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by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 112
Views: 19548

Re: Dharma Gems

What is the accomplishment of watchfulness? Herein, Vyagghapajja, whatsoever wealth a householder is in possession of, obtained by dint of effort, collected by strength of arm, by the sweat of his brow, justly acquired by right means — such he husbands well by guarding and watching so that kings wo...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 140
Views: 28435

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

From beginning of Ten Grounds chapter; Master Hua comments: All that Bodhisattvas did to teach, transform, tame, and subdue living beings was done at the right time. The vocation of a Bodhisattva is to teach and transform living beings, tame and subdue living beings, and cause all living beings quic...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Re: Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime

To encourage others to ponder on this text, here is the Master's Preface and a couple of chapters: http://kalavinka.org/book_excerpts/SGS_excerpts/SGS_X-08_Pref_Chapters.pdf Another of the great Master's works, a condensation of his Great Calming & Discerning that Swanson just published: http://kala...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 112
Views: 19548

Re: Dharma Gems

"Four conditions, Vyagghapajja, conduce to a householder's weal and happiness in this very life. Which four? "The accomplishment of persistent effort (utthana-sampada), the accomplishment of watchfulness (arakkha-sampada), good friendship (kalyanamittata) and balanced livelihood (sama-jivikata). "W...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: California Fire updates
Replies: 0
Views: 50

California Fire updates

This site keeps one abreast of our seemingly constant fire outbreaks:

http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Kumarajiva's translations of Nagarjuna's works
Replies: 4
Views: 98

Re: Kumarajiva's translations of Nagarjuna's works

Here is part of N. Upadesha with Chinese on facing pages: http://kalavinka.org/kp_book_pages/n6p_book_page.htm Another volume with the Stories: http://kalavinka.org/kp_book_pages/mspw%20book%20page.htm And lastly a Gelongma translated Lamotte's French into five PDFs: http://resources.84000-translate...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist Billionaire plans to change China
Replies: 6
Views: 671

Buddhist Billionaire plans to change China

He has a 3 year timetable to bring the rule of law & freedom to China:

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/billionaire-g ... 46185.html
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God
Replies: 35
Views: 628

Re: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God

Motova wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:33 pm
I think I remember Malcolm saying Devas aren't interested in sacrifices, only hungry ghosts are.
Maybe, but there are many kinds of devas with differing qualities.
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God
Replies: 35
Views: 628

Re: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God

Just using 'Jehovah' as a respectful shorthand for YHVH -HaShem, the God of Moses.
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God
Replies: 35
Views: 628

Re: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God

Saying a all-power god is Indra or Shakra is probably a common trope. In China many Buddhists will say the Jade Emperor is Indra/Brahma/Sakkra due to being the highest god so people applying that trope the the Christian God is pretty understandable. After all didn't the Brahma believe he created th...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God
Replies: 35
Views: 628

Re: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God

Here is Master Hua talking about the varied heavens: The second heaven in the Desire Realm is the Trayastrimsha Heaven. Trayastrimsha (Trayastri) is a Sanskrit word. You don't know what that means? Then let's call it the "Don't Know Heaven." The Don't Know Heaven is just the Trayastrimsha, a Sanskri...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God
Replies: 35
Views: 628

Re: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God

I will (and others are welcome to help) spend more time researching Master Hua's remarks. I have other projects now, so this enquiry was just a thought I wondered about. Yet it seems not unlikely that only Jehovah is what is meant. Shakra is not a non-dual principle, nor like Mahabrahma a very great...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Only Capitol of Israel
Replies: 66
Views: 1305

Re: The Only Capitol of Israel

srivijaya wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:09 pm
Please someone, hurry up and impeach him.
Rep. Al Green tried & failed miserably.
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God
Replies: 35
Views: 628

Re: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God

Indrajala wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:57 pm
Not quite sure if this is going to answer your questions, but here's a good overview of lore related to Indra/Sakka (it is lengthy!):

http://www.palikanon.com/english/pali_n ... /sakka.htm
Thanks Jeff; it does answer #2, that Shakra is a good devotee of Buddha & his dispensation.
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Assisted Suicide/ euthanasia
Replies: 60
Views: 2824

Re: Assisted Suicide/ euthanasia

Do not be hasty accepting a fatal diagnosis, always get a 2nd or 3rd opinion: https://alexschadenberg.blogspot.ca/2017/12/woman-who-attempted-suicide-based-on.html?utm_source=Euthanasia+Prevention+Coalition+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c693f55561-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_105a...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God
Replies: 35
Views: 628

Re: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God

Here is that verse from ch. 1 of the HuaYen Sutra:
Moreover, Celestial King Shakra-Indra gained a passage into liberation of experiencing great happiness of recollecting the appearance of Buddhas of the three periods and clearly seeing everything including the formation and decay of their lands.
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Shakra-Indra as Xtian God
Replies: 35
Views: 628

Shakra-Indra as Xtian God

If Indrajala or anyone else is interested & knows the answer to the queries below, let us hear. The Heaven of the 33 is ruled by Lord Shakra, King of Gods, also known as Indra, and the God of the Christian Bible. I first ran across this identification of the Xtian God with Shakra-Indra in the teachi...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty
Replies: 11
Views: 368

Re: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty

This is off topic Jeff, but if you are interested & know the answer, please go to the thread on Shakra-Indra. The Heaven of the 33 is ruled by Lord Shakra, King of Gods, also known as Indra, and the God of the Christian Bible. I first ran across this identification of the Xtian God with Shakra-Indra...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Only Capitol of Israel
Replies: 66
Views: 1305

Re: The Only Capitol of Israel

Thankful to all for pointing out flaws regarding this thread (and my other personal failings).

But no one has mentioned the biggest blunder - using the wrong Capitol for the title of this thread - should be Capital.