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by Sentient Light
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Locational Energy
Replies: 6
Views: 360

Re: Locational Energy

You may be interested in the study of feng shui, probably better known in English as "geomancy", which is a magical practice of reading and manipulating the energy path ways of the environment.
by Sentient Light
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Irreversible bodhisattvas
Replies: 12
Views: 550

Re: Irreversible bodhisattvas

The Dasabhumika Sutra/Chapter became the standard model, but another character has arhatship/extinction of the outflows at bhumi 7, in line with the PPJ texts I believe that Abhisamayālaṁkāra is the same with regards to the 7th bhūmi. AFAIK stages 7-10 are the abodes of mahāsattvas, but I can't rem...
by Sentient Light
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Antifa at it again
Replies: 91
Views: 2274

Re: Antifa at it again

Sorry, grigoris, I pivoted halfway through that comment to talking about Jesse's posts, not yours, but forgot to drop the quote in there to separate out the commentary.
by Sentient Light
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Antifa at it again
Replies: 91
Views: 2274

Re: Antifa at it again

it is the job of the police to protect you. I would work on pressuring for that option to be applied first, before turning over my protection to a militia. In the absence of that I would arm myself, the only person I truly trust. :rolling: that's a death sentence. I would rather work on pressuring ...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Antifa at it again
Replies: 91
Views: 2274

Re: Antifa at it again

If I went to a demonstration with ^^^these idiots^^^ on one side and these idiots here... armed neo-Nazis posing as patriots.jpg ...on the other side I would leave the demonstration immediately. Neither of these groups are there to exercise democratic rights or express their views, both these group...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Female Buddhas in the texts
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Re: Female Buddhas in the texts

I don't think she's a Buddha, but close enough: https://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=The_Prophecy_of_Shri_Mahadevi http://read.84000.co/translation/toh193.html Thanks for sharing! I've been completely unaware of this text, don't erally see much that takes places IN Sukhavati, so that's cool. T...
by Sentient Light
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Female Buddhas in the texts
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Re: Female Buddhas in the texts

You need to dig into Korean zen lineage texts for this information, but Bodhidharma's master was Prajnatara, who was the Ancestral Master ('Patriarch') of the Sarvastivadin tradition, and is now known to have been a woman. The accounts say she was a manifestation of Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva.
by Sentient Light
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Draught animals in the White Lotus Sutra
Replies: 12
Views: 475

Re: Draught animals in the White Lotus Sutra

It is not Nazi propaganda. There is the question of the place of origin of the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) languages. There have been, and there still are, different views about it. The idea is that the Aryan peoples came from the same area as their language comes from. This means that they came also...
by Sentient Light
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Draught animals in the White Lotus Sutra
Replies: 12
Views: 475

Re: Draught animals in the White Lotus Sutra

Seishi Karashima has effectively proven that the first part of the Lotus Sutra was composed around the 1st century BCE in Gandhari Prakrit. Scholars believe the Indo-Aryan Migration into northern India happened around 1500BCE. ....what are you talking about? Also, goats are one of the first domestic...
by Sentient Light
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Sutra on Manjushri's Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Sutra on Manjushri's Questions

Keeping in mind that the Mahayana sutras came from various schools with various doctrinal backgrounds, it's important to remember that some schools regarded space to be conditioned phenomena, and other schools considered it to be unconditioned. I think this passage reflects the origin of this text a...
by Sentient Light
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."
Replies: 26
Views: 632

Re: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."

Thank you. Apologies for my post if it was confusing. Your use of these words is new to me and I think that's what's so confusing. I didn't forget the conversation but rather your wording is not the standard in these kinds of discussions. I will try to explain: I've read many books on Chan Buddhism...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Shouting, Hitting, etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 404

Re: Shouting, Hitting, etc.

The reality of exhaustive practice over many years - and especially after awakening - is less glamorous. Maybe. I think it might depend on culture though. In China and Vietnam, we reify 'gongfu' in spiritual praxis, and while many of the texts do promote this image of bizarre methods and instant aw...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."
Replies: 26
Views: 632

Re: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."

Okay so the lineage of Bodhidharma was recognized at that time but wasn't called Chan. What was it called? If Shen Hui had been asked "The Southern School of what?" By someone who knew of several southern schools ranging from Taoist establishments, Confucian ones and even government training colleg...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."
Replies: 26
Views: 632

Re: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."

After that, "Chan" takes on the meaning of: A subset of Buddhism that denotes a lineage to Bodhidharma. While not a separate institution, it is a word that has now taken on new meaning and is used to denote people involved with a specific lineage of Buddhist teaching going back to Bodhidharma. Is t...
by Sentient Light
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 17
Views: 459

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

Yong Hua is not a legitimate student of Hsuan Hua, as he claims to be. If this is true, that's a problem. He shouldn't lie. entered into a sexual relationship with a student during a retreat. Sexual relationships between consenting adults are fine with me. Thanks for the info. Even when one is supp...
by Sentient Light
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 17
Views: 459

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

The Pure Land Handbook by Master YongHua, which I'm about to start, I just want to point out that I posted one of his videos on one of the more traditional Chan subreddits, because I was thoroughly impressed by his ability to orate in English and Vietnamese back-to-back so effortlessly, and a CTTB ...
by Sentient Light
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Numerology?
Replies: 3
Views: 288

Re: Buddhist Numerology?

I don't htink Chinese characters is going to help here. The term is literally "Dharma Numbers" or "Numbers of the Law". Just some quick googling--I've never heard of this before, btw... I do have numerologists in my family, but they come from Catholic/Taoist backgrounds, so this is quite interesting...
by Sentient Light
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 882

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

Chan and Pure Land should not really be thought of as separate schools, they're rather Mahayana methods that can be used either together or apart. For a clearer picture, see these for instance: Pure Land Buddhism: Dialogues with Ancient Masters Pure Land, Pure Mind Pure-Land Zen, Zen Pure-Land Budd...
by Sentient Light
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 11
Views: 511

Re: Zen Practice

It should be noted that Alan Watts is not a zen practitioner, he was an entertainer, and he colored things in a way to be entertaining. He is not a reliable source on zen, and it might be better to say he is simply an entertainer that has been greatly influenced by eastern thought. Meido Moore's boo...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Stumbled across Thich Thanh Tu's Truc Lam Thien materials in English...
Replies: 5
Views: 333

Re: Stumbled across Thich Thanh Tu's Truc Lam Thien materials in English...

Aren't there monasteries that maintain Mahayana and Thien practices? On the other hand, Thich Thanh Tu revived/reinvented the Truc Lam school that died out centuries ago, so wouldn't his criticism about the lack of 'Orthodox' tradition apply more generally than just those who took up Vipassana? The...

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