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by thomaslaw
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Insight Knowledge of No-Self
Replies: 1
Views: 313

Re: Insight Knowledge of No-Self

It will be better if the article also discusses clearly the "middle way" teachings regarding the insight knowledge of no-self, according to the essential early Buddhist sutras in SN/SA. The middle way teachings in SN/SA sutras are presented in pages 60-66, 192-199 in the following book: Choong Mun-k...
by thomaslaw
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Iron-fork tree (tiecha shu 鐵叉樹) and garudas, nagas
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Iron-fork tree (tiecha shu 鐵叉樹) and garudas, nagas

humble.student wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:11 am
Right. You ought to check the terms in the relevant Buddhist and Sanskrit/Pali dictionaries and see what you can find.
Quick question: why do you think those trees are not the same?
Also, the Chinese DA30 does not have the corresponding Pali version.
by thomaslaw
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Iron-fork tree (tiecha shu 鐵叉樹) and garudas, nagas
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Iron-fork tree (tiecha shu 鐵叉樹) and garudas, nagas

humble.student wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:11 am
Right. You ought to check the terms in the relevant Buddhist and Sanskrit/Pali dictionaries and see what you can find.
Quick question: why do you think those trees are not the same?
This is because no clear evidence, concreate details to support those tress are the same.
by thomaslaw
Thu May 28, 2020 2:50 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Iron-fork tree (tiecha shu 鐵叉樹) and garudas, nagas
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Iron-fork tree (tiecha shu 鐵叉樹) and garudas, nagas

 『大海北岸有一大樹。名究羅睒摩羅(又譯為“居吒奢摩離” 意思是“粗聚”,《增一阿含》譯為“鐵叉樹”)。』    http://buddhaspace.org/gem_browse.php/fpath=gem/brd/BudaHelp/K/F118BL8K&num=19 Following on from this, we find that one of these, 拘吒賒摩利, is in fact the Sanskrit ‘kuṭaṅgaka’, which appears in Monier-Williams and in other sutras, as per the Dig...
by thomaslaw
Wed May 27, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Iron-fork tree (tiecha shu 鐵叉樹) and garudas, nagas
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Iron-fork tree (tiecha shu 鐵叉樹) and garudas, nagas

Thanks for your reply.

It is from the Chinese DA. Can the tree and its story also be found in the corresponding Pali DN? If so, we can from the Pali text to identify the Indian term.
by thomaslaw
Mon May 25, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Iron-fork tree (tiecha shu 鐵叉樹) and garudas, nagas
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Iron-fork tree (tiecha shu 鐵叉樹) and garudas, nagas

Dear everyone, Choong Mun-keat recently published the following article: “A comparison of the Pāli and Chinese versions of Nāga Saṃyutta, Supaṇṇa Saṃyutta, and Valāhaka Saṃyutta, early Buddhist discourse collections on mythical dragons, birds, and cloud devas”, Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddh...
by thomaslaw
Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Prajñā (wisdom) and Jñāna (knowledge) in Pāramitā (the Bodhisattva path)
Replies: 13
Views: 631

Re: Prajñā (wisdom) and Jñāna (knowledge) in Pāramitā (the Bodhisattva path)

I refer to the 10 Paramitas in the Mahayana tradition. Six is Prajñā pāramitā (प्रज्ञा पारमिता): wisdom, insight. Ten is Jñāna pāramitā (ज्ञान पारमिता): knowledge. I would think the distinction in this context is between transcendent (6) and discursive (7) knowledge. Transcendent knowledge is gnosi...
by thomaslaw
Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Prajñā (wisdom) and Jñāna (knowledge) in Pāramitā (the Bodhisattva path)
Replies: 13
Views: 631

Re: Prajñā (wisdom) and Jñāna (knowledge) in Pāramitā (the Bodhisattva path)

Thanks

But why the two paths are listed in the 10 Bodhisattva paths, if they are the same?
by thomaslaw
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Prajñā (wisdom) and Jñāna (knowledge) in Pāramitā (the Bodhisattva path)
Replies: 13
Views: 631

Prajñā (wisdom) and Jñāna (knowledge) in Pāramitā (the Bodhisattva path)

Dear Dharma friends,

What is the difference between Prajñā (wisdom) and Jñāna (knowledge) in Pāramitā (the Bodhisattva path)? Are the two terms the same in meaning but different only in name?

Regards
by thomaslaw
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 4209

Re: History of tantra

When was Tantra introduced into Buddhism? What where the social or historical factors that encouraged its introduction? If Tantra also including the practice of chanting a protective verse (gatha) and mantra, this early Buddhist text, SA 252 (but not in its Pali counterpart SN 35.69) records the Bu...
by thomaslaw
Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nagarjuna and the Nagas
Replies: 12
Views: 1591

Re: Nagarjuna and the Nagas

Nagas belong to the eight classes of nonhuman beings that are usually present in the event of teaching the Mahayana sutras. Eight kinds of nonhuman beings [八部衆](jpn hachibu-shu): Also, eight kinds of beings or eight kinds of guardians. Beings referred to in Buddhist scriptures as protectors of Budd...
by thomaslaw
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Buddha and Brahma
Replies: 1
Views: 844

Re: Buddha and Brahma

According to SN 6.1 (in Brahma Samyutta of SN), it shows that just after the Buddha becomes fully enlightened, he considers whether it would be better for him not to teach others the Dharma/Dhamma he has discovered. He regards the Dhamma he has discovered as profound, hard to see and understand for ...
by thomaslaw
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Buddha and Brahma
Replies: 1
Views: 844

Buddha and Brahma

by thomaslaw
Tue May 21, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Kalachakra deity, Tantric Buddhism
Replies: 16
Views: 2193

Re: Kalachakra deity, Tantric Buddhism

Consort practice (as presented in the Tantric Buddhist tradition) clearly refers to both the physical and mental contact with the opposite sex Correct. However consort practice is not sex. The analogy I was taught is that stabbing someone with a knife is violence. However a surgeon also will cut so...
by thomaslaw
Tue May 21, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Kalachakra deity, Tantric Buddhism
Replies: 16
Views: 2193

Re: Kalachakra deity, Tantric Buddhism

Read it slowly & try to digest it. My understanding of it is that consort practice and "sex" are mutually exclusive. Could you please explain? Consort practice (as presented in the Tantric Buddhist tradition) clearly refers to both the physical and mental contact with the opposite sex (it seems nev...
by thomaslaw
Mon May 20, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Kalachakra deity, Tantric Buddhism
Replies: 16
Views: 2193

Re: Kalachakra deity, Tantric Buddhism

Relying on a Sealing Partner ... Because they have gained full mastery over their energy-winds and channels, such practitioners never have the danger of experiencing the ordinary bliss of orgasmic emission that would either prevent or destroy their generation of a greatly blissful deep awareness. T...
by thomaslaw
Tue May 14, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Kalachakra deity, Tantric Buddhism
Replies: 16
Views: 2193

Kalachakra deity, Tantric Buddhism

Dear Dharma friends, I have noticed that the sexual intercourse image clearly presented in the Kalachakra deity (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalachakra) in the Tantric Buddhism. The followers actually get involved in 'sexual intercourse' during the process of Kalachakra practice. It is surrounded ...
by thomaslaw
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: English translation of the Tibetan text, the sūtra-mātṛkā in the Vastu-saṃgrahaṇī of the Yogācārabhūmi-śāstra
Replies: 8
Views: 2646

Re: English translation of the Tibetan text, the sūtra-mātṛkā in the Vastu-saṃgrahaṇī of the Yogācārabhūmi-śāstra

Caoimhghín wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:16 am
Unfortunately, no English translation, AFAIK, of the section you want, exists.
Hopefully one day the text will have an English translation version.
by thomaslaw
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Recommend an English Translation of Kamalashila's (c. 9th century CE) Bhāvanākrama
Replies: 5
Views: 750

Re: Recommend an English Translation of Kamalashila's (c. 9th century CE) Bhāvanākrama

"In Tibetan Buddhism, the classical practice of śamatha and vipaśyanā is strongly influenced by the Mahāyāna text called the Bhavanakrama of Indian master Kamalaśīla. Kamalaśīla defines vipaśyanā as "the discernment of reality" (bhūta-pratyavekṣā) and "accurately realizing the true nature of dharma...

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