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by Sentient Light
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Interview with Malcolm Keating
Replies: 1
Views: 237

Re: Interview with Malcolm Keating

Whoa, never really expected to see 3AM show up in this community. Kinda a weird cross-pollination of my interests. Thanks for sharing!
by Sentient Light
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Proper recitation for nembutsu
Replies: 16
Views: 3207

Re: Proper recitation for nembutsu

It's a Vietnamese Tiantai temple. It's the main temple I go to locally, but they changed their service times before I moved back so I rarely have the opportunity to practice there anymore. Is there a recording anywhere of this style? I'm just curious if it's the same rhythm/pitch as I'm familiar wi...
by Sentient Light
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water
Replies: 18
Views: 581

Re: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water

As a male layperson, I haven't been to many morning or noon services, but meals are usually had in silence. If I remember right for the noon meal, most of the chants are done in the shrine room before everyone goes to the cafeteria. By the way, you can see some of those mantras in romanized sanskri...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Has the Heart Sutra Been Finally Proven as Chinese Apocrypha?
Replies: 38
Views: 2278

Re: Has the Heart Sutra Been Finally Proven as Chinese Apocrypha?

Worth reading: https://www.academia.edu/34979344/Issues_Surrounding_the_Praj%C3%B1%C4%81p%C4%81ramit%C4%81-h%E1%B9%9Bdaya_Doubts_Concerning_Jan_Nattier_s_Theory_of_a_Composition_by_Xuanzang Issues Surrounding the Prajñāpāramitā-hṛdaya: Doubts Concerning Jan Nattier’s Theory of a Composition by Xuanz...
by Sentient Light
Tue May 29, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Some media on my fiction
Replies: 9
Views: 670

Re: Some media on my fiction

What would you suggest to start with for a 10 yr old who is insanely obsessed with learning how to parkour??? No one does this near where we are... Gymnastics, as a structured approach to all the parkour skills with (hopefully) some attention to safety? :coffee: Kim Sorry, I never noticed this thre...
by Sentient Light
Mon May 14, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Samyukta-agama Discourse
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: Samyukta-agama Discourse

IN ADDITION: Found a useful link for studying. Saw that it is really huge. Then it is written in Sanskrit because of the Sarvāstivādins. Agree it is very difficult to get that relevant Sutra out of 1300 short texts https://lapislazulitexts.com/tripitaka/samyukta-agama I'm pretty sure I've read this...
by Sentient Light
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 315

Re: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism

Yes, there are emanations, but it's typically discovered post-humously, with a certain number of criteria for 'evidence,' one of which is the leaving behind of relics. I can't recall the other criteria. There are two kinds of nirmanakaya manifestations too, one where a being is purely an emanation, ...
by Sentient Light
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some Gems From The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 297

Re: Some Gems From The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra

This has always been one of my favorite texts; thanks for sharing.
by Sentient Light
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Zen master Hakuin on the Nembutsu
Replies: 10
Views: 1104

Re: Zen master Hakuin on the Nembutsu

Thank you for sharing this, Sensei. It's something that has really stuck with me. While we may not be able to attain full Buddhahood, in this lifetime, through the recitation of the Nembutsu alone, it is comforting and encouraging that we can at least experience kensho in this lifetime from this pr...
by Sentient Light
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida-Ji: Stop using Zen Masters explanations when referring to Amida Buddha - an example
Replies: 7
Views: 599

Re: Amida-Ji: Stop using Zen Masters explanations when referring to Amida Buddha - an example

It is just that Pure Land practitioners should practice Pure Land from the perspective of the Pure Land gate, not the perspective of any other school. Depending on your tradition, though, there may not be any exclusive "Pure Land gate." In mainland Mahayana as it stands today, there can be no real ...
by Sentient Light
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Qigong - Standing Like A Tree, Breathing Like A Buddha
Replies: 5
Views: 401

Re: Qigong - Standing Like A Tree, Breathing Like A Buddha

Never thought of combining qigong and sadhana practice. :D I always thought of qigong as a great way to train in mindfulness and also prolong healthy portion of life a bit. I think it is perfect secondary practice, doesn't lead to enlightenment by itself, but can create the needed foundation. :) Ev...
by Sentient Light
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: A history question
Replies: 11
Views: 647

Re: A history question

If it leads you anywhere, the Vietnamese term is either "Phat giao" or "Phat dao" (not bothering with diacritics cause I don't know them). I am not entirely sure what the first version means, but the second one seems to just be "way of Buddha(s)".
by Sentient Light
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Honen's Last Momemts And The Apperance of Amitabha Buddha
Replies: 3
Views: 339

Re: Honen's Last Momemts And The Apperance of Amitabha Buddha

purple clouds
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:bow:

Thanks for sharing.
by Sentient Light
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: A translation of the Large Prajna Paramita Sutra???
Replies: 1
Views: 249

Re: A translation of the Large Prajna Paramita Sutra???

Found their thesis from the University of Florida: https://philpapers.org/rec/CHENAW A scholar of Asian Studies/Philosophy, not necessarily Buddhism. The paper was over thirty years ago, so probably got more interested in translating Buddhist scriptures afterward? Looks like he spent some time worki...
by Sentient Light
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana ethics guideline
Replies: 7
Views: 378

Re: Mahayana ethics guideline

Zhen Li wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:43 am
Sutra on Upasaka Precepts
This text is hugely important in my tradition. Thich Phap Hoa has been doing a video series (in Vietnamese) on the text for the past couple of years; he's on video 40-something, last I checked.
by Sentient Light
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Tripitaka
Replies: 3
Views: 248

Re: Tripitaka

This is a picture of the Tripitaka in Korean: http://whc.unesco.org/uploads/thumbs/site_0737_0004-750-0-20150518200320.jpg It consists of hundreds of books, and thousands of individual texts, and only exists in complete translation in a handful of languages as of today. The Pali Tipitaka is quite a ...
by Sentient Light
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: About the Lieu Quan School of Thien
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Re: About the Lieu Quan School of Thien

:thanks: I like TNH's teachings but don't know much about the tradition he comes from. I see Taoism in there as well as Theravada and Mahayana. Am I right or am I being misled by similarities of language? :namaste: Kim Nope, you're correct. Lieu Quan's lineage took a lot of influence from Taoism, a...
by Sentient Light
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: About the Lieu Quan School of Thien
Replies: 2
Views: 282

About the Lieu Quan School of Thien

The Lieu Quan Thien school is the most dominant Thien school in Viet Nam, having descended from the Lam Te Thien (Linji Chan) tradition. There's a wide diversity of practices within Lieu Quan, combining elements of samatha-vipasyana from Theravada, Pure Land practices, and koan contemplation. Thich ...
by Sentient Light
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Twelve Aspiration Vows with Amitabha Buddha
Replies: 1
Views: 181

Twelve Aspiration Vows with Amitabha Buddha

Compiled by Grand Master Thich Tinh Tu, for daily recitation: With great respect, we take refuge with Amitabha Buddha. We aspire to recite your name now and forever after. Homage to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Amitabha Buddha. With great respect, we take refuge with Amitabha Buddha. W...

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