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by sukhamanveti
Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:25 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Learning Sanskrit
Replies: 12
Views: 1785

Re: Learning Sanskrit

Hi, Coyote. I own Introduction to Sanskrit--Part One by Egenes. I'm still slowly working my way through it. Its reputation is well-deserved. It is extremely "learner friendly." Prof. Egenes provides clear, sensible instructions for the best approach to learning the lessons and separate instructions ...
by sukhamanveti
Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:36 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: 18 Rules For Living By Dalai Lama
Replies: 3
Views: 620

Re: 18 Rules For Living By Dalai Lama

The 18 Rules were extracted from Life's Little Instruction Book by Jackson Brown and H. Jackson Brown, Jr. They were first misattributed to HHDL in an email chain letter. They are not the teaching of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, nor do they resemble his teaching. See http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/ho...
by sukhamanveti
Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:23 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach this?
Replies: 31
Views: 5064

Re: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach t

Here we go Sukhamanveti; from a Vietnamese Temple website in Australia, a research scholar from Punjabi University wrote the material below, it's very clear: The Philosophical content of Avatamsaka Sutra [sic] "This form of non-dualism is not monistic because shishi wu'ai does not obliterate the di...
by sukhamanveti
Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:24 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach this?
Replies: 31
Views: 5064

Re: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach t

Sukhamanveti: you're collapsing everything back into an undifferentiated oneness, that's a misunderstanding. Here: "Fa-tsang interpreted the two aspects of the one mind as suchness that is absolute or unchanging and suchness that accords with conditions equating them with principle and phenomena re...
by sukhamanveti
Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:18 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach this?
Replies: 31
Views: 5064

Re: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach t

I was flicking through J. Stone's great great book on Medieval Tendai and found this nice short quote: "...the orthodox T'ient T'ai position, which holds the mind and the dharmas are always mutually inclusive, and that the nonduality of good and evil is the true aspect of reality." (p. 195) So of c...
by sukhamanveti
Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:19 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach this?
Replies: 31
Views: 5064

Re: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach t

Ziporyn's being a bit provocative in that text and in its sequel, Being and Ambiguity , specifically in his treatment of the two (or for Zhiyi three) truths. That is: an act that is ultimately wise and compassionate can be, by conventional terms, evil or at least awful. The Lotus Sutra is, acc. to ...
by sukhamanveti
Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:00 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach this?
Replies: 31
Views: 5064

Re: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach t

there are Buddhas in hell realms for goodness' sake. Not because they experience afflicted thoughts. They emanate there out of compassion. I always thought of that in the Dzogchen sense of seeing the perfection of everything. That is why in the 7 branches we ask the buddhas to not pass into nirvana...
by sukhamanveti
Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:16 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach this?
Replies: 31
Views: 5064

Re: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach t

Can you point to the specific passage? It isn't a quote from a text, unfortunately. It comes from someone's own original, lengthy post on google plus. In explaining this interpretation of Zhiyi's doctrine he wrote in part: "A consequence of contact with Evil combined with causality is that the budd...
by sukhamanveti
Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:57 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach this?
Replies: 31
Views: 5064

Re: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach t

What is evil? Here "evil" is likely an English translation of zuì (罪), which is a common Chinese translation of Sanskrit pāpa ("evil" or "transgression"), meaning a nonvirtuous, unwholesome, or "unskillful" ( akauśalya ) action of mind, speech, or body, which can be traced back to the Three Unwhole...
by sukhamanveti
Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach this?
Replies: 31
Views: 5064

Re: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach t

Takeuchi Yoshinori's "Buddhist Spirituality" has this on Zhiyi's meditative methods: " the samadhi which involves neither walking nor sitting the object of contemplation can be either good or bad thoughts. Good thoughts are observed as containing evil, and bad thoughts as containing good.It is impo...
by sukhamanveti
Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach this?
Replies: 31
Views: 5064

Does one of the Lotus Sūtra based schools really teach this?

Yesterday someone wrote in a google plus post that Zhiyi's "Three Thousand Realms in a Single Thought Moment" doctrine (i.e., the teaching that in each moment of thought the mind and all phenomena contain each other) led to the conclusion that a buddha "may experience evil thoughts," contrary to all...
by sukhamanveti
Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "All cognitions broght about by words are ultimately false"
Replies: 23
Views: 2571

Re: "All cognitions broght about by words are ultimately fal

My take: Cognitions brought about by words are merely intellectual models of what is to be directly realized, just like a map that is only a representation of the actual terrain. This is very similar to Śāntarakṣita's perspective on ultimate truth. He follows Bhāvaviveka in distinguishing between t...
by sukhamanveti
Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "All cognitions broght about by words are ultimately false"
Replies: 23
Views: 2571

Re: "All cognitions broght about by words are ultimately fal

A quick summation is as follows; 'All cognitions brought about about words are ultimately false '. Hope that helps. I'm not sure what the difference is between cognitions that are brought about by words and cognitions that are brought about about words. Could you please explain a little more? Doesn...
by sukhamanveti
Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question Regarding Bodhisattva Vows
Replies: 6
Views: 986

Re: Question Regarding Bodhisattva Vows

Hi Everyone, In the few traditions I have studied within the Mahayana (Soto Zen, Korean Seon and Kagyu), I have noticed and been uncomfortable with the vows to save all beings. I have often wondered where this comes from as the Lord Buddha himself made no such asseveration (at least according to th...
by sukhamanveti
Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Differences between Chan and Zen? If any?
Replies: 19
Views: 6063

Re: Differences between Chan and Zen? If any?

Ven. Indrajala, I'm told that most Zen teachers in the West reject the doctrine of rebirth, as Jundo Cohen once said. I hear that in many parts of the West one finds that the Zen that was transmitted from Japan is now largely devoid of Buddhist content and the sutras that once shaped Chan and Zen ar...
by sukhamanveti
Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:28 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Ani Chudrun's Remarkable Journey
Replies: 3
Views: 674

Ani Chudrun's Remarkable Journey

Hi, everyone. I saw this video about one woman's "journey from being a Top Gear presenter to becoming a Tibetan Buddhist nun" on google plus today. It is also a journey from confusion and dissatisfaction to greater clarity and peace. I hope you find it inspiring and thought-provoking as I did. Ed ht...
by sukhamanveti
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Oldest Buddhist Shrine Uncovered In Nepal
Replies: 20
Views: 3033

Re: Oldest Buddhist Shrine Uncovered In Nepal

I've posted a detailed review of the original article from the journal Antiquity on my blog. Now it looks as though one of the older chronologies may have been vindicated. I've responded to the headlines below and also in depth on my blog. But no there is nothing in the report that reflects on any ...
by sukhamanveti
Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:33 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Oldest Buddhist Shrine Uncovered In Nepal
Replies: 20
Views: 3033

Re: Oldest Buddhist Shrine Uncovered In Nepal

Now it looks as though one of the older chronologies may have been vindicated. Not so fast. It is well established that the Buddha was born to his mother on a trip to a remote location. It is well known that ancient Indians maintained sacred groves [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_groves_of_Ind...
by sukhamanveti
Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:40 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Oldest Buddhist Shrine Uncovered In Nepal
Replies: 20
Views: 3033

Re: Oldest Buddhist Shrine Uncovered In Nepal

This news is utterly amazing to me. It wasn't that long ago that a host of respected scholars, including Charles Prebish, L.S. Cousins, Richard Gombrich, the late Heinz Bechert, the late André Bareau, and many others, insisted that the Buddha lived entirely or mostly in the 5th century B.C.E. and th...
by sukhamanveti
Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: List of the works of Lama Tzonghapa available in English
Replies: 2
Views: 893

Re: List of the works of Lama Tzonghapa available in English

JKhedrup wrote:Fantastic link and resource:

http://www.easterntradition.org/etri%20 ... gkhapa.pdf
This is very helpful. Thank you, Venerable!