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by LastLegend
Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Emptiness and the Diamond Sutra
Replies: 13
Views: 731

Re: Emptiness and the Diamond Sutra

That’s good, but the question in Chan is what knows that? 'None of what the Tathāgata calls ‘thoughts’ are actually thoughts. Therefore they are called thoughts. Why? Because the past thought is unobtainable, the present thought is unobtainable, and the future thought is unobtainable.' ( Diamond Su...
by LastLegend
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Emptiness and the Diamond Sutra
Replies: 13
Views: 731

Re: Emptiness and the Diamond Sutra

Numerous subsequent Zen records make frequent use of the Diamond Sutra’ s methodology to present the wisdom of emptiness, that is, insight into the nondual nature of reality. The gist of the Diamond Sutra’s methodology can be expressed by the formula A is not-A, therefore A is A; not-A is A, theref...
by LastLegend
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Emptiness and the Diamond Sutra
Replies: 13
Views: 731

Re: Emptiness and the Diamond Sutra

If there is one teaching that is peculiar to Buddhism alone among all the world’s religions, I would say it is the principle of sunyata (Voidness or Emptiness). If I were to choose one doctrine among others that best represents the core of Buddhism, I would also choose the principle of sunyata. If ...
by LastLegend
Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Limitless beings
Replies: 15
Views: 588

Re: Limitless beings

No thing added or subtracted that’s limitlessness.

-ness is added to be funny and cute. Okay why can’t be cute?
by LastLegend
Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra
Replies: 209
Views: 7774

Re: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra

Astus wrote: Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:15 pm
Malcolm wrote: Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:22 pmDid you practice this?
As much as I could.
Are you still Chan or no ?
by LastLegend
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Existence-Time
Replies: 98
Views: 3156

Re: Existence-Time

Astus wrote: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:08 pm
Queequeg wrote: Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:54 pmActually, its useful to develop as a foundation for an ethical life.
That might be so, although for the same purpose there are teachings on karma and rebirth.
by LastLegend
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Existence-Time
Replies: 98
Views: 3156

Re: Existence-Time

"Everything is connected", and other such nice sounding but fairly useless ideas only make things unnecessarily complicated. To see existence-time for oneself, all it takes is to reflect on one's being as change without assumptions of an entity that is inside or outside change. Poor understanding o...
by LastLegend
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 5847

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

One sees a tasty looking apple pie. How not to fall into craving? For instance, the Vitakkasanthana Sutta gives five (progressive) methods: pay attention to something else (that is conducive to good thoughts), consider the drawbacks of craving, forget and pay no attention to it, relax the mental fa...
by LastLegend
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 5847

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

I prefer Mahaprajna over Buddha nature or emptiness because the word emptiness gives problems. Maybe I should stop :lol: I’ve been yelled by people here.
by LastLegend
Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 5847

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

is this pure inner emptiness part and parcel to the teaching of Sunyata or is it some other teaching.. You doubt your understanding it’s correct. Emptiness means Mahaprajna that has no distinction in itself like that state that you are in it’s just that. However when distinction is made it’s often ...
by LastLegend
Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 5847

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

is this pure inner emptiness part and parcel to the teaching of Sunyata or is it some other teaching.. You doubt your understanding it’s correct. Emptiness means Mahaprajna that has no distinction in itself like that state that you are in it’s just that. However when distinction is made it’s often ...
by LastLegend
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 5847

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Because what is distinction? That’s even hard to tell it transitions so quickly. This requires truly realized teachers. Bum like myself is too lazy to devote to practice and keep being on this forum. And was scold by my teacher in the past few days.
by LastLegend
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 5847

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

This is very different from Soto the emphasis is sitting.
by LastLegend
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 5847

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Emptiness in sutra is complete as it is the question for common Mahayana is how to get there. “Contemplating the appearances of subject and object without differentiation is practicing prajñā-pāramitā.” Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra by Manjushri Not meant to be instructional. But all one needs to do is t...
by LastLegend
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 5847

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

I totally disagree with master Malcolm’s assessment of common Mahayana. However, common Mahayana lacks truly realized teachers.
by LastLegend
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness is pure
Replies: 71
Views: 2340

Re: emptiness is pure

The issue is not pure or bliss or different states of manifestations. Different manifestations of states can only be done by almost a complete Buddha. But to get to the final result.
by LastLegend
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 5847

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Wrong. It is completion stage where subtle obscuration is removed. The Dalai Lama is good at explaining it. Visualization of buddhas is not going to do that. And in completion stage what does it mean to see the five skandhas as the five buddhas? Depends on the tantra. Can be bliss-emptiness, or cla...
by LastLegend
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 5847

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

It’s not pulling anyone over to Common Mahayana. It totally depends on individual cultural and predispositions. Certain people migrate back and forth until they settle. Chan has its own ways but it has to come from a Truly realized teacher or otherwise like Bodhidharma said, ‘how can meditation crea...
by LastLegend
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 5847

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

You pleaded your case...we will wait for the jury. I’ll be your lawyer.
by LastLegend
Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness is pure
Replies: 71
Views: 2340

Re: emptiness is pure

Some Mahayana sources talk about emptiness as purity, or phenomena being "pure". For example, I read in this thread: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?t=19600 "The Śatasāhasrika-prajñāpāramitā, beginning with matter, ending with omniscience and including everything in between, states: Due to ma...

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