Search found 4555 matches

by Astus
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vipasyana Meditation
Replies: 11
Views: 249

Re: Vipasyana Meditation

Śāriputra asked, “The inconceivable samādhi cannot be attained?” Mañjuśrī replied, “The conceivable samādhi has an appearance that can be captured while the inconceivable samādhi has no appearance to be captured. All sentient beings have attained the inconceivable samādhi. Why? Because all mental a...
by Astus
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vipasyana Meditation
Replies: 11
Views: 249

Re: Vipasyana Meditation

Dharmasherab wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:27 pm
Seems very useful.
Here are some good classical works containing vipasyana instructions that are available online:

Sūtra of Mahā-Prajñā-Pāramitā Pronounced by Mañjuśrī Bodhisattva
The Sutra on the Concentration of Sitting Meditation
The Awakening Of Faith In Mahayana
by Astus
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights
Replies: 65
Views: 2165

Re: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights

Only one thing you mentioned was unclear to me and I would like you to explore it a bit. "This bamboo is long, that one is short". I have an idea but I rather you show me your understanding and the origin of this teaching. Master Yunmen quoted Dharma teacher [Seng] Zhao’s words: "All individual ent...
by Astus
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vipasyana Meditation
Replies: 11
Views: 249

Re: Vipasyana Meditation

I want to know about the Vipasyana meditation methods used in Mahayana as well as in Vajrayana (but not Theravada). Zhiyi: The Essentials of Buddhist Meditation: The Essentials for Practicing Calming-and-Insight & Dhyana Meditation The Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime Clear Serenity, Quiet Insight: ...
by Astus
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1430

Re: Nothing further to seek...

I don't know what! I just know that it is. As an extension to what Malcolm said, it is one of the main points of the buddha-nature teachings that through removing the defilements the buddha qualities appear. In other words, there is nothing else needed but getting rid of the afflictions. "It is onl...
by Astus
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1430

Re: Nothing further to seek...

What troubles me about this is that only detachment, only letting go, is an end in itself. But what about that gives rise to bodhicitta? Where is the 'energy of compassion'? Bodhicitta is the will to enlightenment, the aspiration to buddhahood, so it comes at the beginning, not at the end. The ener...
by Astus
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings
Replies: 18
Views: 347

Re: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings

What is meant by mind in the passage quoted and ensuing discussion? Seeing, hearing, sensing, thinking. The six consciousnesses. How does it follow that all things have Buddha nature if one sees without clinging to concepts? Buddha-nature is suchness. When there is no attachment to ideas, that is s...
by Astus
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings
Replies: 18
Views: 347

Re: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings

I think it's likely a translation issue. It is true that there is no plural marker, however, there is the word "all" (一切 / みな) used in places to clarify that it is all beings. いま佛道にいふ 一切衆生 は、有心者 みな衆生 なり、心是衆生なるがゆゑに。無心者おなじく衆生なるべし、衆生是心なるがゆゑに。しかあれば、 心みな これ衆生なり、 衆生みな これ有佛性なり。草木國土これ心なり、心なるがゆゑに衆生なり、衆生なるがゆ...
by Astus
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights
Replies: 65
Views: 2165

Re: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights

Tell us about your practice history, what were some big stand out things that you think happened or insights or things you learned or experienced and so forth that helped bring you to where you are now. I can mention some generic titles, but I'm not at the point of working on my autobiography. - Na...
by Astus
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Wall Gazing
Replies: 14
Views: 2525

Re: Wall Gazing

If you stare long enough, the mind turns into emptiness. ... it is important to continue practicing this everyday until all delusions are emptied. Insight (vipasyana) is to recognise that all thoughts are empty as they are. Trying to make the mind empty is an endless endeavour. So, as Huineng said ...
by Astus
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings
Replies: 18
Views: 347

Re: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings

So it's not that the rock has a separate mindstream, according to the Ven Dōgen quote, it's that the rock is in your head. Not seperate after all Dogen does not discuss things in that way. Look at his comment on the story quoted in Sangai-yuishi (SBGZ BDK ed, vol 3, p 66-67): They never understand ...
by Astus
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings
Replies: 18
Views: 347

Re: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings

Coëmgenu wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:46 pm
There are no mental object outside the mind, but are there no objects outside the mind?
An object is what is perceived, what is perceived is a mental object.
by Astus
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings
Replies: 18
Views: 347

Re: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings

how Ven Dōgen connects the dots from mental objects to sentient beings? What does "mind" and "sentient being" in this context mean without the intersection of 5 sense consciousnesses? There are no mental objects outside the mind, and what has mind is a sentient being. Look at some other translation...
by Astus
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?
Replies: 33
Views: 585

Re: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?

Temicco wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:52 am
The early Thien tradition has a particularly bad track record as far as blatant fraud is concerned
Do you know any tradition with a good record?
by Astus
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 65
Views: 1451

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Meido wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:03 am
Is this controversial?
No. Thank you for the clarification.
by Astus
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 65
Views: 1451

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

I think the importance of the relationship with a qualified teacher is that 1. He/she can identify where a student is stuck and given the students karmic package, how best to deal with this 'stuckness' - which practice/teaching is appropriate 2. Can act as a mirror to the student in which he/she ca...
by Astus
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 65
Views: 1451

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Who has done this? How do you read then Meido's words? "In Zen this ties into what is meant by "transmission outside the scriptures, not dependent on words and letters": the lifeblood of the path is realized within face to face human relationship, that is, within the ba ("field") of the teacher. .....
by Astus
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 65
Views: 1451

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

You apparently missed the word "qualified." That word was not used in that post. Still, even if it goes without saying that only qualified teachers are meant, why focus on the individual rather than the message? For instance, what qualifies a teacher in PP8000 (tr Conze) is the teaching: Subhuti: W...
by Astus
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 65
Views: 1451

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

It doesn't make sense to seek out lineages, methods, styles and so on, and certainly not to choose a teacher based on them. This is because the path is actualized within human relationship with a teacher with whom one shares affinity. One should therefore just seek one's shisho , the teacher (of an...
by Astus
Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!
Replies: 45
Views: 792

Re: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!

Tea washes the mouth. "Meditation was a labour, all night long, but When you brewed tea, I felt infinitely glad. Just one cup of tea, and the dark clouds were banished, Feeling cool to my very bones, all worry vanished." (Muuija: With Thanks for the Tea and an Answer to the Questions, in Collected W...