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Re: FPMT

Postby Huifeng » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:44 am

The Way to Buddhahood: Instructions from a Modern Chinese Master by Venerable Yin-shun


Highly recommended book.

If you like the FPMT Gelug approach, then this book by Ven. Yinshun will also probably strongly appeal to you. The general structure owes a lot to the Gelug Lamrim style, and all the sources referenced are Indic sources from Agamas, Mahayana Sutras and Sastras (and actually a little bit from the Lamrim, too).

It's not Chan, but it serves as the best example of modern Chinese Buddhism which is placing more emphasis back on Indian sources. For this reason, it will have more in common with other Mahayana traditions.

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Re: FPMT

Postby Astus » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:30 pm

What Ven. Huifeng has recommended is a good start. One should be familiar with general Mahayana before getting deeper into Chan. DDM's website has some free literature that you could read: Free Literature.

Then as some better introductions to Chan and Chinese Buddhism, you should also try these works:

Paul Williams: Mahāyāna Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations
Robert H. Sharf: Coming to Terms with Chinese Buddhism
"There is no such thing as the real mind. Ridding yourself of delusion: that's the real mind."
(Sheng-yen: Getting the Buddha Mind, p 73)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T51n2076, p461b24-26)
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Re: FPMT

Postby Dave The Seeker » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:14 pm

Thank you both for your recommendations of reading materials.

I am in the middle of one of "Buddhist Thought" by Paul Williams now and am going to read "Mahayana Buddhism; The Doctrinal Foundations" next. Thanks to Mr. G for suggesting these books.
I'll check out the link you provided Astus later today hopefully.
Also Huifeng, I'll get the book you suggested as well.

Once again, thank you all so much for helping me learn and understand The Path :namaste:


Kindest wishes, Dave
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Re: FPMT

Postby Huifeng » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:21 am

Astus wrote:Then as some better introductions to Chan and Chinese Buddhism, you should also try these works:

Paul Williams: Mahāyāna Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations
Robert H. Sharf: Coming to Terms with Chinese Buddhism


I'd say looking at Ven. Sheng Yen's book Orthodox Chinese Buddhism would be much, much more helpful than either of these.
Williams is almost all second hand when it comes to Chinese Buddhism, and Sharf's book - despite the name - is really about a single text.

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Re: FPMT

Postby Dave The Seeker » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:56 am

Thank you my friend. Which of the two you have mentioned would be your suggestion to read first?


Kindest wishes, Dave
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They teach us that life is what life is; flawed.
Yet with tremendous potential for joy and fulfillment.
~Lama Surya Das~

If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it's worthwhile.
~Lama Thubten Yeshe~

One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
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Re: FPMT

Postby Dave The Seeker » Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:10 pm

I received the DVD's yesterday "Discovering Buddhism" it's a 2 dvd set.
From what I have watched so far, about 2/3 of the total "program", it is a very informative set.
The topics are touched on in short segments by different teachers. Each adding points that are very important.

I think the set is very well put together in the aspect of an introduction to Buddhism.
I did learn a few things and really look forward to getting more from FPMT.
A lot of the information though, I have read in books or here on the forum.
But it was presented in a different view I guess is the best way to put it.
I really enjoyed listening to HHDL, who speaks on a few subjects, as well as Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche and Venerable Ribur Rinpoche :bow:


Kindest wishes, Dave
Everyday problems teach us to have a realistic attitude.
They teach us that life is what life is; flawed.
Yet with tremendous potential for joy and fulfillment.
~Lama Surya Das~

If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it's worthwhile.
~Lama Thubten Yeshe~

One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
~The Buddha~
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Re: FPMT

Postby zerwe » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:03 pm

The Seeker wrote:I received the DVD's yesterday "Discovering Buddhism" it's a 2 dvd set.
From what I have watched so far, about 2/3 of the total "program", it is a very informative set.
The topics are touched on in short segments by different teachers. Each adding points that are very important.

I think the set is very well put together in the aspect of an introduction to Buddhism.
I did learn a few things and really look forward to getting more from FPMT.
A lot of the information though, I have read in books or here on the forum.
But it was presented in a different view I guess is the best way to put it.
I really enjoyed listening to HHDL, who speaks on a few subjects, as well as Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche and Venerable Ribur Rinpoche :bow:


Kindest wishes, Dave


There is an actual course of study available online that goes into the material with more detail.
Discovering Buddhism is about a 2+ year course on fundamentals. There are a series of courses
that follow beyond this, depending on the level and needs of the practitioner. (i.e., Light of the Path,
Basic program-which is definitely not basic, and the Master's Program)

Shaun :namaste:
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Re: FPMT

Postby Dave The Seeker » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:10 pm

Thank you Shaun, I do plan on taking the online course.
I hope the way I wrote my previous post didn't sound like I was dissatisfied, I wasn't.

I like the way things were presented and am looking forward to the teachings I will be getting.

Kindest wishes, Dave
Everyday problems teach us to have a realistic attitude.
They teach us that life is what life is; flawed.
Yet with tremendous potential for joy and fulfillment.
~Lama Surya Das~

If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it's worthwhile.
~Lama Thubten Yeshe~

One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
~The Buddha~
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Re: FPMT

Postby zerwe » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:11 pm

There are also some courses that fall in between Discovering Buddhism and the Basic Program.
The Foundations of Buddhist Thought, Light of the Path (I mentioned earlier) and our center actually
offers a more in depth Lam Rim study for those who have completed Discovering Buddhism and don't feel ready for the Basic Program.
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Re: FPMT

Postby Dave The Seeker » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:20 pm

Thanks a lot for the info. I'll look into it. Never know in the 2+ years it takes to finish the basic program,we may move shortly there after. Planing a visit to NC this spring/summer so hopefully we'll meet.
Hopefully to a place closer to a center or at least a Temple.
We want to get out of this state and county, just waiting for things to run their course.


Kindest wishes, Dave
Everyday problems teach us to have a realistic attitude.
They teach us that life is what life is; flawed.
Yet with tremendous potential for joy and fulfillment.
~Lama Surya Das~

If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it's worthwhile.
~Lama Thubten Yeshe~

One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
~The Buddha~
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Re: FPMT

Postby Mr. G » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:24 pm

Sounds like you're on the right track! :thumbsup:
    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu
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