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by FiveSkandhas
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: How difference between Chan and Zen.
Replies: 6
Views: 108

Re: How difference between Chan and Zen.

How popular is Zen in Japan, Chan in China? I know that great damage has been done to the Dharma in mainland China by the CCP, but the Dharma persists there to some extent, tightly overseen by the Communist Party. In Taiwan and among Chinese abroad in other nations, Buddhism is in a healthier and m...
by FiveSkandhas
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Buddhism necessary?
Replies: 32
Views: 925

Re: Is Buddhism necessary?

Nothing uplifts me like studying the Dharma.

Buddhism is necessary...for me. I can't speak for others.

南無阿弥陀仏
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: 100,000 candles??
Replies: 38
Views: 649

Re: 100,000 candles??

Out of curiosity, why are you required to do this? What is the practice?
by FiveSkandhas
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why drugs are bad for meditators?
Replies: 19
Views: 326

Re: Why drugs are bad for meditators?

Actually, as a lay person, one has a choice to follow it or not. In the Tibetan tradition we purify all vows with the practice of Vajrasattva. Also, bodhisattva and Vajrayana vows take precedence. This is fascinating to me because it is not the way it is generally presented to laymen in most of Eas...
by FiveSkandhas
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why drugs are bad for meditators?
Replies: 19
Views: 326

Re: Why drugs are bad for meditators?

Lord Guatama Buddha designated refraining from intoxicants as one of the five vows for laymen, and thus a core vinaya vow for monks as well. It's one of the most basic parts of being Buddhist. No, it’s not a core vinaya vow. It’s one of the 90 or minor Vinaya vows. The core vows are the four defeat...
by FiveSkandhas
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Perception
Replies: 20
Views: 396

Re: Perception

Ahh I see...it’s like untaught Wisdom? One way I think of it personally is like being toasty warm in your home and looking at your thermometer reading for outside as being below zero. "Gee its cold out there!" you mutter. This is conceptual cognition: you know it, but only on one level. Non-concept...
by FiveSkandhas
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why drugs are bad for meditators?
Replies: 19
Views: 326

Re: Why drugs are bad for meditators?

Lord Guatama Buddha designated refraining from intoxicants as one of the five vows for laymen, and thus a core vinaya vow for monks as well. It's one of the most basic parts of being Buddhist. One argument used is that it causes heedlessness and the breaking of other vows. There is an old tale to su...
by FiveSkandhas
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Perception
Replies: 20
Views: 396

Re: Perception

I like the terminology that Dr. Alexander Berzin uses :"conceptual cognition" versus "non-conceptual cognition." Of course "perception" and "cognition" are not the same thing so you might be talking about something different, but he uses these terms to contrast "knowing something intellectually," li...
by FiveSkandhas
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Does Shinran teach that Amida is the ONLY way to salvation?
Replies: 11
Views: 285

Re: Does Shinran teach that Amida is the ONLY way to salvation?

Shinran Shonin was one of the 163 disciples of Honen Shonin who signed the Shichikajo-kishomon declaration, along with Master Honen, in the year 1204. It should be noted that Master Shinran considered himself to be a loyal disciple of Master Honen throughout his whole life. The doctrinal differences...
by FiveSkandhas
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:30 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Biography of Master Shinran
Replies: 1
Views: 48

Re: Biography of Master Shinran

Very nice! Thank you indeed.
南無阿弥陀仏。
by FiveSkandhas
Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana Sutra of Consciousness Revealed
Replies: 17
Views: 325

Re: Mahayana Sutra of Consciousness Revealed

:applause:
Exquisite. Thank you for posting this.
by FiveSkandhas
Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: All permeating Magnetic(Buddha?) Fields
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: All permeating Magnetic(Buddha?) Fields

Matter and material particles are Samsaric in nature. The elements that make up matter and physical energy are empty of intrinsic self-existence. In Buddhist cosmology, Buddha fields are generally outside of even the highest heavens and formless realms. They are (to my knowledge) not "made of" matte...
by FiveSkandhas
Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.
Replies: 98
Views: 2232

Re: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.

Correct. But then again something might just be the exactly right thing for someone to hear at a given time, discursive though it may be. There were only 14 questions that the Buddha refused to answer. The nature of the atman was not one of them, and he taught on this quite a bit. And believe it or...
by FiveSkandhas
Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.
Replies: 98
Views: 2232

Re: Brunnhölzl on Buddha Nature as a radical teaching.

Here is what I think: DharmaWheel, as much as I love it, spends far too much time bogged down in Metaphysical fretting about whether this or that aspect of the Dharma is "Hinduistic." The Historical Buddha famously looked askance at metaphysical musings and his teachings were largely soteriological....
by FiveSkandhas
Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Video of Buddha's relics
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Re: Video of Buddha's relics

1-Kasuga-Deer.jpg Deer-shaped reliquary from the early-medieval Nara Period, Japan. The Buddha-relics are encased in the flaming Jewel atop the deer and you can make them out a bit Owned by Kasuga Shrine, a Shinto institution that once, in that era, practiced a form of Hybrid Shinto-Buddhism and th...
by FiveSkandhas
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any precedents that allow for 'developments' of Buddhism after the Buddha?
Replies: 33
Views: 599

Re: Are there any precedents that allow for 'developments' of Buddhism after the Buddha?

"Are there any precedents that allow for 'developments' of Buddhism after the Buddha?" Of course... The doctrine of upaya or "skillful means." The Bodhisattva uses whatever is at hand -- whatever it takes --to trigger awakening. Each moment calls for its own unique upaya . This, of course, includes ...
by FiveSkandhas
Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the question of "cultural appropriation"
Replies: 7
Views: 289

Buddhism and the question of "cultural appropriation"

Greetings Dharma brothers and sisters. As you know we live in politically sensitive times. Old assumptions are being upended, controversies about "cancel culture" abound. When I was a young man growing up, it was seen as a positive thing to take an interest in another culture. "Cross cultural pollin...
by FiveSkandhas
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Web Cam in P Town
Replies: 2
Views: 343

Re: Web Cam in P Town

Is this in the Northeast USA?
by FiveSkandhas
Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:46 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Where are the "pratyekabuddha-yanist"?
Replies: 36
Views: 1189

Re: Where are the "pratyekabuddha-yanist"?

So a Christian monk who just went on a contemplative mode all the time, a Jain or Advaita who just meditated their whole life, are these counted as pratyekabuddha-yanist? I would guess that deep contemplation or meditation per se is not what makes a pratyekabuddha, but rather it would hinge on what...
by FiveSkandhas
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Where are the "pratyekabuddha-yanist"?
Replies: 36
Views: 1189

Re: Where are the "pratyekabuddha-yanist"?

They are "solitary realizers," sometimes outside the field of formal Buddhism all together. Given this definition, it is not surprising we don't hear much from those on such a solitary path. The Khaggavisāṇa sutta is sometimes said to be a teaching of this path: https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/KN...

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