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by Astus
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Best Taisho Tripitaka translation?
Replies: 3
Views: 71

Re: Best Taisho Tripitaka translation?

The Taisho Tripitaka has not been translated to English, only some texts in it.
by Astus
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Traces of scholasticism in (Zen) Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 158

Re: Traces of scholasticism in (Zen) Buddhism

do I really have to spend a lifetime to understand the various distinctions in the (Zen) Buddhist tradition? If you want to understand the various distinctions, then most likely. If you want to focus on gaining a foothold in the tradition - entering the gate of no gate - then the quickest way is to...
by Astus
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 105
Views: 3752

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

I see this quote a lot from the Lanka a lot in Chinese That which is void is know as the One Mind. The One Mind is the Tathagatabarbha. Tathagatabarbha is the trapped Dharmakaya 寂灭者,名为一心。一心者,即如来藏。如来藏,亦是在缠法身 That is not in the Lankavatara, but the Zongjinglu, vol 4 , where it is claimed to be a quot...
by Astus
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 105
Views: 3752

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

Dharma Flower wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:40 pm
I think we might need to politely agree to disagree.
What is there to disagree with? The term "one mind" does not appear in that passage in any of the translations in Chinese, nor even in Suzuki's English translation.
by Astus
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 105
Views: 3752

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

Master Chin Kung advocates the dual practice of Ch'an and Pure Land. Dual practice means cultivating the mind in this life and vowing to be born in the Pure Land in the next life. The level of one's cultivation now defines the rank one can gain in the Pure Land. Here are the four possibilities of Z...
by Astus
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 105
Views: 3752

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

This is from Master Chin Kung speaking on the Surangama Sutra Master Chin Kung is a teacher of the Pure Land path that does not seek enlightenment in this life. He considers Mahasthamaprapta as the one to introduce single minded concentration. But it is not about gaining enlightenment in one life. ...
by Astus
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 105
Views: 3752

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

This is from the Surangama Sutra That is not a reliable translation. See the new BTTS version (p 232-233; cf. another translation ): "The basis of my practice was mindfulness of the Buddha. I became patient with the state of mind in which no mental objects arise. Now when people of this world are m...
by Astus
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 105
Views: 3752

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

The point is whether or not reciting the name of Amida Buddha brings one closer to realizing our true Buddha-self. Mere recitation of words may facilitate achieving a concentrated mind, but that is as far as it can bring oneself. "People say, “Your own mind is the Pure Land, so you cannot be born i...
by Astus
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "All Buddha-Nature is One"
Replies: 76
Views: 3743

Re: "All Buddha-Nature is One"

"all Buddha-nature is one" Buddha-nature is a quality, not an object, and that quality is emptiness. "The Mind is Buddha. All Buddhas and all sentient beings have the same Buddha-Nature and one Mind. Therefore, Bodhidharma came from the West only to transmit the One-Mind Doctrine. However, since th...
by Astus
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How are Madhyamaka and Yogacara teachings actually realised?
Replies: 5
Views: 256

Re: How are Madhyamaka and Yogacara teachings actually realised?

But how did they realise the specific teachings in their systems? If they practiced the same things why were their teachings/realisation different? While there are shared practices, just as Buddhism in general shares techniques with other Indian religions, when it comes to the wisdom part, Madhyama...
by Astus
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Silent Illumination and Liberation?
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Re: Silent Illumination and Liberation?

how ‘Silent Illumination’ (Shikantaza) can help bring about an end to suffering? Silent means to be without attachment, illumination means to be aware. Consider your hearing. The ear contains no sound, it is totally silent, and at the same time, it hears all sounds, it is totally illuminating. If t...
by Astus
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen and liberation
Replies: 10
Views: 284

Re: Zazen and liberation

Can someone help me understand how ‘Silent Illumination’ (Shikantaza) can help bring about an end to suffering? There are some differences between Mozhao and Shikantaza, mostly that the latter has a special emphasis on posture. But they both teach the same old practice of no-thought and no-mind as ...
by Astus
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)
Replies: 17
Views: 454

Re: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)

Now, one of the most remarkable things about certain ideas in Zen Buddhism is that it seems to be aimless in the every day sense of the word. Yet millions of practitioners of various schools of Buddhism seek enlightenment. But in Zen Buddhism - as I have understood it - the very act of seeking is a...
by Astus
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?
Replies: 39
Views: 1008

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: 149

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: 839

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: 839

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: 519

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: 512

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: 512

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.