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by Astus
Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?
Replies: 19
Views: 528

Re: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?

They both assert that one's very own fathom-long body is the Buddha. The idea of buddha-nature has been well regarded in China even before Bodhidharma, and it has been accepted by influential schools like the Sanlun, the Tiantai, and the Huayan. To say that Soto and Rinzai have their own philosophi...
by Astus
Mon Dec 21, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?
Replies: 19
Views: 528

Re: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?

The more I have studied Vajrayana Buddhism, I have realized that there are a few philosophical differences between each school and I was wondering if this is the same for Japanese Zen schools? There would have to be a philosophical view in the first place to then allow comparison. Although one can ...
by Astus
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Teach me Madhyamaka
Replies: 16
Views: 704

Re: Teach me Madhyamaka

karmanyingpo wrote: Mon Dec 14, 2020 6:03 pmThis is crystal clear to me and accords with what I understand hopefully others can confirm (or not!) this explanation thank you for posting
It is a fine summary. Thanks Anders!
by Astus
Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2408

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

Can one be a Christian, Muslim or Jew and still practice Buddhism? It depends on what one's practice is. I'm asking this as I'm currently in a relationship with a woman in one of these religions and the only way I can get married to her is to convert to her religion. Starting a family based on lies...
by Astus
Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2510

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

People inspired by Buddhism, who practice ethics and meditation for this life are not Dharma practitioners, no matter how nice, kind, or good they may be, whether they consider themselves Buddhists or not. How about what is called "the least capacity" or "lesser scope"? 'Know that those who by what...
by Astus
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2510

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

'What is mind? The mind is impermanent because it arises from causes and conditions, and because, arising and ceasing, it does not abide; [merely] similar [but discrete moments of mind are] arising [in succession]. Only due to perverted [views] does one think that the [mind] is a single [entity]. W...
by Astus
Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Core of Mahayana
Replies: 8
Views: 333

Re: Core of Mahayana

Kapleau was explain the five types of Zen and was specifically explain the deficiencies of shojo Zen. Better read what Guifeng Zongmi (whom Kapleau calls by his Japanese name: Keiho) actually wrote, it's found in the Treatise on the Origin of Humanity, available in the BDK edition Three Short Treat...
by Astus
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Core of Mahayana
Replies: 8
Views: 333

Re: Core of Mahayana

we cannot attain true enlightenment or even just true personal peace of mind without any concern about others. So because all beings are intimately interdependent, we have to practice not just for our own enlightenment but for the complete enlightenment for all beings. We also have to concern ourse...
by Astus
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2510

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

How can there be dependent origination if origination is not at all established?what is dependent coarising in your view ? That is the only way there can be dependent origination. If there were anything established about it, it would be contrary to dependent origination itself. 'Those who understan...
by Astus
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2510

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

Okay,so do you believe that this new citta is not the same citta/vijnana/alaya as the former?because this type of arising is still arising from other wich actually doesn’t exist and is still exnihilo creation? Causality means that from a cause comes an effect. Madhyamaka, by saying that things do n...
by Astus
Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2510

Re: How exactly is there a momentariness of consciousness ?

If one chitta perishes and the next arises,from what does this next chitta arise? in a chain of chittas you would either have to have a chitta perishing and it’s subsequent chitta arising from nothingness Arising out of nothing could occur only if there were a gap between moments. Since no such gap...
by Astus
Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Picking and choosing
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: Picking and choosing

Not neglecting or denying pain or pleasure, not denying that one's mind has thoughts and emotions, but feel no difference when faced with pain. The body can feel pain but with realization of the emptiness it is not seen as "I am hurt" but as "pain is funny". Is this the way? Or am i stupid? 'There ...
by Astus
Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Picking and choosing
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: Picking and choosing

If picking and choosing leads to suffering, where is the limit to what is considered picking and choosing? 'The Supreme Way is difficult Only for those who pick and choose. Simply let go of love and hate; The Way will fully reveal itself.' ( Trust in Mind ) Then the poem continues on explaining tha...
by Astus
Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Mantras
Replies: 11
Views: 517

Re: Zen Mantras

You can find several mantras and dharanis in liturgical texts, like the Soto School Scriptures For Daily Services And Practice . A popular set in Chinese Buddhism is the ten small mantras (十小咒): The Dasa Cula Mantra TEN SMALL MANTRAS (十小咒 / SE SIAU COU) or DASA CULA MANTRA Another useful collection ...
by Astus
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 59
Views: 7526

Re: Vipassanā

Not that different than paramanus, actually. The atomist ideas of Sarvastivada, Sautrantika, and Theravada are analysed by Karunadasa in chapter 15 of The Theravada Abhidhamma and chapter 8 of The Buddhist Analysis of Matter . From the former book: 'For the Sarvāstivāda, the atom is the smallest un...
by Astus
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 59
Views: 7526

Re: Vipassanā

From the tibetan point of view, Theravada holds one of the two "lower" tenet systems which believe in material reality as an ultimate truth. ie. The material world can be broken down into atoms, but at some point these "atoms" can no longer be broken down. Therefore, these are seen to be what const...
by Astus
Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The 37 Factors of Enlightenment and Asanga
Replies: 6
Views: 576

Re: The 37 Factors of Enlightenment and Asanga

If it's about a Yogacara explanation of smrtyupasthana, check Mahayanasutralamkara 18/19.43-45 and Madhyantavibhaga 4.1.
by Astus
Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen on sleeping
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: Zen on sleeping

'While sleeping, lie on your right side, not [on your back] facing straight upward, because this is called the dead man’s sleep. Sleeping [with your face down] is called indulgent sleep because it creates bad dreams.' (The Baizhang Zen Monastic Regulations, BDK ed, p 280) 'When sleeping, the monk s...
by Astus
Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vipassanā
Replies: 59
Views: 7526

Re: Vipassanā

Is there a difference between Theravada Vipassana meditation and Kagyu or Tibetan Vipassana meditation practice ? Vipassana is not a single method but a term for any technique that has the aim of gaining insight. In order to be able make a comparison, one would need to be specific about what it is ...
by Astus
Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Study in Zen
Replies: 9
Views: 448

Re: Study in Zen

Genjo Conan wrote: Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:25 pmTaking Dogen as just one example
At the end of each volume of the BDK edition of Shobogenzo there is a bibliography of the main Chinese sources quoted by Dogen.

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