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by gedatsu
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: cessation of suffering or cessation of suffering cause
Replies: 26
Views: 1471

Re: cessation of suffering or cessation of suffering cause

Sorry for getting a bit off track. I find it interesting that the five aggregates are, themselves, suffering (SN 56:11). Elsewhere we read: “And what, bhikkhus, is the noble truth of suffering? It should be said: the five aggregates subject to clinging; that is, the form aggregate subject to clingin...
by gedatsu
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 56
Views: 3998

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

Sometimes as a Buddhist I feel lonely and would like there to be a 'god' like being or beings around me to listen, help and guide me... .. but I don't want to fool myself either. "Theos," "God," "pure Mind," "tathata," and so on, are simply metaphors for the unconditioned (asaṃskṛta) which we can o...
by gedatsu
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Abridged Pali canon?
Replies: 8
Views: 727

Re: Abridged Pali canon?

For want of a better word, there is a lot of nuance in the Pali of the Nikayas. No one translation brings it all out. Abridging would only serve, in the long run to hide or omit subtle distinctions and implications. To appreciate what is going on try getting Bhikkhu K. Ñāṇananda wonderful little boo...
by gedatsu
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: in practice chan do I need teacher !
Replies: 26
Views: 8113

Re: in practice chan do I need teacher !

The importance of Zen or Chan teachers is that, for you, they represent the Buddha and his teachings. Still, they are by no means Buddhas. And here is the kicker, there is no way you can tell if they are Buddhas. The important thing is the teacher represents the Buddha and his teachings. After a few...
by gedatsu
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 53
Views: 5767

Re: proof of nirvana?

Nirvana is never other than unconditioned (Skt. asaṃskṛta; Pali, asaṅkhata). How does a conditioned corporeal entity whose six senses are conditioned see the unconditioned? They don't. Thus no proof can come their way. They are so attached to the conditioned that they can't have an open mind. Such p...
by gedatsu
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."
Replies: 26
Views: 2589

Re: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."

FWIW: "The reader should bear this point in mind: In contrast to the independent denominations of Sōtō and Rinzai that emerged (largely by government fiat) in seventeenth-century Japan, there was never any such thing as an institutionally separate Chan “school” at any time in Chinese Buddhist histor...
by gedatsu
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Death and enlightenment/emptiness
Replies: 40
Views: 2610

Re: Death and enlightenment/emptiness

My question, simply put, is: what is the difference between death and sunyata? Generally, Buddhism doesn't regard death as final. It just marks the end of one lifespan and the beginning of another (i.e., rebirth). Śūnyatā is more problematic. Personally, my take on śūnyatā is that its purpose is to...
by gedatsu
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to develop Bodhicitta?
Replies: 33
Views: 3024

Re: How to develop Bodhicitta?

Maybe this will help to give you some context. Ever since at least as early as the Samdhinirmocana Sūtra , however, it has been asserted that there are two types of bodhicitta —the ultimate and the conventional or relative bodhicittas . Ultimate bodhicitta is, according to the sūtra , 'beyond this w...

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