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by Astus
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Four Noble Truths as a list of landmarks.
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: Four Noble Truths as a list of landmarks.

the FNT is more like a list of successive landmarks(so that you do not get lost) than a set of two pairs of logical statements The so called landmarks are the stages of realisation: stream-entrant, once returner, non-returner, and arhat. All four stages require the contemplation of all four truths....
by Astus
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 10
Views: 294

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

MatthewAngby wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:35 am
Is there any methods that allows one to travel to the heavens ( Tusita’s inner courts ) or sukhavati without waiting for another 70-80 years before death?
Of course there are. Check out the Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra.
by Astus
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 1896

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

The current issue of the 'migrants' looks very much like the same old racist and antisemitic fear mongering. It is unfortunate if the Dalai Lama has little understanding of what slogans like 'X-land belongs to X-people' means to the majority.
by Astus
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Signs from the Dakinis?
Replies: 61
Views: 1461

Re: Signs from the Dakinis?

What are possible so-called "signs from the dakinis", which seem to indicate significant training progress in Mahamudra (and most likely also in Dzogchen)? Are there quotes in Mahamudra or Dzogchen literature which describe those? 'At this stage the meditator will acquire some power of supernormal ...
by Astus
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 894

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

If I remember correctly, it was only after studying in Japan that he started teaching, and before going to Japan he had already spent a lot of time in retreat after receiving yinke. 1961 - six years solitary retreat 1969 - six years in Japan, obtains PhD at Rissho University 1975 - goes to the US t...
by Astus
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 894

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

The be all end all to practicing Soto Zen means to study what Dogen and Keizan taught right? There is nearly 800 years of history between Dogen and today, so there is actually quite a lot one could study. Taking a practical approach is another matter, and it is more about participating in the templ...
by Astus
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 894

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

differences between the China practice of Caodong and the Japanese practice of Soto? Do you mean now or in the early 13th century? If now, then Chinese Buddhism is fairly uniform, and lineages have only nominal meaning. If in the 13th century, then there are some studies on the matter (by Steven He...
by Astus
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 643

Re: Enlightenment

Have to sacrifice the enjoyments and the luxuries of the gods to reach the deathless state, but then in the deathless state I don’t even know if they party or have fun. You should familiarise yourself with the story of the Buddha's half-brother Nanda, about whom it was said: "He's leading the holy ...
by Astus
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 643

Re: Enlightenment

MatthewAngby wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:12 am
Why wouldn’t we strive to become a god then, and also accumulate merit to sustain our next rebirth in a good realm...
That is what everyone does normally in samsara, but hardly anyone attains. And even if heavenly birth is attained, it shall pass.
by Astus
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 643

Re: Enlightenment

1) Is there any bliss , joy or enjoyment in enlightenment actually? If not, why do we aim for that? "This Unbinding is pleasant, friends. This Unbinding is pleasant." When this was said, Ven. Udayin said to Ven. Sariputta, "But what is the pleasure here, my friend, where there is nothing felt?" "Ju...
by Astus
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shenphen Rinpoche on Reading Dzogchen Texts
Replies: 4
Views: 504

Re: Shenphen Rinpoche on Reading Dzogchen Texts

Most of you in the West think that by reading dharma books, you will develop understanding of the dharma. While it is natural to read, you will only develop an intellectual understanding. Wisdom, however, must come from meditation. For example, you cannot understand the teachings of the Great Perfe...
by Astus
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Information about Bodhisattvas and other Buddhist teachings
Replies: 35
Views: 702

Re: Information about Boddhisatvas and other Buddhist teachings

can you all recommend any resources that are not too confusing to read? Popular Deities of Chinese Buddhism is a useful summary. Other works of possible interest: Chan Practice and Faith The Bodhisattva Precepts Ghosts and the Afterlife The Buddhist Perspective on the Supernatural On Becoming a Bod...
by Astus
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Post-awakening cultivation in Zen
Replies: 11
Views: 663

Re: Post-awakening cultivation in Zen

The works of Guifeng Zongmi are from the Tang era, and he was the proponent of sudden awakening followed by gradual cultivation. He also writes that the Hongzhou school taught sudden awakening and sudden cultivation. That double suddenness is there in the few teachings of Mazu, the whole of Huangbo,...
by Astus
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 22
Views: 987

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

I meant they are fulfilled within the overall path. I asked because of what is found in Huangbo's teachings that those who do not find a teacher to instruct them in the sudden path should follow the gradual Majayana of the sutras. It is also said there that the result of three uncountable kalpas an...
by Astus
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 22
Views: 987

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

Zen considers the paramitas to be wholly fulfilled within the path of recognizing one's nature and then, taking that as the foundation of subsequent practice, dissolving habitual delusion along the path of embodying seamless realization. Do you mean that the paramitas are fulfilled at seeing the na...
by Astus
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 22
Views: 987

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

Of course you can. The Rinzai Zen path for one is extremely well defined. Could you be more specific here please? I mean, the descriptions of the path are like the Visuddhimagga, Yogacarabhumisastra, Abhisamayalamkara, or the various lamrim texts. The closest to those I know of are the works of Zon...
by Astus
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 22
Views: 987

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

The insight is what one does not lose, but the experiential equipoise resting in a direct knowledge of one’s nature does indeed come and go. If there is an equipoise, that is a temporary state of mind, not the buddha-mind. But equipoise in jñāna does indeed lapse back into normal vijñāna because th...
by Astus
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 22
Views: 987

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

Realization and insight are always sudden and immediate An unstable realisation is not realisation at all, only a passing feeling. Attaining a stage of the path means not losing it later. but just as in other Buddhist systems, that knowledge is unstable and must be carefully cultivated from then on...
by Astus
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 22
Views: 987

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

is Kenshō considered the first Bhumi Going by the stages is the gradual path. Seeing nature means the realisation of buddha-mind, and as such it is the attainment of buddhahood. "[The teaching that one can] cultivate the six perfections and the myriad practices in order to achieve Buddhahood—this i...
by Astus
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Gaden Mahamudra
Replies: 7
Views: 498

Re: Gaden Mahamudra

in HYT the fourth empowerment is mahamudra No. Why? "The "word empowerment" is given in order to introduce you to the actual innate wisdom, which is the seven aspects of mahamudra" (Dakpo Tashi Namgyal: Light Rays from the Jewel of the Excellent Teaching, in Mahamudra and Related Instructions, p 48...

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