The Importance of Studying the Arts/Sciences While Studying Dharma

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Motova
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The Importance of Studying the Arts/Sciences While Studying Dharma

Post by Motova » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:08 am

What are blue collared Buddhists missing out on?

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To become a rain man one must master the ten virtues and sciences.

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Re: The Importance of Studying the Arts/Sciences While Studying Dharma

Post by Motova » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:28 am

Motova wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:08 am
What are blue collared Buddhists missing out on?

Thank you.
The five major sciences (Tib. རིག་གནས་ཆེན་པོ་ལྔ་, rigné chenpo nga; Wyl. rig gnas chen po lnga) are part of the ten sciences or traditional fields of knowledge in which a learned person is supposed to be well versed. They are:

craftsmanship (Skt. śilpa; Tib. བཟོ་རིག་པ་, Wyl. bzo rig pa)
logic (hetu; Tib. གཏན་ཚིགས་, Wyl. gtan tshigs)
grammar (śabda; Tib. སྒྲ་, Wyl. sgra)
medicine (cikitsā; Tib. གསོ་བ་, Wyl. gso ba)
'Inner science' or Dharma (Tib. ནང་དོན་རིག་པ་, Wyl. nang don rig pa)

The five minor sciences (Tib. རིག་གནས་ཆུང་ལྔ་, rigné chung nga; Wyl. rig gnas chung lnga) are part of the ten sciences or traditional fields of knowledge in which a learned person, or pandita, is supposed to be well versed.

synonyms (Skt. abhidhāna; Tib. མངོན་བརྗོད་, Wyl. mngon brjod)
mathematics and astrology (jyotiṣa; Tib. སྐར་རྩིས་, Wyl. skar rtsis)
performance, drama (nāṭaka; Tib. ཟློས་གར་, Wyl. zlos gar)
poetry (kāvya; Tib. སྙན་ངག་, Wyl. snyan ngag)
composition (chanda; Tib. སྡེབ་སྦྱོར་, Wyl. sdeb sbyor)
To become a rain man one must master the ten virtues and sciences.

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Re: The Importance of Studying the Arts/Sciences While Studying Dharma

Post by Aemilius » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:34 am

In the Mahayana the five Vidya-sthanas or Branches of learning, which belong to the Perfection of Virya or Energy, are: Buddhist philosophy, logic or dialectics, grammar, medicine, technical arts and crafts. This is told in Har Dayal's Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhist Sanskrit Literature. A link to Har Dayal's book https://ahandfulofleaves.files.wordpres ... _dayal.pdf.
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"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Sarvē mānavāḥ svatantrāḥ samutpannāḥ vartantē api ca, gauravadr̥śā adhikāradr̥śā ca samānāḥ ēva vartantē. Ētē sarvē cētanā-tarka-śaktibhyāṁ susampannāḥ santi. Api ca, sarvē’pi bandhutva-bhāvanayā parasparaṁ vyavaharantu."
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1. (in english and sanskrit)

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Re: The Importance of Studying the Arts/Sciences While Studying Dharma

Post by Motova » Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:26 pm

Aemilius wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:34 am
In the Mahayana the five Vidya-sthanas or Branches of learning, which belong to the Perfection of Virya or Energy, are: Buddhist philosophy, logic or dialectics, grammar, medicine, technical arts and crafts. This is told in Har Dayal's Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhist Sanskrit Literature. A link to Har Dayal's book https://ahandfulofleaves.files.wordpres ... _dayal.pdf.
Thank you.
To become a rain man one must master the ten virtues and sciences.

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