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by Astus
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: omniscient? infallible?
Replies: 35
Views: 262

Re: omniscient? infallible?

Do you believe the Buddha was omniscient? Do you believe the Buddha was infallible? "take a certain teacher who claims to be all-knowing and all-seeing, to know and see everything without exception, thus: ‘Knowledge and vision are constantly and continually present to me, while walking, standing, s...
by Astus
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Non conceptual thought
Replies: 5
Views: 94

Re: Non conceptual thought

This sounds like the most blank and agitated situation ... like a state where you can no longer know what an object is, and you are always in a state of wondering what the object is, thus like a child who is always confused and never getting the answers. You are right. A blank mind is not a mind fr...
by Astus
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 77
Views: 1036

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

PeterC wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:54 am
常坐 is the chapter title from 摩诃止观?
Yes, the section about "constant sitting".
Would you consider Ziporyn's discussion of that phrase in the review to be a fair representative of conventional reading of it?
I am not familiar enough with Tiantai to judge.
by Astus
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 77
Views: 1036

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

PeterC wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:57 am
Admin_PC wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:33 am
The SAT Daizokyo says the phrase only occurs in 4 texts:
what he's done is worse than selective selective quotation.
Quoting only the section 法界對法界起法界 is not Ziporyn's idea, but Zhili's (see: T46n1928p706c11-12). Ziporyn discusses the passage in his review of Swanson's translation on p 20.
by Astus
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 77
Views: 1036

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

How do these three teachings link together in a coherent way? Question: "I am not going to ask you how to negate one level through another level. But how do you not negate one level, if not through another?" Answer: "Yesterday I planted the eggplant, today the winter melon." (Muzhou Daoming, T51n20...
by Astus
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 77
Views: 1036

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

nichiren-123 wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:23 pm
I thought abhidharma was practically demolished by nagarjuna?
Not at all. On the one hand, you can take Madhyamaka as a different layer of teachings. On the other hand, not all abhidharma interpretations fall within the problematic points that Nagarjuna argued against.
by Astus
Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pure land transcending the triple realm?
Replies: 10
Views: 213

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: 1568

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: 1568

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: 1568

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: 549

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: 549

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: 801

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: 801

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: 877

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: 877

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: 877

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: 21
Views: 996

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: 487

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: 2081

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...

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