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by DGA
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 45
Views: 1068

Dog thread

Let's talk about dogs.

I have two of them, both mutts. They are pretty great. We let them sleep under the covers with us at night because we are indulgent and bad, but also because we like to be warm.
by DGA
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: PANCA KE FESTIVAL
Replies: 15
Views: 369

Re: PANCA KE FESTIVAL

Mantrik wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:05 pm
Maximilian the Pancake Hound
Maximilian is a good name for a dog.

We should be discussing dogs.

There should be a dedicated dog thread.
by DGA
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 8321

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Side note: Dharma Flower wrote the quote in DGA's post, not rory. Yes, I messed up with the quote tool and got the tags all wrong on accident. The part I was particularly interested in discussing was the quotation from J Stone's study on changes in Japanese Buddhist doctrines in a much later histor...
by DGA
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 8321

"One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

I know very little about Hua Yen thought. This post in a different thread caught my eye and raised a question for those who have studied Hua Yen thought with care: I think we might need to politely agree to disagree. From the time of Bodhidharma to the present, Ch'an/Zen has used the term "One Mind,...
by DGA
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 142
Views: 6629

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

Ch'an Master Yin Kuang is a modern patriarch of Chinese Pure Land Buddhism. In terms of providing a concise explanation of Pure Land teachings from a Ch'an perspective, this might be the best I've come across: It is because the Mind-only Pure Land exists that we are reborn in the Pure Land of the W...
by DGA
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is convincing to you?
Replies: 18
Views: 817

Re: What is convincing to you?

What is no longer convincing to me? My own memory. I clearly recall a discussion on DW regarding the use of the word "expedient" as a noun and not an adjective. Like this: As an expedient to prevent harm in icy weather, I put condoms on my dog's paws. or I had a ball joint going bad on my rig, so I ...
by DGA
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Upāya (continued from another thread)
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Upāya (continued from another thread)

A question for any takers: If it is true that there is such a thing as upaya, that any upaya presumes a definitive teaching, that and any definitive teaching must be a particular view, then what is a definitive view? and in the context of that definitive view, what does it mean for something to be u...
by DGA
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip
Replies: 40
Views: 1598

Re: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip

I don't know about those monks & nuns. The clothing sounds Chinese, and it would make sense for Chinese Buddhists to ask for alms at an event celebrating the Chinese new year. But what caught my eye in your post is dogs. Dogs are great. We should have a dog discussion. My daughter's first word was ...
by DGA
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 54
Views: 1743

Re: what do we mean by faith?

What is meant in a Buddhist context by the term "faith"? In the Zen tradition it means having faith regarding your Buddha-nature and that you are able to awaken. In practise we need great faith, great doubt, and great determination. I've been reflecting on this. It seems to me that faith is antithe...
by DGA
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip
Replies: 40
Views: 1598

Re: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip

I don't know about those monks & nuns. The clothing sounds Chinese, and it would make sense for Chinese Buddhists to ask for alms at an event celebrating the Chinese new year. But what caught my eye in your post is dogs. Dogs are great. We should have a dog discussion. My daughter's first word was "...
by DGA
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is dependant origination eternal?
Replies: 56
Views: 1331

Re: Is dependant origination eternal?

Carlita wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:47 am
Some sutras more savior-oriented others more mystical. Guess it depends.
Which sutras would you describe as savior-oriented? Which ones are more mystical, in your view?
by DGA
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Upāya (continued from another thread)
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Upāya (continued from another thread)

What, then, is a definitive teaching? That's a really good question. I noticed this in Loppon's signature: The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning; One can understand that all of those Dharmas in which a sentient being, individual, or person ...
by DGA
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What did you learn from the movies?
Replies: 50
Views: 1046

Re: What did you learn from the movies?

I suppose I can't relate to the idea you brought up of not (HAVING) love to share with someone. I don't( HAVE) a frame of reference for that. I've been really, really pissed off at certain people, and/or hurt by them, but I've never felt empty of love to give. I don't want to (HAVE) the food. I wan...
by DGA
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Questions on Buddhas in Vajrayana
Replies: 9
Views: 1366

Re: Questions on Buddhas in Vajrayana

Josef wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:57 pm
6. Only Hinayana claims there can only be one Buddha at a time.
Depends how you put the question. Here's a (potential) counterexample.

viewtopic.php?f=39&t=24717

viewtopic.php?f=59&t=26553
by DGA
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 22
Views: 936

Re: Tiantai Meditation

Relatively simple question here. How does Tiantai meditation differ from Zen meditation and what book is a good primer for it? I've read references indicating that Tiantai meditation is somehow involved and intricate, though this may only be a reference to the theory underlying the practice. I appr...
by DGA
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Keith Dowman's argument for his "interpretive free" translation style
Replies: 95
Views: 8363

Re: Keith Dowman's argument for his "interpretive free" translation style

Following Tang Xuan Zang's five rules would be an excellent start. Would you mind elaborating on this a bit? I'm not familiar with those five rules. He said that there are five instances where a word should be left untranslated (literally 五種不翻) -If the word has multiple meanings (like arhart and bh...
by DGA
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Keith Dowman's argument for his "interpretive free" translation style
Replies: 95
Views: 8363

Re: Keith Dowman's argument for his "interpretive free" translation style

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:36 am
I'm a firm believer in standardized translations.
This is one thing where westerners should look to the Chinese for guidance.
Following Tang Xuan Zang's five rules would be an excellent start.
:soapbox:
Would you mind elaborating on this a bit? I'm not familiar with those five rules.
by DGA
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?
Replies: 102
Views: 3313

Re: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?

Is the Dohan dissertation accessible online? Definitely sounds fascinating. Sure just gave the link to download! here it is, this would be very interesting to discuss. https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/111511 gassho Rory It is interesting scholarship. Even more interesting: the author o...
by DGA
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?
Replies: 51
Views: 1572

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

I think we're casting back our ideas of of the predominance of Amida's pure land onto the past. As before Honen: monks practiced to get to a variety of Pure Land and yes that was a real ongoing practice and Nichiren has the Pure Land of Tranquil Light. According to single practice Pure Land schools...
by DGA
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?
Replies: 51
Views: 1572

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

What an amazing world we live in, where one form of Buddhism is incompatible with another. Truly a degenerate age. Oh, give it a rest. Lots of forms of Buddhism are incompatible with each other. I like DGA, but I feel like he’s trolling with these questions. Can you list some more forms of Buddhism...