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by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The Treatise on the Golden Lion
Replies: 15
Views: 3520

Re: The Treatise on the Golden Lion

Another book source is Chang's Buddhist Teaching of Totality which has comments and a complete translation.
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Benefits of Shurangama Mantra
Replies: 0
Views: 138

Benefits of Shurangama Mantra

Video that gives text and recitation of benefits of this powerful mantra, from the Shurangama Sutra. At around 18 minutes the recitation of the mantra, with text, starts.

by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Recommended commentary on the Shurangama Sutra thats not by Ven. Hsuan Hua?
Replies: 6
Views: 433

Re: Recommended commentary on the Shurangama Sutra thats not by Ven. Hsuan Hua?

There are at least 12 more in this series of commentaries. English translation follows his Tibetan remarks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvDXT_c_bic
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 209
Views: 58203

Re: Dharma Gems

More from Atisha... 8. [Reality is] devoid of entity and nonentity, free from conceptions, free from objects, without support, without basis, without coming or going, unexemplified, 9. ineffable, invisible, unchanging, and unconditioned. If a yogi realizes that, the afflictive and cognitive obstruct...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 209
Views: 58203

Re: Dharma Gems

Homage to the Great Compassionate One 1. The Dharma taught by Buddhas perfectly relies on two realities: the conventional reality of the world and ultimate reality. 2. The conventional has two aspects: one that is mistaken and one that is correct. The former is twofold: the moon [reflected on] wate...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 209
Views: 58203

Re: Dharma Gems

Though one may conquer many times a thousand men in battle, yet he is the noblest victor who conquers himself. Self-conquest is far better than the conquest of others. No god or devil can defeat a person who is self-subdued & ever restrained. Dhammapada
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Latest 84K Sutra
Replies: 39
Views: 5317

Re: Latest 84K Sutra

Another recent one: https://read.84000.co/translation/toh54.html This chapter of the Lotus Sutra is chanted by many lay practitioners of chinese buddhism daily. It's known for making a lot of merit, fulfilling wishes and creating a positive connection with Avalokiteshvara. The chapter is about how ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:05 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Latest 84K Sutra
Replies: 39
Views: 5317

Re: Latest 84K Sutra

by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wisdom Abounds
Replies: 34
Views: 4593

Re: Wisdom Abounds

Politics, however they make the intellect active, sagacious, and inventive, within a certain sphere, generally extinguish its thirst for universal truth, paralyze sentiment and imagination, corrupt the simplicity of the mind, destroy that confidence in human virtue which lies at the foundation of p...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wisdom Abounds
Replies: 34
Views: 4593

Re: Wisdom Abounds

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who to...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Translation Question
Replies: 6
Views: 711

Re: Avatamsaka Translation Question

Also from the Chinese is this draft translation:
It is through the perfection of the dharmas of pristine purity
that one becomes entirely replete in all of the meritorious qualities.
such a person focuses his unrelenting mindfulness
on the acquisition of all-knowledge.
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 930

Re: The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra

I've just found a text called "The Teaching in Seventeen Chapters for Great Being Bhadrapala". Do you know what the relationship is between this text and this Sutra? It seems similar in some aspects, and different in others. No, but the PS Sutra is very old and exists in differing recensions and tr...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Suggest Books About Nyingma And Kagyu Masters, Siddhas etc.
Replies: 4
Views: 465

Re: Suggest Books About Nyingma And Kagyu Masters, Siddhas etc.

Not that many images if I recall, but many great sages are covered:

Masters of Meditation and Miracles by Tulku Thondup
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: Language
Topic: "heart of enlightenment"
Replies: 7
Views: 748

Re: "heart of enlightenment"

Twice in Khunu Lama's Praise of Bodhicitta - verses 29 & 271 - these words appear. What do they refer to - buddhahood or great compassion or ??? It is a mistranslation of BodhimaNDa (byang chub snying po) which actually refers to the seat (maNDa) of awakening. Thank you Malcolm :bow: So bodhimanda ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: "heart of enlightenment"
Replies: 7
Views: 748

Re: "heart of enlightenment"

From now until the heart of enlightenment I pray to the Guru Triple Gem to have such an aspiration as "may I not be separated from bodhicitta," and to be blessed [to make such a prayer]. I think I this context, “heart” means “core” in the sense of “ultimate”, like in the expression “getting to the ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: "heart of enlightenment"
Replies: 7
Views: 748

Re: "heart of enlightenment"

Cannot get the Tibetan to display here nor is the Attachment function available. Here is the English for verse 29: 29 From now until the heart of enlightenment, I pray to the Guru Triple Gem to have such an aspiration as "may I not be separated from bodhicitta," and to be blessed [to make such a pra...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: "heart of enlightenment"
Replies: 7
Views: 748

"heart of enlightenment"

Twice in Khunu Lama's Praise of Bodhicitta - verses 29 & 271 - these words appear.

What do they refer to - buddhahood or great compassion or ???
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 209
Views: 58203

Re: Dharma Gems

When a noble disciple contemplates upon the Enlightened One, at that time his mind is not enwrapped in lust, nor in hatred, nor in delusion. At such a time his mind is rightly directed towards the Perfect One (Tathāgata). And with a rightly directed mind the noble disciple gains enthusiasm for the ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 209
Views: 58203

Re: Dharma Gems

Malcolm wrote: Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:29 pm
Nicholas Weeks wrote: Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:07 pm
Therefore, Ānanda, do not be judgmental regarding people. Do not pass judgment on people. Those who pass judgment on people harm themselves. I alone, or one like me, may pass judgment on people.
AN 6:44
Great advice, you should follow it.
Of course. All Buddhists should try to follow it.
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 209
Views: 58203

Re: Dharma Gems

Therefore, Ānanda, do not be judgmental regarding people. Do not pass judgment on people. Those who pass judgment on people harm themselves. I alone, or one like me, may pass judgment on people. AN 6:44 As for the places to which someone else’s mind proceeds, one may be mistaken about them, for the...

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