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by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: English sutra reaading
Replies: 4
Views: 235

Re: English sutra reading

Have not found audio only, but this YouTube version has text displayed plus recitation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJvpRS8g9lg
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 128
Views: 25096

Re: Dharma Gems

Don’t be too biased; be evenhanded to friends and enemies.
1. A Garland of Essential Advice on Societal Values
by Dromtönpa (1005–64)
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 128
Views: 25096

Re: Dharma Gems

4 Just as earth’s essence can be turned into pure gold by cleaning away the stains of rust, even those who have limited intelligence can become more learned if they listen a lot to wise sayings. 5 No one but someone with great analytical wisdom can distinguish right from wrong. Is there any use for...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajra Hell
Replies: 61
Views: 8423

Re: Vajra Hell

This may be the state; from page 66 of Words : 1.1.8 The Hell of Ultimate Torment This is an immense edifice of blazing hot metal, surrounded by the sixteen Neighbouring Hells. In it Yama's henchmen toss incalculable numbers of beings into the centre of a mountain of pieces of red-hot iron, glowing ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Replies: 21
Views: 2312

Re: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

A Dharma play about Bodhisattva Hsuan Tsang put on by youngsters at the City of 10000 Buddhas. It has music (with lyrics visible), dialogue & narration:

http://www.cttbusa.org/3cart_patriarch/ ... _play.html
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Big changes over at DW (Theravada) and new forum
Replies: 20
Views: 847

Re: Big changes over at DW (Theravada) and new forum

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 3:47 am
should do the same thing here.
the only reason it doesn't cause strife here is because those who are in the minority know to keep quite since the mods will shut down any dissenters
Right on; when the Left is in control they stay that way with domination & intolerance.
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed May 30, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Happy Saka Dawa 2018, May 29
Replies: 14
Views: 727

Re: Happy Saka Dawa 2018, May 29

A Tibetan Sage said that one must follow Indian time to do Saka Dawa 'right': According to the late Ven. Choden Rinpoche, one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachers, observation of auspicious days should be according to the date in India, not the date in one’s home country. Therefore, when Lama Zopa Rinpo...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat May 26, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Replies: 21
Views: 2312

Re: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

Audio talks by Master Hua, Chinese with English translations for some, also mantras & a little Dharma music...

http://www.cttbusa.org/audio.asp#
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri May 25, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Rechungpa's Amitayus
Replies: 8
Views: 773

Re: Rechungpa's Amitayus

Not sure if this is exactly what is wanted, so take a look:

http://dechenlingpress.org/wp-content/u ... tality.pdf
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri May 25, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Book of Everyday Wisdom
Replies: 0
Views: 189

Tibetan Book of Everyday Wisdom

The latest from Wisdom pubs. in their Library of Tibetan Classics. Here is how one of the eleven texts begins: [147] Homage to the Bhagavān, master of the two systems of norms. 1 After respectfully bowing to the feet of Lord of Sages who knows the two systems of norms exactly as they are, I will bri...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun May 20, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 86
Views: 4504

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

jikai wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 4:27 am

This is indeed an incredibly important passage. And it most probably Guanding who placed it here (it occurs later on) for this reason.

Gassho,

Jikai.
What page in Swanson does it occur? Is it is the Synopsis or the main text?
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun May 20, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: World Bee Day
Replies: 17
Views: 1008

World Bee Day

Today 20 May is a day to appreciate and do what we can to help our busy little friends.

https://worldbeeday.org/en/
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue May 15, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 86
Views: 4504

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Both Donner-Stevenson & Swanson agree that the heart or distilled essence of this text, and I suppose of Tien-tai itself, is this paragraph. Swanson's version is on pp 99-101, but here is the D-S version from 1993, pp 112-14: Perfect and Sudden Calming and Contemplation [1c23] The perfect and sudden...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon May 14, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Divine Stories
Replies: 0
Views: 300

Divine Stories

Volume two of Rotman's translation of The Divyāvadāna came out in 2017, Part one was out in 2008. Here is part of his Preface to volume 2: Actions never come to naught, even after hundreds of millions of years. When the right conditions gather and the time is right, then they will have their effect ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed May 09, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Upasika Blavatsky
Replies: 29
Views: 6614

Re: Upasika Blavatsky

One of the best biographies of Blavatsky is now in pdf format:

https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/cr ... _ebook.pdf

She died 8 May, 1891.
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon May 07, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 86
Views: 4504

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Many thanks Jikai, your response is clarifying!

As for the life of this bodhisattva, any generally accepted traditions about who he was in any of his rebirths?

No support for this notion, but his depth & comprehensiveness in presenting buddhadharma, reminds one of Je Tsongkhapa.
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun May 06, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 86
Views: 4504

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Just discovered that in volume three Swanson did his own translation of the small Chih-kuan that Dharmamitra (and several others) did. However Bhikshu Dharmamitra used the Taisho version, while Swanson used the critical edition of Sekiguchi.
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri May 04, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 86
Views: 4504

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Thanks Queequeg for your speculations and eye physiology report. With the latter I am familiar.

What I was hoping to hear about was the Tien-tai tradition on 'double pupils', not modern responses.
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu May 03, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 86
Views: 4504

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Finally got around to buying the three volumes.

A simple question or two about Chih-i's birth, where he appeared to have "double pupils". What exactly does that portend?

Is it an odd physical feature or symbolic of seeing deeper with wisdom or clairvoyance or...??
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some Gems From The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: Some Gems From The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra

The Taisho 417 that Rulu used & vikas quotes is quite different from T. 418 that Harrison translated for BDK. Here is part of the quote above in Harrison's translation: The Buddha said: "By virtue of these dharmas of conduct one brings about the meditation and then masters the Meditation in Which th...

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