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by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New Tranlation: Ratnamegha Sutra
Replies: 13
Views: 550

Re: New Tranlation: Ratnamegha Sutra

In a realm far away the Buddha Padmanetra gives advice to a group of bodhisattvas who are going to visit this realm: Once you are in that realm, be careful. Why? Because among the beings of that realm desire, anger, and dullness are rife. They have no regard for mendicants and no regard for brahmins...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Saka Dawa 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 746

Re: Saka Dawa 2019

Sādhaka, No expert am I, but if Dawa means month, a lunar month from New Moon thru Full, back to New, I would guess merit multiplying occurs on every one of those days. The maximum would be on the day of the Full Moon. Now how exactly the length of the Full Moon day is measured and how or if merit i...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Thoughts
Replies: 115
Views: 10649

Re: Inspiring Thoughts

Contentment makes poor men rich,
Discontent makes rich men poor.
Benjamin Franklin
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 149
Views: 29704

Re: Dharma Gems

As a river rushes to the sea,
As the sun and moon glide across the mountains of the west,
As days and nights, hours and moments flee,
Life flows away, inexorably.
Padmasambhava
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicitta Motivation
Replies: 14
Views: 2741

Re: Bodhicitta Motivation

The fundamental nature of consciousness and its attributes cannot be separated, just as fire cannot be separated from heat. But these qualities are not manifest. It is like a sword whose sharpness remains invisible while the blade is in its sheath, or like a mirror, which has the capacity to reflec...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche
Replies: 3
Views: 765

Re: Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

More from Kyabje Zopa on the Wheel of Great Compassion which is the book this extract came from: The prayer wheel is a manifestation of the Compassion Buddha's holy speech. Through this practice, one then achieves the holy mind, holy body, and all the qualities of the Compassion Buddha. Some readers...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 145
Views: 37852

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Translations for large sutras are slow, but 84000 has started several chapters of the Avatamsaka. From the Tibetan, while checking the Chinese I am guessing.

http://read.84000.co/section/O1JC114941JC14666.html
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 145
Views: 37852

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Perhaps more scholarship than many care about, but a good study of the varied Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese etc. translations of the corpus:

http://imrehamar.elte.hu/downloads/Refl ... HamarI.pdf
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 17
Views: 2016

Re: The Golden Light Sutra

Here is another PDF version:

Golden-Light Sutra.pdf
(729.62 KiB) Not downloaded yet
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 17
Views: 2016

Re: The Golden Light Sutra

Most of us have heard that our Buddha, in a previous lifetime, gave his body to a starving tigress. This event, in prose and verse, is told in chapter 18 of this sutra. The Tathagata said that sacrifice was a major step toward buddhahood for him. Here is how that chapter ends: I, the Tathagata Shaky...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Favorite Sutra?
Replies: 31
Views: 3395

Re: Favorite Sutra?

For those who prefer books to pdfs ... There are PDFs on sutrasmantras.info? Honestly, the site is a bit difficult to navigate. My mistake; the individual sutras are all html at the site. Although, if one takes the trouble to copy them into Word or OpenOffice you can make a PDF. The books are avail...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Replies: 22
Views: 3034

Re: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

A recent talk from a Bhikshu on merit for Pure Lands:

http://www.cttbusa.org/talks/43.asp
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Saka Dawa 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 746

Re: Saka Dawa 2019

I searched 84000.co in vain: could someone kindly provide me with a link to the Prajñā­pāramitā­sūtra (pdf in preference) Have a good Saga Dawa time and thanks. There are many PP sutras, of varying lengths. Here is one PDF from 84000 (click on Published texts only): http://read.84000.co/section/O1J...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua
Replies: 86
Views: 20860

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Master Hua dropped his skin bag in early June of 1995. Here are his vows made when just a boy:

http://www.cttbusa.org/founder/18vows.asp
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Thoughts
Replies: 115
Views: 10649

Re: Inspiring Thoughts

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, is itself a frightful despotism.
George Washington
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 17
Views: 2016

Re: The Golden Light Sutra

I've compared the chapter on Drdha from the 21-chapter version and the 29-chapter version. The 29-chapter version has a whole ritual for invoking Drdha, including building a mandala, and three mantras which the 21-chapter version doesn't include at all. Can't say about any of the other chapters. Th...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Chess
Replies: 21
Views: 393

Re: Chess

joy&peace wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:27 pm
Anyway, it's Stockfish.
:thanks: Sorry to burden you with extra questions.
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Golden Light Sutra
Replies: 17
Views: 2016

Re: The Golden Light Sutra

Wiki mentions: In Tibetan, there are three versions of the Sutra: the 21, 29, and 31 chapter versions. The 29 Chapter Version was probably the most popular in Tibet and Tibetan Buddhist regions. FPMT published a 15, then a 21 chapter version. I wonder if there is, in English, the 29 or 31 chapter ve...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Daily Lojong
Replies: 158
Views: 11087

Re: Daily Lojong

From Geshe Sopa's 20 page Introduction to the book Peacock in the Poison Grove : The Wheel-Weapon and Poison-Destroying Peacock are precious lojong or mind-training teachings that will help us to develop bodhicitta, the mind directed toward enlightenment. According to our Tibetan tradition, these wo...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Chess
Replies: 21
Views: 393

Re: Chess

Joy&peace: "Possibly SF will one day be surpassed by humans."

What is SF?

For chess beginners or interested readers, please translate the abbreviations in your last post.

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