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by Zhen Li
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 19
Views: 494

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

While unrelated to nembutsu, I did have an experience with a sublime odour once when reading the Aṣṭasāhasrikā. The Buddhist reading group of which I am a part was reading the Aṣṭasāhasrikā sometime last year, and it was the day we were going to discuss chapter 3. Chapter 3 contains the line, Sakra:...
by Zhen Li
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?
Replies: 51
Views: 1038

Re: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?

Is there a diversity of position among Pure Land achools on those points, eg on the "literal rebirth" question? The idea that there's a difference between "literal rebirth" and "figurative rebirth" isn't really held in Pure Land schools. Even the traditional Chan schools would claim there is no dif...
by Zhen Li
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 42
Views: 822

Re: what do we mean by faith?

In reply perhaps to both steveb and rory, the case of salvation due to faith in regards to Avalokitesvara and Amitabha Tathagata appear to me to be similar in regards to other power. As I understand and experience it, entrusting in the vows of a buddha or great bodhisattva means letting go of one's ...
by Zhen Li
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translatorhood
Replies: 26
Views: 702

Re: Translatorhood

How does one support themselves as a translator of Sanskrit/Tibetan? These days, particularly in North America, having a professorship just as a scholar of language is almost impossible. You may occasionally get offered contract lecture positions, but nothing stable. I know one published and very q...
by Zhen Li
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Getting started in Shingon
Replies: 3
Views: 607

Re: Getting started in Shingon

Some Shingon temples certainly do offer regular practices for the laity, such as Ajikan meditation. The best place to go would be Koyasan. As narhwal suggests, without ordination you cannot ‘progress’ in terms of practices, however you can, at the very least, take refuge and bodhisattva precepts eve...
by Zhen Li
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Fo Guang Shan and Triratna centres are nearby
Replies: 17
Views: 503

Re: Fo Guang Shan and Triratna centres are nearby

Fo Guang Shan is a non-sectarian Chinese School that like most other schools will focus on Chan and Pureland. Zazan isn't as popular as Hua Tou in China so Huatou will most likely be taught rather than Zazen (Silent Illumtination/Mo Zhao). In my decade at FGS I have never encountered Huatou. Ch'an ...
by Zhen Li
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Contradicting sutras
Replies: 25
Views: 943

Re: Contradicting sutras

Oops, I seem to have quoted the wrong vows, but yes, the Sanskrit recension that Müller is using is, as far as I can tell, the same as whatever Nepalese manuscript Vaidya was using. There are different manuscripts certainly, but I don't think the 46 and 47 difference is a major one—it may be a divi...
by Zhen Li
Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Contradicting sutras
Replies: 25
Views: 943

Re: Contradicting sutras

Are there multiple Sanskrit editions? I know Mueller's Sanskrit translation has a different number of vows (46 iirc) from Luis O. Gomez's translation (47). In the Gomez translation from Sanskrit: - the 18th vow requires generating bodhicitta (the aspiration for supreme awakening for the sake of all...
by Zhen Li
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Contradicting sutras
Replies: 25
Views: 943

Re: Contradicting sutras

I am not sure if it has ever been approached this way, but looking at the Sanskrit edition, it seems that the five offences only disqualifies the effect of the 19th vow, which is somewhat easier than the 18th which requires a pure mind/true faith/shinjin. In this case, could one not say that a sland...
by Zhen Li
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Kalu Rinpoche on Pure Land Practice
Replies: 8
Views: 478

Re: Kalu Rinpoche on Pure Land Practice

Is it possible to cultivate confidence in liberation without first cultivating confidence in a path? (one path) If not, then what does it take to become confident in one's own path, be it Pure Land or Zen or any other Dharma path? Regarding terms, I should probably clarify that I use "confidence" h...
by Zhen Li
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: 心相續
Replies: 1
Views: 147

Re: 心相續

Coëmgenu wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:37 pm
心相續. Why is the Sanskrit for this cittasantāna & not cittasaṃtati?
It can be both according to DDB: -santāna is masculine and -saṃtati is feminine.
by Zhen Li
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Preparing for Ordination in Pureland
Replies: 9
Views: 374

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: 374

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: 534

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: 53
Views: 1716

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: 2367

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: 2367

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: 2367

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: 2367

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: 2367

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 ...