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by Astus
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 610

Re: original as misnomer

Some Zen masters seem to advocate such a state of non-conceptual thoughts as the goal of meditation, changing the awareness of observing the world into becoming part of it. What sort of Zen is that? Huineng is quite clear on the matter of what is the proper method and what is a mistake: "The most i...
by Astus
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 610

Re: original as misnomer

how then can there be an 'original mind' or 'true self'??? The purpose of such terms is to encourage people, to inspire, to posit an attractive goal. "“Self” is what “buddha” means. “Permanence” is what “dharma body” means. “Bliss” is what “nirvāṇa” means. “Purity” is what “dharma” means. ... “Nons...
by Astus
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 610

Re: original as misnomer

Supramundane wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:09 pm
Perhaps the Trikaya is a reflection of the middle way too?
Not really. The trikaya doctrine is meant to explain the different aspects of a buddha.
by Astus
Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 610

Re: original as misnomer

I often come across references to Original Mind, Nature, etc.in discussions of Buddhism (especially Zen). If you want the East Asian teachings on such matters, start with the Awakening of Faith in Mahayana. It talks of "original enlightenment" (benjue 本覺). "The essence of Mind is free from thoughts...
by Astus
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra and Dzogchen
Replies: 10
Views: 462

Re: Mahamudra and Dzogchen

"Depending on whether one is using the Mahamudra or Dzogchen approach, there are different terminologies, but the actual training is essentially the same." ( Adeu Rinpoche ) "Although the teachings on essence mahamudra and dzogchen of the natural state use different terminology, in actuality they d...
by Astus
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 10
Views: 427

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

I'm interested in the essential difference, if any, between the Dzogchen pointing-out and Zen's. Pointing out instruction can have different meanings in Vajrayana. First of all, it is useful to differentiate between the instruction given and the instruction received. The instruction given can have ...
by Astus
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 5112

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

if the Path is different the Fruit is also Buddha-nature is obscured by the two types of defilements. Once they are gone, that is complete buddhahood. So it is understood to be the path and fruit in all Mahayana. How is Bön any different from that? "Twofold wisdom causes release from the two veils....
by Astus
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 10
Views: 427

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

would you say there is the substantial difference between these and what we learn in Zen about the nature of the Mind, for instance in the Platform Sutra or Bodhidharma's sermons? All Buddhist schools agree that the nature of the mind is insubstantial. "Those who wish to become the Sugata’s Discipl...
by Astus
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities
Replies: 219
Views: 5112

Re: Dzogchen and Mahamudra: differences and similarities

The three/four bodies exist inherently and perfectly as the nature of mind according to both Dzogchen and Mahamudra. What more could one ever attain than buddhahood? "The Dharmakaya is the emptiness of the natural state of reality; the Sambhogakaya is the clarity of the natural state; the Nirmanakay...
by Astus
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra?
Replies: 34
Views: 838

Re: How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra?

How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra? From the Platform Sutra (ch 6, BDK ed, p 52-53): "I have a formless verse, which, if you are able to recite it, will cause you upon hearing these words to melt away in a single instant the delusions and transgressions of numerous eons. The verse...
by Astus
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra?
Replies: 34
Views: 838

Re: How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra?

Decent summary of the relevant citations here: https://info-buddhism.com/sangha_schism.html Apart from the Parikuppa Sutta (AN 5.129), that's all Vinaya proceedings. There is also the Sanghabheda Sutta (Iti 18) not mentioned in that article. As for a not Vinaya but Sutra definition, here's a Mahaya...
by Astus
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra?
Replies: 34
Views: 838

Re: How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra?

5. Splitting the Sangha - I have read that this is also impossible unless you lived in Buddha's time. It's possible today, but you would need to cause a certain number of members of the ordained Sangha to oppose others on a specific doctrinal topic - so basically it's very unlikely that you would h...
by Astus
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra?
Replies: 34
Views: 838

Re: How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra?

PeterC wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:57 am
Sanghabheda is defined pretty well in the sutras. I can dig out the references if you’d like. It is, as they say, a thing.
If you have a different definition, please provide it.
by Astus
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra?
Replies: 34
Views: 838

Re: How Does One Purify the Five Heinous Crimes in Sutra?

5. Splitting the Sangha - I have read that this is also impossible unless you lived in Buddha's time. It's possible today, but you would need to cause a certain number of members of the ordained Sangha to oppose others on a specific doctrinal topic - so basically it's very unlikely that you would h...
by Astus
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nagarjuna on Awareness
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Nagarjuna on Awareness

I'm talking about like that Yogacara and cittamatra says that only the mind exists. Neither Asanga nor Vasubandhu say that somehow mind would be ultimately real. "But how does he understand the reality pattern? By abandoning any idea about conscious construction-only!" (Asanga: Mahayanasamgraha, ch...
by Astus
Mon May 28, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shakyamuni stabilizing his wisdom?
Replies: 9
Views: 374

Re: Shakyamuni stabilizing his wisdom?

Yes, it just does not present things in the same way as vernacular teachings. The bodhisattva path describes how one grows in abilities, masters teachings and samadhis, and eliminates various hindrances. How is that any different? Examples related to specific samadhis: "To learn archery, a student ...
by Astus
Sun May 27, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shakyamuni stabilizing his wisdom?
Replies: 9
Views: 374

Re: Shakyamuni stabilizing his wisdom?

Sure, but I am wondering about its relation to Shakyamuni in particular. The Jatakas tell many stories of his past lives. So do numerous sutras. I am unaware of any particular scripture describing Siddhartha's journey on the bodhisattva path in a systematic manner. Also, sutras generally don't pres...
by Astus
Sun May 27, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shakyamuni stabilizing his wisdom?
Replies: 9
Views: 374

Re: Shakyamuni stabilizing his wisdom?

Temicco wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 12:16 am
Are there any Mahayana teachings, sutra or otherwise, that discuss the matter of Shakyamuni stabilizing his awareness of his nature and bringing it to its full expression?
Any account, description, or explanation of the bodhisattva path is that.
by Astus
Sat May 26, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmavidya's Authorization to teach
Replies: 11
Views: 444

Re: Dharmavidya's Authorization to teach

if he can't prove his own transmissions and permissions from all of these schools are legit, should he be taken seriously at all? The question is rather why take someone seriously as a teacher. Transmissions and permissions (if and when they even exist) are representatives of a certain level of com...
by Astus
Sat May 19, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 22
Views: 628

Re: Enlightenment

shanyin wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 4:50 am
How do you attain enlightenment in Mahayana Buddhism?
With bodhicitta and the six paramitas.

For more:

Nagarjuna's Guide to the Bodhisattva Path
Nagarjuna on the Six Perfections
Vasubandhu's Treatise on the Bodhisattva Vow
Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra
Śikṣāsamuccaya

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