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by Astus
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Boss! Zen!
Replies: 5
Views: 213

Re: The Boss! Zen!

LastLegend wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:09 pm
The question is what the boss looks like?
What boss?
by Astus
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Boss! Zen!
Replies: 5
Views: 213

Re: The Boss! Zen!

"If you say the immediate mirror awareness is correct, or that there is something else beyond the mirror awareness, this is a delusion. If you keep dwelling in the immediate mirror awareness, this too is the same as delusion; it is called the mistake of naturalism. To say the present mirror awarene...
by Astus
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Cicada
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: Cicada

LastLegend wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:31 pm
When it’s quiet, cicada can be heard.
It can't be heard even in a storm, how much less in silence!
by Astus
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Discrimination is self
Replies: 22
Views: 381

Re: Discrimination is self

So a division for us is not a simple division a table versus a chair, or you and me. For us means a link of chained responses of aggregates that involves suffering and delusion. Therefore it is not simple discrimination that is the problem, but rather a specific form of mistake that assumes a perma...
by Astus
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Discrimination is self
Replies: 22
Views: 381

Re: Discrimination is self

If a division arises or created, there is subject and object, that’s self or discrimination of consciousness. What sort of division, what sort of discrimination? A buddha should very well be able to tell the left from the right, but has no self-view nor self-clining. Someone can enter samadhi by se...
by Astus
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Discrimination is self
Replies: 22
Views: 381

Re: Discrimination is self

Some quoted scriptures consciousness is aware, but this awareness still has a division/discrimination of subject and object hence self still operates; though clearly differentiating is practice. Ignorance is not a basic quality of consciousness, or any other aggregates, but it is the clinging to th...
by Astus
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Thich Thien An on buddhanusmrti as zen meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 475

Re: Thich Thien An on buddhanusmrti as zen meditation

Bodhisattva509 wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:49 pm
What are your qualifications as a teacher, if you don't mind me asking?
I can quote some scriptures and treatises.
by Astus
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Thich Thien An on buddhanusmrti as zen meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 475

Re: Thich Thien An on buddhanusmrti as zen meditation

There is a uniqueness to the buddhanusmrti samadhi in that it is the Buddha that is the object. What difference does the object of awareness makes, when the only goal is to achieve one-pointed concentration? While the object can initially help, when one-pointedness is achieved, the object becomes i...
by Astus
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Thich Thien An on buddhanusmrti as zen meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 475

Re: Thich Thien An on buddhanusmrti as zen meditation

Are you claiming that his teachings deviated from traditional Thien teachings? I'm questioning if single-pointed concentration can be qualified as zen meditation. 'The master addressed the assembly, "In this teaching of seated meditation, one fundamentally does not concentrate on mind, nor does one...
by Astus
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Thien
Topic: Thich Thien An on buddhanusmrti as zen meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 475

Re: Thich Thien An on buddhanusmrti as zen meditation

No longer is the Buddha the object and the meditator the subject, but the meditator becomes one with the Buddha. When this happens, this is the state of "One Mind Samadhi," and here there is no longer any distinction between Zen and Pure Land, self-power or other-power, wisdom or compassion, for al...
by Astus
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind versus Nature
Replies: 27
Views: 598

Re: Mind versus Nature

We are still no nearer a consensus on what ‘mind’ signifies. Mind is not a specific technical word. As for some definitions: "And why, bhikkhus, do you call it consciousness? ‘It cognizes, ’ bhikkhus, therefore it is called consciousness. And what does it cognize? It cognizes sour, it cognizes bitt...
by Astus
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind versus Nature
Replies: 27
Views: 598

Re: Mind versus Nature

The nature of a thing cannot be apart from the thing itself. The nature of water is wetness, but its wetness is not apart from it, but a defining description of the object. The nature of mind is a description of what the mind is like in general, therefore the mind's universal characteristic (samanya...
by Astus
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: cessation of suffering or cessation of suffering cause
Replies: 26
Views: 633

Re: cessation of suffering or cessation of suffering cause

1. 4TN are not an instruction for practice, they are the answer at the end of the exercises book. The four noble truths is one of the first things one learns about Buddhism, and it serves as the summary of the whole of Buddhadharma. It is also the basis of right view, what one has to come to unders...
by Astus
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: cessation of suffering or cessation of suffering cause
Replies: 26
Views: 633

Re: cessation of suffering or cessation of suffering cause

1. The Path we have already discussed here: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=31103#p491639 That is a denial of the possibility of understanding the teachings and following the instructions, hence a rejection of the Three Jewels. 2. I had in mind the average man with average abilities. W...
by Astus
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: cessation of suffering or cessation of suffering cause
Replies: 26
Views: 633

Re: cessation of suffering or cessation of suffering cause

The 4NT are the basics of correct view for liberation without what there is no correct path. The 4NT were also taught to lay people in his gradual instructions.
by Astus
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 476

Re: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion

It is not necessary to cease conceptual thought, only to have an experience it's nature ' i.e. to "see the identity of things with wisdom". Seeing with wisdom means seeing with discernment based on the teachings. whether Vipaysana is more properly conceptual or non conceptual, I assume the real ans...
by Astus
Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 476

Re: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion

It would follow that if the illness is the psyche, the remedy is psyche-logical. Treat like with like ... to transcend attachment to self, use self. Yes? The error of taking things to be existent or non-existent is a conceptual one, and that error can be addressed on the conceptual level, removing ...
by Astus
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 476

Re: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion

The basic ignorance is conceptual, hence the remedy is conceptual. As Kamalashila put it (Stages of Meditation, p 134, 135): 'Those who do not meditate with wisdom by analyzing the entity of things specifically, but merely meditate on the elimination of mental activity, cannot avert conceptual thoug...
by Astus
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Saṁskārāḥ & Bijāni
Replies: 3
Views: 212

Re: Saṁskārāḥ & Bijāni

Samskara at the second limb is about intentions based on ignorance. Seeds in the storehouse consciousness are hidden causes of future experiences. One can actually be aware of arising intentions, while seeds are per definition unknown. You could even say that seeds cause samskaras.
by Astus
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Does meditating on emptiness directly lead to compassion?
Replies: 15
Views: 391

Re: Does meditating on emptiness directly lead to compassion?

Have any of you found that contemplating on the emptiness of sentient beings makes you more compassionate? Emptiness of being means recognising how attachment is a mistake that generates immense suffering, and with the diminishing of self-centredness there is the arising of patience for and recogni...

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