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by ItsRaining
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1599

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: 6
Views: 665

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: 742

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: 4882

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: 936

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: 3332

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: 4882

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: 1443

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: 1443

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: 1017

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: 2835

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: 2835

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: 342

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: 6349
Views: 582587

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: 6349
Views: 582587

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: 6349
Views: 582587

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: 778

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: 3371

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: 3371

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: 4012

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...

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