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by ItsRaining
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 25803

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

What do you mean by semi-vedantic? One Mind doesn’t mean a universal mind like in Vedanta. Originally pure mind is pretty common doctrine and so is being undifferentiated which just means the mind is empty of distinctions/conceptualisations. Are you reading it to mean all minds are one undifferenti...
by ItsRaining
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 25803

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Hua-yen thinkers developed new theories of dependent origination [...] to clarify how the one mind manifests as the phenomenal world. These are the theories Stone cites as examples: "dharma-realm origination (fa chieh yuan ch'i)" "tathagathagarbha origination (ju lai tsang yuan-ch'i)" and "nature o...
by ItsRaining
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 25803

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

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by ItsRaining
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 25803

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

It might be worth considering the sense in which ‘the One’ is sometimes understood in religious and spiritual thought. In this context, ‘one’ doesn’t necessarily denote a numerical unity, but something which is the same in everything. If you say that ‘there is one’ of something, then this very cogn...
by ItsRaining
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 25803

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Returning to the OP, it seems to me that this quotation rory offered from J Stone's book on Japanese Buddhist doctrine... ...looks a lot like the semi-Vedantic thinking that some in this thread such as Malcolm have shown to be problematic. Is Stone's description of Hua Yen accurate? Am I misreading...
by ItsRaining
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?
Replies: 51
Views: 5606

Re: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?

The Sudden and Perfect teachings in Tiantai are to bring about the attainment of the 1st abiding of the Perfect teaching in one life which is equivalent to 1st Bhumi or Buddhahood in the Separated and Shared teachings respectively. Discussing the intent of daimoku is probably more appropriate for t...
by ItsRaining
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 25803

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

The problem with this entry is that the term "ekacitta" is not attested in the Lanka, existing nowhere in the Sanskrit text or its Tibetan translation. It appears that the term ekacitta is used by Suzuki on page 269 of his study of the Lanka, but it is not listed as term appearing in his Chinese, S...
by ItsRaining
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 25803

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

From a Vajrayana perspective, this is an interesting thread. Too often it seems to me such discussions slide either into faux vedanta..'all is one', or worse, into 'none of us exists' type Zen sickness. It is both instructive and refreshing to see this important topic discussed in depth. I think so...
by ItsRaining
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 25803

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

As to "being fixated on words" - because we're dealing with translations of rather advanced philosophical teachings, getting all the context that we can to understand how these terms are being used is vital to understanding the "ultimate meaning". Assuming the meaning of the words used in the origi...
by ItsRaining
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 142
Views: 19100

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

I see this quote a lot from the Lanka a lot in Chinese That which is void is know as the One Mind. The One Mind is the Tathagatabarbha. Tathagatabarbha is the trapped Dharmakaya 寂灭者,名为一心。一心者,即如来藏。如来藏,亦是在缠法身 That is not in the Lankavatara, but the Zongjinglu, vol 4 , where it is claimed to be a quot...
by ItsRaining
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?
Replies: 51
Views: 5606

Re: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?

1. What were Nichiren's thoughts on Pure Land practice and doctrine? Nichiren asserted nembutsu as at best ineffective and at worst, destructive, and focus on Amida as an emmanation vs Sakyamuni is incorrect. I think the bulk of his polemical writings were directed at Pure Land. That said, he was a...
by ItsRaining
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 142
Views: 19100

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

I think we might need to politely agree to disagree. What is there to disagree with? The term "one mind" does not appear in that passage in any of the translations in Chinese, nor even in Suzuki's English translation. I see this quote a lot from the Lanka a lot in Chinese That which is void is know...
by ItsRaining
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 25803

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Huayan puts a lot of emphasis in the One Mind but that doesn't it make it a Huayan thing. It's present in most prominently the Awakening of Faith and in Tiantai a bit so you can't say it originated with Huayan. The One Mind from what I understand is taken to be the True Mind 真心 or Mind of Suchness 真...
by ItsRaining
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?
Replies: 92
Views: 6545

Re: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?

Thanks for clearing things up. But when someone perceives something to be existent like a cup, normally they wouldn't be projecting inherent existence but rather just existence in general. Or am I getting them mixed up somehow? There is a controversy here. Tsongkhapa maintains that it is very impor...
by ItsRaining
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?
Replies: 92
Views: 6545

Re: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?

Coming from Gelug training and now (for about a year) transitioning to Dzogchen, here's my understanding of it. The Gelug lamrim is a Sutrayana path from the perspective of ordinary beings, whereas Vajrayana paths take the perspective of enlightened beings. Tsongkhapa's lamrim always points directl...
by ItsRaining
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?
Replies: 92
Views: 6545

Re: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?

Why do Gelugs claim this (or maybe I’m getting confused about what they teach)? It seems contradictory to what Nāgārjuna and the Sutras taught. How can he claim things exist like that when the Mahāyāna teahces dharma are inherently not born and phenomena are like empty flowers seen by sick people t...
by ItsRaining
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 142
Views: 19100

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

Master Chin Kung advocates the dual practice of Ch'an and Pure Land. Dual practice means cultivating the mind in this life and vowing to be born in the Pure Land in the next life. The level of one's cultivation now defines the rank one can gain in the Pure Land. Here are the four possibilities of Z...
by ItsRaining
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: I wish to become a Doctor (MD)!
Replies: 59
Views: 6834

Re: I wish to become a Doctor (MD)!

I hope you do well! I wanted to be a doctor too, but I didn't do well enough on our version of the MCAT (Or rather I did but my grades weren't as good as some others) so I'm becoming a dentist instead now lol.
by ItsRaining
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any books that introduce or are about Buddhist Logic?
Replies: 1
Views: 310

Are there any books that introduce or are about Buddhist Logic?

Do you guys recommend any texts/books on Buddhist logic?
by ItsRaining
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?
Replies: 102
Views: 9486

Re: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?

Tibet is not an independent country anymore, so it's no longer like that. Gelug is still popular among the diaspora because of the Dalai Lama, and I think inside Tibet too. Tibet not being an independent country doesn't mean they don't have philosophical views in Buddhism.... Like I know Tsonkhapas...

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