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by Huifeng
Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:36 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bodhidharma statements on invoke the buddha ?
Replies: 25
Views: 2828

Re: Bodhidharma statements on invoke the buddha ?

Red Pine's "nian" as "invoke" is already imposing a mid period Pureland reading on this character in the first place. As originally a translation from Sanskrit "smrti" or "anusmrti", it really does mean "recollect", "remember", etc. in the first place. As per the modern 憶. Though in ancient translat...
by Huifeng
Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bodhidharma statements on invoke the buddha ?
Replies: 25
Views: 2828

Re: Bodhidharma statements on invoke the buddha ?

With all due respect to Bodhidharma, he wasn't really a Pure Land expert. There may even be some controversy over whether those were his words or not. The Ch'an syncretism with Pure Land didn't come until well after his time. But the fact that notions of Buddha fields (ie. Buddha lands) was quite p...
by Huifeng
Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:40 am
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: 2014 Fo Guang Buddhist Monastic Retreat
Replies: 8
Views: 1510

Re: 2014 Fo Guang Buddhist Monastic Retreat

Thanks to all those who have helped promote this program, here and elsewhere (eg. FB). The applications are steadily coming in, and we'll be doing the first round of selection early March. Applications are still open until April 15th, though, so still plenty of time. Thank you! :namaste: ~~Huifeng
by Huifeng
Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:38 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā
Replies: 12
Views: 1383

Re: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā

Chiasmus |kīˈazməs| noun a rhetorical or literary figure in which words, grammatical constructions, or concepts are repeated in reverse order, in the same or a modified form; e.g. 'Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.’ DERIVATIVES chiastic |kīˈastik|...
by Huifeng
Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:35 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā
Replies: 12
Views: 1383

Re: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā

I don't suppose anyone has a pdf copy of an article mentioned in the talk: “Resetting the Diamond: Reflections on Kumārajīva’s Chinese Translation of the Vajracchedikā (“DIamond Sūtra”),” Journal of Historical and Philological Studies of China’s Western Regions, No. 3 (Beijing: Science Press) 2010,...
by Huifeng
Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:32 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā
Replies: 12
Views: 1383

Re: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā

Greetings Ven. Huifeng Many thanks for uploading this, I have located the PDF of your thesis, which is daunting, but I shall at least make an attempt on it. One of my topics for private study this year is 'early Mahayana' so this is very much relevant to that. (I am about to borrow the Joseph Waise...
by Huifeng
Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:02 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā
Replies: 12
Views: 1383

Re: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā

Your summary of the central turning point of the Avadana section of the Prajnaparamita sutra ("1,Definition of the Tathagata's body; 2, Metaphors for dependent origination") reminded me of different versions of the last words of the Buddha that I had been reading recently in Chinese Agama texts ( h...
by Huifeng
Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:57 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā
Replies: 12
Views: 1383

Re: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā

Qianxi wrote:I think the videos were deleted while I was watching them.
Ah, yes, Glen uploaded them to the wrong account, haha. Should be under the University of the West, Extended Studies Channel. Thanks to PLWK for the correction.

~~Huifeng
by Huifeng
Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:55 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā
Replies: 12
Views: 1383

Re: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā

Thanks, i'll have a look at this. Just reading the abstract, this throws up interesting issues as to how texts like this are to be read. Once you've found an interesting reading of a text, how can you tell whether or not this reading was the intention of the author, and does it matter? There are so...
by Huifeng
Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:05 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā
Replies: 12
Views: 1383

Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā

Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā Video of talk at University of the West, Los Angeles, USA, Feb 3 2014 Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā Hr 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2RJvYwesOw Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā Hr 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ot4CN-1uKo Abstract This study ...
by Huifeng
Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:58 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Sakra Indra Devanam
Replies: 33
Views: 7880

Re: Sakra Indra Devanam

Tomorrow night for the West Coast... have just been discussing English translations for the service.

:namaste:

~~Huifeng
by Huifeng
Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:33 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The Triple Platform Ordination of East Asian Mahayana
Replies: 14
Views: 3015

Re: The Triple Platform Ordination of East Asian Mahayana

Ven Khedrup, I'll try to take the time to respond to this thread and your questions here in the next few weeks. I do want to make statement right now, however, before anyone else responds, though: If those who respond here could state whether or not they have personally participated in such an ordin...
by Huifeng
Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:35 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Can nienfo be a type of (beneficial) meditation as well?
Replies: 18
Views: 2897

Re: Can nienfo be a type of (beneficial) meditation as well?

Yes, of course nianfo is a type of meditation.
And a very beneficial one at that. :smile:

~~Huifeng
by Huifeng
Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:45 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: "no Taiwanese" -- Hsing Yun
Replies: 7
Views: 791

Re: "no Taiwanese" -- Hsing Yun

Nothing between Tibet and Taiwan on this one. Or between Shifu and his Taiwanese audience.
Some people were working on some China-Taiwan friction, and Shifu was trying to calm everyone down.

~~Huifeng
by Huifeng
Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Major Translations Forthcoming
Replies: 18
Views: 3453

Re: Major Translations Forthcoming

Dharmamitra: For immense parts of the text, Cleary cuts out the Avataṃsaka text, grafts in other texts, and and otherwise violates in a host of ways the sanctity of the Śikṣānanda translation from Sanskrit. Did no reviewer notice this infidelity to Śikṣānanda back when Cleary first published this t...
by Huifeng
Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:54 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: "no Taiwanese" -- Hsing Yun
Replies: 7
Views: 791

Re: "no Taiwanese" -- Hsing Yun

You're with A-Bian, right? :tongue:

~~Huifeng
by Huifeng
Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What did Master Hsuan Hua mean about putting an end to love?
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: What did Master Hsuan Hua mean about putting an end to l

If one wants to say the basic equivalent of "love" in Buddhist Chinese, then one uses (mainly) 慈 ci and 悲 bei, from "maitri" and "karuna", loving kindness and compassion; or maybe 憐憫 lianmin, sympathy; something like that. One doesn't use 愛 ai. Maybe this is why recently there have been a string of ...
by Huifeng
Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: "no Taiwanese" -- Hsing Yun
Replies: 7
Views: 791

Re: "no Taiwanese" -- Hsing Yun

But, may I ask, why do you ask?
by Huifeng
Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:26 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: "no Taiwanese" -- Hsing Yun
Replies: 7
Views: 791

Re: "no Taiwanese" -- Hsing Yun

In an article from Taipei Times, there seems to be some political language I didn't expect. with Metta, SamBodhi The background comes from Ven.'s visit to Brazil, where someone made the statement to him "There are no Brazilians, anyone who comes and lives in Brazil is Brazilian". The idea being tha...
by Huifeng
Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What did Master Hsuan Hua mean about putting an end to love?
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: What did Master Hsuan Hua mean about putting an end to l

I was reading some teachings from Ven. Master Hsuan Hua and read that he said: We must first let go of our desires and put and end to love. I might be paraphrasing. But...does anyone know what it meant? Certainly, it doesnt mean hate and not love ? Have to get back to the Chinese for this one. In m...

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