Search found 2119 matches

by Caoimhghín
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Historical Buddha
Replies: 20
Views: 697

Re: Historical Buddha

Like an iguana pointing at the moon.

:spy:
by Caoimhghín
Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: AKB, Ch. 1, V. 11-13d: Avijnapti-rupa
Replies: 10
Views: 143

Re: AKB, Ch. 1, V. 11-13d: Avijnapti-rupa

Could the wind that is seen refer to smoke, fog, or mist?
by Caoimhghín
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How does Buddhism explain individual experience?
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: How does Buddhism explain individual experience?

Venerable Dharmakīrti wrote a text called the Saṃtānāntarasiddhināmaprakaraṇa, a "proof of the others' streams," streams here meaning mindstreams, but I've never been able to read it in full. This is a piece of it: The Cittamātra perspective also accepts that those representations, in which other’s ...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Why do so many forum users use only the Wylie transliteration for Tibetan words?
Replies: 15
Views: 508

Re: Why do so many forum users use only the Wylie transliteration for Tibetan words?

Regional pronunciation is so varied, as to be impractical. For example rgyal is pronounced Gyal in central Tibet, Jyal in Kham, Rgyal in Ladakh. There are many other such issues. means, the "Ghost letters" are not everywhere Ghost letters? At least in your example in Ladakh ist the "r" spoken. The ...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhism's class "problem"
Replies: 103
Views: 5505

Re: Buddhism's class "problem"

Something else to consider is that Buddhism in the west has inflated statistics on terms of how many white people are actually seriously participating. For instance, there is a movement of what is called "Tantra" amongst a fair amount of "spiritual" gay men in the village party scene of Montreal. Th...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhism's class "problem"
Replies: 103
Views: 5505

Re: Buddhism's class "problem"

But in terms of people who are interested in actually practicing Buddhism, apart from SGI and other Nicherin groups, and not merely receiving pastoral services, this is a predominately a white, upper-middle class aging hippy phenomena. I think you've made an inadvertent racial statement that you di...
by Caoimhghín
Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhism's class "problem"
Replies: 103
Views: 5505

Re: Buddhism's class "problem"

There are a few farmer Buddhists in Cavan, Bethany, and Omemee now that the Wutai Shan is going up. There will in theory be many more impoverished farmer Buddhists in Janetville, my hometown, if the Tibetan Buddhist temple that is planned to be constructed there is ever finished. These are all small...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six vs the Five Elemental Dhātus
Replies: 3
Views: 154

Re: The Six vs the Five Elemental Dhātus

What is formally differentiating a mahābhūta from a dhātu here?
by Caoimhghín
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six vs the Five Elemental Dhātus
Replies: 3
Views: 154

The Six vs the Five Elemental Dhātus

At the Cham Shan temple in Toronto, at least one of the venerables there teaches the Dharma with six elements -- earth, water, fire, air, space, mind. This seems to be a minority practice, as most Buddhisms have the "Five Elements" -- earth, water, fire, air, space. Śrāvaka Buddhism is usually assoc...
by Caoimhghín
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Meaning of Kannongyo
Replies: 12
Views: 933

Re: Meaning of Kannongyo

LastLegend wrote: Sat May 09, 2020 2:24 am[...] Buddha named True Dharma Brightness Tathagata [...]
jmlee369 wrote: Wed May 20, 2020 9:17 am [...] 正法明如來 [...]
Thus Come One Light of Proper Dharma
Saddharmapradīpa Tathāgata, Shōbōmyō Nyorai, Zhèngfǎmíng Rúlái.

Beautiful names.
by Caoimhghín
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan
Replies: 18
Views: 1222

Re: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan

Are you sure it was an offshoot of christianity though? I thought it was a derivative of Judaism Mani is post-Jesus and identifies himself as the Paraclete Jesus said his father would send in John 14:16 etc. As his movement grows, he will add other titles to himself like "Buddha," etc., but his ini...
by Caoimhghín
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan
Replies: 18
Views: 1222

Re: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan

There's a lot of interesting information here. Just this one point: 真常之道,妙而難名,㓛用昭彰,強稱㬌教 This true and unchanging path is miraculous and hard to name, as its merits are manifest, [we] reluctantly call it the shining religion. (The name doesn't translate particularly well) This "luminous religion" is ...
by Caoimhghín
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness is pure
Replies: 71
Views: 1384

Re: emptiness is pure

forged sutras...like i need this... Why forged? Why not just divergent, like the divergent recensions of the Lotus Sutra? If we're too vigilant in identifying motivations for differences in these texts to things like forgeries and trickeries and misunderstandings, then suddenly things like Venerabl...
by Caoimhghín
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness is pure
Replies: 71
Views: 1384

Re: emptiness is pure

On terms of these specific versions, T255 is translated by a Ven Fǎchéng during the early Tang and is apparently translated from a Tibetan version. If it is translated from Tibetan, that latter was based on a Sanskrit text, unless the translation is specifically identified as being based on a Chine...
by Caoimhghín
Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness is pure
Replies: 71
Views: 1384

Re: emptiness is pure

If someone has the common sense of Madhyamika (i.e. of aryanagarjuna), he or she is not going to say dharmas have characteristics or marks of either fullness or emptiness. This is normal language for East Asian Madhyamaka, with "marks"/"characteristics" translating 相, itself generally understood in...
by Caoimhghín
Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness is pure
Replies: 71
Views: 1384

Re: emptiness is pure

是故舍利子!一切法空性無相,無生無滅,無垢離垢,無減無增。 Therefore, Śāriputra, all phenomena are of an empty nature and are without characteristics, are without production and without destruction, are unstained and pure, and are without decrease and without increase. Thats very interesting from the perspective of the origina...
by Caoimhghín
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness is pure
Replies: 71
Views: 1384

Re: emptiness is pure

Ok, but why is what is empty called pure? Surely it is beyond ideas of purity and impurity. The Heart Sutra : Listen Sariputra, all phenomena bear the mark of Emptiness; their true nature is the nature of no Birth no Death, no Being no Non-being, no Defilement no Purity, no Increasing no Decreasing...
by Caoimhghín
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness is pure
Replies: 71
Views: 1384

Re: emptiness is pure

"All phenomena" are called both "pure" and "neither defiled nor non-defiled" in the Prajñāpāramitā. The former is positive, and the latter a negative description of the same thing?
by Caoimhghín
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan
Replies: 18
Views: 1222

Re: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan

there's another version (which I haven't seen) called The Secret Sayings of Ye Su. [Apparently the latter may well be a fabrication, according to some reviewer on Amazon, I don't know.] I read the Secret Sayings of Ye Su a few years ago and can verify that it is absolutely a hoax. In the original p...
by Caoimhghín
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan
Replies: 18
Views: 1222

Re: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan

The Taishō Canon has several Nestorian Christian and Manichaean scriptures at the end of it. Nestorianism was huge in China during the Yuan dynasty, and produced Christian-Buddhist hybrid scriptures, like the "Jesus Sutras," which are published in a horrible translation by Martin Palmer. Funnily en...

Go to advanced search