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by Aemilius
Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Refuge name conundrum
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: Refuge name conundrum

Take refuge again with a teacher you have full confidence in. In general refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha have nothing to do with various Tibetan lineages so the person you take refuge with should feel like a solid representation of the three jewels. /magnus Oh really? It certainly should ha...
by Aemilius
Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: How Bhikshu Svagata drinks (too much) alcohol
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: How Bhikshu Svagata drinks (too much) alcohol

It seems evident that the Mahāsāṃghika Vinaya is the earlier version and likely better reflects the original narrative concerning the incident which led to The Buddha prohibiting Alcohol consumption. What is the evidence that the "Mahāsāṃghika Vinaya is the earlier version..."? If you rea...
by Aemilius
Sun Aug 01, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: How Bhikshu Svagata drinks (too much) alcohol
Replies: 3
Views: 93

How Bhikshu Svagata drinks (too much) alcohol

It seems evident that the Mahāsāṃghika Vinaya is the earlier version and likely better reflects the original narrative concerning the incident which led to The Buddha prohibiting Alcohol consumption. The Mahāsāṃghika account of the incident is as follows: The Buddha was residing in the country of Ka...
by Aemilius
Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Refuge name conundrum
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: Refuge name conundrum

Hello all - hope you're well. I'm writing with a question regarding a refuge name I received. I was previously a member of the Shambhala community, which (as I'm sure many know) has been up-ended by the revelation of an abuse scandal (both recent and historical). I took refuge with a representative...
by Aemilius
Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya
Replies: 12
Views: 219

Re: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya

If you manage to get into the dhyana without concepts, there are no concepts of self or no-self.
by Aemilius
Sat Jul 31, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?
Replies: 30
Views: 932

Re: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?

This is not a Mahayana or Vajrayana topic, but I don't know where else to post the question to competent people. I have read that Siddharta Gautama is said to have had practical experience in battle, not just combat training as traditionally passed down. This seems very doubtful to me, so I would l...
by Aemilius
Fri Jul 30, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?
Replies: 30
Views: 932

Re: Did Siddharta Gautama have battle experience?

The estates of the realm, or three estates, were the broad orders of social hierarchy used in Europe from the Middle Ages to early modern Europe. Different systems for dividing society members into estates developed and evolved over time. The best known system is the French Ancien Régime (Old Regime...
by Aemilius
Thu Jul 29, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya
Replies: 12
Views: 219

Re: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya

Candrakirti (and Nagarjuna) say that nirvana is that nothing arises or ceases (essentially), in Reason Sixty (Yuktisastika) & the Commentary of Candrakirti. They both say that it is a totally wrong idea that nirvana would be nothingness, i.e. that cessation would mean a literal ceasing of senses...
by Aemilius
Thu Jul 29, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three thousand thoughts in a single life moment..
Replies: 20
Views: 442

Re: Three thousand thoughts in a single life moment..

I think it means that one thing depends on a limitless number of other things. One thought does not exist by itself in isolation of other thoughts. Its meaning derives from other thoughts and from other concepts. All the other thoughts and concepts are implied by and included in one thought. Like th...
by Aemilius
Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya
Replies: 12
Views: 219

Re: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya

In Lankavatara sutra the transformation of consciousness is called Paravritti or Asraya-paravritti, and there is previous discussion of it: https://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=24952&start=20 D.T. Suzuki gives the impression that paravritti is a radical and profound event, that i...
by Aemilius
Tue Jul 27, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya
Replies: 12
Views: 219

Re: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya

Hakuin Ekaku (1685- 1768) has written about these same wisdoms. They are known as four wisdoms in the tradition that reached japan, but they are clearly the same teaching and same wisdoms. Explication of the Four Knowledges of Buddhahood Translated by Thomas F. Cleary In: The Original Face: An Antho...
by Aemilius
Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya
Replies: 12
Views: 219

Re: Eight Consciousnesses and Trikaya

Third Karmapa's Distinguishing Consciousness and Wisdom discusses this in terms of transforming the eight consciousnesses into the five wisdoms.

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by Aemilius
Tue Jul 27, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Family in next birth - Cause and Effect Sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 200

Re: Family in next birth - Cause and Effect Sutra

There are sutras/suttas where Buddha Gautama teaches that you can be reborn in the company of Devas and Brahmas as a result of following the Noble Eightfold Path, for example Jhana Sutta, Mental Absorption https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an04/an04.123.than.html A sutta about factors that...
by Aemilius
Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Family in next birth - Cause and Effect Sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 200

Re: Family in next birth - Cause and Effect Sutra

The doctrine of kamma is probably the most misunderstood of all the Buddha's teachings. Some of the more common misunderstandings are these. (1) Some people have the impression that kamma is a force or energy in the universe independent of individuals but acting upon them. The Buddha made it clear t...
by Aemilius
Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Eighteen Guilds in Ancient India
Replies: 4
Views: 178

Re: The Eighteen Guilds in Ancient India

Hello cowan! I am a cowan too. I know very little about the history of guilds. There is so much material in this topic that you could spent the rest of the year studying it. According to the Encyclopedia of Voltaire the ancient mystery religions, that depended on initiation, continued in guilds long...
by Aemilius
Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: How to find the 25,000 lines and 8,000 lines of Prajnaparamita
Replies: 6
Views: 817

Re: How to find the 25,000 lines and 8,000 lines of Prajnaparamita

To my knowledge, Edward Conze translated both versions several decades ago, however these translations, albeit their undeniable value especially in historical terms, supposedly aren't entirely up to the faithful standard currently held. They are dated but largely fine. I translated about half of th...
by Aemilius
Thu Jul 22, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A question about a Buddhistic story
Replies: 13
Views: 336

Re: A question about a Buddhistic story

Sufims is not Buddhism, but it was influenced by Buddhism (very likely). In several poems of Rumi you can find buddhist themes, for example: HE GUEST HOUSE – BY RUMI AND THE BUDDHA Rumi, the 13th century Muslim poet from a Persian family, has deservedly won a place in our hearts for his sublime capa...
by Aemilius
Thu Jul 22, 2021 8:24 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The karmic consequences of keeping pets
Replies: 64
Views: 1682

Re: The karmic consequences of keeping pets

Ven. Dhammika limits himself to Pali sources as far as I know, whereas the Mahayana canon does in fact have something to say on this matter. Two sets of bodhisattva precepts preserved in the Chinese canon, the Upasaka Precept Sutra and Brahma Net Sutra have a minor precept against keeping animals. ...
by Aemilius
Wed Jul 21, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A question about a Buddhistic story
Replies: 13
Views: 336

Re: A question about a Buddhistic story

I think the origin of the story could be a G. I. Gurdieff episode: One of his pupils manages to quit the habit of smoking and tells Gurdieff that he is now free from smoking. Gurdieff says that if he is free from smoking, he could perhaps smoke a cigarette (or cigar, I can't remember which one) and ...
by Aemilius
Wed Jul 21, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Eighteen Guilds in Ancient India
Replies: 4
Views: 178

Re: The Eighteen Guilds in Ancient India

I would say that most occupations require skills and knowledge of some special kind, like fore example mining and processing the ore require knowledge of metallurgy, knowledge of rocks, stones, metals, heat and chemicals that were needed. It seems that for some reason mining and metallurgy were not ...

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