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by ItsRaining
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 154
Views: 3303

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 If you read the Critical Buddhist folks, they...
by ItsRaining
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Post-awakening cultivation in Zen
Replies: 11
Views: 669

Re: Post-awakening cultivation in Zen

You know I used to believe Tibetan polemical debates that felt that Zen does not lead to a realization beyond the realization of emptiness , and does not produce a moment of unfabricated mind (which goes beyond just realizing emptiness), but I have to say that reading these quotes, I am not totally...
by ItsRaining
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 63
Views: 2766

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

Lankavatara is old news in Chan as near as I can tell- supplanted. Nevertheless, the sudden approach comes from it. As far as I know, it’s generally accepted the Sudden approach originated with Zhu Daosheng and Zhi Daolin before the translation of the Lankavatara. And the Lanka although used in hag...
by ItsRaining
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 154
Views: 3303

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Hopefully the local Tendai monastic Jikai could drop in and comment on this.
by ItsRaining
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 22
Views: 996

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

So when trying to compare Kensho Bhumi's it makes it very difficult, what schema are these Zen masters using? One relying on the Tiantai and Huayan schools? Or one they created for them selves upon study of the sutras? It is very simple.. in China of the Sung dynasty and later on in Japan the Ten O...
by ItsRaining
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 22
Views: 996

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

The understanding of Bhumi's and attainments in East Asia is slightly different to India and Tibet due to the influence of the Tiantai and later the Huayana school. In these schools the teachings are separated into 4-5 levels from preliminary to definitive. And in each level of teaching the stages o...
by ItsRaining
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Favorite Madhyamika Book
Replies: 17
Views: 850

Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Ju Mipham's commentary on the Madhyamakavatara is very good, it covers the basic arguments of the Madhymaka and applies to various opponents as well as go in depth about a common and serious misunderstanding of emptiness - thta things are empty of something external to them. Introduction to the Midd...
by ItsRaining
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1813

Re: Existence

Wayfarer wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:19 am
don’t they? isn’t that what the texts say?
Some hinayana schools follow this but not the Mahayana.
by ItsRaining
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1813

Re: Existence

Wayfarer wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:20 am
I think, in Abhidharma, 'what exists' all boils down to what can be understood as the Five Skandhas. And - they're empty. :smile:

Next question?
So you are saying only the five skhandas exist?
by ItsRaining
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: High King Guan Yin Sutra?
Replies: 9
Views: 240

Re: High King Guan Yin Sutra?

I don't believe this text is authentic. The High King Sutra isn’t really a Sutra but basicallly a ritual text someone who was about to be executed wrote (irc) and then was spared the next day which popularised it. People still chant it but it’s been criticised as inauthentic by teachers like Yunqi ...
by ItsRaining
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6015
Views: 539884

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

You should go through the materials related to the transmission that are on the webcast page. Maybe visit the local DC sangha near you to get your questions answered. :) Unfortunately there are no DC sanghas around me :( Then I bet you can PM people here. :) Haha I guess that's why I commented here...
by ItsRaining
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6015
Views: 539884

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

If I want to attend the World Wide Transmission is there anything I need to know beforehand? I read that a Guru yoga book was recommended but then I found it was restricted to those who were already members... You should go through the materials related to the transmission that are on the webcast p...
by ItsRaining
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6015
Views: 539884

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

If I want to attend the World Wide Transmission is there anything I need to know beforehand? I read that a Guru yoga book was recommended but then I found it was restricted to those who were already members...
by ItsRaining
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 21
Views: 608

Re: Emptiness

Wayfarer wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:11 am
pretty heavy-duty academic reading, though. Thanissaro's is a better introduction for someone trying to get the basic drift.
He asked for the meaning of emptiness in the Mahayana not the sravakayana.
by ItsRaining
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 48
Views: 2315

Re: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path

Nice try. The 4 noble truths are very rarely discussed in Zen texts; I suspect this may relate to the fact that they are a shravaka teaching per the Mahayana sutras. The Four Noble Truths are not just Sravaka teachings, in the Tiantai school from the Sravakayana to the Perfect teaching each one has...
by ItsRaining
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 48
Views: 2315

The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path

Does Zen follow the Four Noble Truths? If so what texts do they get it from? Zen is buddhism so it follows them, and they'll come from the Dharmacakrapravartana Sūtra (The Setting in Motion of the Wheel of the Dharma Sutra). Nice try. The 4 noble truths are very rarely discussed in Zen texts; I sus...
by ItsRaining
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 3062

Re: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools

When you prove the existence of your second mind, then you can argue that, for you, myriad phenomena arise in two minds. Phenomena are only manifestations of the mind, which is the one, all-encompassing, absolute mind, the Buddha-nature. It is a metaphysical or ontological thinking of the mind, acc...
by ItsRaining
Sat May 26, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dharmavidya's Authorization to teach
Replies: 11
Views: 582

Re: Dharmavidya's Authorization to teach

Who's Tai Shi Chi?
by ItsRaining
Sat May 12, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: I'm also samsarictravelling at Dhamma Wheel.
Replies: 17
Views: 1224

Re: I'm also samsarictravelling at Dhamma Wheel.

samsarictravelling wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:58 pm
Here is an example of one book, which I think (correct me if I am wrong) is from the Sutra Translation Committee:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/buddhi ... d-practice
I really liked that book probably one of the best ones on the Mahayana I've read.
by ItsRaining
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 2547

Re: Zazen and breathing

Bhikshu Dharmamitra translated: Zhiyi: Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime: A Classic Meditation Manual on Traditional Indian Buddhist Meditation In that work Zhiyi modifies and expands on one of the Indian methods of anapanasmrti. It does not include any sort of "energy" (qi/prana) practices. I rememb...

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