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by Indrajala
Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:22 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Recollection ability and meditation.
Replies: 7
Views: 1063

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 Indrajala
Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:53 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Brahma Net Sutra - Vairocana
Replies: 15
Views: 2953

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 Indrajala
Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:38 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: President Obama to meet with the Dalai Lama
Replies: 3
Views: 640

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 Indrajala
Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8511

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 Indrajala
Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Be honest
Replies: 16
Views: 1867

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 Indrajala
Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8511

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 Indrajala
Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8511

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 Indrajala
Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8511

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 Indrajala
Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:14 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 141
Views: 30081

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 Indrajala
Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Be honest
Replies: 16
Views: 1867

Re: Be honest

From what I've seen in several countries half of monastic life revolves around tea and cookies. :smile:
by Indrajala
Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Modern Buddhism and Stupas
Replies: 8
Views: 1179

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 Indrajala
Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8511

Re: Was Gautama really a prince?

Ven. Huifeng and ācārya Eijo

Thanks for the pointers. :namaste:
by Indrajala
Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Modern Buddhism and Stupas
Replies: 8
Views: 1179

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 Indrajala
Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Modern Buddhism and Stupas
Replies: 8
Views: 1179

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 Indrajala
Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Modern Buddhism and Stupas
Replies: 8
Views: 1179

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 Indrajala
Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Modern Buddhism and Stupas
Replies: 8
Views: 1179

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...
by Indrajala
Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Be honest
Replies: 16
Views: 1867

Re: Be honest

Pumpkin pie and dharma talk. :pig:
by Indrajala
Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:00 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Amituofo!
Replies: 11
Views: 1503

Re: Amituofo!

Amituofo! :buddha1:
by Indrajala
Sun Feb 14, 2010 2:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8511

Re: Was Gautama really a prince?

Incidentally, just looking at the Chinese. 《長阿含經》卷1:「太子初生。父王槃頭召集相師及諸道術。令 觀太子。知其吉凶。時。諸相師受命而觀。即 前披衣。見有具相。占曰。有此相者。當趣 二處。必然無疑。若在家者。當為轉輪聖王。 王四天下。四兵具足。以正法治。無有偏枉。 恩及天下。七寶自至。千子勇健。能伏外敵。 兵[16]杖不用。天下太平。若出家學道。當成正 覺。十號具足。 時。諸相師即白王言。王所生 子。有三十二相。當趣二處。必然無疑。在家 當為轉輪聖王。若[17]其出家。當成正覺。十號 具足。」(CBETA, T01, no. 1, p. 4, c2...
by Indrajala
Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8511

Re: Was Gautama really a prince?

Venerable Huifeng Thank you for your reply. Off the top of your head, do you know from what Pali or Sanskrit lexical item one derives the English rendering "prince" from? I'd try to go look for it myself, but I'll ask you first. Would maybe looking up the dictionary translations for "prince" across ...