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by Astus
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tathagatagarbha and oppresion/social action
Replies: 18
Views: 422

Re: Tathagatagarbha and oppresion/social action

If reaching enlightenment the Bodhisattva discovers that all beings are enlightened, isn't suffering then enlightened too? Although originally there has never been a self, beings have to realise that in order to be free from attachment. Similarly, although the mind is originally pure, one has to re...
by Astus
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tathagatagarbha and oppresion/social action
Replies: 18
Views: 422

Re: Tathagatagarbha and oppresion/social action

If everything is already enlightened, why there should be practice? Because of adventitious defilements. For this reason, if I remember well, some traditions of Tibetan Buddhism regard the tathagatagarbha as the mind in its unenlightened state, so that practice is needed to reach a pure mind (I can...
by Astus
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 51
Views: 1488

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

Some relevant materials available online: Chan Practice and Faith by Chan Master Sheng Yen Popular Deities of Chinese Buddhism by Kuan Ming In book: Bodhisattva of Compassion: The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin by John Blofeld Discovering Kwan Yin, Buddhist Goddess of Compassion by Sandy Boucher
by Astus
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is it bad if I, as a youngster Buddhist, go to parties and drink alcool or smoke weed?
Replies: 13
Views: 553

Re: Is it bad if I, as a youngster Buddhist, go to parties and drink alcool or smoke weed?

Intoxication itself is morally neutral. What can easily become unwholesome are actions performed while intoxicated. 'The fifth precept is abstaining from alcohol and other intoxicants. Again, alcohol itself is not to blame; but some people who drink alcohol become influenced by it in a way that is d...
by Astus
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: About the Lieu Quan School of Thien
Replies: 7
Views: 2209

Re: About the Lieu Quan School of Thien

Can someone explain what this means in simpler terms ? The Lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh The great way of Reality, Is our true nature’s pure ocean. The source of Mind penetrates everywhere. The nature of mind is the nature of everything. From the roots of virtue springs the practice of compassion. The...
by Astus
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The desire to stop suffering
Replies: 16
Views: 698

Re: The desire to stop suffering

Desire is the root of all suffering, but is it bad to have a desire to stop samsara? Brahman Unnabha put the same issue to Ananda in the Uṇṇābhabrāhmaṇa Sutta : "it's impossible that one could abandon desire (chanda) by means of desire (chanda)" . But then, of course, Ananda explains why that is no...
by Astus
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Death and enlightenment/emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 1012

Re: Death and enlightenment/emptiness

Some accept three distinct fruits, with Buddhahood possible in this life. Some consider the fruits of the srvakayana and pratyekabuddhayana as upaya, and to the extent the bodhisattva thinks there are these distinctions, their path is upaya, also. As far as I know, currently only Theravada and the ...
by Astus
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Death and enlightenment/emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 1012

Re: Death and enlightenment/emptiness

Basically, its why in some Mahayana the sravaka and pratyekabuddha paths are considered incomplete. There are two versions. The first one is where the main difference lies in the accumulation of merit from what the buddha qualities and the buddha land is generated. The second one explains the diffe...
by Astus
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Death and enlightenment/emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 1012

Re: Death and enlightenment/emptiness

Queequeg wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:47 pm
Some insist Bodhi is beyond just release of attachments.
When the emotional and conceptual hindrances are released, the buddha-nature can manifest. What more one would need?
by Astus
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 495

Re: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma

Rick wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:43 pm
Do you happen to remember where in the <long!> book these moments are described?
Go to IV.§6 (p 153-159). There is also a nice summary on the Mind-door Process Of Cittas by Nina van Gorkom.
by Astus
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 495

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

Hmmm. Simple as that? Maitreya/Asanga says in the Madhyantavibhaga (1.3): 'Appearing as objects, sentient beings, the self And awareness, consciousness arises. Its objects do not exist. Therefore, it does not exist either.' Mipham comments: 'Appearing as objects, such as form, as sentient beings, i...
by Astus
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 495

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:31 pm
Yogacara... In contrast to Madhyamika...
As far as the teachings of Asanga and Vasubandhu are concerned, object and subject are mutually dependent, and realising objects to be fabrications also removes the subject perceiving that.
by Astus
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 495

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:15 pm
consciousness is posited as the more basic phenomenon.
What strain of Buddhism would that be?
by Astus
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Death and enlightenment/emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 1012

Re: Death and enlightenment/emptiness

This makes me think, however: can one be a Buddhist without having a belief in rebirth? Of course one can, it's just that denying the existence of afterlife constitutes wrong view. If we take rebirth off the equation, does still the Mahayana doctrine make sense? It does not, since without rebirth t...
by Astus
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Death and enlightenment/emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 1012

Re: Death and enlightenment/emptiness

what is the difference between death and sunyata? Death is the cessation of a life. Emptiness (sunyata) is the absence of an independent, permanent essence. or between being enlightened and being dead? Enlightenment is the complete abandonment of attachment. There is no such state as being dead, as...
by Astus
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 495

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

That is one of the interesting formulations of the 12 Nidana. The same connection is stated in the Mahanidana Sutta : 'From consciousness as a requisite condition comes name-and-form.' ... 'From name-and-form as a requisite condition comes consciousness.' Also in the Mahapadana Sutta : 'Name and fo...
by Astus
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 495

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

So what would you call that 'state' of potential awareness? Background awareness, monitoring awareness, as-needed awareness? Or just: awareness. They're the sense faculties (indriya) or sense bases (āyatana). See this Wikipedia summary , and this Kosha summary . 1. Awareness is required to perceive...
by Astus
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 495

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

There is no single "awareness". When there is contact between a sense object and a sense faculty, sense consciousness arises, and through the contact between the three feeling arises, perception arises, formations arise. More detailed analysis can be found in Abhidharma works on citta and caitasika/...
by Astus
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: The first five patriarchs on meditation
Replies: 4
Views: 315

Re: The first five patriarchs on meditation

The sources and quotes that say Bodhidharma taught meditation. See McRae's The Northern School and the Formation of Early Chʻan Buddhism, p 16-19. He quotes there the Xu Gaoseng Zhuan: 'Feeling compassion [as a result of the decline of the True Teaching in this] obscure corner [of the world (i.e., ...
by Astus
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: The first five patriarchs on meditation
Replies: 4
Views: 315

Re: The first five patriarchs on meditation

Dgj wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:45 pm
Does anyone know the exact sources and quotes?
For what?

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