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by DGA
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 170
Views: 2930

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

You could also just call these Buddhas Vajrasattva, Vajradhara, Samantabhadra, Amitabha, Akshobhya, Adibuddha, our Lord Shakyamuni Buddha, since he actually appeared in this world to teach us. This takes us back to Nichiren's teaching: Why revere other Buddhas when this one is close by and reaching...
by DGA
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Would you agree with this statement??
Replies: 9
Views: 213

Re: Would you agree with this statement??

Tirisilex wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:30 am
I've been thinkin about the phrase Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is form. I'm wondering if other Buddhists agree with this phrase: "Reality is Illusion, Illusion is Reality."
no reality, no illusion
by DGA
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's an emanation?
Replies: 14
Views: 406

Re: What's an emanation?

i think everyone seems to now have a handle on Dharmakaya...thats all down to this site...and malcolm was a big part of it......just saying. :soapbox: an emanation for me is like a movie theatre...different images on the screen which make you think and feel differently at different times....but it ...
by DGA
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's an emanation?
Replies: 14
Views: 406

Re: What's an emanation?

That view is not unique to Tientai/Tendai or Shingon. That's normative Mahayana. And it doesn't correspond from the view in the thread I linked in the OP, which describes all Buddhas not named Shakyamuni as emanations of Shakyamuni. In other words, if you are correct, and I think you are, then the ...
by DGA
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sexual Harassment
Replies: 10
Views: 376

Re: Sexual Harassment

This is a question for the guys: How do you deal with unwanted sexual advances and other harassment from women in the workplace in whom you have no interest? My experience has been that human resources is often unhelpful and that reporting such behavior The particulars will vary from employer to em...
by DGA
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 170
Views: 2930

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

You could also just call these Buddhas Vajrasattva, Vajradhara, Samantabhadra, Amitabha, Akshobhya, Adibuddha, our Lord Shakyamuni Buddha, since he actually appeared in this world to teach us. This takes us back to Nichiren's teaching: Why revere other Buddhas when this one is close by and reaching...
by DGA
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's an emanation?
Replies: 14
Views: 406

Re: What's an emanation?

If you follow or understand Tiantai (the Lotus Sutra School, Tendai): all buddhas come from the Dharmakaya what Huayen calls "the One Mind." Both Tiantai and Tendai do not regard time as linear so there are no prior or after Buddhas they all exist now . Tendai and Shingon regard Vairocana, Dainichi...
by DGA
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Sutra: Buddha Prabhutaratna
Replies: 29
Views: 536

Re: Lotus Sutra: Buddha Prabhutaratna

I still think the narrative of Buddha Prabhutaratna in the Lotus Sutra disrupts any narrative predicated in the same text of Buddha Shakyamuni as an "eternal Buddha." To my mind, this is another way in which the Lotus Sutra is of a piece with Indian Mahayana, which is unremarkable because it is an I...
by DGA
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mountain Practice Asheville, NC
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Mountain Practice Asheville, NC

:anjali:
by DGA
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 38
Views: 896

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

The origin of the essential Mahayana doctrines (such as the middle way of emptiness, conditioned arising) is found in Samyutta/Samyukta-Nikaya/Agama. See The Fundamental Teachings of Early Buddhism: A comparative study based on the Sutra-anga portion of the Pali Samyutta-Nikaya and the Chinese Samy...
by DGA
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dorje Chang Thungma
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: Dorje Chang Thungma

Thank you for the helpful replies.
by DGA
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mountain Practice Asheville, NC
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Mountain Practice Asheville, NC

Hi rory, Just to make sure we all understand each other: when you say Mountain Practice, are you referring specifically to Shugendo, or something else? is Ven. Myoei teaching Shugendo in Western NC? On a separate note, Asheville is a lovely town and the environment there is excellent for Dharma prac...
by DGA
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Individuating Buddhas
Replies: 5
Views: 75

Re: Individuating Buddhas

I could not stop thinking about this on the train this morning: if all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are contained in the one, why does it matter which one we venerate? By chanting the name of one Buddha/Bodhisattva are we not chanting them all? If that's true why do we have to specifically take refuge ...
by DGA
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Tendai Buddhism Retreat : NYC 10/27-20/29
Replies: 6
Views: 113

Re: Free Tendai Buddhist Retreat NY Oct 27-29

Friendly reminder: this event is offered on a donation-only basis. It is not free, per se. Here is the policy: There is no price tag to participate in this retreat, because it is offered on a Dana (generosity) basis: please donate what you can and what you wish in order to make the program available...
by DGA
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 38
Views: 896

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

Secular buddhism simply rejects what cannot be verified. [...] It's better for people who simply can't bring themselves to believe in ghosts and gods than it is to try to convince themselves that they do. I disagree in the sense that secular Buddhism brings in a matrix of unverifiable content that ...
by DGA
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Tendai Buddhism Retreat : NYC 10/27-20/29
Replies: 6
Views: 113

Re: Tendai Buddhism Retreat : NYC 10/27-20/29

I think it is auspicious that a mathematics professor will be teaching on this topic of Sanzen Butsudo.

I hope this event opens onto excellent outcomes for all involved.
by DGA
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dorje Chang Thungma
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Dorje Chang Thungma

I'm looking for a reliable translation of this text, which I was re-introduced to recently. Good commentaries would also be warmly welcomed. Thanks.
by DGA
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 170
Views: 2930

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

i think i am the one being pedant . of course you can not grasp it's true time..a kalpa , is as they use things like a nymph fluttering a silk over a stone to wear it down every hundred years...how accurate is that...but the effect.. i think a lot of Buddha's teachings are like this...they cause an...
by DGA
Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1020

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

:jumping: Buddha nature cannot be proved, because it is empty of both existence and non-existence. Iirc, the Lions Roar asks something like " if there were no Buddha nature, what would desire freedom from the afflictions"? Which Dogen-zenji expanded upon by saying that the fact that beings spontane...
by DGA
Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: lotus sutra - lifespan of the tathagata..???
Replies: 19
Views: 292

Re: lotus sutra - lifespan of the tathagata..???

This is a very good question. You're on a roll lately--thanks for getting the conversation moving in interesting directions. We've discussed this topic, or aspects and variations on it, before in different threads. The ideas I put forward below are my own but I also attempt to take account of certai...