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by tonysharp
Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 14700

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

But the real problem is not that hīnayāna is just a rude word; rather, it is that it carries considerable additional polemical doctrinal baggage that gets wrongly applied. If one were to call the Theravada hīnayāna, the assumption is that the Mahāyāna doctrinal polemics are an accurate reflection o...
by tonysharp
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 14700

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

When I was with the Theravada, I used to get so offended by the "hinayana" designation. I'd think, "How dare you say my school is the 'lesser' vehicle?!" Then I learned to just stop worrying about it. To some degree, we all feel that the particular school we follow is the better school—at least for ...
by tonysharp
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 5116

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

I’ve been reflecting on my issues with teachers. It goes beyond anxiety. I’m generally critical of systems that give disproportionate power to small groups of people—especially when those people claim that we can’t thrive without them. Such claims are often made to undermine our agency and make us d...
by tonysharp
Fri May 31, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 5116

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Your posts tell me you're advancing quickly. What you're doing, keep doing it. I'm intrigued by your antipathy to the Lotus Sutra too, which, I think, is something that might be worth observing. I share your frustration with the master-disciple thing. But fwiw, finding a bad teacher is worse that f...
by tonysharp
Fri May 31, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 5116

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

I’m not sure Mahasi Sayadaw will be helpful in a Zen context, but that’s not to say it’s not worth knowing. I agree. Zazen and Vipassana are indeed different. My plan is to remain with the practices that I've already been instructed on (mindfulness of breathing, metta, and Buddhanusati) until I've ...
by tonysharp
Fri May 31, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 5116

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

I've read Mahasi Sayadaw and stuff by his students, namely Patrick Kearney. I recall alot more than that, including specific instructions about watching the mind stream. You want me to type out the full instructions? It's not uncommon to say "watching the breath" when referring to Anapanasati, whic...
by tonysharp
Fri May 31, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 5116

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 11:49 pm
I am not aware of any tradition where simply watching breath is considered Vipaysana
There was noting and scanning involved, but the core of the practice was watching the breath. The method, if I recall correctly, was based on the teachings of Mahasi Sayadaw.
by tonysharp
Thu May 30, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 5116

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

“If you are one who enlightens himself, you need not seek a teacher outside. If you insist that it is necessary to seek a Good Knowing Advisor in the hope of obtaining liberation, you are mistaken. Why? Within your own mind there is self-enlightenment which is a Knowing Advisor. But if you give ris...
by tonysharp
Thu May 30, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 5116

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

I’m documenting some observations and bumps I’ve encountered. A warning, I plan on being frank. Your feedback or corrections would be appreciated, but you don’t have to feel obligated to read this or respond. It seems highly unlikely that in 2,500 years only one set of texts (i.e., Pali Canon) were...
by tonysharp
Tue May 28, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Choosing Sutras: Master Sheng-yen on the Diamond Sutra and Enlightenment
Replies: 0
Views: 393

Choosing Sutras: Master Sheng-yen on the Diamond Sutra and Enlightenment

As a newcomer to Zen, I've been somewhat confused about how to navigate the sutras, and which ones to focus on before joining a sangha. In this talk, Master Sheng-yen explains how multiple sutras are conducive to enlightenment, and that choosing one (or several, or all) depends on which ones connect...
by tonysharp
Sun May 26, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?
Replies: 17
Views: 1669

Re: Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?

Another reason to like Mu Soeng’s translation: he sees these texts as authentic Indian Mahayana culture and not as something like Chinese fractured fairy tales I greatly appreciate how well Mu Soeng has balanced the historical context of the texts with their applicability. Clearly, he takes the tea...
by tonysharp
Sat May 25, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?
Replies: 17
Views: 1669

Re: Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?

If I was at home i’d upload some jpgs to you, but I’m out in Kentucky right now for about a week Understood. Thank you. I just accidentally bought the ebook on Amazon. Apparently, 1-click purchase really does mean 1-click purchase... Thankfully, I had some Kindle credits, so I wasn't charged full p...
by tonysharp
Sat May 25, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?
Replies: 17
Views: 1669

Re: Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?

Not exactly, he is a former Korean Zen monastic, of India national origin. His take on things is quite scholarly, he is a visiting scholar at Barre. Google his name and read a few interviews Apologies. I should've been more specific. I'd like to read a sample of his translation of the Diamond Sutra...
by tonysharp
Sat May 25, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?
Replies: 17
Views: 1669

Re: Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?

Does anyone else get nitpicky about word usage in translations? If not for a few word choices in the Red Pine translation, I'd probably like it more. For example, in chapter three, there's this line, "thus gives birth to this thought." Coming from the Theravada tradition, I'm used to hearing this a...
by tonysharp
Fri May 24, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?
Replies: 17
Views: 1669

Re: Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?

Does anyone else get nitpicky about word usage in translations? If not for a few word choices in the Red Pine translation, I'd probably like it more. For example, in chapter three, there's this line, "thus gives birth to this thought." Coming from the Theravada tradition, I'm used to hearing this ac...
by tonysharp
Fri May 24, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?
Replies: 17
Views: 1669

Re: Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?

Thank you all.
zerwe wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 4:00 pm
I think choosing whichever one resonates with you and sticking with it would likely be the most beneficial. The imprint is the same.
Good point.
SunWuKong wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 4:15 am
Mu Soeng
Do you know where I could read a sample of his translation?
by tonysharp
Thu May 23, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?
Replies: 17
Views: 1669

Which translation of the Diamond Sutra would you recommend?

I've been comparing excerpts from a few translations. I think I like the Chung Tai translation the most, but I don't know if there'd be any benefit to choosing a different translation. Here are the four I've been comparing: Chung Tai Translation Committee The Buddha said to Subhuti: “The bodhisattva...
by tonysharp
Thu May 23, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Black & Buddhist in America - 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 3483

Re: Black & Buddhist in America - 2018

Then there's the issue of more ethnic temples and sangha, should they make such a declaration, is it even appropriate for them to do so? What kind of declaration? An inclusion statement like this one ? No one needs to post them, but they're nice to see. People don't need to walk on eggshells, or be...
by tonysharp
Thu May 23, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 5116

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

A reminder to my future self, and for the benefit of others: The Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra and Diamond Sūtra are, essentially, the founding texts of Zen Buddhism. The latter is considered by some to be a more accessible version of the former. I'm currently enjoying a 1912 translation of the Diamond Sutra by...
by tonysharp
Wed May 22, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Black & Buddhist in America - 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 3483

Re: Black & Buddhist in America - 2018

Well... I once commented here at DW that I wanted to commission a Buddha statue with black features and was surprised that people took issue with that... Maybe because of my Theravadan purism, I used to reflexively disapprove of any depiction of the Buddha that didn't present him as a South Asian m...

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