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Vajra Bodhi Sea

Postby Will » Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:50 pm

Forty or so years ago the magazine Vajra Bodhi Sea began. It is a Chinese-English periodical published now by the disciples of Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua.

Most of the back issues are now online; each one is overflowing with wondrous buddhadharma! :bow: :bow: :bow:

http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/home.htm
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Postby Will » Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:55 pm

For example, here is Fa Tsang's Essay on the Golden Lion, from Oct. 1980 issue:

http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/101_132/vbs125/125_9.htm
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Re: Vajra Bodhi Sea

Postby Will » Sat Oct 15, 2011 4:56 pm

Master Hua responds to question about Atman & Buddha-nature, at a Vedanta Society retreat in July of 1992:

Ven. Master: If you are looking for the Buddha-nature, you're talking now and it's the Buddha-nature who is talking. Eating, it's the Buddha-nature eating. Running, it's the Buddha-nature running. Every act you do, it's none but the Buddha-nature doing it. But only if you're on a good road is it the Buddha-nature. If you're on a bad road, it's the demon-nature. So the difference between good and evil lies in one thought. You must know that within this one thought, fundamentally, it's different yet not different, not different yet different. The Chinese character for "mind" (心) symbolizes the Buddha-nature very well. It's described as,

Three dots like clustering stars,
A hook like the new moon.
Animals and Buddlas
Both come from here
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Postby Will » Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:07 pm

Here Master Hua comments on one of the lines in the Shurangama Mantra:

The Shurangama Mantra: An Explanation - Verses and Prose Commentary by Tripitaka Master Hua

Mantra: 75. NA MWO PE CHYE PE DI

Verse:
Replete with all-wisdom and perfect enlightenment,
Extending their vast, long tongues to break through confusion and
distortion, They speak sincere and actual words
to awaken the deaf and blind. But, how many can offer up their
conduct in accord with their teachings?


Commentary:
NA MWO PE CHYE PE DI once again refers to the Bhagavan, the World Honored One. This is a title given to all Buddhas. Replete with all-wisdom and perfect enlightenment./ The Buddhas are endowed will all-wisdom and have attained the great, perfect enlightenment. They have reached perfection in their cultivation: their wisdom is perfect and their reward of blessings is perfect. In all aspects, they are perfect.
Extending their vast, long tongues to break through confusion and distortion,/ the Buddhas' vast and long tongues break up the confusion and attachments in which living beings are enmeshed. Breaking through this massive confusion and distortion is not easy. However, with the might of their great spiritual powers, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas try to smash through living beings' coverings, even though it is sometimes very difficult to do.
They speak sincere and actual words to awaken the deaf and blind./ The Buddhas speak true and sincere words and startle the deaf and blind. We people are muddled and in a daze, as if deaf and blind. Not understanding anything, we are as if asleep and dreaming.
But, how many can offer up their conduct in accord with the teachings?/ The Buddhas try in every way they can to teach and transform living beings. But, how many can really offer up their conduct in accord with the teachings? Do you know how many can? Are there more living beings who hear the Dharma than practice it? There are many people who hear the Buddhadharma, but there are precious few who can put it into practice. Just take those of you here who study the Buddhadharma. You study year in and year out, but you are still just as upside down and just as stupid as before. You are still busy gossiping and backbiting, and holding to deviant knowledge and views. You don't change at all. It should be obvious how difficult it is for the Buddha to teach and transform living beings.
Those who can really rely on the teachings and offer up their conduct accordingly are exceedingly few. From this you should all understand that people are not easy to teach. You instruct them to go down some side road, and they are delighted. But, if you tell them to go down the right road, they start having doubts about this and that. "Is this for real?" they wonder. If you tell them something false, they will believe it, but if you tell them something true, no matter how you try, they won't believe you. People are just that strange--strange creatures!
They don't listen, and then they regret it and know that they were wrong. It's really, really pitiful. It's really a pitiful situation—a sad situation! Poor living beings!
We who hear the Buddhadharma must actually practice it. The Buddhadharma must be actually practiced for it to be of use. However, those who can truly cultivate are very rare. Even if one is able to sever one's coarse doubts, the fine doubts and delusions still remain. The delusions like dust and sand are even harder to get rid of. Cultivation can't be accomplished if you are sloppy. If you cultivate sloppily, you won't accomplish anything. You must really cultivate in order to succeed.
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Re: Vajra Bodhi Sea

Postby Will » Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:32 am

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: Vajra Bodhi Sea

Postby Huifeng » Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:53 am

Thanks, Will. I remember when I was a novice, our college / seminary had a huge stack of these magazine, donated by the (former) husband of one of our Chinese teachers, who had since become a monk. It was great last year when in Berkeley I found that the magazine was still going strong. There is a lot of great material in there, over several decades now.

~~ Huifeng
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Re: Vajra Bodhi Sea

Postby Will » Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:10 pm

Yes Ven. Huifeng, VBS is a real treasure. The topics are practical, profound & always helpful.

For example, here is Master on ginseng, the yang booster:

http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 71p020.htm
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Re: Vajra Bodhi Sea

Postby Will » Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:24 am

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: Vajra Bodhi Sea

Postby Will » Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:39 pm

From July 1998; on Namo Amitabha Buddha -- http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 38p017.htm
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Re: Vajra Bodhi Sea

Postby Will » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:26 pm

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: Vajra Bodhi Sea

Postby Will » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:22 pm

From #493 July 2011; a biographical sketch of great Master Kumarajiva, part one:

http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 93p012.pdf
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Re: Vajra Bodhi Sea

Postby Will » Tue May 01, 2012 1:30 am

As of May 2012, online archives updated to January 2012:

http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/main_index.htm
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