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by Sentient Light
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 34
Views: 751

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: 243

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: 1342

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: 273

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: 1342

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: 1342

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: 858

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: 822

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: 243

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: 3854

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 ...
by Sentient Light
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: First mahayana sutras, when?
Replies: 29
Views: 4644

Re: First mahayana sutras, when?

This paper is a deep look at a partial manuscript from the Baujaur Collection that references Aksobhya Buddha and the Abhirati Pure Land, and the perfection of kshanti. It dates as early as 47CE, but is written in Gandhari script and is indicative of Aksobhya's prominence in Gandhari Buddhism, as w...
by Sentient Light
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 22
Views: 1103

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

bhumis and all theory are not used, at least not outside buddhist unis, where some prof's may play with comperative studies, which have no influence on actual practice in zen monasteries. Vietnamese Thien teaches the bhumis, called 'dia' (with the hard D, too lazy to figure out the ascii input for ...
by Sentient Light
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Helpful Devadatta?
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: Helpful Devadatta?

That's a pretty weird conclusion, but the bit about Christians being confused for worshippers of Devadatta is a common legend. To my knowledge, it is untrue. The king of Thailand actually ordered a Roman Catholic monastery built for the first Christian missionaries in the 16th century, mostly servin...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: High King Guan Yin Sutra?
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: High King Guan Yin Sutra?

How? Because there are no references to it in any of my searches through any canon, and the only times it is referenced is on personal blogs, web forums, some youtube videos, etc. There do not seem to be any references to a work of that title in any of the extra-canonical commentaries either. It lo...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: High King Guan Yin Sutra?
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: High King Guan Yin Sutra?

I don't believe this text is authentic.
by Sentient Light
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty
Replies: 16
Views: 1683

Re: Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty

I started reading this when you initially posted it, at least some of the early chapters that were available. My Academia feed today let me know you've uploaded the full text, so I'm excited to dig further into this.
by Sentient Light
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practise to recall past incarnations
Replies: 24
Views: 1004

Re: Practise to recall past incarnations

I don't know why past life recall gets such a bad rep in modern Buddhism. I think the book referenced above by ajahn brahm gives good advice: I've just finished reading through the Dirgha Agama and one thing this recension of the EBTs keeps hammering on is that arhatship always results in the recol...
by Sentient Light
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The source of the Chinese dharma words
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Re: The source of the Chinese dharma words

Do you mean it is not entirely from the sutras? :thinking: Not to put words in Fortyeightvows's words, but i think they were inferencing simply that the lines are propagated so widely that their source is simply unknown. That line, or at least the basic structure of it, occurs time and time again a...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitayus sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 262

Re: Amitayus sutra

If we mean the Shorter Sukhavati Sutra, sometimes called the Amitabha/yus Sutra, yes it's a very common liturgy because of how short it is. In Sinitic (China, Taiwan, Vietnam) Pure Land practices, it's not uncommon to tack the Rebirth Mantra before it as well.
by Sentient Light
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: doctrinal unity
Replies: 18
Views: 895

Re: doctrinal unity

At least in Vietnamese Buddhism, schools like Thien or Pure Land or Tiantai are not considered independent traditions, but different vocations within the broader study and practice of Buddha-dharma. While we lack any kind of doctrinal dogma (in the sense of, "you MUST interpret things this way"), al...

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