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by Sentient Light
Mon May 14, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Samyukta-agama Discourse
Replies: 10
Views: 316

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: 243

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: 259

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: 1021

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: 527

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: 351

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: 575

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: 284

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: 207

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: 330

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: 201

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: 221

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: 221

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: 149

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...
by Sentient Light
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Transitioning from Theravada toMahyana
Replies: 6
Views: 457

Re: Transitioning from Theravada toMahyana

Vietnamese Buddhism has always had elements of Theravada within it. From all accounts, theravada was in Viet Nam first, and it was imperial China that brought Mahayana in from the north, which eventually became dominant. But because of the Theravadin presence, the Nikayas and Pali suttas have always...
by Sentient Light
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?
Replies: 56
Views: 1948

Re: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?

Interesting that you mention that statue in Sugar Land, Texas. In my earlier post I mentioned how the U.S. is about exactly the other side of the globe from India, so decided to look up the exact spot which is exactly the other side of the globe and it turns out to be not too far from Sugar Land, T...
by Sentient Light
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?
Replies: 56
Views: 1948

Re: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?

When I was a kid, we'd fly out to California and do tours of the monasteries out there, most of them Vietnamese and some of them Chinese. Many of these monasteries are quite large, extravagant, and beautiful. The 72-foot tall statue of Avalokitesvrara in Sugar Land, Texas is a sight to behold, and r...
by Sentient Light
Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: (Why) Did the Buddha grief his family?
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: (Why) Did the Buddha grief his family?

Aemilius wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:21 am

Can you find the source for the other story also, please? -I haven't read it before.
It's in one of the BDK Agama translations, but I can't for the life of me remember which one.
by Sentient Light
Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: (Why) Did the Buddha grief his family?
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: (Why) Did the Buddha grief his family?

The assumption here is that grief implies suffering or sorrow. Without attachment and seeing it’s emptiness means it’s no longer suffering? Yes. It is, actually, quite a beautiful process, a recollection of the love and kindness gifted through that relation. Grief will always follow love, because n...