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by Astus
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature
Replies: 67
Views: 1124

Re: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature

What is enough learning without being too much or too little? Too much then we will keep remembering what memorized. Too little not enough understanding for the job. There cannot be too much learning, only the obstacle of staying with mere conceptual knowledge without in depth understanding and met...
by Astus
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature
Replies: 67
Views: 1124

Re: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature

when there is an absence of personal self seen within-without who or what possesses consciousness? how can we say there is anything to be impermanent or dependent upon anything? There is no owner, never has been, as it is merely a false concept, therefore consciousness does not require the idea of ...
by Astus
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Thoughts versus Nature.
Replies: 16
Views: 435

Re: Thoughts versus Nature.

LastLegend wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:20 pm
You see nature in thoughts or of thoughts?
Nature means what things are like, so it is not some separate thing, but a description/quality of things.
by Astus
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: in practice chan do I need teacher !
Replies: 25
Views: 5820

Re: in practice chan do I need teacher !

Taikor.Taikun wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:19 am
Is that correct?
Doesn't sound like that. The various beliefs about spirits are usually local folklore and not strictly Buddhist ideas.
by Astus
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Thoughts versus Nature.
Replies: 16
Views: 435

Re: Thoughts versus Nature.

There is no nature apart from thoughts, it's the nature of thoughts - i.e. their impermanent, impersonal, empty nature - that one has to recognise in order to relinquish clinging to concepts.
by Astus
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?
Replies: 28
Views: 622

Re: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?

Do you believe this is possible? Very much. Those schools who talk of buddhahood in this life base this on the understanding that 'this mind is buddha', so practically buddhahood means the ending of all attachments, the goal of all Buddhists. If the elimination of clinging were not possible in this...
by Astus
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to Read Sutras? Split from "is the tathagatagarbha true?"
Replies: 14
Views: 408

Re: How to Read Sutras? Split from "is the tathagatagarbha true?"

Many sutras, with a few exceptions, seem to me to very long, dense, and theoretical When a Dharma teaching, in a sutra or anywhere else, seems theoretical, then there is a meaning and purpose to discover. Especially those texts already translated to English somehow remained particularly important f...
by Astus
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 2708

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

Looking at the Hell realms, and it seems incomphrehensible to me that someone could do enough bad things in one lifetime to warrant 1 billion years of torture.... and that is the shortest term in a hell realm, some are MUCH longer. 'There is the case where a trifling evil deed done by a certain ind...
by Astus
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature
Replies: 67
Views: 1124

Re: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature

Later Chan teachers seemed to have a mistaken idea of what 知 meant, they took it to mean 知解 or conceptual understanding whereas Zongmi and Shenhui both made it clera that this 知 had a closer meaning to 智 or wisdom. Do you have an example for that? To me it rather seems that conceiving such an ultim...
by Astus
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?
Replies: 34
Views: 1468

Re: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?

Do you have a source? In the Buddha's very first discourse: “So long, bhikkhus, as my knowledge and vision of these Four Noble Truths as they really are in their three phases and twelve aspects was not thoroughly purified in this way, I did not claim to have awakened to the unsurpassed perfect enli...
by Astus
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?
Replies: 34
Views: 1468

Re: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?

I am just curious if anyone has come close or reached enlightenment yet. There are several stages of enlightenment. First, for people who begin to learn about the Dharma, an important step - that divides ordinary beings from noble ones - is the experiential confirmation of the validity of the teach...
by Astus
Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature
Replies: 67
Views: 1124

Re: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature

recognize in us the part that knows that’s not relying on aggregates. Recognising what knows is fine, but it's not something outside the aggregates, but rather the aggregate called consciousness, and as such it is impermanent and dependently originated. To assume cognisance beyond the aggregates is...
by Astus
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature
Replies: 67
Views: 1124

Re: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature

It doesn’t have be followed by other skandhas if followed then that would be grasping. There might be some terminological confusion here. The functioning of the aggregates is not a problem, furthermore, you don't (and generally can't) remove or stop the aggregates. Also, the universal mental factor...
by Astus
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature
Replies: 67
Views: 1124

Re: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature

Denial itself is still a view because that’s the work of skandhas. What we want to do is surpass skandhas. So it is, taking negation as a position is no better than taking affirmation. The question is what can help us move on from any object of clinging. 'The buddhas said “I am.” They taught as wel...
by Astus
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature
Replies: 67
Views: 1124

Re: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature

it’s not a thing yet it knows or any object concept imaginable. We are it! But we also always try get it with thinking concept or a location. No! We can’t even see with eyes yet through eyes everything is super clear HD if you will. It’s characteristicless but still knows the unborn knowing!. STILL...
by Astus
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature
Replies: 67
Views: 1124

Re: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature

If you can translate Mr. Astus. Sorry, I don't know Vietnamese. However, the concept of inconceivable as referenced in that article is not about anything absolute but literally what cannot be conceived, as stated in the Acinteyyasutta . As for the inconceivable as emptiness, calling the very absenc...
by Astus
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature
Replies: 67
Views: 1124

Re: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature

anything arises in mind all we have to do is be clear! Do you mean the method of nonthought (vô niệm 無念)? 'If in seeing all the dharmas, the mind is not defiled or attached, this is nonthought. [The mind’s] functioning pervades all locations, yet it is not attached to all the locations. Just purify...
by Astus
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature
Replies: 67
Views: 1124

Re: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature

Yet the knowing quality is present and infused with consciousness. He did not add that. The term knowing/awareness (zhi 知) was what Heze Shenhui and Guifeng Zongmi propagated, while others ridiculed. So the Platform Sutra (ch 8, BDK ed, p 78) says this of Shenhui: “I told you it was without name or...
by Astus
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 41
Views: 1378

Re: Mind transcends death

Do these play well together? Because phenomena are depedently originated, there is no essence that is born, endures, or ceases. To say that mind, what is simply a category of numerous phenomena, endures because it is unborn, makes sense only when it refers to its apparent continuity, that is, mind ...
by Astus
Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 41
Views: 1378

Re: Mind transcends death

how does a Buddhist or anyone else who holds this view defend it against materialist-reductionist neuroscientists and philosophers? "‘The soul is the same as the body’—I have left undeclared. ‘The soul is one thing and the body another’—I have left undeclared." ( Cūḷamālukyasutta , cf. Aggivacchasu...

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