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by Astus
Fri May 14, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren's interpretation of the Pure Land
Replies: 143
Views: 27465

Re: Nichiren's interpretation of the Pure Land

Looks very much like that. :thinking:
by Astus
Fri May 14, 2010 9:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Truly ethical governments: Have there ever been any?
Replies: 9
Views: 1464

Re: Truly ethical governments: Have there ever been any?

Perhaps the "United Federation of Planets" could be counted among ethical governments, mainly because it is fictional. Another similar idea is the Wheel-Turning King of the golden era - whose heirs inevitably become corrupt by the time. I suppose there is also ethical government in divine societies ...
by Astus
Fri May 14, 2010 8:28 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: This is it - This is what its all about
Replies: 43
Views: 7126

Re: This is it - This is what its all about

I didn't find his teaching a nihilist one at all. Just because he says nothingness rather than emptiness is not necessarily annihilationist. To say that you find nothing like a self if you search for it is not contrary to the Buddha's teaching.
by Astus
Thu May 13, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: This is it - This is what its all about
Replies: 43
Views: 7126

Re: This is it - This is what its all about

I'm not asking these questions as if I wanted an answer personally for myself but as part of our discussion, questions I raised for you - or whoever is up for a discussion.
by Astus
Thu May 13, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: This is it - This is what its all about
Replies: 43
Views: 7126

Re: This is it - This is what its all about

Having practiced zen/chan over the better part of two decades, this has not been my experience. What other quality control is there? Do people learn to evaluate their progress on the path or it is always the teacher who tells it? Is the study of the Buddha's teachings encouraged at all? Isn't the t...
by Astus
Thu May 13, 2010 4:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tai Situpa in Tricycle
Replies: 29
Views: 4583

Re: Tai Situpa in Tricycle

What I meant is that not everyone has to be a Geshe or Khenpo level teacher, which means lot of textual and philosophical knowledge. Look at the Zen teachers (in the West), most of them know only a couple of texts but still can teach meditation and the necessary things. Same goes for Tibetan yogis, ...
by Astus
Thu May 13, 2010 3:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tai Situpa in Tricycle
Replies: 29
Views: 4583

Re: Tai Situpa in Tricycle

Huseng, Indeed, as I said, support is very important. Shakyamuni had wealthy friends, no wonder he could obtain some groves and parks already in his life. I think Vajrayana is quite appropriate for lay people, espeically looking at the mahasiddhas. So there shouldn't be too much need for monastics t...
by Astus
Thu May 13, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tai Situpa in Tricycle
Replies: 29
Views: 4583

Re: Tai Situpa in Tricycle

I think there are some really good Theravadin teachers around, same goes for Zen teachers. Of course, not everyone is top class - in my opinion - but people like Bhikkhu Bodhi and the late Daido Loori are admirable teachers. Theravada has already a considerable number of monasteries around with West...
by Astus
Thu May 13, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tai Situpa in Tricycle
Replies: 29
Views: 4583

Re: Tai Situpa in Tricycle

"Until that happens, Tibetan dharma for Westerners remains inseparable from Tibetan culture and language, Tibetan ways and mentality." Maybe he meant only Vajrayana transmission? As I can see, there are only a handful of Mantra teachers who are Westerners, unlike in Theravada and Zen. On the other h...
by Astus
Thu May 13, 2010 8:36 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: This is it - This is what its all about
Replies: 43
Views: 7126

Re: This is it - This is what its all about

I was talking about the speech itself, not Sanbo Kyodan as a whole. But I guess as he is the leader of the group what he says is a representative introduction of their view. Focusing only on the experience of emptiness might look like the common theme of every Zen teaching. But actually such teachin...
by Astus
Wed May 12, 2010 9:05 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: This is it - This is what its all about
Replies: 43
Views: 7126

Re: This is it - This is what its all about

It was entertaining to hear such a strong, masculine Japanese accent. Doumo arigatou! But let's look at the content too. - Zen is not a religion, not Buddhism, so Christians and others can do it too - Sanbo Kyodan focuses on original Buddhism, which is the enlightenment of Shakyamuni - The essence i...
by Astus
Wed May 12, 2010 6:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tai Situpa in Tricycle
Replies: 29
Views: 4583

Re: Tai Situpa in Tricycle

Here's what I meant. Sorry for bringing up a Chinese example but I'm pretty ignorant in Tibetan Buddhism. The three most famous Zen teachers of all time are Bodhidharma, Huineng (the so called 6th patriarch) and Linji (Rinzai in Japanese). They're considered people who attained sudden enlightenment ...
by Astus
Wed May 12, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tai Situpa in Tricycle
Replies: 29
Views: 4583

Re: Tai Situpa in Tricycle

Looking at the history of Buddhism throughout different lands, great supporters made the Dharma flourish, in most cases the king and local lords. That is hardly possible now as in Western countries the state is secular. But companies (Korea, Japan, Taiwan) can still put lot of money into it. As for ...
by Astus
Tue May 11, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Abhidharmakosa study group?
Replies: 76
Views: 12293

Re: Abhidharmakosa study group?

Sounds fascinating. But I don't promise any participation except for occasionally looking at what is going on.
by Astus
Mon May 10, 2010 9:09 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Wu.
Replies: 16
Views: 3158

Re: Wu.

Dexing wrote:wú 無, wù 悟, and wǔ 五
Try the Japanese reading: mu/bu, go, go. No tones, no problem. :tongue:
by Astus
Mon May 10, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Myth of Chan
Replies: 99
Views: 11119

Re: Tibetan Myth of Chan

What do we mean by "school"? In Chinese the word is 宗 (zōng​) that can mean a lot of things. I would say it is more like a "school of thought" than an institutional thing. Or, to be truer to the original word, it means "clan" - they are separate separate families (the "five houses" are in fact "five...
by Astus
Mon May 10, 2010 7:09 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Wu.
Replies: 16
Views: 3158

Re: Wu.

This is "wu" from the gongan: 無 - it means "no"
This is "wu" that in Japanese stands for "satori": 悟 - it means "comprehension"
And this is "wu": 五 - which means "5"
by Astus
Mon May 10, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Eating Meat vs. Drinking Alcohol--Which is worse?
Replies: 90
Views: 13701

Re: Eating Meat vs. Drinking Alcohol--Which is worse?

Dexing, Compare these two: “Bodhisattvas and bhikshus who practice purity will not even step on grass in the pathway; even less will they pull it up with their hand. How can one with great compassion pick up the flesh and blood of living beings and proceed to eat his fill? Bhikshus who do not wear s...
by Astus
Mon May 10, 2010 12:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Eating Meat vs. Drinking Alcohol--Which is worse?
Replies: 90
Views: 13701

Re: Eating Meat vs. Drinking Alcohol--Which is worse?

Huseng, I don't question at all that not eating meat is related to some lessening in production. All I've argued for that meat eating is not breaking the precept against killing or taking the karma of killing. On the other hand, it is breaking the precept against meat eating of course, if one has ta...
by Astus
Mon May 10, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Eating Meat vs. Drinking Alcohol--Which is worse?
Replies: 90
Views: 13701

Re: Eating Meat vs. Drinking Alcohol--Which is worse?

Kirt,

Hungary is a NATO country, not just money but soldiers too go to the war. To make it worse, I work for an American company.

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