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by Seeker12
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sambhogakaya buddhafields
Replies: 14
Views: 598

Re: Sambhogakaya buddhafields

The male vs female distinction becomes gradually more refined and more subtle in the kamaloka heavens, there are four or six grades of this refinement. The teaching about the qualities of the kamaloka devas is found in the Abhidharmakosa of Vasubandhu, and in the Shurangama Sutra , it is also quite...
by Seeker12
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sambhogakaya buddhafields
Replies: 14
Views: 598

Re: Sambhogakaya buddhafields

A female believer will probably attain the body of a male kamaloka deva. Buddha's mother was reborn as a male deva, (to whom the Abhidharma was preached.) Buddhism isn't attached to one's gender, it doesn't see it as eternal or permanent, as is the case in an other religion. Although I can't say wi...
by Seeker12
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sambhogakaya buddhafields
Replies: 14
Views: 598

Re: Sambhogakaya buddhafields

A common way to understand Sambhogakaya is to see it as a form-body that manifests in the dhyana realms, which are equal to the deva realms or the realms of form. There are also deva realms that are in the desire realm, but which are higher than the human realm. For example the realm of Buddha Mait...
by Seeker12
Sat May 26, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hell
Replies: 22
Views: 1321

Re: Hell

Most people, as human beings, don't remember their previous lives. Is there any teaching based on meditative realization, or the experience of delogs, etc, that indicate whether beings in hell have any memory of their previous misdeeds or have any idea why they are where they are? Delog by Dawa Dro...
by Seeker12
Wed May 23, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha
Replies: 42
Views: 1437

Re: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha

When an interested student does not understand the teachings of Dzogchen, this is the fault of the teacher. On the other hand, it is said very clearly that even someone who merely has devotion to Dzogchen will certainly be liberated within three lifetimes. So I wouldn't worry about Kyali Loli very ...
by Seeker12
Tue May 22, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "Eleven Vehicles"
Replies: 2
Views: 264

"Eleven Vehicles"

In Padmasambhava's "Self-Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness", when discussing 'the nature of mind', he says, "And as for it being something desirable, it is cherished alike in the Eleven Vehicles." What are the eleven vehicles? I'm guessing something like the 9 Buddhist vehicles plus the...
by Seeker12
Thu May 17, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question on the Amitabha mantra
Replies: 19
Views: 1086

Re: Question on the Amitabha mantra

Wouldn't that make the mantra of Tibetan origin rather than Indian origin? Why would Indians use part of the Tibetan word for the Western Paradise in their mantra? Good point. Most likely I'm simply wrong - I was told that a while back but I don't see how that would be. I'll retract my statement, t...
by Seeker12
Thu May 10, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question on the Amitabha mantra
Replies: 19
Views: 1086

Re: Question on the Amitabha mantra

In this writing on the Amitabha mantra by Bodhipaksa he states the following: "Amitabha’s mantra is a variant of his name. Amideva is just the Tibetan pronunciation of Amitabha (although I was told for a long time that “deva” here meant “god”)." Source: https://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/amit...
by Seeker12
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Scriptural Basis for Three Roots
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Scriptural Basis for Three Roots

I’m wondering where the general principle of taking refuge in not only the Three Jewels but additionally the Three Roots (Guru, Yidam, Daka/Dakini/Protector) comes from. I’m not so much interested in an explanation of them as much as purely the scriptural basis, whether Sutric, Tantric, or in commen...
by Seeker12
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 10821

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

You hold the view that there is only cognition that is conventional, i.e. cognition that goes through a sense media. I hold that there is cognition which goes through an intermediary and a cognition which does not. This is a point of disagreement. The issue is that you are conflating contexts. In t...
by Seeker12
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Best translations of Tathāgatagarbha Sūtrs in general
Replies: 2
Views: 272

Re: Best translations of Tathāgatagarbha Sūtrs in general

I like Snow Lion's "Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra with Commentary." tr. Rosemarie Fuchs. The commentary is by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, so it is pretty authoritative if you're a Karma Kagyupa. I'm no expert, but I'm led to believe that the Uttaratantra is pretty much the go-to...
by Seeker12
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Aṅgulimālīya Sūtra
Replies: 5
Views: 386

Re: Aṅgulimālīya Sūtra

ārya-aṅgulimālīya-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra http://databases.aibs.columbia.edu/index.php?id=de3bcf4857cdca17f276b3c34e2d2cb1&enc=sanskrit_romanized_title_4_search&coll=kangyur So, I searched there and nothing came up. Were you implying that it is there or simply providing the resource in the hopes that i...
by Seeker12
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Best translations of Tathāgatagarbha Sūtrs in general
Replies: 2
Views: 272

Best translations of Tathāgatagarbha Sūtrs in general

Any recommendations for English translations of the TGG Sūtras in general? Any sutras in the class is fine, I’m curious for recommendations broadly.

Thanks.
by Seeker12
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Aṅgulimālīya Sūtra
Replies: 5
Views: 386

Aṅgulimālīya Sūtra

Does anyone know of a transation (English) of this Sūtra, other than the excerpt linked on the Wikipedia page?

Thanks for consideration.
by Seeker12
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Physiological suffering and implications for Buddhist path?
Replies: 22
Views: 1064

Re: Physiological suffering and implications for Buddhist path?

Pain is not suffering. How exactly would you define suffering? Or, alternatively, dukkha? Would it be reasonable to simply say that 'suffering' is simply that which is unwanted and leave it at that? If defined as such, then 'pain' may or may not be suffering, depending on one's circumstances. To a ...
by Seeker12
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Physiological suffering and implications for Buddhist path?
Replies: 22
Views: 1064

Re: Physiological suffering and implications for Buddhist path?

I've been thinking about this for a while: if suffering is related to physiological structures in the brain then how can suffering end without the destruction of these components? How does the acknowledgement of these structures effect the solution for the end of suffering? My immediate thought is ...
by Seeker12
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Samādhirāja Sūtra Translation Plans?
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Samādhirāja Sūtra Translation Plans?

I'm familiar with these, as I alluded to in my original post. For anyone else reading this, I'm interested in the questions that I originally posted. Thanks.
by Seeker12
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Samādhirāja Sūtra Translation Plans?
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Samādhirāja Sūtra Translation Plans?

Are there any known plans for a full translation of the Samādhirāja Sūtra? It seems to be a very often-cited sutra and as far as I know it is only partially translated piecemeal into English. Secondly, does anyone have experience with the partial English translations? Are they worth-while? Thanks fo...
by Seeker12
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 74
Views: 2374

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

It cannot be demonstrated either empirically or logically. See Dharmakirti, he shows rebirth is true via logic. It is not demonstrable empirically because ordinary people do not have a means of cognition available to them with which they may verify it. Where exactly can an English speaker see this?...
by Seeker12
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Dharmakīrti‘s Substantiation of Other mind streams (Saṃtãnãntarasiddhi)
Replies: 1
Views: 243

Dharmakīrti‘s Substantiation of Other mind streams (Saṃtãnãntarasiddhi)

Does this exist anywhere in English? How would one learn about this short of knowing Sanskrit/Tibetan/Chinese(?)?

Thanks.

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