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by Astus
Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Hoshin Tendai Mikkyo? No.
Replies: 2
Views: 1628

Re: Hoshin Tendai Mikkyo? No.

Is there already a Tendai group called Hoshin Tendai Mikkyo? Just because then it can indeed be confusing. Otherwise, it is not a trademark or something like that. And if one feels like it, why not create a martial arts group with some extras called Tendai Mikkyo? In China there was not just one Tia...
by Astus
Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Suggestions please
Replies: 8
Views: 1710

Re: Suggestions please

I think this answers your question: All causes and effects Are consciousness alone. And all that this establishes Abides in consciousness. On the basis of the Mind Alone, We should know that outer things do not exist. On the basis of the method set forth here, We should know that mind is utterly dev...
by Astus
Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: International Order of Buddhist Ministers
Replies: 19
Views: 4148

Re: International Order of Buddhist Ministers

"With consideration to Jodo shu and Nichiren, every other lineage in Buddhism which exists has a lineage of qualified instructors which is in place to assure the quality of the teaching." The only lineage that actually traces itself back to Shakyamuni Buddha (and beyond) is Zen - and that lineage i...
by Astus
Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: International Order of Buddhist Ministers
Replies: 19
Views: 4148

Re: International Order of Buddhist Ministers

That kind of lineage as seen in Zen for instance is not a universal part of Buddhism. Actually, the whole transmission lineage concept is restricted to a few traditions and others don't use it. And in the case of Zen lineage served mainly a political purpose rather than a spiritual/religious one. Tr...
by Astus
Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: International Order of Buddhist Ministers
Replies: 19
Views: 4148

Re: International Order of Buddhist Ministers

Well, as Yonten says, there is this hindrance that those who are somewhat familiar with Tibetan or Zen teachings think that teachers must be from a lineage of (enlightened) masters and that Buddhism is not something one can simply study and practice but that meditation is the essential way and to te...
by Astus
Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there any rule to prostrations?
Replies: 20
Views: 4266

Re: Is there any rule to prostrations?

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by Astus
Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:32 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 35790

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Sherab,

Yes, good point. And explains why I ask the importance of doing that with the body made of the four elements. It rots away after death anyway if not cremated or eaten by animals.
by Astus
Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 35790

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Sherab,

It was clear you had replied to that.
by Astus
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:34 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 35790

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Sherab, I didn't equate subtle body with rainbow body. Regarding ignorance what you said was what we have everywhere in Buddhism, so why say Dzogchen is any different on this point? And while there are many traditions they share the view of what to be free from and to attain liberation. I brought up...
by Astus
Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:11 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 35790

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Sherab , "Dzogchen explains that the nature of reality is beyond the physical and the mental and how the physical and mental phenomena appear from ignorance. The practice of Dzogchen is the reversal of that process. Other systems of Buddhist practice are based on a different take on the appearing o...
by Astus
Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 35790

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Narraboth , "If you don't think rainbow body is better, it doesn't matter; but you can't deny it's a special thing which other methods can't do, can you?" If it is about dissolving the body into rainbow light, well, I suppose it is covered by the magical techniques yogis, spirits and gods have. If ...
by Astus
Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 35790

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Dear Kalden, I've been reading through this discussion and while the double meaning of rainbow body was pointed to by Pema Rigdzin the reason behind the importance of attaining jalu phowa chenpo was not clarified to me. Like, one can tell the difference between the attributes and abilities of an arh...
by Astus
Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Movie - Zen - The Life of Dogen Zenji
Replies: 5
Views: 1382

Re: Movie - Zen - The Life of Dogen Zenji

It is a great film, I recommend it to everyone. :twothumbsup:
by Astus
Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 35790

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Pema Rigdzin, Oh, so the rainbow body at death and in life are different. Or is it the case that jalu phowa chenpo is a name for the 4th vision's result? Found this (Longchen Nyingthig of the Ancient Ones Tradition by Ven. Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche): "There are two kinds of rainbow body: the general r...
by Astus
Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 35790

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Kirtu , Thanks, liked your reply. "The realized dzogchen practitioner, no longer deluded by apparent substantiality or dualisms such as mind and matter, releases the energy of the elements that compose the physical body at the time of death." To me from this it would follow that all who are enlight...
by Astus
Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 35790

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Maybe I've missed something here in Narraboth's answer but I still don't see the use of dissolving the physical body into rainbow lights besides its obvious miraculous nature that can inspire faith. Also, if we go into the land of wonders, bodhisattvas are capable of all kinds of magic transforming ...
by Astus
Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:43 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 35790

Re: Rainbow Body - Why?

Kalden, As Heart said, it's something else I've raised here as a question. Narraboth, You say with a rainbow body it's easier to help many beings. But if one dies the flesh and bones are left behind and there is not limit for emanation bodies whether one has a human body here or not. That's why I as...
by Astus
Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:20 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rainbow Body - Why?
Replies: 198
Views: 35790

Rainbow Body - Why?

I hear in arguments for the superiority of Dzogchen that it includes the possibility of attaining the rainbow body. Frankly, besides that it sounds cool, I don't see the point of it at all. It might be a great miracle to see someone's body vaporise with colourful lights, but beyond that what? Realis...
by Astus
Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bankei vs Hakuin
Replies: 2
Views: 1722

Bankei vs Hakuin

To this day all of Rinzai Zen is an heir of Hakuin's understanding of the path to liberation, while the Zen of Bankei has ended with the master's death who left no descendants. In the West the image of Zen is substantially formed by Hakuin's teachings thanks to DT Suzuki, the Sanbo Kyodan teachers, ...
by Astus
Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Taego Lineage Seminary
Replies: 91
Views: 17625

Re: Taego Lineage Seminary

Aemilius, Nobody forced monks to get married. They did it themselves. There are still some in Japan who are not married and keep at least the bodhisattva precepts as in the Brahmajala Sutra. And about discussing another's failure to maintain the precepts, the 5th minor bodhisattva precept says: 5. O...

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