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by Nicholas Weeks
Sun May 20, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 84
Views: 3410

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

jikai wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 4:27 am

This is indeed an incredibly important passage. And it most probably Guanding who placed it here (it occurs later on) for this reason.

Gassho,

Jikai.
What page in Swanson does it occur? Is it is the Synopsis or the main text?
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun May 20, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: World Bee Day
Replies: 2
Views: 129

World Bee Day

Today 20 May is a day to appreciate and do what we can to help our busy little friends.

https://worldbeeday.org/en/
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue May 15, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 84
Views: 3410

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Both Donner-Stevenson & Swanson agree that the heart or distilled essence of this text, and I suppose of Tien-tai itself, is this paragraph. Swanson's version is on pp 99-101, but here is the D-S version from 1993, pp 112-14: Perfect and Sudden Calming and Contemplation [1c23] The perfect and sudden...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon May 14, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Divine Stories
Replies: 0
Views: 146

Divine Stories

Volume two of Rotman's translation of The Divyāvadāna came out in 2017, Part one was out in 2008. Here is part of his Preface to volume 2: Actions never come to naught, even after hundreds of millions of years. When the right conditions gather and the time is right, then they will have their effect ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed May 09, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Upasika Blavatsky
Replies: 29
Views: 6236

Re: Upasika Blavatsky

One of the best biographies of Blavatsky is now in pdf format:

https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/cr ... _ebook.pdf

She died 8 May, 1891.
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon May 07, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 84
Views: 3410

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Many thanks Jikai, your response is clarifying!

As for the life of this bodhisattva, any generally accepted traditions about who he was in any of his rebirths?

No support for this notion, but his depth & comprehensiveness in presenting buddhadharma, reminds one of Je Tsongkhapa.
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun May 06, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 84
Views: 3410

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Just discovered that in volume three Swanson did his own translation of the small Chih-kuan that Dharmamitra (and several others) did. However Bhikshu Dharmamitra used the Taisho version, while Swanson used the critical edition of Sekiguchi.
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri May 04, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 84
Views: 3410

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Thanks Queequeg for your speculations and eye physiology report. With the latter I am familiar.

What I was hoping to hear about was the Tien-tai tradition on 'double pupils', not modern responses.
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu May 03, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 84
Views: 3410

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Finally got around to buying the three volumes.

A simple question or two about Chih-i's birth, where he appeared to have "double pupils". What exactly does that portend?

Is it an odd physical feature or symbolic of seeing deeper with wisdom or clairvoyance or...??
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some Gems From The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 263

Re: Some Gems From The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra

The Taisho 417 that Rulu used & vikas quotes is quite different from T. 418 that Harrison translated for BDK. Here is part of the quote above in Harrison's translation: The Buddha said: "By virtue of these dharmas of conduct one brings about the meditation and then masters the Meditation in Which th...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Attitudes toward vedic astrology?
Replies: 6
Views: 953

Re: Attitudes toward vedic astrology?

Here are the annual predictions from a Canadian Jyotisha(sp.?) for major nations, with most of the focus on USA:

http://www.prasannanjyotish.com/publica ... tlook.html
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham
Replies: 17
Views: 3963

Re: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham

If anyone knows of a free pdf of this Garland of Jewels anywhere, tell us all. You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1934608033/ or here: https://www.namsebangdzo.com/Garland_of_Jewels_the_Eight_Great_Bodhisattvas_p/15256.htm [/quote] I own the book, but would like a free pdf. But since ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham
Replies: 17
Views: 3963

Re: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham

Something Jeff Watt wrote when the book came out: What is not stated in this current translation is that this text attributed to and written by Mipham Rinpoche is based on the work of Zhuchen Tsultrim Rinchen (1697-1774) of Dege Gonchen Monastery. Zhuchen was the chief editor of the Dege Tangyur and...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Master Hua statue
Replies: 0
Views: 141

Master Hua statue

A short video from one of his monasteries in Malaysia:

by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Dezhin Shegpa
Replies: 2
Views: 193

Re: Dezhin Shegpa

Many thanks!
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Dezhin Shegpa
Replies: 2
Views: 193

Dezhin Shegpa

Have seen this as a Karmapa honorific, but what do the words Dezhin Shegpa (Shekpa) mean?
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Hindu with circumflex?
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: Hindu with circumflex?

One dictionary says origin is Urdu, from Persian hindū, from Hind, India... :shrug:
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Hindu with circumflex?
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Hindu with circumflex?

While reading an old 1930s book I noticed Hindû used with a diacritical. Same with Hindûsthân. Nowadays I do not see that, is or was that legitimate then?

Maybe like nirvana, hindu is been Englished so often, the diacriticals are ignored??
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Seon
Topic: Hyongak Sunim fed up with Korean Seon
Replies: 15
Views: 999

Re: Hyongak Sunim fed up with Korean Seon

Whether the Dhamma or Dharma it has always been 'against the stream' of conventional living.

But the sangha will not always be with us publicly. There is such an era as a 'Dharma-ending' age and now is that time.