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by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:05 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Latest 84K Sutra
Replies: 31
Views: 3783

Re: Latest 84K Sutra

by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wisdom Abounds
Replies: 34
Views: 3816

Re: Wisdom Abounds

Politics, however they make the intellect active, sagacious, and inventive, within a certain sphere, generally extinguish its thirst for universal truth, paralyze sentiment and imagination, corrupt the simplicity of the mind, destroy that confidence in human virtue which lies at the foundation of p...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wisdom Abounds
Replies: 34
Views: 3816

Re: Wisdom Abounds

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who to...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Translation Question
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: Avatamsaka Translation Question

Also from the Chinese is this draft translation:
It is through the perfection of the dharmas of pristine purity
that one becomes entirely replete in all of the meritorious qualities.
such a person focuses his unrelenting mindfulness
on the acquisition of all-knowledge.
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 740

Re: The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra

I've just found a text called "The Teaching in Seventeen Chapters for Great Being Bhadrapala". Do you know what the relationship is between this text and this Sutra? It seems similar in some aspects, and different in others. No, but the PS Sutra is very old and exists in differing recensions and tr...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Suggest Books About Nyingma And Kagyu Masters, Siddhas etc.
Replies: 4
Views: 330

Re: Suggest Books About Nyingma And Kagyu Masters, Siddhas etc.

Not that many images if I recall, but many great sages are covered:

Masters of Meditation and Miracles by Tulku Thondup
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: Language
Topic: "heart of enlightenment"
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Re: "heart of enlightenment"

Twice in Khunu Lama's Praise of Bodhicitta - verses 29 & 271 - these words appear. What do they refer to - buddhahood or great compassion or ??? It is a mistranslation of BodhimaNDa (byang chub snying po) which actually refers to the seat (maNDa) of awakening. Thank you Malcolm :bow: So bodhimanda ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: "heart of enlightenment"
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Re: "heart of enlightenment"

From now until the heart of enlightenment I pray to the Guru Triple Gem to have such an aspiration as "may I not be separated from bodhicitta," and to be blessed [to make such a prayer]. I think I this context, “heart” means “core” in the sense of “ultimate”, like in the expression “getting to the ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: "heart of enlightenment"
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Re: "heart of enlightenment"

Cannot get the Tibetan to display here nor is the Attachment function available. Here is the English for verse 29: 29 From now until the heart of enlightenment, I pray to the Guru Triple Gem to have such an aspiration as "may I not be separated from bodhicitta," and to be blessed [to make such a pra...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: "heart of enlightenment"
Replies: 7
Views: 446

"heart of enlightenment"

Twice in Khunu Lama's Praise of Bodhicitta - verses 29 & 271 - these words appear.

What do they refer to - buddhahood or great compassion or ???
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 206
Views: 53382

Re: Dharma Gems

When a noble disciple contemplates upon the Enlightened One, at that time his mind is not enwrapped in lust, nor in hatred, nor in delusion. At such a time his mind is rightly directed towards the Perfect One (Tathāgata). And with a rightly directed mind the noble disciple gains enthusiasm for the ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 206
Views: 53382

Re: Dharma Gems

Malcolm wrote: Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:29 pm
Nicholas Weeks wrote: Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:07 pm
Therefore, Ānanda, do not be judgmental regarding people. Do not pass judgment on people. Those who pass judgment on people harm themselves. I alone, or one like me, may pass judgment on people.
AN 6:44
Great advice, you should follow it.
Of course. All Buddhists should try to follow it.
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 206
Views: 53382

Re: Dharma Gems

Therefore, Ānanda, do not be judgmental regarding people. Do not pass judgment on people. Those who pass judgment on people harm themselves. I alone, or one like me, may pass judgment on people. AN 6:44 As for the places to which someone else’s mind proceeds, one may be mistaken about them, for the...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Latest 84K Sutra
Replies: 31
Views: 3783

Re: Latest 84K Sutra

From the newly translated Questions of Sāgaramati Sutra : SUMMARY Heralded by a miraculous flood, the celestial bodhisattva Sāgaramati arrives in Rājagṛha to engage in a Dharma discussion with Buddha Śākyamuni. He discusses an absorption called “The Pristine and Immaculate Seal” and many other subje...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wisdom Abounds
Replies: 34
Views: 3816

Re: Wisdom Abounds

Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. ’Tis substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular gov...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wisdom Abounds
Replies: 34
Views: 3816

Re: Wisdom Abounds

Here is a warning about ignoring virtue and indulging constantly in vice: All things are bound up in the gods and deeply rooted in them, and through this cause they are preserved in being; if anything fall away from the gods and become utterly isolated from them, it retreats into non-being and is ob...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 208
Views: 63857

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

A farmer had a three legged pig and his neighbor asked him why the pig had only three legs. “Well, I’ll tell you” the farmer replied. “One day I was plowing my field and the tractor turned over and pinned me underneath. That pig ran for help. He saved my life”. “Oh, that’s how he lost his leg?” the ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 78
Views: 9206

Re: In Praise of Virtue

There are six cardinal precepts among the upasaka precepts. Good son, after an upasaka takes the precepts, he should not kill any being from a goddess all the way down to an ant. After taking the precepts, if he instructs others to kill or if he himself kills, he loses his upasaka precepts. This pe...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 254
Views: 16018

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

The effect of killing a future human stops their chances to improve merit or good karma. Who knows how many sages or virtuous people are not here because of the butchery. If bad folk are trying to be born, then their chance for lessening their bad karma is also stopped. Being aborted, like being mu...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 254
Views: 16018

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

The effect of killing a future human stops their chances to improve merit or good karma. Who knows how many sages or virtuous people are not here because of the butchery. If bad folk are trying to be born, then their chance for lessening their bad karma is also stopped. The status of the womb being ...

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