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by Astus
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Post-awakening cultivation in Zen
Replies: 11
Views: 383

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: 828

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: 828

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: 828

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: 828

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: 828

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: 828

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: 434

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...
by Astus
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Gaden Mahamudra
Replies: 7
Views: 434

Re: Gaden Mahamudra

I've received received a HYT empowerment and the lama indicated the importance of practicing mahamudra and said we had permission to practice it. My question is, is the lung of the 1st Panchen Lama's mahamudra root text vital before you start the practice of mahamudra in the gelug tradition? Can't ...
by Astus
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicitta is fleeting...
Replies: 40
Views: 1004

Re: Bodhicitta is fleeting...

“Why bother to save you if you’re such a jerk!” All beings are jerks. To expect otherwise is delusion that, obviously, all beings suffer from. Also, the idea that one can save another is one more delusion. The bodhisattva path is therefore to save all beings while it is clear that there is nobody t...
by Astus
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: doctrinal unity
Replies: 18
Views: 713

Re: doctrinal unity

(admittedly this is a bit of a stretch ;) ) It is. “No dependence on words and letters;” = “the absence of grasping at concepts” That may fit, unless one reads it with the previous line and takes it to mean rejecting doctrines and scriptures. “Direct pointing to the mind of man;” = “directly percei...
by Astus
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: doctrinal unity
Replies: 18
Views: 713

Re: doctrinal unity

clyde wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:47 pm
This was summarized by Bodhidharma, the First Zen Patriarch:
A special transmission outside the scriptures;
No dependence on words and letters;
Direct pointing to the mind of man;
Seeing into one's nature and attaining Buddhahood.
How does that quatrain match with what I wrote?
by Astus
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 45
Views: 960

Re: proclaiming awakening

clyde wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:19 pm
We read this of the Buddha and other Buddhist teachers in the suttas, sutras, and other ancient texts.
Apart from the Buddha himself, who do you know of who proclaimed their attainment, especially in front of lay people?
by Astus
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 45
Views: 960

Re: proclaiming awakening

Why don’t living Buddhist teachers do the same? Or are none of them enlightened? Because such a claim is basically counterproductive. It only deepens the divide between teacher and student, strengthens unrealistic expectations, and generates an unhealthy personality cult. On the other hand, saying ...
by Astus
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 45
Views: 960

Re: proclaiming awakening

The Buddha’s affirmation wasn’t merely claiming that the path was true It's not the Buddha's claim, it is the tradition's claim, the disciples' validation of themselves by asserting the trustworthiness of their teacher. I don’t believe that all Buddhist teachers are enlightened regardless of their ...
by Astus
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: doctrinal unity
Replies: 18
Views: 713

Re: doctrinal unity

there are practices and teachings that differentiate Zen from other Buddhist (and non-Buddhist) traditions and define the Zen tradition, yes? What are those unique teachings and practices? Kanna Zen is likely the most unique element, and it encompasses almost everything one can associate with the g...
by Astus
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: doctrinal unity
Replies: 18
Views: 713

Re: doctrinal unity

Anders wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:22 am
Is this needed?
No. It's actually the point that Zen does not mean a specific teaching or method.
by Astus
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on a master
Replies: 5
Views: 353

Re: Reliance on a master

Rion wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:25 am
Can anyone explain the contradiction?
There are some significant differences between traditions in terms of how the Buddha is conceived.

You might want to check Guang Xing's study The Concept of the Buddha: Its Evolution from Early Buddhism to the Trikāya Theory as a little background info.
by Astus
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 45
Views: 960

Re: proclaiming awakening

The Buddha proclaimed The regular affirmation of the Buddha's enlightenment all over the sutras is not really about what he claimed but about affirming Buddhism as true. That is why you can find that statements about the Buddha come to be grander and grander as you go from the Nikayas towards the T...
by Astus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: The 'Democracy' of the Pure Land Path
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: The 'Democracy' of the Pure Land Path

Buddhism of Wisdom & Faith: Pure Land Principles and Practice It is a democratic method that empowers its adherents, freeing them from arcane metaphysics as well as dependence on teachers, gurus, roshis and other mediating authority figures That is a half-truth. There are still teachers in the vari...

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