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by Sentient Light
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 2379

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: 2379

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: 626

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: 1306

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: 336

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: 25
Views: 671

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: 1306

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: 159

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: 256

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: 820

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: 865

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: 614

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: 1688

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: 1688

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: 359

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: 569

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.
by Sentient Light
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cheng weishi lun, Demonstration of Consciousness
Replies: 85
Views: 3266

Re: Cheng weishi lun, Demonstration of Consciousness

Further on from where you quote: That is an argument for the inclusion of avaivartikas, who are not yet asaiksa on the bodhisattva path. Furthermore, the avaivartika bodhisattva is included because he has abandoned klesavarana just like asaiksa sravakas. But before that it is stated explicitly that...
by Sentient Light
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Which school...?
Replies: 16
Views: 1502

Re: Which school...?

I don't know much about Tendai, probably you need a master along this path, as in Vajrayana, and there are no sanghas near. I was thinking about a Chan - Pure Land school, Fo Guang Shan, because I like reading other sutras (besides the three PL ones), meditating, chanting mantras etc. FGS are good....
by Sentient Light
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Is Śūraṅgama Sūtra authentic?
Replies: 27
Views: 1277

Re: Is Śūraṅgama Sūtra authentic?

I'm not entirely sure if it matters if the sutra itself is authentic. The dharani exists independently of the sutra, in many different versions, including Sanskrit copies, and Tibetan versions. I think it's quite likely that the dharani itself is of Indic origin. Since it was circulating independent...
by Sentient Light
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Ekottara Agama 3.1 on buddhanusmrti
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Ekottara Agama 3.1 on buddhanusmrti

Translated by Paul Harrison. Wasn't sure if I should put it here or in the Pure Land forum, but I think it's more appropriate here. Thus have I heard. At one time the Buddha resided at the ārāma of Anāthapiṇḍada in the Jetavana at Śrāvastī. At that time the Lord addressed the bhikṣus: ‘You should pr...

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