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by Nicholas2727
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Gelug Madhyamaka
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: Gelug Madhyamaka

Also from my understanding, many Sakyapas hold the Rangtong view of emptiness. Does there interpretation match with the Gelug view that nothing ultimately exists? There is no such thing as a rang stong view of emptiness unless one holds a gzhan stong view of emptiness. Since neither the Sakyas nor ...
by Nicholas2727
Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Gelug Madhyamaka
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: Gelug Madhyamaka

I still get the impression that they are stating nothing truly exists. Yes, if by "truly" you mean "ultimately." The Geluks make a distinction between "mere existence", which is not an object of analysis, and "true existence," which is an object of analysis. In Geluk Madhyamaka, the mode of investi...
by Nicholas2727
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Gelug Madhyamaka
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Gelug Madhyamaka

I was reading Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up by Alan Wallace and was slightly confused on some of his explanations of emptiness. He stated that things have no inherent existence, but things do exist. From the way I understood his explanation he was saying that non-existent things come together ...
by Nicholas2727
Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Differing views on emptiness
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Differing views on emptiness

Would someone be able to explain the different views of emptiness between the five Tibetan schools? I am familiar with the Shentong and Rangtong debate (Not trying to start a debate with this post) but from what I understand there are still different views between schools who hold either the Shenton...
by Nicholas2727
Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?
Replies: 19
Views: 507

Re: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?

Could you elaborate on what you mean by "philosophical differences"? What sort of thing are you looking for? I was specifically referring to views on emptiness and Buddha Nature, although I would be curious to understand any other differences they have in regards to philosophy or study. I understan...
by Nicholas2727
Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?
Replies: 19
Views: 507

Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?

The more I have studied Vajrayana Buddhism, I have realized that there are a few philosophical differences between each school and I was wondering if this is the same for Japanese Zen schools? Many of the differences I have found between Rinzai and Soto Zen have to do with practice, although I was n...
by Nicholas2727
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Plum village mindfulness
Replies: 7
Views: 454

Re: Plum village mindfulness

Would be curious if anyone with more knowledge would be able to answer another question. I was reading a text on Rinzai Zen and it mentioned that a major focus in the Rinzai school is keeping mindfulness throughout daily activities and using these activities as an object of meditation. (I am greatly...
by Nicholas2727
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Study in Zen
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Re: Study in Zen

If you are really interested in this topic, I recommend the book Zen Sand by Victor Sogen Hori. It really gives a sense of the depths of literary study necessary to properly respond to Koans in a Rinzai context. In Japan, to be a formally ordained Rinzai or Soto priest, there are a variety of paths...
by Nicholas2727
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Plum village mindfulness
Replies: 7
Views: 454

Re: Plum village mindfulness

TNH's mindfulness teachings come from the Vipassana Theravada Reform movements of the late 19th century. When Vietnamese Theravada was absorbed into the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, Vietnamese Mahayana also absorbed the Vipassana Reform. It is however colored by certain sravakayana teachings...
by Nicholas2727
Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Study in Zen
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Re: Study in Zen

I can try to respond in more depth later, but I think the notion that Soto Zen is anti-intellectual, or that it's not important to study the scriptures and the commentaries, is largely (though not entirely) a modern, western misperception. Taking Dogen as just one example, it's clear that he was no...
by Nicholas2727
Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Study in Zen
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Re: Study in Zen

If you are really interested in this topic, I recommend the book Zen Sand by Victor Sogen Hori. It really gives a sense of the depths of literary study necessary to properly respond to Koans in a Rinzai context. In Japan, to be a formally ordained Rinzai or Soto priest, there are a variety of paths...
by Nicholas2727
Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Plum village mindfulness
Replies: 7
Views: 454

Plum village mindfulness

Is anyone here familiar with the plum village tradition and their form of mindfulness? I have listened to a few talks by students of Thich Nhat Hanh and some of them seem to focus on mindfulness based on the Satipatthana sutta, while others seem to teach a more generalized mindfulness. Where exactly...
by Nicholas2727
Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Study in Zen
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Study in Zen

From my understanding, Zen puts more focus on practice then study, although I was wondering how much study of the Dharma is there traditionally in Zen? I am speaking for both the Soto school and the Rinzai school. I have watched a few videos and from my understanding, the Heart Sutra is recited and ...
by Nicholas2727
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Must read books?
Replies: 14
Views: 497

Re: Must read books?

Thank you for the suggestions. I should correct myself, I did not mean literal "must" read books. What I meant was what is the book you have learned the most from or what books had the biggest impact on your practice. Any books you highly suggest would fall into this category.
by Nicholas2727
Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Must read books?
Replies: 14
Views: 497

Must read books?

What are some of the must read books in your opinion? I am open to suggestions from any lineage! Preferably looking for intermediate level books. I have read a few of the beginner books and have been studying Buddhism for a few years but would not call myself an advanced practitioner.
by Nicholas2727
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are Jonang studies suggested?
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Are Jonang studies suggested?

I am not trying to start any debate with this post, only looking for peoples points of view. I have heard that in the past the Jonang school was labeled as heretics for a mixture of political reasons and some doctrinal views. I have also seen Dolpopa criticized for his views, which makes me wonder i...
by Nicholas2727
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Three year retreat across all traditions
Replies: 4
Views: 554

Three year retreat across all traditions

Hello, I have been learning more about Tibetan Buddhism and have come across the three year retreats a few times, although they are usually always mentioned with the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. Do the other three traditions (Jonang, Sakya and Gelug) also do these retreats? Also, is the three year ...
by Nicholas2727
Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation techniques in each tradition
Replies: 23
Views: 2039

Re: Meditation techniques in each tradition

the practices is to let go of concepts so that makes sense to me, although the practice of how to get there is what I am confused about. The practice is to let go of concepts, full stop. Well, actually, that is taken in Zen as the essential practice, but not the only one. However, the very understa...
by Nicholas2727
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation techniques in each tradition
Replies: 23
Views: 2039

Re: Meditation techniques in each tradition

That is not what the citation says. Right, it's not a full story, I just thought it fitting on the issue of comparison. Here's an extension on empty mind. 'True emptiness is before thinking. Before thinking is just like this. So life is only life; death is only death. You must not be attached to na...
by Nicholas2727
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation techniques in each tradition
Replies: 23
Views: 2039

Re: Meditation techniques in each tradition

Probably not. One does not allow one's mind to rest in a mental factor in either tradition. So, you are saying, ‘simply rest’ with no awareness? ...because in many examples (none of which I can cite at the moment) Thrangu Rinpoche explains the practice of mahamudra as simply allowing the mind to re...

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