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by Sentient Light
Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Do I have to meditate to be a Buddhist?
Replies: 54
Views: 3824

Re: Do I have to meditate to be a Buddhist?

That begs the question of proper development of target acquisition and power during training. Not to mention distancing, timing, appropriate use of force for a given situation, and a whole host of other things. There's a lot in your comment I could go into but I think it would be too far off topic ...
by Sentient Light
Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: pure land buddhism as anachronistic concept
Replies: 13
Views: 2370

Re: pure land buddhism as anachronistic concept

I think there are different concepts here. I don't think we can deny that there has always been a tradition of Pure Land within China that teaches exclusive practice toward Pure Land methods and exclusive devotion to Amitabha and aspiration for birth in Sukhvati; now, I do not think that necessarily...
by Sentient Light
Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:05 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: I am the Father of this world
Replies: 27
Views: 2573

Re: I am the Father of this world

I actually agree with the gist of what you are saying. I find it mistaken when people take these passages and reduce Buddha to some sort of Creator God by emphasizing "father" in a biological sense. I think that this is imbuing your own upbringing and biases into the term. But even most Christians ...
by Sentient Light
Fri Sep 23, 2016 6:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The 5th Skandha
Replies: 65
Views: 4547

Re: The 5th Skandha

What do you mean by this? what about when you go to sleep? According to Vasubandhu on his writings on the 8 consciousnesses, sleep, unconsciousness, and nirodha-samapatti means there is no activity in the Manas-vijnana. The alaya-vijnana is only emptied when one attains awakening, thus it is always...
by Sentient Light
Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is Amitabha absent in American Zen and TB?
Replies: 38
Views: 2790

Re: Why is Amitabha absent in American Zen and TB?

In my experience, it's because the general population of Americans who turn to Zen cannot understand how Pure Land is distinct from Christianity, and because of that, there is an automatic and reflexive "nope" whenever it comes up. It seems that, as skillful means, Zen transmissions into the US must...
by Sentient Light
Fri Sep 23, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Teachings of Master Chu-Hung
Replies: 4
Views: 708

Re: Pure Land Teachings of Master Chu-Hung

Thank you, these are wonderful. Among the many moments that spoke to me: Mind is basically unborn: it is born when causal conditions come together. Mind basically does not die: it dies when causal conditions disperse. There seems to be birth and death, but fundamentally there is no going or coming. ...
by Sentient Light
Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Six New Sutra Translations by 84000
Replies: 14
Views: 2109

Re: Six New Sutra Translations by 84000

I never knew people thought they were different until you asked me on Reddit. They both stand next to Amitabha, with Avalokiteshvara on the other side. Here I thought I could sneak in here without recognition. Haha. Anyway, part of it is that I'd never seen any depiction that had Vajrapani labeled ...
by Sentient Light
Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Different Pure Lands
Replies: 14
Views: 1411

Re: Different Pure Lands

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2015/09/09/mental-effort-is-contagious/ <-- this is a study I point to every now and then because I think it supports the idea of a Buddha-land, at least insofar as the concept that a Buddha being present must inherently have some palpable effect on the environment in whic...
by Sentient Light
Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Six New Sutra Translations by 84000
Replies: 14
Views: 2109

Re: Six New Sutra Translations by 84000

Thank you, OP, for sharing these sutras. I've managed to read through all of them now except for the first. Some comments: The Questions of Maitreya on the Eight Qualities I really enjoy how, aside from the context of cultivating bodhicitta, the content of this teaching could've easily come straight...
by Sentient Light
Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: When did you switch from "I should practice" to "I want to practice?"
Replies: 7
Views: 777

Re: When did you switch from "I should practice" to "I want to practice?"

The first time my sister tried to kill herself, my PTSD (from her trying to kill me twice when I was a child--she's bipolar) was kicked into full swing and I was pretty unstable. Going to the hospital was the catalyst. I'd been reading scripture quite a bit up until that point, but here I was, 22, m...
by Sentient Light
Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difference in attainments
Replies: 256
Views: 14452

Re: Difference in attainments

Buddhahood is a supramundane jñana. And what does that actually mean? A buddha is without thoughts, lacks the functions of the five aggregates, all activities are automatic, and the effect on beings is solely dependent on the deluded perception defined by their karma. From the perspective of beings...
by Sentient Light
Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddha in God realm?
Replies: 7
Views: 892

Re: Buddha in God realm?

Are you thinking of Maitreya Bodhisattva teaching the devas currently in the Tusita Heaven? Since we just as often call him Maitreya Buddha, I feel like that's the most likely candidate.
by Sentient Light
Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Six New Sutra Translations by 84000
Replies: 14
Views: 2109

Re: Six New Sutra Translations by 84000

How should one read Mahayana sutras? Is there some framework, some order, or does one just pick up whatever's available? Approach is going to vary considerably by tradition, and likely even by whomever your teacher is. Having a teacher to guide in one's dharmic studies is invaluable, particularly a...
by Sentient Light
Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Where are the bodhisattvas?
Replies: 32
Views: 3855

Re: Where are the bodhisattvas?

Our reality is manifest of mind. Prayer, calling upon the bodhisattvas for their aid, results in reality manifesting through the media of mind. Thus, we certainly receive their protection, when faith and practice are put together. When we can directly perceive the emptiness of reality as it is exper...

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