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by Coëmgenu
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vipasyana Meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 170

Re: Vipasyana Meditation

Here are some good classical works containing vipasyana instructions that are available online: Sūtra of Mahā-Prajñā-Pāramitā Pronounced by Mañjuśrī Bodhisattva If I may ask, could you contextualize this from the above (Mañjuśryaḥ?) Mahāprajñāpāramitāsūtra? From shortly after the opening of fascicl...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vipasyana Meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 170

Re: Vipasyana Meditation

Zhiyi: [...] Clear Serenity, Quiet Insight: T'ien-t'ai Chih-i's Mo-ho chih-kuan In case the OP is curious, Ven Zhìyǐ entitled his Mó hē zhǐ guān (called "Mo-ho chih-kuan" above) , with a Sanskrit word rendered in Chinese characters. That word was Mahāśamathavipaśyanā, which breaks down into: "mahā(...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 280

Re: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis

In case anyone is interested in such trivium. Ven Zhìyǐ's Chinese is worlds different from the Chinese of the Buddhist sūtrāṇi ( sutras ). This is because, his Chinese is what I would call "properly Chinese Chinese" rather than "Indo-Chinese hybrid Chinese or native Chinese imitating the Indo-Chines...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings
Replies: 18
Views: 317

Re: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings

I think it's likely a translation issue. It is true that there is no plural marker, however, there is the word "all" (一切 / みな) used in places to clarify that it is all beings. いま佛道にいふ 一切衆生 は、有心者 みな衆生 なり、心是衆生なるがゆゑに。無心者おなじく衆生なるべし、衆生是心なるがゆゑに。しかあれば、 心みな これ衆生なり、 衆生みな これ有佛性なり。草木國土これ心なり、心なるがゆゑに衆生なり、衆生なるがゆ...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 280

Re: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis

It is from Ven Zhìyǐ's commentary on the Lotus Sūtra. It lists two types of fools, the one above corresponding to the common teaching, the next corresponding to the seperate teaching, and the last is the non-fool, the person/persective who/that represents the integrated teaching, which is simply a ...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 280

Re: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis

That's not quite what Zhiyi says - I assume you're referring to the passage you quoted above? I'm familiar with that passage but can't place it. Where is this? It is from Ven Zhìyǐ's commentary on the Lotus Sūtra. It lists two types of fools, the one above corresponding to the common teaching, the ...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 280

Re: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis

If I may say, I will invoke Zhiyi and point out you're privileging a particular understanding of mind based on the mind we believe sentient beings possess. Remember that Zhiyi can make any dharma the center... so, Mind is Rock. But, Rock is also Mind. Mind appears as Rock, and Rock appears as Mind....
by Coëmgenu
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakubuku and shoju a few thoughts
Replies: 25
Views: 375

Re: Shakubuku and shoju a few thoughts

I think I may have just thought of a potential application of shōju by the Zen Master Dōgen in his Shōbōgenzō. National Teacher Enkan Saian in Kangshū Province was an esteemed Master under Baso. He once pointed out to his assembly, “All sentient beings are possessed of Buddha Nature.” Right away, w...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings
Replies: 18
Views: 317

Re: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings

Sleeping on things always does one good. I was quite exasperated at my complete inability to comprehend Ven Dōgen in that particular passage. I think I might actually get now how Ven Dōgen's thought is meant to be understood in that quote, and like I suspected, for me it was a language problem, if i...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings
Replies: 18
Views: 317

Re: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings

Consider, 'sentient being' is an abstract. It refers to what it is only. "Sentient being s " has the possibility referring to particular multitudinous beings . Hence my mistake I think. But "because they are synonymous with mind, they are sentient being " makes immediate sense. It is a direct correl...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings
Replies: 18
Views: 317

Re: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings

In the translation I posted earlier, Ven Dōgen says that the rocks, trees, and nations are sentient beings. I don't think Japanese, like Chinese, generally features heavy plurality in the way it marks its nouns. I need to check the Japanese, but I am wondering if the pluralizations here were transla...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings
Replies: 18
Views: 317

Re: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings

His point is simply to see without clinging to concepts. That's why insentient things are buddha-nature. Unfortunately, he seems to have introduced a rather larger and less-easy-to-hide concept and presented it as not-a-concept! I am sure I will 'get' Ven Dōgen some time, but this is enough for me ...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 280

Re: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis

I think it's T33n1716
by Coëmgenu
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 280

Re: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis

Also, dharmas are empty, they don't have an empty nature. I'm not sure if this point stands up to inquiry in a tradition where we have phrases, predicated on the essential intersection of Nirvānaparīkṣā & Tathāgatagarbha, leading us to such phrases as oṃ śūnyatā jñāna vajra svabhāvātmako 'haṃ , as ...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 280

Re: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis

That's not quite what Zhiyi says - I assume you're referring to the passage you quoted above? [when the first type of fool hears that ‘all dharmāḥ are empty’] they take it to mean that all dharmāḥ are inseparable from emptiness and that even if one were to traverse the entire universe, everywhere w...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 280

Re: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis

Also, dharmas are empty, they don't have an empty nature. I'm not sure if this point stands up to inquiry in a tradition where we have phrases, predicated on the essential intersection of Nirvānaparīkṣā & Tathāgatagarbha, leading us to such phrases as oṃ śūnyatā jñāna vajra svabhāvātmako 'haṃ , as ...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 280

Re: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis

To reinterate. That the "cosmos" is not an uncomplicated "Oneness" is rejected by Tiāntāi. And I have every reasonable reason to think that Zen and Huáyán reject this oversimplication similarly. The Buddha himself rejected it even it his earlier dispensation. It's clear that Indra's Net doesn't mean...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 18
Views: 280

Re: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis

If I may say, I will invoke Zhiyi and point out you're privileging a particular understanding of mind based on the mind we believe sentient beings possess. Remember that Zhiyi can make any dharma the center... so, Mind is Rock. But, Rock is also Mind. Mind appears as Rock, and Rock appears as Mind....
by Coëmgenu
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings
Replies: 18
Views: 317

Re: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings

There are no mental object outside the mind , but are there no objects outside the mind? An object is what is perceived, what is perceived is a mental object. That is fair then. Because the "all" is predicated on the mind, the "all" is within the mind. So it's not that the rock has a separate minds...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings
Replies: 18
Views: 317

Re: and because they are synonymous with Mind, they are sentient beings

how Ven Dōgen connects the dots from mental objects to sentient beings? What does "mind" and "sentient being" in this context mean without the intersection of 5 sense consciousnesses? There are no mental objects outside the mind, and what has mind is a sentient being. There are no mental object out...