Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

General forum on Mahayana.

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:37 pm

A biographical sketch of Master by a disciple of his:

http://www.dharmasite.net/ContributionsofVM.htm
Only consider helping others and forget yourself. Master Hsuan Hua
User avatar
Nicholas Weeks
 
Posts: 2144
Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:21 am

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby thunderbumble » Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:32 am

The King of All Dharmas is the one word "Amitabha."
The five periods and the eight teachings are all contained within it.
One who single-mindedly remembers and recites his name
In samadhi will enter the Thus Come Ones' place of quiescence.

The King of All Dharmas is the one word "Amitabha."/ The five periods and the eight teachings are all contained within it. The teachings are arranged in eight categories, four according to the nature of the teaching: the storehouse teaching, the connecting teaching, the special teaching, and the perfect teaching; and four according to the methods of teaching: sudden, gradual, secret, and unfixed. The five periods are: The Avatamsaka, Agama, Vaipulya, Prajna, and Lotus-Nirvana. These eight teachings and five periods are all included in the one word "Amitabha."

One who single-mindedly remembers and recites his name / In samadhi will enter the Thus Come One's place of quiescence. Such a one will definitely go to the Pure Land of Eternal Stillness and Light, the Land of Ultimate Bliss. Living beings in the Dharma-ending Age will be saved by reciting the Buddha's name. And so whoever hopes to be saved should be mindful of the Buddha.

Speak one sentence less;
Recite the Buddha's name one time more.
Beat your thoughts to death,
And let your Dharma-body come alive.
Don't look lightly on the Dharma-door of reciting the Buddha's name.
Contemplate at All Times and Reflect Well .

Zen and tripitaka master Hsuan Hua
The Buddha taught


So, bhikkhus, you should train in this way: The heart-deliverance of loving-kindness will be maintained in being and made much of by us, used as our vehicle, used as our foundation, established, consolidated, and properly managed. That is how you should train
Samyutta Nikaya 20:3
thunderbumble
 
Posts: 43
Joined: Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:28 pm

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby JKhedrup » Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:35 am

Unfortunately his centers, at least the one in San Francisco doesn't seem very open to non Asians. I am white, practice pure land at home and have tried to go there but felt not very welcome. Any ideas why?


The makeup of that centre seems to be largely elderly Chinese people so I think it could be a language issue. The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas north of SF is more multilingual and I found the people quite welcoming
In order to ensure my mind never comes under the power of the self-cherishing attitude,
I must obtain control over my own mind.
Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
-Atisha Dipamkara
brtsal ba'i bkhra drin
JKhedrup
 
Posts: 2327
Joined: Wed May 30, 2012 8:28 am
Location: the Netherlands and India

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:08 pm

An interesting comment regarding planet earth:

"The world is a huge organism. Most people think the earth itself is insentient. Actually it is the transformation body [nirmanakaya] of a great Bodhisattva."
Only consider helping others and forget yourself. Master Hsuan Hua
User avatar
Nicholas Weeks
 
Posts: 2144
Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:21 am

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:24 am

A multi-part (keep clicking on Next) autobiography by Master Hua: http://www.cttbusa.org/master_hsuanhua/life_events.htm
Only consider helping others and forget yourself. Master Hsuan Hua
User avatar
Nicholas Weeks
 
Posts: 2144
Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:21 am

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Pureland123 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:32 pm

CTTB in Ukiah has a protecting lives program on the big holidays where you can donate money to buy turtles and set them free

Namo Amitabha, Pureland123
Pureland123
 
Posts: 10
Joined: Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:26 pm

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby JKhedrup » Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:54 pm

phpBB [video]
In order to ensure my mind never comes under the power of the self-cherishing attitude,
I must obtain control over my own mind.
Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
-Atisha Dipamkara
brtsal ba'i bkhra drin
JKhedrup
 
Posts: 2327
Joined: Wed May 30, 2012 8:28 am
Location: the Netherlands and India

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Sun May 10, 2015 5:07 am

Master Hua on True Reality, from his commentary on the Surangama Sutra pp 76-7:

The Buddha tells the Arhats
that at present their minds are too strongly attached, the distinctions
they make are too numerous, for them to understand the teachings of the
Mahāyāna, the Greater Vehicle, concerning the purity of true reality. . . .

True reality has no attributes. That is the first explanation.

Yet nothing is apart from true reality: that is the second explanation.
All attributes are produced from within it. . . .

The third explanation is that true reality has no attributes, and yet
there is nothing which is not an attribute. All phenomena are born from true
reality, and so true reality is the essential nature of all phenomena. . . .

What then is true reality ultimately like? You cannot see it. It has merely been given
a name, “true reality.” The idea is similar to the idea expressed in Laozi’s saying,
“The Way that can be spoken of is not the eternal Way.” . . .

True reality is true emptiness, and it is also wondrous existence. Do you
say that true emptiness is empty? It is not, because within it, all that exists
comes into being. True emptiness is said to be true because it is not in fact
empty, and all that exists is wondrous because it does not in fact exist.

What exists within emptiness is wondrous existence. Emptiness therefore
is not empty, and that lack of emptiness within emptiness is true emptiness.
Since true emptiness is not empty, it is called “wondrous existence.” Since
wondrous existence does not exist, it is called “true emptiness.” These two
names are one. If you investigate this in detail, you will find, however, that
even that “one” does not exist. . . .

Fundamentally, there isn’t anything at all.
Only consider helping others and forget yourself. Master Hsuan Hua
User avatar
Nicholas Weeks
 
Posts: 2144
Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:21 am

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby dzogchungpa » Sun May 10, 2015 5:17 am

Nicholas Weeks wrote:Master Hua on True Reality, from his commentary on the Surangama Sutra pp 76-7:

The Buddha tells the Arhats
that at present their minds are too strongly attached, the distinctions
they make are too numerous, for them to understand the teachings of the
Mahāyāna, the Greater Vehicle, concerning the purity of true reality. . . .

True reality has no attributes. That is the first explanation.

Yet nothing is apart from true reality: that is the second explanation.
All attributes are produced from within it. . . .

The third explanation is that true reality has no attributes, and yet
there is nothing which is not an attribute. All phenomena are born from true
reality, and so true reality is the essential nature of all phenomena. . . .

What then is true reality ultimately like? You cannot see it. It has merely been given
a name, “true reality.” The idea is similar to the idea expressed in Laozi’s saying,
“The Way that can be spoken of is not the eternal Way.” . . .

True reality is true emptiness, and it is also wondrous existence. Do you
say that true emptiness is empty? It is not, because within it, all that exists
comes into being. True emptiness is said to be true because it is not in fact
empty, and all that exists is wondrous because it does not in fact exist.

What exists within emptiness is wondrous existence. Emptiness therefore
is not empty, and that lack of emptiness within emptiness is true emptiness.
Since true emptiness is not empty, it is called “wondrous existence.” Since
wondrous existence does not exist, it is called “true emptiness.” These two
names are one. If you investigate this in detail, you will find, however, that
even that “one” does not exist. . . .

Fundamentally, there isn’t anything at all.

Mind is blown. :smile:
The mark of learning is gentleness, basically. - Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
User avatar
dzogchungpa
 
Posts: 2935
Joined: Sat May 28, 2011 10:50 pm

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Sun May 17, 2015 12:49 am

The states of the Avatamsaka Sutra are mostly perceived while in samadhi -- deep concentration. The states experienced while in samadhi are very different from states that most common people perceive when they are not in profound concentration. Therefore when we listen to the Avatamsaka Sutra, we should understand that these wondrous Dharmas are all proclaimed by Buddhas and Bodhisattvas while they are immersed in deep concentration.


I am sure this applies to all Mahayana sutras.

Master is commenting on the Lady Gopa section of chapter 39.
Only consider helping others and forget yourself. Master Hsuan Hua
User avatar
Nicholas Weeks
 
Posts: 2144
Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:21 am

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Wayfarer » Sun May 17, 2015 3:48 am

Well, without wanting to detract from anything said above, what we're reading is the consequence of not only meditative wisdom but also doctrinal development over many centuries of debate and exchange. The 'three explanations' are like that: the views being put are distinguished from the views of other schools which claim (for example) that 'substance' and 'attribute' are separate things. That is an idea found in many non-Buddhist schools, which Buddhists don't concur with. So really almost every statement in such a passage could be made subject to volumes of explanation - even if 'from the viewpoint of the enlightened' it is both simple and self-evident! And that, in turn, is because our understanding of what is real is always a function of our level of adaption: we can't see the forest for the trees, because we're still still too attached to the trees, so to speak.
Learn to do good, refrain from evil, purify the mind ~ this is the teaching of the Buddhas
User avatar
Wayfarer
 
Posts: 2146
Joined: Sun May 27, 2012 8:31 am
Location: Sydney AU

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Sun May 17, 2015 3:54 am

Which 'above' are you talking about?
Only consider helping others and forget yourself. Master Hsuan Hua
User avatar
Nicholas Weeks
 
Posts: 2144
Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:21 am

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Wayfarer » Sun May 17, 2015 4:21 am

well, anything in this thread, in general, and the passage you quoted, in particular.
Learn to do good, refrain from evil, purify the mind ~ this is the teaching of the Buddhas
User avatar
Wayfarer
 
Posts: 2146
Joined: Sun May 27, 2012 8:31 am
Location: Sydney AU

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Sun May 17, 2015 4:26 am

Wayfarer wrote:well, anything in this thread, in general, and the passage you quoted, in particular.


Like pulling teeth...

Do you mean the one about samadhis and the Avatamsaka, or the one immediately above that or any of the several others in the thread? If you meant the sutras & samadhis quote, your comment makes no sense to me.
Only consider helping others and forget yourself. Master Hsuan Hua
User avatar
Nicholas Weeks
 
Posts: 2144
Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:21 am

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Wayfarer » Sun May 17, 2015 4:40 am

I meant that in the passage quoted about two posts above my comment, is the consequence of not only meditative wisdom but also of doctrinal development over many centuries of debate and exchange. Sorry if that is confusing, I will refrain from further comment if it is.
Learn to do good, refrain from evil, purify the mind ~ this is the teaching of the Buddhas
User avatar
Wayfarer
 
Posts: 2146
Joined: Sun May 27, 2012 8:31 am
Location: Sydney AU

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Sun May 17, 2015 3:29 pm

Wayfarer wrote:I meant that in the passage quoted about two posts above my comment, is the consequence of not only meditative wisdom but also of doctrinal development over many centuries of debate and exchange. Sorry if that is confusing, I will refrain from further comment if it is.


Thanks for clarifying.
Only consider helping others and forget yourself. Master Hsuan Hua
User avatar
Nicholas Weeks
 
Posts: 2144
Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:21 am

Previous

Return to Mahāyāna Buddhism

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 14 guests

>