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by Malcolm
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 93
Views: 1577

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

in general, tathāgatagarbha is identified as the dharmakāya encased in afflictions. This is not novel at all. I think the italics shines throughout the world was being interpreted as the dharmakāya encased in "the world/loka", as in an insentient dharmakāya, or at least one shining through insentie...
by Malcolm
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 93
Views: 1577

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Your questions are irrelevant because they do not address the distinction between a sentient being (sattva) and and insensible thing (acetana). The questions are relevant if sunyata is the same as dependent arising. Why? Because dependent arising is the reason why there is the phenomena of sentient...
by Malcolm
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 32
Views: 472

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

MiphamFan wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:36 pm
He's been spinning bullshit for years and hasn't even learned Chinese. What I can see from the citations above basically seems like he is looking up dictionary definitions and arbitrarily picking them to suit his needs.
Yup.
by Malcolm
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 32
Views: 472

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

Then of course there is this from Wonchu'ks commentary on the Heart Sutra: As for the “Kuan-zizai Bodhisattva”, the first part of [the sūtra], [that is, from “Kuan-zizai Bodhisattva … .” to “crosses over all sufferings and calamities”] may be subdivided in two [ways]: first, by indicating the person...
by Malcolm
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 93
Views: 1577

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Coëmgenu wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:42 pm
There is another precedent for the Buddhahood of Insentien[ce], but instead of coming from India, it comes from Theravāda modernism:
Lot of Theravadin materialists out there these days, thanks to Buddhadasa.
by Malcolm
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 54
Views: 1642

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

There are lots of dzogchenpa's that hold the following view: When the mind is deluded, that is cyclic existence. If the mind is undeluded, that is called enlightenment. Unfortunately this is completely incorrect . Such a view is not incorrect. The fact that phenomena are already liberated does not ...
by Malcolm
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 32
Views: 472

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

The canon also repeatedly tells us: its all stories, all upaya. Well, yes, but that doesn't mean we don't care where teachings come from, or that we have no criteria for deciding whether something is or isn't the dharma. Jayarava's goals are not without merit. However his focus on this sutra is som...
by Malcolm
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 93
Views: 1577

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana has the following passage, which I believe is very relevant to this discussion: In its very origin suchness is of itself endowed with sublime attributes. It manifests the highest wisdom which shines throughout the world , it has true knowledge and a mind resti...
by Malcolm
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 93
Views: 1577

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

... six causes and four conditions is fundamental Buddhism, ...they are merely conventions. Like I said... "in a way" A thought is a concept. [Etc.] Let me stop you there. That's not 一念 And this post is a nonresponse— clearly you are not up to giving an adequate response to objections.
by Malcolm
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 54
Views: 1642

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

The qualities of a master upon whom to rely... He must be expert in meditation and practice, know how to explain the four branches of approach and accomplishment, and have produced skills in repelling disturbances with mantras of exhortation, curses, and slaying. -Buddhahood in This Life Yes. A Dzo...
by Malcolm
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 54
Views: 1642

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

Crazywisdom wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:25 pm
So... buddha’s Four actions? How does primordially liberated “yogi” do?

Activities are effortless
due to the natural perfection of awakening,


-- Kun byed rgyal po.
by Malcolm
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 93
Views: 1577

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

If by suchness, you meant dependent arising, then your statement above implies that both inanimate things and sentient beings are dependently arisen. No problem here. By suchness, I mean emptiness, śūnyatā. The rest of your questions are irrelevant. My questions are irrelevant because sunyata is no...
by Malcolm
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 93
Views: 1577

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

We are emphasizing different things. It is correct to say, "in a way" in the context of Tiantai thought because dependent origination is not the whole story, except, in a way, from a particular vantage point. Like light being particles, absolutely, in a way, but also being waves, absolutely, in a w...
by Malcolm
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 16
Views: 247

Re: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc

The real question is -- do you drink it all at once, or gradually.
by Malcolm
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 54
Views: 1642

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

Crazywisdom wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:12 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:52 pm
Temicco wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:37 am


What does it come from, then?
Liberation does not come from anywhere. Everything is already liberated, just as it is.
Sure. But defiled beings have to get into some method.
Sure. But that has nothing to do with liberation, from a Dzogchen perspective.
by Malcolm
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 54
Views: 1642

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

Temicco wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:37 am
Malcolm wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:48 pm
Dzogchen is not a sudden school. It argues that liberation does not come from realization.
What does it come from, then?
Liberation does not come from anywhere. Everything is already liberated, just as it is.
by Malcolm
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 93
Views: 1577

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

I'm not familiar with Karana-hetu, but all phenomena are indeed causes of all others, in a way. Not in a way, directly. We are emphasizing different things. It is correct to say, "in a way" in the context of Tiantai thought because dependent origination is not the whole story, except, in a way, fro...
by Malcolm
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 93
Views: 1577

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

PeterC wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:27 am
What Chinese writers said on the topic is not relevant to that particular question.
It is only relevant in so far as it was not a universally held principle in Sinitic Buddhism, even though it appears to be very widely diffused among Japanese Sects.
by Malcolm
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 85
Views: 1145

Re: Dharma government?

Take the U$ for example: 73.3% of the population identifies as Christian and only 18.2% identify as having no religion. The effect of this statistic is that although there is a split between church and state, in reality the U$ functions as a Christian nation. This does not mean they are Christians ...
by Malcolm
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 93
Views: 1577

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Not quite. The article suggests that the Hua-yen view sidesteps the issue in order to remain literally faithful to the Mahaparinirvana. No, they do not sidestep the issue at all. They make a well known distinction, also made by Indian Buddhists, between the suchness of inanimate things and sentient...

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