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by Admin_PC
Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi - New to Buddhism
Replies: 1
Views: 33

Re: Hi - New to Buddhism

Welcome to Dharma Wheel! :anjali: - I'm gay. Are Buddhist teachings supportive or do they condemn gay people? It might be interesting to note that George Takei had his same-sex wedding at a Jodo Shinshu Pure Land temple: http://www.bridebox.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/george-takei-brad-altma...
by Admin_PC
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Present day living Tibetan Oracles
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Present day living Tibetan Oracles

Mod note: Moving to Tibetan Buddhism.
by Admin_PC
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 73
Views: 9446

Re: Brief members bios - please contribute!

Welcome to DharmaWheel Carlos!
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by Admin_PC
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi :)
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: Hi :)

Welcome to DharmaWheel!
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by Admin_PC
Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: joe.schraube 20 years of going around .....
Replies: 1
Views: 57

Re: joe.schraube 20 years of going around .....

Welcome to DharmaWheel.
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by Admin_PC
Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 73
Views: 9446

Re: Brief members bios - please contribute!

Let me be the first to welcome you to DharmaWheel Invokingvajras.
ようこそ!
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by Admin_PC
Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: primordial buddhism
Replies: 46
Views: 984

Re: primordial buddhism

Do give me an example of such a source. I have never seen this before. I have never heard a Buddhist say such a thing yet. The Vimalakīrti Sutra is a Mahayana sutra. Do you know any references to this phenomenon in the Pali suttas? "I haven't "decided to limit myself to the Pali Canon&quo...
by Admin_PC
Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there such a thing as beings that lack all 5 aggregates?
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: Is there such a thing as beings to lack all 5 aggregates?

The five aggregates go from more coarse, to more refined: Material Form (rūpa) Feelings (vedanā) Perception (saññā) Mental Formations (saṅkhāra) Consciousness (viññāṇa) Humans and rebirths below would have all 5 - though the lower the rebirth, the more limited the refined aggregates. Rebirths above ...
by Admin_PC
Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Māra a deva?
Replies: 15
Views: 267

Re: Is Māra a deva?

Okay "Devaputra-māra" (Son of the Deva Māra) is the 1 of the multiple forms of māra that you are referring to. Unfortunately in Chinese texts it's not always clear which of them the text talking about, even when context is understood. http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php/M...
by Admin_PC
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Māra a deva?
Replies: 15
Views: 267

Re: Is Māra a deva?

That's my understanding, yes - with the caveat that he is also identified with the 5 Skandhas. Are devāḥ considered, traditionally, to lack the 5 aggregates? Is there such a thing as a being with no aggregates? I'm having trouble finding the right words to communicate the idea. Mara gets identified...
by Admin_PC
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Māra a deva?
Replies: 15
Views: 267

Re: Is Māra a deva?

Is Māra considered a deva, generally (traditionally?), lord of the highest of the sense-pleasure heavens? That's my understanding, yes - with the caveat that he is also identified with the 5 Skandhas. He appears 2202 times in the Daizokyo Database of the Taisho Tripitaka. This article might be of i...
by Admin_PC
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Zennichimaro
Replies: 2
Views: 64

Re: Zennichimaro

I looked for you and it appears not to be the case. In this link for the Soka Gakkai Songbook , it gives the following: 作詞:山本 伸一(本名:池田 大作) Lyrics by: Yamamoto Shinichi (Real Name: Ikeda Daisaku) 伸 or "Shin" at the beginning is the character for "expand, stretch, extend". 一 or &qu...
by Admin_PC
Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Ippen in Ji-Shu
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Ippen in Ji-Shu

I checked the Taisho canon and couldn't find anything directly by Ippen (一遍) or his other name Zuien (随縁). I did remember reading in one of the Pure Land books compiled by either Thich Thien Tam or Cleary a quote of Ippen regarding the meaning of the Buddha names listed in the Shorter Sukhavativyuha...
by Admin_PC
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Amida Buddha a real buddha?
Replies: 64
Views: 1571

Re: Is Amida Buddha a real buddha?

It's not that Amida Buddha is Dharma-body and all other Buddhas are just his emanations. This is a gross mischaracterization of Shinran's work, especially the quotes I provided. Everything I've said regarding Amida being the primordial Buddha or the ultimate Buddha is substantively correct , at lea...
by Admin_PC
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Amida Buddha a real buddha?
Replies: 64
Views: 1571

Re: Is Amida Buddha a real buddha?

Shinran understood that Amida, as Dharma-body, as ultimate reality itself, is beyond the false duality of being and non-being in our conventional mode of existence: You're not getting that ALL Buddhas are Dharma-body. Perhaps I should respectfully quote this part again to accentuate the point, &quo...
by Admin_PC
Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Amida Buddha a real buddha?
Replies: 64
Views: 1571

Re: Is Amida Buddha a real buddha?

I am probably not as well read as many on this forum are. But considering mankind can still not identify all of the plants and animals of this world or all of the fish in the sea. I really can't see how buddhas and bodhisattvas in other worlds can be denied. As I understand the pureland, it's a bea...
by Admin_PC
Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Amida Buddha a real buddha?
Replies: 64
Views: 1571

Re: Is Amida Buddha a real buddha?

Please consider the above quote along with all the other quotes of Shinran which I've presented so far. Repeating quotes that don't say what you are asserting they say won't make change that fact any. Even your quote about manifested Buddhas doesn't mean what you're asserting. All Buddhas have 3 Bo...
by Admin_PC
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Amida Buddha a real buddha?
Replies: 64
Views: 1571

Re: Is Amida Buddha a real buddha?

Personally I'm a great believer in both the pureland and the help that can be obtained from other great bodhisattvas like kuan yin and dare I say it on this forum without being kicked to death even Jesus and Mary, who incidentally I view as the ultimate bodhisattva. Sort of related, I have this sma...
by Admin_PC
Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Amida Buddha a real buddha?
Replies: 64
Views: 1571

Re: Is Amida Buddha a real buddha?

I am sorry if I am not explaining things very well. Shinran understood Amida and Amida alone to be Dharmakaya itself, from which all other Buddhas either emanate or are made manifest. This is something documented extensively in the writings of Shinran: http://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=60&...
by Admin_PC
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: primordial buddhism
Replies: 46
Views: 984

Re: primordial buddhism

The point of Brazier's writing is to respond to the constantly thrown around accusation that Pure Land represents some huge corruption of a faithless and rational original Buddhism. He makes the point that Pure Land grows organically from some of the earliest practices regarding mindfulness of the ...

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