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Re: Enlightenment

Post by A Ah Sha Sa Ma Ha » Sat May 19, 2018 3:09 pm

shanyin wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 7:27 am
I think I got a glimpse of jhana during Samatha meditation, unless I was experiencing the first jhana or the state of samadhi. I was very happy and peaceful.

I like the tradition that I took refuge in, and am reading "Teachings in Chinese Mahayana Buddhism." I took vows to acheive enlightenment as fast as I can and to keep precepts. I do not remember my vows.

Does enlightenment have something to do with emptiness? Sometimes when I think of the concept of emptiness in Buddhism I think of a connection to nature.
It's more important for you to connect to your teacher, and ask him/her these questions.

Do you have a teacher ?
It's their job to teach you.


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Re: Enlightenment

Post by Astus » Sat May 19, 2018 10:58 pm

shanyin wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 4:50 am
How do you attain enlightenment in Mahayana Buddhism?
With bodhicitta and the six paramitas.

For more:

Nagarjuna's Guide to the Bodhisattva Path
Nagarjuna on the Six Perfections
Vasubandhu's Treatise on the Bodhisattva Vow
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.

1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"

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Re: Enlightenment

Post by PadmaVonSamba » Sun May 20, 2018 12:08 am

Is the question, "what makes Mahayana Buddhism Mahayana... how is it different from Theravada?"
There are a few points of distinction.
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