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by Sentient Light
Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: chanting for the dead
Replies: 4
Views: 639

Re: chanting for the dead

The Ksitigarbha Sutra infers that all meritorious practices for the dead transfer only a fraction (one-seventh) of the merit of the practice onto the dead; the remainder of the merit fruits within the practitioner's mind. When chanting, we are most often practicing first and foremost to cultivate ce...
by Sentient Light
Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Vietnamese: Sitting meditation over Pure Land practice?
Replies: 13
Views: 1313

Re: Vietnamese: Sitting meditation over Pure Land practice?

I'm still going to check it out with the Master and see what he says. I may get a blank stare but who knows? Culture/language will probably end up being an issue, though. Thanks so much for your post! No problem! Glad I can be helpful. The chanting services at Vietnamese temples are really great, b...
by Sentient Light
Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Deathbed stories of Amida and the Pure Land
Replies: 7
Views: 1227

Re: Deathbed stories of Amida and the Pure Land

I had a dream of Amitabha when my great grandmother passed away. It (the dream) happened on the 48th night after her death. I wasn't counting days and didn't realize the significance of it until my mother texted me, reminding me to go home for the 49-day ceremony. The dream was the most vivid dream ...
by Sentient Light
Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Vietnamese: Sitting meditation over Pure Land practice?
Replies: 13
Views: 1313

Re: Vietnamese: Sitting meditation over Pure Land practice?

I just lost a long post. crap. Anyway, is the teacher's title Thien Su or Phap Su? Thien Su are exclusively meditation teachers. Ugh.. I don't want to type all that out again. :( okay, well.... I wanted to mention that I've almost never been instructed on Niệm Phật in a meditation class; it's always...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Animals can be reborn into the Pure Land?
Replies: 3
Views: 804

Re: Animals can be reborn into the Pure Land?

Isn't this self-explanatory and intuitive? Why wouldn't animals be able to be reborn in the Pure Land? Hasn't the dharma always said things like this is possible? We were once animals too. Everyone was. If you're asking about whether animals can be directly reborn into the Pure Land, there's nothing...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 5827

Re: Did Mahayana influence Theravada Buddhism?

That's just not true. The Mahāsāṃghika school wasn't Mahayana in any recognizable sense, and the Sthaviras of that time are the ancestor to several schools of which the Theravada school is only one. History is just a lot more complicated then that. Indeed. The Sthaviras are, in fact, the ancestors ...
by Sentient Light
Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there any reason to believe that the Lotus Sutra is not the words of the Buddha?
Replies: 18
Views: 1809

Re: Is there any reason to believe that the Lotus Sutra is not the words of the Buddha?

Well, this depends on what your criteria for acceptance of buddhavacana is. If we take an extreme skeptical approach, looking only at historical scholarship, translation efforts, and what lingusitic analysis into Chinese translations can give us, the only thing we have that is super-reliable are the...
by Sentient Light
Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Art Gallery
Replies: 21
Views: 6779

Re: Pure Land Art Gallery

Some old photos from Chua Quan Am in Sugarland, TX: http://i.imgur.com/cfBNVe2.jpg (I don't think this one's mine, just mentioning.) http://i.imgur.com/kTAGbEH.jpg Thousand-Armed Quan Am inside the Dharma Hall, where the nuns serve delicious vegetarian cuisine http://i.imgur.com/9fS77qI.jpg Maitreya...
by Sentient Light
Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Uposatha
Replies: 9
Views: 1250

Re: Uposatha

I'm a Pure Land Buddhist and was raised Pure Land. My entire family practices uposatha. In Vietnamese, the practice is called ngày ăn chay ("day of fasting"). I know traditional Chinese Buddhists practice this as well. You decide how often to practice it yourself and we generally time it with the mo...
by Sentient Light
Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Analysis of the poetic works of Asvaghosa hints at possible Sautrantika-Yogacara relationship prior to Vasubandhu
Replies: 0
Views: 478

Analysis of the poetic works of Asvaghosa hints at possible Sautrantika-Yogacara relationship prior to Vasubandhu

http://journals.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/index.php/jiabs/issue/view/1056 This is a really compelling argument, but it's clear that the researcher only started down the path at this time. This was 13-14 years ago. Has any new research come to light? It honestly makes pretty good sense to me. I never saw...
by Sentient Light
Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Six New Sutra Translations by 84000
Replies: 14
Views: 2279

Re: Six New Sutra Translations by 84000

Vajrapāṇi does not feature in Sanskrit Buddhist literature as a Bodhisattva before the emergence of the tantric tradition, except as a yakṣa, e.g. in the Meṇḍhakagṛhapativibhūti-pariccheda, Rotman's translation p. 233, "[The community] were jostled up against one another, [so] they couldn't leave. ...
by Sentient Light
Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Qigong and Pure Land
Replies: 17
Views: 1871

Re: Qigong and Pure Land

Hi all, sorry to resurrect this thread. I meditate on the train to work and back, and recite nembutsu in the morning. However I've recently stared dabbling with metta meditations, which is primarily from the theravadan tradition. I know combining shamatha and nembutsu is normally considered fine, b...
by Sentient Light
Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Fish?
Replies: 32
Views: 4851

Re: Fish?

Vajrayana is not separate from Mahayana. I was not talking about tantric practise. The use of meat in the diet is allowed by the Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya. As far as I'm aware the rule in Dharmaguptaka vinaya is the same and both are virtually identical with the Theravadin vinaya rule on this. Howeve...
by Sentient Light
Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Fish?
Replies: 32
Views: 4851

Re: Fish?

Not quite true. In the Tibetan tradition it is forbidden for monastics to eat meat from animals they know have been intentionally killed for them personally. Eating meat from an animal which has died naturally is permissable as is eating meat bought from a general market. Some teachers advocate not...
by Sentient Light
Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?
Replies: 417
Views: 27340

Re: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?

Hm. Y'all raise some really good points. After all, my heritage is Vietnamese , not "Asian" and I feel no connection to Korean or Japanese cultures. And these white nationalists are looking to celebrate their whiteness, not their (mostly) Anglo-Saxan heritage, which is a very different thing. Indeed...
by Sentient Light
Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?
Replies: 417
Views: 27340

Re: what is whiteness? what is it to be "white" in the USA?

I'm an ethnic minority in the US, though I was born here and this is the only home I've ever known (I did live in Canada for five years, but... let's ignore that). Honestly, I have no real issues with "white consciousness" coming into its own, because I believe this whole "I don't see color" thing h...
by Sentient Light
Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Can we try to index the differences between the Agamas and Nikayas?
Replies: 6
Views: 2438

Re: Can we try to index the differences between the Agamas and Nikayas?

Sorry for derailing a little, but can you expand on this? Or provide some citations? That would be really interesting! Perhaps even worthy of its own topic. It took a while to find the passage -- I read it quite late at night -- and it appears I read it wrong! Here's the passage in question, then I...
by Sentient Light
Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What can Buddhas do and not do?
Replies: 24
Views: 2318

Re: What can Buddhas do and not do?

And if they can't help anyone's karma or bring someone out of hell, what's the point of all those aspiration prayers I do for all sentient beings all the time? ...And if they can't do it, what can li'l ole me do, with all those om mani padme hum's I do every day, sending them out in all directions?...
by Sentient Light
Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Can we try to index the differences between the Agamas and Nikayas?
Replies: 6
Views: 2438

Re: Can we try to index the differences between the Agamas and Nikayas?

Sorry for derailing a little, but can you expand on this? Or provide some citations? That would be really interesting! Perhaps even worthy of its own topic. I'll find the passage(s) when I get home tonight or tomorrow night (might be busy tonight). It's pretty off-hand, but occurs a few times. It's...
by Sentient Light
Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Can we try to index the differences between the Agamas and Nikayas?
Replies: 6
Views: 2438

Re: Can we try to index the differences between the Agamas and Nikayas?

Differences between the Pāḷi Nikāyas & Chinese Āgamas http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=21174 The Chinese Madhyama-ågama and the Påli Majjhima-Nikåya https://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg.de/pdf/5-personen/analayo/chinese-ma-pali-mn.pdf The Chinese "Madhyama Agama" and the Pali "Majjhima...

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