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by Sentient Light
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Thich Thien An on buddhanusmrti as zen meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 451

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: 451

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: 228

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: 290

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: 82
Views: 1798

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: 567

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: 19
Views: 526

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: 155

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...
by Sentient Light
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Locational Energy
Replies: 6
Views: 611

Re: Locational Energy

You may be interested in the study of feng shui, probably better known in English as "geomancy", which is a magical practice of reading and manipulating the energy path ways of the environment.
by Sentient Light
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Irreversible bodhisattvas
Replies: 12
Views: 814

Re: Irreversible bodhisattvas

The Dasabhumika Sutra/Chapter became the standard model, but another character has arhatship/extinction of the outflows at bhumi 7, in line with the PPJ texts I believe that Abhisamayālaṁkāra is the same with regards to the 7th bhūmi. AFAIK stages 7-10 are the abodes of mahāsattvas, but I can't rem...
by Sentient Light
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Antifa at it again
Replies: 91
Views: 3071

Re: Antifa at it again

Sorry, grigoris, I pivoted halfway through that comment to talking about Jesse's posts, not yours, but forgot to drop the quote in there to separate out the commentary.
by Sentient Light
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Antifa at it again
Replies: 91
Views: 3071

Re: Antifa at it again

it is the job of the police to protect you. I would work on pressuring for that option to be applied first, before turning over my protection to a militia. In the absence of that I would arm myself, the only person I truly trust. :rolling: that's a death sentence. I would rather work on pressuring ...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Antifa at it again
Replies: 91
Views: 3071

Re: Antifa at it again

If I went to a demonstration with ^^^these idiots^^^ on one side and these idiots here... armed neo-Nazis posing as patriots.jpg ...on the other side I would leave the demonstration immediately. Neither of these groups are there to exercise democratic rights or express their views, both these group...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Female Buddhas in the texts
Replies: 8
Views: 463

Re: Female Buddhas in the texts

I don't think she's a Buddha, but close enough: https://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=The_Prophecy_of_Shri_Mahadevi http://read.84000.co/translation/toh193.html Thanks for sharing! I've been completely unaware of this text, don't erally see much that takes places IN Sukhavati, so that's cool. T...
by Sentient Light
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Female Buddhas in the texts
Replies: 8
Views: 463

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: 598

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: 598

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: 237

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: 26
Views: 846

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: 542

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...

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