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by Sentient Light
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 11
Views: 333

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

To offer a counterpoint - those that merely recited the name, without any meditative effort of trying "to connect with the spirit of what 'Buddha-mindfulness' means" have had experiences & visions of the Pure Land. This includes Honen and a large number of his top disciples, as well as many followe...
by Sentient Light
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 11
Views: 333

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

I don't believe the Pratyutpanna Samadhi teaches how to travel to other pure realms; rather, that samadhi seems specific to receiving visions of Buddhas, without coming or going anywhere (and with the Buddhas neither coming nor going anywhere). But obviously strengthening your connection to Amitabha...
by Sentient Light
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Information about Bodhisattvas and other Buddhist teachings
Replies: 35
Views: 706

Re: Information about Bodhisattvas and other Buddhist teachings

Greetings! Sukhavati is like a university run by professor bodhisattvas and a dean Amitabha. People go there for the same reason we would go to a university: to seek learning and training from experts in a supportive environment. We make the progress we can here, and at death, instead of being rebo...
by Sentient Light
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 723

Re: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism

About emanations... I've never heard of this in Chinese tradition. Budai being an emanation of Maitreya Bodhisattva is quite possibly the most famous emanation known the world over. I think it's also worth mentioning that the popular feminized version of Guanyin is at least partially based on the l...
by Sentient Light
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Shi Huifeng's An Annotated English Translation of Kumārajīva’s Xiaŏpĭn Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra [8000 lines]
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: Shi Huifeng's An Annotated English Translation of Kumārajīva’s Xiaŏpĭn Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra [8000 lines]

Thanks so much for sharing! This is huge. While the Sanskrit “citta” has been uniformly rendered into some term for “mind”, it is worth noting that in Prakrits such as Gāndhārī or Pāli, “citta” could also derive from Sanskrit “citra”, i.e. “variegated” or “manifold”, used to refer to taints of the m...
by Sentient Light
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 154
Views: 3244

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

This is a very long article in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on Tiantai Buddhism that is quite thorough and good: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/buddhism-tiantai/ It showed me that the whole concept of the Buddhanature of insentient beings is soemthing more of a rhetorical device or a ...
by Sentient Light
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: First mahayana sutras, when?
Replies: 29
Views: 4522

Re: First mahayana sutras, when?

This paper is a deep look at a partial manuscript from the Baujaur Collection that references Aksobhya Buddha and the Abhirati Pure Land, and the perfection of kshanti. It dates as early as 47CE, but is written in Gandhari script and is indicative of Aksobhya's prominence in Gandhari Buddhism, as w...
by Sentient Light
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 22
Views: 993

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

bhumis and all theory are not used, at least not outside buddhist unis, where some prof's may play with comperative studies, which have no influence on actual practice in zen monasteries. Vietnamese Thien teaches the bhumis, called 'dia' (with the hard D, too lazy to figure out the ascii input for ...
by Sentient Light
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Helpful Devadatta?
Replies: 5
Views: 247

Re: Helpful Devadatta?

That's a pretty weird conclusion, but the bit about Christians being confused for worshippers of Devadatta is a common legend. To my knowledge, it is untrue. The king of Thailand actually ordered a Roman Catholic monastery built for the first Christian missionaries in the 16th century, mostly servin...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: High King Guan Yin Sutra?
Replies: 9
Views: 239

Re: High King Guan Yin Sutra?

How? Because there are no references to it in any of my searches through any canon, and the only times it is referenced is on personal blogs, web forums, some youtube videos, etc. There do not seem to be any references to a work of that title in any of the extra-canonical commentaries either. It lo...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: High King Guan Yin Sutra?
Replies: 9
Views: 239

Re: High King Guan Yin Sutra?

I don't believe this text is authentic.
by Sentient Light
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty
Replies: 16
Views: 1578

Re: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty

I started reading this when you initially posted it, at least some of the early chapters that were available. My Academia feed today let me know you've uploaded the full text, so I'm excited to dig further into this.
by Sentient Light
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practise to recall past incarnations
Replies: 24
Views: 905

Re: Practise to recall past incarnations

I don't know why past life recall gets such a bad rep in modern Buddhism. I think the book referenced above by ajahn brahm gives good advice: I've just finished reading through the Dirgha Agama and one thing this recension of the EBTs keeps hammering on is that arhatship always results in the recol...
by Sentient Light
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The source of the Chinese dharma words
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: The source of the Chinese dharma words

Do you mean it is not entirely from the sutras? :thinking: Not to put words in Fortyeightvows's words, but i think they were inferencing simply that the lines are propagated so widely that their source is simply unknown. That line, or at least the basic structure of it, occurs time and time again a...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitayus sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 224

Re: Amitayus sutra

If we mean the Shorter Sukhavati Sutra, sometimes called the Amitabha/yus Sutra, yes it's a very common liturgy because of how short it is. In Sinitic (China, Taiwan, Vietnam) Pure Land practices, it's not uncommon to tack the Rebirth Mantra before it as well.
by Sentient Light
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: doctrinal unity
Replies: 18
Views: 792

Re: doctrinal unity

At least in Vietnamese Buddhism, schools like Thien or Pure Land or Tiantai are not considered independent traditions, but different vocations within the broader study and practice of Buddha-dharma. While we lack any kind of doctrinal dogma (in the sense of, "you MUST interpret things this way"), al...
by Sentient Light
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The Antiquity and Novelty of the Lotus Sūtra
Replies: 9
Views: 725

Re: The Antiquity and Novelty of the Lotus Sūtra

Thanks for that! I looked at that article a little. What a good idea to examine the description of the stupa! It seems he is looking at it differently and coming to a similar conclusion. I think it's been known since the late 90s/early 00s that a great deal of the earliest texts to be translated in...
by Sentient Light
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: The 'Democracy' of the Pure Land Path
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: The 'Democracy' of the Pure Land Path

Interestingly, the author is the head of a Tantric lineage of Pure Land Buddhism that requires initiations/empowerments from a teacher. Pure Land is a path that doesn't necessitate teachers to practice and to make some progress. For some people, this is all they'll ever need. But for serious practit...
by Sentient Light
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 45
Views: 1043

Re: proclaiming awakening

Of course, it’s Wrong Speech. But the rule doesn’t apply to spiritual attainments that one has attained. This is incorrect. There is a Vinaya rule against divulging any attainments to laypersons . They can talk about attainments all they want amongst each other (and I do believe this includes free ...
by Sentient Light
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: BDK completes the Dirgha-agama in English
Replies: 1
Views: 301

Re: BDK completes the Dirgha-agama in English

An interesting passage that doesn't appear in the Pali version of the Brahma's Net: “The Tathagata has directly experienced in the present life that the cause of birth and death has been exhausted. The only reason he continues to appear in this world is because of his resolution to help gods and hum...

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