ngodrup wrote:If you know the Sanskrit base for the Chinese word, then you can find the Tibetan equivalent.
But Zen/Chan terms largely evolved out of native Chinese monasteries and ideas. They don't correspond to Indian thought, so tracing them to Sanskrit and then Tibetan is impossible. You can easily find the equivalent terms in the case of Abhidharma, but not Chan. Chan specific terms won't exist in Tibetan.
Oh, I'm not so sure about that... *grins*
I'm sure there must be a Tibetan equivalent or three to what we might call the Cosmic Buddha/Dharmakaya/Eternal/Unborn/etc..
Or Kensho? The Tibetans don't have a word for that? I would guess they at least call it something. Even if it's "recognizing your inner nature".
In form and feel we may be different, but on certain fundamental levels I suspect the division starts to dissolve.
We have our differences in approaches and specifics to our paths, but Buddha recognizes Buddha. Even if it's on a more colorful cushion. *smiles*
We're not going to have a straight across on everything...- as far as I know, Tibetan Buddhism doesn't use an "awakening stick" for instance, (but then again, neither do a lot of Zen traditions anymore), And Zen uses much less mantra's than they do, (although some of us do use a mudra system),
But for basics and certain fundamental things, I'd imagine there's at least an equivalent or substitute term.
After all, we all take refuge in the Buddha, now don't we?
In Gassho, Friend,
"Life is full of suffering. AND Life is full of the Eternal
IT IS OUR CHOICE
We can stand in our shadow, and wallow in the darkness,
We can turn around.
It is OUR choice." -Rev. Basil Singer
" ...out of fear, even the good harm one another. " -Rev. Dazui MacPhillamy