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by Zhen Li
Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Guide to the Gaṇḍavyūha Sūtra
Replies: 6
Views: 505

Re: Guide to the Gaṇḍavyūha Sūtra

Now google sites is asking everyone to upgrade to their new G Suite, which, in my opinion, is not as good as the original google sites in many ways. For one, it was much easier to add pictures, charts, and link to footnotes, also, the new google sites often messes up the formatting, as you can see w...
by Zhen Li
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?
Replies: 46
Views: 2533

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

But isn’t the achievement of at least SOME level of dhyana more or less a necessary prerequisite to attain such lofty levels of realization? If I am not wrong, siddhis can be attained with meditation in the fourth dhyāna. In which case, no realisation necessarily occurs, although one has, for a tim...
by Zhen Li
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Guide to the Gaṇḍavyūha Sūtra
Replies: 6
Views: 505

Re: Guide to the Gaṇḍavyūha Sūtra

Excellent, thanks. If you are interested in the Avataṃsaka, there is also a guide for the Daśabhūmika. As a quick update, I now also have uploaded the guides for the Laṅkāvatāra and Lalitavistara. Now I just have to revise the Samādhirāja. There's nothing I can do for the Tathāgataguhyaka at the mo...
by Zhen Li
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Prajnaparamita sutra - other translations than Conze's?
Replies: 13
Views: 725

Re: Prajnaparamita in 8,000 lines

Thank you. I was thinking of waiting for the 84000 translation, but the Abhisamayalankara volumes sound like a good idea, as I've been wanting to read it as well. The notes seem useful too, I will use them when reading it. If you would like to start an online book club/reading group, where we discu...
by Zhen Li
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Guide to the Gaṇḍavyūha Sūtra
Replies: 6
Views: 505

Guide to the Gaṇḍavyūha Sūtra

The following is a guide to the Gaṇḍavyūha Sūtra that I prepared based upon handouts for a reading group I facilitated did last year, but just finished uploading. The chapter pages can be found in the dropdown menu on the left. This is intended as a guide to help anyone who is reading through the sū...
by Zhen Li
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Prajnaparamita sutra - other translations than Conze's?
Replies: 13
Views: 725

Re: Prajnaparamita in 8,000 lines

This thread is quite old, but it seems better to post here than start a new one. Does anyone know of translations other than Conze's and this revision of it? http://rywiki.tsadra.org/index.php/The_Perfection_of_Wisdom_in_8,000_Lines_(RiBa) Any opinions on the quality of this translation compared to...
by Zhen Li
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahayana Sutras Already 8th Bhumi?
Replies: 6
Views: 1055

Re: Mahayana Sutras Already 8th Bhumi?

Drewes is certainly correct, and this is generally held in Mahāyāna sūtras. For instance, the Aṣṭasāhasrikā has the claim that anyone who obtains a hearing of the sūtra has already encountered the Buddha previously. Other passages can be found to the effect that such people have already received the...
by Zhen Li
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Suzuki's translation of the Kyōgyōshinshō
Replies: 5
Views: 837

Re: Suzuki's translation of the Kyōgyōshinshō

Does anyone have access to a PDF of Suzuki's translation of the Kyōgyōshinshō. The hardcopy book is quite expensive. I don't think there was a digital edition. The Inagaki translation is online, courtesy of the BDK, but I'm sure you knew that. Yes. Generally, I like the Shin Buddhism Translation Se...
by Zhen Li
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Suzuki's translation of the Kyōgyōshinshō
Replies: 5
Views: 837

Suzuki's translation of the Kyōgyōshinshō

Does anyone have access to a PDF of Suzuki's translation of the Kyōgyōshinshō. The hardcopy book is quite expensive.
by Zhen Li
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: “Equivalent” of sādhana in Chinese Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 1625

Re: “Equivalent” of sādhana in Chinese Buddhism?

There are plenty of tantric sādhana in the Chinese canons. Some examples can be found in the Chinese translations of the Māyājālamahātantra or Vairocanābhisambodhi. As for general exoteric Dharma services with emphasis on one or another buddha or bodhisattva, generally I think what you would find is...
by Zhen Li
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Soto Zen
Replies: 8
Views: 836

Re: Soto Zen

shanyin wrote: Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:11 am Is Zazen always breath following oriented?
No. I suggest you begin by reading some of the above linked resources. It is a good idea to have clear guidance before proceeding.
by Zhen Li
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajracchedika Prajna Paramita authentic
Replies: 11
Views: 901

Re: Is Vajracchedika Prajna Paramita authentic

In fact, the sūtra states, "if someone should claim, 'the Tathāgata teaches a dharma,' such a claim would be untrue. Such a view of me, Subhūti, would be a misconception. And how so? In the teaching of a dharma, Subhūti, in the 'teaching of a dharma' there is no such dharma to be found as the 'teach...
by Zhen Li
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Master Kyeong-heung
Replies: 0
Views: 205

Master Kyeong-heung

In the Kyōgyōshinshō Shinran refers to a Master Kyeong-heung and quotes from his commentary on the Larger Sūtra. Does anyone have any biographical information about this master? Is he Korean?
by Zhen Li
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Buddhist Sanskrit vs. Hindu Sanskrit?
Replies: 4
Views: 742

Re: Buddhist Sanskrit vs. Hindu Sanskrit?

There are influences from a number of Prakrits, including Pāli, it really depends on the text and its geographical origin. Sometimes BHS shows heavy signs of local Prakrit influence, and sometimes it is barely distinguishable from classical Sanskrit except for vocabulary.
by Zhen Li
Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Translationa of the Sadhanamala?
Replies: 17
Views: 4556

Re: Translationa of the Sadhanamala?

there are a englisch translation Sadhanamala., Verfasser/in: Benoytosh Bhattacharya, Verlag: Baroda : Oriental Institute, 1968. http://www.bagchee.com/books/BB78948/sadhanamala-sadhanamala-in-2-volumes/ Hm, on the website it says this edition is in Sanskrit? this edition is in sanskrit and englisch...
by Zhen Li
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: What school of Buddhism that is not a Pure Land school is closest to Jodo Shu in terms of philosophy and doctrine?
Replies: 6
Views: 1310

Re: What school of Buddhism that is not a Pure Land school is closest to Jodo Shu in terms of philosophy and doctrine?

As it currently stands in mainland East Asia, there is basically one big doctrinal 'school' with tons of individual practice lineages to pick and choose from, and they are generally seen as not mutually exclusive. Some have said that my descriptions of the Vietnamese tradition sound like what Tenda...
by Zhen Li
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: 'sutra' vs 'sutras' in Samantabhadra Meditation Sutra
Replies: 13
Views: 1022

Re: 'sutra' vs 'sutras' in Samantabhadra Meditation Sutra

It seems more likely, as is typical with self-referential passages in Mahāyāna sūtras, that this is the text referring to itself. It means the Samantabhadra Meditation Sūtra and not another sūtra and not all Mahāyāna sūtras (a category which generally doesn't appear—sūtras tend to prefer to emphasis...
by Zhen Li
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Buddhist Sanskrit vs. Hindu Sanskrit?
Replies: 4
Views: 742

Re: Buddhist Sanskrit vs. Hindu Sanskrit?

I’ve been meaning to start learning Sanskrit but before starting, I wanted to ask: when one looks through various Sanskrit sentences, does it depend on the script? Are there differences to how Hindu and Buddhist phrases are grammatically structured? For instance, let’s say a comparison between the ...
by Zhen Li
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen monastery stays for a visitor in Japan?
Replies: 8
Views: 1528

Re: Zen monastery stays for a visitor in Japan?

It depends on what kind of Zen you are looking for. If Soto, you should probably reconsider your itinerary and go to Eiheiji. There are a few temples tear Tokyo, in Kamakura, which offer zazen sessions for the public. Kenchoji does do overnight zazen at the start of June. If your son is under high s...
by Zhen Li
Sat May 18, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 41
Views: 4847

Re: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?

As well wisher says, you can definitely find a good saṅgha in any of these countries, and what is best for you probably depends a lot upon what sect you currently belong to and what you are expecting out of a saṅgha. What is considered the Mahāyāna practice and saṅgha in Jōdo Shinshū is different fr...

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