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by thornbush
Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'
Replies: 8
Views: 2661

Re: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'

...how both traditions can learn from each other.
Indeed and this is the most important and useful part in my opinion :thumbsup:
by thornbush
Sat Jun 13, 2009 6:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A Householder's Training
Replies: 6
Views: 1701

A Householder's Training

Someone asked the Sixth Patriarch, Hui Neng: Prefect Wei asked, "How should we train ourselves at home? Will you please teach us." Then He replied: "Learned Audience, those who wish to train themselves (spiritually) may do so at home. It is quite unnecessary for them to stay in monasteries. And cont...
by thornbush
Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:47 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Clarifying the Mahayana (Chan) position
Replies: 4
Views: 1700

Re: Clarifying the Mahayana (Chan) position

Indeed Sraddha, The Sixth Patriarch had the foresight to see how much the Dhyana School would suffer from misconceptions and lopsided understanding of Sunyata. It was already there during His time when the capacities of the people who were practicing this Dharma Door were very much better than that ...
by thornbush
Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'
Replies: 8
Views: 2661

Re: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'

What is meant by there being no self?
There are, in general, two kinds of Non-self:
one,the Non-self of Pudgala, and two, the Non-self of Dharmas.
Read on:
Commentary on "The Shastra on the Door to Understanding the Hundred Dharmas"
by thornbush
Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'
Replies: 8
Views: 2661

Re: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'

The third is the Form Dharmas. In general, there are eleven kinds: 1. eyes (cakshus); 2. ears (shrotra); 3. nose (ghrana); 4. tongue (jihva); 5. body (kaya); 6. forms (rupa); 7. sounds (shabda); 8. smells (gandha); 9. flavors (rasa); 10. objects of touch (sprashtavya); and, 11. dharmas pertaining t...
by thornbush
Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'
Replies: 8
Views: 2661

Re: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'

The Shastra on the Door to Understanding the Hundred Dharmas Derived and condensed from: http://cttbusa.org/100shastra/100dharmas.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; As the World Honored One has said, “All dharmas have no self.” What are “all dharmas,” and what is meant by “having no...
by thornbush
Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'
Replies: 8
Views: 2661

Buddhism in a 'Nutshell'

With reference to this thread from our sister site, here's a compendium from the Mahayana side: The Five Vehicles The Ten Dharma Realms Basic Buddhist Practices: Three Poisons, Five Precepts, Ten Good Deeds & Triple Refuge Four Noble Truths Noble Eightfold Path & Three Practices The Twelve Links of ...
by thornbush
Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Clarifying the Mahayana (Chan) position
Replies: 4
Views: 1700

Re: Clarifying the Mahayana (Chan) position

I've come across several critiques of Mahayana and specifically Zen (Chan), like the following: 1. It (Mahayana+Zen) postulates Buddha-nature which is contrary to anatta 2. It (Mahayana+Zen) asserts our original enlightenment which makes no sense - why practice then? My answer to the above: One sho...
by thornbush
Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism For The Modern Skeptic
Replies: 9
Views: 2125

Re: Buddhism For The Modern Skeptic

Well at least now we have an alternative to authors like Stephen Batchelor :rolling:
by thornbush
Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:31 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Amitabha Sutra
Replies: 1
Views: 1609

Re: The Amitabha Sutra

http://www.uwest.edu/sanskritcanon/dp/index.php?q=node%2F35&textID=884762d624d217f236" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Recently a good Dharma fren shared with me a link with a partial chant of the Sutra link as above. So, hope that all will enjoy the chant here: (Verses 18-20 unavailab...
by thornbush
Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:31 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Srimala Sutra
Replies: 7
Views: 2171

Re: Srimala Sutra

Whatever sentient beings see the Dharmakaya of the Tathagata that way, see correctly . Whoever see correctly are called the sons of the Lord born from his heart, born from his mouth, born from the Dharma, who behave as manifestation of Dharma and as heirs of Dharma. So right view and wrong view are...
by thornbush
Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Ethics of Dharma Distribution
Replies: 5
Views: 1670

Re: The Ethics of Dharma Distribution

Well the owner can think all h/she wants but as they said: No such thing as free lunch... Even if it was free, it was made possible by someone's efforts, time and money.... And state laws across the world does not depend on how an individual views it....you break it, you pay it.. His argument is qui...
by thornbush
Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:06 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Journey of the 'Dead'
Replies: 0
Views: 644

The Journey of the 'Dead'

I watched this many years ago and would like to share it here: The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation 1a The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation 1b The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation 1c The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation 1d The Tibetan Book of t...
by thornbush
Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:18 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Pronouncing THE PERFECT NAME!
Replies: 6
Views: 2220

Re: Pronouncing THE PERFECT NAME!

When I was with the Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist frens, they often pronounced it as what sounded like: "Boot-the" and when I was in some Indian shops, and looking for Buddha statues and I pronounced it like the Sri Lankans, they were like :shrug: Luckily, I had a spare pic of Buddha in my wallet :t...
by thornbush
Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:59 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: The Importance of Respecting all Traditions - HH Dalai Lama
Replies: 1
Views: 1224

Re: The Importance of Respecting all Traditions - HH Dalai Lama

http://cttbusa.org/lotus/lotus14_1.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; “Further, Manjushri, in the future Ending Age, when the Dharma is about to become extinct, the Bodhisattva Mahasattva who receives, upholds, reads, or recites this Sutra should harbor no thoughts of envy, flattery...
by thornbush
Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Mahayana Buddhist Liturgical Calendar
Replies: 5
Views: 17096

Re: The Mahayana Buddhist Liturgical Calendar

http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/thumb_364/1234349123yz30Ns.jpg Today marks the Commemoration of Sangharama Bodhisattva or 'Jie Lan Seng Zhong Pu Sa' or 'Jie Lan' (His Dharma Name), 'Seng Zhong Pu Sa' (the Bodhisattva of the Sangha Monastery). Also known as 'Guan Yu/Guan Di/Guan Gong' of The Three King...
by thornbush
Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:44 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The Mahayana Buddhist Liturgical Calendar
Replies: 5
Views: 9403

Re: The Mahayana Buddhist Liturgical Calendar

http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/thumb_364/1234349123yz30Ns.jpg Today marks the Commemoration of Sangharama Bodhisattva or 'Jie Lan Seng Zhong Pu Sa' or 'Jie Lan' (His Dharma Name), 'Seng Zhong Pu Sa' (the Bodhisattva of the Sangha Monastery). Also known as 'Guan Yu/Guan Di/Guan Gong' of The Three King...
by thornbush
Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:30 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Actor found in Thailand hotel room
Replies: 2
Views: 1044

Re: Actor found in Thailand hotel room

http://images.allposters.com/images/77/039_69803.jpg (December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009) http://www.buddhistchaplaincy.com/sitebuilder/images/lotus_lamp-143x107.jpg http://www.soshina.org/ProductImages/juzu/Thumb_rosewood_juzu_sw.jpg http://www.buddhistchaplaincy.com/sitebuilder/images/lotus_lamp-143...
by thornbush
Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Extra-bodily States in Buddhism
Replies: 34
Views: 7638

Re: Extra-bodily States in Buddhism

Dakini-la sounds cool :rolleye:
Wasn't there a pathetic song singing about a guy pining for a 'Laura'? :tongue: Men! :thinking:
by thornbush
Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Dumb Bonbu
Replies: 8
Views: 1950

Happy Birthday Dumb Bonbu

Thus Have I Read....at one time somewhere....
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