The Five Sciences and Buddhism

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Re: The Five Sciences and Buddhism

Postby kirtu » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:45 pm

Sherlock wrote:This is a Chinese summary of silpakarmasthana-vidya from Baidu

工巧明
  包括的范围很广,据《瑜伽师地论》卷十五“工业明处”称:农,商,事王,书、标、计度、数、印,占相,咒术,营造(雕塑),生成(豢养六畜等),防那(纺织、编织、缝纫),和合(调解争讼),成熟(饮食业),音乐等十二种均属此。


It includes agriculture, trade, printing, mathematics, craftsmanship, cooking, music and more according to the Yogacarabhumisastra. Interesting, when I go to university I plan to base my education around the panca-vidya as far as possible.


Perfect! Is this a translation from Sanskrit into Chinese or a Chinese commentary? So this is from the Yogacarabhumishastra?

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Re: The Five Sciences and Buddhism

Postby viniketa » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:20 pm

It seems, as well: "textile, knitting, sewing, harmony (contentious mediation), mature (Hospitality) [flower-house style?], music, etc." - from Google translate. :D

Thanks for answering your own question, Sherlock. :thanks: Like kirtu, I wonder as to the source...

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Re: The Five Sciences and Buddhism

Postby Sherlock » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:37 am

As far as that quote goes, it is from the Chinese translation of the yogacarabhumisastra. You might want to check if it is in the English translation.

I think modern Asian culture has far more utilitarianism going on than the West.
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Re: The Five Sciences and Buddhism

Postby viniketa » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:54 am

Sherlock wrote:As far as that quote goes, it is from the Chinese translation of the yogacarabhumisastra. You might want to check if it is in the English translation.


Xuanzang's translation? From the Taisho?

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Re: The Five Sciences and Buddhism

Postby Virgo » Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:04 am

Dave The Seeker wrote:and used a sexton to keep accuracy of location of the most dominant stars from the horizon.

Did you go on a treasure trail? :tongue:

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Re: The Five Sciences and Buddhism

Postby catmoon » Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:50 am

I think he means he used a sextant. But a sexton could be pretty useful too.
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Re: The Five Sciences and Buddhism

Postby Dave The Seeker » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:38 am

Thanks Cat for the spelling correction. :twothumbsup:
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Re: The Five Sciences and Buddhism

Postby gyougan » Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:54 pm

Huseng wrote: -the arts and mathematics (śilpakarma-sthāna-vidyā)


As a mathematician, I was more than happy to hear this!

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Re: The Five Sciences and Buddhism

Postby gyougan » Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:16 pm

Properly used, mathematics can improve our lives and lessen suffering.
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