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by Indrajala
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Vedic Sanskrit is basically undeciphered
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: Vedic Sanskrit is basically undeciphered

I don't think it is fair to say it is "basically undeciphered".

I know colleagues who specialize in Vedic Sanskrit and Indo-European. I am not of the impression that Vedic Sanskrit, according to them, is undeciphered.
by Indrajala
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: nagarjuna basics?
Replies: 21
Views: 536

Re: nagarjuna basics?

Also, bear in mind that Nāgārjuna's treatise (MMK) is refuting Hīnayāna, namely Sarvāstivādin, doctrines, so in order to understand what he wrote, you need to have a basic understanding of the prevailing Buddhist philosophy of his time. The Abhidharmakośa-bhāṣya is precious in this respect because i...
by Indrajala
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: nagarjuna basics?
Replies: 21
Views: 536

Re: nagarjuna basics?

I recommend that you read the Abhidharmakośa-bhāṣya before Nāgārjuna, for the simple reason that the categories and concepts that Nāgārjuna addresses in his work are based on an earlier Buddhist framework that is quite elegantly and thoroughly explained in the Abhidharmakośa-bhāṣya.
by Indrajala
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Vedic Sanskrit is basically undeciphered
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: Vedic Sanskrit is basically undeciphered

Vedic Sanskrit is nowadays normally studied through the lens of reconstructed Indo-European and Proto-Indo-European.
by Indrajala
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty
Replies: 11
Views: 382

Re: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty

BTW Jeff, could you recommend any introductions to Hellenistic astrology? I have tried a few resources in the past but found it difficult to put together all the pieces. Indeed! This book is what you need: http://www.hellenisticastrology.com/book/ I highly recommend it. In addition to explaining th...
by Indrajala
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God
Replies: 37
Views: 712

Re: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God

Not quite sure if this is going to answer your questions, but here's a good overview of lore related to Indra/Sakka (it is lengthy!):

http://www.palikanon.com/english/pali_n ... /sakka.htm
by Indrajala
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty
Replies: 11
Views: 382

Re: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty

You probably give examples in the rest of the paper, but if not, the Ten Stages Sutra in the Fifth Stage section there is this (Cleary 739): Definitely! I cite that text and passage. The truth is that Mahāyāna jumped on a trend by encouraging its adherents to study worldly sciences. The stigma agai...
by Indrajala
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty
Replies: 11
Views: 382

Re: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty

But why is some of it "under embargo" and what does that mean? Never heard of that before. It means that some of the content in those chapters is officially published elsewhere, such as in articles. That means the article is the first public presentation of the relevant work, rather than the disser...
by Indrajala
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty
Replies: 11
Views: 382

Re: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty

Congratulations. Thanks! Didn't read it yet, but curious if you looked at Kalachakra astrology too? In the dissertation, I briefly mention it, since its calendar's epoch of 806 is identical to what we find a Chinese text from the early- to mid-ninth century. I discuss the Kālacakra in more detail i...
by Indrajala
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty
Replies: 11
Views: 382

Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty

Greetings everyone. I would like to let everyone know that my PhD dissertation, or about 80% of it, is available online: https://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/handle/1887/54858 In a nutshell, my study documents the Buddhist practice of astrology first in India, and then in China, where it really took off...
by Indrajala
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Preparing for Ordination
Replies: 20
Views: 479

Re: Preparing for Ordination

If you're not independently wealthy or have a reliable source of income that you can earn remotely (translation for example), then the biggest obstacle will be financial. Some monks have sponsors, but unless they're very reliable people long-term, you might have to go around requesting assistance fr...
by Indrajala
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: More Pdfs from BDK
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: More Pdfs from BDK

You beat me to it. :thumbsup:
by Indrajala
Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Shinto - Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 2726

Re: Shinto - Buddhism

I understand, but this is a very touchy issue that is also being discussed among some western Shinto practitioners. This line of thought by Rev. Indrajala can actually bar many people from exploring this kind of spirituality. When actually, we have examples of native faiths being exported and assim...
by Indrajala
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hua-Yen in English
Replies: 37
Views: 6128

Re: Hua-Yen in English

kirtu wrote:
Huseng wrote:
kirtu wrote: So it's a kind of mnemonic device ?

Kirt
Perhaps meditative is the right way to put it.

One goes through the whole interweaving chain of syllables and produces insight.
And this is mostly then analytic meditation?

Kirt
Good question. I'd have to ask a Kegon specialist on the specifics.
by Indrajala
Thu May 11, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Choosing A Buddhist Language
Replies: 20
Views: 999

Re: Choosing A Buddhist Language

Admin_PC, I don't think learning Japanese is as difficult as you make it sound. If someone just wants to read Japanese, then gaining literacy does not require learning keigo or even conversational Japanese (it is highly recommend that you gain some spoken Japanese, but it isn't necessary). A lot of ...
by Indrajala
Thu May 11, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Choosing A Buddhist Language
Replies: 20
Views: 999

Re: Choosing A Buddhist Language

The benefit of Japanese would seem to be that any works relevant to my tradition likely have been translated into that language. The downside is that the language seems inscrutably foreign and I would have no native speakers available to assist me in my endeavor. You can always sign up for online l...
by Indrajala
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?
Replies: 81
Views: 6792

Re: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?

History is a kind of consciousness. Not an objective recitation of facts. It can never be entirely objective, but you can approach the study of the past scientifically, gathering and evaluating evidence to support a thesis. Philology is useful in this regard as one can compare and contrast textual ...
by Indrajala
Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some questions on Pure Land Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 1125

Re: Some questions on Pure Land Buddhism

A followup question: Are there monks in Japan who still follow the full monastic vinaya? There are missionary Theravada monks teaching in Japan, so technically "yes". Otherwise, it would be up to the 6 Nara schools or the Obaku school and as far as I can tell none of them still practice it. Maybe I...
by Indrajala
Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to access "specifically" Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 20
Views: 1217

Re: How to access "specifically" Tibetan Buddhism

There's nothing stopping you from picking up Tibetan literature in translation and reading it until you have the opportunity to study under someone. You could also start to study Classical Tibetan, which would facilitate your study of Tibetan Buddhism.
by Indrajala
Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Food for retreat
Replies: 19
Views: 1440

Re: Food for retreat

So if you have done a solitary retreat I would be curious to hear about what your diet was like and how it treated you? I was in the Himalayas, so I craved rich foods. High fat foods are best as they nourish the body and keep your brain optimally functioning. They also keep your appetite regulated....