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by Jayarava
Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: 般若佛姆心咒
Replies: 11
Views: 604

Re: 般若佛姆心咒

Look at the very end of his Diamond Sutra: 那謨婆伽跋帝缽喇壤波羅弭多曳唵伊利底伊室利輸盧馱毘舍耶毘舍耶莎婆訶 namo bhagavatīprajñāpāramitāyai oṃ īriti īṣiri śruta viṣaya viṣaya svāhā This is much more obviously an anachronism. Kumārajīva worked mainly in the early 5th Century, long before Tantric buddhism was invented. The salutat...
by Jayarava
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: 般若佛姆心咒
Replies: 11
Views: 604

Re: 般若佛姆心咒

oṃ , a feature of Tantric Buddhism that post-dates the death of Xuanzang by about a century. Is this well-established? Buddhists didn't invent oṃ . Anyone could have included it in an addition of the text if they were familiar with the practice. Any solid information on earlier use of oṃ in Buddhis...
by Jayarava
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: 般若佛姆心咒
Replies: 11
Views: 604

般若佛姆心咒

Does anyone have any information about this text 般若佛姆心咒 which is found tacked onto the end of Xuanzang's translation of Prajñāpāramitā texts T220? It has the Heart Sutra dhāraṇī presented as a mantra (beginning with oṃ ). It strikes me as anachronistic, if only because it includes oṃ , a feature of ...
by Jayarava
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra: "Until we come to..."
Replies: 6
Views: 612

Re: Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra: "Until we come to..."

Some translations of the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra include the phrase, "...until we come to..." what does that mean? "NO EYE, EAR, NOSE, TONGUE, BODY OR MIND; NO FORM, SOUND, SMELL, TASTE, TOUCH OR MIND OBJECT; NO REALM OF THE EYE, UNTIL WE COME TO NO REALM OF CONSCIOUSNESS." . . . It is a way of ...
by Jayarava
Fri Jun 17, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Chinese demolition order - Larung Gar
Replies: 7
Views: 699

Re: Cinese demolition order - Larung Gar

Funny how fanatics like you paint everything in two shades. All these hurtful personal comments, Malcolm. Isn't making ad hominen attacks against the rules? But since you react with typical English colonial sentiments, there is no point is discussing it with you further. Who is English? I'm certain...
by Jayarava
Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Chinese demolition order - Larung Gar
Replies: 7
Views: 699

Re: Cinese demolition order - Larung Gar

So typical of you...judgmental, patronizing, colonialist, etc. Let your hate flow Malcolm. The Dark Side is strong in you. The place is run by a woman. The sangha there is the largest in the world and runs by consensus. It cannot be run "by a woman" and "by consensus" - that is a logical contradict...
by Jayarava
Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Chinese demolition order - Larung Gar
Replies: 23
Views: 2744

Re: Cinese demolition order - Larung Gar

That link doesn't work for me. It works for me. But I shortened it. Here is the original: http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/asia/larung-gar-is-a-monastic-encampment-in-the-tibetan-highlands/news-story/5a76495669ddac140be45e11715e6499 I kind of wonder why so many people would want to move t...
by Jayarava
Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Chinese demolition order - Larung Gar
Replies: 23
Views: 2744

Re: Cinese demolition order - Larung Gar

Perhaps we should let people live their lives where and how they'd like and not let the Chinese government evict more TIbetans from their homes? It seems to me that these Tibetans have probably abandoned their homes to live in this slum. Remember, it didn't exist 40 years ago. And the majority of t...
by Jayarava
Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Chinese demolition order - Larung Gar
Replies: 23
Views: 2744

Re: Cinese demolition order - Larung Gar

There is a message going around that the Chinese government is about to do a big purge of a Buddhist Institute at somewhere called Larung Gar. The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy put out a press release on their website: "China issues demolition order on world’s largest religious town ...
by Jayarava
Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Dreloma decides 487 bce
Replies: 6
Views: 1102

Re: Dreloma decides 487 bce

Actually the Western scholarly consensus is ca. 400 BCE and has been for a couple of decades. In 1991 Bechert summed up the mood of the 1988 Symposien zur Buddhismusforschung , dedicated to this issue: The general consensus now is that the Buddha lived his whole life during the 4th century BC and th...
by Jayarava
Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Karma explain everything.
Replies: 58
Views: 4310

Re: Does Karma explain everything.

In Pāḷi Buddhist texts kamma clearly does not explain everything. But later on Buddhists inflated the importance of a number of doctrines including karma, so that nowadays many Buddhists believe that it karma does explain everything. Those Buddhists often impose their interpretation even on Pāḷi Bud...
by Jayarava
Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Karma explain everything.
Replies: 58
Views: 4310

Re: Does Karma explain everything.

In Pāḷi Buddhist texts kamma clearly does not explain everything. But later on Buddhists inflated the importance of a number of doctrines including karma, so that nowadays many Buddhists believe that it karma does explain everything. Those Buddhists often impose their interpretation even on Pāḷi Bud...
by Jayarava
Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Chinese Heart Sutra
Replies: 1
Views: 606

Chinese Heart Sutra

Does anyone know of an English translation of the preface of T251 - the Heart Sutra?
by Jayarava
Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Whoah- What, Buddhism 300 years older??
Replies: 5
Views: 1445

Re: Whoah- What, Buddhism 300 years older??

At the time it came out, I wrote a detailed critique of the article that the newspaper story is based on. I debunk the majority of the claims made by Coningham et. al. See The Earliest Buddhist Shrine?
by Jayarava
Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Issues in the History of Indian Buddhism
Replies: 23
Views: 4049

Re: Issues in the History of Indian Buddhism

This is Bronkhurst's hypothesis but the actual situation was likely more complicated than that. "Māgadha" might have been called barbaric by Brahmin histories, but archaeology and Buddhist (and Jain) accounts show that it was highly developed and the main center of the Second Urbanization. The nort...
by Jayarava
Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:12 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Question on Vajra Cutter Sutra
Replies: 9
Views: 1844

Re: Question on Vajra Cutter Sutra

"Although limitless sentient beings have thus been caused to pass completely beyond sorrow, no sentient being whatsoever has been caused to pass completely beyond sorrow" So on page 5 of the translation from FPMT of the Vajra Cutter Sutra is the above quoted line. It seems a bit contradictory to me...
by Jayarava
Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:46 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: HASTIKAKSHYA SUTRA
Replies: 2
Views: 664

Re: HASTIKAKSHYA SUTRA

Skt: Hastikakṣya-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra Tib: གླང་པོའི་རྩལ་ཅེས་བྱ་བ་ཐེག་པ་ཆེན་པོའི་མདོ། Chn: 大象力經 or 象腋大乘經 Eng: The Sutra on the Elephants’ Exertions It is being translated from the Tibetan by the 84,000 project though it's not clear from the website what progress has been made. I cannot see this text i...
by Jayarava
Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:33 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Very Idea of Buddhist History
Replies: 311
Views: 37898

Re: The Very Idea of Buddhist History

The word for mother is there, yes, but does the use of the compound Mātāpītūnam really contradict the death of the Buddha's birthmother? Why wouldn't he refer to his stepmother as mother, especially if she had raised him? This is simply speculation in the service of confirmation bias. It's as unrea...
by Jayarava
Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Very Idea of Buddhist History
Replies: 311
Views: 37898

Re: The Very Idea of Buddhist History

I think it's a stretch to say that because the text says "my parents" instead of "my father and my stepmother" Just to repeat the clarification given to Malcolm, the Pāḷi text clearly says mātāpīta "mother and father". Now some translator has given you a false impression of the text, has mislead yo...
by Jayarava
Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Very Idea of Buddhist History
Replies: 311
Views: 37898

Re: The Very Idea of Buddhist History

However, this is incorrect. There is no specific mention of Buddha's mother in this sutta. The Pāḷi reads: mātāpitūnaṃ assumukhānaṃ rudantānaṃ Mātā is mother. Mātāpītūnam is the genitive plural of the dvandva compound mātā-pitā "mother & father". So what I said is in fact quite correct. "Parents" i...

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