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by Zhen Li
Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4117

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

This isn't possible. Only buddhas can perceive the dharmakāya. Not even tenth stage bodhisattvas can perceive the dharmakāya. And, Amitabha's buddhafield is most certainly a nirmāṇakāya buddhafield. This means that the Buddha's statement in the Lanka about buddhas attaining buddhahood only in Akani...
by Zhen Li
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4117

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

The 48 Vows of Amitabha Buddha are a very fortuitous Dharma to be connected with don't underestimate it. I agree, it is for a very good reason that even practitioners generally relying on self-power and practicing tantras still entrust to Amitābha at the end of the day. It is not in contradiction w...
by Zhen Li
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 106
Views: 4117

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

The Amitābha sūtras do not specify a limit to methods practiced by bodhisattvas in Sukhāvatī, nor is there specified that they need to practice to attain the thirty-two marks, infinite dhāraṇīs, or all the supernatural powers—they have them naturally and inherently by the power of Amitābha's vows. P...
by Zhen Li
Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Suzuki's translation of the Kyōgyōshinshō
Replies: 5
Views: 847

Re: Suzuki's translation of the Kyōgyōshinshō

If you want, I may be able to take some pictures of a few pages, if you tell me what you'd like to see or compare. Thanks, I should have mentioned but dzogchungpa pointed out that you can do a library "borrow" from Internet Archive for free for one day. I was going to thank him but it seems that hi...
by Zhen Li
Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Role of Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta in Shin Buddhism?
Replies: 5
Views: 450

Re: Role of Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta in Shin Buddhism?

The roles of both bodhisattvas are quite important. As other have mentioned, if you have Shinjin, you only say the Nembutsu. Recognising this world as something which is only fit to leave behind, there is no need for worldly prayers. Essentially, all buddhas and bodhisattvas are Amitābha Buddha as t...
by Zhen Li
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent
Replies: 25
Views: 1442

Re: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent

Is this actual Buddhist teaching, or fundamentalism? I know some Japanese Buddhists also pray to Shinto gods, and Thai Buddhists pray to Hindu gods as well as local spirits. My understanding was that this was okay as long as you didn't regard them as higher than Buddhas (i.e. the gods are higher th...
by Zhen Li
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent
Replies: 25
Views: 1442

Re: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent

If there is anything to be taken away from this conversation, I think it is that we really have to be more skilful with our words. On the one hand, respecting those who have differences from us or appear to even teach false Dharma (whether or not they do in fact), on the other hand, using skilful de...
by Zhen Li
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent
Replies: 25
Views: 1442

Re: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent

I know Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh has stated that fundamentalism in any form, even Buddhist fundamentalism, is bad. Let's not bad-mouth other traditions, no matter how new. Fundamentalism is a term that is only generally used with groups one disagrees with. From one perspective Rev Cirlea does not p...
by Zhen Li
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent
Replies: 25
Views: 1442

Re: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent

What I understand about it is essentially Rev. Cirlea was asking Honganji-ha and the Honganji International Centre to say something regarding the reality of Amida, and denounce those who deny his existence, and they did not reply. My opinion is that the problem is less to do with his doctrinal stanc...
by Zhen Li
Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: How to progress in Jodo Shinshu without a sangha?
Replies: 7
Views: 456

Re: How to progress in Jodo Shinshu without a sangha?

Even in Japan, gatherings have been cancelled due to covid. Livestreams and zoom chats are getting more common—I think the advantages of these are being made apparent and they will hopefully continue in some form after the pandemic is considered over.
by Zhen Li
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sanskrit Nembutsu / Nianfo
Replies: 13
Views: 1683

Re: Sanskrit Nembutsu / Nianfo

Interesting. According to wikipedia it says Namo' mitabhaya, but there doesn't seem to be much evidence behind that. I wonder if it matters if 'buddhaya' is added, considering chinese Namo Amituofo is just Amitabha This is incorrect. Fo means Buddha in Chinese. So Namo Amituofo means Namo Amitabha ...
by Zhen Li
Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Who are you Listening to Now?
Replies: 11
Views: 938

Re: Who are you Listening to Now?

Lam Rim podcast station Do you have any links for that? I enjoy Alexander Berzin's podcast. It has long gaps with no material, but there's so much old material that I find myself listening to some of his series from years ago. He has a lot of Lam Rim material and his approach is quite orthodox and ...
by Zhen Li
Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Perfection of Wisdom in 8000 Lines Book Club
Replies: 0
Views: 295

Perfection of Wisdom in 8000 Lines Book Club

As mentioned in another post, some of us are running a book club on the Perfection of Wisdom in 8000 at https://forum.buddhistbook.club/ .

If anyone is interested in a serious study of this sūtra, please feel free to join. The moderator, Jake, will approve your request to join.
:namaste:
by Zhen Li
Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: New Illustrated Lotus Sutra
Replies: 6
Views: 1433

Re: New Illustrated Lotus Sutra

Did anyone get a copy of this new translation? It's not easy to find photos of the artwork online so I also wonder how the illustrations turned out. I saw the book last year at a conference book stand. The illustrations are fine. If my memory serves me correctly, except for a few scenes, the sūtra ...
by Zhen Li
Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:15 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: New Illustrated Lotus Sutra
Replies: 6
Views: 1433

Re: New Illustrated Lotus Sutra

Did anyone get a copy of this new translation? It's not easy to find photos of the artwork online so I also wonder how the illustrations turned out. I saw the book last year at a conference book stand. The illustrations are fine. If my memory serves me correctly, except for a few scenes, the sūtra ...
by Zhen Li
Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?
Replies: 46
Views: 2582

Re: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?

If insight was nonconceptual, why would the Buddha's teaching have any effect ? In the Mahāyāna it is frequently emphasised that the teaching does not equal the truth, it is a skilful means. Why would it cause the arising of insight ? Why would the reading of sutras cause the arising of wisdom ? It...
by Zhen Li
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Prajnaparamita sutra - other translations than Conze's?
Replies: 13
Views: 789

Re: Prajnaparamita sutra - other translations than Conze's?

avatamsaka3 wrote: Mon Aug 10, 2020 5:45 am OK, I don't have access to anything else.
Conze's translation can be found online also: https://huntingtonarchive.org/resources ... asrika.pdf
by Zhen Li
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?
Replies: 46
Views: 2582

Re: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?

It has been pointed out that you cannot stay in the fourth arupa dhyana and see dependent origination, because the higher dhyanas are highly non-conceptual ! Therefore the actual insight meditation occurs in the lower dhyanas. (see for example Henepola Gunaratana in his The Jhanas...) So you are sa...
by Zhen Li
Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Prajnaparamita sutra - other translations than Conze's?
Replies: 13
Views: 789

Re: Prajnaparamita sutra - other translations than Conze's?

What about this? https://read.84000.co/translation/toh11.html The sūtra being referred to for the purposes of this thread is the Perfection of Wisdom in 8000 Lines, or the Aṣṭasāhasrikā. There are elements of the 8000 version in the 10,000 version, but largely it is different, but related material ...
by Zhen Li
Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?
Replies: 46
Views: 2582

Re: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?

It has been pointed out that you cannot stay in the fourth arupa dhyana and see dependent origination, because the higher dhyanas are highly non-conceptual ! Therefore the actual insight meditation occurs in the lower dhyanas. (see for example Henepola Gunaratana in his The Jhanas...) So you are sa...

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