Buddha the author of Mahayana sutras?

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Postby Monsoon » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:39 pm

I am reminded of "classical music".

Who writes "classical music" in the 21th century?*

Just a thought on the appearance of new sutras**.






*I know there are one or two such as Gorecki, but the point still holds.
** in my understanding of Mandarin "jing" means something akin to "classic text" - i jing, dao de jing, i jin jing, and so on.
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Static information degrades as a function of time.
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Postby Nicholas Weeks » Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:57 am

The Platform Sutra, the Srimala Sutra, the Uttaratantra etc. Say our refuge is in our Bodhi or buddhatva, not Buddha, the personage of long ago.

So if anyone is settled well into that inner buddha-like Bodhi and puts pen to paper or speaks thusly, then that buddha is the author of a Mahayana sutra.
A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few ~ Suzuki-roshi

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Postby Nicholas Weeks » Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:18 am

But if one must have a reason to believe that Gautama the Buddha was the author and not some other Bodhi filled person, then recall that Buddha is the Guru of Devas & Men. He taught many sutras is higher realms, those places beyond the reach of the five senses. These teachings were discovered or were passed down by bodhisattvas who were aware of & could visit those higher realms.
A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Postby Wayfarer » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:59 am

I don't know what the pundits will say, but my answer would be that 'knowing' in this special sense is the meaning of prajñā which is found throughout the Mahāyāna literature. As to how one's attainment of that is validated, that is part of the role of the teacher, and indeed why you have a teacher in the first place (although who 'the teacher' is may not always be obvious).

In any case, in the Zen literature, one text which discusses at length the nature of prajñā is the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Zen Patriach. There are also many discussions of the nature of prajñā in texts on the history of Zen Buddhism by Suzuki, Domoulin, and others. The question of the nature and relationship of of prajñā and Śūnyatā, wisdom and emptiness, is central to Mahāyāna, but they are very elusive ideas.
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