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by Aemilius
Mon May 24, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer to the Bodhisattva Manjushri
Replies: 9
Views: 2197

Re: Prayer to the Bodhisattva Manjushri

The Ocean of Clouds of Praises of the Guru Manjughosha ( beginning ) Who calms the flames of ambition for one's own pleasure, with the waters of long cultivated compassion, Who cuts the net of imaginative fabrications, by seeing the reality of the profound as it is, Who carries with tireless heart ...
by Aemilius
Mon May 24, 2010 1:14 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Homage to Shakyamuni Buddha
Replies: 7
Views: 1341

Re: Homage to Shakyamuni Buddha

Realizing the nature of samsara with compassion; Looking upon samsara without separating the mind from Dharmakaya; Manifesting in various emanation forms; Previously born in the Tushita Heaven; Descending from that Heaven; Conceived and born on earth; Expert in the creative arts; Enjoying the kingdo...
by Aemilius
Mon May 24, 2010 1:05 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Homage to Shakyamuni Buddha
Replies: 7
Views: 1341

Re: Homage to Shakyamuni Buddha

Skillful compassionate one born into the family of the Shakyas,
You conquered the hordes of Mara, which others could not.
Your body is splendid like a mountain of gold.
To you, the King of the Shakyas, I prostrate.
by Aemilius
Fri May 21, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: RuShi ?
Replies: 44
Views: 5432

Re: RuShi ?

Another thing is the practices you're referring to aren't "rushi" but "ru shen." Yes they are definitely practiced in some Nyingma and Kagyu organizations in the U.S. in a retreat setting, in isolation. Nothing more can be said about the way these practices are carried out because this information ...
by Aemilius
Fri May 21, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: RuShi ?
Replies: 44
Views: 5432

Re: RuShi ?

[quote="Pema Rigdzin"]I've never heard anyone say that Dzogchen has never existed outside Tibet except detractors that question Dzogchen's validity. The Tibetan Dzogchen lineages all place its origin (in terms of this world) in India with Garab Dorje. I don't believe Dzogchen is said to have ever be...
by Aemilius
Wed May 19, 2010 7:14 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: RuShi ?
Replies: 44
Views: 5432

Re: RuShi ?

It is connected to what Heart says elsewhere, it is kind of interesting to read the wikipedia thing called Seventeen Tantrashttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeen_tantras and I wanted to share this piece with others.
by Aemilius
Tue May 18, 2010 1:41 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: RuShi ?
Replies: 44
Views: 5432

Re: RuShi ?

Hello ! I read what it says in wikipedia about the 17 or 18 maha-ati tantras, they seem to be connected with the Five-peaked Mountain, and thus with China. But then there seem to be some (tibetans, maybe?) who are anxious to explain that Dzogchen has never existed outside Tibet, at least not in Chin...
by Aemilius
Fri May 14, 2010 7:30 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Triskandhadharmasutra - The Three Heap Sutra
Replies: 14
Views: 3633

Re: Triskandhadharmasutra - The Three Heap Sutra

The above repentance forms the basis of what in the Chinese tradition is known as the "88 buddhas repentence", 53 buddhas from another text are added to the 35 given above. Such a practice appears to have been an important part of the Mahayana from its outset. Nowadays in China, this is recited eve...
by Aemilius
Fri May 07, 2010 11:55 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Triskandhadharmasutra - The Three Heap Sutra
Replies: 14
Views: 3633

Re: Triskandhadharmasutra - The Three Heap Sutra

This is a Mahayana sutra for purification through confession and prostrations to the 35 Buddhas listed in the sutra. Lama Zopa says in his instructions that the seven Buddhas of the Medicine Buddha Sutra can be appended to the list of the 35 Buddhas. This sutra is also called the Sutra of the Three...
by Aemilius
Thu May 06, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Sutra of the Buddha Speaks the Buddhas' Names
Replies: 3
Views: 728

Re: Sutra of the Buddha Speaks the Buddhas' Names

Is it a similar list of names of buddhas that you find in the Mahavastu? In Mahavastu there is a list of 500 Buddhas, Mahavastu is available in english, (the names are in sanskrit).
by Aemilius
Thu May 06, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Compassion metaphor
Replies: 8
Views: 1713

Re: Compassion metaphor

Probably the great compassion precepts were part of the original mahayana, which was transmitted to Indonesia ( and elsewere??). In the course of centuries they disappeared in India, and thus we find in the life story of Dipankara Srijnana Atisha that he takes a dangerous seatrip to Indonesia in ord...
by Aemilius
Thu May 06, 2010 6:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Compassion metaphor
Replies: 8
Views: 1713

Re: Compassion metaphor

There are several points to consider. In the existing Sutra passages Buddha doesn't say that "all beings have been our mothers", rather he says: "It is difficult to find a being on earth that has not been in a past life our father, mother, brother, sister or other close relative." Then there is the ...
by Aemilius
Tue May 04, 2010 1:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Compassion metaphor
Replies: 8
Views: 1713

Compassion metaphor

Why do I always think that it is revealing of tibetans that they can only speak of all beings as like "mothers"? This comparison of all beings is found in Theravada scriptures, in Lankavatara sutra and in Abhisamayalankara of Maitreya, but it includes:" Fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, son...
by Aemilius
Mon May 03, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: RuShi ?
Replies: 44
Views: 5432

RuShi ?

Are these extraordinary inner preliminaries called Rushi being done in Nyingma centres ? How does it look like? -au naturel ?
by Aemilius
Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:51 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?
Replies: 53
Views: 7265

Re: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?

That amounts to saying that Nagarjuna, Tsongkhapa, Han Shan and a legion of other masters in Tibet, China, Japan, Korea etc... were not enlightened. Surely it amounts only to saying that they are not omniscient Buddhas. Last time I checked, realisation of emptiness did not come automatically with t...
by Aemilius
Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:42 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?
Replies: 53
Views: 7265

Re: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?

There was also a "sutra" composed in China by Daoists entitled Laozi Teaches the Barbarians 老子化胡經 which claims it was Laozi who went to India to teach the barbarians over there a simplified version of Daoism. What evidence do you think there is for Laozi actually having to gone to India? The eviden...
by Aemilius
Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:32 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?
Replies: 53
Views: 7265

Re: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?

I think that Buddha Shakyamuni did in reality teach the Three different Dharmachakras, Turnings of the Wheel of the Law. "Okay, but there is no evidence to support this other than your opinion?" There is. because Dharma is words and meaning, Dharma is a means to enlightenment, then because there has...
by Aemilius
Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?
Replies: 53
Views: 7265

Re: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?

"Why do you think the Sravaka-yana was prominent in India? Are you aware of how the Mahayana thrived for many centuries in India? Why do you propose that Sravaka-yana was "the winner"?" I think that Buddha Shakyamuni did in reality teach the Three different Dharmachakras, Turnings of the Wheel of th...
by Aemilius
Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?
Replies: 53
Views: 7265

Re: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?

[ If we Buddhists do not conduct ourselves in a way that generally satisfies the demands of the present day intelligentsia, then we shall not thrive. This has always been the case. [quote] Are you referring to the Six Heterodox Teachers of ancient India, when you say that ?? In China there was Taois...
by Aemilius
Sat Apr 24, 2010 11:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mendicant concensus ?
Replies: 1
Views: 575

Mendicant concensus ?

How many buddhist monks, nuns, yogis and other kinds of mendicant are there in buddhist countries? How about their numbers in nonbuddhist countries?

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