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by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Human Rights Day
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Re: Human Rights Day

More tools & information in support of this aspiration:

http://www.standup4humanrights.org/en/index.html
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Human Rights Day
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Human Rights Day

10 December is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Even though many persons & nations ignore all or part of it, it was & is an excellent guide for civil, even virtuous living. Preamble Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: new Mahayanasutralamkara
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: new Mahayanasutralamkara

In Mipham's comments on the Practice chapter, verse 9, he writes: In this way they make full use of skillful means, as taught in the Sūtra of the Perfectly Pure Sphere of Activity. When they enter a town, bodhisattvas pray: “May all sentient beings enter the city of supreme liberation.” When they se...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Merit needed to see Buddhas
Replies: 12
Views: 454

Re: Merit needed to see Buddhas

Since motivation of bodhisattvas & buddhas is same - to help as many beings as possible become free of all obscurations & suffering, our merit may have little to do with their appearance. They teach & help devas too, whose types of suffering we would not consider suffering at all. The hell beings, a...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: new Mahayanasutralamkara
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: new Mahayanasutralamkara

Having spent a few days reading this Padmakara version, I find in preferable to the the Dharmachakra one from 2013. Both convey the meaning well enough yet the Padmakara version is smoother, for my taste anyway. Also the root text standing alone is good for recitation purposes. The only flyspeck on ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Tsongkhapa day 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 132

Tsongkhapa day 2018

This 2 December day is Tsongkhapa day. A little from his ocean of bodhicitta teachings - The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path : Intelligent persons should enter the Mahayana from the beginning. As Aryasura's Compendium of the Perfections (Paramita-samasa ) says: Once you have abandoned forev...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Upcoming book by Karl Brunnhölzl on The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra
Replies: 7
Views: 831

Re: Upcoming book by Karl Brunnhölzl on The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra

Per the recent Anchorage, Alaska 7.0 earthquake: In terms of the welfare of others, while reciting the aspiration prayer we imagine that all sentient beings of the six realms and three times can hear it (irrespective of language or distance) and focus on dispelling their many sufferings in this very...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Is there a Tibetan translation of The awakening of faith
Replies: 8
Views: 795

Re: Is there a Tibetan translation of The awakening of faith

nudnavda wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:06 am
It's a strange phenomenon to me, all in all. :meditate:
Not really - whether one thinks of it as sectarianism or intense preference & focus, such is the case. Also the ease of comparison study back then was far more difficult than now, when we just click on the Internet.
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: new Mahayanasutralamkara
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: new Mahayanasutralamkara

FOREWORD JIGME KHYENTSE RINPOCHE In an age when science claims to have an answer for everything and is even attempting to prove the validity of Buddhist meditation, while many people’s ideas about different religions and spiritual paths reduce these to simplistic and misleading stereotypes, it is h...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Upcoming book by Karl Brunnhölzl on The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra
Replies: 7
Views: 831

Re: Upcoming book by Karl Brunnhölzl on The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra

Many valuable appendixes in addition to the translations: Appendix 1. The Outlines of the Commentaries Appendix 2. The Ground, Its Manifestations, and Samantabhadra’s Freedom Appendix 3. The Arising of Delusion and the Unchanging Inherent Purity of All Saṃsāric Manifestations Appendix 4. How Buddha ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Upcoming book by Karl Brunnhölzl on The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra
Replies: 7
Views: 831

Re: Upcoming book by Karl Brunnhölzl on The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra

From the Preface: The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra , one of the most famous and often-recited Dzogchen texts, is a uniquely profound prayer with two distinct levels of meaning, and it also serves as an on-the-spot practice instruction. On its surface, this is a prayer offered by the primordial...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: new Mahayanasutralamkara
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: new Mahayanasutralamkara

First few verses for comparison with other translations: Homage to all the buddhas and bodhisattvas. 1. He who knows the meaning created a composition showing that meaning with flawless speech and phrasing Out of natural compassion for suffering beings in order to free them from suffering. For being...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche
Replies: 44
Views: 3620

Re: New Head of Nyingma: Kathok Getse Rinpoche

he very soon fell down and showed parinirvana.


Does the Tibetan say 'fell down' = slipped, or perhaps he just knew his time was up and he left his body, which then fell down dead.
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: new Mahayanasutralamkara
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: new Mahayanasutralamkara

Most of the major scholars & lamas involved: This translation was made at the request of our teachers Pema Wangyal Rinpoche and Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche, who also conferred the transmission of the root text and Mipham’s commentary as well as answering some of our numerous questions. To them, first an...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: new Mahayanasutralamkara
Replies: 7
Views: 276

new Mahayanasutralamkara

Padmakara came out with another English version of the Sutralamkara with Ju Mipham's commentary. The root text alone is in the first section and then Mipham's comments with the root text is there. Glossary, Bibliography & Index etc. Have only skimmed it - others can review the translation quality. T...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 143
Views: 35633

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Rulu has just added, from one of her books, an excellent short survey of the Huayan corpus, lineage & teachings:

http://www.sutrasmantras.info/introbook5.html

Also has hot links to Glossary.
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 143
Views: 35633

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

What is a buddha? Chapter 37 treats of the body, voice, mind, actions etc. of a buddha. Here is an example re the body: Third, Buddha-Sons, the sun rises in Jambudvīpa and benefits all sentient beings in countless ways, such as dispelling darkness, removing coldness and wetness, nurturing trees and ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Aspiration for Unity
Replies: 1
Views: 218

Re: Aspiration for Unity

Translation text only: May every living being, Our minds as one and radiant with light, Share the fruits of peace, With hearts of goodness, luminous and bright. If people hear and see, How hands and hearts can find in giving, unity, May their minds awake, To Great Compassion, wisdom and to joy. May ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Aspiration for Unity
Replies: 1
Views: 218

Aspiration for Unity

From the Chinese tradition, translated by a couple of American Bhikshus, with music in a video format. Simply lovely!

https://www.drbu.edu/blog/dedication-merit

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