Beatzen wrote:Well I'm certainly not going to apologize for that, Ad. I've always regarded pali sources as more authentic when it comes to the words of the buddha. I value the prajnaparamita sutras, but when it comes to teachings on dependant origination, and other technical concepts - I usually look for the pali reference. Just an ideosyncracy I have.
The Pali Canon (as well the Agamas) does not tease out the nuances of dependent origination and emptiness
That is where Mahāyāna sutras and tantras are important.
thank you Namdrol. You inspire me to keep studying. I'm grateful to be around more learned and experienced practitioners both on and off the net.
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I'll mention that I finally kicked my bad habit of reading into Alan Watts. After the guided sitting session that my Zen teacher graciously took the time to go through (she has a yurt in the back of her house here in town that she uses as a private Zendo. Last night it was rare, but we were alone the two of us) - I realized that Watts is full of shit and I've been polluting my mind with bullshit this whole time.
My teacher laughed and said "alan watts is good brain-food, but he didn't do Zen"
I ain't got the learnin' you folks do, but I wanna mention that I lurve the heart sutra. I might not have a sophisticated understanding of it, but I love reading it, and I admire Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. We chant it all the time in my sangha. Austus said it's like the trailer to a four hour movie. I said back that they usually show all the good parts in the trailers.
I will get a copy of the Diamond sutra for myself though. I think it'd be good mental floss to alternate between the heart and the diamond. What say yous?