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by Sentient Light
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Jātaka Stories Database
Replies: 4
Views: 1419

Re: difference between jataka and avadana ?

What’s the difference between jataka and avadana ? A jataka is a past life story of a / the Buddha. An avadana is a past life story of anyone else; it can also be a current-life biography or episode of one of the other disciples (Mahaprajapati's parinirvana is in an avadana collection, for instance...
by Sentient Light
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: What school of Buddhism that is not a Pure Land school is closest to Jodo Shu in terms of philosophy and doctrine?
Replies: 2
Views: 746

Re: What school of Buddhism that is not a Pure Land school is closest to Jodo Shu in terms of philosophy and doctrine?

As it currently stands in mainland East Asia, there is basically one big doctrinal 'school' with tons of individual practice lineages to pick and choose from, and they are generally seen as not mutually exclusive. Some have said that my descriptions of the Vietnamese tradition sound like what Tendai...
by Sentient Light
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?
Replies: 63
Views: 4165

Re: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?

I've gotten in trouble before for saying this is true of all zen lineages, but in at least the Vietnamese traditions, we could arguably say that they are aligned wholly with the Yogacara school. The Yogacarabhumisastra is a significant part of the post-samanera monastic curriculum. Nagarjuna is stud...
by Sentient Light
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Soul vs Consciousness?
Replies: 35
Views: 3198

Re: Soul vs Consciousness?

How would one argue that the subtle consciousness referred to in Vajrayana, the one experiencing the bardo state and taking rebirth, how would one argue that this isn’t just another way of asserting some concept of a soul or atman, some kind of permanent self? . . . We call it a citta-santana to es...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 3884

Re: History of tantra

David Drewes has a very compelling argument I have not found such an argument in that text. Could you please provide a quote or page number? In the mean time, here is James B. Apple's essay The Phrase Dharmaparyayo Hastagato in Mahayana Buddhist Literature: Rethinking the Cult of the Book in Middle...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 3884

Re: History of tantra

That is true ofcourse, and for example in the White Lotus sutra , in the Devadatta chapter , there is the story of Shakyamuni in one of his previous births when he is serving an ascetic for many years who posses the teaching of the Lotus sutra. Here you definitely get the impression that the Sutra ...
by Sentient Light
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Oldest Mahayana sutra
Replies: 21
Views: 1025

Re: Oldest Mahayana sutra

It's been mentioned, but sort of buried in a more in-depth discussion post, so to state it clearly: The oldest known Mahayana sutra that has been reliably dated is the Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra, which has been dated to around 47 CE and is believed to have been authored sometime in the 1st c...
by Sentient Light
Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Origin of mahayana
Replies: 36
Views: 2427

Re: Origin of mahayana

Paul Williams' recently released an excellent book, Setting Out on the Great Way: Essays on Early Mahayana Buddhism , that delves into this in-depth with new knowledge and texts. The various authors take quite a variety of positions on possible origins, showing just how complex it all is. It's a re...
by Sentient Light
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Agamas/Nikayas and Mahayana
Replies: 5
Views: 501

Re: Agamas/Nikayas and Mahayana

The Agamas are required study material for Vietnamese novice monastics, and many of the texts are taught to laity today. When the Nikayas are taught, it's very clear that it's a pretty recent development. Certain Agama texts have been taught for centuries, but it's only a small handful, often from A...
by Sentient Light
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras
Replies: 30
Views: 2266

Re: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras

I do wish people would say which vinaya, which is very interesting to people like me. Do you think it would be fair to guess they are going by the Mūlasarvāstivāda monastic code? The Theravadin and Dharmaguptaka Vinayas are astonishingly similar. Ajahn Sujato has made the claim that prior to the Ma...
by Sentient Light
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Origin of mahayana
Replies: 36
Views: 2427

Re: Origin of mahayana

Paul Williams' recently released an excellent book, Setting Out on the Great Way: Essays on Early Mahayana Buddhism , that delves into this in-depth with new knowledge and texts. The various authors take quite a variety of positions on possible origins, showing just how complex it all is. It's a rea...
by Sentient Light
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: The Story of Lady Yueguo from Anthology of the Land of Bliss (T.1969), 12th century
Replies: 1
Views: 546

The Story of Lady Yueguo from Anthology of the Land of Bliss (T.1969), 12th century

After one of the lady's maids has died, Yueguo has a dream of the maid taking to show her the Pure Land, in gratitude for converting the maid to Buddhism: The lady of the house set off with the maid, and in time, they came to two pools of water, both of which were filled with white lotus blossoms of...
by Sentient Light
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do the different national traditions of Zen (Chan, Seon and Thien) differ? What about Zen in the West?
Replies: 2
Views: 798

Re: How do the different national traditions of Zen (Chan, Seon and Thien) differ? What about Zen in the West?

Agreed with Astus for the most part here. Outside of Japan, what distinguishes a school of zen from the others typically has more to do with what distinguishes that national culture of Buddhism from others overall. My practice is zen, pure land, and quite a bit of esoteric 'Mantrayana', and we might...
by Sentient Light
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: To a Buddhist is there a Hell and is there death? What are the 108 Existences
Replies: 9
Views: 1276

Re: To a Buddhist is there a Hell and is there death? What are the 108 Existences

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religious_populations So, it sites Buddhism as 7%. From my experience and my friends I would hope there would be 30% Buddhists. But that's where I saw that. To me it seems low and incorrect but it is wikipedia and I trust wikipedia as a source. Those numbers ar...
by Sentient Light
Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: One Action Samadhi
Replies: 7
Views: 1450

Re: One Action Samadhi

The Sanskrit title of this is the Saptaśatikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra. An alternative English title would be, The Prajnaparamita Sutra in 700 Lines. And if it's helpful for anyone other than me, Vietnamese terminology here: Nhất Tướng Tam Muội = One Mark Samadhi; ekavyuhasamadhi Nhất Tâm Niệm Phật = Bu...
by Sentient Light
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Help finding sutra: those characterized by lust/anger/etc.
Replies: 3
Views: 760

Re: Help finding sutra: those characterized by lust/anger/etc.

When I read that section, I felt like it was talking directly about me and calling me out on my shit.
by Sentient Light
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Thich Thien An on buddhanusmrti as zen meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 2341

Re: Thich Thien An on buddhanusmrti as zen meditation

That is (mis)taking zen to be a mind absorbed in a single object, however, such concentration practices are found in many systems even outside Buddhism. I don't think you understand Pure Land thought very well. There is a uniqueness to the buddhanusmrti samadhi in that it is the Buddha that is the ...
by Sentient Light
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Thich Thien An on buddhanusmrti as zen meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 2341

Thich Thien An on buddhanusmrti as zen meditation

The way to attain rebirth in the Western Paradise is by devotion to Amita Buddha. This devotion is expressed by reciting the sutras that teach about Amita, by chanting His Name, by meditating upon His Image and by calling to mind His Wisdom, Virtue and Compassion. Those who are capable of placing s...
by Sentient Light
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do I reconcile Buddhavacana with later textual interpolations?
Replies: 4
Views: 455

Re: How do I reconcile Buddhavacana with later textual interpolations?

I don't know if that's really all that contradictory here, except maybe the women issue is changed slightly in later versions. The earlier version just looks to be more detailed, and those details are corroborated in other texts. If anything, it lends credence to the Contemplation Sutra being possib...
by Sentient Light
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Buddhas before Lord Tanhankara
Replies: 7
Views: 826

Re: Buddhas before Lord Tanhankara

I'll look in my copy of the Mahavastu later to see if that name comes up in any of the lists of Buddhas Sakyamuni served as a bodhisattva, and can probably have an update for you tomorrow.

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