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by Sentient Light
Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?
Replies: 82
Views: 9400

Re: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?

I've heard plenty of tales of monks and nuns within the Pure Land tradition, and many other traditions, capable of levitating in the air, being impervious to hot or cold, controlling fire, disappearing from one place and appearing at another, etc. Within East Asian cultures, there's always talk like...
by Sentient Light
Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do buddhas contact people?
Replies: 52
Views: 5808

Re: How do buddhas contact people?

How does one distinguish between actually contacting a buddha mentally and one's own wishful thinking/fantasies/delusions? Everything, the entire realm of experience, is the product of "one's own wishful thinking/fantasies/delusions". If one encounters a buddha or several buddhas in one's meditatio...
by Sentient Light
Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do buddhas contact people?
Replies: 52
Views: 5808

Re: How do buddhas contact people?

How does one distinguish between actually contacting a buddha mentally and one's own wishful thinking/fantasies/delusions? First, I think "contact" is a weird verb choice here -- it sounds like you're trying to think of this as divine intercession, which it is not (or, at least, not quite). In the ...
by Sentient Light
Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: comparing paths, uniting paths, and practicing a path
Replies: 201
Views: 14178

Re: comparing paths, uniting paths, and practicing a path

I have issues with Analayo, particularly with using Pali terms instead of Sanskrit in his agama translations, but I think he's a little bit more balanced and forgiving than not. True, he will always tend to favor Theravadin interpretations, but as a scholar, he's typically pretty upfront about that ...
by Sentient Light
Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do buddhas contact people?
Replies: 52
Views: 5808

Re: How do buddhas contact people?

I think this part of the Avatamsaka Sutra is also relevant: Without discerning any coming from anywhere on the part of the buddhas, without discerning any going on the part of my own body, knowing the buddhas as like a dream, knowing my own mind as dreamlike thought, knowing the buddhas as like a re...
by Sentient Light
Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Sadhana or Visualization come under what category in Tendai or other Buddhist sects?
Replies: 13
Views: 1466

Re: Sadhana or Visualization come under what category in Tendai or other Buddhist sects?

Thanks for explanation are they under vipassana? the visualization, or they are under different category In general, most Mahayana traditions don't differentiate and will call the practice "samatha-vipasyana". The cultivation of one is the cultivation of the other. The idea of vipasyana as a distin...
by Sentient Light
Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is there any evidence Buddhism rejects the Vedas?
Replies: 24
Views: 2449

Re: Is there any evidence Buddhism rejects the Vedas?

I don't accept Chinese texts as sources. Then read the Pali version? It's literally the same thing, except the names of the characters in the past life have changed, and Uttara and his friend take a quick bath in the river before heading out to meet Kasyapa. My point still stands: The early Buddhis...
by Sentient Light
Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Qigong and Pure Land
Replies: 17
Views: 1793

Re: Qigong and Pure Land

Apologies, I just have one more question. Does the school expressedly forbid the practice of shamatha meditation? Does this run counter to the practice of nembutsu? Thanks for your patience At least according to Chinese and Vietnamese Pure Land, niệm phật (nembutsu) is samatha meditation, it is jus...
by Sentient Light
Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is there any evidence Buddhism rejects the Vedas?
Replies: 24
Views: 2449

Re: Is there any evidence Buddhism rejects the Vedas?

MA63 (The Discourse at Vebhaḷiṅga) -- Page 166 at https://againstthestreamnashville.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/analayo-2013-2.pdf "Ananda, the eminent brahmin householder Non-anger had a son by the name of Uttara, a young brahmin. He was of pure descent on both the father's and mother's sides for u...
by Sentient Light
Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)
Replies: 58
Views: 6063

Re: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)

I guess my question is "What is the point of the word 'Buddhist' if one just worships idols with a viewpoint which is very similar to those of Catholics and Hindus?" This seems like exactly what the historical Buddha wanted to avoid and becomes more a matter of cultural identity than of religious v...
by Sentient Light
Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bob Dylan: Nobel Laureate!
Replies: 35
Views: 2231

Re: Bob Dylan: Nobel Laureate!

A couple years ago when I bought my first game console in 20 some odd years, I asked the kids working what game I should get to jump back in... they recommended The Last of Us. The way they talked about it, I was expecting to get blown away... After 20 some hours of killing mutants, I completed the...
by Sentient Light
Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bob Dylan: Nobel Laureate!
Replies: 35
Views: 2231

Re: Bob Dylan: Nobel Laureate!

To be honest, the literary world seems insular and out of touch, writing stories for smaller and smaller audiences - basically, for each other. I'm the demographic that the literary field has lost. I don't think I'm alone. If I wasn't, there would not be all this hand wringing about the death of li...
by Sentient Light
Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bob Dylan: Nobel Laureate!
Replies: 35
Views: 2231

Re: Bob Dylan: Nobel Laureate!

This is an interesting topic. If the purpose of the award is to promote literacy--which you define as the consumption of text through the eyeballs and not the ears--then do you think the Nobel committee was in error when it awarded dramatists such as Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett? Stage and scre...
by Sentient Light
Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bob Dylan: Nobel Laureate!
Replies: 35
Views: 2231

Re: Bob Dylan: Nobel Laureate!

Define "literary form." Media consumed through reading (i.e. literacy). The Nobel Prize in Literature was partly intended to encourage and promulgate literacy throughout the world and to display literature as culturally significant. If we're expanding it now to all written forms of art, then we sho...
by Sentient Light
Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bob Dylan: Nobel Laureate!
Replies: 35
Views: 2231

Re: Bob Dylan: Nobel Laureate!

https://electricliterature.com/bob-dylan-wins-nobel-prize-in-literature-no-this-headline-is-not-a-joke-c260687aa22e#.lwwpovds5 <-- sums up how I feel about it. I'm a literary author, so it sorta peeves me. This award is supposed to be about literature and the promotion of literacy, but this undermi...
by Sentient Light
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)
Replies: 58
Views: 6063

Re: Belief in Kannon (Documentary)

Yes, they are, but they are also very real trends. The majority of westerners are interested in the Buddhist traditions which focus on meditation (Tibetan, Zen, and Vipassana). Those westerners who practice more "devotional" forms of Buddhism, such as Pure Land or Nichiren, are still in the minorit...
by Sentient Light
Tue Oct 11, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist forums and why you choose to be active on dharmawheel
Replies: 36
Views: 3364

Re: Buddhist forums and why you choose to be active on dharmawheel

I greatly enjoy the reddit community for a few reasons, namely that the best responses will invariably tend to float to the top. However, that is also its shortcoming: a handful of posters ultimately end up drowning out everyone else. I grew up with forums like these, so the anonymity of reddit was ...
by Sentient Light
Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland & four indian tenants ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1264

Re: Pureland & four indian tenants ?

I don't know how representative this is, but in every Chinese Chan source I've looked at or heard about in this interpretation, it's been presented as something in addition to a literal pureland, rather than a rejection of a literal after death pureland. The mind-only teachings on Pure Land are not...
by Sentient Light
Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland & four indian tenants ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1264

Re: Pureland & four indian tenants ?

I don't know how representative this is, but in every Chinese Chan source I've looked at or heard about in this interpretation, it's been presented as something in addition to a literal pureland, rather than a rejection of a literal after death pureland. The mind-only teachings on Pure Land are not...
by Sentient Light
Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Twelve Linked Chain and The Between State
Replies: 23
Views: 1267

Re: The Twelve Linked Chain and The Between State

So... You are saying that a "body" composed of the air element is a physical body (form skandha), because it is composed of an element? Yes, the idea that hell beings have no bodies comes from Vasubandhu. Unless I'm thinking of another section than you, I think what Vasubandhu was mostly asserting ...

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