Fazang on Awakening of Faith

Fazang on Awakening of Faith

Postby Will » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:05 pm

This is mainly a request for a source that would have a price way under $240 for this translation. Found by ordering direct from Mellen Press it is a mere $160.

http://www.biblio.com/book/english-tran ... /344652348

Secondarily, has anyone read this?
One should refrain from biased judgments and doubting in fathoming the Buddha and the Dharma of the Buddhas. Even though a dharma may be extremely difficult to believe, one should nonetheless maintain faith in it. Nagarjuna
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Re: Fazang on Awakening of Faith

Postby Will » Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:39 am

An important translation of, perhaps, the most influential Dharma shastra in Eastern Asia.

Fa-tsang begins:
The True Mind that is serene and vast is separate from the words and forms found in the fish nets and hare snares (of deluded conceptualization). Abstrusely boundless, invisible and inaudible, it is neither the object of that which knows nor the subject of that which is known. It is neither produced nor destroyed and is not something affected by the four momentary states. Neither coming nor going, none of the three time periods can change it. But taking non-abiding as its nature, it flows and branches, rising and falling in accord with (the arising of) delusion and enlightenment. So, in dependence on causes and conditions it does arise and is destroyed.
One should refrain from biased judgments and doubting in fathoming the Buddha and the Dharma of the Buddhas. Even though a dharma may be extremely difficult to believe, one should nonetheless maintain faith in it. Nagarjuna
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Re: Fazang on Awakening of Faith

Postby Ayu » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:41 pm

Wonderful.
Because, if our mothers, who have been kind to us
From beginningless time, are suffering,
What can we do with (just) our own happiness?
From 10th of 37 Bodhisattva Practices
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Re: Fazang on Awakening of Faith

Postby Will » Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:57 am

Starting to study this overpriced text (Mellen is like that) and Fa-tsang is wonderful!

Save your dollars or find a used or library copy - it is a sublime teaching - highly recommended. Or pay the full price... http://mellenpress.com/mellenpress.cfm?bookid=5935&pc=9
One should refrain from biased judgments and doubting in fathoming the Buddha and the Dharma of the Buddhas. Even though a dharma may be extremely difficult to believe, one should nonetheless maintain faith in it. Nagarjuna
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Re: Fazang on Awakening of Faith

Postby Will » Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:41 pm

Some more from the beginning:

Nevertheless, though multitudes of phenomena repeatedly arise, rousing and popping about, (such activity) has never yet moved the Mind’s Origin. Still and quiet, empty yet formed it does not stand in opposition to karmic results. So, utilizing an unchanging nature it nevertheless dependently arises so that the pure and the impure are constantly differentiated. Yet, in not abandoning conditions as Thusness, the sage and the common man become one.

It is just like waves which because they are not different than the water’s movement, are just the water differentiated into waves. Furthermore, because the water itself is not different than the stream of flowing waves, it is just the waves manifest on the water. Because of this, movement and quiescence interpenetrate, the ultimate and the conventional interfuse, and samsara and nirvana uniformly pervade one another.
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