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by Sentient Light
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?

Tradition would assert that the Sukhavativyuha sutras were taught by the Buddha himself, one of the rare occasions where a definitively Mahayana text isn't presented as being retrieved later. The Contemplation Sutra, imo, probably began life as a meditation manual, and was rendered into sutra-form l...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some unique passages from Lokaksema's Longer Sutra
Replies: 0
Views: 52

Some unique passages from Lokaksema's Longer Sutra

From this paper: http://www.academia.edu/3724261/New_Light_on_and_from_the_Muhammad_Nari_Stele This version explicitly states no women are born there: Vow No. 2: When I become a Buddha, may there be no women in my realm. If women wish to come and be born in my realm, then they will turn straightaway...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2247

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

When the writing had not well developed, the Buddha had suggested distributing written scripture. Quite interesting, isn’t it? Writing existed in the Buddha's time, it just wasn't used for all the same things it eventually came to be used for. For further clarification, as I understand Pali itself ...
by Sentient Light
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: is a home made statue acceptable?
Replies: 47
Views: 2976

Re: is a home made statue acceptable?

The question is about kwan yin, so I believe it is rather about Chinese or Vietnamese tradition than Tibetan. The proportions aren't so important in these traditions. Actually, as I've heard in China and Viet there is a kinda ritual similar with Tibetan "rabne" (invitation of God inside the statue)...
by Sentient Light
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2247

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

I would consider two-fold emptiness basically as "the view" of Mahayana, and hence rather important. I am differentiating here between the Mahayana path and the Mahayana schools. I think OP's question is short-sighted, and pointing out that the Mahayana path exists wholly intact in the absence of t...
by Sentient Light
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2247

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

What about two-fold emptiness? I thought this is asserted as being absent from Hinayana and Pratyekabuddhayana. I am unfamiliar with this term. Do you mean the two truths? Personally, while I do believe in the two truths, I don't think it's a critical doctrine or anything special. I think it's just...
by Sentient Light
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...
Replies: 94
Views: 2247

Re: Does Mahayana lose its entire validity...

All the basic tenants of Mahayana still exist if you practice as a Sautrantika. Asanga's Summary of the Great Vehicle almost exclusively using the Agamas as textual support. It is a little less comprehensive, but all the critical stuff is there in some form
by Sentient Light
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 853

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

Curious... So three raised in Vietnam are Buddhist, and you. Two others indifferent. What's the birth order, particularly you and the two who didn't take to it? I am the middle child; my sister is four years my senior, born in Alexandria, VA, and is more-or-less pluralist, having adopted some Catho...
by Sentient Light
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 853

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

Just anecdotally here. My mother took us to the Buddhist temple for a little bit when we were young, but stopped eventually. My father was a very devout man, and we always had an altar set up. He did his morning and evening prostrations quietly, by himself, and never really bothered to share the dha...
by Sentient Light
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: About the Lieu Quan School of Thien
Replies: 4
Views: 755

Re: About the Lieu Quan School of Thien

I went through so many Vietnamese pages to get this info, I don't know if it's worth reproducing here, but I was getting really confused since I thought my tradition adn TNH's connect at Cuong Ky's. Nope, it is one more up: Thich Tinh Tu's Lineage Nhất Định (Concentration on Oneness) (1784-1847) Diệ...
by Sentient Light
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: About the Lieu Quan School of Thien
Replies: 4
Views: 755

Re: About the Lieu Quan School of Thien

A peer in TNH's tradition and I started looking through history to put together more of the lineage chart for Lieu Quan, since the Vietnamese biographies stop at Nguyen Thieu, the master who brought Linji/Lam Te to Vietnam, and a mention of his teacher's name, Kuang-yuan Benkao, but nothing beyond t...
by Sentient Light
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Position of dharanis in service?
Replies: 5
Views: 295

Re: Position of dharanis in service?

Looking at the Buddhist Liturgy available from budaedu.org, the Morning Service has the following order: 1. Incense offering 2. The Sitatapatrosnisa (Surangama) Dharani 3. Dharani of the Most Compassionate One (Great Compassion Mantra) 4. 10 short Dharani 5. Heart Sūtra 6. Parinamana Gatha 7. Prais...
by Sentient Light
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Position of dharanis in service?
Replies: 5
Views: 295

Re: Position of dharanis in service?

Here is the daily schedule for monastics in my tradition (non-retreat schedule): 4:30AM - wake up/morning prostrations/Niem Phat 5:30AM - recite the Surangama Mantra (2 days of week, replace with dharma talks) 7:00AM - Qigong 8:00AM - Breakfast 9:00AM - Mindful/Silent Work begins (whatever you're wo...
by Sentient Light
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heavens/Hells/Purelands
Replies: 36
Views: 1058

Re: Heavens/Hells/Purelands

I have the book at home and will try and look. Offhand I don't recall much detail, though it seems in line with what you said about seeming 'more real' than 'waking existence'. I'm curious about any physical descriptions that might square up. Always a little amusing to me. but he saw a very large f...
by Sentient Light
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida's death?
Replies: 11
Views: 346

Re: Amida's death?

This might depend on source and school. There are definitely schools that say that Sambhogakayas have no end. One place says it's the samadhi of the Buddhas. Another place says that it's the essence of the Bodhisattvas. In the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, Chan Master Huineng describes the...
by Sentient Light
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heavens/Hells/Purelands
Replies: 36
Views: 1058

Re: Heavens/Hells/Purelands

In the autobiography of Dudjom Lingpa (A Clear Mirror), he recounts a journey to Sukhavati, and he exclaims something like, “I thought that all things had no true existence apart from the mind, but this seems utterly real!” Do you have any other notes on his descriptions? You can PM me. I think I'v...
by Sentient Light
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida's death?
Replies: 11
Views: 346

Re: Amida's death?

If Amida is a Sambhogakaya Buddha, how can he 'die'? Can a Sambhogakaya Buddha return to Parinirvana? Yes. Sambhogakayas are conditioned bodies, if far more pure than gross phenomenal bodies like these. ill Kannon replace him somehow? In the future will we need to say Namu Kannon Butsu?? If was to ...
by Sentient Light
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Body building and steroids
Replies: 17
Views: 584

Re: Buddhist Authorities Hunt Down Monk For Being Too Ripped

Back in '94, in order to qualify to take part in a "natural" body building event, you only had to be off the juice for about 3 years. That is at least in part because of it being impossible to test for "have you ever juiced in your life"? It kind of sucks, sure, since doing even one cycle 10-15 yea...
by Sentient Light
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heavens/Hells/Purelands
Replies: 36
Views: 1058

Re: Heavens/Hells/Purelands

TrimePema wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:17 pm

so how do the 6 realms manifest?
If there are beings born into the realm, it exists. If there are no beings to perceive that realm, it does not exist. Thus a realm's existence is wholly dependent upon there being a mind capable of perceiving reality in that manner.

source: Abhidharmakosabhasyam
by Sentient Light
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Body building and steroids
Replies: 17
Views: 584

Re: Buddhist Authorities Hunt Down Monk For Being Too Ripped

Also your comment about 80% of protein sups have roids in them is utterly absurd and dishonest. It is neither absurd nor dishonest. I am not in the habit of lying. Right Speech and Precepts, yah know? It was a study published in a renowned muscle mag. Like it or lump it. Why would they put anabolic...

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