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by Anders
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?
Replies: 63
Views: 1804

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: 1804

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: 1804

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: 1804

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: 1804

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: 1804

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: 1804

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: 1804

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: 1804

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: 1275

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: 1275

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 ...
by Anders
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 1275

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

Hi, its been a while. I have developed a fear, an non-descript anxiety when practising Shikantaza. Why? Because I feel like I can slip into it a little too easy of late. I sit and I am there....with nowhere else to go and its worrying. I have developed a mistrust of what others might perceive as a ...
by Anders
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 1275

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

Dogen stresses that zazen itself is "enlightenment" but surely that's a wrong translation. I'd like to see a more literal translation of that. It is a wrong translation. This may serve: http://wonderwheels.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-misnomer-of-dogens-practice-is.html I'm afraid Greg may have jumped ...
by Anders
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 2727

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

Well, you're being told by people familiar with both areas that there really isn't much overlap at all. If you're not interested in hearing that, that's your choice. But then your assertion that they have something in common doesn't carry much weight. Sometimes I feel like people fail to see the fo...
by Anders
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 2727

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

For me the acme..the acid test... for determining closeness to the Buddhas' Dharma, is 'Does this teaching endorse or promulgate Dependent Origination?' Not for me especially. I think you can get through a large swathe of Mahayana teachings with nary a hint of dependent origination that I nonethele...
by Anders
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 2727

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

Well, you're being told by people familiar with both areas that there really isn't much overlap at all. If you're not interested in hearing that, that's your choice. But then your assertion that they have something in common doesn't carry much weight. Sometimes I feel like people fail to see the fo...
by Anders
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 2727

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

The most daoist inspired Buddhism you can find is pre kumarajiva, when the geyi (matching concepts) translation style of matching Buddhist concepts to Chinese, primarily daoist, concepts was in vogue. Prior to the 5th century it was not uncommon for interpreters to consider themselves both neo-daois...
by Anders
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is relative truth nullified in higher stages of Chan / Zen?
Replies: 20
Views: 1518

Re: Is relative truth nullified in higher stages of Chan / Zen?

Relative truth is only nullified in the earliest immature stages of awakening. As one's awakening matures, there is simultaneous recognition of both the relative and the ultimate and eventually total integration and dissolution of both. The above is an ashen description, but a few rough pointers are...
by Anders
Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The nature of European monarchies
Replies: 40
Views: 2110

Re: The nature of European monarchies

Greg's arguments so far: Arguing that European royal families are not in power (originally "rule entire nations") makes you a royalist. The British monarchy is filthy rich and so are petroleum companies who perform extensive lobbying. Ergo Royal families stil in power. Detailed arguments that Royal ...
by Anders
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 12178

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

I have never seen this in Sravakayana teaching...except maybe reading Ajahn Chah, and i'm not sure his view is any kind of Thervada doctrinal thing, maybe someone else knows. The kammathana movement founded by Ajahn Mun (that Ajahn Chan is also a part of) is considered unorthodox at best by the wid...

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