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by Indrajala
Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Who are your Top 5 Mahayana masters of all time?
Replies: 62
Views: 7976

Re: Who are your Top 5 Mahayana masters of all time?

1. Fazang -- just an interesting Buddhist master in the Tang who also fooled around with Daoist magick. 2. Nagarjuna -- without him I doubt the Mahayana would have thrived as much as it has. 3. Vasubandhu -- Wrote Abhidharmakosa, which is a solid user manual for the Buddha-dharma. 4. Asanga -- Had a...
by Indrajala
Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8510

Re: Was Gautama really a prince?

If studying Buddhism at the expense of reading John Keay, with firm faith and belief that enlightnment will result, for the sake of the liberation of humanity, is an unhealthy attitude, then this is most unfortunate. I never said that reading John Keay would result in enlightenment. However, fishin...
by Indrajala
Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8510

Re: Was Gautama really a prince?

With respect, I don't think that is a healthy attitude to take towards Buddhist practise and academic study of history and religion. Seeking accurate knowledge and insight, as well as rectifying errors and making the picture clearer, is an aspect of the six paramita of wisdom. I can also assure you ...
by Indrajala
Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8510

Re: Was Gautama really a prince?

Regardless if John Keay is a Buddhist or not, we Buddhists might still have to account for historical discrepancies between our story and what Indologist historians have to say about the reality of the Shakya clan. Unfortunately hagiographies -- no matter the religion -- have a tendency of becoming ...
by Indrajala
Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8510

Re: Was Gautama really a prince?

Let's just say for a moment that John Keay is correct and that the Shakya clan was republican and thus had no hereditary system of political power, and that the tale of Buddha being a prince was a fabrication in later decades (or possibly centuries?). I wonder what the basis is for stating that all ...
by Indrajala
Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:14 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 141
Views: 30057

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 translat...
by Indrajala
Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 8510

Was Gautama really a prince?

I'm reading John Keay's history of India and he mentions briefly that the clan of the Shakyas was a republican ganas-sangha with many rajas who elected their chief through vote. He then suggests that the "Prince" story of the Buddha is a later fabrication. Basically, since there was no hereditary su...
by Indrajala
Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pastor apologises personally to Buddhists & Taoists
Replies: 0
Views: 381

Pastor apologises personally to Buddhists & Taoists

SINGAPORE: The pastor who was called up by the Internal Security Department (ISD) for making insensitive remarks against the Buddhist and Taoist faiths has apologised personally to the leaders of the two religions. The leaders of the two faiths accepted Pastor Rony Tan's apology, and wish to let th...
by Indrajala
Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: New Years in the Tang Dynasty
Replies: 1
Views: 398

New Years in the Tang Dynasty

I've recently been reading through Ennin's journal 《入唐求法巡禮行記》 where he describes in detail day by day his travels through China in the mid 9th century. He was a Japanese Tendai monk who studied abroad in China for several years and saw firsthand the great Buddhist repression of 845. The journal itse...
by Indrajala
Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:46 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Favorite sutra?
Replies: 6
Views: 1247

Re: Favorite sutra?

I like the Vimalakirti Sutra. It seems to contain elements of humour. Thereupon, the venerable Sariputra had this thought: "There is not even a single chair in this house. Where are these disciples and bodhisattvas going to sit?" The Licchavi Vimalakirti read the thought of the venerable Sariputra a...
by Indrajala
Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Huseng here.
Replies: 8
Views: 1000

Huseng here.

Also known as Shinkuu. I was at E-Sangha and I lurk around several internet forums. Long story short I'm in Tokyo studying for an MA in Buddhist Studies. Right now I'm doing some broad reading and studying Sanskrit, but my general area of study is Classical Chinese Buddhism and in particular Tang Dy...