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by Greg
Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Indo-Tibetan sutra commentaries?
Replies: 8
Views: 1527

Re: Indo-Tibetan sutra commentaries?

Will wrote:Modifying my question a bit, I will stay with 'dearth' until I see a list of major Mahayana sutras commented on by non-Chinese/Korean/Japanese folk.
The clear preference certainly seems to have been to approach the PP through the lens of the Abhisamayālaṁkāra most if not all of the time.
by Greg
Sat Jan 17, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Uttaratantra Reprinted
Replies: 10
Views: 1849

Re: Uttaratantra Reprinted

Yes, I may get this one, but from skimming the table of contents on Amazon, it is not clear if Asanga's commentary is there. Only Takasaki & Obermiller have Asanga's commentary, I think. The preface says Asanga's Vyākhyā will be included, translated from Sanskrit and Tibetan. R Karl is certainly ve...
by Greg
Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhisms view on developmental disabilities
Replies: 166
Views: 15511

Re: Buddhisms view on developmental disabilities

The result of afflictive karma is always suffering. Suffering is always painful, whether mental or physical. That is not what is at issue. Yes, actually it is. Illnesses are a part of suffering. For example, the Buddha clearly states in the Cula-kamma, that illness in this life is a karmic result o...
by Greg
Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhisms view on developmental disabilities
Replies: 166
Views: 15511

Re: Buddhisms view on developmental disabilities

Malcolm wrote:The result of afflictive karma is always suffering. Suffering is always painful, whether mental or physical.
That is not what is at issue.
by Greg
Fri Jan 09, 2015 4:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhisms view on developmental disabilities
Replies: 166
Views: 15511

Re: Buddhisms view on developmental disabilities

Not all pain is directly related to karma but all indirectly related to karma. Having this karma physical body, one is subject to pain, heat, cold, stress, sickness, old age, and death. This. Pain is due to a body, a body is due to karma (and karma is due to ignorance). As I understand it, you are ...
by Greg
Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhisms view on developmental disabilities
Replies: 166
Views: 15511

Re: Buddhisms view on developmental disabilities

Malcolm wrote:In your opinion, not in mine.
You don't think the sutra passage is clearly asserting that not all physical pain is karma-related?
by Greg
Fri Jan 09, 2015 3:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhisms view on developmental disabilities
Replies: 166
Views: 15511

Re: Buddhisms view on developmental disabilities

There's a sutra ( SN 36.21 ) about the possible causes of pain: bile disorders, phlegm disorders, wind disorders, an imbalance of the three, change of climate, careless behaviour, assault, and karma. The implication being that previous karma is only one of several possible explanations for physical...
by Greg
Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Sources for 'Early Mahayana'
Replies: 21
Views: 3468

Re: Sources for 'Early Mahayana'

I'm pretty sure this is Paul Harrison's specialty, have a look at his publications:

http://religiousstudies.stanford.edu/pe ... lications/
by Greg
Mon Jan 05, 2015 1:33 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Notable Academic Titles of 2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1975

Re: Notable Academic Titles of 2014

Wow, and I thought I was keeping up with academic titles! Thanks, Greg, lots of reading to do there. The only title on the list that I have read (just finished) is the Thompson book, which was a great read. I wish I could say I was keeping up . . you've finished one more than me! keeping track is m...
by Greg
Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Notable Academic Titles of 2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1975

Notable Academic Titles of 2014

I thought it would be interesting to list some. I have not gotten around to most of the titles listed below. More suggestions welcome. I have not even tried to jog my memory yet regarding this year's unpublished dissertations. Naked Seeing:The Great Perfection, the Wheel of Time, and Visionary Buddh...
by Greg
Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shamatha Outside of Retreat
Replies: 21
Views: 3275

Re: Shamatha Outside of Retreat

Hmm here's an interesting breakdown of the stages of Shamatha in Chögyam Trungpa's lineage: http://www.lionsroar.com/the-nine-stages-of-training-the-mind/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; This should probably be qualified a little. What S...
by Greg
Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shamatha Outside of Retreat
Replies: 21
Views: 3275

Re: Shamatha Outside of Retreat

Is there anyone familiar with Chinese who can evaluate the degree to which stability of thought (/mental stability; 心住), complete stability (等住), continuous stability (近住), firm stability (安住), non-dispersion (不散), non-distraction (不亂), concentration (攝止), equipoise (等持), one-pointedness of thought ...
by Greg
Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shamatha Outside of Retreat
Replies: 21
Views: 3275

Re: Shamatha Outside of Retreat

Yes you are looking at the wrong section. It's the chapter on shamatha and vipasyana, in particular from page 121 onwards. We can see that the Dhammasaṅgaṇi here enumerates a total of 10 terms describing mental stability: (1) ṭhiti, (2) sanṭhiti, (3) avaṭṭhiti, (4) avisāhāro, (5) avikkhepo, (6) avi...
by Greg
Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shamatha Outside of Retreat
Replies: 21
Views: 3275

Re: Shamatha Outside of Retreat

Stephen Suen's dissertation Methods of Spiritual Praxis in the Sarvastivada presents a few early sources for the nine-stage model. Actually there is even a text called the Dhammasangini in the Theravada canon that has a very similar 10-stage model. Unless I'm looking in the wrong place, the only ni...
by Greg
Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:08 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Independent Research on Chogyam Trungpa
Replies: 18
Views: 3848

Re: Independent Research on Chogyam Trungpa

Thanks. I'm still on the lookout for any scholarship on this topic (history, biography, &c). The closest thing to what you're looking for that I'm aware of is a PhD dissertation entitled "Collective Identity and the Post-Charismatic fate of Shambhala International" by Lynn P. Eldershaw (University ...
by Greg
Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shamatha Outside of Retreat
Replies: 21
Views: 3275

Re: Shamatha Outside of Retreat

Alan Wallace says you need to practise 6 or more hours everyday to get beyond the fourth stage in the nine-stage model of shamatha. BTW, it seems like this 9-stage model actually is much older than the Bhavanakrama, apparently Sarvastivadin Abhidharma had a similar nine-stage model of shamatha. Def...
by Greg
Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shamatha Outside of Retreat
Replies: 21
Views: 3275

Re: Shamatha Outside of Retreat

Alan Wallace says you need to practise 6 or more hours everyday to get beyond the fourth stage in the nine-stage model of shamatha. BTW, it seems like this 9-stage model actually is much older than the Bhavanakrama, apparently Sarvastivadin Abhidharma had a similar nine-stage model of shamatha. Def...
by Greg
Thu Nov 27, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Book recommendations about rebirth, reincarnation
Replies: 32
Views: 3354

Re: Book recommendations about rebirth, reincarnation

None of that disproves my contention that it not possible for prasangikas to give an account of how karma works. Your response essentially boils down to offering a metaphor which is not an explanation, and asserting "because the Buddha said so." We are still left with the problem that these purporte...
by Greg
Thu Nov 27, 2014 4:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Book recommendations about rebirth, reincarnation
Replies: 32
Views: 3354

Re: Book recommendations about rebirth, reincarnation

As for the first point, well, this obviously not the case despite the definition of samvṛiti — for example, when the Buddha says "When so on so live in such and such time, his clan name was x, the king's name was Y...", such information is not available to ordinary people. If we accept what you are...
by Greg
Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Book recommendations about rebirth, reincarnation
Replies: 32
Views: 3354

Re: Book recommendations about rebirth, reincarnation

How can you have saṃvrti that only appears to aryas? Isn't the definition of saṃvrti that it is the false perception of the deluded? Nothing is outside the omniscience of a buddha, including relative truth. They have the capacity to know the karma of others. They have all six abhijñās, so of course...

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