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by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
Replies: 17
Views: 356

Re: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment

I was able to track down a fuller version of the quotation rory gave, in context. It's on p. 5 of the Stone book. In China, tathagata-garbha thought would develop into a major Mahayana tradition, ranking beside those of Madhyamaka and Yogacara This is given in the context of a discussion of Chinese...
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: All is One
Replies: 17
Views: 161

Re: All is One

No self is 1. Emptiness emanates from 1. In emptiness there is no arising. Emptiness is dependent. how does emptiness "emanate"? what is the one that you claim it "emanates from"? how is it possible for emptiness to be dependent on something if emptiness is one, or emanates from one...? if there is...
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai
Replies: 42
Views: 6984

Re: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai

Yeah I know. In fact the importance of following a teacher is espoused in Mahayana tradition,more so in Vajrayana(including Japanese Vajrayana). The roles are different in Vajrayana traditions, but the need is the same all around. For some reason, this gets forgotten in certain discussions around h...
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
Replies: 17
Views: 356

Re: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment

I was able to track down a fuller version of the quotation rory gave, in context. It's on p. 5 of the Stone book. In China, tathagata-garbha thought would develop into a major Mahayana tradition, ranking beside those of Madhyamaka and Yogacara This is given in the context of a discussion of Chinese ...
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren's ability to survive far exceeded other religious and secular figures
Replies: 6
Views: 121

Re: Nichiren's ability to survive far exceeded other religious and secular figures

As far as conspicuous benefits, there are testimonials in every religion but here again, we look to Nichiren. Nichiren's ability to survive far surpassed other religious and secular figures such as Jesus, Osama Bin Laden, and Napoleon. He attributed his survival to Namu myoho renge kyo. This might ...
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: You Know You've Been on Dharma Wheel Too Long When...
Replies: 14
Views: 386

Re: You Know You've Been on Dharma Wheel Too Long When...

a noun, a verb, a reference to Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai
Replies: 42
Views: 6984

Re: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai

I should add, this is due to a general unease of "commitment", which I would only imagine would be problematized by "samaya", rather than an "opposition" to tantra or esotericism in general. I am similarly disinteresting in being a "priest", for personal reasons. I am very interesting in learning, ...
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai
Replies: 42
Views: 6984

Re: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai

I should add, this is due to a general unease of "commitment", which I would only imagine would be problematized by "samaya", rather than an "opposition" to tantra or esotericism in general. I am similarly disinteresting in being a "priest", for personal reasons. I am very interesting in learning, ...
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai
Replies: 42
Views: 6984

Re: Western Gyo, Eastern Gyo in Tendai

but I am not particularly interested or likely to be interested in receiving the 2 realms mandala transmission, I assume that that is the "esoteric" portion of the education. I should add, this is due to a general unease of "commitment", which I would only imagine would be problematized by "samaya"...
by DGA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Kumarajiva's translations of Nagarjuna's works
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Kumarajiva's translations of Nagarjuna's works

Ng Yu-Kwan's book TienTai Buddhism and Early Madhyamaka is accessible (it's in paperback) and gives an overview that may be particularly useful to you because he shows how the peculiarities of the Chinese translations Zhiyi had available to him inflected his presentation of Dharma. Check bookfinder....
by DGA
Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
Replies: 17
Views: 356

Re: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment

I think the original context of the quote that you provided was attempting to dispel the notion that Yogācāra discourse was completely unknown in China at the time of Ven Zhìyǐ & nascent Tiāntāi, which is why the quote in question mentions 'Tiāntāi' (& Huáyán) as 'reaction to' or perhaps reaction a...
by DGA
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 162
Views: 2715

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

DGA, the entire point of Prof. Nattier's article is the Thubten the Tibetan Buddhist monk was appalled that the Lotus Sutra contradicted everything he was taught. Professor Nattier does not actually specify just what is was that Thubten the monk found challenging. She actually does not know, so she...
by DGA
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 162
Views: 2715

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Afaik not really radical,it is from Tathāgatagarbha, one of the three mainstays of Mahayana teaching(along with Yogacara and Madhyamaka. Ven Zhiyi is pre-Yogacara, in the sense that he was writing in a time before Yogacara became highly prominent as a mainstream discourse. It was still in the stage...
by DGA
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment
Replies: 17
Views: 356

J. Stone's book on Original Enlightenment

Jacqueline Stone's book Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism is referenced quite often in this forum. Because it's called upon to support some wildly divergent claims, it would be worthwhile to examine just what that book puts forward. Here's the publisher's bl...
by DGA
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God
Replies: 25
Views: 404

Re: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God

Oh yes, I just remembered that some Chinese Christians like to claim that the Jade Emperor is really YHWH. The Chinese translation for YHWH in Chinese Protestant bibles is "Shangdi", taken from the name of the supreme deity of the Shang Dynasty. I see no reason to give in to their Semitic myths per...
by DGA
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US
Replies: 68
Views: 1283

Re: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US

one more thing about the empathy gap I was trying to describe above: the insights of trans people are really important to heed in conversations like this. Why? Well, because they are interesting and important in and of themselves. Also, because trans people have some experience of coping with both s...
by DGA
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US
Replies: 68
Views: 1283

Re: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US

The sexual revolution didn't change the inherent patriarchy of society. It was a move in the right direction, but was co-opted by the overarching power structure to become another way to justify abuse of women. I think these left-leaning liberals and Charlie Rose sorts are a product of that false i...
by DGA
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 162
Views: 2715

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

I have to say I find this conversation of Malcolm's interesting as he excorciated Coemgemu for writing a limerick and now comes here to destroy believers' faith in the Lotus Sutra, talk about slandering the Dharma and creating terrible karma! Where has Malcolm done this, at all, in this thread or e...
by DGA
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US
Replies: 68
Views: 1283

Re: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US

meanwhile, what is it about this historical moment? Some of us are losing our damned minds. Consider this artifact from the bourgeois liberal-arts school womens studies major white people space: Since the election of Donald Trump, I have felt like a clairvoyant who, instead of seeing ghosts, sees th...
by DGA
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US
Replies: 68
Views: 1283

Re: sexual harrassment & sexual assault in the US

This is a dissenting perspective that is very much worth consideration: Women, I’m begging you: Think this through. We are fostering a climate in which men legitimately fear us, where their entire professional and personal lives can be casually destroyed by “secret lists” compiled by accusers they c...