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by Astus
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 45
Views: 1345

Re: proclaiming awakening

The Buddha proclaimed The regular affirmation of the Buddha's enlightenment all over the sutras is not really about what he claimed but about affirming Buddhism as true. That is why you can find that statements about the Buddha come to be grander and grander as you go from the Nikayas towards the T...
by Astus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: The 'Democracy' of the Pure Land Path
Replies: 3
Views: 411

Re: The 'Democracy' of the Pure Land Path

Buddhism of Wisdom & Faith: Pure Land Principles and Practice It is a democratic method that empowers its adherents, freeing them from arcane metaphysics as well as dependence on teachers, gurus, roshis and other mediating authority figures That is a half-truth. There are still teachers in the vari...
by Astus
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Purify a disease
Replies: 24
Views: 796

Re: Purify a disease

What I meant was the general idea of cause and effect of leper. Cula-kammavibhanga talks more about five precepts and the transgressions. Leprosy is an illness that can turn one ugly, hence look at the causes of those two: anger and ill-temper. Since we do not know what type of unwholesome deed cau...
by Astus
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: doctrinal unity
Replies: 18
Views: 1096

Re: doctrinal unity

While there are differences in doctrinal emphasis (and practices) between the lineages, I think there is a fair degree of doctrinal unity. What I meant is the absence of a requirement to comply with a specific set of doctrines within the various organisations. It can be said that there is a fair de...
by Astus
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Purify a disease
Replies: 24
Views: 796

Re: Purify a disease

If we do not know the precise cause and result, can we at least know the general idea? Of course, there are such descriptions, see: Cula-kammavibhanga Sutta Then why in order to counteract the karma of leper is inconceivable? What's already done is done, it cannot be changed. What one can do is to ...
by Astus
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 7429

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Zen, the tradition, is a religious institution (or institutions) Zen is a very loose term applied to a chain of concepts within East Asian Buddhism. Institutionally it has always existed within the framework of the monastic tradition, and to that added its main defining idea of lineages. and as suc...
by Astus
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 7429

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Of course, no doubt about that, but it is very wise to check back with the teacher in order to not go astray. This is the danger of doing it by oneself alone, as I see it. It is good to check ones understanding with a teacher, a real person, to avoid fooling oneself. According to Shengyan the prima...
by Astus
Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Purify a disease
Replies: 24
Views: 796

Re: Purify a disease

I am kind of fear I will develop the disease It seems that the disease you actually have is fear, so what could be treated is fear. what particular wholesome deed do I need to do to neutralize or counteract this particular disease, if any? You might want to look into some teachings on karma first: ...
by Astus
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 7429

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Because without a teacher one must rely on one’s own faulty awareness as one’s guide. Unawareness will always interpret Dharma as something other than what it is. All practitioner must develop for oneself correct mindfulness (samyaksmrti) and wise attention (yonisomanaskara). But I think you mean r...
by Astus
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 7429

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

I defer to Zen teachers to define the “Zen tradition” and most (all?) Zen teachers hold that the tradition requires a living, face-to-face student-teacher relationship. So, a ‘true Zen student’ has a Zen teacher, which is why I consider myself a ‘student of Zen’ and not a Zen student. Every skill a...
by Astus
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 7429

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

here is a quote from Dogen's Bendowa (emphasis is mine): practice the way of zazen under the guidance of a true teacher That means only one thing in Dogen's writing, himself. That is because he denies the realisation of all Buddhist teachers who brought the Dharma from China before him, and he view...
by Astus
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 7429

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

so, there is a difference between reading instructions in a book and receiving instructions directly from a teacher, isn't it!? Is there a difference between writing and speaking? "Since they maintain they have no need of written words, they should not speak either, because written words are merely...
by Astus
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 7429

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

WuMing wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:22 pm
... and in order to do so, you have to receive the intructions of a teacher to be able to do it, right?
Dahui's letters are filled with instructions. But of course it might help to hear the same repeated from the high seat.
by Astus
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 7429

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

There is no zen pracitce without zen teacher. What counts as Zen practice? If it is non-thought, then if one can do it, there is nothing more to explain, and if one cannot do it, one is not yet practising. If it is something other than non-thought, but rather various methods to achieve it, then it ...
by Astus
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 7429

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Ultimately without teacher there is no zen practice So Huineng said, "If you can become enlightened yourself, don’t rely on external seeking — don’t think I’m saying you can only attain emancipation through [the help of] a spiritual compatriot other than yourself. This is not the case! Why? Within ...
by Astus
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 7429

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Must one size fit all? One size must fit all, otherwise there is no path. It is rather a matter of what size one imagines there. But the goal of Zen (and all Buddhist traditions) is awakening and living in accord with the Dharma. There is actually no rule that one has to train under a specific teac...
by Astus
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Differences in the practice of satipatthana among followers of different turns of the wheel of Dharma.
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Re: Differences in the practice of satipatthana among followers of different turns of the wheel of Dharma.

Here is some literature: Mahaprajnaparamitasastra, ch 31 (Migme Chodron translation: vol 3, p 947-965) Siksasamuccaya ch. 13 ( Alan Wallace translation ) Madhyantavibhaga 4.1 (look into commentaries for details) Mahayanasutralamkara 18.43-45 (lists 14 unique qualities found in smrtyupasthana as bodh...
by Astus
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Accuracy of internet koans
Replies: 31
Views: 1568

Re: Accuracy of internet koans

shanyin wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:21 am
What's a hwandu?
Wikipedia: huatou.
Jogye website: What is Hwadu?
by Astus
Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Accuracy of internet koans
Replies: 31
Views: 1568

Re: Accuracy of internet koans

Can someone give me a koan from one of those books? "Daily life itself is a hwadu, so there is no need to receive a hwadu from others or to give a hwadu to others. Your very existence is a hwadu. Thus, if you are continuously holding on to a hwadu someone else gave you, when will you be able to sol...
by Astus
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Prayers, to who?
Replies: 11
Views: 787

Re: Prayers, to who?

A teaching to be considered here: "Householder, there are these five things that are wished for, desired, agreeable, and rarely gained in the world. What five? Long life, householder, is wished for, desired, agreeable, and rarely gained in the world. Beauty … Happiness … Fame … The heavens are wishe...

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