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by Zhen Li
Fri Feb 03, 2023 10:32 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Meditation on Hrih
Replies: 18
Views: 637

Re: Meditation on Hrih

I wasn't sure what response I was going to get from this forum when I first posted here about this. But I wasn't expecting such a range of articulate and fascinating insights. Thank you so much to all. I had no idea that seed syllables were used widely in esoteric traditions. Has anyone encountered...
by Zhen Li
Fri Feb 03, 2023 12:59 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Online Buddhist Sanskrit Course
Replies: 13
Views: 748

Re: Online Buddhist Sanskrit Course

Dharma_Seeker wrote: Wed Feb 01, 2023 9:26 am I am interested in learning Sanskrit as well. Is it possible to still join?
namomanjushriye wrote: Thu Feb 02, 2023 2:04 am im interested.
Yes, we are meeting Saturday nights 10-11 PM (GMT), 5-6 PM (EST). We are just finishing lesson 1 of Dhammajoti's textbook.

Please DM me for the classroom link if you are able to attend.
:namaste:
by Zhen Li
Tue Jan 31, 2023 11:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vasudhara Mantras/Dharani
Replies: 13
Views: 418

Re: Vasudhara Mantras/Dharani

When I received the transmission for this dharani, the Teacher did not say anything about "midnight," sandalwood," or "mandalas." Personally, I just say the dharani while facing the west and with faith in and devotion to Vasudhara. Yeah, as I suggested, one should probably ...
by Zhen Li
Mon Jan 30, 2023 11:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vasudhara Mantras/Dharani
Replies: 13
Views: 418

Re: Vasudhara Mantras/Dharani

Yes, the 2 means it is repeated twice. This is common in manuscripts, but usually in printed editions they repeat the word.

You also see 3 for things like śrī 3 bhagavān: the śrī śrī śrī bhagavān.
by Zhen Li
Mon Jan 30, 2023 6:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vasudhara Mantras/Dharani
Replies: 13
Views: 418

Re: Vasudhara Mantras/Dharani

Then that linked one should help you. It has about 10 pages of mantras for Vasudhara (133-143). For those of us who cannot read Sanskrit, how would we know what is a mantra/dharani and what is the general text? Thanks. From "namo ratnatrayāya ..." (133) to "kailāśanivāsini svāhā"...
by Zhen Li
Mon Jan 30, 2023 3:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Correct sanskrit pronunciation
Replies: 59
Views: 2252

Re: Correct sanskrit pronunciation

I really wanted to learn sanskrit. But what's the point now? This sucks Because you can read the scriptures in Sanskrit. People don't give up learning English just because we can't agree on whether schedule is pronounced with a sh- or sk-. Sanskrit is a constructed language at the end of the day, a...
by Zhen Li
Sun Jan 29, 2023 5:42 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Question about Three-Vow Conversion
Replies: 10
Views: 309

Re: Question about Three-Vow Conversion

In terms of the three-vows, if one has doubts, continuing to practice (plugging away, as Myoan puts it), even if one knows that it is only Amida who saves one, is not at all to be disparaged. Continuing to listen deeply and reflect on the significance of the Buddha and the Dharma also cannot be unde...
by Zhen Li
Fri Jan 27, 2023 5:50 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Meditation on Hrih
Replies: 18
Views: 637

Re: Meditation on Hrih

Using dhāraṇīs, mantras, seed syllables, sūtras, or the names of Buddhas and bodhisattvas is far more effective than reciting any random set of syllables or the names of objects of consumption. This is particularly so for a syllable connected to Amitābha, keeping in mind that this is in the context...
by Zhen Li
Fri Jan 27, 2023 11:49 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Meditation on Hrih
Replies: 18
Views: 637

Re: Meditation on Hrih

Using dhāraṇīs, mantras, seed syllables, sūtras, or the names of Buddhas and bodhisattvas is far more effective than reciting any random set of syllables or the names of objects of consumption. This is particularly so for a syllable connected to Amitābha, keeping in mind that this is in the context ...
by Zhen Li
Thu Jan 26, 2023 11:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Correct sanskrit pronunciation
Replies: 59
Views: 2252

Re: Correct sanskrit pronunciation

The matter is complicated. I chatted with my Khenpo about this. Having studied at Sanskrit University, first in his class for nine years, he really thinks these pronunciations are just incorrect, no matter how they got there. His point is that many brahmins are not actually very educated in Sanskri...
by Zhen Li
Wed Jan 25, 2023 12:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Correct sanskrit pronunciation
Replies: 59
Views: 2252

Re: Correct sanskrit pronunciation

Guys, not knowing Sanskrit, something is not clear to me. If Sanskrit has both Ṣa and Kha letters, why would Ṣa be pronounced anywhere as Kha? Is this like "c" in English, which is pronounced as "s" (certain) or "k" (car) despite there being separate letters s and k? I...
by Zhen Li
Wed Jan 25, 2023 11:48 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Meditation on Hrih
Replies: 18
Views: 637

Re: Meditation on Hrih

Thanks, I guess it's important not to 'wing it' too much with spiritual practice, especially with stuff that has real juice - I had no idea it was used in dzogchen sadhana. That sort of thing normally requires lineage and empowerment, as well as the supervision of a master. Thank you for setting me...
by Zhen Li
Tue Jan 24, 2023 5:50 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Meditation on Hrih
Replies: 18
Views: 637

Re: Meditation on Hrih

Meditation on HRIḤ 𑖮𑖿𑖨𑖰𑖾 comes up in many sādhanas. It transforms into various deities in Amitābha's Buddha family. I think meditation on syllables isn't generally just practised out of the blue, but is part of sādhana or other practice given by a guru. In Shingon they have visualisation of the lett...
by Zhen Li
Tue Jan 24, 2023 10:13 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: the difference between Prajñāparāmita and Madhyamaka
Replies: 18
Views: 633

Re: the difference between Prajñāparāmita and Madhyamaka

The question is whether "non-apprehension" is a meditative state. This is what Jayarava has been claiming but I don't think that's supported by the texts. I also am not sure Orsborn suggests that. In the article above he refers to it as a meditative state. But perhaps his other work is mo...
by Zhen Li
Mon Jan 23, 2023 5:35 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: the difference between Prajñāparāmita and Madhyamaka
Replies: 18
Views: 633

Re: the difference between Prajñāparāmita and Madhyamaka

The question is whether "non-apprehension" is a meditative state. This is what Jayarava has been claiming but I don't think that's supported by the texts. I also am not sure Orsborn suggests that.
by Zhen Li
Mon Jan 23, 2023 9:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Masonry- compatible with Buddhist practice?
Replies: 22
Views: 1031

Re: Masonry- compatible with Buddhist practice?

A few issues in my mind: 1. Masons must believe in the "supreme being." You would be splitting your refuge, because the Masonic god (sometimes called Jahbulon) has different demands of a believer than the Buddha. Most Masons are splitting their faith in the Christian god, and their own chu...
by Zhen Li
Fri Jan 20, 2023 11:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Correct sanskrit pronunciation
Replies: 59
Views: 2252

Re: Correct sanskrit pronunciation

This is interesting, I wonder if these pronunciations are derived from a Nepalese tradition. For instance, in Newar "va" (व) is pronoucned anywhere from wo or just o (though in svāhā it is a "wa" sound because of the long ā). And while sh (श) is closer to s (स), ṣ is often prono...
by Zhen Li
Thu Jan 19, 2023 10:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Correct sanskrit pronunciation
Replies: 59
Views: 2252

Re: Correct sanskrit pronunciation

Hi everyone. I'm looking for help pronouncing some sanskrit words correctly, for mantras I pronounce svāhā as "svaha" I pronounce phaṭ as "pay" and hūṃ as "hoom", instead of like, the hum in humming Is this correct? Thanks :namaste: For Nepalese Buddhist pronunciation:...
by Zhen Li
Wed Jan 18, 2023 1:18 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Sanskrit translation breakthrough
Replies: 2
Views: 287

Re: Sanskrit translation breakthrough

Interesting, I saw this a few days ago. I wonder it anyone here has any insight into how much of a breakthrough this really is. Some of the headlines seemed kinda hyperbolic The claim made in the article, "Computer scientists working on Natural Language Processing gave up on rule-based approac...
by Zhen Li
Thu Jan 12, 2023 3:59 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Reading Group by Zoom
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: Pure Land Reading Group by Zoom

Catontheroof wrote: Wed Jan 11, 2023 6:17 pm Hello! I am interested. I do not know much, but I would like to learn.

Do you know any nianfo group online?
Hi there,

Please feel free to PM me if you are interested and I can forward you a link. We are not doing it as a nianfo group. I am also not aware of any.

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