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by Astus
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)
Replies: 10
Views: 363

Re: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)

Not exactly. Light has to be present for eye sensation to happen. So it is not 100% correct to say that the eyes sees objects not light, because that would mean the eye could see them in the absence of light too. It is in the context of the 18 dhatus that it can be said that light is not the object...
by Astus
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 5 wordly desires
Replies: 3
Views: 107

Re: 5 wordly desires

So it's often said, by some, the human beings have 5 desires. Desire for food, sleep, sex, fame/reputation and wealth. Where does this come from? Some particular sutra? It seems to be a later formation in Chinese Buddhism. I found a mention of three desires (三欲) - sleep, sex, food and drink - in Zh...
by Astus
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)
Replies: 10
Views: 363

Re: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)

I understand that light reflected from objects and making contact with the eye gives rise to eye consciousness, but how do thoughts which are sensed by the mind giving rise to mind consciousness arise? The 18 dhatus is a simple and easy model (until you turn the page and delve into abhidharma). The...
by Astus
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land - Some Doubts and Weak Faith
Replies: 14
Views: 330

Re: Pure Land - Some Doubts and Weak Faith

Its just my rational mind working a lot... There is also a rational way to approach the Pure Land teachings, seeing how it is within the context of the whole of Buddhism. It requires first of all getting your mind around fundamental concepts, like rebirth, the various realms, karma, and dependent o...
by Astus
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty in discussing Mahayana across traditions
Replies: 8
Views: 332

Re: Difficulty in discussing Mahayana across traditions

What is an authoritative text or source across Mahayana? There is actually a large collection of texts from India that are present in both the Chinese and the Tibetan canon, plus the Pali canon - or at least the Sutta Pitaka - is generally regarded as buddhavacana. What's authoritative in this sub,...
by Astus
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 97
Views: 3005

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

pael wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:59 pm
What these yogas are?
E.g.: Eight-Form Moving Meditation
by Astus
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 97
Views: 3005

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

What's the main talking points of vajrayana that distinguishes it from common Mahayana? Like Mahayana developed a Buddhist pantheon of buddhas and bodhisattvas to be used instead of common deities, Vajrayana integrated/developed devotional, ceremonial, imaginative, magical, and physical practices. ...
by Astus
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Non conceptual thought
Replies: 5
Views: 127

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: 94
Views: 1855

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: 94
Views: 1855

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: 94
Views: 1855

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: 94
Views: 1855

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: 234

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: 1599

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: 1599

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: 1599

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: 5
Views: 624

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: 5
Views: 624

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: 814

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: 814

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 ...

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