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by Astus
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 120
Views: 6884

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

The whole topic which I picked up concerns exclusivly Japanese zen. The main point still stands: Practising with koans is in order to gain realisation, shikantaza is practice-realisation, so there is a difference. If there were stages to be reached in shikantaza, then realisation were apart from pr...
by Astus
Fri Jan 22, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is cittavijanana?
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Re: What is cittavijanana?

can someone explain what cittavijnana in buddhist belief means? It is a concept specific to the yogacara school? Where have you seen such a term? In Yogacara there is talk of citta, manas, and vijnana as three distinct aspects/functions: 'When the Buddha speaks of citta, manas and vijñāna (cf. Dīgh...
by Astus
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 120
Views: 6884

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

The problem itself is not in shikan taza or koan practice. The problem is in complete denial of kensho/satori realization. The fact that one is practicing shikan taza does not mean by itself that kind of denial. In fact wether shikan taza or koan the experience should be exactly the same. Practisin...
by Astus
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahayana Sutras Lack Oral Transmission?
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: Mahayana Sutras Lack Oral Transmission?

There's nothing much that would allow us to conclusively say that certain ideas and teachings were never given by the Buddha and were simply developed later by "philosophers" and the like. That's not necessarily so. For instance, the concept of alayavijnana is a later development as we can see in t...
by Astus
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the Mahayana or vajrayana canon closed?
Replies: 10
Views: 416

Re: Is the Mahayana or vajrayana canon closed?

Dgj wrote: Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:42 pmAre these individual canons closed?
Basically, yes. Their titles often designate the imperial era of publication (e.g. Yongle, Qianlong, Taisho), so to modify them would mean a new version published at a different time.
by Astus
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the Mahayana or vajrayana canon closed?
Replies: 10
Views: 416

Re: Is the Mahayana or vajrayana canon closed?

As for Mahayana sutras, we know there will be new ones because Maitreya Buddha will arrive in the future and teach the dharma and therefore we can assume there will be new sutras. There are also old sutras and other texts discovered, as in the case of the Dunhuang manuscripts , for which here's a l...
by Astus
Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the Mahayana or vajrayana canon closed?
Replies: 10
Views: 416

Re: Is the Mahayana or vajrayana canon closed?

For example the Chinese Tripitiaka; is it a closed canon? There are several Chinese canons , for example: Taisho 大正藏 and the supplement Xuzangjing (Zokuzokyo) 卍續藏 that are modern, 20th century editions, and older ones, like the Zhaocheng Jin 趙城金藏 (12th century), Qianlong 乾隆藏 (18th century), Norther...
by Astus
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:02 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: History: Why does Southern Buddhism seem to disappear from history at certain periods?
Replies: 1
Views: 87

Re: History: Why does Southern Buddhism seem to disappear from history at certain periods?

Do you know why the history of Buddhism in Southern Asia seem to be spotty at different periods? Active at times, disappearing or blank on others? http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/history/thera_timeline.htm or is it a failure of history records/lost records? Isn't it like that everywhere else wi...
by Astus
Fri Jan 08, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 120
Views: 6884

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

What was Kodo Sawaki's opinion of satori? From Homeless Kodo: 'A Zen tenma, or heavenly demon, is an ordinary person practicing to gain satori, to become great. Buddhadharma is not something for making an ordinary person great.' (Halfway Zazen chapter) 'Zazen is the way we tune in to the whole univ...
by Astus
Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can someone explain Yogacara to me?
Replies: 18
Views: 590

Re: Can someone explain Yogacara to me?

where would I find those translations of the works by Vasubandhu? There are the translations by Kochumuttom in A Buddhist Doctrine of Experience and by Thomas E. Wood in Mind Only. Online the Vimsatika and Trimsika are included in the BDK volume Three Texts on Consciousness Only , and the Trisvabha...
by Astus
Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can someone explain Yogacara to me?
Replies: 18
Views: 590

Re: Can someone explain Yogacara to me?

Manjushri wrote: Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:29 amwhat would be the essential texts pertaining to Yogachara, available in English translation today?
Mahayanasamgraha, Mahayanasutralamkara, Madhyantavibhaga, Vimsatika, Trimsika, Trisvabhavanirdesa, Cheng Weishi Lun.
by Astus
Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Definition: “Outflows” ?
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Re: Definition: “Outflows” ?

In various texts, the term “outflows” is used, such as the Buddha or his disciples being free from outflows . Āsrava is a wonderful word, signifying how one mentally/emotionally is moved toward various objects, and how such things (in particular: sensuality/kāma, becoming/bhava, ignorance/avidyā, a...
by Astus
Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can someone explain Yogacara to me?
Replies: 18
Views: 590

Re: Can someone explain Yogacara to me?

Where do East Asian schools stand on this issue? Do some schools follow Yogacara philosophy, or are they like the Tibetans and consider themselves mostly to be Madhyamaka? There are eight or ten schools distinguished traditionally in Chinese Buddhism (Satyasiddhi 成實宗; Abhidharmakosa 俱舍宗; Vinaya 律宗;...
by Astus
Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can someone explain Yogacara to me?
Replies: 18
Views: 590

Re: Can someone explain Yogacara to me?

explain Yogacara philosophy to me and how it compares with Madhyamaka philosophy? There is no singular Yogacara philosophy but rather various texts considered by various people to be called Yogacara. Here are two introductory articles/essays: What is Yogacara? by Charles Muller What is and isn't Yo...
by Astus
Tue Dec 22, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?
Replies: 19
Views: 527

Re: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?

A cursory glance at the former shows detailed instruction on how to sit, how to compose the mind, and the latter shows instruction on view. Let's consider Zazengi a bit then, because I would not call this one page writing a 'detailed instruction' on anything really. It has a shorter paragraph as a ...
by Astus
Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?
Replies: 19
Views: 527

Re: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?

Instructions on how to lay out the facilties, instructions on bathroom conduct, instructions on how to make the robes and what materials that should be used and why. Maybe it could be put under the category of ethics to argue against the use of toothbrush, as Dogen does in Senmen, but that's not mu...
by Astus
Tue Dec 22, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: In Buddhism, what is "form", and how does it come about?
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: In Buddhism, what is "form", and how does it come about?

'Matter or material form is (1-5) the five sense-faculties, (6-10) the five object-referents [or object-fields of the five sense-faculties], arid (11) the non-informative.' (AKB I.9ab, tr Sangpo, p 214) 'What is form? It is all form whatsoever that is included in the four great elements and that is...
by Astus
Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?
Replies: 19
Views: 527

Re: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?

narhwal90 wrote: Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:15 pmThere are many very specific instructions and views in Shobogenzo, but perhaps I am misunderstanding?
Are there? Any examples maybe?
by Astus
Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?
Replies: 19
Views: 527

Re: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?

They both assert that one's very own fathom-long body is the Buddha. The idea of buddha-nature has been well regarded in China even before Bodhidharma, and it has been accepted by influential schools like the Sanlun, the Tiantai, and the Huayan. To say that Soto and Rinzai have their own philosophi...

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