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by Jnana
Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:36 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai & TienTai Resources
Replies: 29
Views: 7763

Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

The Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime translated by Ven. Dharmamitra. Chih-i and Mādhyamika by Yu-kwan Ng. T'ien-t'ai Buddhism and Early Mādhyamika by Yu-kwan Ng. Foundations of T'ien-T'ai Philosophy by Paul L. Swanson. Essays & Translations Related to the Mo-ho Chih-kuan by Paul L. Swanson. More Ess...
by Jnana
Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:36 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 25518

Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

The Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime translated by Ven. Dharmamitra. Chih-i and Mādhyamika by Yu-kwan Ng. T'ien-t'ai Buddhism and Early Mādhyamika by Yu-kwan Ng. Foundations of T'ien-T'ai Philosophy by Paul L. Swanson. Essays & Translations Related to the Mo-ho Chih-kuan by Paul L. Swanson. More Ess...
by Jnana
Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:31 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: "The Bin Laden of Buddhism"
Replies: 8
Views: 1275

Re: "The Bin Laden of Buddhism"

There have been a couple of related discussions on Dhamma Wheel:

Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence

Rohingya Massacres, Theravada Complicity?
by Jnana
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:49 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Sutras by Length
Replies: 9
Views: 1486

Re: Sutras by Length

If I may trouble you with this...from the cover page flap of Garma C.C Chang's work as above... The Maharatnakuta Sutra is one of the five major sutra groups in the Mahayana canon Would happen to know what the bolded part is all about? I think this may be helpful to the OP's quest as well. :thanks:...
by Jnana
Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:16 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Sutras by Length
Replies: 9
Views: 1486

Re: Sutras by Length

But what about the Prajna Paramita Sutras? Tathagatagarbha Sutras? From my own experience reading the sutras, I know the Heart Sutra is shorter than the Diamond Sutra, which is shorter than the Lotus Sutra, which is shorter than the Mahaparinirvana, Avatamsaka, and Lankavatara Sutras. But I'm curio...
by Jnana
Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Third Eye
Replies: 147
Views: 14938

Re: The Third Eye

Aha sorry I missed it, it was kinda hidden there - sometimes I read to fast! :thanks: I'm glad to see that you found that PDF by Piya Tan. I've experienced light nimittas myself, though not in the variety that you described. I've also talked to a number of other meditators who have had similar expe...
by Jnana
Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Third Eye
Replies: 147
Views: 14938

Re: The Third Eye

I am not sure if anyone has mentioned the concept of nimitta yet...So I will. Yes, nimitta was already mentioned: These types of experiences of orbs and other phenomena are not all that uncommon among meditators, and are a byproduct of the development of meditative composure (samādhi).... In the ex...
by Jnana
Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Third Eye
Replies: 147
Views: 14938

Re: The Third Eye

After a few sessions of mindfulness meditation and concentrating on an eye between my two physical eyes, I started seeing orbs (of various colours and sizes), masses (coloured clouds or smoke), auras, and visual snow. Moreover, I noticed the frequency of psychic happenings increased dramatically an...
by Jnana
Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Ven. Huifeng appointed Vice Abbot of FGS
Replies: 20
Views: 3830

Re: Ven. Huifeng appointed Vice Abbot of FGS

Congratulations, Ven. Huifeng!

:anjali:
by Jnana
Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Health Impact of Celibacy
Replies: 301
Views: 29287

Re: Health Impact of Celibacy

I think everyone is different due to their samskaras, I for one cannot imagine practicing anything other than Vajrayana... Yes, different people have different dispositions, etc. Nevertheless, the vajrayāna has always been controversial within the context of mainstream Buddhist orthopraxy. And cont...
by Jnana
Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:58 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Chiasmus in the early Prajñāpāramitā (Full Text)
Replies: 10
Views: 1771

Re: Chiasmus in the early Prajñāpāramitā (Full Text)

Huifeng wrote:Chiasmus in the early Prajñāpāramitā

Full text now available at the University of Hong Kong Scholars Hub:
http://hub.hku.hk/handle/10722/181019
Thanks for making it publicly available Ven. Huifeng.


:anjali:
by Jnana
Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western Zen
Replies: 299
Views: 28778

Re: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western

I'm not sure of the context of those quotations, but I suspect that they are waypoints on the path rather than an ultimate view of theirs. Yes, the context is meditative practices which serve as antidotes to defilements. Various Mahāyāna sūtras and śāstras give three or more such practices, such as...
by Jnana
Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:18 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western Zen
Replies: 299
Views: 28778

Re: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western

I don't think Ven. Hsuan Hua is suggesting here that anyone deny themselves food or sleep, or that they either crave or reject any of these things. Western liberal humanism does tend to skew the relative importance of these differently and there is a definite tendency towards assuming this is a bas...
by Jnana
Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:28 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western Zen
Replies: 299
Views: 28778

Re: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western

So I just don't accept this idea that Buddhism doesn't associate sex with sin. The early texts are full of warnings about 'the canker of sensuality' and 'the fetters of the senses'. Regarding sexuality as somehow exempt from this is a misreading of the teaching, in my opinion. Agree. Very well put....
by Jnana
Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western Zen
Replies: 299
Views: 28778

Re: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western

Simon E. wrote:I see no evidence of " Christianization " there , just a heartfelt plea for human decency and respect.
Indeed.
by Jnana
Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:16 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Maranassati Sutta: Mindfulness of Death (1)
Replies: 11
Views: 1973

Re: Maranassati Sutta: Mindfulness of Death (1)

The Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra gives the following instructions on mindfulness of death: In regard to recollection of death (maraṇānusmṛti), there are two kinds of death: i) death by oneself (ātmanā maraṇam), ii) death by another (pareṇa maraṇam). The yogin always recollects these two types of death. ...
by Jnana
Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Health Impact of Celibacy
Replies: 301
Views: 29287

Re: Health Impact of Celibacy

The Indo-Tibetan Sūtrayāna traditions roll with Śāntideva, and Śāntideva rolls with the Ugraparipṛcchā Sūtra. Care to link us to a good translation? :thanks: The Śikṣāsamuccaya is a comprehensive compendium of sūtra training instructions pertaining to the bodhisattva path, compiled by Śāntideva. It...
by Jnana
Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Health Impact of Celibacy
Replies: 301
Views: 29287

Re: Health Impact of Celibacy

I started this thread in the Mahayna forum because it was a place where everyone could participate, because Vajrayana practitioners are Mahayana practitioners as well. Yes, all Vajrayāna practitioners are Mahāyāna, but not all Mahāyāna practitioners are Vajrayāna. At one time I got very interested ...
by Jnana
Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heart Sutra and Pali Sunna Sutta
Replies: 4
Views: 1101

Re: Heart Sutra and Pali Sunna Sutta

But to me this looks like a affirmation of the Mahayana idea of emptiness as laid out in the Heart Sutra. In fact, it even debunks the belief of certain early sects that believed in existence of the five skandhas. Comments? IIRC the phrase "empty of a self or of anything pertaining to a self" is no...
by Jnana
Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Health Impact of Celibacy
Replies: 301
Views: 29287

Re: Health Impact of Celibacy

Yeah but one can be more lustful while celibate potentially than if one were actually getting some action. It's a moot point. It's all about capacity and karmic proclivity. Some people would be aggravated more by lust if they were celibate. Some people would thrive as a celibate. Some people are se...