Search found 4637 matches

by Astus
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Recommendations for Yogacara works?
Replies: 32
Views: 853

Re: Recommendations for Yogacara works?

Many Zen practitioners seem to take it as a given--- ... After all, Vasubandhu is listed as a Zen Patriarch In that case it shouldn't be difficult to compare some works of Vasubandhu with the works of some Zen teachers and show the correspondences. You can also read Hakuin elucidate on the Eight Co...
by Astus
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights
Replies: 70
Views: 3520

Re: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights

Drenpa wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:47 pm
Have you commented here on DW at greater length about the insights gained from these stories/koans?
No, I have not. But if there is a koan you want to discuss with others, why not open a topic for that in the Zen section?
by Astus
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Recommendations for Yogacara works?
Replies: 32
Views: 853

Re: Recommendations for Yogacara works?

I'm not really sure why you want to divorce Zen from the Buddha. This is only about the role of the Lankavatara Sutra in Zen, nothing more. Some quips from Red Pine, who knows more than me about Chan and the Lankavatara That does not show the role of the sutra in Zen, it only makes a number of gene...
by Astus
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Recommendations for Yogacara works?
Replies: 32
Views: 853

Re: Recommendations for Yogacara works?

Is it your position that the Lankavatara was not passed down from Bodhidharma to the early Patriarchs? As for the role of the Lankavatara Sutra: "Although this scripture apparently had some kind of mysterious appeal to the followers of early Ch'an, there is no evidence that its contents had any par...
by Astus
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Recommendations for Yogacara works?
Replies: 32
Views: 853

Re: Recommendations for Yogacara works?

The prime text of Chan used to be the Lankavatara. The Lankavatara was relevant within the East Mountain ("Northern") School, but the Diamond Sutra was the most prominent with the Southern School, and continues to be up until today. There are only three commentaries on the sutra itself in the Taish...
by Astus
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Best Taisho Tripitaka translation?
Replies: 3
Views: 123

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: 216

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: 117
Views: 4242

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: 117
Views: 4242

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: 117
Views: 4242

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: 117
Views: 4242

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: 117
Views: 4242

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: 117
Views: 4242

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: 3801

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: 282

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: 107

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: 327

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: 509

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: 1058

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...