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by Admin_PC
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 41
Views: 445

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

I think what we've arrived at more-or-less is, with @Admin_PC suggesting "wisdom" rather than "knowledge": 知一切法界中如因陀羅網 knowledge 知 of all dharmadhātu 一切法界, within [it] 中, likened to Indra’s Net 如因陀羅網 Well 知 is an older form of 智, and both are used to translate jñāna, which is related to the English...
by Admin_PC
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 41
Views: 445

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

What are the big known issues? I'm not surprised to hear this, but I'm curious what exactly these big issues are. From one of the referenced links: [1] Although Thomas Cleary claims to have translated the Avatamsaka Sutra, he did not in fact do so.(For immense parts of the text, Cleary cuts out the...
by Admin_PC
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 41
Views: 445

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

If we're talking about Cleary's translation of the Avatamsaka, there have been known issues with that text for a while (big ones). As far as Rulu's translations: afaik, Rulu's books are thematic - introducing a topic and supporting it with smaller sutras and chapters from larger sutras. These transl...
by Admin_PC
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 41
Views: 445

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

Queequeg wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:55 am
Are we sure 法界 should be split? that is Dharmadhatu
That's what I thought too and the way I originally translated it, the split is just going by what I was able to get from SAT DB's inline dictionary.
by Admin_PC
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 41
Views: 445

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E4%B8%AD 中 wouldn't typically modify the word following, but the word preceding. http://www.buddhism-dict.net/cgi-bin/xpr-ddb.pl?q=%E4%B8%AD From SATDB: 人中 - among human beings (rénzhōng) 一切法 all dharmas (yīqiè fǎ) 界中 in [this] world (jièzhōng) EDIT: I think Cleary ad...
by Admin_PC
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 41
Views: 445

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

It is the 如 ("like", "as if", "thus", etc) after the 中 that makes me doubt "within". But like I said, my Chinese is hardly professional. I would never claim my own doodles are comparable work. "Thus" is definitely the basic meaning, but it goes deeper than that. Ref: http://www.buddhism-dict.net/cg...
by Admin_PC
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 41
Views: 445

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

The Chinese here is 中如因陀羅網, does why I said "middling as in" make more sense now? That is the proper reading for 中? 中 means "middle" yes, as in "middle kingdom", but it also means "within" or "throughout" and it's referring to the Dharma realm/universe (法界中). Dharmamitra's translation looks right t...
by Admin_PC
Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: be happy :)
Replies: 3
Views: 62

Re: be happy :)

Welcome to DharmaWheel!
:anjali:
by Admin_PC
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi- I'm a new member
Replies: 6
Views: 125

Re: Hi- I'm a new member

Welcome to DharmaWheel!
:anjali:
by Admin_PC
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello! I am back
Replies: 6
Views: 133

Re: Hello! I am back

Welcome to DharmaWheel!
:anjali:
by Admin_PC
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction (and in need of some advice)
Replies: 20
Views: 306

Re: Introduction (and in need of some advice)

Welcome to DharmaWheel!
:anjali:
by Admin_PC
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 141
Views: 1400

Re: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)

Visiting someone else's house, I'm on my best behaviour :smile: Navigating the other areas of the forum can be tricky, but definitely with the Zen subforums we're trying to create a place for Zen folks to share their thoughts freely, without fear of reprisal (unless of course it violates more gener...
by Admin_PC
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Moderators: Virgo and Grigoris
Replies: 18
Views: 448

New Moderators: Virgo and Grigoris

Please join me in welcoming the new additions to the moderation team: Virgo and Grigoris.
We've been somewhat short-staffed for most of this year, so we're really happy to have the help.
by Admin_PC
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: Hello!

Welcome to DharmaWheel!
:anjali:
by Admin_PC
Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi all
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: Hi all

Welcome to DharmaWheel!
:anjali:
by Admin_PC
Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Single practice schools
Replies: 12
Views: 525

Re: Single practice schools

PorkChop could give more info on this. About the only thing I would add is that ShanTao's focus on the idea of senju or "exclusivity" and focus on single practice goes all the way back to the Shorter Sukhavati Sutra (again with the emphasis being "single practice for a particular goal - being born ...
by Admin_PC
Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Reconciling Nembutsu Practice with Skepticism
Replies: 8
Views: 260

Re: Reconciling Nembutsu Practice with Skepticism

"Correct" is probably a personal thing if one is an individual practitioner. If one belongs to a certain lineage/school, then there will be a standard pronunciation. This isn't really like certain mantras, where the sound itself has an effect. So the idea of perfect pronunciation doesn't apply. This...
by Admin_PC
Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Reconciling Nembutsu Practice with Skepticism
Replies: 8
Views: 260

Re: Reconciling Nembutsu Practice with Skepticism

Thought this deserved its own thread. The short way: Try it out for a while. Try to recite for 15 minutes to an hour a day for maybe a month and see what happens. If you're worried about what to do with your mind during that time and faith is not established, try thinking of Amida, thinking of the v...
by Admin_PC
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Alone
Replies: 16
Views: 424

Re: Alone

Personal: Yah I got 2 kids. I'm up around 6 am, get the kids ready and out the door for school, hit the gym, work all day (from home so at least no commute), get my son started on homework, eat dinner, online Japanese class in the evenings, and after that it's time to start prepping for the next day...
by Admin_PC
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Alone
Replies: 16
Views: 424

Re: Alone

Shin Podcasts: Dharma Lantern Podcast - pretty easily the best Midwest Buddhist Temple Dharma Talks Podcast - decent, but the first few years have a definite modernist spin BrightDawn Sangha Podcast - not strictly Shin, but occasionally has some good Shin nuggets Buddhist Faith Fellowship (BFF) Podc...