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by avatamsaka3
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Guide to the Gaṇḍavyūha Sūtra
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Guide to the Gaṇḍavyūha Sūtra

If you are interested in the Avataṃsaka, there is also a guide for the Daśabhūmika. As a quick update, I now also have uploaded the guides for the Laṅkāvatāra and Lalitavistara. Now I just have to revise the Samādhirāja.
Links?
by avatamsaka3
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Guide to the Gaṇḍavyūha Sūtra
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Guide to the Gaṇḍavyūha Sūtra

Excellent, thanks.
by avatamsaka3
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is concentration (jhana) considered necessary for insight?
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Why is concentration (jhana) considered necessary for insight?

First of all, the Dhammapada is a wonderful text: it's one my favorites. I'm glad you're studying it. The most popular one (and the one I'm assuming you're citing here) is not a Mahayana text. It's part of the Pali Canon, and it's studied in the Theravada tradition. There are Mahayana versions of th...
by avatamsaka3
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?
Replies: 18
Views: 403

Re: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?

A bag of eastern tricks of control, suppression, imitation, a kind of authority isn't it, to me it seems that way. That makes the mind dull, eventually more and more mechanical, which means more lifeless. Disagree? Who is controlling, suppressing, imitating? You're the one meditating, right? "Bag o...
by avatamsaka3
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Can a lazy person awaken?
Replies: 11
Views: 291

Re: Can a lazy person awaken?

Can a lazy person awaken?
I hope so. Otherwise, I'll remain in samsara!

In the next sentence, the teaching explains that the goal of practice is to see one's nature. Making effort to see one's nature is the goal, not making effort to do other things.
by avatamsaka3
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where are the younger Buddhists?
Replies: 26
Views: 678

Re: Where are the younger Buddhists?

"Where are all the younger Buddhists?" One of the big issues I can see with this is an overestimation of ability to tolerate difference. Younger folks (especially right now) may not be on the same page in terms of important things. Can these older sanghas adapt to respect and include difference (in...
by avatamsaka3
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where are the younger Buddhists?
Replies: 26
Views: 678

Re: Where are the younger Buddhists?

I'm guessing as a general pattern that's pretty typical.
A lot of young people (in particular the ones who are serious about Buddhism) are responsible and engaged in positive things. They'd challenge the stereotype.
by avatamsaka3
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where are the younger Buddhists?
Replies: 26
Views: 678

Re: Where are the younger Buddhists?

Do you have younger Buddhists in your sanghas? Young Buddhists exist. (I might be considered one.) There are a lot in countries where Buddhism is new or experiencing a revival: in many of those sanghas, over 50% of the active members are young. In the West, a lot of the communities that were establ...
by avatamsaka3
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Historical Buddha
Replies: 17
Views: 529

Re: Historical Buddha

like an inscription from the time of Sakyamuni mentioning Him, or something like that
Not that I know of, but even such evidence could be apocryphal.
by avatamsaka3
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ahimsa
Replies: 0
Views: 53

Ahimsa

Is there an ancient guide that explains how to practice ahimsa in daily life that you can recommend?
by avatamsaka3
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists Have 'Woken Up' Microbes Trapped Under The Seafloor For 100 Million Years
Replies: 16
Views: 414

Re: Scientists Have 'Woken Up' Microbes Trapped Under The Seafloor For 100 Million Years

as that would cause all sorts of issues in regards to right livelihood.
It would cause all kinds of issues with existing.
by avatamsaka3
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Can't read new messages...
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: Can't read new messages...

Yup, that worked. Thanks.
by avatamsaka3
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Can't read new messages...
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Can't read new messages...

I've been trying to access PMs that are on hold. I've tried deleting old messages that are not on hold to make space in my inbox. Unfortunately, every time I try to do that I'm getting an error. In the past I've been able to do this without an error. Am I still doing something wrong?
by avatamsaka3
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guanyin's method
Replies: 23
Views: 651

Re: Guanyin's method

Hope the OP found benefit!!
Yes, I did, thanks to SilenceMonkey.
by avatamsaka3
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Carving Buddha statues
Replies: 8
Views: 433

Re: Carving Buddha statues

Samsara for now.
by avatamsaka3
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Carving Buddha statues
Replies: 8
Views: 433

Re: Carving Buddha statues

Anyone know a stone/wood carver that makes Buddha statues?
by avatamsaka3
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Carving Buddha statues
Replies: 8
Views: 433

Re: Carving Buddha statues

Sounds good... I'd like to learn how to make statues myself.
by avatamsaka3
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Protocol When Visiting a Stupa
Replies: 6
Views: 206

Re: Protocol When Visiting a Stupa

Do you mean this? https://lhaseylotsawa.org/assets/texts/ ... ration.pdf
Yes, that's the one. It's a whole chapter in there.
by avatamsaka3
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Protocol When Visiting a Stupa
Replies: 6
Views: 206

Re: Protocol When Visiting a Stupa

There was a book I remember reading a long time ago that had a chapter on stupa protocol. Can't remember the name of it. I think it was a Nyingma book. Freely available.
by avatamsaka3
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Limitless beings
Replies: 15
Views: 361

Re: Limitless beings

What does bodies and hands have to do with it? Avalokiteshvara, if I remember correctly, is said in various sutras to have the capacity to manifest in a variety of different observable forms (bodies) at once. I was wondering if such a capacity could reach infinite levels. Chenrezig is also said to ...

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