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by Coëmgenu
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Transgender, Gender and Gay issues
Replies: 83
Views: 1846

Re: Transgender, Gender and Gay issues

But what do we do with the sexual predatory men (and yes it is always men) who start preying on women? This is sexist nonsense. Always? "Always" is a word is far-reaching implication. You surely meant "mostly", I would assume. ... AFAIK the LGBTQ community came together to fight...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Who are Buddha's attendants here?
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Who are Buddha's attendants here?

This is a depiction of what is called the "Shaka triad". The centre figure, I believe, is Shakyamuni. http://freakytrigger.co.uk/japanese-arts/sculpture/images/shiba_tori-shaka_triad.jpg My question is, does anyone know who his attendants are supposed to be? This is a Japanese depiction by...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Translation Help
Replies: 7
Views: 175

Re: Translation Help

According to an article I looked up this morning on this sūtra, while trying to determine if it would be a responsible thing to keep translating and exploring the language of it, this sūtra is essentially a list of ritual instructions on how to perform esoteric ritual observances dedicated to 毗盧遮那佛/...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

It was not yet the age of dharma-degeneration, so the practice prescribed by Nichiren for the "latter days of the law" was not necessary, at the time. I think that is an answer in-line with mainstream Nichiren thought, though I could always be (and frequently am) wrong.
by Coëmgenu
Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Translation Help
Replies: 7
Views: 175

Re: Translation Help

So I'm 60% sure the Sanskrit name of this text is the Vajraśekharasūtra, and while I don't know if it is considered a restricted text, if this text is indeed the Vajraśekharasūtra, it is a tantric text. My thinking is that it is the Vajraśekharasūtra because that is a famous sūtra in East-Asian esot...
by Coëmgenu
Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Translation Help
Replies: 7
Views: 175

Re: Translation Help

Hi, I'm interested in a scripture found in the Chinese canon but it has not been translated into English. I tried to read the text using Google Translate. :rolleye: I can't comment on the dhāraṇī at the end, but I am very familiar with the pain of trying to use Google Translate to explore Classical...
by Coëmgenu
Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: And now for something completely different
Replies: 16
Views: 452

Re: And now for something completely different

I think what he means is that even if you have a hallucination of a pink unicorn, you can't put a saddle on it and ride it. The vast majority of horses (and cows, bulls, elephants, donkeys, camels, ostriches etc. etc.) are such that you can't put a saddle on them and ride them, even though they are...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 2345

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

given the esoteric nature of tantric discourse, and, I assume, the commentarial tradition of addressing the tantric tradition itself that is no doubt present within that tradition. I explained myself poorly here. Because tantra is by definition a practice that establishes itself on lineages of tran...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 2345

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

OK, why don't you look for some sources to back up your argument I should have something prepared by the weekend, when I have more time to pursue leisure work on the Internet. My apologies, post forthcoming. Malcolm is (quite obviously) more qualified than I to speak of something as "tantric&q...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Question about ágamasútra translation
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: Question about ágamasútra translation

My immediate reading without any further investigation: 若佛出世,若未出世,此法常住,法住法界 Whether a Buddha has appeared in the world, Whether they have not appeared in the world, This Dharma is constantly abiding [present], [This] Dharma abides in [is present in] the dharma-dhātu. My thinking is that "this ...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Question about ágamasútra translation
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Question about ágamasútra translation

I was looking through SA 296 when I came across an interesting line in the translation posted at SuttaCentral by Choong Mun-kea. The line in question is this: “Whether a Buddha arises in the world, or not, this is the unchangeable nature of dharma, the status of dharma, the element of dharma. Which ...
by Coëmgenu
Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 2345

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

Mahāyāna ended in Srī Lanka when the Abhayagirivihāra was destroyed and its monks forced into lay clothing. I don't think there is precedent for the tradition ending just because the monks are persecuted. They were fully enracinated in their community, and I don't think there is reason to think tha...
by Coëmgenu
Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 2345

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

Mahāyāna ended in Srī Lanka when the Abhayagirivihāra was destroyed and its monks forced into lay clothing. I don't think there is precedent for the tradition ending just because the monks are persecuted. They were fully enracinated in their community, and I don't think there is reason to think tha...
by Coëmgenu
Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 2 senses of DO
Replies: 7
Views: 145

Re: 2 senses of DO

smcj wrote:My understanding of DO:
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Next to Hammer, Escher is my favourite M.C.
by Coëmgenu
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 2345

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

[ The destruction of the monastery itself does not mean the end of Abhayagirivihāra discourse at large. Mahayana Buddhism is hardy. I do not think you can point to a single surviving work. So it is a huge conjecture to claim that Abhayagirivihāra discourse has not defunct, completely and thoroughly...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 2345

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna in SE Asia were based on Indian Buddhism spreading to the east. Their scriptures were in Sanskirt, as is the case with Mahāyāna that spread to China and Tibet. It has never been the case that the scriptures of any branch of Theravada were based in Sanskrit. These traditions v...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 2345

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna in SE Asia were based on Indian Buddhism spreading to the east. Their scriptures were in Sanskirt, as is the case with Mahāyāna that spread to China and Tibet. It has never been the case that the scriptures of any branch of Theravada were based in Sanskrit. These traditions v...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 2345

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

Malcolm wrote:
Coëmgenu wrote:


But Theravada Buddhism had no stable identity apart from Mahayana and Vajrayana


This is completely wrong.
And caveated by what I wrote later in the same post concerning the Mahavihara monastery.
by Coëmgenu
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 2345

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

There can be no Vajrayāna without well established Mahāyāna traditions. And this establishment of Mahayana foundations came from the Abhayagirivihāra tradition in Sri Lanka and the Yogāvacara tradition in Thailand, I believe that is how the narrative goes. Certainly, the practices, maybe it would b...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 299
Views: 4575

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

still no one will even admit to what i mean by adjective... Because I don't think anyone knows what you mean by "adjective" in the way you are using it, as per my last post to you. sunyata is a tree sunyata , can you see how the grammar , sunyata being a view ...being used as an adjectati...

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