turns to mahayana he needs to start from the very beginning (path of accoumulation), ... What is the source for this? According to Kön-chog-jig-may-wang po’s "Presentation of the Grounds and Paths" with Dan-ma-lo-chö’s Oral Commentary (see https://uma-tibet.org ) th...
by jhanapeacock
Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arhat turning to Mahayana
Replies: 61
Views: 2926

Arhat turning to Mahayana

So it is said that when an arhat turns to mahayana he needs to start from the very beginning (path of accoumulation), but the wisdom and insight the arhat has developed could be very beneficial for his progress on the path. It is also said that if the arhant converts and develops bodhicitta before p...
by jhanapeacock
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there time for bodhisattvas?
Replies: 9
Views: 1109

Re: Is there time for bodhisattvas?

i'm afraid that time is another product of logic. i couldn't give scripture quotations because this is just a conclusion, everything points that way. i'm afraid "ultimate" realization, if there is such thing, is beyond time also, and time occurs into the boundaries of the relative mind. time it's a...
by jhanapeacock
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas
Replies: 17
Views: 1034

Re: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas

Great! I’m not familiar with these commentaries. Do you know the titles of their translations in English? I don´t but in the "Dawn of Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Doctrine" is summarized well. "Decorated with jewels and adornments, these lands are sought by Prthagjanas, who are attracted by "wordly" ...
by jhanapeacock
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas
Replies: 17
Views: 1034

Re: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas

I don´t think they are born at all in the three realms. they sent their emanations here, but they transcend ordinary existence. The answer is in the commentary : "The bodhisattva abandons his fleshly body and attains a body of dharmadhātu when he enters into the samyaktvaniyāma and acquires the pat...
by jhanapeacock
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?
Replies: 157
Views: 7803

Re: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?

... However I've been reading and practising in the Theravada tradition for the last few months ... So what are your guys opinions? Is tathagatagarbha true? ... My impression is that the concept of 'truth of doctrine' is very important in the Theravada tradition whereas in (at least some) Mahayana ...

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