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by ItsRaining
Sun May 19, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Why there is no Mahavairocana Tantra in General Mahayana?
Replies: 25
Views: 578

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: 334

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: 988

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: 527

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: 1077

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: 774

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: 2168

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: 1267

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
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Decline and Fall of Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 913

Re: The Decline and Fall of Chinese Buddhism

Chinese Buddhism 30 years ago was very different to now lol, and the Shaolin temple has already been in a bad state since the Nationalist Republic it wasn’t much to do with the communists though they did worsen the condition it was in. There’s a lot more academia, monks, temples and many Buddhist ac...
by ItsRaining
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 154
Views: 6914

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: 1213

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: 4472

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: 6914

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: 1931

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: 1931

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: 1319

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: 207
Views: 10841

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: 207
Views: 10841

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: 522

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: 6564
Views: 649617

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...

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