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by Astus
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Good beginner's overview
Replies: 21
Views: 352

Re: Good beginner's overview

This looks very good but it's not the one I was talking about before. This one is a lot longer, more detailed, broader in its approach to the different traditions. I guess above you meant The Teaching of Buddha that is the short version of Buddha-Dharma: The Way To Enlightenment - both available fo...
by Astus
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Good beginner's overview
Replies: 21
Views: 352

Re: Good beginner's overview

'This book offers a selection from a broad range of Buddhist texts. You will find here passages that may inspire, guide and challenge you. Overall, they give a picture of this great tradition as it has been lived down the centuries.' 'This book is divided into three main parts: i) the life and natu...
by Astus
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Sources substantiating claims about "Hindus" not achieving liberation
Replies: 24
Views: 626

Re: Sources substantiating claims about "Hindus" not achieving liberation

fckw wrote: Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:16 pmDid I forget any further arguments?
While position 4 can cover "everything else", it is worth mentioning that the very concept of liberation is different, as in Buddhism there is no final form of existence to reach/become.
by Astus
Tue Aug 11, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Sources substantiating claims about "Hindus" not achieving liberation
Replies: 24
Views: 626

Re: Sources substantiating claims about "Hindus" not achieving liberation

fckw wrote: Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:19 pmthe difference in view must therefore be on other aspects of Hindu teachings, but not in a subject-object-dualism.
The view of absolute monism (there is only self/god) is not the same as the non-existence of self and other.
by Astus
Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Sources substantiating claims about "Hindus" not achieving liberation
Replies: 24
Views: 626

Re: Sources substantiating claims about "Hindus" not achieving liberation

fckw wrote: Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:40 pm That is not the same claim as saying that "absorption states don't lead to liberation". The two are different.
In Buddhism no state of absorption is sufficient for liberation, wisdom is a requirement. See the Brahmajala Sutta how meditative experiences and wrong views are related.
by Astus
Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Sources substantiating claims about "Hindus" not achieving liberation
Replies: 24
Views: 626

Re: Sources substantiating claims about "Hindus" not achieving liberation

Does anyone know of any authoritative, that is: commonly accepted among their own scholars, be it "Hindu" or Buddhist scriptures that substantiate these claims? The teaching unique to the Buddha is anatma, as you can find this stated in the Culasihanada Sutta. Without realising the absence of a sel...
by Astus
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: infinite Regress and the Yogacara container model
Replies: 25
Views: 379

Re: infinite Regress and the Yogacara container model

I have heard from andrei on buddhism stack exchange that this is the case,that in yogacara samskaras create appearences and vice versa and he basically admitted this was a infinite regress to me.I have also heard from krodha on buddhism subreddit that Dzogchen posists a yogachara container universe...
by Astus
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Satipathana in Mahayana
Replies: 7
Views: 209

Re: Satipathana in Mahayana

avatamsaka3 wrote: Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:03 am?
Mahayana developed in Northern India, and it had little contact with Theravada (for a quick overview see the map in: Early Buddhist schools).
by Astus
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Satipathana in Mahayana
Replies: 7
Views: 209

Re: Satipathana in Mahayana

After the split on Mahayana and Theravada There has been no such split. has the practice of satipatthana (supplemented by the practice of bodhichitta origination) remained unchanged and basic yogic practice in Mahayana? You might want to take a look at this: A History of Mindfulness by Bhikkhu Suja...
by Astus
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: infinite Regress and the Yogacara container model
Replies: 25
Views: 379

Re: infinite Regress and the Yogacara container model

The Yogacara container universe model posits that shared reality is due to similar karmic traces or samskaras of sentient beings. It is the common Buddhist model that the realms appear as a result of beings' karma. Yogacara posits that what ordinary beings assume themselves and the world to be is m...
by Astus
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Can a lazy person awaken?
Replies: 19
Views: 646

Re: Can a lazy person awaken?

You know, I don’t think “idle” means lazy... There is a phrase that has been sitting in my thoughts for years. Master Sheng Yen used to say that to practice zen is to be like a 無事賢道人 wushi xian daoren. Wu shi means having nothing to do... much like the tibetan refrain of “let go of your worldly act...
by Astus
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Can a lazy person awaken?
Replies: 19
Views: 646

Re: Can a lazy person awaken?

can a lazy person (like me), one who doesn’t read sutras, doesn’t invoke buddhas, doesn’t study long and hard, doesn’t practice morning and night, lies down, and doesn’t acquire knowledge, awaken to “see their nature”? There are stupid lazy and smart lazy. Stupid lazy is not actually lazy, it's is ...
by Astus
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajracchedika Prajna Paramita authentic
Replies: 6
Views: 253

Re: Is Vajracchedika Prajna Paramita authentic

As the title says, does it come directly from the Buddha himself or from Tripitaka? The Diamond Sutra is a conversation between Shakyamuni and Subhuti, and it is very much in the Tripitaka, for instance Kumarajiva's translation is number 235 in volume 8 of the Taisho Tripitaka . AFAIK, it is compos...
by Astus
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?
Replies: 95
Views: 2018

Re: I don't want parinirvana,should I follow a different path?

I do want sentience for ever,and I rather be alive and suffering somewhat in the 3 realms then to be nonsentient and not suffering. Buddhism teaches freedom from suffering as a living person, not "some time in the future", and not "only when sentience ceases". a Buddha has no vijnana and no awarene...
by Astus
Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the argument out of date?
Replies: 5
Views: 212

Re: Is the argument out of date?

Viach wrote: Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:16 pm Theravada concept of the atom
It's the Sarvastivadins that Yogacarins argued against. Theravada atomism is a much later development, and it's somewhat different.
by Astus
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Existence-Time
Replies: 98
Views: 1858

Re: Existence-Time

time flows in all directions and pours into each moment. Is time conceived as a separate thing to have its own movements? If so, what is it? If not, then it is simply a concept used to refer to change. Change/time is observed as a mental construct, naming some thoughts as past, some as present, and...
by Astus
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questions on consistency and validity of mahayana sutra's
Replies: 9
Views: 376

Re: Questions on consistency and validity of mahayana sutra's

Historically, we know that the Mahayana sutra's are later creations attributed to the Buddha. I'd assume that even Buddhists in ancient times knew this since the Mahayana sutra's are full of fantastical tales - They must have known they were allegorical. 'Fantastical tales' are not Mahayana novelti...
by Astus
Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How does Buddhism explain individual experience?
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: How does Buddhism explain individual experience?

nichiren-123 wrote: Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:26 pmIsn't that what dependent origination tells us?
Dependent origination in general stands for the universal law of causality and conditionality, and in particular - as the twelve nidanas - applies to individual beings on both a larger (over many lives) and smaller (over mental moments) scale.
by Astus
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How does Buddhism explain individual experience?
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: How does Buddhism explain individual experience?

Why do individuals experience different things when everything is interconnected? What is it that makes us have a unique experience? What makes you assume that 'everything is interconnected'? Unique experience is a given already. Why posit a theory that does not reflect actuality and then turn it i...
by Astus
Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?
Replies: 29
Views: 716

Re: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?

LastLegend wrote: Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:33 pmLet’s take some example: in quietness state, without interpretations you hear a bird chirping what is nature of mind?
What species of bird is chirping?

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