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by Astus
Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:18 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism view on talking with dead people
Replies: 3
Views: 4404

Re: Buddhism view on talking with dead people

People can be reborn as spirits, it's called the realm of hungry ghosts. Not a good birth.
by Astus
Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:44 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Rev. Jason Carter
Replies: 14
Views: 4254

Re: Rev. Jason Carter

Well, as for the Buddhist side, no harm is a principle and there are teachings against even possessing weapons, not to mention teaching people how to use them. All this energy put in punching and kicking could be used to perhaps print some Dharma materials, or translating sutras (if he knows any rel...
by Astus
Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Rev. Jason Carter
Replies: 14
Views: 4254

Re: Rev. Jason Carter

The whole thing looks too bad to be true.
by Astus
Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: awakening myth?
Replies: 22
Views: 4283

Re: awakening myth?

How could it be a myth? It is an essential part of Buddhism, the Third Noble Truth. Without enlightenment Buddhism is meaningless. Having faith in the attainability of liberation is part of taking refuge in the Triple Jewel. So, I don't know where you got those ideas, but they're mistaken.
by Astus
Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yidam and Dzogchen
Replies: 734
Views: 86095

Re: Yidam and Dzogchen

Perhaps a change of focus from what the tradition says to why it says that could help. Here's what I mean. Dzogchen essentially is simply awareness itself. Everybody who wants to use the Dzogchen teachings have to know that and be familiar with awareness. But with only that how many can actually com...
by Astus
Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:35 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What group is this?
Replies: 8
Views: 3052

Re: What group is this?

Dear Remm, No need to scan anything, on this page everyone can see the whole thing. But then, would you say that Ven. Xuyun's transmission of the Linji lineage that have been received eventually through two masters by Ven. Shengyan is fake? Also, an interesting thing about Ven. Xuanhua's lineage of ...
by Astus
Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:54 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What group is this?
Replies: 8
Views: 3052

Re: What group is this?

Master Xuyun is regarded a major teacher in modern Chinese Buddhism so it is simply natural that a large number of teachers claim to be descendants of him. Master Xuanhua was just one of the many. I don't know if Jy Din Shakya's (or the ZBOHY's) claims are true or not. Actually, how could I affirm o...
by Astus
Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 26572

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

Mariusz, Would that make any actual difference if you use common Madhyamaka terminology or bring in Dzogchen terms? I mean, it may help in connecting different teachings, or explaining this one, but otherwise you arrive at the same understanding that there is dependence between phenomena and thus th...
by Astus
Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan madhyamaka
Replies: 314
Views: 26572

Re: Tibetan madhyamaka

Madhyamaka is the understanding that emptiness is dependent origination. This was sufficiently established by Nagarjuna and Aryadeva, but even their works are only elaboration on this one thing. Beyond them are only skilful means to understand it. Either one prefers one argument or the other doesn't...
by Astus
Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about arguments against Mahayana
Replies: 22
Views: 4130

Re: Question about arguments against Mahayana

We can look at it from another perspective. Theravada's point of argument is that it is the original teaching. As Huseng has pointed to it briefly, that is not the case as far as modern historical research is concerned. Theravada is one of the end results of the developments going on in India after ...
by Astus
Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about arguments against Mahayana
Replies: 22
Views: 4130

Re: Question about arguments against Mahayana

When one has to prove his orthodoxy, his authenticity, it is the case that such position is not an evidence. Theravada, or for that matter, other early schools, had no such problem - except for certain doctrines they argued about with each other - as they and their canon was accepted as Buddhism. So...
by Astus
Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life
Replies: 29
Views: 3757

Re: Buddhahood in This Life

Huseng, It seems I've presented my position here poorly that this kind of interpretation could have occurred. Not being attached is not the same as becoming nothing, or eliminating everything, and I didn't mean so. Attachment (upadana) is defined as fourfold: attachment to sensuality, to false views...
by Astus
Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life
Replies: 29
Views: 3757

Re: Buddhahood in This Life

Maybe I've used the wrong word. Only those who misunderstand Zen abandon the teachings. In my understanding "Zen and Kyo" is a false separation.

I don't see how it's a futile attempt to practise non-attachment.
by Astus
Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life
Replies: 29
Views: 3757

Re: Buddhahood in This Life

"This assumes one is actually capable of such an insight before having mastered the previous insights." Indeed. But that is not necessarily the case in my view. It is how we see those stages and their realisation. The essence of Zen meditation is seeing thoughts arise and leave without getting invo...
by Astus
Mon Aug 30, 2010 4:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life
Replies: 29
Views: 3757

Re: Buddhahood in This Life

Huseng, Good quote. See, what it says, actually goes perfectly fine with the sudden teachings: "The realization that Mind is eternal is called the final enlightenment." So if one, instead of gradually working on myriad defilements, just "see nature", then the whole thing is immediately solved. And t...
by Astus
Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life
Replies: 29
Views: 3757

Re: Buddhahood in This Life

It was a good point Anders that the Awakening Mahayana Faith Treatise says explicitly that bodhisattvas have to go through three aeons. What to do with that then if actually Tiantai, Huayan, Chan and Zhenyan talks about sudden enlightenment, ie. not going through the ten stages? In the "Netbreaking ...
by Astus
Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life
Replies: 29
Views: 3757

Re: Buddhahood in This Life

Huseng, "Unfortunately not all of it is from reliable authorities." One has to be able to sort it out and don't put the books by Rajneesh on the same shelf as those by Jamgon Kongtrul. "Buddhism is still in its infancy." I thought it was the oldest world religion. :tongue: Buddhism has been known lo...
by Astus
Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life
Replies: 29
Views: 3757

Re: Buddhahood in This Life

Huseng, There can't be a unifying vision. It is possible to synthesise, a classic method, but that necessarily results in something new. In China they created different schools based on structuring available Buddhist materials, so they did in India and Tibet. Now we have a growing corpus of English ...
by Astus
Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life
Replies: 29
Views: 3757

Re: Buddhahood in This Life

Huseng, Maybe I should have put up a note that I'm going here cross-traditional using references to Southern, Northern and Eastern traditions. So it is not a question how one school, one lineage or one teacher defines these terms for in that case it'd be quite straightforward. I'm trying to explore ...
by Astus
Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life
Replies: 29
Views: 3757

Buddhahood in This Life

In the major Mahayana traditions that we have today all teach, except one, that Buddhahood is possible in a single lifetime. There are different names given to this concept but what seems to cover all is "this body becomes buddha" (即身成佛), i.e. becoming buddha in this body, which has been singled out...

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