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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: 87

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: 21
Views: 340

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: 25
Views: 405

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: 25
Views: 405

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: 25
Views: 405

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: 25
Views: 405

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: 25
Views: 405

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: 1242

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: 25
Views: 405

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: 2766

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: 25
Views: 405

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: 25
Views: 405

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: 352

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: 1242

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.
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty
Replies: 11
Views: 352

Re: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty

Only dipped into the Conclusion where you write: We must bear in mind that there are statements in Mahāyāna scriptures that encourage bodhisattvas to master mundane sciences, which includes astrology and calendrical science. You probably give examples in the rest of the paper, but if not, the Ten St...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Only Capitol of Israel
Replies: 66
Views: 1242

Re: The Only Capitol of Israel

Could political or personal beliefs ever overcome compassion for all our mother sentient beings? No, certainly not possible there could be any nominal Buddhists. If one truly possessed perfect compassion for all our mother sentient beings, there would be no personal or political beliefs to be held ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Only Capitol of Israel
Replies: 66
Views: 1242

Re: The Only Capitol of Israel

Could political or personal beliefs ever overcome compassion for all our mother sentient beings? No, certainly not possible there could be any nominal Buddhists.
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Only Capitol of Israel
Replies: 66
Views: 1242

Re: The Only Capitol of Israel

justsit wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:07 pm
I'm not following this story in the news, so I have no sage comments to offer, only a question - Why does Trump get to tell another country where their capital should be? I really don't get this. There's obviously a long game here - what is it?
Read the link.
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Only Capitol of Israel
Replies: 66
Views: 1242

The Only Capitol of Israel

It will take a few years to actually have a building for the US Embassy in Jerusalem, but the President of the US has stated as policy what Israel declared in 1950.

https://stream.org/why-it-matters/

Most religious Jews & Christians are pleased.