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by Astus
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How many hours of meditation do Monks do per day?
Replies: 10
Views: 985

Re: How many hours of meditation do Monks do per day?

How many hours of meditation do Monks do per day? Which hours during the day and night do they usually meditate? Daily pattern of monastic activities: (A Treatise on Letting Zen Flourish, in Zen Texts, BDK ed, p 170) The Time of Lighting at twilight, when monks gather at the Buddha hall to offer in...
by Astus
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: On the role of "Buddhist philosophy" in Buddhism. Packaging and product.
Replies: 2
Views: 748

Re: On the role of "Buddhist philosophy" in Buddhism. Packaging and product.

Buddhism is a purely practical teaching. That itself is already a philosophical stance, a basis you attempt to argue for, again, a very philosophical approach. You might want a short review of What is Philosophy? Philosophy cannot be practical (as an instrument for achieving enlightenment), only yo...
by Astus
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abhidharma
Replies: 6
Views: 687

Re: Abhidharma

Is it doctrine-less, or a bundle of doctrines? There are several texts within the Abhidharma-pitaka, and there are more then one such collections. Can this be answered with respect to the Abhidharmakośakārikā, and commentaries on it? That depends on how one interprets the Kosha about svabhava (I.18...
by Astus
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Buddha teaches Shentong view in a Sravakayana sutra
Replies: 45
Views: 3794

Re: Buddha teaches Shentong view in a Sravakayana sutra

LastLegend wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:16 am
Like how do you call ‘I’ to others without attachment?
It's merely a word. When one believes that the word signifies a real entity, that is the mistaken belief in a self.
by Astus
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Buddha teaches Shentong view in a Sravakayana sutra
Replies: 45
Views: 3794

Re: Buddha teaches Shentong view in a Sravakayana sutra

LastLegend wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:04 am
How do you reconcile addressing yourself ‘I’ to other people?
Please elaborate. What is there to reconcile?
by Astus
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abhidharma
Replies: 6
Views: 687

Re: Abhidharma

Is Abhidharma in conflict with Madhyamaka? Does it assume that phenomena exist inherently? Abhidharma is not a single doctrine. What needs to be looked at is whether what you call "Abhidharma" upholds the same definition of inherent existence that is refuted by Nagarjuna. For the Sarvastivadin vers...
by Astus
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Buddha teaches Shentong view in a Sravakayana sutra
Replies: 45
Views: 3794

Re: Buddha teaches Shentong view in a Sravakayana sutra

....highest surpassing purity of emptiness and make it a habitat , The idea that emptiness is not just how phenomena abide, but that there’s something beyond appearances is suggestive of Shentong. That is a nice mistranslation of ‘parisuddhaṃ paramānuttaraṃ suññataṃ upasampajja viharanti’. Nanamoli...
by Astus
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Turning the Light Around?
Replies: 10
Views: 905

Re: Turning the Light Around?

Samatha and Vipassana are two wings of the meditative bird and both are required in order to obtain high states of absorption, correct? The various levels of absorption (jhana) are attained through samatha. Vipassana is the insight that no matter what is attained, it's always unstable and temporary...
by Astus
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Turning the Light Around?
Replies: 10
Views: 905

Re: Turning the Light Around?

concentrating the mind leads to liberation are Theravada Buddhism Not so. Vipassana is necessary for liberation. So how exactly does one turn the light around? It (囘光返照) is simply an expression for self-reflection, or introspection. It means not chasing a sensory object but reflecting on what is ha...
by Astus
Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nalanda
Replies: 9
Views: 713

Re: Nalanda

Xuanzang's records, translated by Li Rongxi in 1996, are available at BDK: The Great Tang Dynasty Record of the Western Regions

Yijing (635–713) visited Nalanda, and his records are also available: Buddhist Monastic Traditions of Southern Asia.
by Astus
Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Which Nalanda pandit?
Replies: 14
Views: 999

Re: Which Nalanda pandit?

Manjushri wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:21 pm
If I may ask, is this work comprised of advice and counseling to a King? Or is it an altogether different work?
Yes, it is addressed to Gautamīputra Śatakarṇī.
by Astus
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Which Nalanda pandit?
Replies: 14
Views: 999

Re: Which Nalanda pandit?

I'm looking for a starting point that is relatively accessible. Nāgārjuna's Suhṛllekha (Letter to/from a Friend) is a good start, and translations are available from both Chinese and Tibetan. Next you may look into his longer work Ratnāvalī (Precious Garland / Strand of Dharma Jewels). Aryadeva's 4...
by Astus
Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Progress of Insight in Zen Traditions
Replies: 42
Views: 5065

Re: Progress of Insight in Zen Traditions

there arises the necessity that those teacher say something to students 'The roots of delusion are deep. They’re difficult to cut off and uproot. So [the Buddha] established expedient means to grab your attention. These are like showing yellow leaves to a crying child, who imagines they’re gold and...
by Astus
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Progress of Insight in Zen Traditions
Replies: 42
Views: 5065

Re: Progress of Insight in Zen Traditions

Könchok Thrinley wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:18 pm
However, aren't in zen koans used to "check" progress during talks with the teacher?
The Japanese Rinzai school has various levels in koan training, yes.
by Astus
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Progress of Insight in Zen Traditions
Replies: 42
Views: 5065

Re: Progress of Insight in Zen Traditions

Huineng distinguished only between enlightened and unenlightened: 'With a preceding moment of deluded thought, one was an ordinary person, but with a succeeding moment of enlightened thought, one is a buddha. To be attached to one’s sensory realms in a preceding moment of thought is affliction, but ...
by Astus
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: The Platform Sutra on Pure Land practices.
Replies: 6
Views: 1211

Re: The Platform Sutra on Pure Land practices.

1. The relation between Pure Land and Chan. Very harmonious, to the extent that it seems pointless to call them separate schools. It depends very much on the individual, how much one works on results in this life, but in the end everyone aims to be born in Sukhavati. One exception here might be tho...
by Astus
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: newcomer question
Replies: 5
Views: 1189

Re: newcomer question

Does that sound like Zen practice might be a good fit for me? Zen is not a single method or doctrine, although all that can be called Zen operates within the framework of Mahayana Buddhism. You might like the teachings of Daehaeng who emphasised entrusting everything to one's foundation she called ...
by Astus
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land mystycism
Replies: 11
Views: 1126

Re: Pure Land mystycism

Perhaps my Zen background also plays some role in all of that, but I am most certain that what I am looking for is some sort of mystical union with Infinite Light and I don't really feel that there is much emphasis on that aspect in Jodo Shu and Shinshu. You might consider schools beyond Jodoshu an...
by Astus
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Where is ‘Mind’?
Replies: 210
Views: 8274

Re: Where is ‘Mind’?

The Mahayana references the Shravakayana as foundational. Because shravakas learn from buddhas, the mahayana is actually called foundational, as that's how buddhas arise. The Shravakayana references the Mahayana as heretical. Does it? There probably are some, but not counting some modern Theravadin...
by Astus
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Where is ‘Mind’?
Replies: 210
Views: 8274

Re: Where is ‘Mind’?

Geshe believes that the nature of the body of the actual perfect, complete Buddha is Dharmakaya. Dharmakaya is the exhaustion of all mistakes, or just a return to the inherent nature. But these are just labels. In reality, Dharmakaya is unborn, free from elaboration. The Ornament of Mahayana Sutra ...

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