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by Astus
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Non-Attachment vs. Dettachment
Replies: 11
Views: 246

Re: Non-Attachment vs. Dettachment

Buddhism is telling the Olympic athlete to be non-attached to the outcome (gold medal). Buddhism teaches the ending of craving and clinging as the goal, and to that end there is the path of moral discipline, mental cultivation, and wisdom. The initial steps are not about suddenly letting go of all ...
by Astus
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 2237

Re: History of tantra

I don't remember that Lotus sutra says "copying" anywhere? Where does it talk about copying in your opinion ? It is already mentioned in chapter 3 ( "the people who recite, copy, and preserve it." BDK ed p 73; T262p15b26-27), but it's repeated several times in chapter 10, e.g. "If there is anyone w...
by Astus
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 2237

Re: History of tantra

Here's the correct one. https://www.academia.edu/11322753/Oral_Texts_in_Indian_Mahayana_IIJ_2015_ That paper discusses different verbs, not those about reading and copying. Also, his main argument is that Mahayana sutras were memorised and written at the same time. At the end he also states: 'Gener...
by Astus
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 2237

Re: History of tantra

David Drewes has a very compelling argument I have not found such an argument in that text. Could you please provide a quote or page number? In the mean time, here is James B. Apple's essay The Phrase Dharmaparyayo Hastagato in Mahayana Buddhist Literature: Rethinking the Cult of the Book in Middle...
by Astus
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 2237

Re: History of tantra

There are many divergent recensions of the Lotus Sūtra. I wonder if the Gilgit Lotus mentions the Anantanirdeśasūtra. I suspect it doesn't, to be quite honest, since I suspect that it is Chinese apocrypha myself (no hard proof) , but I am open to being quite wrong. That the Buddha taught the "Mahān...
by Astus
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 2237

Re: History of tantra

That is true ofcourse, and for example in the White Lotus sutra , in the Devadatta chapter , there is the story of Shakyamuni in one of his previous births when he is serving an ascetic for many years who posses the teaching of the Lotus sutra. Here you definitely get the impression that the Sutra ...
by Astus
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Japanese priesthood and Japanese monkhood
Replies: 4
Views: 236

Re: Japanese priesthood and Japanese monkhood

Actually, I think you might be mistaken on this on by characterizing it as a mere decriminalization, but I have to reread some materials. In the meantime, the name of that historical movement, 廃仏毀釈 , lit. "abolish Buddha(dharma), destroy Śākyamuni." 'One crucial law, promulgated in 1872, decriminal...
by Astus
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 2237

Re: History of tantra

Buddhism continued as an oral tradition for half a millennium. And if you look at the various sutras, there is a notable difference between those that are apparently from an oral tradition and those that have been written down from the beginning. For instance, the often seen recommendation to copy ...
by Astus
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Japanese priesthood and Japanese monkhood
Replies: 4
Views: 236

Re: Japanese priesthood and Japanese monkhood

Who are priests (don't have Pabbajja(Parivrajya) or Upasampada), who are monks(Have Pabbajja or Upasampada)? May be you can recommend any book on this topic? Saicho in the early 9th century successfully established an ordination platform based solely on his interpretation of the bodhisattva precept...
by Astus
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Paramartha and Xuanzang translations
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: Paramartha and Xuanzang translations

Jion wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:50 pm
I am trying to track down a document which has Vasubandhu's romanized Sanskrit of the Abhidharmakosabhasya alongside the Paramartha and Hsuan Tsang translations.
Vasubandhu: Abhidharmakośabhāṣya
by Astus
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 2237

Re: History of tantra

When was Tantra introduced into Buddhism? "It is only in the second half of the seventh century that the definitive esoteric system emerges, and we have several verifications of this dating." (Indian Esoteric Buddhism: A Social History of the Tantric Movement by Ronald M Davidson, p 117) What where...
by Astus
Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Learning more about the tenet systems
Replies: 13
Views: 335

Re: Learning more about the tenet systems

Where can I learn more about the Mahāyāna tenet systems? It is important to keep in mind that it does matter who presents the various systems, because there is naturally and intentionally a bias against all tenets that are not upheld as the best/highest. Academic: Buddhist Teaching in India by Joha...
by Astus
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Schrodinger's Tathagatagharbha?
Replies: 20
Views: 778

Re: Schrodinger's Tathagatagharbha?

My question is whether the concept of what basicallly amounts to “unrealized perfect realization” is by definition an untenable contradiction. It is not “unrealized perfect realization”. Buddha-nature refers to qualities, not the realisation of qualities. Realisation is enlightenment to those quali...
by Astus
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Schrodinger's Tathagatagharbha?
Replies: 20
Views: 778

Re: Schrodinger's Tathagatagharbha?

Would you say then, that Buddha-nature is actually a term describing Buddha-potential, rather than Buddha-realization? Buddha-nature means the qualities of a buddha are already present and not developed, therefore one only needs to remove the two types of obscuration. As qualities, they are like on...
by Astus
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Schrodinger's Tathagatagharbha?
Replies: 20
Views: 778

Re: Schrodinger's Tathagatagharbha?

The argument I’m raising is simply that a buddha is free of hinderances, All beings are, ultimately, Buddhas Yet all beings experience hinderances. From a false premise no good result can come. Buddha-nature is not some sort of shiny soul hidden inside a dirty soul, hence the misapplied objections ...
by Astus
Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?
Replies: 17
Views: 776

Re: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?

I looked at both of those works. I couldn't find anything where it is stated directly anything that confirms the Brunholzl quote. Actually, it is not a quote from Brunnhölzl, but rather the interpretation of the author of the Wikipedia article. On the referred to page 73 Brunnhölzl quotes Candrakir...
by Astus
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Schrodinger's Tathagatagharbha?
Replies: 20
Views: 778

Re: Schrodinger's Tathagatagharbha?

It is asserted in the Mahayana schools, one way or another, that all beings possess Buddha Nature. That is meant to encourage beings. It is not a claim of some magical essence hidden inside. Regardless of how it is expressed, there is a general understanding that all beings have the potential to re...
by Astus
Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?
Replies: 17
Views: 776

Re: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?

Conventionally, Madhyamaka holds that beings do perceive concrete objects which they are aware of empirically. -Brunholzl, Karl, Center of the Sunlit Sky So if someone could provide texts that confirm the Brunholzl quote above I'll study those instead of bothering the fine people on here further. T...
by Astus
Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Madhyamaka
Replies: 86
Views: 1814

Re: Is there a rational, simple, logical way to explain Nagarjuna's seemingly paradoxical teachings?

Dgj wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:44 pm
So simply stating that nothing exists is a wrong view doesnt fix the issue that he made it abundantly clear that nothing exists.
Where is the paradox in that?
by Astus
Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Madhyamaka
Replies: 86
Views: 1814

Re: How did Nagarjuna not teach extreme nihilism?

However he also proved that nothing whatsoever exists: extreme nihilism. You are not wrong there. Nagarjuna did prove in various ways that conventionally everything is dependently originated, therefore ultimately nothing exists. When there is talk of denying the extremes of existence and non-existe...

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