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by FromTheEarth
Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hōi 法位 - Dharma state
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: Hōi 法位 - Dharma state

To corroborate Queequeg's cited entry, I have checked Seishi Karashima's A Glossary of Kumarajiva's Translation of the Lotus Sutra . 法位, in Kumarajiva's translation, was originally dharma-niyAmatA in Sanskrit. I no longer have a functioning Sanskrit dictionary software with me. A quick search indica...
by FromTheEarth
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Differences between Tendai and Shingon
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: Differences between Tendai and Shingon

No, it's just the etymology of the names. Or if you mean the image of Vairocana I was talking about, I think it's from the Mahāyāna Brahmājālasūtra or the Vairocanābhisaṁbodhisūtra. I can look it up when I get back home at the end of the day. Dear Caoimhghín, I am indeed curious about the Rochana-V...
by FromTheEarth
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Bhaisajyaguru and Liberation.
Replies: 3
Views: 290

Re: Bhaisajyaguru and Liberation.

Hi DharmaBub, welcome! Your dharma trajectory sounds very familiar :tongue: Being a practitioner of Medicine Buddha practices for a long time, the first thing I was intrigued about Tendai actually was its affinity to Yakushi Nyorai. A common trait of Tendai & Shingon, at least in their early ages, i...
by FromTheEarth
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas
Replies: 17
Views: 572

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 FromTheEarth
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas
Replies: 17
Views: 572

Re: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas

They are not born in the three realms but can travel all around the universes as well as serve the Buddhas in the ten directions. 法身菩薩斷結使,得六神通... 「得六神通」者,不生三界,遊諸世界,供養十方諸佛。 Amazing! Truly amazing! What might it mean that these bodhisattvas aren't born or don't arise within the three realms... but th...
by FromTheEarth
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Request prayers
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: Request prayers

Namo bhagavate bhaisajyaguru-vaidurya prabha-rajaya tathagataya! My prayers to the Seven Medicine Buddhas for Valerie and Cameron, and all their family and friends. May they soon transcend all sufferings and achieve enlightenment. I will also dedicate my daily practices' merits to them. They would b...
by FromTheEarth
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas
Replies: 17
Views: 572

Re: Dharmakaya bodhisattvas

In the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra, allegedly authored by Nagarjuna, Dharmakaya Bodhisattvas are characterized as Bodhisattvas who have eliminated all the fetters (saṃyojana) and achieved the six super-normal capabilities (Abhijñā). They are not born in the three realms but can travel all around the un...
by FromTheEarth
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: 他力/"Other-power" in 淨土十疑論/"Ten Doubts"
Replies: 19
Views: 1030

Re: 他力/"Other-power" in 淨土十疑論/"Ten Doubts"

Caoimhghín wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:50 pm
While researching, I've certainly noticed his name cited quite frequently. Is his paper in English?
Sorry but not that I am aware of.
by FromTheEarth
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: 他力/"Other-power" in 淨土十疑論/"Ten Doubts"
Replies: 19
Views: 1030

Re: 他力/"Other-power" in 淨土十疑論/"Ten Doubts"

Shinkō Mochizuki, I think, was the first one who cast doubts on the authenticity of the Ten Doubts, and had done it quite conclusively. In addition to its anachronistic quotation of one anecdote mocking the Maitreya's Pure Land unknown until Xuanzang's era, this treatise was also not mentioned in th...
by FromTheEarth
Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Suryaprabha and Candraprabha
Replies: 2
Views: 267

Re: Suryaprabha and Candraprabha

That they are the two attendant Bodhisattvas to Medicine Buddha was mentioned in the Medicine Buddha Sutra: In this land dwell two great bodhisattvas: One is called Universal Sunlight and the other Universal Moonlight. They are the leaders of countless bodhisattvas and will be successors to this Bud...
by FromTheEarth
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Informations about an extinct buddhist school?
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Re: Informations about an extinct buddhist school?

"School" in Buddhist history refers to a variety of things. On some occasions, the past practitioners may not even have an identity of belonging to a specific group. It is not until later generations tried to reflect on the history and classified the various doctrinal legacies that the concept of a ...
by FromTheEarth
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: 8 Precepts taking
Replies: 10
Views: 1115

Re: 8 Precepts taking

1, not to my knowledge. 2, supposedly, the eight precepts are limited to one day in terms of duration, just as other pratimoksha precepts are supposed to be life-long (though not strictly speaking 24 hours; starting from the morning you undertake the vows to the sunrise of the next day). Therefore, ...
by FromTheEarth
Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Dharma name
Replies: 1
Views: 368

Re: Dharma name

Hi, what is the process of getting a Dharma name in the Chinese Chan tradition (I think my local temple is in the Linji lineage)? Is it simply through taking the Five Precepts (which I already took when I took refuge in my local Thai temple)? And does it involve placing a burning incense stick on t...
by FromTheEarth
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dream initiations, etc.
Replies: 19
Views: 991

Re: Dream initiations, etc.

Another important text is the Samantabhadra Meditation Sutra , which is associated with the Lotus Sutra and lays out the foundation for Tiantai/Tendai Lotus Samadhi practice and East Asian repentance liturgies. In this text, one is supposed to repent and pray to Samantabhandra until He and Buddhas ...
by FromTheEarth
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dream initiations, etc.
Replies: 19
Views: 991

Re: Dream initiations, etc.

The Tibetan ones are called pure visions and are actually quite common: some of the most popular contemporary practices come from such origins. To humbly clarify the point, I would like to say that these experiences are not restricted to Vajrayana practitioners or the Vajrayana system although you h...
by FromTheEarth
Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei
Replies: 38
Views: 1245

Re: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei

Thank you so much for sharing! I am already looking forward to my second visit lol.
by FromTheEarth
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guanyin-centric practice
Replies: 7
Views: 642

Re: Guanyin-centric practice

As others have made great contributions, I just would like to clarify some matters regarding the original post. Firstly, to my knowledge, the organization Guanyincitta and its leader are quite controversial. It seems you are aware of this. The recitation set or whatever, however, is not their unique...
by FromTheEarth
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei
Replies: 38
Views: 1245

Re: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei

Thank you so much for the lovely pictures!
Now I realize I apparently had a few omissions. And I did not know they have a special name for the ox/cows in the Tenmangūs, how lovely lol.
by FromTheEarth
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei
Replies: 38
Views: 1245

Re: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei

My one major grouse is about their bus service that has a limited timetable that it goes around the routes. I recall that day when I was there on a Sunday that the last service ends at 15:30hrs or 16:00hrs but the Cable Station goes on way later until 18:00hrs - ish if I recall correctly, which lea...
by FromTheEarth
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei
Replies: 38
Views: 1245

Re: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei

Thanks for the video and I have seen it some time back. Have you visited Hieizan (比叡山)? My first unforgettable visit was in early Autumn of 2014 but it was a short one that only managed to cover one of the three part sites: the popular Tōdō (東塔, East Stūpa / Pagoda / Tower). At that time, I used th...

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