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by Anders
Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:54 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: How do you pronounce Kshitigarbha?
Replies: 11
Views: 4728

Re: How do you pronounce Kshitigarbha?

Dìzàng Wáng Púsà :tongue:
by Anders
Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vows of Manjushri
Replies: 9
Views: 2344

Re: Vows of Manjushri

Thanks for the responses. If Anders' memory comes up with the title of the sutra, let us know. I do not suppose we would be lucky enough that it was translated by Chang in his old Ratnakuta collection? It is, that's where I read it. I'd look it up for you but I've given it away since then. Should b...
by Anders
Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Potential
Replies: 250
Views: 15490

Re: Potential

I hate to say it Tmingyur but your failure to even acknowledge sang gye gyis gyu as even a basis of designation for how yogis describe their experience shows that you are stuck at a lower level of understanding perhaps? Huh? What is "sang gye gyis gyu"? Kind regards it is the tibetan word for what ...
by Anders
Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vows of Manjushri
Replies: 9
Views: 2344

Re: Vows of Manjushri

All bodhisattvas make personal vows in addition to the general ones. Anyone know what Manjushri's vows were? There is a sutra in the ratnakuta collection specfifically about Manjushri's vows. Basically, Manjushri has been a bodhisattva longer than anyone else around (and will be so for a long time ...
by Anders
Sat Mar 05, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Potential
Replies: 250
Views: 15490

Re: Potential

Without being realised masters ourselves, I really don't think anyone of us are in a position to judge how effacious such teachings are. Generations of what strikes me as highly realised masters have deemed it useful to assert more than Madhyamikan silence and produced descendants with this approach...
by Anders
Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Potential
Replies: 250
Views: 15490

Re: Potential

I am not sure I am reading everyone correctly, but it seems to me that tmingyur is seizing upon the fact that Nirvana/Dharmakaya/Tathagatagarbha is not a dharma and does not fall within the range of consciousness and thus 'experience'. This is quite true of course. I think it is a mistake to leap to...
by Anders
Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Don't understand Zen
Replies: 24
Views: 5807

Re: Don't understand Zen

My tradition is Seon (Korean Zen). Seon's outlook while incorporating other ideas such as Pure Land basically stems from Hwaeom (Huayan in Chinese) philosophy and in a nutshell sees the whole world as interconnected and synchronised whole with Buddha nature being the foundation. To me Seon seems si...
by Anders
Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: William Bodri and Nan Huai-Chin
Replies: 77
Views: 24045

Re: William Bodri and Nan Huai-Chin

This guy is just making it up. Sure he draws on things he may have heard or read and possibly even experienced but it's a mix of ideas and traditions which is always a danger signal imho. I had a look at some of the articles. Though I don't care much for the presentation, I haven't come across many...
by Anders
Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva precepts in the tradition of Nagarjuna
Replies: 12
Views: 1855

Re: Bodhisattva precepts in the tradition of Nagarjuna

Does 'tradition of nagarjuna' mean that Madhyamika would have used a different set of bodhisattva precepts?
by Anders
Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: William Bodri and Nan Huai-Chin
Replies: 77
Views: 24045

Re: William Bodri and Nan Huai-Chin

Do you know anything about William Bodri who runs http://www.meditationexpert.com , and his teacher Nan Huai-Chin ? Ummm ......errrrrrr..."Meditation for a Beautiful Skin". You must be joking. As for the rest it looks like complete nonsense. I for one recommend meditation as the premier treatment f...
by Anders
Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dennis Genpo Merzel disrobes as a Zen priest
Replies: 39
Views: 7038

Re: Dennis Genpo Merzel disrobes as a Zen priest

Perhaps I should specify that by 'surrounding community' I don't mean to cast aspersions on any of the people involved in these communities. I was more thinking of the communal structures they have inherited not being well suited to address these things.
by Anders
Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dennis Genpo Merzel disrobes as a Zen priest
Replies: 39
Views: 7038

Re: Dennis Genpo Merzel disrobes as a Zen priest

Fascinating. So many Zen teachers who believe that it is therapy to solve the problems and not Zen. Then what is Zen good for, really? I like how Thannisaro Bhikkhu put it: Psychology is for bring dysfunctional people to a functional state of neurosis. Buddhism is for taking people from a functiona...
by Anders
Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Erik Pema Kunzang offically a Dharma teacher now.
Replies: 6
Views: 1204

Re: Erik Pema Kunzang offically a Dharma teacher now.

I am not at all surprised. He has the air and humility of a qualified teacher anyway (and of course the knowledge). Good news. :smile:
by Anders
Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is it possible to have too much compassion?
Replies: 17
Views: 3060

Re: Is it possible to have too much compassion?

I don't think there is such a thing as 'too much compassion'. The standard the sutras set for these things is that bodhisattvas love all sentient beings like a mother loves her only child. That's a whole lot of love for a whole lot of beings. What there may be is such a thing as untempered compassio...
by Anders
Mon Aug 30, 2010 4:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life
Replies: 29
Views: 2837

Re: Buddhahood in This Life

Seeing as the Awakening of Faith is being mentioned here as a basis for possible 'Buddhahood in one lifetime' models, I think it is worth bearing in mind that it does in fact anticipate these thoughts and explicitly says that although there may be great yogins who appear to attain Buddhahood in just...
by Anders
Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:28 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Lotus Sutra
Replies: 136
Views: 25761

Re: The Lotus Sutra

Maybe I'm missing the correct sources and commentaries (Zhiyi's writings?) but the Lotus Sutra has always been a big question to me. I mean, what is actually so wonderful about it? The text is overloaded with metaphors explaining the same ideas again and again. It is devoid of theoretical and pract...
by Anders
Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Appearances without an underlying reality
Replies: 50
Views: 5094

Re: Appearances without an underlying reality

An empirical test! Great, but why/how does this particular test establish that "ordinary people" grasp outer objects as existing inherently? Because the notion of the item's existence acts as a cognitive basis for the grasping. If no object is identified as existing, there is no possibility for it ...
by Anders
Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are you able to look through traditions?
Replies: 10
Views: 1693

Re: Are you able to look through traditions?

I think it's worthwhile to try, but equally dangerous think it is truly possible.
by Anders
Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Appearances without an underlying reality
Replies: 50
Views: 5094

Re: Appearances without an underlying reality

That dharmas arises dependent on causes and conditions (the most fundamental of all Buddhist teachings. It's really quite extraordinary that you reject this) It is explicitly taught in Mahayana Sutras spoken by Shakyamuni, such as the Shurangama. That sort of Hinayana understanding of Causes & Cond...

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