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by Anders
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What's the best advice you've been given?
Replies: 20
Views: 511

Re: What's the best advice you've been given?

The "best"-ness of this advice perhaps had more to to with time and place for me and the samadhi power of the one saying it to drive the point home: "if you can learn to meditate for at least one hour per day, I promise, you will live a happy life." Hearing that was the trigger for me to push past m...
by Anders
Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Looking for Buddhist logical statements that disprove the idea that "All is one"
Replies: 19
Views: 545

Re: Looking for Buddhist logical statements that disprove the idea that "All is one"

It depends. Madhyamika refutes the seeming reality of discrete objects. So the realisation of the unproduced nature of phenomena is in many ways a "oneness" experience. Shedding dualistic vision of inner and outer likewise. Such experience of oneness is a sign of profound practice. The refutation of...
by Anders
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 16906

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

I have no reason to doubt Zhi Yi’s sincere faith in the Mahāprajñāpāramitopadeśa. There is zero chance that Nagarjuna composed this text, however. So my point still stands. Are you also disputing that the work is Indian, and/or somehow not representative of Indian Madhyamika at its time of writing?
by Anders
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 16906

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

Malcolm wrote: Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:47 pm No, it's isn't sectarian polemics at all. There are many upadesá lineages in common Mahāyāna, Chan/Zen is one of those.
What do you mean by "upadesha lineages" here?
by Anders
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 165
Views: 7899

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

but only for the sake of the delusional beings enticed by it. :smile: What, do bodhisattvas never have fun? only when it's someone else's, from what I've heard. Tbh, I think it's the kind of assumption that doesn't bear scrutiny when you spend some time with realised teachers. Enlightenment isn't s...
by Anders
Thu May 28, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 165
Views: 7899

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

Wayfarer wrote: Thu May 28, 2020 11:26 am but only for the sake of the delusional beings enticed by it. :smile:
What, do bodhisattvas never have fun?
by Anders
Fri May 01, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there a pure classical Madhyamaka school in existence today?
Replies: 37
Views: 1980

Re: Is there a pure classical Madhyamaka school in existence today?

As an aside, I just discovered that Bikshu Dharmamitra, another paragon in the field from the east Asian side of the fence, has resumed his translation work after recovering from illness. And released a translation of Nagarjuna's (allegedly) commentary on the daśabhūmika sutra, another text classica...
by Anders
Fri May 01, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there a pure classical Madhyamaka school in existence today?
Replies: 37
Views: 1980

Re: Is there a pure classical Madhyamaka school in existence today?

The work, despite the allusion above, is almost certainly Indian in origin. Yinshun has written a rebuttal of Lamotte's findings, showing that the author uses many more mahasanghika sources than Lamotte found and that many of the sarvastivada attributions aren't actually so. more here from Huifeng, ...
by Anders
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there a pure classical Madhyamaka school in existence today?
Replies: 37
Views: 1980

Re: Is there a pure classical Madhyamaka school in existence today?

On the non Tibetan side of the fence, Yin Shun is probably the most dominant modern figure in the field, though the majority of his work is not translated. Worth noting also that East Asian madhyamika references some Indian works that never made it to Tibet, most notably the seminal commentary on th...
by Anders
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?
Replies: 63
Views: 5406

Re: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?

Following this line of thought would make all modern Mahayana Buddhism effectively reducible to Mulasarvastivada in Tibet... All Mahāyānīs in Tibet are Mulasarvāstivādins. For example, I am a Mulasarvāstivādin upāsaka, and in terms of bodhisattva vow ordination, Madhyamaka, which is also the philos...
by Anders
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?
Replies: 63
Views: 5406

Re: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?

Following this line of thought would make all modern Mahayana Buddhism effectively reducible to Mulasarvastivada in Tibet... All Mahāyānīs in Tibet are Mulasarvāstivādins. For example, I am a Mulasarvāstivādin upāsaka, and in terms of bodhisattva vow ordination, Madhyamaka, which is also the philos...
by Anders
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?
Replies: 63
Views: 5406

Re: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?

He did not start a new or separate ordination lineage. Following this line of thought would make all modern Mahayana Buddhism effectively reducible to Mulasarvastivada in Tibet, Saicho's bodhisattva ordination in the Japan and Dharmaguptaka in the rest of Asia. I such a simplification does not sati...
by Anders
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?
Replies: 63
Views: 5406

Re: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?

I do think it's true, though, that all Tibetan lineages consider Madhyamaka to be the "apex" view, and therefore it's right to characterize all Tibetan lineages as belonging to this "school of thought." But there's no Madhyamaka institution per se, as there was in Japan during ancient times. I don'...
by Anders
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?
Replies: 63
Views: 5406

Re: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?

But it's not something I'd associate with schools that employ tenets like ekayana, tathagatagarbha, buddhahood in one lifetime and such. Tathāgatagarbha sūtras existed during the time Nagārjuna was alive, and he never refuted them. Ekayāna sūtras also existed while he was alive, and he never refute...
by Anders
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?
Replies: 63
Views: 5406

Re: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?

I would call that overstating the case then. Heritage does not equal identity. None of those schools would be recognisable to an Indian madhyamikan as madhyamika. They may embrace its view of emptiness, but their practices, view of the path, additional framework and so forth all distinguish them fr...
by Anders
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?
Replies: 63
Views: 5406

Re: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?

I object to this claim. I belong to the Madhyamaka School, and it is very much a living and vital tradition, which has its own tradition of ordination and so on. Can you expand on this? A Madhyamika school as distinct from Dzogchen, Sakhya, and so forth? Generally speaking, All schools in Tibet cla...
by Anders
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?
Replies: 63
Views: 5406

Re: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?

They were schools, but as living traditions go they are essentially extinct. I object to this claim. I belong to the Madhyamaka School, and it is very much a living and vital tradition, which has its own tradition of ordination and so on. Can you expand on this? A Madhyamika school as distinct from...
by Anders
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?
Replies: 63
Views: 5406

Re: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?

They were schools, but as living traditions go they are essentially extinct.

Their relevance continues today though, as they provide the buildings blocks for many, if not all, of the modern schools that exist as living traditions today.
by Anders
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 4314

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

I think I made the error early on, like 20 years ago, initially having an academic interest in the Dharma - as such ended up studying pretty much ALL traditions and consequently being able to see the validity in all. I started practising seriously about 15 years ago and have struggled with this thr...
by Anders
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 4314

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

I should say that i'm not going primarily by Gregory here...just using his article as a reference. Primarily I'm going by the words of my native Japanese Zen teacher, who agrees that "practice is enlightenment" is an inaccurate and needlessly confusing translation. I have no problem with "practice ...

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