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by Caoimhghín
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?
Replies: 121
Views: 1329

Re: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?

There is only one eternal Buddha, the primordially-awakened never-not-awakened Buddha of no mind and no thoughts, who teaches the Buddha of one mind and one thought while One-Mind-One-Thought is in the vajra samadhi of emptiness. No-Mind-No-Thought teaches One-Mind-One-Thought not by words of mouth ...
by Caoimhghín
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Moneyr with images of Buddhist saints?
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Re: Moneyr with images of Buddhist saints?

From the same article:

"BHAGAVATO SAKAMUNINO BODHO" <-- I love strange Indian Prakrits. I wonder if the "o" in "bodho" is a reduction from the diphthong "au."
by Caoimhghín
Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?
Replies: 121
Views: 1329

Re: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?

Hehe. Compared to the Eternal Buddha and Nichiren, my knowledge is pitiful. That is why they are those to follow. At least do us the dignity of not selling yourself short to us, friend. A lot of people couldn't even log on to the computer of their own volition after dealing with the health risks yo...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 600, 900 kalpas
Replies: 11
Views: 380

Re: 600, 900 kalpas

https://encyclopediaofbuddhism.org/wiki/Kalpa We are in the Bhadrakalpa over all, and there are still 998 buddhas to come before it ends. The next Buddha is Buddha Maitreya, as we commonly know who whose advent will be either 5.6 billion or million years hence. Out of curiosity, has anyone ever put...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?
Replies: 121
Views: 1329

Re: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?

[...] And so on. He ultimately rejected the underlying argument that the Vairocana is superior because of its esoteric teachings. Yes, like in WND I:88, speaking of the two Vairocanas of the two mandalas. He also systematically rejects that they are equal, which may or may not be the Taimitsu tradi...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?
Replies: 121
Views: 1329

Re: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?

Does he specifically disagree that the Vairocana Sutra was once appended to the end of the Lotus Sutra, or does he just explain why the Lotus Sutra is superior anyways? I don't remember him specifically disagreeing that he thought they were never joined. With regards to the Tendai mikkyo point, it l...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?
Replies: 121
Views: 1329

Re: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?

I don't mean on terms of the terms used (although I think it is just "emanation/transformation body" that is used for the emanations) and the scriptural source, I just mean equivalent as in this one Buddha (Vairocana in the Brahmajala and, by extension, Flower Garland traditions, Sakyamuni in the L...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?
Replies: 121
Views: 1329

Re: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?

I don't mean on terms of the terms used (although I think it is just "emanation/transformation body" that is used for the emanations) and the scriptural source, I just mean equivalent as in this one Buddha (Vairocana in the Brahmajala and, by extension, Flower Garland traditions, Sakyamuni in the L...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?
Replies: 121
Views: 1329

Re: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?

I don't mean on terms of the terms used (although I think it is just "emanation/transformation body" that is used for the emanations) and the scriptural source, I just mean equivalent as in this one Buddha (Vairocana in the Brahmajala and, by extension, Flower Garland traditions, Sakyamuni in the Lo...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?
Replies: 121
Views: 1329

Re: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?

Hi, I'm really trying to understand this but fail to see how the quote you make and the follow-up above responds in anyway to the point QQ makes regarding the Nirmanakaya Gautama vs the Shakyamuni of the Lotus Sutra. Just to clarify - Gautama and the Shakyamuni who awoke in the remote past are the ...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is the exact correlation between Nirvana and Buddhahood?
Replies: 22
Views: 474

Re: What is the exact correlation between Nirvana and Buddhahood?

Can Bodhisattvas that are not Buddhas attain Nirvana while staying in the Bodhisattva stage, and not yet Buddha, but dwelling in Nirvana? This is my primary question. I understand that there are various levels of Stream Entry. Bodhisattvas can be Buddhas. Arhats are also Buddhas, a technical class ...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Vens Dignana/Dharmakirti thread
Replies: 0
Views: 78

Vens Dignana/Dharmakirti thread

Is there a thread already compiling a list of publications that have translated materials in them from Venerables Dignāga and Dharmakīrti? If not, let's start one.
by Caoimhghín
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 600, 900 kalpas
Replies: 11
Views: 380

Re: 600, 900 kalpas

We are in the Bhadrakalpa over all, and there are still 998 buddhas to come before it ends That is a good candidate for the ~900 number in my head certainly. I thought it had to do with lifespan though. What is the maximum lifespan of a supreme nirmanakaya? I know that there is a debate as to if a ...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 600, 900 kalpas
Replies: 11
Views: 380

Re: 600, 900 kalpas

We are in the Bhadrakalpa over all, and there are still 998 buddhas to come before it ends That is a good candidate for the ~900 number in my head certainly. I thought it had to do with lifespan though. What is the maximum lifespan of a supreme nirmanakaya? I know that there is a debate as to if a ...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 600, 900 kalpas
Replies: 11
Views: 380

600, 900 kalpas

So I recently made a faux pas and voiced an erroneous belief that in Tibetan Buddhism a dharmakaya has a discreet finite lifespan. Now I am in the process of trying to figure out what I was misremembering. I have a suspicion what it is I might have misunderstood, and it has to-do with an expiry limi...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?
Replies: 121
Views: 1329

Re: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?

That statement is nonsensical. You might be thinking of some canonical statement about the lifespan of a Nirmanakaya , maybe during a non-degenerate time? That would track with the long lifespan thing stories about pre-Shakyamuni Buddhas. Ascribing qualities like span of years to the Dharmakaya is ...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?
Replies: 121
Views: 1329

Re: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?

This reminds me of when Tibetans say things like "a Dharmakaya has a lifespan of X aeons." The Dharmakaya obviously has no lifespan as far as I can see. The Tibetans never say things like "the dharmakāya has a lifespan of x years." Where did you pick up this notion? From you on this very forum. 900...
by Caoimhghín
Thu Oct 15, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?
Replies: 121
Views: 1329

Re: Who or what is the Eternal Buddha?

All Buddhas of past have gone into Nirvana. As per Lotus sutra first Buddha Sun Moon Buddha evolved after more than 2000 births (chapter INTRODUCTION in translation BURTON WATSON). Before entering Nirvana ,He handed over the Buddhahood to someone else who was capable of sustaining Buddhahood, I con...
by Caoimhghín
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Coming to terms with Homosexuality
Replies: 39
Views: 866

Re: Coming to terms with Homosexuality

This just sounds a lot like the Christian rhetoric about how being gay is a choice and something to cure, or something like that. Saying it's not you sounds dangerously close to that line they use about it not being natural and how "men are only attracted to women". You will find Buddhists who give...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is final nirvana in the Tibetan tradition?
Replies: 31
Views: 723

Re: What is final nirvana in the Tibetan tradition?

In Tibetan buddhism I only heard of 10 bhumis. I thought there was up to 20 depending on your tradition, but I certainly am not a Tibetan Buddhist with seriously relevant exposure to Tibetan Buddhism, just a mere book reader with regards to serious interfacing with anything Tibetan, and one who oft...

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