Search found 69 matches

by thomaslaw
Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 5
Views: 400

Re: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools

I think it had been becoming less Indian before that. For example when Kumārajīva came and his disciples established what would be the East Asian Madhyamaka School there were already 6 different interpretations of the Prajna Paramita Sutras around. And his main disciple Sengzhao wrote about Madhyam...
by thomaslaw
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 5
Views: 400

The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools

Hi Dharma friends,

Both schools TianTai and HuaYan are considered the doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism. How and why Buddhism in the Chinese traditions has grown from a purely Indian import to a distinctly 'Chinese'?

Thanks

Thomas
by thomaslaw
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 9351

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

>What are the differences between HuaYen and TianTai schools about 'One Mind'? Are both schools referring to the same metaphysical concept 'One mind'? Thanks. Thomas --- ItsRaining: >> They don't have too much in common I believe. Huayan takes One Mind/Mind only from the Awakening of Faith and the A...
by thomaslaw
Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 9351

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

What are the differences between HuaYen and TianTai schools about 'One Mind'? Are both schools referring to the same metaphysical concept 'One mind'? Thanks. Thomas Still trying to dig out a reasonable Chinese translation for the idea as it's presented in English. To give an idea how tricky this is....
by thomaslaw
Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 9351

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

When there is an aversion to the Mahayana concept of the One Mind, this might be due to its apparent similarity to the Hindu concept of Atman and Brahman. The Mahayana and Hindu teachings, however, are not the same. How are they different? The biggest difference, at least for me, is that the One Mi...
by thomaslaw
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Karma of the Shakya clan
Replies: 16
Views: 679

Re: Karma of the Shakya clan

Hello, I have a question, especially for those who could read Chinese. According to the passage from the Ekottarāgama below, the people of the Shakyas clan in their past live were starved and had to caught and eat fish. However, such deed lead them to be reborn multiple times in hell and finally we...
by thomaslaw
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 2229

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

Are you making it up for your faith? :thumbsup: Not at all, and that was a pretty rude thing to say. Keep your tone in check or you will not be allowed to post here any longer. It's in the Lotus Sutra: (BDK edition) pps 48, 49, 107, 138, 141, 144, 181, 184, 185, 209, 315 In the Larger Sukhavativyuh...
by thomaslaw
Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's an emanation?
Replies: 40
Views: 1849

Re: What's an emanation?

From the Nirmankaya entry in the Princeton dictionary: The term nirmāṇakāya may have been employed originally to describe the doubles of himself that the Buddha is sometimes said to display in order to teach multiple audiences simultaneously. (Cf. MAHAPRATIHARYA. The Confer reference is to the Grea...
by thomaslaw
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 2229

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

Coëmgenu wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:45 pm
thomaslaw wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:47 am
:jumping:
Queequeg wrote:
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:09 pm
Yes.
But the Mahayana texts do not record the Buddha says he has 32 marks.

Thomas
Actually they do, rather frequently. You can find references all over, for instance, the threefold lotus sutra.
Are you making it up for your faith? :thumbsup:
by thomaslaw
Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's an emanation?
Replies: 40
Views: 1849

Re: What's an emanation?

Emanations..yes. Avatars..no. Buddhadharma does not recognise the reality of Avatara, because it denies the existence of that which would 'descend'. Buddhas, even the loftiest and most transcendent, were once not Buddhas. An Avatar is a separate order of being, self-creating and godlike, who takes ...
by thomaslaw
Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's an emanation?
Replies: 40
Views: 1849

Re: What's an emanation?

Nicholas Weeks wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:57 pm
In another sense, an emanation is one of the siddhis or powers of a bodhisattva or buddha.
self-manifesting (he has the power to make his body appear as multiple emanations; nengshi yishen wei duoshen)
From Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism
Avatar also is 'self-manifesting' :quoteunquote:
by thomaslaw
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's an emanation?
Replies: 40
Views: 1849

Re: What's an emanation?

Simon E. wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:18 am
There are no avatars of a Buddha. You are conflating concepts from the Vedanta and Buddhadharma.
Buddhadharma does not have emanations or avatars of a Buddha.
by thomaslaw
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's an emanation?
Replies: 40
Views: 1849

Re: What's an emanation?

Hi It seems that emanation of Buddha is similar to the idea of avatar? Thomas I'm not sure. Would you say a bit about what you mean by the idea of an avatar? In Chapter 11 of the Lotus Sutra, a myriad of emanations from Buddha Shakyamuni are described. These are sometimes translated as his "replica...
by thomaslaw
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's an emanation?
Replies: 40
Views: 1849

Re: What's an emanation?

Hi
It seems that emanation of Buddha is similar to the idea of avatar?
Thomas
by thomaslaw
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: nagarjuna basics?
Replies: 31
Views: 1743

Re: nagarjuna basics?

amanitamusc wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:33 am
Any other English translations of Nagarjuna that stand out?
Nagarjuna teaches about the middle way of emptiness, and considers to promote the essential philosophy of the Buddha. Cf. The Notion of Emptiness in Early Buddhism by Choong Mun-keat.

Thomas
by thomaslaw
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 2229

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

:applause: :jumping: The Buddha also never says he has hands, feet, or a brain. Correct. But what is your point? Do you mean the Buddha is not a human being? Being born a human we can infer he had hands, being a Buddha we can infer he had the thirty two marks. Being a Buddha it is better not to say...
by thomaslaw
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 2229

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

:applause: :jumping: The Buddha also never says he has hands, feet, or a brain. Correct. But what is your point? Do you mean the Buddha is not a human being? Being born a human we can infer he had hands, being a Buddha we can infer he had the thirty two marks. What do you mean by 'we"?
by thomaslaw
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 2229

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

thecowisflying wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:05 pm
thomaslaw wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:22 am
:applause: :jumping:
thecowisflying wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:58 am


The Buddha also never says he has hands, feet, or a brain.
Correct. But what is your point? Do you mean the Buddha is not a human being?
Being born a human we can infer he had hands, being a Buddha we can infer he had the thirty two marks.
Good on you 😉
by thomaslaw
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 2229

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

:applause: :jumping: He literally needs the Buddha to say "I, bhiksus, am a/the superman". He doesn't understand that the Buddha says that only those with the 32 marks of a superman can be a Buddha or a Wheel-turning Monarch. He needs those literal words: "I, bhiksus, am a/the superman" or he doesn'...
by thomaslaw
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 2229

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

:jumping: :applause: :thinking: He literally needs the Buddha to say "I, bhiksus, am a/the superman". He doesn't understand that the Buddha says that only those with the 32 marks of a superman can be a Buddha or a Wheel-turning Monarch. He needs those literal words: "I, bhiksus, am a/the superman" o...