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by ItsRaining
Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rigpa and Alayavijnana
Replies: 67
Views: 6255

Re: Rigpa and Alayavijnana

Are these the same thing? If so, Are there distinctions in the way alaya is described in Yogacara and rigpa in Dzogchen? If this has been discussed here already, reference would be appreciated. No, definitely not. The all-basis consciousness is a product of ma rig pa, ignorance, the opposite of rig...
by ItsRaining
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any schools of Mahayana or Vajrayana Buddhism that do not ascribe to the view that all is one mind?
Replies: 72
Views: 2501

Re: Are there any schools of Mahayana or Vajrayana Buddhism that do not ascribe to the view that all is one mind?

Thanks. Well Huangbo literally stated this and so have many other Mahayana teachers. "All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the One Mind, beside which nothing exists." -Huangbo I’m not familiar with Huangbo, but I’m guessing that this statement means something different from what ...
by ItsRaining
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any schools of Mahayana or Vajrayana Buddhism that do not ascribe to the view that all is one mind?
Replies: 72
Views: 2501

Re: Are there any schools of Mahayana or Vajrayana Buddhism that do not ascribe to the view that all is one mind?

No one seems to understand the meaning of "One Mind" as used by East Asian Buddhist schools, it does not refer to any universal consciousness, it's simply the pure mind or the Buddha Mind. Chandrakirti and the madhyamka's never refuted it since they've never even encountered the doctrine. Of all dha...
by ItsRaining
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature
Replies: 85
Views: 5422

Re: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature

Yet the knowing quality is present and infused with consciousness. He did not add that. The term knowing/awareness (zhi 知) was what Heze Shenhui and Guifeng Zongmi propagated, while others ridiculed. So the Platform Sutra (ch 8, BDK ed, p 78) says this of Shenhui: “I told you it was without name or...
by ItsRaining
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Is Śūraṅgama Sūtra authentic?
Replies: 27
Views: 2609

Re: Is Śūraṅgama Sūtra authentic?

I'm not entirely sure if it matters if the sutra itself is authentic. The dharani exists independently of the sutra, in many different versions, including Sanskrit copies, and Tibetan versions. I think it's quite likely that the dharani itself is of Indic origin. Since it was circulating independen...
by ItsRaining
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 12961

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Sengcan is likely not even a real person so I'm not too sure how weighty his opinion should be but going by his Xinxin Ming I doubt Theravdins or other Sravakas would have accepted his view. Otherwise they would not have been so averse to the Madhyamaka or Thathgata teachings in ancient India and n...
by ItsRaining
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 12961

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

The Theravada does by all means fit the description of Sravakayana described in most Mahayana Sutras - Aims for Arhatship, doesn't teach ultimate emptiness, their abhidharma posits atoms, focuses on only emptiness of the five skhandas, etc. That is quite the list, but of course, the only real issue...
by ItsRaining
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 12961

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

The Theravada does by all means fit the description of Sravakayana described in most Mahayana Sutras - Aims for Arhatship, doesn't teach ultimate emptiness, their abhidharma posits atoms, focuses on only emptiness of the five skhandas, etc. The Mahayana doesn't "Cross into what its criticising". I n...
by ItsRaining
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 12961

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

that would be awesome. unification of theravada and mahayana in a new, renewed and stronger buddhist path. It would make no sense for the Theravada and Mahayana to unify. The Theravada would have to willingly accept being a lower path to the Mahayana and that their goal is just a skillful means the...
by ItsRaining
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 2589

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

If you aren't studying under a teacher I'm not sure why you would have to choose between Zen or Chan there would be nothing wrong in studying writings/teachings from both transmissions of Chan. Since the Japanese and Chinese schools would use much of the same resources (the Tang-Song era dialogues a...
by ItsRaining
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 12961

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

It doesn't really make sense to unify schools. Mahayana includes and accepts the Agamas and Abhidharma works, while if a Theravadin were to accept Mahayana scriptures and treatises that would simply make that person a Mahayana follower, unless they come up with a new explanation of how the Mahayana...
by ItsRaining
Sun May 19, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Why there is no Mahavairocana Tantra in General Mahayana?
Replies: 34
Views: 2435

Re: Why there is no Mahavairocana Tantra in General Mahayana?

The oldest, complete Tripitaka in Chinese that we still have access to is the Tripitaka Koreana. It is based on the no longer extant Northern Song and Khitan Tripitakas. You can look it up in this catalogue of the canon, where it is sutra no. 427. Where in the post does it say that it was not part ...
by ItsRaining
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Trying to understanding their tradition...
Replies: 11
Views: 781

Re: Trying to understanding their tradition...

Title of the video says they are doing 瑜伽焰口 - the feeding of the hungry ghosts. It’s a esoteric practices in Chinese Buddhism. There site says: 本中心主修普贤菩萨行愿品,回归净土。我们的道风学风是:止观为基,持名为本,般若为导,净土为归。 This centre’s primary practices are the “Chapter of vows and practice of Samantabhadra (this is from the Ava...
by ItsRaining
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: If all is mind then how is Zen not monistic?
Replies: 22
Views: 2550

Re: If all is mind then how is Zen not monistic?

I've had it explained to me by highly intelligent and reliable individuals that Zen is not monistic, but in Zen all is mind. The definition of "monism" runs thusly: mon·ism /ˈmäˌnizəm,ˈmōˌnizəm/Submit nounPHILOSOPHY•THEOLOGY a theory or doctrine that denies the existence of a distinction or duality...
by ItsRaining
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How many times did the Buddha set forth 4BI in 46 years of preaching?
Replies: 10
Views: 881

Re: How many times did the Buddha set forth 4BI in 46 years of preaching?

The Four Truths section of the Avatamsaka Sutra tells of the infinite ways various Buddha’s refer to the Four Truths sometimes without using this specific term, so the Buddha could have implicitly taught it at deer park without his later formation of the structure of he Four Truths right?
by ItsRaining
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen
Replies: 33
Views: 2211

Re: Zen Forum International status

Speaking of Zen teachers and Zen Forum International (now zen1.space), I just read that they don't allow Zen teachers there now. What are we to make of that??? :shrug: New owner...new owner's rules. It's not been a popular move, but time will tell if it was a good one or not. What thought process c...
by ItsRaining
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Introduction to Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 16
Views: 1496

Re: Introduction to Chinese Buddhism

Tiago Simões wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:06 pm
If people want and authentic Chinese Buddhist experience, go to Taiwan.
Taiwanese Buddhism in the big mountains and the ones influenced by Yinsbun is different to traditional Chinese Buddhism so maybe not always the best place for an authentic Chinese Buddhist experience.
by ItsRaining
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 2968

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

The third truth stands out. A broader range of practices and somewhat broader range of texts being relied upon. Zhi Yi held up the lotus and avatamsaka sutras as the perfected teachings, Nagarjuna more or less explained away the lotus sutra in the bodhisambara. Roughly speaking, it can be said that...
by ItsRaining
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Is there a Tibetan translation of The awakening of faith
Replies: 11
Views: 1707

Re: Is there a Tibetan translation of The awakening of faith

https://www.academia.edu/23769840/Awakening_Faith_in_the_Pure_Land_Section_of_the_Qixinlun The above link is an intersting look at the Pure Land section in the Awakening of the Faith, which is normalyl considered an insert. The author provides some arguments as to why it might be authentic, and why...
by ItsRaining
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 154
Views: 10696

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...

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