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by Zhen Li
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Brahma Net Sutra - Vairocana
Replies: 14
Views: 2479

Re: The Brahma Net Sutra - Vairocana

Huifeng wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:13 am
The Tibetan is probably the Sarvastivada Agama version, one of the "Mahasutras", not the Mahayana sutra version.
It's pretty much identical in Tibetan, with a few variant readings. It is very hard to tell whether or not the Tibetan is being translated from the Chinese or, possibly, vice versa.
by Zhen Li
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Language
Topic: two buddhist sanskrit stotram
Replies: 8
Views: 532

Re: two buddhist sanskrit stotram

I'm looking for english translations (or even just a few snippets, or general descripion) of the following two stotras i discovered at the gretil website. I love chanting in sanskrit. I cant even identify the subject of the second one! ('kalyana' means friend of course, but the rest....) Can anyone...
by Zhen Li
Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Paul Williams and his works reliable or a good source of information?
Replies: 5
Views: 548

Re: Is Paul Williams and his works reliable or a good source of information?

Thanks I was looking for a general overview of doctrine to see how my knowledge is right now not a popular spiritual book. I kinda dislike Thich Nhat Hanhas books, they always felt a bit.... Shallow and very different to what traditional Zen is like. Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations is ...
by Zhen Li
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Belief
Replies: 131
Views: 5030

Re: Belief

Belief, to use a Buddhist term, faith, or śraddhā, is useful , but should be balanced with wisdom. Wisdom without faith, on the other hand, may lead to excessive skepticism that will impede our commitment to the path: if, for instance, we doubt karma, the Triple Gem, and rebirth, for instance. Such ...
by Zhen Li
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Paul Williams and his works reliable or a good source of information?
Replies: 5
Views: 548

Re: Is Paul Williams and his works reliable or a good source of information?

Yes. Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations is a reasonably good introduction—there has yet to be a very good textbook on the topic to replace it, but a lot of good recent scholarship could go towards a different approach. Also, Buddhism: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies , a series which...
by Zhen Li
Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Indian Vajrayana
Replies: 148
Views: 9373

Re: Indian Vajrayana

This text elucidates the whole process of initiations given to a Vajracharya/Shakya, down from Refuge and their symbolic 'monastic ordination' or Cudakarma, up to full Vajrayana Abhisheka! http://himalaya.socanth.cam.ac.uk/collections/journals/contributions/pdf/CNAS_02_02_01.pdf Interesting, thanks...
by Zhen Li
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Fo Guang Shan University questions.
Replies: 20
Views: 1117

Re: Fo Guang Shan University questions.

As a practitioner and volunteer at an FGS branch temple I can provide what answers I can. Firstly, as regards the University, this is separate from the monastic and other institutions, and you will not be "part of" Fo Guang Shan by being a student there. You can get a BLIA membership if you wish, bu...
by Zhen Li
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Academic ridiculousness
Replies: 11
Views: 599

Re: Academic ridiculousness

It is that "lay" readers are delving into the deep end of a topic which may require many years of study beforehand. Here's the crux of the issue: is one reading a text (a history or a biography for instance) for the sake of building a career in an academic discipline, or is one reading that biograp...
by Zhen Li
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Academic ridiculousness
Replies: 11
Views: 599

Re: Academic ridiculousness

I see. What I have read by Groner and Buswell has not struck me as difficult. However, it's important to keep in mind that what can be said in simpler terms, while retaining the same meaning should be said in simpler words. That is simply good writing. Sometimes this just is not possible when you ar...
by Zhen Li
Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Academic ridiculousness
Replies: 11
Views: 599

Re: Academic ridiculousness

This strikes me as what *actual* Buddhist practitioners deal with when reading "academic" texts on Buddhism. In this case, you really need to give examples. As Queequeg said, there are very straight forward and understandable articles in Buddhist Studies or related disciplines. I was going to provi...
by Zhen Li
Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 299
Views: 9289

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

From the Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism: pancaniyata : Tib. nges pa Inga; Chi. wu jueding; Jap. goketsujo; Kor. o kyolchong. In Sanskrit, the "5 certainties," five qualities describing a buddha's enjoyment body (SAMBHOGAKAYA), the body that appears in an ideal realm and is visible to BODHISATTVAS...
by Zhen Li
Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 299
Views: 9289

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

Malcolm wrote:It is based on statements in the Lanka such as:
Thank you Malcolm. However, the term "five certainties" still does not occur here.

Could you go into how the understanding I presented earlier is "forgetting" these precisely?
by Zhen Li
Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 299
Views: 9289

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

This not a Tibetan idea, this is throughout Mahāyāna in Indian texts. Can you please point me to those? The Dharmakaya is one thing and the other two kaya are another thing? No, Dharmakaya is unbounded. Of course when an appearing Master is labeled a Buddha, an Enlightened Master, then we see with ...
by Zhen Li
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 299
Views: 9289

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

Malcolm wrote:You are forgetting the five certainties of the Sambhogakāya.
Though I have not encountered them in sūtra literature in Sanskrit or Chinese, what I have said is not exclusive of them.
by Zhen Li
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: 5 precepts. Alcohol?
Replies: 203
Views: 11979

Re: 5 precepts. Alcohol?

Does killing bugs and/or bacteria break or weaken 1st precept? It's a question of intent. If you have a malicious intent and kill, and afterwards you revel in satisfaction at the deed, that would be breaking the first precept. If it is an accident, if there is regret and repentance, or if the killi...
by Zhen Li
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 299
Views: 9289

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

As far as the 3 Kayas go, they are: 1.the non-manifest essential enlightenment of a Buddha (Dharmakaya), 2.the communication of a Buddha manifesting (Sambhogakaya), and 3.the physical presence of a Buddha manifesting (Nirmanakaya). So technically your "Kayas" are presently being expressed as your b...
by Zhen Li
Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?
Replies: 417
Views: 16533

Re: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?

It seems to me that you don't even know what you are saying any more. Let me remind you: And I think that it is entirely regressive to imagine any religious system can constitute a basis for governing a diverse, multicultural country. I'm only speaking of ideals. But somewhere like Taiwan where Bud...
by Zhen Li
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?
Replies: 417
Views: 16533

Re: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?

I didn't say that having a Buddhist state results in atrocities. Of course anybody can see the error in saying something so brain dead retarded. So save your preaching to the converted. Morality and ethical living is not a monopoly of Buddhism. Who's claiming it is? I am just using the vocabulary c...
by Zhen Li
Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?
Replies: 417
Views: 16533

Re: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?

You don't fail to see the relevance you ignore the relevance because it does not sit well with your grand fantasy that all societal ills can be blamed on the lack of Buddhist nation-states imposing their ethical/moral position on non-Buddhists. I don't believe that societal ills can be blamed on th...
by Zhen Li
Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?
Replies: 417
Views: 16533

Re: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?

It is just another perfectly clear example that just because a state and it's people say they are Buddhist, it doesn't mean they actually are. Another blaring example of how combining religion and state can be a recipe for disaster. Another example of how claiming one is a Buddhist and even wearing...