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by LastLegend
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1501

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

What relevant here is most people are not monastic, so not sure why people make it very bizarre about human daily life that’s not different than any other human life.
by LastLegend
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1501

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Direct introduction is very precious in itself and very precious for Chan if it occurs in the old school format of student-teacher in a residential setting given that the teacher is realized to the level of Patriarch. Sadly that’s rarely seen, in my opinion.
by LastLegend
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1501

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

But in Vajrayāna, we do not give up the basis, that is, the five objects of desire. They are objects of desire because one desires them, not because sights, sounds, etc. are desirable in and of themselves. This is understood even in the agamas/nikayas. 'The eye is not the fetter of forms, nor are f...
by LastLegend
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1501

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

What Astus talked about makes no sense for Mahayana because enlightenment has nothing to do with any of that! Enlightenment is via going into deep deep mind to discern its nature completely not to focus on the external shit such as desire or whatever. Of course just like most human beings we follow ...
by LastLegend
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1501

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

It’s a matter of focus on doing the practice not so much on other things but even if we don’t want to we still have to engage in daily life activities of living. Habits associated with those. I am not sure why the issue of desire and all of that is brought up to confuse people further. After eating ...
by LastLegend
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1501

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

The problem is not so much with Mahaprajnayana is that even a thing? Anyway, it’s the lack of Truly realized teachers and teaching because it’s this very place of introduction a lot of methods can be used whether it’s slow or the quickest.
by LastLegend
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1501

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Followers of Sravakayana are funny. They say aggregates is no self, empty, but when you ask them who is experiencing Nirvana? A koan question by the way. They can’t answer and if they can it’s probably no self? Or they resort to ‘that can’t be answered.’
by LastLegend
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1501

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Two vehicle have trouble with Mahayana for a long time or it’s followers. They don’t believe in Buddhas’ vows and Pure Lands. They don’t believe what past Buddhas have been doing for sentient beings. They don’t believe in mythical, yet they believe Nirvana is not on earth and elsewhere when they die.
by LastLegend
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1501

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Great aspirations and a strong conviction will result in karma seeking and great suffering, but the quickest once it passes. Forewarned by my teacher. Strong conviction to become Buddha in this life time and help sentient beings. I am taking it slow and find way to enter emptiness. Sorry how can I m...
by LastLegend
Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1501

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

The distinction generally drawn is between renunciation (three lower vehicles) and transformation (kriya tantra to anuyoga). In Vajrayāna, through skillful means: "That by which fools are bound, by that same thing the wise are liberated." --Saraha. Even if such distinctions were accepted, the end r...
by LastLegend
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 97
Views: 1501

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

There is already a basic set of teachings accepted by both sides. Furthermore, all Buddhists aim for the same in taming and overcoming habituated emotional reactions and cultivating skilful qualities like mindfulness, compassion, and wisdom. That’s vague but okay agreed only in cultivating slow pro...
by LastLegend
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 1025

Re: in defense

Meido’s posts on this forum stand in stark contrast to this “It’s all empty, bro” bullshit. He is someone who studied and practiced Zen in a very complete way. I suspect the “it’s all empty, bro” bullshit is just a way of people disguising their ignorance. Sometimes it can actually start to feel li...
by LastLegend
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 1025

Re: in defense

Peter, my experience, such as it is, has been largely with Seon. I have corresponded with, attended talks, short retreats and sat with Zen teachers, but not studied to any depth with them. And of course I don't have any data, but I am not the one making claims. As for the number of teachers, why co...
by LastLegend
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 1025

Re: in defense

6th Patriarch Chan, ‘Mirror is bright not because of the stage.’ That should sum up nature.
by LastLegend
Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 1025

Re: in defense

Why take it so seriously people? I personally don’t mind not to be categorized as Zen or original Chan. My point still stands that Chan from Hui Neng Patriarch has migrated to Mahaprajna which is Sutra based. However, doesn’t mean one can get direct introduction from reading the Sutra unless (in my ...
by LastLegend
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 1025

Re: in defense

As I read some of the topics in the Zen sub-forum, I’m discouraged that all too often Zen topics become opportunities for non-Zennists to criticize Zen and Zen teachers. It seems to me, and perhaps I’m being overly sensitive, that Zen, and especially Western Zen, and more especially Western Soto Ze...
by LastLegend
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 1025

Re: in defense

As I read some of the topics in the Zen sub-forum, I’m discouraged that all too often Zen topics become opportunities for non-Zennists to criticize Zen and Zen teachers. It seems to me, and perhaps I’m being overly sensitive, that Zen, and especially Western Zen, and more especially Western Soto Ze...
by LastLegend
Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 228
Views: 5592

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

I don't agree. If one understands what "Buddha mind" is well enough, one would not need to rely on scriptures, as not needing to rely on scriptures is what "well enough" would mean to begin with. The sutras cover the whole path up to buddhahood. A bodhisattva is someone who is dedicated to master a...
by LastLegend
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 228
Views: 5592

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

Where do people see that an Arahant has vows? If he does, he is considered a Bodhisattva. Only in Mahayana, we see Ancient Buddhas such Samantabhadra, Avalokitesvara, Amitabha, Medicine Buddha, etc have vows! Why doesn’t Shakyamuni Buddha have any vows? Why are there so many Shakyamuni around Mahava...
by LastLegend
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 228
Views: 5592

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

People try too hard to blur the line between fruit of Arahant and absolute emptiness-absolute non-self (unless one chooses to stop after transcending to it), to avoid sectarian I guess. It’s very clear Mahaprajnaparamitas Sutras are not part of Arahant teaching. Mahaprajna transcends all duality (co...

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