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by Queequeg
Mon May 22, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?
Replies: 5
Views: 216

Re: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?

In the Lotus schools, Mahavairocana is an avatar of Tathagata Prabhutaratna (Many Treasures / Taho) From, On Repaying Debts of Gratitude: In India, when Shakyamuni Buddha, the lord of teachings, was preaching the Lotus Sutra as described in the “Treasure Tower” chapter, he summoned all the various B...
by Queequeg
Mon May 22, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha
Replies: 29
Views: 289

Re: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha

You seem to be putting words in my mouth and misinterpreting what I am saying. I do not assert there is a problem. Not sure how you arrived at this conclusion. I also said I do not think samsara is a place. Don't know where you are coming up with all of this. Where did I say 'doing things wrong'? N...
by Queequeg
Mon May 22, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha
Replies: 29
Views: 289

Re: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha

You seem to be putting words in my mouth and misinterpreting what I am saying. I do not assert there is a problem. Not sure how you arrived at this conclusion. I also said I do not think samsara is a place. Don't know where you are coming up with all of this. Where did I say 'doing things wrong'? N...
by Queequeg
Mon May 22, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha
Replies: 29
Views: 289

Re: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha

Why is samsara a repetitive problem? It is only a problem when you introduce nirvana into the equation. Think about it. That's idiotic. If a problem has a solution why would you deliberately ignore the solution. Because there is no problem. It is an imaginary one that also introduces a solution. Id...
by Queequeg
Sun May 21, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha
Replies: 29
Views: 289

Re: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha

If the repetitive nature of the scriptures is going to pose a problem for you... what's your plan to deal with the repetitive problem of samsara? :rolling: Why is samsara a repetitive problem? It is only a problem when you introduce nirvana into the equation. Think about it. That's idiotic. If a pr...
by Queequeg
Sun May 21, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is it unskillful to find things pleasant or unpleasant?
Replies: 4
Views: 317

Re: Is it unskillful to find things pleasant or unpleasant?

"Hey, Doc, it hurts when I roast my hand over the stove."
Doc (Buddha) says, "Dont roast your hand over the stove."

That's not the suffering Buddha has a prescription for.
by Queequeg
Fri May 19, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If everyone has buddha nature...
Replies: 23
Views: 520

Re: If everyone has buddha nature...

I had another tasteless response. Better not.

I really am trying to be a better poster, but my mind just won't cooperate.
by Queequeg
Fri May 19, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If everyone has buddha nature...
Replies: 23
Views: 520

Re: If everyone has buddha nature...

dharmagoat wrote:Trying is like blowing, I would say. To kindle a flame you have to get it just right.

It helps to actually enjoy your practice, at the very moment.


I had a raunchy response to that, but thought better of it.
by Queequeg
Fri May 19, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If everyone has buddha nature...
Replies: 23
Views: 520

Re: If everyone has buddha nature...

Buddhanature is not really something we have. I think it might be more appropriate to say Buddhanature is what we are. We are also the wind that dissipates it. Buddhanature is like warmth that rises in still air. I've often been frustrated because I can't look at the back of my head. It feels like ...
by Queequeg
Fri May 19, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 61
Views: 837

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

The next time the Lotus Sutra is taught, it may very well include a story about Bodhisattva Butthead.
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by Queequeg
Fri May 19, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If everyone has buddha nature...
Replies: 23
Views: 520

Re: If everyone has buddha nature...

"Although innumerable Bodhisattvas may well perfectly practise the paramitas [spiritual perfections], they might only reach the stage of the ten abodes [“bhumis”] and yet may not be able to see the Buddha-Nature." Mahaparinirvana Sutra Ch.12 Minobu, I don't think you should be too hard on ...
by Queequeg
Fri May 19, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If everyone has buddha nature...
Replies: 23
Views: 520

Re: If everyone has buddha nature...

Why is learning necessary in buddhism? Buddhanature is not really something we have. I think it might be more appropriate to say Buddhanature is what we are. The problem is that Buddhanature is obscured by fundamental misapprehension about reality. As a result, without it being pointed out to us, w...
by Queequeg
Fri May 19, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha
Replies: 29
Views: 289

Re: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha

In all seriousness, I have this translation by Bhikku Bodhi. If you have the resources to acquire it, I would say, get it. If I may suggest, I don't know where you are in your explorations, but if you're interested in the Pali canon but would like some structure, check out Nanamoli's "Life of B...
by Queequeg
Fri May 19, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha
Replies: 29
Views: 289

Re: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha

If the repetitive nature of the scriptures is going to pose a problem for you... what's your plan to deal with the repetitive problem of samsara?
:rolling:
by Queequeg
Wed May 17, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How can one with "wrong" view become a Buddha?
Replies: 39
Views: 798

Re: How can one with "wrong" view become a Buddha?

Malcolm wrote:
Queequeg wrote:
Malcolm wrote: (bracketing Chan/Zen here).
.

What do you mean? Zen is or is not Sutrayana?


Zen/Chan is special case. It is included with sūtrayāna in general. But we cannot say that its methodology is strictly analytical or merit accumulation based.


Ah. Indeed. Thank you.
by Queequeg
Wed May 17, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How can one with "wrong" view become a Buddha?
Replies: 39
Views: 798

Re: How can one with "wrong" view become a Buddha?

Malcolm wrote: (bracketing Chan/Zen here).
.

What do you mean? Zen is or is not Sutrayana?
by Queequeg
Thu May 11, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: what parts of 'traditional' mahayana is not found in nichiren?
Replies: 22
Views: 633

Re: what parts of 'traditional' mahayana is not found in nichiren?

At the heart of Lotus Buddhism as explained by Zhiyi is the Threefold-Inclusive Truth which is Zhiyi's gloss of Madhyamika.
by Queequeg
Thu May 11, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?
Replies: 12
Views: 233

Re: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?

In case someone wants to read Zhiyi's explanation in English translation, here is a relevant excerpt from Swanson's translation of the Great Cessation and Contemplation, Moho Zhikuan/Mohezhikuan/MakaShikan.

http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/en/files/201 ... 3_2015.pdf

From p. 691 on.
by Queequeg
Thu May 11, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?
Replies: 12
Views: 233

Re: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?

Agree with Seishin. The math is a shorthand. The Lotus Sutra explains that the Buddha makes distinctions in order to help people understand. When the Buddha explains that there are ten realms, its to help people understand the multifarious ways in which beings can appear and the circumstances of tho...
by Queequeg
Wed May 10, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Dharma of Westworld
Replies: 42
Views: 1036

Re: The Dharma of Westworld

I know who's not invited to my TV Party.
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