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by Astus
Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: From Impermanence to Buddhahood
Replies: 6
Views: 181

Re: From Impermanence to Buddhahood

seeing impermanence leading to emptiness is unatural. Impermanence is easier to see first. It is fairly common sense to know that nothing lasts forever. Then when it's broken down to finding the substance that changes, it turns out to be nowhere, hence empty. "when a sentient being perceives t...
by Astus
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: From Impermanence to Buddhahood
Replies: 6
Views: 181

From Impermanence to Buddhahood

Impermanence is the gateway to emptiness. Emptiness is the gateway to non-birth. Non-birth is the gateway to Buddhahood. "What is the Buddha’s path? It is the bodhi-mind, the mind of Nirvana. To walk on the Buddha’s path is to follow the path of the Great Enlightened One, the one who attained ...
by Astus
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Muso Soseki's Direct Pointing
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Re: Muso Soseki's Direct Pointing

What part do you call the direct pointing in that quite formal speech?
by Astus
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Zongmi on Chan
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: Zongmi on Chan

But the other part of commenting on the other schools as he does, could have a political implication that some academics might run with and accuse Zongmi of 'divide and rule' tactics, perhaps for the reason of state funding his school. Zongmi at the time of writing those works on the Chan schools w...
by Astus
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: The Goal Of Meditation.
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: The Goal Of Meditation.

When one meditates, what is its goal for the individual? What is its purpose? What is meditation fulfilling? Zanmai-o-zanmai (SBGZ, BDK ed, vol 3, p 371): To transcend the whole universe at once, to live a great and valuable life in the house of the Buddhist patriarchs, is to sit in the full lotus ...
by Astus
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Lay Chan Teachers
Replies: 2
Views: 509

Re: Lay Chan Teachers

Anonymous X wrote:Is this the same Pei Xiu that corresponded with Zongmi and compiled Huang Po's records?


Yes.
by Astus
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Japanese Zen Buddhist Traditions.
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Re: Japanese Zen Buddhist Traditions.

Official sites: SotoZen-Net Rinnou.net Wikipedia: Japanese Zen Sōtō Rinzai Ōbaku Books: Dogen and Soto Zen Soto Zen in Medieval Japan The Other Side of Zen Soto Zen in Meiji Japan Eloquent Zen Five Mountains Japanese Rinzai Zen Buddhism Leaving for the Rising Sun Obaku Zen
by Astus
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 154
Views: 3628

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

The point is that arhats suffer from obscurations, and that their wisdom is insufficient to perceive the real nature of phenomena, even though they have a partial realization through which they can claim to be liberated (and liberation in Buddhadharma simply means being free of the afflictions that...
by Astus
Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 154
Views: 3628

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

Personally, I think you are reading with a Mahāyāna bias, and interpolating your own view on the view of śrāvakas. I'm afraid there is a not so small possibility of that. I got that impression yesterday right when I looked up Mahasi's Manual of Insight. Since there is no evidence that śrāvakas nega...
by Astus
Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 154
Views: 3628

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

This is only the selflessness of persons, not phenomena, because there is no refutation of characteristics themselves. But, for example, in Mahāyāna, even the characteristics by which phenomena are apprehended are refuted. This is the main difference. Yes, that is a clear difference. On the one sid...
by Astus
Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 154
Views: 3628

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

Daṃṣṭrasenam, in his commentary on the 100,000 lines Perfection of Wisdom Sūtra, notes that the result of possessing those traces mentions specifically that arhats can err, gossip, can be unattractive, are forgetful, and so on. Thanks for looking it up. The same traits are mentioned elsewhere regar...
by Astus
Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 154
Views: 3628

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

PuerAzaelis wrote:You asked "where" they exist in an arhat.
Where else would they exist other than in the place they always have existed?
It's not like they change places.


Where have they always existed then?
by Astus
Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 154
Views: 3628

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

He just quoted three sutras answering precisely that. What else is he supposed to do? The three quotes merely state that "Srāvakas and pratyekabuddhas have not abandoned all connection with traces" "not completely destroyed traces" "they are confused through the other trace...
by Astus
Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 154
Views: 3628

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

Attachment is not the issue, traces are. By traces do you mean anusaya? If yes, the Samuccaya (p 100-101) has the same list as the Anusaya Sutta , and they need to be abandoned and destroyed ( AN 7.12 ), otherwise there is still rebirth ( SN 12.38 ). Even though the Srimaladevi Sutra (ch 5, BDK ed ...
by Astus
Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 154
Views: 3628

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

Malcolm wrote:now you think that arhats are tathāgatas.


The problem I'm raising here is that ascribing attachment to arhats is not supported by reason. So far there has been no substantiated argument against that. It is another issue if buddhahood is defined on the basis of the complete absence of attachment.
by Astus
Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 154
Views: 3628

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

Freedom from attachments does not equal freedom from proliferation. When no concepts grasped, how can there be proliferation? "There's no trail in space, no outside contemplative. People are smitten with objectifications (papanca), but devoid of objectification (nippapanca) are the Tathagatas....
by Astus
Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Resources for Comparison of Buddhist Canons?
Replies: 2
Views: 193

Re: Resources for Comparison of Buddhist Canons?

CBETA has several canons online: http://tripitaka.cbeta.org/ And the complete Taisho Tripitaka: http://21dzk.l.u-tokyo.ac.jp/SAT/ddb-sat2.php Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon: http://www.dsbcproject.org/ Bibliography of Translations from the Chinese Buddhist Canon into Western Languages: http://mbing...
by Astus
Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 154
Views: 3628

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

The question is not whether they are bound. The question is "what kind of realization is necessary for freedom from rebirth?" The answer is: "Not very deep." How is that the question? What realisation is deeper/higher then what is free from all attachments, hence also free from ...
by Astus
Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prasangika, Conventional Analysis, and Wordly Consensus
Replies: 12
Views: 271

Re: Prasangika, Conventional Analysis, and Wordly Consensus

How can Prasangikas meaningfully talk about things that are just out of the range of ordinary beings? For example, Karma, the twelve links of dependent origination, and a lot of other teachings are not part of worldly consensus, and yet all Buddhists accept these things. Conventional truth does not...
by Astus
Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The attainment of the Arhats
Replies: 154
Views: 3628

Re: The attainment of the Arhats

Arhats have the view that aggregates exist. But they do not cling to them. That is your disconnect. If one has a view but does not cling to that view, does one actually have a view? For instance, an arhat has the view that a particular robe is his, still, it is not a view that binds him. Similarly,...

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