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by Aemilius
Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana
Replies: 13
Views: 182

Re: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana

No I can't, it is published by Dharma Publishing, Berkeley California. And I don't find their books anywhere to read for free. If you can read sanskrit, then you can find it for free. I have seen it somewhere in the sanskrit sutra text sites.
by Aemilius
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana
Replies: 13
Views: 182

Re: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana

The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti , translated by Rober A. F. Thurman , Chapter 7 the Goddess : "Vimalakirti replied, 'Mañjushri, a bodhisattva... He should regard living beings like the egoistic views of a stream-winner; like a third rebirth of a once-returner; like the descent of a non-returner in...
by Aemilius
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana
Replies: 13
Views: 182

Re: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana

Lankavatara sutra chapter two XXI "Then the Blessed One recited these verses: 130. The fruit of the Stream-entered, and that of the Once-to-come; the fruit of the Not-to-come and Arhatship— all these are due to mental perturbation. 131. The triple vehicle, the one vehicle, and the no-vehicle, of the...
by Aemilius
Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana
Replies: 13
Views: 182

Re: Mahayana Sutra references to 4 stages of Hinayana

There are the Four Constituents of Attaining the Stream (srotaptyangas), they are explained in the Arthavinishcaya sutra or Gathering the Meanings, Essential Teachings of the Buddha. This is a Sarvastivada sutra. The four stages are mentioned in the Lankavatara sutra. Lanka describes the stages of t...
by Aemilius
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 26
Views: 614

Re: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

It is called knowledge when for example a pharmacist knows which medicine is which and what substances they contain. It is common pharmacological knowledge that medical compounds change gradually in the course of time, therefore their usage time is limited. The science of astronomy does not make th...
by Aemilius
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 39
Views: 918

Re: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism

"Inherently existing self" is an impossible idea. You make the "self" into something that is bigger than mount Sumeru, or the whole galaxy, or a cluster of galaxies. We don't normally make the self into such grandiose dimensions. Self in ordinary language is just self in relation to other things, no...
by Aemilius
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 26
Views: 614

Re: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

The question here is not about the snake-rope analogy. If we start discussing it, it would be better in another thread. The question is about existents or things in general, like a dog, a house, a car, sun, moon, earth, etc... We have images and concepts of them that are based on the actual existin...
by Aemilius
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 26
Views: 614

Re: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

The question here is not about the snake-rope analogy. If we start discussing it, it would be better in another thread. The question is about existents or things in general, like a dog, a house, a car, sun, moon, earth, etc... We have images and concepts of them that are based on the actual existin...
by Aemilius
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 39
Views: 918

Re: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism

The teachings in the Dhammapada use conventional terminology in order to instruct on behavior. The term “self” is used precisely because that is what is experienced by most people. While it’s true that you and I experience the sensation of a “self” , there is nothing that arises that can be identif...
by Aemilius
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: 'Life-bearing Orbs'
Replies: 9
Views: 420

Re: 'Life-bearing Orbs'

I don't think so. It says "between the world systems", it clearly refers to the darkness of space. The Abhidharma or atleast Vasubandhu's Abhidharmakoshabhashyam knows that there are vast distances between the four continent worlds. Vasubandhu gives the distance in millions of yojanas. It isn't quit...
by Aemilius
Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: 'Life-bearing Orbs'
Replies: 9
Views: 420

Re: 'Life-bearing Orbs'

I'll try to give a proper answer, there is a book Buddhist Cosmology; Science and Theology in the Images of Motion and Light, by W. Randolph Kloetzli, Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi 2007. Many canonical sources are referred to in it, too numerous to enumerate, an interesting one is for example Anguttara...
by Aemilius
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 39
Views: 918

Re: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism

In the definitions of karma there is someone or something that decides to do the act that appears before oneself as a possibility. This sequence of mental states goes normally very quickly, but there is a fraction of a second when a deed has appeared before oneself or in one's mind, but has not yet...
by Aemilius
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 39
Views: 918

Re: PTSD and Mahayana Buddhism

How can there be "no self", if the karma created by me is experienced solely in my stream of existence, and not in your stream of existence? If my deeds are not "mine", they could travel into your stream of being or into your stream of consciousness and form. Or maybe our deeds and their results ca...
by Aemilius
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Sanskrit issue with Ratnasambhava
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Re: Sanskrit issue with Ratnasambhava

Sanskrit Dictionary for Spoken Sanskrit https://spokensanskrit.org/ gives: संभव m. saMbhava birth संभव m. saMbhava source संभव m. saMbhava probability संभव m. saMbhava possibility संभवत् verb 1 saMbhavat { saM- bhU } come up संभवत् verb 1 saMbhavat { saM- bhU } spring up सम्भावना f. sambhAvanA conje...
by Aemilius
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 26
Views: 614

Re: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

Sadly, above posted paragraph does not clearly represent what he (Mark Siderits) is talking about in that article. You cannot have a concept or an image of a snake without there first being an actual material snake. The image or concept of a snake depends on the existence of snakes. For the buddhiv...
by Aemilius
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 26
Views: 614

Re: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

According to Buddha consciousness (or the four nonmaterial skandhas) and Rupa are not one and same, they are different in character. They have their own laws. Otherwise he would not have made the distinction of Consciousness (vijñana) and Rupa (form) as two categories of phenomena. But they also dep...
by Aemilius
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's Parinirvana
Replies: 12
Views: 507

Re: Buddha's Parinirvana

Thanks for the information. At the pace the events proceed in Dharmakshema (version) it would need about 100... 200 pages more to the already lengthy sutra. In away the actual "death" or parinirvana is unimportant or even misleading for the purposes of the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana sutra, because Tat...
by Aemilius
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 26
Views: 614

Re: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

Siderits obviously commits a category error. Mark Siderits writes in his article Causation and Emptiness in Early Madhyamaka (included in the book Studies in Buddhist Philosophy, Oxford 2016): "So Nagarjuna's argument appears to to succeed in showing that rupa lacks intrinsic nature. The difficulty...
by Aemilius
Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 26
Views: 614

Re: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

Mark Siderits writes in his article Causation and Emptiness in Early Madhyamaka (included in the book Studies in Buddhist Philosophy, Oxford 2016): "So Nagarjuna's argument appears to to succeed in showing that rupa lacks intrinsic nature. The difficulty is that in MMK 4.7, he seeks to generalize t...
by Aemilius
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 26
Views: 614

Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

Mark Siderits writes in his article Causation and Emptiness in Early Madhyamaka (included in the book Studies in Buddhist Philosophy, Oxford 2016): "So Nagarjuna's argument appears to to succeed in showing that rupa lacks intrinsic nature. The difficulty is that in MMK 4.7, he seeks to generalize th...

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