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by thomaslaw
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The source of the Chinese dharma words
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Re: The source of the Chinese dharma words

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:03 am
Its from the sutras!
http://www.3fo.org/article/article.jsp? ... &se=22&f=1

It's one of those things that everyone says and quotes but no one knows the source.
Do you mean it is not entirely from the sutras? :thinking:
by thomaslaw
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The source of the Chinese dharma words
Replies: 3
Views: 285

The source of the Chinese dharma words

Dear Dharma friends, Does anyone know the source of the following Chinese dharma words: 人生難得今已得 ,佛法難聞今既聞, 此身不向今生度, 更待何時度此身? It teaches about the human life is hard to have (in the samsara based on karma), and the Buddha-dhrama is also hard to hear; but now if you have both the human life and Buddha-...
by thomaslaw
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 21
Views: 701

Re: Emptiness

I would also like to suggest for some like side reading Dependent Origination = Emptiness” —Nāgārjuna’s Innovation? An Examination of the Early and Mainstream Sectarian Textual Sources by Venerable Shì Huìfēng. Good paper for the topic Emptiness. Do you know the published date and the full name of ...
by thomaslaw
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 21
Views: 701

Re: Emptiness

I'm trying to read the first two google pages. But isn't it empty of inherent existence? You're correct, those first two pages are quite hard to interpret, and understanding 'inherent existence' is quite difficult. The best introduction to emptiness that I know of is by Venerable Thanissaro, Emptin...
by thomaslaw
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:12 am
"A fox is basically a dog." :buddha1:
Remember to practice 'right speech' :buddha1: :buddha2:
by thomaslaw
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

Remember that the founders of Tiantai and Huayan schools are Chinese monks who have made a Chinese Buddhism. These two home-grown schools in China thus came to embody virtually the entirety of Chinese Buddhist philosophy. Though no Indian counterpart of the Tiantai and Huayan schools, both Chinese s...
by thomaslaw
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

The origin of the Mahayana Tiantai/Tendai and Huayan teachings on 'the mind' for dependent origination and esoteric views can also be found in the Samyukta sutra. See p. 71 in Choong Mun-keat's book The Fundamental Teachings of Early Buddhism about the teaching of 'subject to arising conditioned by...
by thomaslaw
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

One sentient being, one mind, one man, to the exception of others, who dreams up solely and on his own, or thinks up, all creation, is iśvaranirmāṇadṛṣṭi, theism. Remember that the founders of Tiantai and Huayan schools are Chinese monks who have made a Chinese Buddhism. These two home-grown school...
by thomaslaw
Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

More importantly, think, if I and you and X and Y and this computer and your chair are all merely manifestations of the absolute mind in thought, then after we die, we will be permanent, everlasting, eternal, and imperishable. Or perhaps we are just that, merely temporary manifestations, like waves...
by thomaslaw
Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

One sentient being, one mind, one man, to the exception of others, who dreams up solely and on his own, or thinks up, all creation, is iśvaranirmāṇadṛṣṭi, theism. Remember that the founders of Tiantai and Huayan schools are Chinese monks who have made a Chinese Buddhism. These two home-grown school...
by thomaslaw
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

QQ, does vertical here imply causal (i.e. one after the other like a series/line of vertical stacked dominos)? Does horizontal mean simultaneous, like two horizontal logs on top of one another, with any vertical bisection revealing both logs, then? What are the axis for defining vertical/horizontal...
by thomaslaw
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

The cakes are present in the mind in thought. It does not mean there are no cakes! :tongue: Check out this empty cake: https://noemptychairs.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/chocolate-raspberry-vanilla-mousse-cake-5.jpg Now check out this empty cake: https://theafterschoolcaketin.files.wordpress.com/2013...
by thomaslaw
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

This is fun. Just embrace the nihilism Queequeg. Sure thing Thomaslaw. Dharmas are present in the mind in the form of a highly subtle and refined fluid element. All Chinese Buddhists believe this. The citta itself is firmer, more coarse, than the dharma-fluids. They float around freely intermixing ...
by thomaslaw
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

Define "metaphysical". That word has tons of meanings. I would suggest giving an example of the way in which the mind is metaphysical in Tiāntāi and not metaphysical in another teaching. The mind is all phenomena; all phenomena are the mind. They have neither a horizontal nor a vertical relationshi...
by thomaslaw
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

Define "metaphysical". That word has tons of meanings. I would suggest giving an example of the way in which the mind is metaphysical in Tiāntāi and not metaphysical in another teaching. The mind is all phenomena; all phenomena are the mind. They have neither a horizontal nor a vertical relationshi...
by thomaslaw
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

This is fun. Just embrace the nihilism Queequeg. Sure thing Thomaslaw. Dharmas are present in the mind in the form of a highly subtle and refined fluid element. All Chinese Buddhists believe this. The citta itself is firmer, more coarse, than the dharma-fluids. They float around freely intermixing ...
by thomaslaw
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

Coëmgenu wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:35 pm
故一切法趣空
Hence all dharmāḥ tend toward emptiness

This answers the OP's question about mental objects, as well.
The mind is also empty. But all dharmas are presented in the mind, according to the TianTai and HuaYan.
by thomaslaw
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

[quoting annen] Answer: The Lotus Sutra was preached through the acquired wisdom that everything that arises and ceases is the one-mind (issai ishinshiki 一切一心識)…. Esoteric teachings were preached in terms of the innate wisdom that everything is equal and is thus the one-mind (isshin isshinshiki 一心一...
by thomaslaw
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

In the quote above, Ven Zhiyi says that the dharmāḥ are not created by the mind, nor is the mind created by the dharmāḥ. The Huayan sutra states: "If people would like to know All Buddhas of the three periods of time, They should contemplate the nature of the Dharma Realm: Everything is made from t...
by thomaslaw
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3220

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

This would depend on what you mean by a 'leading function'. As 'important'? Then yes, but as a first principle, no. As Zhiyi says in the 摩訶止観 “We do not say that the mind exists first and dharmas come to be later; we also do not say that dharmas exist first while the mind come to be later.” What is...

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