Luke wrote:I understand what you are saying, Ven. Huifeng. But would you please share with us some of your views regarding sambhogakaya bodhisattvas? I'm sure that many of us here would benefit from your knowledge.
First off, helpful to keep mind the idea of "kaya". While almost uniformly translated into English as "body"--it does indeed have this primary meaning--it can also be a more broad and abstract "corpus", and sometimes is really just figurative / metaphorical. Overly literal readings lead to some weird ideas at times.
As for the "sambhoga" form, what does this mean? The root "bhog" has a semantic range which includes enjoyment, experience, consuming / eating, possessions, and the like. Related is the sense that such enjoyments are the result of something.
I tend to read sambhoga-kaya as the corpus of experiences that a bodhisattva has as a result of their cultivation of the path. These can range from their actual physical form, their mental and emotional state, but also include their immediate possessions, and more broadly their surroundings, environment and the other living beings in that environment. All these things are the objects of experience of the bodhisattva. They way in which the bodhisattva may experience these is subjective, a fairly standard Buddhist point of view, of course. So, others may not perceive these experiences in the same way, see them as enjoyments, etc., even when the bodhisattva does so experience them.
So, I don't really understand it as a type of bodhisattva, ie. "a sambhogakaya bodhisattva", or some "body" that the bodhisattva has.