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by Astus
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?
Replies: 28
Views: 535

Re: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?

What should I do if I want to go deeper into my Buddhist practice, but don't really know how to go about it or even I'm looking for? I've heard something about taking refuge and vows, would that be a good place to start? While seeking for the ideal teacher, you could try to clarify the basics of Bu...
by Astus
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Sarvāstivāda vinaya section
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: Sarvāstivāda vinaya section

Coëmgenu wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:02 pm
the section of the Sarvāstivāda vinaya
vol 37, p269c

cf. Cullavagga 5.3
by Astus
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: How did the originally pure nature become defiled?
Replies: 20
Views: 773

Re: How did the originally pure nature become defiled?

The Awakening of Faith says that Ignorance can perfume Tathata, so ignorance which in reality Tathata itself can effect the pure suchness? But then this ignorance can’t rise again once removed because it’s cause is extinguished? The treatise differentiates between the permeation of ignorance and th...
by Astus
Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: How did the originally pure nature become defiled?
Replies: 20
Views: 773

Re: How did the originally pure nature become defiled?

Many texts and practitioners talk about how the mind was originally pure: Huineng, Shen Xiu, Chen Guang, Awakening of Faith, etc but if so how did it become deluded? It is not that first there is a pure ground that gets defiled, but the true nature of defilement has always been purity. The Awakenin...
by Astus
Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karma in Mahāyāna
Replies: 11
Views: 447

Re: Karma in Mahāyāna

In the Nikayas/Agamas, it’s said that not everything that happens is the result of karma. I was under the impression (perhaps wrongly) that the Mahāyāna sutras state otherwise. Is this correct? Are there Mahāyāna texts where this is discussed? Even the Nikayas do not say that there are experiences ...
by Astus
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What practices would Madhyamakin and Yogacarins actually have done?
Replies: 10
Views: 504

Re: What practices would Madhyamakin and Yogacarins actually have done?

Any particular sutra out of these you recommend? Unless you read Chinese, just go through everything available in English. Also, there are mainly two additions to what was already taught in the sravaka texts: the contemplation (through visualisation and recitation) of buddhas and bodhisattvas, and ...
by Astus
Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What practices would Madhyamakin and Yogacarins actually have done?
Replies: 10
Views: 504

Re: What practices would Madhyamakin and Yogacarins actually have done?

Vasana wrote:
Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:50 am
The end of analysis results in the nonconceptual union of shamatha/vippassana. Correct madhyamika view leads to direct cognition / direct yogic perception.
That is a fairly late interpretation that fuses Madhyamaka with Yogacara and Pramana, furthermore, it does not specify the methods used.
by Astus
Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Summarizing" Buddhadharma
Replies: 7
Views: 323

Re: "Summarizing" Buddhadharma

The profoundly, truly, and absolutely clear mind encounters any thing/dharma whatsoever, and awakening is understood/has happened. That seems to attempt to summarise only awakening, not the whole of Buddhadharma. 1. "profoundly, truly, and absolutely" - What do these adverbs stand for? What is a su...
by Astus
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Upside Down Thinking
Replies: 16
Views: 447

Re: Upside Down Thinking

"Buddhism is about being clear about the mind that you have." Mindfulness is a popular cloud. "See what is actually happening in the moment." It is seeing only if one can tell the difference between the wholesome and unwholesome, but it becomes practising only when unwholesome thoughts are not gene...
by Astus
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 10895

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Mistaken ideas about the path are impediments to awakening, but they are not impediments to gathering accumulations, devotion, and so on, and gradually, one will overcome such mistakes, especially if one learns to train in ultimate bodhicitta, śamatha and vipaśyāna. True, it is the beginning of the...
by Astus
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 10895

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:57 pm
any practice one with Mahāyāna motivation becomes a Mahāyāna practice
How can motivation be a sufficient criteria? That would mean even a mistaken idea about the path leads to buddhahood.
by Astus
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 10895

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:50 pm
Your answer is a non sequitur.
In that case I was simply wrong in my presumption that by that you were rejecting the whole section on there being more to Mahayana than having motivation. :anjali:
by Astus
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 10895

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:24 am
I don’t accept the 55 level scheme.
I don't think that's a problem, since it is not important in Zen except for some advocates of gradual practice. The point still remains, however, that to have the bodhisattva motivation one needs some level of faith and understanding as well.
by Astus
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 10895

Re: Western Myth of Zen

This refers strictly to āryabodhisattvas. It does not refer to bodhisattvas on the paths of accumulation or application. What I meant is that vow is not enough, one also needs some level of understanding, faith, renunciation, and compassion, since without those even the vow is baseless. So for inst...
by Astus
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 10895

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Obviously your first contention is wrong since the four foundations of mindfulness are found by that name in countless Mahāyāna sūtras. The name is there, the content varies. Any practice done with Mahāyāna motivation becomes a Mahāyāna practice. Motivation is only one half. "If a bodhisattva abide...
by Astus
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 10895

Re: Western Myth of Zen

There are of course differences in the presentations, but it is incorrect to state that the four foundations of mindfulness are absent in Mahāyāna, which was your contention above. My points above were: 1. the four foundations of mindfulness is considered a hearer method, 2. the method taught withi...
by Astus
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: All is One
Replies: 136
Views: 3013

Re: All is One

"Two comes from one,
Yet do not even keep the one.
When one mind does not arise,
Myriad dharmas are without defect."

(Sengcan: Faith in Mind)
by Astus
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 10895

Re: Western Myth of Zen

There are far more sources for the four foundations of mindfulness than that sutta. Mahāyāna is very rich with them. The question still remains: who practises them? Also, what constitutes a "Mahayana smrtyupasthana" is not the same as in Theravada. Hence it is neither practised nor accepted because...
by Astus
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 10895

Re: Western Myth of Zen

No, the four foundations of mindfulness are found throughout all Buddhadharma. And the four noble truths are not? Also, do you know a Mahayana tradition that actually practises what is written in the Satipatthana Sutta? However, even if the four foundations of mindfulness are discussed, it is diffe...