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by FiveSkandhas
Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 50
Views: 803

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

Three things: The Lankāvatara should be taken as the definitive sutra on this topic for three reasons: 1) It defines tathāgatagarbha as cittaprakṛtiprabhāsvara aka the natural luminosity of the mind. 2) It defines all sentient beings as tathāgatagarbha and tathāgatagarbha as all sentient beings. 3....
by FiveSkandhas
Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 50
Views: 803

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

karmanyingpo wrote: Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:50 am
Thank you! Your area of expertise seems to be Japanese and Chinese Buddhism.

KN
I can't claim to be an expert but it is main area of interest.

:bow:
by FiveSkandhas
Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 50
Views: 803

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

A lord lolling on his pillows and a peasant plowing their fields are both "already Buddhas" so each just needs to "recognize" his current perfection, and no change to the social architecture is necessary. It's an interesting line of thought. In order to recognize, no change is necessary, but once r...
by FiveSkandhas
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 50
Views: 803

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

The most radical forms of 本覚思想 ( Hongaku Shiso or "Original Enlightenment thought") in medieval Japan taught that all beings were already enlightened, just as they are, and that it is only a matter of "realizing" this supposed truth. This kind of thinking is most explicitly set forth in certain Tend...
by FiveSkandhas
Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?
Replies: 50
Views: 803

Re: Can all people in our world come to enlightenment?

The Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha has vowed not to enter enlightenment until every single sentient being has entered before him.

He has your back.
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by FiveSkandhas
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: How difference between Chan and Zen.
Replies: 38
Views: 709

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: 1018

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: 56
Views: 1302

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: 364

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: 364

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: 422

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: 364

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: 422

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: 353

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: 51

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: 347

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: 242

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: 2414

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: 2414

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: 143

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...

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