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by Kaji
Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pure Land and Bodhisattvas
Replies: 29
Views: 5632

Re: Pure Land and Bodhisattvas

Does that sutra state anywhere specifically that it's a pure land or buddha land? The sutra does not explicit state that it is a pure land or buddhaland, but the descriptions are indicative of a pure land. I have just found another thread on this topic: http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=60...
by Kaji
Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pure Land and Bodhisattvas
Replies: 29
Views: 5632

Re: Pure Land and Bodhisattvas

Kaji, A time when there were no buddha-lands is not really possible. There is no beginning of life in Buddhism, there is no beginning of buddhas either. But being born in a buddha-land as a part of one's progress on the bodhisattva path is not a requirement, although since bodhisattvas start their ...
by Kaji
Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 27147

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

Vajrayana is a Siddha tradition and a product of walking this path is the various Siddhis. Perhaps the westerners are attracted to Siddhis? When Buddhism spread to China, Tibet, Japan etc, it only adapted the cultural colour on the surface, but the practice and doctrine remained intact in the form ...
by Kaji
Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pure Land and Bodhisattvas
Replies: 29
Views: 5632

Re: Tibetan Myth of Chan

Buddha-lands are created/completed once they become buddhas. If you want to carry on with this topic I recommend a separate thread. Not sure about Buddha-Lands, but a pure land should be creatable by a Bodhisattva of a sufficient level. Otherwise how could Maitreya Bodhisattva create his pure land ...
by Kaji
Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:41 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 27147

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

Isn't after death that one is reborn in a Pure Land, then completing the path up to Buddhahood? I see many practitioners, but very few Buddhas. How come is that then? ;) No, from what I understand and have learned, with proper and diligent practice you go to the Pure Land alive, without dying. It j...
by Kaji
Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:01 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 27147

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

Dechen Norbu wrote:Most people who think they'll attain Buddhahood in a single life time are day dreaming, whatever the school they follow. Sorry to spoil the party.
That is actually the aim of Pure Land practice. Well, it is like a dream coming true, so yeah call it day-dreaming or whatever ;)
by Kaji
Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:34 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land
Replies: 24
Views: 6260

Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Ehehe, its curious because one day i tought on the opposite idea: reciting Amitabha while falling asleep. My idea was that dying is like falling asleep, so you need to train your mind to fall asleep without stopping recitations (i gave up from such difficult task). In the last few days I tried to k...
by Kaji
Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 27147

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

That's true but in Zen Buddhism there are people who achieve some attainment in this lifetime. In Pure Land Buddhism there are people who shows signs of attainment after death. I don't deny that, but in Mahāyāna the idea of full buddhahood in a single lifetime is not generally part of the plan. Ear...
by Kaji
Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 27147

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

It is happening, just not on a wide co-ordinated scale. There is the money for it. As a scholar in the field I can tell you that the money for such a project would be possible, but we don't have the people. A lot of scholars don't want to do lengthy translations if you are willing to pay them. It d...
by Kaji
Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:03 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Master Nan Huai-chin dies at 94
Replies: 4
Views: 2587

Re: Master Nan Huai-chin dies at 94

Thanks for posting this. A huge part of my collection of Buddhist knowledge was from Nan Huai Chin's work. (Sadly I had to give away the books after my recent family incident :( )

May this teacher of mine continue his quest to benefit and liberate all beings.
:namaste:
by Kaji
Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 27147

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

Perhaps it is the promise of rapid, powerful and profound results from the practice. In the case of Mahāyāna you are told in no uncertain terms your career as a bodhisattva will take many many lifetimes. Errr with Pure Land practice I intend to have no more lifetime after this one. But yeah, I see ...
by Kaji
Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 27147

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

That's largely because Daoist masters are not really found outside their native culture and most of the literature has never been translated or even thoroughly studied in English. ...which are similar reasons to why Chinese Buddhism isn't so popular in the West. If only I have the influence, power ...
by Kaji
Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 27147

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

I don't think the technical side of Vajrayāna is what makes TB more popular. It seems more to do with more basic features and cultural appeal. A side note... Empowerment, mysticism and the technical side may not be what make Tibetian Buddhism more popular in the West, but they are certainly what ma...
by Kaji
Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 27147

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

(Leaving aside Zen, which is actually more widespread than Vajrayāna Dharma), Vajrayāna is more popular because it promotes liberation in a single body and a single lifetime. Second, it is intrinsically more adapatable to our highly technilogical civilization because it is very much based on a yogi...
by Kaji
Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:28 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddha statues.
Replies: 11
Views: 2578

Re: Buddha statues.

I have heard people mention the whole 'spirits/ghost' dwelling in a statue to receive offerings, but to be frank--why not just let them? The purpose of having an image is for devotion and to show respect towards the Buddha's and Bodhisattvas. If living beings can benefit from my offerings, then why...
by Kaji
Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:41 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddha statues.
Replies: 11
Views: 2578

Re: Buddha statues.

It is best to obtain a statue or image of a Buddha or Bodhisattva at a Buddhist temple, in person. Great if you could ask a monk or nun to empower/bless the statue or image so that it won't be as easily occupied by some spirit/ghost/other lifeform being. For a statue or image of a Buddha or Bodhisat...
by Kaji
Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Would it be offensive...
Replies: 7
Views: 1817

Re: Would it be offensive...

I don't think that is offensive at all. Wanting to learn should be a very welcomed thing.
by Kaji
Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Lotus Sutra: Literally the work of Gautama Buddha?
Replies: 22
Views: 7860

Re: The Lotus Sutra: Literally the work of Gautama Buddha?

In Chinese Buddhism, it is said that the Lotus Sutra was not widely understood by human Buddhists and therefore kept inside a naga (dragon) palace, until Nāgārjuna Bodhisattva took it out (along with the Avatamsaka Sutra) and shared it with humans. Is the same story believed and taught in Nichiren?
by Kaji
Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:32 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Reading/Reciting Sutras as a Spiritual Practice
Replies: 11
Views: 3503

Re: Reading/Reciting Sutras as a Spiritual Practice

According to the story he didn't read the Diamond Sutra - he heard a monk recite it. I don't remember how McRae dealt with this during his lecture and I no longer have the notes. However the whole "transmission outside the scriptures" thing was a development in Zen and had to do with the general de...
by Kaji
Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:29 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Reading/Reciting Sutras as a Spiritual Practice
Replies: 11
Views: 3503

Re: Reading/Reciting Sutras as a Spiritual Practice

The late Dr. John McRae lectured on exactly this at Zen Mountain Monastery in the 90's during a retreat. He identified an historic period when Zen transitioned to a transmission outside the scriptures. Prior to this time Zen was viewed as a transmission based on the sutras. Of course the document t...

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