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by Astus
Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yidam and Dzogchen
Replies: 734
Views: 83978

Re: Yidam and Dzogchen

It seems to me that such a division of practice would be actually a balance of generation and completion forms. In that case then what is the difference between calling it Dzogchen or Maha- and Anuyoga, ie. deity yoga? Perhaps it'd be possible to make a distinction - similar to Kagyu Mahamudra - bet...
by Astus
Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yidam and Dzogchen
Replies: 734
Views: 83978

Re: Yidam and Dzogchen

Magnus,

That I am OK with. Do you think it is also possible to take resting itself as the practice without other methods?
by Astus
Tue Apr 20, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yidam and Dzogchen
Replies: 734
Views: 83978

Re: Yidam and Dzogchen

Am I mistaken in saying that realising rigpa is seeing the buddha-nature? If I'm correct, I can only wonder what else is there to attain beyond buddhahood.
by Astus
Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yidam and Dzogchen
Replies: 734
Views: 83978

Re: Yidam and Dzogchen

I don't think one should stick to one extreme or the other. It is common that most of the people don't get much of initiations and pointing out instructions, otherwise we'd all be vajramasters already. Thus practice is necessary, and not just one form of it but many. It shouldn't be forgot either th...
by Astus
Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism for the lay person?
Replies: 7
Views: 1219

Re: Buddhism for the lay person?

Regarding lay practice it's also good to note that Vajrayana in India and Tibet was and is still strong on lay people, especially as there are certain meditation techniques not allowed for ordained monastics.
by Astus
Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Posture - Really Good Posture
Replies: 3
Views: 1034

Re: Posture - Really Good Posture

Carl Bielefeldt's "Dogen's Manual of Zen Meditation" is a very good work on the Chinese origins of Soto meditation manuals like the Fukanzazengi.
by Astus
Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nirguna Brahman and Nirvana
Replies: 7
Views: 1513

Re: Nirguna Brahman and Nirvana

Nirguna Brahman - creator god without attributes (a contradictory statement in itself, for it is absurd to say there is a thing but has no qualities).
Nirvana - the end of suffering, elimination of greed, hatred and ignorance. It is neither a being nor a place but an experience.
by Astus
Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:52 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: No Proofs of Sucessful Rebirths?&Are Pure Land sutras real?
Replies: 65
Views: 10813

Re: No Proofs of Sucessful Rebirths?&Are Pure Land sutras real?

One better not look for scientific truths for religious teachings. Not because they're contradictory or against each other but they work with different axioms and talk about different spheres of the world. To understand, and consequently gain faith in the Pure Land teaching one better starts with ba...
by Astus
Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:07 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Seeing Your Nature
Replies: 53
Views: 9570

Re: Seeing Your Nature

In Jiang Wu's "Enlightenment in Dispute" there are some nice stories about Confucian literati playing the Chan master. It is really amusing. Nevertheless, it shows how much Chan is about style rather than content (in appearance). A couple of years back I could still meet people from the Kwan Um Scho...
by Astus
Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra and the Buddha
Replies: 3
Views: 1215

Re: Tantra and the Buddha

Just as Mahayana sutras in general, we can say tantras being the words of the Buddha except when stated otherwise (just like there are sutras taught by Shakyamuni's immediate disciples, bodhisattvas and other buddhas). Early tantric scriptures (called sutras in Chinese) begin with the usual form: Sū...
by Astus
Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Divergences from the Jodo Shinshu Teachings
Replies: 103
Views: 23850

Re: Divergences from the Jodo Shinshu Teachings

No contradiction, true. Neither do I think a teaching being metaphorical is such a problem. Lot of sutras are like that, either completely or partially, including the Lotus and Avatamsaka sutras. Regarding the use of such tools they sound great to me. Nice explanation, really. I understand the gener...
by Astus
Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Divergences from the Jodo Shinshu Teachings
Replies: 103
Views: 23850

Re: Divergences from the Jodo Shinshu Teachings

Yes, it is impressive how he cares to reply to questions, I really appreciate it. As I've found out it a couple of years back not every teacher is like that. Also, as you say, his replies focus on the personal and practical aspect. I think there is more difference in terms of language and perspectiv...
by Astus
Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Seeing Your Nature
Replies: 53
Views: 9570

Re: Seeing Your Nature

It is not enough to see simplicity, wisdom means seeing simplicity and complexity at the same time. This is the harmony of essence and function. Guishan said to the assembly, "People nowadays have great capacity but do not have great function." Yangshan related this to a temple priest. The temple pr...
by Astus
Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:00 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Divergences from the Jodo Shinshu Teachings
Replies: 103
Views: 23850

Re: Divergences from the Jodo Shinshu Teachings

As you can see, I asked explicitly the questions raised here in order to avoid ambiguity or misunderstanding. Concluding the results is that (1) Amita Buddha is both a dharmakaya and sambhogakaya, (2) and the Pure Land exists in conformity with the Buddhist definition of reality as a buddha-land. Th...
by Astus
Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Seeing Your Nature
Replies: 53
Views: 9570

Re: Seeing Your Nature

White Lotus, You talk about enlightenment as if it were the simplest thing in the world. Do you also think the great Zen teachers of the past were stupid people who learnt and practised for decades in mountains and monasteries before they claimed understanding? Should we tell the monks and nuns of t...
by Astus
Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Divergences from the Jodo Shinshu Teachings
Replies: 103
Views: 23850

Re: Divergences from the Jodo Shinshu Teachings

Here's my correspondence with Dr. Alfred Bloom on the subject raised here. Me: I've leafed through the Kyogyoshinsho to find how Shinran talks about the existence of his buddha-land and Amita Buddha but I could find only that he views it just like other Pure Land thinkers before, as a recompensed la...
by Astus
Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What constitutes the word of the Buddha?
Replies: 13
Views: 2085

Re: What constitutes the word of the Buddha?

Defining what the Buddha's speech is needs a definition of "buddha" and "speech". Historical : This is the view that there was a buddha very long time ago in Northern India and gave teachings on the way to attain nirvana. It supposes that with archaeological and philological methods it is possible t...
by Astus
Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Who are your Top 5 Mahayana masters of all time?
Replies: 62
Views: 10871

Re: Who are your Top 5 Mahayana masters of all time?

1. Nagarjuna - for Madhyamaka
2. Dushun - for Huayan
3. Mazu Daoyi - for Hongzhou Chan
4. Guifeng Zongmi - for Heze Chan and Huayan
5. Thrangu Rinpoche - especially for his teachings on Mahamudra
by Astus
Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land as a meditation practice?
Replies: 27
Views: 5677

Re: Pure Land as a meditation practice?

"Keep one eye on what you can do, in the present situation. But keep the other eye on the final goal. If one only looks at the present situation, then one will stagnant, and ultimately never proceed further. If one only looks at the final goal, then one will be intimidated, and never begin. Some te...
by Astus
Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How Important Is Transmission?
Replies: 24
Views: 4756

Re: How Important Is Transmission?

Just bumped into this book: Fathering your Father: the Zen of Fabrication in Tang Buddhism by Alan Cole. Here's a review.

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