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by Sentient Light
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Female Buddhas in the texts
Replies: 7
Views: 179

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: 341

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: 341

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: 132

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: 25
Views: 427

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: 300

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: 25
Views: 427

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: 25
Views: 427

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: 357

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: 357

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: 231

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: 691

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: 6
Views: 231

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: 193

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...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Stumbled across Thich Thanh Tu's Truc Lam Thien materials in English...
Replies: 5
Views: 193

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

There are two other parts I'd highlight. On meditation and study ( Internal Regulations , p 53-55): Since Vietnamese Buddhism inherits the treasure of Meditation Tradition but fails to faithfully preserve it so this tradition has been deviated. Henceforth, meditation monasteries advocate Dual Pract...
by Sentient Light
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Stumbled across Thich Thanh Tu's Truc Lam Thien materials in English...
Replies: 5
Views: 193

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

Looks like this stuff was translated in 2017. For those who don't know, Thich Thanh Tu is the Vietnamese monastic who revitalized the esoteric Truc Lam school of Thien, and it looks like his disciples have been working tirelessly to translate his materials, starting with this liturgical book: http:/...
by Sentient Light
Fri May 31, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Irreversible bodhisattvas
Replies: 6
Views: 308

Re: Irreversible bodhisattvas

Mönlam Tharchin wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 10:50 pm
Thank you for sharing. Did you find anything specific to non-retrogression in Pure Land schools, it being a special feature of Sukhavati?

:thanks:
Unfortuantely, there's nothing but a very cursory mention of non-retrogression as a characteristic of Pure Land birth.
by Sentient Light
Wed May 29, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 41
Views: 2036

Re: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?

For a Westerner I think the best solution if you can afford it is 2 countries. Get a quiet place in the country like a cabin and spend winters in a more Buddhist locale. Then you can have the best of both worlds. In many instances Dharma is best practiced far away from the din of humanity. Even a t...
by Sentient Light
Wed May 29, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Irreversible bodhisattvas
Replies: 6
Views: 308

Irreversible bodhisattvas

I've been reading this dissertation for the past few weeks and I've finally gotten around to finishing it: https://www.academia.edu/33357666/No_Turning_Back_The_Concept_of_Irreversibility_in_Indian_Mah%C4%81y%C4%81na_Literature It's an in-depth analysis of Prajnaparamita texts, the various Dasabhumi...
by Sentient Light
Wed May 22, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Akshobhya Pure Land end
Replies: 71
Views: 8682

Re: Akshobhya Pure Land end

Tirthan wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 2:11 pm
And if one does not have particular connection to Vajrapani,
afaik one needs at least 7th or 8th bhumi to get there.
I don't think that makes sense, considering Abhirati is mostly populated with sravakas, not bodhisattvas (although, yes, Vimalakirti and other bodhisattvas are also there).

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