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by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 38
Views: 2727

Re: In Praise of Virtue

Happiness cannot exist where Truth is absent. Erected upon the shifting sands of human fiction and hypotheses, happiness is merely a house of cards tumbling down at the first whiff; it cannot exist in reality as long as egotism reigns supreme in civilized societies. As long as intellectual progress...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Abhidharmasamuccaya
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: Abhidharmasamuccaya

While dipping into the Karma section of Geshe Sopa's commentary on the Lamrim Chenmo I noticed that however popular & influential Vasubandhu's Kosa is, Geshe Sopa says Asanga's Abhidharmasamuccaya is the higher Abhidharma & the Kosa the lower. Wonder how widespread that valuation is? Asanga's is a ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Abhidharmasamuccaya
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: Abhidharmasamuccaya

While dipping into the Karma section of Geshe Sopa's commentary on the Lamrim Chenmo I noticed that however popular & influential Vasubandhu's Kosa is, Geshe Sopa says Asanga's Abhidharmasamuccaya is the higher Abhidharma & the Kosa the lower. Wonder how widespread that valuation is? Asanga's is a m...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Abhidharmasamuccaya
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: Abhidharmasamuccaya

A book version from Asian Humanities Press with the translation by Sara Boin-Webb of the same Walpola Rahula's French translation is also available. The Ani & Boin-Webb may have worked independently, so similarities in translation are just because the French of Rahula can be rendered similarly. Her...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shobogenzo Recommendations
Replies: 3
Views: 467

Re: Shobogenzo Recommendations

I am interested in Dogen and his Shobogenzo. I have read small portions in translation. There are "Amazon reviews" and the reviews that practitioners would make. :smile: I am soliciting recommendations on a) translations of the Shobogenzo and b) books on Dogen's life and dharma works. Thank you for...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra

Buddha continues giving vices to avoid & virtues to practice for another 25 or so verses, here are a few examples (without the notes): 1.27 ...It is the transcendence of matter. It is the understanding of sounds. It is the attainment of joy. It is experiencing the joy of the Dharma. It is sincerity....
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra

1.25 Young man, in that way the bodhisattva mahāsattva who has evenness of mind toward all beings, wishes to benefit them, and has no anger or partiality will attain the samādhi known as the revealed equality of the nature of all phenomena. 1.26 Young man, what is the samādhi called the revealed eq...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Tsongkhapa Short Mantra
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: Tsongkhapa Short Mantra

Try his name mantra - OM AH GURU VAJRADHARA SUMATIKIRTI SIDDHI HUM

Or string together his three Mahasattva aspects: OM MANI PADME HUM - OM AH RA PA CHA NA DHI - OM VAJRAPANI HUM
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Classic English Poetry
Replies: 50
Views: 3792

Re: Classic English Poetry

Uphill Does the road wind uphill all the way? Yes, to the very end. Will the day’s journey take the whole long day? From morn to night, my friend. But is there for the night a resting-place? A roof for when the slow, dark hours begin. May not the darkness hide it from my face? You cannot miss that ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Classic English Poetry
Replies: 50
Views: 3792

Re: Classic English Poetry

Self-Knowledge Know yourself—and is this the prime And heaven-sprung adage of the olden time?— Say, canst thou make thyself?—Learn first that trade;— Haply thou mayst know what thyself had made. What hast thou, Man, that thou dar’st call thine own?— What is there in thee, Man, that can be known?— D...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra

1.20 The Bhagavān said to the youth Candraprabha, “Young man, a bodhisattva mahāsattva will attain all those qualities and quickly attain the highest, complete enlightenment of perfect buddhahood if he has one quality. What is that one quality? Young man, it is a bodhisattva mahāsattva’s evenness o...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra

1.7 Young man, I am omniscient. I am all-seeing. I have attained preeminence because of my strengths and fearlessness concerning all Dharmas. I possess the unobscured wisdom of liberation. Young man, there is nothing in the endless, infinite worlds that the Tathāgata does not know, has not seen, ha...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra

There are 40 chapters & Roberts helpfully summarizes each one. Here are the first two: Chapter 1: The Introduction The Buddha Śākyamuni is on Vulture Peak Mountain outside Rājagrḥa with a great gathering of bhiksụs and bodhisattvas. Candraprabha asks him for instruction. The Buddha states that evenn...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra

For a pdf format, almost 600 pages, click on the download pdf button, one among 4 choices just above the Contents.
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 128
Views: 24600

Re: Dharma Gems

Good, good! Those without the faculty of faith, those who are weary or sluggish in mind, those who have not accumulated efforts, those whose vigor recedes, those who are satisfied with meager virtues, those imbued with only one root of goodness, those unskilled in carrying out practical vows , thos...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Triskandhadharmasutra - The Three Heap Sutra
Replies: 14
Views: 3447

Re: Triskandhadharmasutra - The Three Heap Sutra

Malcolm wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:51 am

It is actually an extract from a sutra in the ratnakuta collection.
Right, Inquiry of Upali is one translation, quoted by Shantideva. In Chang's old Mahayana Sutras book it is titled Definitive Vinaya

Sutra 24, Taisho 310 translated into Chinese by Bodhiruci.
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Replies: 18
Views: 2094

Re: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

A potpourri of writings & videos about CTTB & Master Hua:

http://www.cttbusa.org/cttbarticles/articles.asp
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Triskandhadharmasutra - The Three Heap Sutra
Replies: 14
Views: 3447

Re: 88 Buddhas Repentance

Search for Great Repentance of the Eighty Eight Buddhas and you will find many versions, some with English translations too.
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Heavens above
Replies: 0
Views: 127

Heavens above

Planets & stars above still Lake Tanaya...

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1806/R ... xLabel.jpg
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Giant jade Buddha arrives in Victoria, Aust.
Replies: 4
Views: 266

Re: Giant jade Buddha arrives in Victoria, Aust.

Yes, the worldwide tour is over. When it was in Southern California it was displayed at a Vietnamese temple some years ago wife & I admired it.

https://www.lionsroar.com/giant-jade-bu ... orld-tour/

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