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by Admin_PC
Thu May 25, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Misconceptions about Honen
Replies: 17
Views: 568

Re: Misconceptions about Honen

Exclusive recitation of Nembutsu; without a meditative focus, was not even original to Japan at that point. Please forgive my ignorance. If one is seated with nenju beads, reciting the Nembutsu, is this different from meditation? What I'm referring to in that quote are the meditative exercises that...
by Admin_PC
Thu May 25, 2017 5:05 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 39
Views: 784

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

You talking Max Muller from the 1800s or AC Muller from the second half of the 20th century?
by Admin_PC
Thu May 25, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 39
Views: 784

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

Well I think this is indicative of the case behind people saying that texts show more changes over time than oral traditions. There are a number of sutras and commentaries that have multiple versions. I can only talk to what I know, so sorry if my knowledge on this topic isn't exhaustive. I know the...
by Admin_PC
Wed May 24, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 39
Views: 784

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

The original question of this thread is 'oldest' Mahayana sutras. Avatamsaka and SPE, I believe, are not the oldest. I am very aware of the place of importance of these in Chan tradition. Well just to point out that you're wrong here. The Daśabhūmikasūtra is Chapter 26 of the Avatamsaka. Vasubandhu...
by Admin_PC
Tue May 23, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 39
Views: 784

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

Mod note: Moved this discussion to Academic subform as it is more appropriate for discussions of this nature.
by Admin_PC
Mon May 15, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Looking for translation/pdf/book of Avaivartika-Cakra-Sutra
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: Looking for translation/pdf/book of Avaivartika-Cakra-Sutra

Appears to be Taisho 268 不退轉法輪經 (Never Regressing in Turning the Wheel of Dharma Sutra).
Don't know where to get a translation though.
by Admin_PC
Mon May 15, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Agamas and the Pali Canon
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Re: The Agamas and the Pali Canon

There are some surprising contradictions, if not directly then by interpretation. Chapter 1 of the Dirgha Agama mentions Akanistha Pure Abode as a location of prior birth of Shakyamuni. Also says he studied with Buddhas in the past. These are 2 fairly huge departures from some tenets of the Theravad...
by Admin_PC
Sat May 13, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: I don't receive any email notifications?
Replies: 3
Views: 1079

Re: I don't receive any email notifications?

Email notifications are working again for me.
Hope it's so for others as well.
Just wanted to say thanks to David!
by Admin_PC
Thu May 11, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Choosing A Buddhist Language
Replies: 20
Views: 489

Re: Choosing A Buddhist Language

Here's some Japanese Buddhist sites if anyone wants to see what the language looks like in the context of Buddhist writing... A small Tendai Blog: http://otera.net/ And it's associated Temple: http://otera.net/ensyuuin/ A collection of articles and blogs by various contributors from different school...
by Admin_PC
Thu May 11, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Choosing A Buddhist Language
Replies: 20
Views: 489

Re: Choosing A Buddhist Language

Fair points. I still think grammar is quite a bit more difficult than is being presented, but the gist of a reading selection can usually be understood without an in-depth familiarity with what's going on grammatically.

Overall, good advice.
by Admin_PC
Thu May 11, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Choosing A Buddhist Language
Replies: 20
Views: 489

Re: Choosing A Buddhist Language

Basic spoken Japanese is relatively simple compared to European languages (no case, nor gender, and preposition use is quite straightforward). There are at least 8 different case markers for nouns in Japanese (English has 3 cases) and while "wa" and "ga" may be almost identical ...
by Admin_PC
Thu May 11, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Choosing A Buddhist Language
Replies: 20
Views: 489

Re: Choosing A Buddhist Language

I'm sure you are right about the difficulty of Japanese grammar, but I'm not sure the page count approach to grammatical difficulty is really valid. For example, The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language is 1860 very large pages. Does that mean that English has a more complex grammar than Ancie...
by Admin_PC
Thu May 11, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Choosing A Buddhist Language
Replies: 20
Views: 489

Re: Choosing A Buddhist Language

"about Japanese, it's 'difficulty' depends on how good you are at languages. If you've had Latin and ancient Greek (not included in the foreign service list), the grammar is fine, even less complex and very regular." No offense, but only someone who hasn't gotten very far into the language...
by Admin_PC
Wed May 10, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Choosing A Buddhist Language
Replies: 20
Views: 489

Re: Choosing A Buddhist Language

FYI - Japanese is rated one of the 4 most difficult languages to learn for English speakers by the Foreign Language Institute of the US State Department (with an asterisk implying it is the most difficult of those 4). This is in large part due to the fact that it has incredibly difficult grammar and...
by Admin_PC
Wed May 10, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Choosing A Buddhist Language
Replies: 20
Views: 489

Re: Choosing A Buddhist Language

There are a lot of academic Buddhist texts in Japanese. Mueller had Japanese Sanskrit students (like Nanjo Bunyu) back in the 1800s, you can read about some of it here - so sanskrit translations into Japanese probably exist. You can also find a number of translations from the classical Chinese of th...
by Admin_PC
Tue May 09, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Misconceptions about Honen
Replies: 17
Views: 568

Re: Misconceptions about Honen

Honen taught that this life is hopeless, that there is no hope of enlightenment here and now, that this is not a fruitful field of endeavor. The saddest thing about this strawman is that it completely misses the point of Honen's teaching. Honen's teaching was for those who'd already learned that th...
by Admin_PC
Tue May 02, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Angulimala Sutra
Replies: 9
Views: 821

Re: Angulimala Sutra

In this oral interpretation, he seems to be talking about an Advaitin point of view, not a Buddhist. Where in this sutra does the Buddha talk about the reality of Atman? Sounds like a specific interpretation of the 2nd fascicle... http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra54b.html EDIT: The permanence of ...
by Admin_PC
Mon May 01, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Australia!
Replies: 5
Views: 145

Re: Hello from Australia!

Welcome to DharmaWheel!
:anjali:
by Admin_PC
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Omamori
Replies: 17
Views: 392

Re: Omamori

From Jodo Shu North America Buddhist Mission in California: http://english.jodoshuna.org/store/#ecwid:category=1628458&mode=category&offset=0&sort=normal Is that a 厄除け “yakuyoke? Not sure, let me get back to you on that . Here's one that is a yakuyoke: https://smile.amazon.com/JAPANESE-...
by Admin_PC
Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Just landed. Where is Gelug?
Replies: 23
Views: 599

Re: Just landed. Where is Gelug?

Welcome to DharmaWheel!
:anjali:

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