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by Coëmgenu
Sat May 26, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cundi Mantra Translation Help
Replies: 7
Views: 245

Re: Cundi Mantra Translation Help

I read this beginning as "homage to the seven completely awakened Buddha apices". Obviously that is not correct. How do we differentiate koṭi from koṭi (in the sense of catuṣkoṭi)? As I understand it, the contexts in which this mantra or dhāraṇī appears help us to determine which meaning of the wor...
by Coëmgenu
Sat May 26, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do we have any old-testament scholars on here?
Replies: 8
Views: 690

Re: Do we have any old-testament scholars on here?

I appreciate the responses you have all given. Especially the piece from Aquinas. I also just found this from The Book of Numbers 12: And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision, I speak with him in a dream. 7 Not so with my servant ...
by Coëmgenu
Sat May 26, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cundi Mantra Translation Help
Replies: 7
Views: 245

Re: Cundi Mantra Translation Help

Hello. I like the Cundi mantra-- namaḥ saptānāṁ samyak-saṁbuddha koṭīnāṁ | tad-yathā oṁ cale cule cundi svāhā -- but I'm looking for a reliable translation of the Sanskrit. Specifically, does it say "Homage to seven kotis of Buddhas" or "Homage to the MOTHER of seven kotis, etc." I've seen both, an...
by Coëmgenu
Fri May 18, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do we have any old-testament scholars on here?
Replies: 8
Views: 690

Re: Do we have any old-testament scholars on here?

I have one question: why does the deity sometimes communicate through dreams (Genesis 40-41, Daniel), while at other times we find a back and forth exchange(moses, noah, etc)? Thank you The dreams are the same kind of communication as the back-and-forth exchanges. I cannot speak to Jewish interpret...
by Coëmgenu
Fri May 18, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 85
Views: 3603

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Both Donner-Stevenson & Swanson agree that the heart or distilled essence of this text, and I suppose of Tien-tai itself, is this paragraph. Swanson's version is on pp 99-101, but here is the D-S version from 1993, pp 112-14: Perfect and Sudden Calming and Contemplation [1c23] The perfect and sudde...
by Coëmgenu
Thu May 17, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Female and Male
Replies: 4
Views: 255

Re: Female and Male

- Are Buddhas in their status in their pure Realms really male ? Śākyamuni Buddha again called, “Empty Born, in your opinion, can it be said that the thirty-two marks and eighty subtle characteristics are the Tathāgata’s Dharma body?" Because Subhāti understood the principle of emptiness, and becau...
by Coëmgenu
Wed May 16, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Should a mother who is emotionally neglectful and indifferent be honored on Mother's day?
Replies: 38
Views: 932

Re: Should a mother who is emotionally neglectful and indifferent be honored on Mother's day?

at this juncture in eternity we share a karma with our family and it too needs work. Does Venerable Nichiren ever quote the Five Bonds? The ruler to the ruled, the father to the son, the husband to the wife, the elder brother to the younger brother, the friend to the friend, etc.? :shrug: Why do yo...
by Coëmgenu
Tue May 15, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1269

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

Burn Buddha Burn
Dukkha inferno
by Coëmgenu
Tue May 15, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Should a mother who is emotionally neglectful and indifferent be honored on Mother's day?
Replies: 38
Views: 932

Re: Should a mother who is emotionally neglectful and indifferent be honored on Mother's day?

Minobu wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 4:58 pm
at this juncture in eternity we share a karma with our family and it too needs work.
Does Venerable Nichiren ever quote the Five Bonds?

The ruler to the ruled, the father to the son, the husband to the wife, the elder brother to the younger brother, the friend to the friend, etc.?
by Coëmgenu
Mon May 14, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism
Replies: 73
Views: 1634

Re: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism

Coëmgenu wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 9:33 pm
Even dumber than Trump constantly trying to snipe the Clinton Foundation.
Clinton's ain't got nothin on UNICEF.
by Coëmgenu
Mon May 14, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism
Replies: 73
Views: 1634

Re: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism

I think Trump has just hit his stride. No one can hear the shrill media hyperventilating over his latest outrage, and unless Mueller has a doozy in the pocket, Trumpism is probably steam rolling in 2020, and a good chance Democrats are NOT gaining enough seats to take either house of congress in 20...
by Coëmgenu
Mon May 14, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism
Replies: 73
Views: 1634

Re: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism

Imagine "Take life by the kitty-cat" immortalized in marble. I think Trump has just hit his stride. No one can hear the shrill media hyperventilating over his latest outrage, and unless Mueller has a doozy in the pocket, Trumpism is probably steam rolling in 2020, and a good chance Democrats are NO...
by Coëmgenu
Sun May 13, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Samyukta-agama Discourse
Replies: 10
Views: 346

Re: Samyukta-agama Discourse

kalden yungdrung wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 8:59 am
Tashi delek,

In the Samyukta-agama Discourse, there is an account:

Thus I have heard.

[...]

- Is this true ?
- If this is true then the audience could not understand the Teachings maybe?
Do you happen to the the number of the sūtra in question or its location in the saṃyuktāgama?
by Coëmgenu
Sat May 12, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: A śrāvaka prototype for the threefold contemplation?
Replies: 0
Views: 130

A śrāvaka prototype for the threefold contemplation?

Something just occurred to me. The breaking down of oppositions, inner and outer, in smṛtyupasthāna/mindfulness-establishment, is something like the breaking down of oppositions between the ultimate and the conventional in the threefold contemplation. SF 293 (Sanskrit Sarvāstivāda Mahāparinirvāṇasūt...
by Coëmgenu
Fri May 11, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Should a mother who is emotionally neglectful and indifferent be honored on Mother's day?
Replies: 38
Views: 932

Re: Should a mother who is emotionally neglectful and indifferent be honored on Mother's day?

A quote-on-quote "traditional" Buddhist answer would be: yes absolutely. How much moreso should an emotionally neglectful mother be honoured than an emotionally attentive one? Could you elaborate on that? I can guess the explanation but curious how you approach and come to that conclusion. You won'...
by Coëmgenu
Tue May 08, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Should a mother who is emotionally neglectful and indifferent be honored on Mother's day?
Replies: 38
Views: 932

Re: Should a mother who is emotionally neglectful and indifferent be honored on Mother's day?

A quote-on-quote "traditional" Buddhist answer would be: yes absolutely. How much moreso should an emotionally neglectful mother be honoured than an emotionally attentive one?

I don't think that's good advice, but IMO its "Buddhist" advice.
by Coëmgenu
Sat May 05, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Who/what is the Original Buddha? Split from En-no-gyoja
Replies: 8
Views: 422

Re: Who/what is the Original Buddha? Split from En-no-gyoja

In the sutra I reproduced ( here ) The Original Buddha is identified as "no mind, no thought". No thought? Neither from self, nor other, nor combination of self and other, nor eschewing causality. Neither coming, nor going. Etc. Sounds like "no thought" to me. All possible thought-trajectories exha...
by Coëmgenu
Thu May 03, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 85
Views: 3603

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

I'm an albino with red hair, though. Lots of traditions say the same business about me.

Odd attributes will attract odd descriptors.
by Coëmgenu
Thu May 03, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 85
Views: 3603

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Finally got around to buying the three volumes. A simple question or two about Chih-i's birth, where he appeared to have "double pupils". What exactly does that portend? Is it an odd physical feature or symbolic of seeing deeper with wisdom or clairvoyance or...?? This might be vaguely interesting ...
by Coëmgenu
Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: 般若佛姆心咒
Replies: 10
Views: 409

Re: 般若佛姆心咒

So when I see this I don't think, "Oh Kumārajīva used oṃ ", I think "Oh, someone has edited this text at least three centuries after Kumārajīva died". The burden of proof in such cases is to show that this was contemporary with Kumārajīva. And if you could , then you would rewrite the history of Bu...