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by Zhen Li
Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monarchy vs Democracy
Replies: 155
Views: 20671

Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

From the Buddhist perspective, I believe, as with all things, the only aim of government, regardless of the form, should be harmony. As for everything else, it doesn't really matter because of impermanence. Harmony helps us to maintain the precepts, everything else is superfluous and will pass away ...
by Zhen Li
Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:57 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: English Dharmaguptaka and Sarvastivada Vinaya
Replies: 9
Views: 3502

Re: English Dharmaguptaka and Sarvastivada Vinaya

BY, recently I bought this , if it's of any help. That is just selections right? Both can hardly be 168 pages if Horner's Theravada Pratimoksa is 3 volumes. :thinking: I have a copy of the Dharmaguptaka bhiksu pratimoksa, my own translation, for those who need it. Do you have a digital copy? From C...
by Zhen Li
Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are Satipatthana, Shamatha and Vipashyana interrelated?
Replies: 10
Views: 3163

Re: Are Satipatthana, Shamatha and Vipashyana interrelated?

In Burma, you will find the answer is a big no, you can do Vipassana without Samatha, and should only do that unless you want the government to hunt you down. Sure, you 'can' practice them separately, but you want to plant your seed in fertile soil don't you? Typically in the Tripitaka and other tra...
by Zhen Li
Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:43 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: English Dharmaguptaka and Sarvastivada Vinaya
Replies: 9
Views: 3502

Re: English Dharmaguptaka and Sarvastivada Vinaya

Great, I shall keep an eye on that.
by Zhen Li
Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:48 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: English Dharmaguptaka and Sarvastivada Vinaya
Replies: 9
Views: 3502

English Dharmaguptaka and Sarvastivada Vinaya

Does anyone know if there are English translations of the Dharmaguptaka and Sarvastivada Vinaya available? And if so, are they available online? My searches have been somewhat futile.

Thank you.
by Zhen Li
Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Maximum Ordination Age
Replies: 17
Views: 4775

Re: Maximum Ordination Age

:focus: Interesting, thanks for the info. By referring to being a Pure-land practitioner, I meant monasticism isn't a be all and end all for me, but it would be awful nice to practice Ch'an while I am still in this life to my fullest - while at the same time, the last thing I would want is to become...
by Zhen Li
Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:25 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Is an Upasaka at liberty to discuss the Sangha?
Replies: 8
Views: 1716

Re: Is an Upasaka at liberty to discuss the Sangha?

I shall play the conservative on this one. I do have faith in some of the aspects of this notion. Fundamentally it comes down to harmony, which I believe is more important for the preservation of the sangha and avoiding schism than a decrease in efficiency due to autocracy - and of course in the end...
by Zhen Li
Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:39 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Maximum Ordination Age
Replies: 17
Views: 4775

Re: Maximum Ordination Age

Once again, thank you both Huseng and Huifeng, you are both great sources of information. In the end, comes down to who you are, what you want to do, where you are going to do it, and with who. A lot of potential variation, so you may want to talk about specific details. Without giving specifics as ...
by Zhen Li
Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:26 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Is an Upasaka at liberty to discuss the Sangha?
Replies: 8
Views: 1716

Re: Is an Upasaka at liberty to discuss the Sangha?

I wonder what is meant by "at liberty", exactly? I meant with regards to imperatives made by texts against such actions. Either in terms of formal rules as Huseng points out, or as informal suggestions. One of the bodhisattva precepts is to refrain from speaking of the faults (transgressions) of th...
by Zhen Li
Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:07 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Is an Upasaka at liberty to discuss the Sangha?
Replies: 8
Views: 1716

Is an Upasaka at liberty to discuss the Sangha?

This may have been addressed elsewhere, but I believe I remember reading in text, a very long time ago, something about an Upasaka abstaining from discussing Sangha affairs. It certainly was not referring to the extent of causing a schism or spreading sectarian views, but more or less speaking in an...
by Zhen Li
Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Maximum Ordination Age
Replies: 17
Views: 4775

Maximum Ordination Age

This question is for Ch'an practitioners, particularly monastics within the Ch'an tradition. Is there a maximum age at which one can go forth in the Ch'an tradition? I am sure this likely differs from monastery to monastery, it would be nice if someone could refer me to some resources or inform me f...
by Zhen Li
Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:12 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: When was the first exclusively Mahayana ordination?
Replies: 31
Views: 7125

Re: When was the first exclusively Mahayana ordination?

Good work! I agree that a number of years studying this is worthwhile, and even while we may not come to a consensus, we can gradually flesh out the details. I've found Bareau and Yin Shun definitely worth reading on this topic, too. ~~ Huifeng Do you know of some English resources on this topic by...
by Zhen Li
Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: When was the first exclusively Mahayana ordination?
Replies: 31
Views: 7125

Re: When was the first exclusively Mahayana ordination?

Huifeng also mentioned the Darstantikas. I included an updated version incorporating the Darsantikas at an indefinite date assuming they are a predecessor to the Sautrantikas.
by Zhen Li
Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: When was the first exclusively Mahayana ordination?
Replies: 31
Views: 7125

Re: When was the first exclusively Mahayana ordination?

Huifeng, The dates are, of course, all ideal and just works with the assumption that what information we do have about the schools from primary resources is correct - which we should not do if they are not corroborated, which most are not. The dates given are usually nice and round, which makes them...
by Zhen Li
Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:14 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: When was the first exclusively Mahayana ordination?
Replies: 31
Views: 7125

Re: When was the first exclusively Mahayana ordination?

Funny you mention the Śariputraparipṛcchā, I made this flow chart to roughly keep track of what schools lead to what, along with the colours of their robes. The dates are obviously ideal or generalised and assume the late dating of the Buddha's parinirvāṇa. As far as I know, all the schools which de...
by Zhen Li
Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:45 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Ch'an groups in the West.
Replies: 10
Views: 4163

Re: Ch'an groups in the West.

On that note, it may be easier to identify the Humanistic Buddhism branches by the name Fo Guang Shan. Here's a directory for their North American branches: http://www.fgs.org.tw/english/objectives/worldwidebraches/worldwideNAmerica.html and their European branches: http://www.fgs.org.tw/english/obj...
by Zhen Li
Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 3
Views: 1077

Re: Greetings

Haha, I am not sure Greg. I've already been blown away by some of the posts I read in the past couple hours, very nice!

Thanks for the greeting.
by Zhen Li
Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:38 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 3
Views: 1077

Greetings

Greetings from Canada. I had previously been a member of freesangha, but having found this site it appears to be a bit more active and am glad to find a Mahayana specific one. I'm mostly interested in reading what some folks more experienced than I have to say on the Dharma. There looks to be a few ...

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