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by Astus
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Gil Fronsdal - The Bodhisattva and the Arhat: Walking Together Hand-in-Hand
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Re: Gil Fronsdal - The Bodhisattva and the Arhat: Walking Together Hand-in-Hand

"Beyond the effect of arhathood, not a single atom or a single dharma of surplus remains — how much less could the truth of samyaksaṃbodhi remain?"
(Arakan by Dogen, in SBGZ, BDK ed, vol 2, p 275)
by Astus
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Decline and Fall of Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 316

Re: The Decline and Fall of Chinese Buddhism

Buddhism in China, like practically everywhere else, has always been bound to the political sphere. Albert Welter himself has a nice work on the topic: Monks, Rulers, and Literati: The Political Ascendancy of Chan Buddhism.
by Astus
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 1096

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

Wayfarer wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:48 pm
How could he visit 'Sukhavati heaven' in a reasonable time-frame - like, a few months, or a year maybe? Any tips?
I have already recommended one way to do that here.
by Astus
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 1096

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

Wayfarer wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:49 pm
I'm responding to the OP, not 'laying down a law'.
What should not be aspired to? Travelling to heavens/buddha-fields, talking to highly realised beings, or clarifying doubts? It is said that it worked for Asanga.
by Astus
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 1096

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

Wayfarer wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:26 pm
I was thinking more of the principle of 'abandoning hope of fruition'.
But that is a hope one should not abandon until the fruition is right in one's hands. Without intention there is no action, without action there is no result.
by Astus
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 1096

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

Wanting to get there will never get you there. Virya-paramita is quite essential. "If one fails to practice vigor, then one will not succeed in bringing forth dhyāna absorption. If one does not bring forth dhyāna absorption, then one cannot even succeed in being reborn in the domain of a Brahma Hea...
by Astus
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Asanga’s Mahayanasamgraha Full English Translation December 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: Asanga’s Mahayanasamgraha Full English Translation December 2018

first complete English translation of Asanga's Mahayanasamgraha That has been available in English for a while now. See the BDK edition for instance: The Summary of the Great Vehicle . the most important and comprehensive Indian Yogacara text That would be the Yogacarabhumisastra, translated to Eng...
by Astus
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Four Noble Truths as a list of landmarks.
Replies: 1
Views: 120

Re: Four Noble Truths as a list of landmarks.

the FNT is more like a list of successive landmarks(so that you do not get lost) than a set of two pairs of logical statements The so called landmarks are the stages of realisation: stream-entrant, once returner, non-returner, and arhat. All four stages require the contemplation of all four truths....
by Astus
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 1096

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

MatthewAngby wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:35 am
Is there any methods that allows one to travel to the heavens ( Tusita’s inner courts ) or sukhavati without waiting for another 70-80 years before death?
Of course there are. Check out the Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra.
by Astus
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 2049

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

The current issue of the 'migrants' looks very much like the same old racist and antisemitic fear mongering. It is unfortunate if the Dalai Lama has little understanding of what slogans like 'X-land belongs to X-people' means to the majority.
by Astus
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Signs from the Dakinis?
Replies: 61
Views: 1675

Re: Signs from the Dakinis?

What are possible so-called "signs from the dakinis", which seem to indicate significant training progress in Mahamudra (and most likely also in Dzogchen)? Are there quotes in Mahamudra or Dzogchen literature which describe those? 'At this stage the meditator will acquire some power of supernormal ...
by Astus
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 1002

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

If I remember correctly, it was only after studying in Japan that he started teaching, and before going to Japan he had already spent a lot of time in retreat after receiving yinke. 1961 - six years solitary retreat 1969 - six years in Japan, obtains PhD at Rissho University 1975 - goes to the US t...
by Astus
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 1002

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

The be all end all to practicing Soto Zen means to study what Dogen and Keizan taught right? There is nearly 800 years of history between Dogen and today, so there is actually quite a lot one could study. Taking a practical approach is another matter, and it is more about participating in the templ...
by Astus
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 1002

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

differences between the China practice of Caodong and the Japanese practice of Soto? Do you mean now or in the early 13th century? If now, then Chinese Buddhism is fairly uniform, and lineages have only nominal meaning. If in the 13th century, then there are some studies on the matter (by Steven He...
by Astus
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 695

Re: Enlightenment

Have to sacrifice the enjoyments and the luxuries of the gods to reach the deathless state, but then in the deathless state I don’t even know if they party or have fun. You should familiarise yourself with the story of the Buddha's half-brother Nanda, about whom it was said: "He's leading the holy ...
by Astus
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 695

Re: Enlightenment

MatthewAngby wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:12 am
Why wouldn’t we strive to become a god then, and also accumulate merit to sustain our next rebirth in a good realm...
That is what everyone does normally in samsara, but hardly anyone attains. And even if heavenly birth is attained, it shall pass.
by Astus
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 695

Re: Enlightenment

1) Is there any bliss , joy or enjoyment in enlightenment actually? If not, why do we aim for that? "This Unbinding is pleasant, friends. This Unbinding is pleasant." When this was said, Ven. Udayin said to Ven. Sariputta, "But what is the pleasure here, my friend, where there is nothing felt?" "Ju...
by Astus
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shenphen Rinpoche on Reading Dzogchen Texts
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: Shenphen Rinpoche on Reading Dzogchen Texts

Most of you in the West think that by reading dharma books, you will develop understanding of the dharma. While it is natural to read, you will only develop an intellectual understanding. Wisdom, however, must come from meditation. For example, you cannot understand the teachings of the Great Perfe...
by Astus
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Information about Bodhisattvas and other Buddhist teachings
Replies: 35
Views: 759

Re: Information about Boddhisatvas and other Buddhist teachings

can you all recommend any resources that are not too confusing to read? Popular Deities of Chinese Buddhism is a useful summary. Other works of possible interest: Chan Practice and Faith The Bodhisattva Precepts Ghosts and the Afterlife The Buddhist Perspective on the Supernatural On Becoming a Bod...
by Astus
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Post-awakening cultivation in Zen
Replies: 11
Views: 685

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,...

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