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by Huseng
Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:12 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Brahma Net Sutra - Vairocana
Replies: 15
Views: 3220

Re: The Brahma Net Sutra - Vairocana

As you certain? There seem to be references to a Tibetan version. There is another text called Brahmajala-sutra (Brahma Net Sutra), but it isn't the same as the Chinese Mahayana text Fanwang-jing 梵網經. The later borrows a lot of elements it seems from the Buddha-avatamsaka-sutra (Huayan-jing; Flower...
by Huseng
Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:58 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Brahma Net Sutra - Vairocana
Replies: 15
Views: 3220

Re: The Brahma Net Sutra - Vairocana

... Does anyone know of a commentary to the Brahma Net Sutra? Yes, there are quite a few commentaries to the Brahmajala Sutra in Chinese. Huseng is studying some of them at the moment, particularly Fazang's (= Huayan). There are also notable ones from Zhiyi (= Tiantai), too. One of my colleagues, a...
by Huseng
Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Shrine?
Replies: 6
Views: 981

Re: Shrine?

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I make offerings, burn incense, light candles and meditate in front of here.
by Huseng
Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:13 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Recollection ability and meditation.
Replies: 7
Views: 1123

Re: Recollection ability and meditation.

How about curry made from ghee? :stirthepot:
by Huseng
Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:22 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Recollection ability and meditation.
Replies: 7
Views: 1123

Recollection ability and meditation.

Since last year I've noticed that as a result of meditation (or I'm assuming it is a result of that), my recollection ability has improved. I know that is a natural result of meditation and the further one goes the clearer the mind becomes. One thing I've uncovered deep in the swamp which is my ment...
by Huseng
Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:53 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Brahma Net Sutra - Vairocana
Replies: 15
Views: 3220

Re: The Brahma Net Sutra - Vairocana

There are a number of commentaries on the sutra in Classical Chinese, but none of them are translated into English. I'm slowly going through Fazang's commentary. His commentary focuses on the Bodhisattva precepts. Give me a few more years and I'll have a complete translation of it hopefully. :smile:...
by Huseng
Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:38 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: President Obama to meet with the Dalai Lama
Replies: 3
Views: 708

Re: President Obama to meet with the Dalai Lama

Why is it that whenever another country tells China to do something they reply, "Stop messing with our internal affairs. Mind your own business!" But then they reserve the right to demand foreign leaders not to meet with the Dalai Lama.

Hypocrisy.
by Huseng
Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8919

Re: Was Gautama really a prince?

Practices may help but ultimately to take the final leap one must relinquish even the Dharma. So enlightenment, I would say is not "dependent upon" Buddhism. It's not "dependent upon" anything. Except maybe the courage to do so. :namaste: Don't toss away the raft that goes to the other shore before...
by Huseng
Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Be honest
Replies: 16
Views: 1945

Re: Be honest

From what I've seen in several countries half of monastic life revolves around tea and cookies. :smile: butter tea included ... which is not what I meant when saying "tea" ... honestly ... although butter tea is certainly worth a drink ... intermittently :) I've had butter tea, and I can't say I en...
by Huseng
Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8919

Re: Was Gautama really a prince?

Still my only point is that realization is not dependent upon Buddhism, or any religion for that matter. Because all practices are impermanent, as is anything produced from them. Sorry, but your statement here is incorrect. In Theravada their practises, once completed and perfected, lead to stream-...
by Huseng
Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8919

Re: Was Gautama really a prince?

I can't see that it really matters. I, too have read that Siddhartha Gautama's father might not have been a hereditary king but may have been an elected or appointed ruler. It makes no difference. He was the son of the ruler of that particular state, and, just like the children of secular rulers an...
by Huseng
Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8919

Re: Was Gautama really a prince?

edit: you might argue, as it just dawned on me that some Zen and Chan masters did, that it could happen in an instant. But even then, how is it to happen if one is not working with one's own mind in meditation in some way? I would imagine in the case of such Zen and Chan masters they already had ma...
by Huseng
Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:14 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 141
Views: 31961

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Does anyone else think a new translation of the Avatamsaka-sutra is in order? Cleary certainly worked hard and we should commend him for his efforts, but the translation he produced lacks citation and as I understand it only is a translation from the Chinese. It would be interesting to do a transla...
by Huseng
Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Be honest
Replies: 16
Views: 1945

Re: Be honest

From what I've seen in several countries half of monastic life revolves around tea and cookies. :smile:
by Huseng
Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Modern Buddhism and Stupas
Replies: 8
Views: 1277

Re: Modern Buddhism and Stupas

It wasn't just me who had problems with the monkeys?! :rolling: This one stole my bag of peanuts: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/anaxilas/DSC02564.jpg I'm not kidding! He just ran up my pant leg, snatched it, hung onto it for a few moments and when I dropped it he ran away with it screaming a...
by Huseng
Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8919

Re: Was Gautama really a prince?

Ven. Huifeng and ācārya Eijo

Thanks for the pointers. :namaste:
by Huseng
Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Modern Buddhism and Stupas
Replies: 8
Views: 1277

Re: Modern Buddhism and Stupas

Thanks Huseng for posting these pics. Thanks too for your comments, and Devotee's too, on the situation of Chinese Buddhism in it's present vibrant form in Taiwan. As for the language issue, the first batch of monastic graduates from the Masters in Buddhist Studies program at Foguang Uni have alrea...
by Huseng
Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Modern Buddhism and Stupas
Replies: 8
Views: 1277

Re: Modern Buddhism and Stupas

BTW, about Chinese teachers being generous with teachings -- I've had similar experiences. When I was going to visit the monkeys in the nature preserve in Gaoxiong (see photo below), I passed by this little tent sandwiched between two shops where a bhikusuni was sitting with a mountain of sutra book...
by Huseng
Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Modern Buddhism and Stupas
Replies: 8
Views: 1277

Re: Modern Buddhism and Stupas

Devotee The stupa project is being done by Foguangshan. It is actually within walking distance of the main temple complex. You just go out the back, through the garden, past the zoo, down the gravel road and around the corner and you're in the neighbouring valley where the project is under construct...
by Huseng
Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Modern Buddhism and Stupas
Replies: 8
Views: 1277

Modern Buddhism and Stupas

Last month I was in Taiwan and I visited Foguangshan 佛光山 just outside of Gaoxiong in the south and I got to see the passive stupa project under construction in the neighbouring valley. It will house a Buddha relic. Behind it there will also be a massive Buddha statue that will be stuffed with countl...

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