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by Astus
Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pure land transcending the triple realm?
Replies: 10
Views: 183

Re: Pure land transcending the triple realm?

Where does in the mahayana suttas is mentioned this? Is there a proof of this? It seems to be more of a matter of reasoning regarding buddha-lands. Two important reasons for positioning Sukhavati beyond samsara are that (1) it came into existence due to Dharmakara's vows and (2) beings born there a...
by Astus
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1359

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

the distinction that you draw between early & late Madhyamaka as regard to Vipasyana & Abhidharma. With the further development of Mahayana through the emergence of Yogacara things got more detailed regarding the bodhisattva path and practices, as you can see in the works of Candrakirti, Haribhadra...
by Astus
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1359

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

Could you please elaborate a bit on this distinction? The abhidharma approach is to break down conventional phenomena to ultimate constituents, i.e. dharmas, so there is no person, there are only the five aggregates, and those five are impermanent, etc. The madhyamaka approach is to break phenomena...
by Astus
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1359

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

My question is: did nagarjuna ever categorically offer a positive means or ANYTHING at all about what enlightenment is or how to get there? Regarding the path, check Ratnavali, Suhrllekha, Yuktisastika, and Sunyatasaptati. Also look at Aryadeva's Catuhsataka. Madhyamaka in the early times differed ...
by Astus
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: reading Dogen's Shobogenzo
Replies: 4
Views: 475

Re: reading Dogen's Shobogenzo

DGA wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:20 am
Would you mind elaborating on why you prefer Tanahashi's translation to the BDK edition?
It simply felt like an easier read, although otherwise not necessarily the most accurate translation. But probably you should decide it for yourself.
by Astus
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: reading Dogen's Shobogenzo
Replies: 4
Views: 475

Re: reading Dogen's Shobogenzo

I have PDFs of all four volumes of the RPK translation of the Shobogenzo. I've not opened them yet. Do you mean the Nishijima-Cross translation published online by BDK ? I'd appreciate some suggestions on where to start If it is the BDK edition, then in my opinion that translation is not the best f...
by Astus
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?
Replies: 17
Views: 609

Re: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?

I understand the need to see myself as empty but what is the point of seeing, say, inanimate objects as empty? Why does seeing the coffee cup as empty help me - if at all? The main idea of emptiness is the elimination of attachment. Slapping the label of emptiness on objects certainly makes little ...
by Astus
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?
Replies: 17
Views: 609

Re: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?

what is wrong (if anything) with distinctions? If so then how is the negation of distinctions liberating? I assume by distinction you mean vikalpa (分別). Nagarjuna writes (MMK 18.5): "Liberation is attained through the destruction of actions and defilements; actions and defilements arise because of ...
by Astus
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nibbana Is Giving Up, Letting Go, and Being Free, Ajahn Chah
Replies: 9
Views: 857

Re: Nibbana Is Giving Up, Letting Go, and Being Free, Ajahn Chah

The title is the product of editing. But what are you objecting to? The product of editing. I'd have to disagree with you. This is completely a standard Theravadin presentation. Why do you think this constitutes a "vague selfish concept"? No, "doing and experiencing whatever one pleases" <> "being ...
by Astus
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nibbana Is Giving Up, Letting Go, and Being Free, Ajahn Chah
Replies: 9
Views: 857

Re: Nibbana Is Giving Up, Letting Go, and Being Free, Ajahn Chah

....It's Ajahn Chah dude, did you read it or try to get the gist of it? It's the title of that article I called misleading. The same text in the Collected Teachings has the title "About Being Careful". As for what "being free" would look like, that is different from the usual meaning of the term wh...
by Astus
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nibbana Is Giving Up, Letting Go, and Being Free, Ajahn Chah
Replies: 9
Views: 857

Re: Nibbana Is Giving Up, Letting Go, and Being Free, Ajahn Chah

That's a bit misleading title. The text defines nibbana as "Nibbana means not grasping. Nibbana means not giving meaning to things. Nibbana means letting go." And continues: "Making offerings and doing meritorious deeds, observing moral precepts, and meditating on loving-kindness—all these are for g...
by Astus
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day
Replies: 20
Views: 892

Re: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day

'(To say that) “the Buddha appears in the world and saves sentient beings” are words of the nine-part teachings; they are words of the incomplete teaching. Anger and joy, sickness and medicine, are all oneself; there is no one else. Where is there a Buddha appearing in the world? Where are there se...
by Astus
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Honen or Shinran?
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Honen or Shinran?

As I take it, the difference can be summed up like this: Honen: faith is within nenbutsu. Shinran: nenbutsu is within faith. Practically, Shinran can be seen as a faithful follower of Honen, even if he used different expressions. "In the Tannisho, Shinran expressed his Faith, saying that 'Shinran .....
by Astus
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 37
Views: 2057

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

detailed postural instruction in any of those texts, and if so, can you nail down any probable dates? The Discourse on the Essential Secrets of Meditation (Chan Miyao Fa Jing 禪祕要法經, T15n613) is dated to the 2nd or 3rd century in origin by Ven. Dr. Yuanci, and it does have a description of posture a...
by Astus
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 37
Views: 2057

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

b) divergent evolution- a common body of probably early Indian textual sources that both are drawing from. Or, oral instructions. Meditation texts were translated to Chinese very early: Dhyāna sutras . For Dogen's sources, see "Dogen's Manuals of Zen Meditation" by Carl Bielefeldt. The "manuals" th...
by Astus
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 37
Views: 2057

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

Meido wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:28 pm
that path of practice in fact has quite a lot to do with the body.
Do you know sutras that discuss physical practice? Or is it discussed only in Rinzai works?
by Astus
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach
Replies: 9
Views: 451

Re: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach

There's chapter 12 of the Mahayanasutralamkarabhasya discussing teaching. "The Lord Buddha did not, in fact, teach the (ultimate) Dharma, since it is individually realized within. Still, the compassionate ones, like huge boa-constrictors, (first) attract people toward their own reality with their re...
by Astus
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach
Replies: 9
Views: 451

Re: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach

The basics from the Buddha: Kesi Sutta (AN 4.111) - like taming a horse Udayi Sutta (AN 5.159) - how to teach Summary from BuddhaNet . Mahayana: The four siddhantas Training of Beginner Bodhisattvas from the Bodhisatvacaryānirdeśa Zen ideas from Linji: "Whenever someone comes here seeking I immediat...
by Astus
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: One hand clapping
Replies: 14
Views: 680

Re: One hand clapping

shanyin wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:54 am
could you translate?
"There is the sound of both palms hit together, but what is the sound of one hand?"
by Astus
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: One hand clapping
Replies: 14
Views: 680

Re: One hand clapping

shanyin wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:08 am
I'd like to know what it is. I want to do this koan because I want something to think about especially during meditation.
This looks like a common version: 両掌相打って音声あり、隻手に何の音声かある。 :twothumbsup:

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