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by Anders
Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dedication to truth
Replies: 14
Views: 2944

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: 2944

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: 10296

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: 3552

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: 2043

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: 6763

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: 6763

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: 8822

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: 2913

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: 7577

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: 3100

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: 6140

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: 6140

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: 9193

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: 1180

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: 9322

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: 6140

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...
by Anders
Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:32 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Welcome Anders Honore
Replies: 17
Views: 2475

Re: Welcome Anders Honore

thanks all.
by Anders
Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Who are your Top 5 Mahayana masters of all time?
Replies: 62
Views: 8835

Re: Who are your Top 5 Mahayana masters of all time?

Tough. In no particular order

Kumarajiva
Nagarjuna
Hsu Yun
Huineng
Longchenpa

Can't believe I'm the first to mention Kumarajiva!

I would have sneaked in Hanshan Deqing also if I could.
by Anders
Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:47 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Monk's feet leave lasting impression
Replies: 6
Views: 1036

Re: Monk's feet leave lasting impression

they also said 'which he hopes will eventually lead to his goal of self-salvation'.

I doubt that a Tibetan monk would word their goal like that.

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