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by Sentient Light
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Quy Sơn Cảnh Sách Translation
Replies: 1
Views: 112

Re: Quy Sơn Cảnh Sách Translation

I am not sure if this is the name of it in Chinese, but the title translates to: The Book of Guishan. It was written by Lingyou of Guishan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingyou_of_Guishan) and is a meditation manual. From what I can tell, it is a primary meditation text for the Guiyang school. Hope...
by Sentient Light
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Where can I Find..The Sutra of Wise and Foolish
Replies: 10
Views: 2170

Re: Where can I Find..The Sutra of Wise and Foolish

This is a translation of the Ekottarika Agama version of the same story, but Bhikkhu Analayo does provide excerpts from the Sutra of the Wise and the Foolish in the comparative analysis section: https://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg ... incess.pdf
by Sentient Light
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Tanluan's Commentary on The Upadeśa on the Sutras of Limitless Life by Vasubandhu
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: Tanluan's Commentary on The Upadeśa on the Sutras of Limitless Life by Vasubandhu

Thanks so much for sharing. I think this is quite a new translation to what's been in circulation previously, yes? I'll probably take a few days to digest this.
by Sentient Light
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are there esoteric schools of Mahayana in Chinese tradition?
Replies: 15
Views: 3437

Re: Are there esoteric schools of Mahayana in Chinese tradition?

Is this assertion with reference to: a. the alleged early period of 3rd or 2nd century B.C.E (Viet. Late Hồng Bàng, Thục & Triệu Dynasties) by Indian delegations or b. the 1st - 2nd Chinese Domination Periods around 1st & 2nd C.E or c. the Táng Dynasty Period (Viet. 3rd Chinese Domination) of Śubha...
by Sentient Light
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: similarities/differences between Zen and Korean Won?
Replies: 1
Views: 129

Re: similarities/differences between Zen and Korean Won?

Won Buddhism is a new religious movement, divorced from any Buddhist lineage, that was founded by a self-proclaimed Buddha. Think of how Joseph Smith established the Church of Latter-Day Saints and called it a form of Christianity, and it's a similar kind of thing happening here.
by Sentient Light
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen
Replies: 20
Views: 686

Re: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen

While that may be technically correct, I do not believe that is what Honen means by it. What Honen meant by it was ANY path that involves US making effort to attain our own salvation.... as contrasted with Reliance on Amida path that Honen taught. Whatever Honen meant by it, I am pointing out that ...
by Sentient Light
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen
Replies: 20
Views: 686

Re: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen

I just want to point out that the "path of sages" refers to the attainment of arahantship, pratyekabuddhahood, or becoming a bodhisattva-mahasattva, but doesn't really refer to the other seven bhumis. I think it's generally understood in (traditional) Chan that the number of people becoming aryas is...
by Sentient Light
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Term for 'Mind' in Awakening of Faith
Replies: 19
Views: 685

Re: Term for 'Mind' in Awakening of Faith

Isn't 心 a pictogram of a heart? How does 心 relate to 識 with your above comment in mind? So I do not know Chinese. What I know is that the word for heart/mind in Chinese is "xin" and in Vietnamese is "tam." We have another word for the organ that pumps blood, but this is not what people are literall...
by Sentient Light
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Term for 'Mind' in Awakening of Faith
Replies: 19
Views: 685

Re: Term for 'Mind' in Awakening of Faith

And I think your guess is correct - I've noticed previously that the Sanskrit 'cit' or 'citta' is translated as both 'mind' and 'heart' in some Thai Buddhist meditation manuals. The double meaning is significant! In both Vietnamese and Chinese, there is no word for "heart" in the western sense but ...
by Sentient Light
Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New Translation: The Sūtra of Questions Regarding Death and Transmigration
Replies: 1
Views: 178

Re: New Translation: The Sūtra of Questions Regarding Death and Transmigration

Is this a different version than the one that was posted in this forum from the same website 2-3 years ago? I hadn't realized when it showed up on reddit again that this was a "new" translation. Given that we've seen this before, can you provide more context? What makes it new? I thought the Tibetan...
by Sentient Light
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Samaddhi for softening people's mind
Replies: 25
Views: 779

Re: Samaddhi for softening people's mind

Haha cool. I thought samadhi was just a mediative absorption limited by time and secondary causes, not something ultimate, and that developing the result of samadhi was just like developing a particular skill, a siddhi some would say. I have the question because I'm sure this is possible, but don't...
by Sentient Light
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are there esoteric schools of Mahayana in Chinese tradition?
Replies: 15
Views: 3437

Re: Are there esoteric schools of Mahayana in Chinese tradition?

The formal Vajrayana tradition died out in China around the 9th century due to the great Buddhist oppression in 845 CE. However, it carried on in Japan in the form of Shingon, but then what Kukai initiated and what developed since then would be different from what was practised in Tang China, thoug...
by Sentient Light
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Any Vietnamese translators?
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: Any Vietnamese translators?

Just going to do the section headerfs for you: Tan Phat: literally just "praises to the Buddha" Chi Tam Danh Le: "respectful homages in the Amitabha Sutra" Bai Tan Phat: ...I don't know. That diacritic on "Bai" means "to let go" or "cast away", but I don't understand the grammar here. Thien A Tu La:...
by Sentient Light
Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Spirit/Hungry Ghosts Offering
Replies: 7
Views: 349

Re: Spirit/Hungry Ghosts Offering

I don't think you do understand. This is technically magic, and magic should not be performed by those without proper training. That it is rare is completely sensible: training someone in magic takes a lot of work, and a lot of commitment. To undergo this training, it must be understood that the stu...
by Sentient Light
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Style of teaching
Replies: 8
Views: 363

Re: Style of teaching

Thich Phap Hoa has some videos where he lectures in English, which may give you an idea of what I'm talking about, but specifically with his Vietnamese talks, he does a bit of both: - he'll go through a text largely line-by-line, and like an academic, he'll bring up terms in Vietnamese, and what the...
by Sentient Light
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Spirit/Hungry Ghosts Offering
Replies: 7
Views: 349

Re: Spirit/Hungry Ghosts Offering

Hi 如傑, Thank you for sharing. I understand your worries and I have also heard the anecdotes in the past. However, I have a different take on this matter. The service is based on and essentially from a few texts translated to Chinese in Tang dynasty. All those texts explicitly mention that the mantr...
by Sentient Light
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sanskrit Nembutsu / Nianfo
Replies: 12
Views: 350

Re: Sanskrit Nembutsu / Nianfo

'Ya' is a qualifier that designates the noun it is suffixed to is the object of the grammatical sentence, thus:

Namo Amitabhaya OR Namo Amitabha Buddhaya OR Namo Buddhaya.
by Sentient Light
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?
Replies: 63
Views: 1490

Re: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?

In Vietnam, nuns outnumber monks by an estimated 4-to-1, iirc. It is certainly not true wholesale that monks outnumber nuns in East Asia. Even Vietnamese temples in America, you're more likely to find nuns than monks. Women have also been Chan/Thien patriarchs.
by Sentient Light
Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Infinite Eons and Enlightenment
Replies: 51
Views: 1559

Re: Infinite Eons and Enlightenment

These are two different things. If a 4 does not exist within a universe of 3s, then naturally it could never exist. This is akin to saying if enlightenment never exists in our universe, then it would never be experienced (a logically sound statement but not one I agree with). That said, if enlighte...
by Sentient Light
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Infinite Eons and Enlightenment
Replies: 51
Views: 1559

Re: Infinite Eons and Enlightenment

I think the problem in your logic is that presumes a finite start somewhere if something has not happened yet. If it is indeed infinite, then you would by default have to have experienced an infinite number of possibilities. Make sense? No, this is not true. In an infinite series of 3s, you will ne...

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