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by humble.student
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: 大乘离文字普光明藏经
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: 大乘离文字普光明藏经

Thanks a lot! At least there is an English version for me to understand. Is there a difference between reciting in English and Chinese? 🙏 You're welcome. I would say that, if you have faith, then there is no difference. After all, it was originally translated into Chinese from an Indian language.
by humble.student
Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: 大乘离文字普光明藏经
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: 大乘离文字普光明藏经

Good day everyone, I hope I am in the correct section. Was wondering if anyone heard of 大乘离文字普光明藏经. Can't seem to find much info on the internet. Thank you. What did you want to know? You can find the original Chinese here: http://buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw/BDLM/sutra/chi_pdf/sutra9/T17n0829.pdf That ...
by humble.student
Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is the Mahayana or vajrayana canon closed?
Replies: 10
Views: 420

Re: Is the Mahayana or vajrayana canon closed?

What happens when a text is discovered in a cave somewhere? Has this happened for novel texts (i.e. not just a new version of an existing one)? I'm thinking something like the Nag Hammadi Library (i.e. early Christian gospels found hidden away centuries ago for safe keeping). I know those aren't ac...
by humble.student
Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:06 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Books / Publications / Translations - Where to Find or Buy?
Replies: 19
Views: 1194

Re: Books / Publications / Translations - Where to Find or Buy?

taleen wrote: Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:32 am Is there a book that is a good study of King Asoka's pillar & rock statments?

Like the locations of each one with translations of the statments ?
Here you go: https://archive.org/details/edictsofash ... keon_400_d
by humble.student
Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Avalokiteshvara-focused Pure Land Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 322

Re: Avalokiteshvara-focused Pure Land Buddhism

This way of practice has to do with the idea that Avalokiteshvara is Amitabha's future successor as Buddha of the Pure Land, as I recall.
(Just checked: it comes from the Beihua jing 悲華經 Karuṇāpuṇḍarīka-sūtra )
by humble.student
Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:48 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Modern Chinese Tiantai?
Replies: 4
Views: 429

Re: Modern Chinese Tiantai?

I watched some videos by Rev. Kanjin Cederman, currently a priest in the Nichiren Shu tradition. However, it was mentioned that before this, he was ordained as a monk in the Chinese Tiantai tradition. So there must be modern Chinese Tiantai groups in existence. A simple Google search failed to turn...
by humble.student
Sat Dec 26, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sutra Dharani suggestions
Replies: 7
Views: 260

Re: Sutra Dharani suggestions

The Zhunti/Cundi mantra is a classic in East Asian Buddhism and there are a few versions of the sutra(s) available in English:

https://lapislazulitexts.com/tripitaka/ ... i-dharani/
http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra02.html
http://www.sutrasmantras.info/mantra02.html
by humble.student
Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Dharmottara
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: Dharmottara

The author cites his sources at the end, they are in Japanese, Sanskrit mostly, but he does cite one English translation too, which you ought to be able to find. You'll find further references to existing translations and studies on this site: https://east.ikga.oeaw.ac.at/buddh/ind/18/
by humble.student
Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: John LeCarre
Replies: 19
Views: 759

Re: John LeCarre

Cornwell was a competent writer, well above average, but hardly "one of the finest." His intelligence background wasn't very high level either, apparently, and he relied on good old imagination for a lot of his plots, not that there is anything wrong with that. Well written and engaging, to be sure,...
by humble.student
Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen on sleeping
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: Zen on sleeping

Tao wrote: Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:14 am Lion posture is sleeping on the right side of your body, recommended for dream yoga, but the pictures of zen masters in the first post are not in the lion posture.
These are stills from movies, not documentaries.
by humble.student
Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The Treatise on the Golden Lion
Replies: 15
Views: 3569

Re: The Treatise on the Golden Lion

AmericanBuddhism wrote: Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:05 pm Hi - where can I read the rest of this?
In Bodde’s translation of Feng Youlan’s A History of Chinese Philosophy.
by humble.student
Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen on sleeping
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: Zen on sleeping

You mean the sleeping lion posture? It's common to all traditions. https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/li ... re/14360/6
by humble.student
Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Zen and the Art of Murder
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: Zen and the Art of Murder

Thanks for pointing this out, browsing the odd bit of "Buddhist" fiction is an occasional guilty pleasure of mine. I can also recommend Janwillem van de Wetering's "Inspector Saito's Small Satori " - in addition to his well-known 'Amsterdam Cops' series, he also wrote 3 or so memoirs of his experien...
by humble.student
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Book from the Sky: "meaningless text" from China
Replies: 14
Views: 501

Re: A Book from the Sky: "meaningless text" from China

That soundslike an interesting and very niche use case...software like that could be dangerous in the wrong hands Really? Who knew. The reason I thought of this is because, years ago, I asked a gentleman who'd written a book how he had entered characters which I could not find either in my dictiona...
by humble.student
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Book from the Sky: "meaningless text" from China
Replies: 14
Views: 501

Re: A Book from the Sky: "meaningless text" from China

I don't think that kind of software can input non-existent characters - they all search in a dictionary and offer options. Actually the work involved in verifying that a character hasn't been written that way before really isn't trivial - there are almost fifty thousand characters, including varian...
by humble.student
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Book from the Sky: "meaningless text" from China
Replies: 14
Views: 501

Re: A Book from the Sky: "meaningless text" from China

The sky book is very well done. It's using something that looks like standard printed block script. Actually the amount of work that had to go into it was phenomenal, because he had to literally design every single character and make it look like a regular font. There's an IME that does just that, ...
by humble.student
Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation
Replies: 30
Views: 1530

Re: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation

Bad science doesn't convince anyone . Non-scientists who were already predisposed to believe in reincarnation welcomed Stevenson's work but, hey, they didn't take much persuasion. Non-scientists who weren't interested weren't convinced by his work because he was so obviously obsessive. And scientis...
by humble.student
Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: signs and provocations comprendium
Replies: 16
Views: 921

Re: signs and provocations comprendium

Könchok Thrinley wrote: Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:18 pm
Do you know any names of texts that deal with dreams? And do you know if they have been translated into english?
http://shangshung.org/store/index.php?m ... cts_id=191
by humble.student
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 281
Views: 25826

Re: abortion sutra/real or...?

It's a real text, in that it is not the product of the aforementioned "school." A proper link to the extant Chinese version is here: http://buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT/sutra/10thousand/X01n0017.pdf One will note it is one of 2 texts attributed to the translator-monk Buddhapāli /Fotuoboli, and b...
by humble.student
Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China
Replies: 15
Views: 740

Re: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China

There are some controversial things, for example: Ed L. Shaugnessy says in his book that the Chinese had developed a two phase rocket with wings in early 1200's. That is 700 years before the German V1 & V2. Yes, and Wan Hu invented the rocket one hundred years before Shakespeare coined the expressi...

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