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by Anders
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Appearances without an underlying reality
Replies: 50
Views: 4731

Re: Appearances without an underlying reality

Does it?? I challenge you to find one person in a million who believes there is a pot that exists permanently, possessing its own self-sustaining substance. Who believes such a ridiculous thing? So why would Mahayana doctrine spend so much time tearing up a strawman argument? I think this is the ma...
by Anders
Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lioncity forum
Replies: 41
Views: 3742

Re: Lioncity forum

mr. gordo wrote:Yes, you're right Chaz. It would be easy to monetize a forum like that.
E-sangha was not a profitable venture. That's why the option to donate was introduced. It was becoming more expensive than the owner could manage.
by Anders
Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dedication to truth
Replies: 14
Views: 2869

Re: Dedication to truth

I think you are on firmer ground if you analyse the meaning of truth in Buddhism without trying to compare that with other religious traditions. If you do want to make comparisons, you need a good knowledge of the other traditions, and perhaps a narrower focus, such as 'Indian transcendental tradit...
by Anders
Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dedication to truth
Replies: 14
Views: 2869

Re: Dedication to truth

I am not quite sure what you would actually mean by transcendental traditions. Traditions that emphasise realisation of or awakening to some sort of trans-sensory- and/or -trans-intellectual element. In Buddhism, Nirvana. In mystical christianity, the notion of god, or the kingdom of heaven, as som...
by Anders
Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dedication to truth
Replies: 14
Views: 2869

Dedication to truth

By and large, Buddhism is embedded into a paradigm of suffering and how to end suffering, whether it be for oneself or for all sentient beings. That's the driving purpose and motivation for practise In many other transcendental traditions though, they take unwavering dedication to truth as the drivi...
by Anders
Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Abhidharmakosa study group?
Replies: 76
Views: 10075

Re: Abhidharmakosa study group?

And to be clear, what is the Mahaprajnaparamita Upadesa? Kirt You wouldnt know it from Tibetan studies as it only survives in Chinese translation. It is sometimes referred to as the fourth treatise of the Sanlun school ('three treatises' school - Chinese Madhyamika) and has had a profound impact on...
by Anders
Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The new landscape
Replies: 31
Views: 3448

Re: The new landscape

Things are settling down since the demise of E Sangha. The new landscape, as I see it, is Dhamma Wheel for the Theravadins, this place for the Mahayanists and FreeSangha for the, uh, pan-Buddhists I guess. Are there any other important boards out there? If you want to see some oldschool internet Bu...
by Anders
Sun May 30, 2010 4:16 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: The Buddha Speaking of Huatou Practice?
Replies: 10
Views: 1961

Re: The Buddha Speaking of Huatou Practice?

I don't see how much this has to do with huatou. The essential aspect what makes a huatou is the great mass of doubt. And what happens when there is great doubt? The mind gets 'zapped' into non-abiding/non attending to any sign. I can see what Morlock is getting at. In Mahayana both signlessness an...
by Anders
Sat May 29, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Getting to Lotus Pose
Replies: 45
Views: 6604

Re: Getting to Lotus Pose

Hi Anders, Thanks for sharing your experience with lotus. By "pushing your hips forward" do you mean that you only did lotus while sitting on cushions? Most yoga teachers just do it on the flat ground, which takes more flexibility. I did (and do). I don't know of any meditation teachers who don't a...
by Anders
Sat May 29, 2010 5:00 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Getting to Lotus Pose
Replies: 45
Views: 6604

Re: Getting to Lotus Pose

At present, I would recommend stretching exercices as better for achieving lotus posture than the posture itself. I've never had much problem getting into the half lotus and after a year or two, full lotus. The problem was, I was did this by pressing my hips forward to connect with the floor and thi...
by Anders
Sun May 09, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Myth of Chan
Replies: 99
Views: 8576

Re: Tibetan Myth of Chan

Yogicfire wrote:Aren't we saying that the Chan school died out in China completely, and was resurrected at some later stage by other lineages and modern teachers?
who is saying that and when did it happen? It's news to me.
by Anders
Thu May 06, 2010 10:13 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: amala-vijnana
Replies: 12
Views: 2852

Re: amala-vijnana

It was introduced by Paramartha who was an Indian monk in China.
by Anders
Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:27 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Historicity of Mahayana Sutras -- Does it matter?
Replies: 53
Views: 7349

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 Anders
Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How useful are Chan records?
Replies: 31
Views: 2978

Re: How useful are Chan records?

Although Thomas Cleary is often critisised for his attempts at Chinese translations (Japanese being his actual specialty), Cristopher Cleary who co-translated it, generally has a fine reputation for accuracy and faithfulness to the text. I am wondering to what extent you think he mangled the text, H...
by Anders
Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:01 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Platform Sutra
Replies: 47
Views: 5990

Re: The Platform Sutra

The last two are both attributed to Huineng, as rebuttals to the first verse. In the dunghuang edition, it's the last verse that is recorded, in later ones, the second.
by Anders
Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:10 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Platform Sutra
Replies: 47
Views: 5990

Re: The Platform Sutra

The platform scripture is, more or less, the seminal scripture of the Chan school and probably the most widely read Chan text out there. It tells the story of how Huineng, an illiterate woodcutter, became suddenly enlightened after hearing just one passage from the Diamond Sutra, sought out the fift...
by Anders
Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha Nature
Replies: 71
Views: 8973

Re: Buddha Nature

Anyway, onto my question. Can we say, perhaps, that anything that can be said about Nibanna/Nirvanna can also be said of Buddha nature? Basically: Tathagatagarbha = Dharmakaya = Tathagata = Nirvana What the 'garbha' notion means to add to the picture is that this nature is immanently present and me...
by Anders
Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:41 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Special budget train for Buddhist sites
Replies: 7
Views: 1156

Re: Special budget train for Buddhist sites

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Kirt,

That would be pretty discriminatory if that was the case!
And fairly common in Asia.
by Anders
Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajra Hell
Replies: 61
Views: 8842

Re: Vajra Hell

AFAIK Vajra hell is a special feature of Vajrayana - only practitioners who break samaya in ways gruelling enough to go there can end up in the vajra hells, which is below even avici (although I believe there are some who say that it is more like an aspect of the avici hells).
by Anders
Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:51 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Platform Sutra
Replies: 47
Views: 5990

Re: The Platform Sutra

I would like to recommend John McRae's translation. His and Yampolsky's are probably the best in terms of quality of translation, but I think Yampolsky's version suffers from the very same reasons the platform sutra has been edited and polished over the centuries. 1 It's not quite as coherent. I see...

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