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by Sentient Light
Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Plum village mindfulness
Replies: 7
Views: 477

Re: Plum village mindfulness

Would be curious if anyone with more knowledge would be able to answer another question. I was reading a text on Rinzai Zen and it mentioned that a major focus in the Rinzai school is keeping mindfulness throughout daily activities and using these activities as an object of meditation. (I am greatl...
by Sentient Light
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Mantras
Replies: 11
Views: 521

Re: Zen Mantras

This is the morning liturgy in Vietnamese Thien traditions. It begins with the Surangama Mantra, the Great Compassion Mantra, then ten other short mantras, the Heart Sutra, a couple of devotional liturgies, and the refuge recitation. https://vietbuddhism.com/PDFKinh/BacTong/KinhTung/CongPhuKhuya_Tie...
by Sentient Light
Wed Dec 02, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Plum village mindfulness
Replies: 7
Views: 477

Re: Plum village mindfulness

TNH's mindfulness teachings come from the Vipassana Theravada Reform movements of the late 19th century. When Vietnamese Theravada was absorbed into the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, Vietnamese Mahayana also absorbed the Vipassana Reform. It is however colored by certain sravakayana teachings ...
by Sentient Light
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Translation of two dhāraṇī sūtras parallel to pāli suttas
Replies: 8
Views: 355

Re: Translation of two dhāraṇī sūtras parallel to pāli suttas

Google Translate from Chinese to English thinks Manjushri is King Kong Hahhaa, Vietnamese to English will translate a lot of dharma terms to the names of countries, because they're teh same word. Like 'Dharma' in Vietnamese sometimes gets translated to "France." As a consequence to this, "Buddha dh...
by Sentient Light
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Japanese Pure Land vs the rest of East Asia
Replies: 4
Views: 489

Re: Japanese Pure Land vs the rest of East Asia

I highly recommend Charles Jones's Chinese Pure Land Buddhism: A Tradition of Practice for an in-depth look at this. He does a great job of showing the position and diversity of Pure Land practices in the rest of East Asia, and also showing a gradual move closer to the Japanese interpretations in th...
by Sentient Light
Tue Oct 13, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Martial Arts & Buddhist Practice?
Replies: 38
Views: 1531

Re: Martial Arts & Buddhist Practice?

I practice in a family lineage of martial arts called Vo Binh Dinh, passed down from my father. It is considered to be a Buddhist martial art, with swordsmanship and staff work as the primary weapons. Both of these play into Vietnamese Thien, as much of our qigong lineages derive from sword and staf...
by Sentient Light
Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Finding a section of the prajnaparamita
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: Finding a section of the prajnaparamita

菩薩有我亦非行無我亦非行 T1564.24b29 It's from a commentary to Ch 18 of the MMK. I've heard the root statement from the Wisdom-Perfection Sutra before though, I'm just having quite a time finding it. It's most likely AFAIK to be from the Pañcaviṃśatisāhasrikāprajñāpāramitāsūtra. I suppose it could actually be ...
by Sentient Light
Fri Aug 28, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is it the heart or the mind?
Replies: 16
Views: 1066

Re: Is it the heart or the mind?

In Vietnamese and Chinese, heart and mind are the same word.
by Sentient Light
Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Historical Buddha
Replies: 22
Views: 1616

Re: Historical Buddha

Not just the Jain texts, but the handful of fragments we have of Carvaka texts also mention the followers of Gautama. The records of the Second Buddhist Council are also corroborated through independent sources, so we can be relatively certain that this happened, and so we have reasonable evidence t...
by Sentient Light
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Jātaka Stories Database
Replies: 4
Views: 1786

Re: difference between jataka and avadana ?

What’s the difference between jataka and avadana ? A jataka is a past life story of a / the Buddha. An avadana is a past life story of anyone else; it can also be a current-life biography or episode of one of the other disciples (Mahaprajapati's parinirvana is in an avadana collection, for instance...
by Sentient Light
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: What school of Buddhism that is not a Pure Land school is closest to Jodo Shu in terms of philosophy and doctrine?
Replies: 6
Views: 1446

Re: What school of Buddhism that is not a Pure Land school is closest to Jodo Shu in terms of philosophy and doctrine?

As it currently stands in mainland East Asia, there is basically one big doctrinal 'school' with tons of individual practice lineages to pick and choose from, and they are generally seen as not mutually exclusive. Some have said that my descriptions of the Vietnamese tradition sound like what Tendai...
by Sentient Light
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?
Replies: 63
Views: 6220

Re: Are madhyamaka and yogacara considered schools of buddhism?

I've gotten in trouble before for saying this is true of all zen lineages, but in at least the Vietnamese traditions, we could arguably say that they are aligned wholly with the Yogacara school. The Yogacarabhumisastra is a significant part of the post-samanera monastic curriculum. Nagarjuna is stud...
by Sentient Light
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Soul vs Consciousness?
Replies: 35
Views: 4480

Re: Soul vs Consciousness?

How would one argue that the subtle consciousness referred to in Vajrayana, the one experiencing the bardo state and taking rebirth, how would one argue that this isn’t just another way of asserting some concept of a soul or atman, some kind of permanent self? . . . We call it a citta-santana to es...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 5808

Re: History of tantra

David Drewes has a very compelling argument I have not found such an argument in that text. Could you please provide a quote or page number? In the mean time, here is James B. Apple's essay The Phrase Dharmaparyayo Hastagato in Mahayana Buddhist Literature: Rethinking the Cult of the Book in Middle...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 5808

Re: History of tantra

That is true ofcourse, and for example in the White Lotus sutra , in the Devadatta chapter , there is the story of Shakyamuni in one of his previous births when he is serving an ascetic for many years who posses the teaching of the Lotus sutra. Here you definitely get the impression that the Sutra ...
by Sentient Light
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Oldest Mahayana sutra
Replies: 21
Views: 1673

Re: Oldest Mahayana sutra

It's been mentioned, but sort of buried in a more in-depth discussion post, so to state it clearly: The oldest known Mahayana sutra that has been reliably dated is the Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra, which has been dated to around 47 CE and is believed to have been authored sometime in the 1st c...
by Sentient Light
Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Origin of mahayana
Replies: 36
Views: 3674

Re: Origin of mahayana

Paul Williams' recently released an excellent book, Setting Out on the Great Way: Essays on Early Mahayana Buddhism , that delves into this in-depth with new knowledge and texts. The various authors take quite a variety of positions on possible origins, showing just how complex it all is. It's a re...
by Sentient Light
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Agamas/Nikayas and Mahayana
Replies: 5
Views: 822

Re: Agamas/Nikayas and Mahayana

The Agamas are required study material for Vietnamese novice monastics, and many of the texts are taught to laity today. When the Nikayas are taught, it's very clear that it's a pretty recent development. Certain Agama texts have been taught for centuries, but it's only a small handful, often from A...
by Sentient Light
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras
Replies: 30
Views: 3988

Re: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras

I do wish people would say which vinaya, which is very interesting to people like me. Do you think it would be fair to guess they are going by the Mūlasarvāstivāda monastic code? The Theravadin and Dharmaguptaka Vinayas are astonishingly similar. Ajahn Sujato has made the claim that prior to the Ma...
by Sentient Light
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Origin of mahayana
Replies: 36
Views: 3674

Re: Origin of mahayana

Paul Williams' recently released an excellent book, Setting Out on the Great Way: Essays on Early Mahayana Buddhism , that delves into this in-depth with new knowledge and texts. The various authors take quite a variety of positions on possible origins, showing just how complex it all is. It's a rea...

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