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by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Bodhisattvabhumi (Tsadra) Hardcover – March 8, 2016 by Asanga (Author), Artemus B. Engle (Translator)
Replies: 14
Views: 2128

Re: Bodhisattvabhumi (Tsadra) Hardcover – March 8, 2016 by Asanga (Author), Artemus B. Engle (Translator)

Regarding this [topic], what is a bodhisattva’s knowledge of the world? Here a bodhisattva gains, in relation to the world that consists of sentient beings, the following type of true realization. “Alas, this world is in a state of calamity! That is to say, although they take birth, age, die, fall ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Studying Uttaratantra Shastra
Replies: 13
Views: 474

Re: Studying Uttaratantra Shastra

Online and still in print is Takasaki's good study & translation of the root text and Asanga's commentary. He compared the Chinese, Tibetan & Sanskrit versions.

http://lirs.ru/lib/uttara/A_Study_of_Ra ... i,1966.pdf
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is a good book I can read on the Lotus Sutra that is a commentary on it?
Replies: 8
Views: 351

Re: What is a good book I can read on the Lotus Sutra that is a commentary on it?

Is there a good book out there that I can read on the Lotus Sutra that is a commentary on each chapter or portion? Master Hsuan Hua commented on the entire sutra. The English translation by BTTS is in 16 volumes, a mix of 10 paperback older versions & newer revised hardback volumes. This BTTS site ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Upasika Blavatsky
Replies: 31
Views: 7026

Re: Upasika Blavatsky

Deeply sensible of the Titanic struggle that is now in progress between materialism and the spiritual aspirations of mankind, our constant endeavor has been to gather into our several chapters, like weapons into armories, every fact and argument that can be used to aid the latter in defeating the f...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Upasika Blavatsky
Replies: 31
Views: 7026

Re: Upasika Blavatsky

In 1887 Blavatsky was interviewed by her friend Charles Johnston, a Sanskrit scholar:

http://www.philaletheians.co.uk/study-n ... hnston.pdf
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Jonang
Topic: Study in Jonang Kalacakra
Replies: 0
Views: 338

Study in Jonang Kalacakra

David Reigle begins a valuable comparison of Kalacakra Tantra Tibetan versions with the original Sanskrit:

http://prajnaquest.fr/blog/studies-in-t ... a-1-1-1-3/
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Borodudur
Replies: 9
Views: 350

Borodudur

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/news/2017/02/24/z_jun-p13-Borobudur-01.jpg?itok=9OzIP77F Anyone seen a detailed Buddhist explanation of the symbolism of this mandala in stone? No archeologists please. I know, in general, that the life of Buddha is portrayed in c...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: King of the Empty Plain
Replies: 5
Views: 950

Re: King of the Empty Plain

Listen, my son, learned and venerable Delek Pal! Obscured before by the darkness of ignorance, thoughts to practice Dharma were mixed with the eight worldly concerns. To achieve the aims of future lives, trust in these thoughts of practice. Completely drop the aims of this life! Serenely release at...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: King of the Empty Plain
Replies: 5
Views: 950

Re: King of the Empty Plain

Then the great adept went to Amdar Shong and was given fine offerings and honors. He gave the entrustment of pure awareness for Avalokiteshvara in the market. He told the parents of three mute children in the rows of the initiation, “Bring your three sons here!” When they arrived before him, he poi...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: King of the Empty Plain
Replies: 5
Views: 950

Re: King of the Empty Plain

This noble Mahasiddha faced much hostility, although most regretted it later. He arrived in Dartsedo. Ten men of the same clan in that region had joined together and were killing one man. The great adept said, “If an equal number of men fight, the difference in their courage can be known. It doesn’t...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: King of the Empty Plain
Replies: 5
Views: 950

Re: King of the Empty Plain

Reading it again now - from pp. 310-11: Homage to you, Mahākarunika, who compassionately loves countless living beings, who has assumed the role of a mighty spiritual son of the conquerors on the tenth spiritual level, and who shows the path of liberation to all embodied beings. If absolutely all th...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fire Suppression Sadhanas?
Replies: 3
Views: 234

Re: Fire Suppression Sadhanas?

All good & powerful suggestions, thanks to all!

One of Lama Zopa's is the short Kshitigarbha mantra. But what means "Thaleng"?

OM AH KSHITI GARBHA THALENG HUM
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fire Suppression Sadhanas?
Replies: 3
Views: 234

Fire Suppression Sadhanas?

All over the West USA fire danger is growing. When people are in mortal danger is there any practice that can turn aside or stop a big fire?

City of 10 Thousand Buddhas, in Talmage California is in such peril right now.
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Replies: 21
Views: 2409

Re: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

Two fearsome fires are not that far from CTTB now. Any practice suggestions for fires suppression or stopping their movement in a particular direction? Just was reminded that Master Hua said: "The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas is Guanyin’s Bodhimanda, with Guanyin Bodhisattva in the primary position ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Boys Freed From Thai Cave Enter Monkhood to Honor Fallen Rescuer
Replies: 4
Views: 460

Re: Boys Freed From Thai Cave Enter Monkhood to Honor Fallen Rescuer

Wow, touching for sure. But, I'm glad they're becoming novice monks, as I imagine they have a lot of living to do before making such a serious commitment. It is a temporary, yet traditional passage for most Thai men. Not sure, but the article seemed to suggest they will all (save the Xtian boy) spe...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: I wish to marry a Dakini
Replies: 35
Views: 1546

Re: I wish to marry a Dakini

Motova, It is not a good idea to use buddhadharma or Vajrayana practices for personal & worldly purposes.
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: I wish to marry a Dakini
Replies: 35
Views: 1546

Re: I wish to marry a Dakini

I wish to marry a Dakini. :smile: Please pray for me and recite mantras for me and dedicate merit to me so that I may receive my wish. :smile: Thank you kindly. I suspect that both your future wife and you would be content to have a marriage based on deep personal love for each other and solid shar...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Replies: 21
Views: 2409

Re: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

Pix of Kuan Yin bodhi day at CTTB:

http://www.cttbusa.org/gwanyin2018july/cttb.asp

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