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by Volan
Fri May 28, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Parallels between Japanese and Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 507

Re: Parallels between Japanese and Tibetan Buddhism?

According to HORIIKE Shunpo, during the Nara period (710 to 794) there were forty-three temples and shrines of Avalokiteshvara. Of these, the eleven-faced bodhisattva was worshiped at eleven locations, and the thousand-armed manifestation at thirteen. Note that the famous Karandavyuha sutra , which ...
by Volan
Fri May 21, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yogachara: dharmadhatu is "alive"
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: Yogachara: dharmadhatu is "alive"

This hymn was somewhat popular at an earlier time (Nyingma kama) - three are three manuscripts from Dunhuang and a commentary by the famous Ye ses sde, one of the most important translators at the beginning of the 9th century. jENS-UWE HARTMANN - The Triratnastotra Ascribed to Matriceta: 3. To the t...
by Volan
Fri May 21, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yogachara: dharmadhatu is "alive"
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Yogachara: dharmadhatu is "alive"

One of the most interesting concepts of the Yogachara school is the "alive" niṣyanda dharmadhatu . There are two types of mind: the mundane mind (laukika citta) - alaya vijnana and the supramundane (lokottara citta). The former comes from all the ordinary vasanas, while the later from the ...
by Volan
Fri May 21, 2021 12:00 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Practice lineage in the Hosso school
Replies: 4
Views: 407

Re: Practice lineage in the Hosso school

There is a paper "The Yogacarabhumi Meditation Doctrine of the 'Nine Stages of Mental Abiding' in East and Central Asian Buddhism" by Sangyeob Cha. It describes a situation around shamatha practice in East Asian Yogachara. Yogacharabhumi with all its shamatha methodology was translated by ...
by Volan
Thu May 20, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Losing faith in enlightenment
Replies: 34
Views: 2016

Re: Losing faith in enlightenment

Various Buddhist traditions can be presented in terms of basis (adhara), path (marga) and result (phala). You can study the result of the path - dharmakaya and rupakaya with all their qualities - to gain some motivation. There is a chapter 10 of Saṃdhinirmocana sutra, which is devoted to that subjec...
by Volan
Sat May 15, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Gradual Teaching in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 0
Views: 162

Gradual Teaching in Mahayana Buddhism

[Moderator's note: This OP was an answer to this very old topic:] https://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?p=309602#p309602 It occurred to me that, other than straw men in polemical screeds, I can't think of any Gradual Teaching Mahayana Buddhism. Is there such a thing? Saṃdhinirmocana sutra was t...
by Volan
Thu May 13, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Newar Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: Newar Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism

Since Tibetan Buddhism is itself diverse, maybe I should phrase the question as, Is Newari Buddhism closest to Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya or Gelug? https://www.academia.edu/11799466/A_dh%C4%81ra%E1%B9%87%C4%AB_for_Each_Day_of_the_Week_The_saptav%C4%81ra_Tradition_of_the_Newar_Buddhists Gudrun Bühnemann ...
by Volan
Thu May 13, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Newar Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: Newar Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism

Licchavis dynasty (approximately 400 to 750 CE) Chosen deities of this dynasty are Pashupati and Vishnu and a goddess called Maneshvari. Although it's believed that the Chabahil, Bodhnath and Swayambhunath stupas are from the Licchavi era. Malla dynasty (1201 to 1779) Malla kings are considered to ...
by Volan
Wed May 12, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: IS enlightenment SUDDEN OR GRADUAL ?
Replies: 54
Views: 1838

Re: IS enlightenment SUDDEN OR GRADUAL ?

Btw, at the end of the first path there will be siddhis : emanations, clairvoyance, etc. Pabongka Rinpoche - Liberation in the palm of your hand: Let us take the example of sravaka on the path of accumulation.He was moved to renounce cyclic existence and then entered the path of accumulation, he bui...
by Volan
Wed May 12, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: IS enlightenment SUDDEN OR GRADUAL ?
Replies: 54
Views: 1838

Re: IS enlightenment SUDDEN OR GRADUAL ?

The path to awakening consists of five stages: Pañca-mārga (Skt., ‘five paths’). Five stages in Buddhist progress (cf. bhūmi): (i) sambhāramarga, path of accumulation; (ii) prayogamarga, path of preparation; (iii) darśana-marga, path of seeing; (iv) bhāvanā-marga, path of meditation; (v) aśaikṣa-mar...
by Volan
Mon May 10, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara
Replies: 81
Views: 2031

Re: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara

Yup, another story. But I still think Tārānātha's account is more comprehensive and interesting. I have found the exact quote from Tai Situ Rinpoche, where he says that Tara is Avalokiteshvara and that Kuan- Yin, in his opinion, is Avalokiteshvara. http://www.greatliberation.org/library/tai-situpa-...
by Volan
Mon May 10, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara
Replies: 81
Views: 2031

Re: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara

So it's like She was not really born from The tear, but because of the tear ,came to help out Buddha Avalokiteshvara and so appeared this way ? Here is the story according to His Eminence Kenting Tai Situpa A teaching given in New Delhi 18.1.2004 For so many eons Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara with th...
by Volan
Mon May 10, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara
Replies: 81
Views: 2031

Re: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara

Tibetans elaborate that story - she was born from the tears of Avalokiteshvara. This is from the praise to 21 Tārās, so not a Tibetan elaboration at all. Yes, i have garbled it with Mani Kabum, which is the Tibetan variant. According to it, Both Tara and Avalokiteshvara are emanations of Amitabha: ...
by Volan
Mon May 10, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Help with prayer in Tibetan
Replies: 4
Views: 307

Re: Help with prayer in Tibetan

In Tibetan tradition they call these as "name mantras of Tathagatas". This particular one is a slightly modified version for Buddha Amitabha. There are some sutras with these teachings - Shakyamuni version: The Bodhisattva Compassionate Eye Looking One stood up from his seat, put his right...
by Volan
Mon May 10, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara
Replies: 81
Views: 2031

Re: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara

Only outsiders who are not very familiar with buddhist philosophy are getting confused. May I be so bold as to ask, are you referring to anyone in this thread? Does outsiders include anyone that doesn't belong to your style of Buddhism ? Never really heard the word outsiders except in cults. It's a...
by Volan
Mon May 10, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara
Replies: 81
Views: 2031

Re: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara

No, Tara has her own rnam thar, and her own pure land, etc. Potala pure land - Avalokiteshvara at the top of the mountain and Tara in the forest at the foot. And there are even forms with the combined mantras. Hayagriva, Garuda, Vajrapani also have combined mantras, this does not make them the same...
by Volan
Sun May 09, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara
Replies: 81
Views: 2031

Re: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara

Tara is the same entity as Avalokiteśvara manifesting itself in form of the goddess-devi. No, Tara has her own rnam thar, and her own pure land, etc. Potala pure land - Avalokiteshvara at the top of the mountain and Tara in the forest at the foot. And there are even forms with the combined mantras.
by Volan
Sun May 09, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara
Replies: 81
Views: 2031

Re: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara

Why do we refer to Her as a Goddess and not just a Buddha ? We don't refer to her as a goddess in Buddhism. Hindu's do, however. Does anyone have any idea how Tara ended up as a bloodthirsty deity in Hinduism? Not only "bloodthirsty", there are some forms borrowed from the Buddhist tantra...
by Volan
Sun May 09, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara
Replies: 81
Views: 2031

Re: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara

According to the "Facing Everywhere: The Teaching of the Miracles of Avalokiteśvara" chapter of the Lotus sutra, Avalokiteśvara manifests himself in various forms: Maheśvara, Śakra, Brahmā, piśāca, yakṣa... Tara is the same entity as Avalokiteśvara manifesting itself in form of the goddess...
by Volan
Fri May 07, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: His Holiness says that one can follow a book, not a teacher
Replies: 7
Views: 733

Re: His Holiness says that one can follow a book, not a teacher

This statement is somewhat revolutionary to the Tibetan Buddhism - traditionally one is supposed to receive oral transmissions and commentaries. Not really. Vajrayāna topics yes, sūtrayāna, not so much. Three types of Prajna: wisdom acquired through listening (study, teaching) (srutamayiprajna), wi...

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