Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

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Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:21 pm

Rulu's latest translation, which is from the Bodhisattva-bhumi of Maitreya:

http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra31.html
Every time you recite Amita Buddha’s name, a ray of light shines through empty space. If you recite very sincerely, then this light fills up the universe, so that the energy of all worlds will be auspicious and harmonious.

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Re: Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

Postby Malcolm » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:29 pm

Will wrote:Rulu's latest translation, which is from the Bodhisattva-bhumi of Maitreya:

http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra31.html



That would be Asanga, actually.
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Re: Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

Postby Astus » Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:33 pm

Very interesting. Thanks for the notification Will.
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: Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:48 pm

Namdrol wrote:
Will wrote:Rulu's latest translation, which is from the Bodhisattva-bhumi of Maitreya:

http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra31.html



That would be Asanga, actually.


Not in the Chinese tradition; they consider Maitreya the source/dictator/inspiration. See Rulu's note #2.
Every time you recite Amita Buddha’s name, a ray of light shines through empty space. If you recite very sincerely, then this light fills up the universe, so that the energy of all worlds will be auspicious and harmonious.

Master Hsuan Hua

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Re: Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:53 pm

Questions regarding these abound, for example number 12:

12. Failing to Guard against Criticism
Suppose a Bodhisattva, ignoring its severity, fails to guard against, or clear him of, criticism or slander. If it is because he has faults and fails to correct them, it is called a transgression...


Should "him" be "himself"? Does this verse mean a bodhisattva should repair his faults when pointed out; but not protest against the criticism?
Every time you recite Amita Buddha’s name, a ray of light shines through empty space. If you recite very sincerely, then this light fills up the universe, so that the energy of all worlds will be auspicious and harmonious.

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Re: Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

Postby davidchatman » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:39 am

good. Its interesting :)

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Re: Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

Postby mudra » Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:26 pm

Will wrote:
Namdrol wrote:
Will wrote:Rulu's latest translation, which is from the Bodhisattva-bhumi of Maitreya:

http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra31.html



That would be Asanga, actually.


Not in the Chinese tradition; they consider Maitreya the source/dictator/inspiration. See Rulu's note #2.



Interesting. In the Indian (and subsequently the Tibetan tradition) Arya Asangha spent 12 years meditating on Maitreya. In these traditions the Bodhisattva-bhumi was definitely written by Arya Asangha but obviously inspired by Maitreya from whom he received many teachings, including the explanation of the Heart Sutra. I wonder why the Chinese tradition ignores that?


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