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by Aemilius
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Why did the Buddha rarely get specific with meditation instructions?
Replies: 12
Views: 253

Re: Why did the Buddha rarely get specific with meditation instructions?

In truth there were more than 10 different Sravakayana scools active in India. They had their own tripitakas. One of the larger ones was the Sarvastivada school. Some of the sutras used by the Sarvastivada school have been preserved, either in sanskrit or as a Chinese translation. A Sarvastivada sut...
by Aemilius
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Why did the Buddha rarely get specific with meditation instructions?
Replies: 12
Views: 253

Re: Why did the Buddha rarely get specific with meditation instructions?

To begin with, and for about 500 years, all the teachings of the Shakyamuni were oral, i.e. spoken and memorized. Written sutras appeared only later, much later. You can draw your own conclusions what the teachings were possibly like in the early stages Buddhism.
by Aemilius
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: What is Dharma?

You also need to define all the words and concepts used in all the teachings, see...Like for example what is "view", what is "right view", ... what is "liberation", what is "right liberation", etc... That's already been done by the Buddha and numerous disciples in the sutras, treatises, and the com...
by Aemilius
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: What is Dharma?

Whether a path or teaching is authentic can be discerned from the fruits it produces. You still need to define authentic fruits. And then, as a simple matter of causality, there are a limited number of causes that can bring about the desired effect. You also need to define all the words and concept...
by Aemilius
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: What is Dharma?

Burton Watson translation of the Lotus Sutra, Perceiver of the World's Sounds chapter, on page 301: "Good man, if there are living beings in the land who need someone in the body of a Buddha in order to be saved, Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds immediately manifests himself in a Buddha b...
by Aemilius
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: What is Dharma?

Thanks! That is not as simple as it may seem. Words have no absolute existence, meaning of the Dharma is often very elusive. Thus it is impossible to say that "here is Dharma", and "there is no Dharma" with absolute certainty. Dharma exists in communication, in experience. As is pointed to by the Go...
by Aemilius
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: What is Dharma?

Gotami, the qualities of which you may know, 'These qualities lead to passion, not to dispassion; to being fettered, not to being unfettered; to accumulating, not to shedding; to self-aggrandizement, not to modesty; to discontent, not to contentment; to entanglement, not to seclusion; to laziness, n...
by Aemilius
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interesting New Yorker Article on Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: Interesting New Yorker Article on Buddhism

It seems to be connected to the "Out of Eden" around the globe walk that is supported by National Geographic. https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/out-of-eden-walk/#section-0 There have been several attempts and also succesful walks around the globe, in 1800's and 1900' s, of which I have rea...
by Aemilius
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bacteriological study of the river Ganges
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Bacteriological study of the river Ganges

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8157311
A slightly dated study, but according to the Youtube interview of an indian activist the state of the 'holy river' hasn't improved a bit.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollution_of_the_Ganges
by Aemilius
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is Dharma?
Replies: 10
Views: 307

What is Dharma?

What is Dharma and what is not should be evident from its effects. Thus says the Bhagavan Shakyamuni. It is not a thing decided by some auhority or by another authority.
See the Gotami sutta https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
by Aemilius
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Beginning of the world cycle
Replies: 29
Views: 713

Re: Beginning of the world cycle

It is interesting that a tiny bindu perhaps as small as 17cm is now 93 billion light-years across. It took 47,000 years for matter to dominate photonic/neutrino interactions. One could argue the entire universe is the expression of a single bindu of light. Physicists have different views about the ...
by Aemilius
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Is Śūraṅgama Sūtra authentic?
Replies: 19
Views: 432

Re: Is Śūraṅgama Sūtra authentic?

In response to both questions, depends on who you ask. The evidence suggests the sutra was composed in China. Assuming it was composed in China, does that make it inauthentic? Some might say, "yes, inauthentic." Some might ask whether it accords with the Buddha's teachings. If it rings with the Bud...
by Aemilius
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Is Śūraṅgama Sūtra authentic?
Replies: 19
Views: 432

Re: Is Śūraṅgama Sūtra authentic?

I'm not entirely sure if it matters if the sutra itself is authentic. The dharani exists independently of the sutra, in many different versions, including Sanskrit copies, and Tibetan versions. I think it's quite likely that the dharani itself is of Indic origin. Since it was circulating independen...
by Aemilius
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Beginning of the world cycle
Replies: 29
Views: 713

Re: Beginning of the world cycle

I don't understand the comment, the point being what is immaterial 1000-2000 years ago? for example would oxygen be considered immaterial then? is it now? is it unreasonable to use words in context to how they were perceived at the time of use opposed to modern times? We are not talking about oxyge...
by Aemilius
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Beginning of the world cycle
Replies: 29
Views: 713

Re: Beginning of the world cycle

https://www.nichirenlibrary.org/en/dic/Content/F/170 It is said in the Abhidharma and according to the Nichiren Library also in the Dirgha Agama sutras: "In the kalpa of disintegration complete destruction has taken place, and nothing exists." Jamgon Kongtrul writes about the of destruction of the ...
by Aemilius
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Sanskrit Lexicon
Replies: 7
Views: 348

Re: Sanskrit Lexicon

There is a traditional Sanskrit dictionary called Amarakosha , written about 400... 600 Common Era. Its author mentions 18 previous works of this kind, but they have all been lost. There have been more than 40 commentaries to Amarakosha. A version of it, Gunaratha of Ujjayin, was translated into Chi...
by Aemilius
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Beginning of the world cycle
Replies: 29
Views: 713

Re: Beginning of the world cycle

Right! A great kalpa consist of four medium kalpas: kalpa of emptiness, kalpa of emergence, kalpa of maturation, kalpa of destruction. There are sanskrit terms for these four types of kalpas. In Abhidharma.
by Aemilius
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Beginning of the world cycle
Replies: 29
Views: 713

Beginning of the world cycle

https://m.facebook.com/billymeierchinese/posts/198168980333676/?_rdr This is a big bang view that is in line with the buddhist teaching of the beginning of the world cycle. Here the big bang is immaterial, at first it exists in an immaterial state, which is similar to Buddha's teaching in the Tripi...
by Aemilius
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Buddha Mindfulness Methods
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: Buddha Mindfulness Methods

If you are still keen on the practice of Buddha-anusmriti, there is a teaching of Recollection of the Enlightened One in Path of Purification of Buddhaghosha, starting on page 188 and through 209, https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nanamoli/PathofPurification2011.pdf An excellent text for r...

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