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by Zhen Li
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Preparing for Ordination in Pureland
Replies: 9
Views: 237

Re: Preparing for Ordination in Pureland

I didn't realize they didn't take temporary vows at the Nianfo retreats. Well, there are some occasions where the Pureland Sutra chanting and Nianfo will coincide with a day when you can take the eight precepts. There are some retreats where this may happen. However, a monastic retreat would mean t...
by Zhen Li
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Preparing for Ordination in Pureland
Replies: 9
Views: 237

Re: Preparing for Ordination in Pureland

FGS = Fo Guang Shan If I'm not mistaken, they have really cool Pure Land retreats where lay people can live like monks for short periods of time and do continuous Nianfo/Nembutsu practice. I'd love to do something similar some day. I have done temporary ordination twice at FGS. There are one-week p...
by Zhen Li
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Sutra Commentaries
Replies: 10
Views: 371

Re: Sutra Commentaries

Can you recommend any Sutra Commentaries? Is Sangharakshitas (founder of the FWBO) writings good to read? I want to read good Diamond Sutra Commentary. Suggestions? Other Prajnaparamita Sutra Commentary suggestions? The most comprehensive Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra commentary is really Haribhadra's Abhis...
by Zhen Li
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 40
Views: 829

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

When the Buddha talks about himself, he typically uses the third person, e.g. "The Tathagata is X." However, in plenty of texts, such as the Lalitavistara or Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, the Buddha discusses himself having the marks, among many other important features. It is also not worth generali...
by Zhen Li
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 86
Views: 1691

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

In English, it is not localizable to produce a philosophical document in verse. Yes, and since there is really very little in Buddhist texts that are not of philosophical import... Karikas and gathas should not be trivialized with awkward renderings to force them into some kind of metered, rhymed v...
by Zhen Li
Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 86
Views: 1691

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

This is really beyond the point and off topic. My comments regarding acceptability of translation are just a side note to a discussion about the Brahmajāla Sūtra. But the point is not that we should force something like the MMK into verse, just that we should produce localized English translations. ...
by Zhen Li
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 86
Views: 1691

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:39 pm
Aesthetics are important.
I happen to like 19th century translations with verse as verse. It's a matter of preference, and it also requires more skill on the part of the translator.
by Zhen Li
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 86
Views: 1691

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

This is purely an aesthetic difference.
by Zhen Li
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 86
Views: 1691

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

Speaking as someone who translates Buddhist texts (from Tibetan) all day long, day and and day out: it doesn't work just fine. For one thing, there is no rhyming in Tibetan, Sanskrit, etc. Secondly, translating verse as prose makes it harder to located the line in the source text. Thirdly, it is a ...
by Zhen Li
Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 86
Views: 1691

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

I do not know who Icihmura Sensei is, or his credentials, but I do not doubt your account of his skill. Shohei Ichimura is the BDK translator for the ongoing DA translation. What I am saying is not necessarily that I have accounted for his skill, but that it is easier to discount a translation than...
by Zhen Li
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 86
Views: 1691

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

I've made a mistaken phrasing above. When I said: Now, for all manner of interesting business, check out the parallel Dharmaguptaka Dīrghāgama, in which Indra shows up constantly! , I should have clarified that I was referring to the entire Dīrghāgama, not just the Brahmajalasutta parallel. Oh than...
by Zhen Li
Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 86
Views: 1691

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

I did a quick look, but don't have the time right now to try and flesh out their relationship. Maybe if we look into their relationship, this will shed some light on the Indra's Net/Brahama's Net question? I think the term "Net of Brahmā" comes from the earlier dispensation, the Brahmājālasutta (op...
by Zhen Li
Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu Liturgy
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: Jodo Shinshu Liturgy

Thanks! Very helpful!
by Zhen Li
Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu Liturgy
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: Jodo Shinshu Liturgy

Dear all, Does anybody have information regarding, or perhaps links to or PDFs of a Jodo Shinshu liturgy as practiced in Nishi Hongan-ji temples either in Japan or North America? Thanks This is the chanted version in video format as used in São Paulo, Brazil. Hope it helps as its in Shindoku/Japane...
by Zhen Li
Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 86
Views: 1691

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

I have not looked in detail at Müller and Tanaka's translation, but I had been reading this in Chinese recently and my impression was that the following line (which is in the Taisho version) is the source of the image of Indra's net, though, in fact, it is Brahma's net. 時佛觀諸大梵天王網羅幢因爲説。無量世界猶如網孔。一一世界各...
by Zhen Li
Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu Liturgy
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Jodo Shinshu Liturgy

Dear all,

Does anybody have information regarding, or perhaps links to or PDFs of a Jodo Shinshu liturgy as practiced in Nishi Hongan-ji temples either in Japan or North America?

Thanks
by Zhen Li
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Paul Williams and his works reliable or a good source of information?
Replies: 7
Views: 735

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

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:03 am
Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations
how different is the first and second edition?
I really don't know, I have the second edition only.
by Zhen Li
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Brahma Net Sutra - Vairocana
Replies: 15
Views: 2737

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: 655

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: 7
Views: 735

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 ...