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by Indrajala
Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Newar Vajrayana
Replies: 9
Views: 1031

Re: Newar Vajrayana

I recall hearing in Kathmandu that Newar teachers (or a teacher) took on non-Nepalese disciples. I can't recall who it was, but if you went to Boudha and asked around you could find out pretty easily.

It sounds like their tradition is slowly opening up.
by Indrajala
Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Seventh Root Downfall, Academia, Public Life
Replies: 41
Views: 3327

Re: Seventh Root Downfall, Academia, Public Life

Keep in mind that the vast majority of Buddhist Tantric materials, be it in Sanskrit, Tibetan or Chinese, are now in the public domain and openly accessible. You might be wrong. Either about "vast majority" or about "public" and "openly accessible". Bear in mind that secular scholars who collect an...
by Indrajala
Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:12 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What Did the Japanese Preserved that the Chinese Lost?
Replies: 7
Views: 1125

Re: What Did the Japanese Preserved that the Chinese Lost?

Indrajala, Thank you for that informative breakdown! In terms of the textual canon, do you know of any resources or articles out there that has a comprehensive summary/rundown on each of the Chinese texts that were lost in China proper but later recovered from Japan? Also, off the top of your head,...
by Indrajala
Tue May 31, 2016 4:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Seventh Root Downfall, Academia, Public Life
Replies: 41
Views: 3327

Re: Seventh Root Downfall, Academia, Public Life

Keep in mind that the vast majority of Buddhist Tantric materials, be it in Sanskrit, Tibetan or Chinese, are now in the public domain and openly accessible. This has been the case since before any of us were born. You can walk around Boudha in Kathmandu and see shops selling any variety of mandala ...
by Indrajala
Mon May 30, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What Did the Japanese Preserved that the Chinese Lost?
Replies: 7
Views: 1125

Re: What Did the Japanese Preserved that the Chinese Lost?

Adding to what I said above, Japan also preserved a lot of iconography that was lost in China, especially materials related to the esoteric tradition. One major example of this is the Taizō zuz ō 胎藏圖象, which is based on materials brought to Japan from China by the Tendai monk Enchin 圓珍 (814–891) who...
by Indrajala
Mon May 30, 2016 7:41 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What Did the Japanese Preserved that the Chinese Lost?
Replies: 7
Views: 1125

Re: What Did the Japanese Preserved that the Chinese Lost?

The Taishō canon 大正蔵経, which was compiled between 1924-1934, was based on earlier canons (in particular the Korean canon), but it also includes many Chinese Buddhist texts that had otherwise been lost in China and Korea. As one example, I'm presently reading Yixing's commentary on the Mahāvairocana-...
by Indrajala
Tue May 24, 2016 6:13 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meaning of a triangle in Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Re: Meaning of a triangle in Buddhism

The 'Court of Omniscience' 遍知院, which is directly adjacent to the east of the 'Court of the Eight-petaled Lotus' 中臺八葉院 (the central area) in the Garbhadhātu maṇḍala 胎藏界曼荼羅, includes the Sarva-tathāgata-jñāna-mudrā 一切如來智印, the "The sign of the wisdom of all Tathāgatas." In the case of the Garbhadhātu...
by Indrajala
Mon May 23, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ANU cuts Tibetan & Buddhist Studies
Replies: 7
Views: 882

Re: ANU cuts Tibetan & Buddhist Studies

It isn't just Tibetology and Buddhology that are being slashed. The whole humanities are being dismantled. Even in Japan, PM Abe has attempted to get universities to close humanities departments (Tokyo University and Kyoto University fortunately said no, but they're immensely wealthy and influential...
by Indrajala
Mon May 23, 2016 5:43 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ANU cuts Tibetan & Buddhist Studies
Replies: 7
Views: 882

ANU cuts Tibetan & Buddhist Studies

I would like to bring this to everyone's attention. Australian National University is cut Professor John Powers, a well-known scholar of Tibetan Buddhism. The details are below. I would encourage you to sign the petition if you feel it right. Dear List-Members, Prof. John Powers of the Australian Na...
by Indrajala
Wed May 18, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Reception of Japanese Buddhism in China
Replies: 17
Views: 1613

Re: Reception of Japanese Buddhism in China

I was dismayed when I first learned of the near-universal complicity of the Japanese Buddhist leadership with the imperial project. We need to consider things from the perspective of Japan. It was readily apparent after the Meiji Restoration right through to Pearl Harbor that Japan needed to build ...
by Indrajala
Wed May 18, 2016 2:53 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Reception of Japanese Buddhism in China
Replies: 17
Views: 1613

Re: Reception of Japanese Buddhism in China

When Taiwan was a territory under the Empire of Japan, the colonial government encouraged the spread of Japanese Buddhism amongst the residents of the island as a means of fostering a new identity as Japanese subjects. There are remnants of this era around Taipei and elsewhere, though the KMT after ...
by Indrajala
Mon May 09, 2016 11:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in ancient Persia
Replies: 7
Views: 952

Re: Buddhism in ancient Persia

See also The Spread of Buddhism published by Brill:

https://books.google.ca/books?id=kr_M1e ... &q&f=false
by Indrajala
Thu May 05, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Book - Shingon - Japanese Esoteric Buddhism
Replies: 12
Views: 2334

Re: Book - Shingon - Japanese Esoteric Buddhism

There are specific problems but I won't bore you since my own work is certainly more in line with that dry approach. :tongue: I'm deeply interested in hearing what you found interesting or inspiring in the book, because I'm planning a book to occupy a similar non-specialist position in the future. ...
by Indrajala
Wed May 04, 2016 11:51 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Historical Buddhist economic thought
Replies: 16
Views: 1454

Re: Historical Buddhist economic thought

Anyway, I see no reason why we as Buddhists shoukd adopt the anti-commercial interests of rural Brahmins. We have always been a religion of trade and reclaiming that is just part of our heritage. I am not taking a position on this. I'm just saying that Buddhist financiers in ancient India were prob...
by Indrajala
Wed May 04, 2016 11:48 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Historical Buddhist economic thought
Replies: 16
Views: 1454

Re: Historical Buddhist economic thought

I was taught that one of the rationales behind the emergence of Mahayana was to overcome the vinaya prohibition on the handling of currency. There's archaeological and literary evidence to suggest, however, that ordinary monks handled money and this wasn't really a problem. There's one suggestion i...
by Indrajala
Wed May 04, 2016 2:02 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Historical Buddhist economic thought
Replies: 16
Views: 1454

Re: Historical Buddhist economic thought

Schopen compares Buddhist monasticism to Christian several times in his work especially with the similar discrepancy between monastic estates owning wealth and their ideal of poverty. It is a valid observation: nominal vows of poverty, yet monastic institutions owning vast sums of wealth. It is int...
by Indrajala
Tue May 03, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Historical Buddhist economic thought
Replies: 16
Views: 1454

Re: Historical Buddhist economic thought

Anyway, some might see it as an ethical problem with monks managing finances but I don't think so at all. It just means that monastic institutions made themselves economically viable not only through ritual work and merit-making but in terms of actually providing services like loans and investments...
by Indrajala
Tue May 03, 2016 3:08 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Historical Buddhist economic thought
Replies: 16
Views: 1454

Re: Historical Buddhist economic thought

This might be of interest (my article): http://huayanzang.blogspot.com/2013/07/rome-persia-china-and-indian-buddhism.html In addition to Schopen's work, I recommend the following: Jacques Gernet, Buddhism in Chinese society : an economic history from the fifth to the tenth centuries , translated by ...
by Indrajala
Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Marriage in Buddhist Cultures
Replies: 19
Views: 1134

Re: Marriage in Buddhist Cultures

I don't disagree, but I notice that you didn't really address my second question: do you think maintaining a sexless marriage--or any other kind of emotional tie--corresponds to a systematic practice of renunciation? What do you mean by renunciation exactly? If you mean abstaining from physical and...
by Indrajala
Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Marriage in Buddhist Cultures
Replies: 19
Views: 1134

Re: Marriage in Buddhist Cultures

Sure, but do you think this is in keeping with the spirit of the vinaya? The 'spirit of the vinaya' is an expression that gets tossed around a lot, especially in modern works by authors trying to justify being firm on some rules while being relaxed about others. Some think the spirit of the vinaya ...