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by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shobogenzo Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 1057

Re: Shobogenzo Recommendations

I am interested in Dogen and his Shobogenzo. I have read small portions in translation. There are "Amazon reviews" and the reviews that practitioners would make. :smile: I am soliciting recommendations on a) translations of the Shobogenzo and b) books on Dogen's life and dharma works. Thank you for...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra
Replies: 7
Views: 903

Re: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra

Buddha continues giving vices to avoid & virtues to practice for another 25 or so verses, here are a few examples (without the notes): 1.27 ...It is the transcendence of matter. It is the understanding of sounds. It is the attainment of joy. It is experiencing the joy of the Dharma. It is sincerity....
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra
Replies: 7
Views: 903

Re: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra

1.25 Young man, in that way the bodhisattva mahāsattva who has evenness of mind toward all beings, wishes to benefit them, and has no anger or partiality will attain the samādhi known as the revealed equality of the nature of all phenomena. 1.26 Young man, what is the samādhi called the revealed eq...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Tsongkhapa Short Mantra
Replies: 2
Views: 417

Re: Tsongkhapa Short Mantra

Try his name mantra - OM AH GURU VAJRADHARA SUMATIKIRTI SIDDHI HUM

Or string together his three Mahasattva aspects: OM MANI PADME HUM - OM AH RA PA CHA NA DHI - OM VAJRAPANI HUM
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Classic English Poetry
Replies: 50
Views: 5147

Re: Classic English Poetry

Uphill Does the road wind uphill all the way? Yes, to the very end. Will the day’s journey take the whole long day? From morn to night, my friend. But is there for the night a resting-place? A roof for when the slow, dark hours begin. May not the darkness hide it from my face? You cannot miss that ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Classic English Poetry
Replies: 50
Views: 5147

Re: Classic English Poetry

Self-Knowledge Know yourself—and is this the prime And heaven-sprung adage of the olden time?— Say, canst thou make thyself?—Learn first that trade;— Haply thou mayst know what thyself had made. What hast thou, Man, that thou dar’st call thine own?— What is there in thee, Man, that can be known?— D...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra
Replies: 7
Views: 903

Re: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra

1.20 The Bhagavān said to the youth Candraprabha, “Young man, a bodhisattva mahāsattva will attain all those qualities and quickly attain the highest, complete enlightenment of perfect buddhahood if he has one quality. What is that one quality? Young man, it is a bodhisattva mahāsattva’s evenness o...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra
Replies: 7
Views: 903

Re: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra

1.7 Young man, I am omniscient. I am all-seeing. I have attained preeminence because of my strengths and fearlessness concerning all Dharmas. I possess the unobscured wisdom of liberation. Young man, there is nothing in the endless, infinite worlds that the Tathāgata does not know, has not seen, ha...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra
Replies: 7
Views: 903

Re: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra

There are 40 chapters & Roberts helpfully summarizes each one. Here are the first two: Chapter 1: The Introduction The Buddha Śākyamuni is on Vulture Peak Mountain outside Rājagrḥa with a great gathering of bhiksụs and bodhisattvas. Candraprabha asks him for instruction. The Buddha states that evenn...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra
Replies: 7
Views: 903

Re: New translation: Samādhi­rāja­sūtra

For a pdf format, almost 600 pages, click on the download pdf button, one among 4 choices just above the Contents.
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 128
Views: 26478

Re: Dharma Gems

Good, good! Those without the faculty of faith, those who are weary or sluggish in mind, those who have not accumulated efforts, those whose vigor recedes, those who are satisfied with meager virtues, those imbued with only one root of goodness, those unskilled in carrying out practical vows , thos...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Triskandhadharmasutra - The Three Heap Sutra
Replies: 14
Views: 3868

Re: Triskandhadharmasutra - The Three Heap Sutra

Malcolm wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:51 am

It is actually an extract from a sutra in the ratnakuta collection.
Right, Inquiry of Upali is one translation, quoted by Shantideva. In Chang's old Mahayana Sutras book it is titled Definitive Vinaya

Sutra 24, Taisho 310 translated into Chinese by Bodhiruci.
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Replies: 21
Views: 2606

Re: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

A potpourri of writings & videos about CTTB & Master Hua:

http://www.cttbusa.org/cttbarticles/articles.asp
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Triskandhadharmasutra - The Three Heap Sutra
Replies: 14
Views: 3868

Re: 88 Buddhas Repentance

Search for Great Repentance of the Eighty Eight Buddhas and you will find many versions, some with English translations too.
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Heavens above
Replies: 0
Views: 225

Heavens above

Planets & stars above still Lake Tanaya...

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1806/R ... xLabel.jpg
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Giant jade Buddha arrives in Victoria, Aust.
Replies: 4
Views: 399

Re: Giant jade Buddha arrives in Victoria, Aust.

Yes, the worldwide tour is over. When it was in Southern California it was displayed at a Vietnamese temple some years ago wife & I admired it.

https://www.lionsroar.com/giant-jade-bu ... orld-tour/
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: World Bee Day
Replies: 17
Views: 1449

Re: World Bee Day

Not only are bees valued for their benefit to human agriculture & tastebuds, but they are just cute as hell beings. Also beeswax has uses - everything from cheese sealing to soap and lip balm to making reusable wax cloth as an alternative to saran wrap. Back in a distant aeon, when I dabbled in arch...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: World Bee Day
Replies: 17
Views: 1449

Re: World Bee Day

a-yaksha, because the report was "typically overblown, overhyped sensationalist science reporting" I see no value in the claims of the report, it is just a way try to get more funding to pester, even vivisect sweet bees. I did think it was interesting, for whatever bee-son, they discerned a way to g...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: World Bee Day
Replies: 17
Views: 1449

Re: World Bee Day

The implications for using this discovery to benefit AI research are ugly, but to be expected nowadays. (video also.)

https://www.theepochtimes.com/scientist ... 54748.html
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: World Bee Day
Replies: 17
Views: 1449

Re: World Bee Day

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:36 am
Nicholas Weeks wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 6:02 pm
Today 20 May is a day to appreciate and do what we can to help our busy little friends.

https://worldbeeday.org/en/
Stop the Trump regime.
Oh you silly boy.

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