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by Rakz
Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha
Replies: 13
Views: 3656

Namo Amitabha Buddha

Is it not better to recite in the original sanskrit as written in the sutras rather than Namu Amida Butsu or Namo Amituofo?
by Rakz
Sun Sep 25, 2016 7:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is Amitabha absent in American Zen and TB?
Replies: 38
Views: 4707

Re: Why is Amitabha absent in American Zen and TB?

I have only had contact with a dozen or so Zen groups in the USA, though a good number more teachers than that. These three assertions are not borne out by my experience at all. Regarding the third: you are saying that belief in Bodhisattvas, etc. was out of the question, i.e. negated/forbidden, at...
by Rakz
Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:13 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is Amitabha absent in American Zen and TB?
Replies: 38
Views: 4707

Re: Why is Amitabha absent in American Zen and TB?

Thanks for the illuminating answers, everyone. I suppose the absence of Amitabha in American Zen is due to its roots in Soto versus Chan. And that may simply be due to historical reasons for who came to teach in the US and when. From my experience american zen is very watered down. Literal rebirth ...
by Rakz
Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Where are the bodhisattvas?
Replies: 32
Views: 6099

Re: Where are the bodhisattvas?

Bodhisattvas are everywhere. Doesn't matter though. Just worry about your own karma. That is what will take you to the other shore.
by Rakz
Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difference in attainments
Replies: 256
Views: 22688

Re: Difference in attainments

yop
by Rakz
Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difference in attainments
Replies: 256
Views: 22688

Re: Difference in attainments

But if it did end then Buddhas would too enter into the samadhi of cessation like they already do temporarily after the universe gets destroyed. Nirvana is not nirodhasamapatti (samadhi of cessation). Otherwise yes, that is one of the interpretations, and that's why bodhisattvas are said to delay t...
by Rakz
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difference in attainments
Replies: 256
Views: 22688

Re: Difference in attainments

That's why I said no bodhisattvas. If there are no sentient beings, what are the bodhisattvas holding back for? Samsara never ends, there are infinite sentient beings, and buddha-nature is permanent. In other words, while Hinayana can be misunderstood as annihilationist, Mahayana can equally be cal...
by Rakz
Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difference in attainments
Replies: 256
Views: 22688

Re: Difference in attainments

Let's assume there are no sentient beings and no bodhisattvas, just Buddhas. There would be no point of form kayas. Compassion would be meaningless. What samadhi would a Buddha have then? I think it would have to be cessation. True. The ultimate destination in Mahayana is cessation as well once sam...
by Rakz
Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difference in attainments
Replies: 256
Views: 22688

Re: Difference in attainments

Let's assume there are no sentient beings and no bodhisattvas, just Buddhas. There would be no point of form kayas. Compassion would be meaningless. What samadhi would a Buddha have then? I think it would have to be cessation. True. The ultimate destination in Mahayana is cessation as well once sam...
by Rakz
Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pls help identify this tangkha
Replies: 10
Views: 1694

Re: Pls help identify this tangkha

Whoa
by Rakz
Sat Sep 10, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Different Pure Lands
Replies: 14
Views: 2410

Re: Different Pure Lands

sillyrabbit wrote:Don't all Buddhas have Pure Lands because those "buddha-fields" are the "natural consequences" of becoming Buddhas?
buddhalands are a reflection of the sambhogakaya
by Rakz
Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:23 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot
Replies: 17
Views: 4223

Re: Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot

Lobsang Chojor wrote: Is the economy not dependent on the environment?
It is dependent on exploiting it unfortunately.
by Rakz
Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:31 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot
Replies: 17
Views: 4223

Re: Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot

Kim O'Hara wrote: All the evidence is that renewable energy is better for both the economy and the environment than fossil fuels.

:namaste:
Kim
Yes for environment but not economy.
by Rakz
Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difference in attainments
Replies: 256
Views: 22688

Re: Difference in attainments

Arahats don't progress towards Buddhahood. Once they enter parinirvana then that's it for them according to early Mahayana.
by Rakz
Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Mahamudra same as Dzogchen?
Replies: 271
Views: 41446

Re: Mahamudra same as Dzogchen?

Astus wrote:
Malcolm wrote:Yes, but that depends on the power of your siddhi. So I would not give up that day job just yet, Astus.
So it's the fault of the user if it doesn't work. How convenient. :anjali:
I never knew there was such thing as a prosperity siddhi.
by Rakz
Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot
Replies: 17
Views: 4223

Re: Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Rakz wrote:Disagree with the treehuggers. I'm all for fracking as long we have some standards put in place.
I take it that you have no children, or don't care about what kind of world they will inherit from you.

:coffee:
Kim
Both economy and environment matter to me hence why I said standards are needed.
by Rakz
Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: According to Mahayana, is everything our karma?
Replies: 12
Views: 1930

Re: According to Mahayana, is everything our karma?

For a long time I've had the understanding that in Mahayana Buddhism, absolutely everything we experience in life is the result of our karma, while in Theravada Buddhism there are exceptions. However, I don't really remember where I learned this from. What do you think? That's the way I've read it....
by Rakz
Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:44 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot
Replies: 17
Views: 4223

Re: Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot

Disagree with the treehuggers. I'm all for fracking as long we have some standards put in place.
by Rakz
Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha Fields & Pure Lands
Replies: 2
Views: 1017

Re: Buddha Fields & Pure Lands

I think Buddha field is the more correct translation from sanskrit. The name Pure Land (Jìngtuzōng) was invented in China. Regardless, both have the same meaning.

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