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by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: China Destroys
Replies: 12
Views: 452

Social credit cards

China is using plastic social credit cards to control their populace - in this case - Tibetans:

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/ ... 52941.html
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Auto-commentary on Atisha's Lamp
Replies: 0
Views: 47

Auto-commentary on Atisha's Lamp

Since Sherburne's translation 40ish years ago, has there been another, from either the Tibetan or Sanskrit?

Also, is it settled that the auto-commentary on Atisha's Lamp was truly done by Atisha himself?
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Travelling on the sunrays
Replies: 72
Views: 1326

While true the lower siddhis can be used to benefit beings spiritually, most gurus, from Patanjali, Krishna and Buddhist ones, suggest avoiding the lower ones. However, Atisha's Lamp says the higher perception powers are essential at some point on the bodhisattva path: 34. All buddhas say the cause ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: China Destroys
Replies: 12
Views: 452

Re: China & Leftists Destroy

From an AP story on China's intolerance of any dissent: 1:25 p.m. The head of Hong Kong regional airline Cathay Dragon’s cabin crew union says she was fired in retaliation for supporting the city’s protest movement. Rebecca Sy said Friday the carrier dismissed her without giving a reason. But she sa...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Amida Dharani / Anantamukha-nirhara-dharani Sutra
Replies: 14
Views: 382

Re: Amida Dharani / Anantamukha-nirhara-dharani Sutra

Thanks 48 vows; so the dharani is only in English, no Siddham? I have ordered it, so will find out soon enough. The book only has latin script. I put the links if you want to see the siddham too. The link that shows the siddham with the romanticized is a scan from a book. I actually have a copy at ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Amida Dharani / Anantamukha-nirhara-dharani Sutra
Replies: 14
Views: 382

Re: Amida Dharani / Anantamukha-nirhara-dharani Sutra

How long is the dharani & in what language(s) does it appear in this book? The entire book is written in latin script. The mantra is not particularly long, a little more than about 325 characters. Later on the sutra tells of a meditation on eight syllables. There is also a description for the ritua...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Helping the Dying
Replies: 0
Views: 73

Helping the Dying

Buddhism has many methods to assist the dying Buddhist. Here is one for non-Buddhists that Tulku Thondup suggests. He has an entire chapter in his Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth on helping the dying. Even if the dying or dead person is not a Buddhist or not even open to Buddhism, the following formu...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Perfection of Generosity Sutra
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Perfection of Generosity Sutra

Where is this sutra in the taisho ? I can't seem to find it Was not paying attention, it is not in the Taisho. As the Introduction says: The Perfection of Generosity belongs to the general sūtra section of the Tibetan Kangyur. It does not appear to have been translated into Chinese, and we have not...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Perfection of Generosity Sutra
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Perfection of Generosity Sutra

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:48 am
Where is this sutra in the taisho ? I can't seem to find it
The Title page says:
Toh 182
Degé Kangyur, vol. 61 (mdo sde, tsa), folios 77.a–95.b.
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 166
Views: 31971

Re: Dharma Gems

We living beings come into this world and renounce the roots while we grasp at the branches. We forget the fundamental matters, turn our backs on enlightenment and unite with the “dust” – the wearisome mundane world. That is why we forget the Buddhas and never remember to be mindful of them. Master...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Favorite Pure Land Quotes
Replies: 43
Views: 7769

Re: Favorite Pure Land Quotes

Why are the Buddhas mindful of living beings? It is because they see that all living beings are of the same substance. The Buddhas regard all living beings as their past fathers and mothers and as future Buddhas. So the Buddha said, “All living beings on the great earth have the Buddha nature. All ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 229
Views: 17131

Re: Socialism & Communism

Freedom is not free, especially when totalitarian China wants to control Hong Kong: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-18/hong-kong-resets-democracy-push-with-peaceful-mass-march-in-rain?srnd=premium-africa Oops - fixed the typo above. Now tell me China does not fit an intellectual's d...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Lying: Is it Acceptable?
Replies: 45
Views: 3639

Re: Lying

From the Perfection of Generosity Sutra : [Buddha speaks]: “How do bodhisattvas abandon lying? Noble son, bodhisattvas do so by reflecting in this way: ‘Even yakṣas, bhūtas, and piśācas are fond of the truth; they cherish it, like it, and enjoy it. I am also fond of the truth; I, too, cherish it, li...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Favorite Pure Land Quotes
Replies: 43
Views: 7769

Re: Favorite Pure Land Quotes

The name of Amitabha is his very presence, wisdom, compassion, and power. The moment we become conscious of his name, he is in us and with us. So if we concentrate on and unite with his name one-pointedly and with devotion, we begin to enjoy an ocean of enlightening qualities. Devotion and trust in...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Perfection of Generosity Sutra
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Perfection of Generosity Sutra

Summary by the 84K translator: In this sūtra a bodhisattva asks the Buddha how bodhisattvas should exert themselves after having given rise to the mind set on awakening. The Buddha replies by describing the ten virtuous actions and the motivation that bodhisattvas should engender when they engage in...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Perfection of Generosity Sutra
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Perfection of Generosity Sutra

“Noble son, how do bodhisattva great beings abandon killing? Noble son, bodhisattvas do so by reflecting in this way: ‘Even the tiniest of insects, such as an ant, is fond of its life; it cherishes it, likes it, and enjoys it. I, too, am fond of my life; I, too, cherish it, like it, and enjoy it. T...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 229
Views: 17131

Re: Socialism & Communism

Freedom is not free, especially when Communist totalitarian China want to control Hong Kong:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... ium-africa
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Was CTR the first lama in the US?
Replies: 23
Views: 1243

Re: Was CTR the first lama in the US?

Amazing. And that website has alot of interesting stuff on it. I've actually wanted to read Ossendowski's book for a while, why do you call it unreliable? Just the fact you mention these things is very interesting. From the very same site, on Ossendowski: http://www.studiesincomparativereligion.com...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who are your favourite non-Buddhist philosophers?
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: Who are your favourite non-Buddhist philosophers?

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:54 pm
Edward Feser
I am stuck (happily) among past thinkers, so was clueless about Feser:

http://edwardfeser.com
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Amida Dharani / Anantamukha-nirhara-dharani Sutra
Replies: 14
Views: 382

Re: Amida Dharani / Anantamukha-nirhara-dharani Sutra

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:04 pm
Here is the first few pages of that book if you are interested.:
How long is the dharani & in what language(s) does it appear in this book?

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