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by ItsRaining
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Is Śūraṅgama Sūtra authentic?
Replies: 19
Views: 524

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: 6447

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: 6447

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: 6447

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: 6447

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: 1139

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: 6447

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: 1411

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: 492

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: 1278

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: 656

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: 1503

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: 1022

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: 2436

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: 1401

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: 1026

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: 8205

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: 1386

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: 5160

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: 8205

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Hopefully the local Tendai monastic Jikai could drop in and comment on this.

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