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by Astus
Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Other Buddhas
Replies: 37
Views: 7783

Re: Other Buddhas

"With that in mind... It was my understanding that the PP sutras were rediscovered by Nagarjuna, and Maitreya's five treatises were kind of like pure vision teachings received by Asanga, etc., but are all of the Mahayana sutras said to have come to us in a similar way? Were none said to have come t...
by Astus
Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Other Buddhas
Replies: 37
Views: 7783

Re: Other Buddhas

"First, I'm assuming those Arhats in attendance during the Buddha's supposedly historical Mahayana teachings conceived the mind for enlightenment. Might not they have nonetheless recognized that some future beings would also have an affinity for the Bodhisattva vehicle, while others would only be a...
by Astus
Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What Buddhist Books Did You Order, or are Reading?
Replies: 100
Views: 15779

Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

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by Astus
Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Other Buddhas
Replies: 37
Views: 7783

Re: Other Buddhas

Anders, Not all teachings within Mahayana sutras are intended only for a bodhisattva audience. Sravakas are sometimes invited explicitly, not to mention when they take major parts in the stories (Ananda, Sariputra, Subhuti, etc.). 14th vow of Amitabha: "If, when I attain buddhahood, the number of th...
by Astus
Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Other Buddhas
Replies: 37
Views: 7783

Re: Other Buddhas

Namdrol, Sure, and that is exactly the historical point. But since, just as you said, Mahayana followers in the past (and present) think that the sutras were spoken directly by the Buddha, thus I was wondering whether there is an explanation from their side on the lack of other buddhas in the agamas...
by Astus
Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Other Buddhas
Replies: 37
Views: 7783

Re: Other Buddhas

"Well, what sort of text critical conclusion can you draw from that, Astus?" I'm not looking for text critical conclusions, for that there are some fine scholarly works like "The concept of the Buddha: its evolution from early Buddhism to the trikāya theory" by Guang Xing. Also it's possible to go ...
by Astus
Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Other Buddhas
Replies: 37
Views: 7783

Re: Other Buddhas

Pema Rigdzin, What you mean is the Yogacara teaching of the five gotras, and it is not relevant to the question here. Namdrol, Yes, there were some Hinayana schools, the Mahasamghikas for instance, who had some concept of other buddhas. So maybe this problem never occurred in India or anywhere else....
by Astus
Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Other Buddhas
Replies: 37
Views: 7783

Other Buddhas

What is the traditional explanation for the lack of other buddhas in the agamas? It doesn't seem valid to say that teaching about other buddhas is only a bodhisattva matter since in Mahayana texts it is all fine for sravakas to learn about them and even to aspire for other buddha-realms. So why are ...
by Astus
Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is a tantric teaching in Buddhism?
Replies: 176
Views: 38598

Re: What is a tantric teaching in Buddhism?

Do they have the same Vajrasamadhi Sutra in Tibet as in East Asia? I mean, the one commented by Wohyo and translated by Robert E. Buswell Jr.
by Astus
Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Practice and Faith
Replies: 18
Views: 3824

Re: Practice and Faith

Ven. Sheng-yen on Prayer Sakyamuni did not teach his disciples to pray to a deity, to God, or even to the Buddha himself or another, for help or salvation. He encoraged sentient beings to help themselves as well as others. ... When people sincerely pray to deities, bodhisattvas, or even God, they w...
by Astus
Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Korean Pure Land Buddhism
Replies: 23
Views: 6840

Re: Korean Pure Land Buddhism

KwanSeum wrote:What is the 'me' you talk of?
Don't derail the discussion with questions about linguistics.
by Astus
Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is a tantric teaching in Buddhism?
Replies: 176
Views: 38598

Re: What is a tantric teaching in Buddhism?

Vajrayāna is different than sūtra teachings because the methods of deity yoga, prāṇayāma, etc., are never taught in sūtra. No cakras, no ṇāḍīs, etc. None of that newage hippy Vajrayāna stuff is found in the sūtras, nor explained by sūtra masters -- not in India, not in China, not in Japan. We Vajra...
by Astus
Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is a tantric teaching in Buddhism?
Replies: 176
Views: 38598

Re: What is a tantric teaching in Buddhism?

Aemilius, A couple of sutras that give instructions in meditation (they're translated, you can check it for yourself): Satipatthana Sutta Anapanasati Sutta Kayagata-sati Sutta Sūtra of Mahā-Prajñā-Pāramitā Pronounced by Mañjuśrī Bodhisattva Vajrasamadhi Sutra The Sutra of Meditation on The Bodhisatt...
by Astus
Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: William Bodri and Nan Huai-Chin
Replies: 77
Views: 31678

Re: William Bodri and Nan Huai-Chin

"he is too obscure in the West"

Haven't read much from him but from that little Nan reads quite like Hsuan Hua. Not pleasant to me.
by Astus
Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Hui-Neng Sutra
Replies: 17
Views: 4064

Re: Hui-Neng Sutra

plwk, How does a mummy prove it? Even if it were the actual corpse of Huineng it doesn't mean that all the legends and stories - created by later generations - are true. "Thus the 'cast' or 'mummy' of Hui-neng may date back to T'ang times, and may just conceivably be that of the historical Hui-neng....
by Astus
Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is a tantric teaching in Buddhism?
Replies: 176
Views: 38598

Re: What is a tantric teaching in Buddhism?

Although in the Kumarajiva version it only says that the Buddha sat down, in Bodhiruci's translation it goes: sat peacefully in lotus-position straightening his body and posture (跏趺安坐,端身而住), or in Red Pine's translation "crossing his legs and adjusting his body". Although the Diamond Sutra is not an...
by Astus
Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Hui-Neng Sutra
Replies: 17
Views: 4064

Re: Hui-Neng Sutra

Aemilius, Do I believe that there was a Caoxi Huineng with hundreds of disciples who attained enlightenment? No, it is very unlikely as Huineng was very much unknown for his contemporaries. It was Heze Shenhui who attributed patriarchy to Huineng after the death of Shenxiu - who was actually a famou...
by Astus
Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Article: Evolution doesn't bother Buddhists
Replies: 11
Views: 2964

Re: Article: Evolution doesn't bother Buddhists

It is more the usefulness in terms of education in Buddhism of the traditional view of the becoming and destruction of the worlds that should be considered when comparing it with modern views. When it's said that karma defines environment the way of acts and results is quite evident. On the other ha...
by Astus
Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Community in Western Buddhism
Replies: 64
Views: 13013

Community in Western Buddhism

This piece by James Ishmael Ford made me think: "The thing that mostly concerned me, however, wasn’t doctrinal. The issue of whether there is rebirth or if each breath presents a new life leads to the same disciplines. The issue was that there just wasn’t much attention given to community in contemp...
by Astus
Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Article: Evolution doesn't bother Buddhists
Replies: 11
Views: 2964

Re: Article: Evolution doesn't bother Buddhists

A good example of how when people don't know enough fill out the blank areas with their own ideas. Or it's more than just that. There is this argument, this myth, that the Buddha said nothing about "metaphysical questions" so people like to use it to adjust things to their ideas whether they believe...

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