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by Sentient Light
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Buddha-recitation samadhi, hearing recitation sound, auditory hallucination
Replies: 4
Views: 469

Re: Buddha-recitation samadhi, hearing recitation sound, auditory hallucination

In regards to hearing the recitation - what I've read only tangentially relates to the OP. Maybe my interpretation is off, but I always understood it as reciting to the point that recitation flows naturally, without effort, such that one hears one's own recitation while having absolutely no intenti...
by Sentient Light
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Can you make fire with just two sticks and your hands?
Replies: 10
Views: 1027

Re: Can you make fire with just two sticks and your hands?

No. I need some twine too, and another piece of wood is helpful. Making a bow to start a fire is a lot easier to learn than a lot of the other methods.
by Sentient Light
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Parinirvana the final enlightenment?
Replies: 2
Views: 204

Re: Is Parinirvana the final enlightenment?

Parinirvana is what it's called when a Buddha dies. In Sravakayana teachings, it is also when arhats die. I think you're confusing nirvana and parinirvana. Nirvana is enlightenment in this life, with the residue of existence still perpetuating until the causes fueling it have been extinguished. Pari...
by Sentient Light
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 54
Views: 3098

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

BTW I don't argue that Woncheuk didn't think of the Xinjing as authentic. Clearly he did think it was authentic. However, I do argue that if he thought the Sanskrit was authentic then it is strange that he did not comment at all on the major differences. Since he is 1300 years dead we can only spec...
by Sentient Light
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Is there a Tibetan translation of The awakening of faith
Replies: 5
Views: 615

Re: Is there a Tibetan translation of The awakening of faith

https://www.academia.edu/23769840/Awakening_Faith_in_the_Pure_Land_Section_of_the_Qixinlun The above link is an intersting look at the Pure Land section in the Awakening of the Faith, which is normalyl considered an insert. The author provides some arguments as to why it might be authentic, and why...
by Sentient Light
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What causes a Bodhisattva to regress?
Replies: 11
Views: 785

Re: What causes a Bodhisattva to regress?

afaik, regression is only possible for those devotees below the first bhumi, which is effectively those Mahayanists aspiring toward bodhicitta. Otherwise, actions might stall or delay a bodhisattva’s progress, but those bodhisattvas that have realized the first stage abide on the ground of non-retro...
by Sentient Light
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day
Replies: 21
Views: 978

Re: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day

Funerary rituals are as much--possibly even more--for our benefit as they are for the deceased.
by Sentient Light
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Medicine Buddha and Pure Land
Replies: 2
Views: 276

Re: Medicine Buddha and Pure Land

My question is as follows: if the majority, or entirety, of your practice (sutra reading, mantra) is devoted toward the Medicine Buddha, is it still appropriate to dedicate the merits toward rebirth in the Pure Land of Amitabha? Yes, absolutely. The sutra and that vow explicitly tells you it's okay...
by Sentient Light
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Supreme Efforts in Mahayana/Vajrayana
Replies: 6
Views: 531

Re: Supreme Efforts in Mahayana/Vajrayana

Asanga's Abhidharma-samuccaya goes into this quite a bit, as does Vasubandhu's A Mahayana Demonstration of Action/Karma (I forget the Sanskrit name). To put it simply: "no" problem is going a little too far, as even the arising of an unwholesome thought has karmically potent results, even if it is n...
by Sentient Light
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Working in the entertainment industry
Replies: 33
Views: 1159

Re: Working in the entertainment industry

It seems to me the lessons are not to be “intoxicated & heedless” and not to hold wrong views; not about acting per se. Sure, but it states that the actions of the actor can be a condition for others to become intoxicated and heedless. Thus: Thus the actor—himself intoxicated & heedless, having mad...
by Sentient Light
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 37
Views: 2076

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

It is for these reasons that someone like Omori Sogen needed to say that beginning practitioners should initially sit in zazen to such an extent that is appears they are training in sitting, rather than in Zen. This is something that has become even more the case in light of modern life: people who...
by Sentient Light
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Usury in the sutras
Replies: 2
Views: 416

Re: Usury in the sutras

The first few articles in Gregory Schopen's Buddhist Nuns, Monks, and Other Worldly Matters has some very detailed discussions of usury laws as explicated in the Mulasarvastivadin Vinaya. It's really fascinating and I hadn't known before this that Tibetan monasteries had effectively operated as bank...
by Sentient Light
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 1488

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 Amitabh...
by Sentient Light
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Asanga’s Mahayanasamgraha Full English Translation December 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Re: Asanga’s Mahayanasamgraha Full English Translation December 2018

Astus wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:53 pm
the most important and comprehensive Indian Yogacara text
That would be the Yogacarabhumisastra, translated to English only partially.
I would agree; the Yogacarabhumisastra is easily the most important and comprehensive Yogacara text, according to reputation.
by Sentient Light
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 1488

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: 34
Views: 1488

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: 1220

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: 985

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: 340

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: 4797

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 ...

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