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by Astus
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Shouting, Hitting, etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 480

Re: Shouting, Hitting, etc.

what of Shen Hui's Zen? ... Since all schools trace their roots to Shen Hui, shouldn't all, or at least a few teach this Zen? The only notable person who claimed to be a descendant of the Heze School was Guifeng Zongmi, and he actually included seated meditation as an important practice, furthermor...
by Astus
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."
Replies: 26
Views: 751

Re: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."

What does this mean? That people in, for example, the Tang dynasty, wouldn't even know what the Chan school was? Wouldn't know a single person denoted as a Chan Master? Are all Chan labels and persons only known as such in retrospection? 'the entire lineage prior to the Song is best understood as a...
by Astus
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Shouting, Hitting, etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 480

Re: Shouting, Hitting, etc.

First of all, gongans are literary works and not historical accounts. As religious anecdotes they have their place and function, but their use depends on the users, i.e. how one reads them. Although it was Dahui who spread the kanhua method that became the dominant technique in Chan, the use of stor...
by Astus
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5889

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Grigoris wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:23 am
Who gets to decide what is canonical?
E.g. Sixth Buddhist council
Who gets to assess derivation?
That's probably up to each individual/organisation.
by Astus
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5889

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

A Buddhism devoid of so-called "superstition", divorced from popular Theravada at that time. If I get you right, the westernised interpretation means relying on canonical scriptures and rejecting practices that cannot be derived from them. If so, that is not necessarily a western idea, as that view...
by Astus
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 1026

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

Chan and Pure Land should not really be thought of as separate schools, they're rather Mahayana methods that can be used either together or apart. For a clearer picture, see these for instance: Pure Land Buddhism: Dialogues with Ancient Masters Pure Land, Pure Mind Pure-Land Zen, Zen Pure-Land Buddh...
by Astus
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 13
Views: 679

Re: Zen Practice

Basically there are two types of Zen practices: kanhua/kanna 話頭 and mozhao/mokusho 默照. For a short summary see: In the Spirit of Chan . On kanhua practice see: What is Ganhwa Seon? ; and on the mozhao practice: Heart of Zen . Also, as a counter-balance to oversimplification, you might want to read: ...
by Astus
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5889

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Varis wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:48 am
Their ideas on meditation were modern, based on their westernized interpretations of the suttas and the vishuddhimagga.
What is a westernised interpretation?
by Astus
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Stumbled across Thich Thanh Tu's Truc Lam Thien materials in English...
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Re: Stumbled across Thich Thanh Tu's Truc Lam Thien materials in English...

I think what he's doing is pointing out that the whole Vipassana-only kind of meditation isn't traditional, isn't founded in the scriptures we have from the Buddha (even the Nikayas/Agamas), and doesn't have an ancient lineage of meditation instruction connected to it. Aren't there monasteries that...
by Astus
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5889

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

the Thai context The vast majority of current Thai monks do not belong to the reform movement started in the 19th century. That does not mean nothing has changed, but at least there wasn't any controlled change either. I find it very difficult to believe that Lankan Theravada would not have been in...
by Astus
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Stumbled across Thich Thanh Tu's Truc Lam Thien materials in English...
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Re: Stumbled across Thich Thanh Tu's Truc Lam Thien materials in English...

There are two other parts I'd highlight. On meditation and study ( Internal Regulations , p 53-55): Since Vietnamese Buddhism inherits the treasure of Meditation Tradition but fails to faithfully preserve it so this tradition has been deviated. Henceforth, meditation monasteries advocate Dual Pract...
by Astus
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5889

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Grigoris is correct, it's really not an oversimplification at all. There was a concerted effort to remove what was regarded by the Dhammayuttika Nikaya as superstitious and non-Buddhist practices from Theravada monasteries. In effect, it was a protestantization of Theravada Buddhism. First of all, ...
by Astus
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5889

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Taking the topic back on Zen, here are some quotes: 'Because of their inferior capacity, the Tathagata preached to the Hinayanists only the doctrine of the nonexistence of atman and did not preach his doctrines in their entirety; as a result the Hinayanists have come to believe that the five compone...
by Astus
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5889

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

But I do not believe that they are the same thing that existed in the Buddha's time... Nothing remains the same, right? Nevertheless, the Buddhadharma is still present and alive today, so it's not yet lost either, consequently one can learn it now just as much as one could at the time of the Buddha...
by Astus
Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5889

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

plenty of in-fighting regarding the validity of Buddhgosha and his Visudhimagga? It doesn't change his importance. Furthermore, the modern changes in Theravada does not negate the tradition's roots and continuity. For instance, there were significant reforms in the Soto and Rinzai schools in the la...
by Astus
Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5889

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Theravada is not a Yana, it is a sub-category of the Shravakayana. Theravada is a school all right, but it's neither limited to the sravaka path, and more importantly, nor is it a unified tradition. Even in the same country there are different teachers with diverse methods. Theravada is a living tr...
by Astus
Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5889

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

The current form of Theravada is a 19th century reformation movement. That is a serious simplification, that could as well be applied to the various Mahayana schools as well. For instance, just because the Rime movement appeared in the 19th century, and Humanistic Buddhism in the 20th, it does not ...
by Astus
Fri May 31, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5889

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

It doesn't really make sense to unify schools. Mahayana includes and accepts the Agamas and Abhidharma works, while if a Theravadin were to accept Mahayana scriptures and treatises that would simply make that person a Mahayana follower, unless they come up with a new explanation of how the Mahayana ...
by Astus
Mon May 27, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5889

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Traditions are seperated by cultrual differences only Differentiating the three families (gotra) of sravaka, pratyekabuddha, and buddha is an Indian Buddhist doctrine that is accepted by all surviving Buddhist schools, regardless of location. 'The nirvedhabhagiyas are of three types by reason of th...

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