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by Astus
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 35
Views: 491

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clases with the concept of individual karm

lack of any sort of alayavijnana that can carry karmic seeds. Rather, the mind was simply a series of states of consciousness. The idea of seeds (bija) is a Sautrantika one, while the alayavijnana (not identical to bhavanga-citta) is a Yogacara concept. Other schools had other explanations. Pa-Auk ...
by Astus
Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 35
Views: 491

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

I think it’s pertinent to this thread. How so? It is a practice. Furthermore, it is a practice about realising that the actual nature of one's mind is pure. It is not a new idea either. See for instance: 'In meditating on one's mind, there is no mind one can seize, except the mind that comes from o...
by Astus
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 35
Views: 491

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clases with the concept of individual karm

Extinction of Karma is the point of practice in Theravada. Extinction of greed, anger, and ignorance is the point of any Buddhist path. Removing all past karma, that is a sort of Jain idea, and not a Buddhist one. AFAIK in Theravada, you cannot have something like Vajrasattva-style purification, wh...
by Astus
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 35
Views: 491

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

“Blessings” are what alters karma. Blessing is a consequence of faith, it is not an external magical power changing people's karma, but a product of one's own devotion. 'The compassion and blessings of the Three Jewels are inconceivable, but nevertheless their ability to reach into us depends entir...
by Astus
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 35
Views: 491

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clases with the concept of individual karm

Brunelleschi wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:09 pm
Transformation of the seed of karma is not a thing in Theravadan Buddhism?
Not so. See e.g.: Lonaphala Sutta

There is no real difference between Buddhist schools regarding karma, only about how the functioning of karma is explained.
by Astus
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 35
Views: 491

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

How is that reconciled with the Pure Land principle that the recitation of the Nembutsu is all that is required for rebirth in Sukhavati regardless of one’s acts? Not even recitation is required according to some, only faith and vows. However, faith and vows are the individual's action (karma) to a...
by Astus
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 35
Views: 491

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

absolving karma through hearing the name of a bodhisattva clashes with the concept of karma as something strictly individual. Karma is strictly individual in Mahayana as well. 'The third point is [ownership — the fact] that actions determine your personal lot. The consequences of the actions that s...
by Astus
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Recommend an English Translation of Kamalashila's (c. 9th century CE) Bhāvanākrama
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Re: Recommend an English Translation of Kamalashila's (c. 9th century CE) Bhāvanākrama

Trying to find method for the Indo-Tibetan practice of vipaśyanā. 'Meditation and The Concept of Insight in Kamalasila's Bhavanakramas' , a thesis by Martin Adams, contains a good translation of the three treatises. Any other ancient texts on vipaśyanā given consideration. There are quite a lot if ...
by Astus
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Guidance for Lay People
Replies: 22
Views: 327

Re: Guidance for Lay People

It's cultivation of aversion, whether it's the being or ones idea of the being that is denigrated. It is revulsion/disgust/turning away (nirveda), as contemplation of foulness (asubha) is the primary antidote for greed (raga). Fortunately we have higher teachings that don't require such cultivation...
by Astus
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Guidance for Lay People
Replies: 22
Views: 327

Re: Guidance for Lay People

It's interesting when compared and contrasted to this list... "In five ways, young householder, should a wife as the West be ministered to by a husband: From The Sutra on Upasaka Precepts, ch 14 (BDK ed, p 71-72): 'The west represents one’s wife. If anyone can provide his wife with garments, food, ...
by Astus
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Guidance for Lay People
Replies: 22
Views: 327

Re: Guidance for Lay People

This whole line of practice is, frankly, shitty. Asubha practice is usually not taught to the laity, partly because they rarely aim for renouncing lust. That object happens to be another human being. The object is one's conception of an external stimulus. condemned as Hinayana The Ugrapariprccha is...
by Astus
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Guidance for Lay People
Replies: 22
Views: 327

Re: Guidance for Lay People

Applied to marriage as elective choice, the lack of affection comes across as cold, but also raises the question, why would one bother with marriage and children if one is only going to emotionally abandon them? 'Affection' (McRae), or 'passionately attached' (Swanson), are translations for 'ài' (愛...
by Astus
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Guidance for Lay People
Replies: 22
Views: 327

Re: Guidance for Lay People

Grigoris wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:19 pm
So basically to cultivate this samadhi a lay person should become a monk or nun?
Not at all. The sutra describes the expected behaviour of a devout householder.
by Astus
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Guidance for Lay People
Replies: 22
Views: 327

Re: Guidance for Lay People

John R. McRae's translation: 'How are householders able to cultivate this meditation? Through the fruits of their karma of faith they can reject all material wealth, take refuge in the Three Treasures, and accept the five precepts. Neither evading, breaking, defiling, or being remiss in the precepts...
by Astus
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Avoid conceptualizations"
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: "Avoid conceptualizations"

quotes the Buddha from the Dhammapada Actually, it is a quote from the Tibetan version of the Udānavarga ( 2.1 , Sparham translation ), that is not the same as the Dhammapada, nor does that stanza have any parallels in it. I just want to make sure I understand the word "conceptualizations" in this ...
by Astus
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6816

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

If that intellect is the same as the consciousness, then it could be like clarity emptiness but other words? Inseparable? No, atman and buddhi are separate. by :meditate: it is impossible to be there a one Self on itself neglecting other, whether this is then seen as a wrong one or a right one. It ...
by Astus
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6816

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

Again, this sounds a lot more like Samkhya where there is hard division between mind and matter. Surely Brahman being a synonym for reality, encompasses all that is done and all that is not done. i.e. the entire play of seeming plurality-phenomena-causation-time etc is Brahman. Maybe a modern synon...
by Astus
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6816

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

How can "one" be real, and "everything else" not, which is then "things" are "negated"…….. by what? What sees this, what thinks this, what believes this? What experiences this? How can there be a real lasting self on its own? It would vanish when it is on its own!!! How is there "any kind of realit...
by Astus
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6816

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

Samvrti is still explicitly defined by Tsong Khapa as 'concealing' - and he is one of the most robust defenders of the notion of two truths being complementary. Sure, it is concealing, since it primarily signifies the mistaken conceptions of ordinary beings. It is a later step where the two truths ...
by Astus
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6816

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

how conventional reality is understood (and practiced), than it does how the ultimate is defined It is important to remember that the two truths in Mahayana are not opposites, nor parallels, but complementary. There is no ultimate apart from the conventional, no emptiness apart from appearances. On...

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