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by Astus
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation techniques in each tradition
Replies: 21
Views: 615

Re: Meditation techniques in each tradition

the practices is to let go of concepts so that makes sense to me, although the practice of how to get there is what I am confused about. The practice is to let go of concepts, full stop. Well, actually, that is taken in Zen as the essential practice, but not the only one. However, the very understa...
by Astus
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation techniques in each tradition
Replies: 21
Views: 615

Re: Meditation techniques in each tradition

This is still just referring to a mind devoid of concepts. So, it still does not escape the criticism. Not really the same. There are things, but there is no attachment to them. It's possible to match it with there being no longer the concept of self that puts concepts into a samsaric frame. A litt...
by Astus
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation techniques in each tradition
Replies: 21
Views: 615

Re: Meditation techniques in each tradition

That is not what the citation says. Right, it's not a full story, I just thought it fitting on the issue of comparison. Here's an extension on empty mind. 'True emptiness is before thinking. Before thinking is just like this. So life is only life; death is only death. You must not be attached to na...
by Astus
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation techniques in each tradition
Replies: 21
Views: 615

Re: Meditation techniques in each tradition

This is not a very good answer. This kind of idea, the cessation of thinking, just results in more samsara. That is right, aiming for and grasping at a thoughtless state at best takes one to a heavenly birth. But that was not the intended message, at least from my side. Rather that while there are ...
by Astus
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation techniques in each tradition
Replies: 21
Views: 615

Re: Meditation techniques in each tradition

I am confused I don’t know which is is which anymore. It seems like it’s all the same? One evening, after a Dharma talk at the Boston Dharmadhatu, a student said to Seung Sahn Soen-sa, "At a recent seminar on Zen and Tantra, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche compared Zen to black and white and tantra to col...
by Astus
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is Siddhi only possible after 4th Jhana?
Replies: 25
Views: 622

Re: Why is Siddhi only possible after 4th Jhana?

Now considering jhana is a temporary state, that tells me obscurations can temporarily be overcome? There is a difference between latent habits or inclinations (anusaya) that are a condition for the emergence of hindrances (nivarana). So, as shown in the Mahamalunkya Sutta , even though a baby does...
by Astus
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation techniques in each tradition
Replies: 21
Views: 615

Re: Meditation techniques in each tradition

The same style was taught to me instead one would note this experience as saying "feeling" "feeling" or "thinking" "thinking". Do I understand this correctly or am I far off? Labelling experiences is the first stage, using simple words to help one recognise what actually happens. Eventually such la...
by Astus
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is Siddhi only possible after 4th Jhana?
Replies: 25
Views: 622

Re: Why is Siddhi only possible after 4th Jhana?

NateLeo wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:39 pm
Ah, so basically they dont manifest "automatically", you first clear the mind and "intend" for them to manifest through mind-power?
Yes, there needs to be intention and effort to develop them. Note that one also needs the four bases of power (iddhipāda/ṛddhipāda).
by Astus
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is Siddhi only possible after 4th Jhana?
Replies: 25
Views: 622

Re: Why is Siddhi only possible after 4th Jhana?

I think the 6th is knowing before a thought forms? Anyway personally I don’t think siddhi are Wisdom. Little emphasis should be put on it in my opinion. The sixth higher knowledge (abhiññā/abhijñā) is the destruction of influxes/effluents (āsavakkhaya/āsravakṣaya), i.e. when defilements are complet...
by Astus
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is Siddhi only possible after 4th Jhana?
Replies: 25
Views: 622

Re: Why is Siddhi only possible after 4th Jhana?

LastLegend wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:08 pm
Are those liberation?
Absorptions may be called liberation, but only in a temporary and relative sense, that the five hindrances are not present in them. Of the higher knowledges, the sixth is actual liberation, the first five are mundane powers.
by Astus
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is Siddhi only possible after 4th Jhana?
Replies: 25
Views: 622

Re: Why is Siddhi only possible after 4th Jhana?

what is it about the subtleties of the mind in 4th Jhana that allow siddhis to manifest? Rddhis don't merely manifest, one has to make it happen, and in order to do so, the mind must have sufficient "power", i.e. undistracted and focused. It is the fourth absorption where the mind has reached the o...
by Astus
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Words, characters, syllables & liberation
Replies: 14
Views: 234

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

You gave the Sanskrit and the Tibetan. There are no "characters" in either language. It was intended as further reference to clarify what was translated as "letters" in Jake's post . The Vimalakirti Sutra has 言說文字 that consists of "spoken" (yanshou 言說) and "character" (wenzi 文字), and the latter is ...
by Astus
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Words, characters, syllables & liberation
Replies: 14
Views: 234

Re: Words, characters, syllables & liberation

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:13 pm
Just to add a note, a syllable is different than a "character."
It was meant as an approximation of the Chinese translation.
by Astus
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 10664

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

It could, but it usually doesn't, 99.999 percent of the time. That's a slightly more pessimistic than usual. 'Of the thousands or tens of thousands of people in this school, only three or five of them have gotten it.' (Huangbo, in Birds in Flight Leaves No Trace, ch 44) 有禪無淨土。十人九錯路。無禪有淨土。萬修萬人去。有禪有淨...
by Astus
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 10664

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

Likewise, unless those buddha qualities are discovered by you in a direct perception, or pointed out to you, even if you have them, they are of no use to you. Direct pointing to the human mind is one of the main Zen slogans. It can result in buddhahood exactly because there is no need to gather any...
by Astus
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 10664

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

Not really-- hence the various metaphors about paupers using rocks that hide wishfulfilling jewels as pillows, who die without recognizing they have been in possession of such a jewel the entire time. 'In the expository, causal vehicle of the paramitas, the sugatagarbha or buddha-nature is consider...
by Astus
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 10664

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

ok so the emptiness is not about sunyata , it's a Dzogchen realization Read again (highlight added): Realizing emptiness in Dzogchen means realizing the original purity of all phenomena, in common with the perfection of wisdom sūtras , etc. There is really just one emptiness, even if it is explaine...
by Astus
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 10664

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

But arguing that sūtrayāna practices such as Pure Land practice, etc., are quick paths to buddhahood is is erroneous and cannot be supported on the basis of their own fundamental texts. One could rather argue that for the practice of buddha-recollection in order to overwrite one's habitual inclinat...
by Astus
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How awakened are bodhisattva stream-entrants?
Replies: 11
Views: 559

Re: How awakened are bodhisattva stream-entrants?

This brings up another issue: why are only bodhisattvas of a certain bhūmi or higher mahāsattvas (and this bhūmi is not usually given as the first) ? 'A Bodhisattva is called ‘a great being’ in the sense that he will cause a great mass and collection of beings to achieve the highest.' (PP8K, I.4, t...
by Astus
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How awakened are bodhisattva stream-entrants?
Replies: 11
Views: 559

Re: How awakened are bodhisattva stream-entrants?

How does the śrāvaka stream-entrant differ in his realization from the bodhisattva stream-entrant other than the former theoretically missing the foundations of bodhicitta? It depends on whom you ask, as there are various views about sravakas (and bodhisattvas) in different Mahayana works. What sep...

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