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by thecowisflying
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 14492

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

The One Mind is not a Hindu Atman since it's ultimately empty which is why it's called pure, eternal, etc. It's not Brahman because Brahman is a God whereas One Mind is just talking about the pure mind of beings. It's not really different to saying Mind tbh. It sounds similar to the True Self found...
by thecowisflying
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Recommendations for Yogacara works?
Replies: 32
Views: 1827

Re: Recommendations for Yogacara works?

Astus, I'm not really sure why you want to divorce Zen from the Buddha. Some quips from Red Pine, who knows more than me about Chan and the Lankavatara : If there ever was a sutra that presented the underlying teaching of Zen, this is it. It is unrelenting in its insistence on the primacy of person...
by thecowisflying
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 14492

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Returning to the OP, it seems to me that this quotation rory offered from J Stone's book on Japanese Buddhist doctrine... Hua-yen thought sees all phenomena as expressions of an originally pure and undifferentiated one mind ...looks a lot like the semi-Vedantic thinking that some in this thread suc...
by thecowisflying
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 14492

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

I'm kind of feeling the need to justify my alienation from 'ordinary' life, so I thought I might leap into the discussion with the entry from "The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism" on this topic: The problem with this entry is that the term "ekacitta" is not attested in the Lanka, existing nowhere ...
by thecowisflying
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?
Replies: 92
Views: 4079

Re: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?

Why do Gelugs claim this They do not claim that things exist without self-nature. They claim that things exist dependent on imputations made upon a collections of parts. They claim that the emptiness taught by the Buddha is simply the emptiness of true existence that is the absence of the inherent ...
by thecowisflying
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?
Replies: 92
Views: 4079

Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?

Why do Gelugs claim this (or maybe I’m getting confused about what they teach)? It seems contradictory to what Nāgārjuna and the Sutras taught. How can he claim things exist like that when the Mahāyāna teahces dharma are inherently not born and phenomena are like empty flowers seen by sick people th...
by thecowisflying
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 142
Views: 11797

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

Insisting that Amida either exists or does not exist, when seen in light of the Lankavatara Sutra, is an unnecessary dualistic distinction. The One Mind in all things just is , no matter what name or form we ascribe to it. There is no One Mind in the Lanka or any other sūtra. The One Mind is anothe...
by thecowisflying
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)
Replies: 17
Views: 1229

Re: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)

Some times i use breath for an object when i sit, sometimes not. But whether or not i use the breath, i remain quite naturally still, centered, at ease, attention to the fore (e.g. right here with me), presence of mind, restful, relaxed. It might even come more naturally than an object-centered (br...
by thecowisflying
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?
Replies: 39
Views: 2309

Re: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?

Your teacher is telling you something very deep. Spend time trying to understand/embody it. Hello. I've been practicing Zazen for about 3-4 years now. I try to sit for 30 minutes twice a day (but a lot of times it's more like once). I go to a local (Soto) Zen center on and off, but I've mostly just...
by thecowisflying
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: How did the originally pure nature become defiled?
Replies: 20
Views: 1693

Re: How did the originally pure nature become defiled?

Coëmgenu wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:29 pm
Pneuma is a theological term for the spirit/wind/breath that God blows into/breathes into people to make them alive.

I wonder what the original Chinese term was.
The original term was 灵.
by thecowisflying
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: How did the originally pure nature become defiled?
Replies: 20
Views: 1693

Re: How did the originally pure nature become defiled?

Many texts and practitioners talk about how the mind was originally pure: Huineng, Shen Xiu, Chen Guang, Awakening of Faith, etc but if so how did it become deluded? And if something pure can be deluded what stop the pure minds of the Buddhas from becoming afflicted again? From the Baozang lu (tr. ...
by thecowisflying
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis
Replies: 31
Views: 2147

Re: An Account of the Tiāntāi Synthesis

In case anyone is interested in such trivium. Ven Zhìyǐ's Chinese is worlds different from the Chinese of the Buddhist sūtrāṇi ( sutras ). This is because, his Chinese is what I would call "properly Chinese Chinese" rather than "Indo-Chinese hybrid Chinese or native Chinese imitating the Indo-Chine...
by thecowisflying
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya in Mahayana
Replies: 64
Views: 3374

Re: What is Dharmakaya?

Hello all, I have been coming across this concept several times in my exploration of Mahayana, and I am simply baffled as to what it is supposed to be. is the Dharmakaya essentially 'God' in Buddhism? A being that exists as the 'source' of all things seems to fit in very well conceptually with the ...
by thecowisflying
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What practices would Madhyamakin and Yogacarins actually have done?
Replies: 10
Views: 807

Re: What practices would Madhyamakin and Yogacarins actually have done?

Malcolm wrote:
Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:22 pm
ItsRaining wrote:
Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:01 am
Most of the texts produced by early-mid Mahayana schools seem to be on philosophy and theory (or maybe I'm wrong since I'm not too well read) so what practices did they do?
They would have practiced the six perfections.
Guess we all got that in common :twothumbsup:
by thecowisflying
Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Conception in the Yogacarabhumi Sastra
Replies: 2
Views: 267

Re: Conception in the Yogacarabhumi Sastra

I think you have to consider the cultural context here, and take away any weird western sexual hang-ups that come from Christianity (or even Freud). What this text is saying is simply that craving toward sexuality is the conditional factor that typically results in gender expression. If you think a...
by thecowisflying
Mon Dec 25, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Conception in the Yogacarabhumi Sastra
Replies: 2
Views: 267

Conception in the Yogacarabhumi Sastra

The description of conception in the Yogacarabhumi sastra seems a bit weird. It talks about how the bardo body sees its future parents engaging in sex, then if it wishes to be female desire/infactuation for the father arises and it wishes for the mother to leave and vice versa. Is there further expl...
by thecowisflying
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What is pure and defiled according to nyingma
Replies: 8
Views: 724

Re: What is pure and defiled according to nyingma

dzogchungpa wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:24 am
Just as a point of information, the sutra you are quoting is not one that the Tibetan Buddhist schools read.
But the point still stands as I’m guessing Tibetan Buddhism doesn’t teach the nihilism spoken of in this Sutra.
by thecowisflying
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 2865

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

:applause: :jumping: Correct. The Buddha never in the texts says he has the 32 marks. The Buddha also never says he has hands, feet, or a brain. Correct. But what is your point? Do you mean the Buddha is not a human being? Being born a human we can infer he had hands, being a Buddha we can infer he...
by thecowisflying
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 2865

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

:applause: :jumping: Correct. The Buddha never in the texts says he has the 32 marks. The Buddha also never says he has hands, feet, or a brain. Correct. But what is your point? Do you mean the Buddha is not a human being? Being born a human we can infer he had hands, being a Buddha we can infer he...
by thecowisflying
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 32 marks of the Buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 2865

Re: 32 marks of the Buddha

:buddha1: No, I am not. He literally needs the Buddha to say "I, bhiksus, am a/the superman". He doesn't understand that the Buddha says that only those with the 32 marks of a superman can be a Buddha or a Wheel-turning Monarch. He needs those literal words: "I, bhiksus, am a/the superman" or he do...

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