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by Malcolm
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 161
Views: 2782

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

We should revere ours: Shakyamuni Buddha. We should revere buddhahood itself, and not its various epithets. Buddhas are not restricted by time and space. Buddhas also do not "reach out." Their compassion is spontaneous, like a wishfulfilling gem that satisfies all wishes. Buddhas do not appear. Mal...
by Malcolm
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 35
Views: 718

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

conebeckham wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:46 pm
Well.....not meaning to :stirthepot: but HHDL's lineage also comes through Pabhongkha, no?
For Vajrabhairava, yes. And for that reason I would not receive that empowerment from HHDL. I would not be able to recite the lineage prayer.
by Malcolm
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Sutra: Buddha Prabhutaratna
Replies: 29
Views: 522

Re: Lotus Sutra: Buddha Prabhutaratna

narhwal90 wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:14 pm
I have misplaced the reference, but IIRC the interplay between Sakyamuni and Prabhutaratna is foundational to the development of the eternal vs distant past vs present manifestation, related to the guest/host roles.
This discussion is beginning to sound like film school.
by Malcolm
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 35
Views: 718

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

I just said what would be my first thing to do in case I considered taking teachings from him. You probably understand that it is a reasonable step for someone like me who has never heard of Jhado Rinpoche and only knows that he is from gelug school. Ah, sorry, misunderstanding. I thought you were ...
by Malcolm
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 161
Views: 2782

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

MRK is not merely the title of the sutra - its the Lotus Sutra itself, as well as the Buddha of the Lotus Sutra. In the latter respect, its similar to chanting refuge in Amitabha - namuamidabutsu, or, Namo Buddhaya, and Nichiren says as much. The idea that the title essentializes a text is not unkn...
by Malcolm
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 161
Views: 2782

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

MRK is not merely the title of the sutra - its the Lotus Sutra itself, as well as the Buddha of the Lotus Sutra. In the latter respect, its similar to chanting refuge in Amitabha - namuamidabutsu, or, Namo Buddhaya, and Nichiren says as much. The idea that the title essentializes a text is not unkn...
by Malcolm
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 161
Views: 2782

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

Minobu wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:00 pm
also like to point out...my Teacher is this practice...it serves me well .
I have no problem with chanting the title of a sūtra. Classical textual exegesis indicates that people of very high caliber are able to understand the meaning of an entire text merely from the title.
by Malcolm
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: logic behind NMRK?
Replies: 10
Views: 130

Re: logic behind NMRK?

This is why Nichiren could refer to Sadaparibhuta's twenty-four character Lotus Sutra. Alternatively, he could entertain, somewhat skeptically, the notion that the Mahavairocana Sutra is the Lotus with mudras and mantras. That in some places, the Lotus Sutra is taught in fragrances. In other places...
by Malcolm
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 161
Views: 2782

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

Minobu wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:28 pm

I guess that first Nirmanakaya is Samantabhadra Buddha ...who is not Lord Sakyamuni Buddha

In Dzogchen teachings it gets a little complicated with nine kāyas, dharma of dharma, sambhoga of dharma, and so on.
by Malcolm
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 161
Views: 2782

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

I would say most East Asian Buddhists rely on commentaries also... But not Indian commentaries, for the most part. For example, there is no precedent in Indian Buddhism for taking the title of a sūtra and turning it into a chanting practice in Indian Buddhism at all (actually, there is no precedent...
by Malcolm
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 161
Views: 2782

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

It should be pointed out here, though, that Thubten is not reacting to a Chinese interpretation of the sutra, but the sutra itself. In fact he had to go back and check the Tibetan translation to be sure what he was reading in English, presumably translated from the Chinese, was accurate. My point i...
by Malcolm
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 161
Views: 2782

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

pael wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:52 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:45 pm

There is only one Teacher.
Could you explain this, please?
The dharmakāya, the mind of all the buddhas, is the teacher.
by Malcolm
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 161
Views: 2782

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

Might be relevant: https://tricycle.org/magazine/greater-awakening/ Quite brilliant article! Although it certainly has it's 'angle' in how it frames the Tibetan monk and his tradition, I must say. :stirthepot: Thubten's lack of familiarity with the Lotus Sūtra is normal. However the assumptions of ...
by Malcolm
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 161
Views: 2782

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

I guess it all comes down to the belief that the LS is the definitive teaching of the Buddhas, who are all, in this framework, conceived of as identical to Śākyamuni Buddha. Because of this differing perspective of Lotus Buddhism, all Buddhas (I still can't bring myself to type 'sarvabuddhāḥ' for s...
by Malcolm
Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 161
Views: 2782

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

You could also just call these Buddhas Vajrasattva, Vajradhara, Samantabhadra, Amitabha, Akshobhya, Adibuddha, our Lord Shakyamuni Buddha, since he actually appeared in this world to teach us. This takes us back to Nichiren's teaching: Why revere other Buddhas when this one is close by and reaching...
by Malcolm
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: lotus sutra - lifespan of the tathagata..???
Replies: 19
Views: 292

Re: lotus sutra - lifespan of the tathagata..???

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:02 pm

It cannot be a reference to the rūpakāya.
I misspoke, I meant nirmanakāya.
by Malcolm
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: lotus sutra - lifespan of the tathagata..???
Replies: 19
Views: 292

Re: lotus sutra - lifespan of the tathagata..???

It has to be rupakaya. Only rupakaya appear to living beings. We have been over this before. There are two divisions in the rupakāya. In any event, I assume you're referring to these lines? Yes, and they way they are interpreted by some. Śākyamuni Buddha was indeed kind to emanate in this world sys...
by Malcolm
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 161
Views: 2782

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

As Shakespeare said: ’Tis but thy name that is my enemy; Thou art thyself though, not a Montague. What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot, Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part Belonging to a man. O! be some other name: What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as ...
by Malcolm
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 161
Views: 2782

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

If there are living beings, then the Buddha in Three Bodies are arisen in perfect complement. Since there is no beginning to living beings, there is no beginning to Buddha. We call this timeless Buddha Shakyamuni. We also call this Buddha Myohorengekyo. We also call this Buddha the Original Buddha....
by Malcolm
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: lotus sutra - lifespan of the tathagata..???
Replies: 19
Views: 292

Re: lotus sutra - lifespan of the tathagata..???

True, true, true. Zhiyi would agree with this, with caveats that are significant in his system. ...and only in his system. When Shakyamuni in the Lotus says that he is "nitya", I understand it as speaking from the perspective of the waves in general, not the specific wave that rose and crashed on t...