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by Astus
Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Divergences from the Jodo Shinshu Teachings
Replies: 103
Views: 24137

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: 24137

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: 9750

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: 24137

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: 9750

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: 24137

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: 2123

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: 11054

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: 5757

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: 4834

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.
by Astus
Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:49 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How Important Is Transmission?
Replies: 24
Views: 4834

Re: How Important Is Transmission?

In Soto Zen, dharma-transmission is part of becoming a fully authorised priest called osho (Chinese: heshang; Sanskrit: upadhyaya; i.e. preceptor). Thus it authorises one to be an abbot of a temple (family property). This is of course a result of historical development within Soto Zen as it became a...
by Astus
Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:18 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: How Important Is Transmission?
Replies: 24
Views: 4834

Re: How Important Is Transmission?

Yes, I know transmission is present in many forms within Buddhism but here I wanted to discuss the Zen version. If others can bring here enough research on Tantric (EA and Tibetan), Vinaya, Tiantai or other forms I would read it with great interest.
by Astus
Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How Important Is Transmission?
Replies: 24
Views: 4834

Re: How Important Is Transmission?

Being a broken lineage means that: no Zen patriarchal lineage was ever recognised in India and even in China it took some time to create it; the concept of transmission was revised a couple of times in the Tang; lineages and so called Zen houses were made up in the Song era; the Song myth of Tang Ch...
by Astus
Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:24 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How Important Is Transmission?
Replies: 24
Views: 4834

Re: How Important Is Transmission?

The weight of my opinion is open for scrutiny and argument. The "current model" did not produce either Huangbo or Shengyan. What the model created is an imagined link (bloodline) connecting those two people to each other and back to Shakyamuni. My argument is exactly that this connection is non-exis...
by Astus
Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:47 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How Important Is Transmission?
Replies: 24
Views: 4834

Re: How Important Is Transmission?

"What are your credentials again?"

What credentials are you looking for from me? Please look at the opening post to see what this is about here.
by Astus
Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How Important Is Transmission?
Replies: 24
Views: 4834

Re: How Important Is Transmission?

The only American Dharma-heir of Ven. Shengyan is Gilbert Gutierrez but he also has four other heirs in Europe (2 in UK, 1 in Switzerland, 1 in Croatia). These are the Western lay heirs, he has others (monks) in Taiwan as far as I know. I wouldn't call Ven. Shengyan the head of Chinese Chan as a who...
by Astus
Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How Important Is Transmission?
Replies: 24
Views: 4834

Re: How Important Is Transmission?

"As far as the Chan / Zen model goes, transmission has been deemed necessary." Yes, that is the idea. But as we can see, it is not the reality. Then what's the point of a transmission that has no value as it's lost its historical validity? Actually Chan was attacked on this part by the rival Tianta...
by Astus
Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Silent Master
Replies: 9
Views: 2107

Re: The Silent Master

I didn't mean there were no teachings for the empowerment for there were. I meant he gives no teachings generally, you know, Dharma speeches.
by Astus
Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:40 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: How Important Is Transmission?
Replies: 24
Views: 4834

Re: How Important Is Transmission?

Huseng, Refuge in the Triple Jewel requires no preceptor, it never did. Who would be the precepter for taking refuge? If only monks then there are no Buddhists in Japan, nor one could get it from any lay teacher. By the way, don't you think if someone happened to find a sutra in a library and read i...
by Astus
Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How Important Is Transmission?
Replies: 24
Views: 4834

How Important Is Transmission?

I'd like to bring up four books as major references: John McRae: Seeing through Zen - Encounter, Transformation, and Genealogy in Chinese Chan Buddhism John McRae: The Northern School and the Formation of Early Chʻan Buddhism Morten Schlütter: How Zen Became Zen - The Dispute Over Enlightenment and ...

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