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by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Partisanship and the loss of scruple
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: Partisanship and the loss of scruple

It is an ancient bad habit of most humans to live with little or no confidence in our nature being buddha-like or christ-like or a spark of divinity etcetera . Thus self-control aimed at least toward harmlessness, not to mention altruism is lacking. If our diet of thoughts, words & deeds is heavily ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: bodhisattva vs bodhisatva
Replies: 22
Views: 4727

Re: bodhisattva vs bodhisatva

In note #2 from the new 84,000 translation of Miraculous Play of Manjushri they write: We prefer to follow the mainstream Buddhist Sanskrit usage of manuscripts and inscriptions by spelling bodhisatva with a single rather than a double t, the latter being a convention of modern editors. See Bhattach...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Latest 84K Sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 557

Re: Latest 84K Sutra

The Miraculous Play of Mañjuśrī presents a series of profound teachings within a rich narrative structure involving a beautiful courtesan’s daughter, Suvarṇottama prabhāśrī. A banker’s son has purchased her favors, but while they are riding together toward a pleasure garden the girl’s attention is ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Celebrity Culture
Replies: 43
Views: 514

Re: Celebrity Culture

Unhealthy attachment is a problem for sure. One can have an unhealthy attachment to family. Also premature death of a charmed life reminds people of their own impending extinction and how little control there really is over it. Are they crying over Kobe or are the shock of death? Yes, both. Non-att...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Celebrity Culture
Replies: 43
Views: 514

Celebrity Culture

Being pretty indifferent to sports and occupied in my usual spacey studies & pondering, I just heard this afternoon about the death of nine people in a helicopter crash near LA. Kobe Bryant & his daughter were among the dead. He was a star for the LA Lakers basketball team for 20 years or so. Having...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nagarjuna's Vibhasa
Replies: 45
Views: 2073

Re: Nagarjuna's Vibhasa

Question: Having already explained the method for repentance, how does one go about “entreating”? Response: Whenever any of the buddhas of the ten directions now attain buddhahood, I request them to turn the wheel of Dharma and bring peace and happiness to all beings. Whenever any of the buddhas of...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nagarjuna's Vibhasa
Replies: 45
Views: 2073

Re: Nagarjuna's Vibhasa

Question: How does one go about carrying out these endeavors? Response: There is nothing not exhaustively known by the countless buddhas of the ten directions, Now, in the presence of them all, I reveal all of my black and evil deeds. Three times three, nine kinds in all,* all of them have arisen f...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Solar Power Scam
Replies: 2
Views: 175

Solar Power Scam

Supposedly these mobile solar generators supply much needed emergency power. This specific operation turned out to also be a Ponzi scheme!

https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/to ... t-criminal
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Kalavinka Shastras
Replies: 24
Views: 3304

Re: Kalavinka Shastras

Also the Donation section is updated for 2020:

http://kalavinka.org/kp_main_pages/donate.htm
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Kalavinka Press
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: Kalavinka Press

Also the Donation section is updated for 2020:

http://kalavinka.org/kp_main_pages/donate.htm
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Shurangama Sutra
Replies: 11
Views: 4335

Re: The Shurangama Sutra

Several dead or wrong links, so here is one to the free new e-book translation version, plus links to print version with the full Master Hua commentary.

http://www.buddhisttexts.org/surangama.html
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Is Śūraṅgama Sūtra authentic?
Replies: 27
Views: 1300

Re: Is Śūraṅgama Sūtra authentic?

Here is an older thread will several links, mainly to the BTTS-Master Hua versions:

viewtopic.php?t=45
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nāgārjuna on Mindfulness of the Buddha
Replies: 6
Views: 290

Re: Nāgārjuna on Mindfulness of the Buddha

Part Three: Recollection of the Buddha In subchapter 36 of the 52-part introductory chapter to his Exegesis on the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra , Nāgārjuna discusses the “eight recollections” of which “recollection of the Buddha” is the first part. It is preceded by a short prefatory introducti...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Is Śūraṅgama Sūtra authentic?
Replies: 27
Views: 1300

Re: Is Śūraṅgama Sūtra authentic?

Thank you James. May this lead more Tibetan/Dzogchen followers to examine this wonderful Sutra!
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nāgārjuna on Mindfulness of the Buddha
Replies: 6
Views: 290

Re: Nāgārjuna on Mindfulness of the Buddha

Part Two: The Pratyutpanna Samādhi Toward the end of his discussion of the first bodhisattva ground, the Ground of Joyfulness, Nāgārjuna sets forth a verse indicating that, once the bodhisattva path practitioner has already come to dwell on the first ground, “he will naturally be able to see severa...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nāgārjuna on Mindfulness of the Buddha
Replies: 6
Views: 290

Re: Nāgārjuna on Mindfulness of the Buddha

Part of the Introduction on the Easy Practice Nagarjuna describes: Part One: The Easy Practice In Nāgārjuna’s discussion of the first bodhisattva ground, in response to a discouraged interlocutor fearful of the difficulty of achieving “irreversibility” on the seemingly interminably long bodhisattva ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nagarjuna's Vibhasa
Replies: 45
Views: 2073

Re: Nagarjuna's Vibhasa

Chapter 10 - Getting Rid of Karma Question: Is it the case that, in order to become an avaivartika , one need only bear in mind Amitābha and those other buddhas while also bearing in mind the others, the bodhisattvas [mentioned above]? Or are there other additional skillful means [that must be used...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nagarjuna's Vibhasa
Replies: 45
Views: 2073

Re: Nagarjuna's Vibhasa

Next are verse in praise of major past buddhas & the next future one: One should also bear in mind Vipaśyin Buddha, Śikhin Buddha, Viśvabhū Buddha, Krakucchanda Buddha, Kanakamuni Buddha, Kāś yapa Buddha, and Śākyamuni Buddha, as well as Maitreya, the future Buddha. One should bear them all in mind ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nagarjuna's Vibhasa
Replies: 45
Views: 2073

Re: Nagarjuna's Vibhasa

Next are verse in praise of major past buddhas & the next future one: One should also bear in mind Vipaśyin Buddha, Śikhin Buddha, Viśvabhū Buddha, Krakucchanda Buddha, Kanakamuni Buddha, Kāś yapa Buddha, and Śākyamuni Buddha, as well as Maitreya, the future Buddha. One should bear them all in mind ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Nagarjuna's Vibhasa
Replies: 45
Views: 2073

Re: Nagarjuna's Vibhasa

Here is part of the long Amitābha Buddha verses of praise: The original vows of Amitābha are of this sort: “If any person bears me in mind, invokes my name, and takes refuge in me, he will immediately enter the stage of certainty with respect to attaining anuttarasamyaksaṃbodh i.” One should therefo...

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