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by Fa Dao
Mon May 09, 2011 12:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Introduction to Zen Buddhism Books
Replies: 7
Views: 1526

Re: Introduction to Zen Buddhism Books

if you want some original Zen...i.e Chan, then most anything by Master Sheng Yen is good. Here is a nice list that I recommend: 1. There Is No Suffering, a Commentary on the Heart Sutra-by Sheng Yen 2. The Heart Sutra-by Red Pine 3. The Diamond Sutra-by Red Pine 4. Describing The Indescribable-by Hs...
by Fa Dao
Mon May 09, 2011 12:41 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen with or without ngondro?
Replies: 134
Views: 21024

Re: Dzogchen with or without ngondro?

I think in this case the Rastas say it best...."its ALL good, man"
by Fa Dao
Sun May 08, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen with or without ngondro?
Replies: 134
Views: 21024

Re: Dzogchen with or without ngondro?

Pemachophel,
no, this thread was started simply because I was wondering if there is a reason why some require ngondro and others dont...it was that simple
by Fa Dao
Sat May 07, 2011 2:13 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen with or without ngondro?
Replies: 134
Views: 21024

Re: Dzogchen with or without ngondro?

Thank you all for your responses
by Fa Dao
Sat May 07, 2011 12:24 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen with or without ngondro?
Replies: 134
Views: 21024

Dzogchen with or without ngondro?

I have always been curious as to why some masters require ngondro prior to Dzogchen teachings/pointing out and others do not. One of my old masters from many years ago required it, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. During that time though after reading Master Namkhai Norbu's books it appeared that he did not ...
by Fa Dao
Thu May 05, 2011 11:36 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Hu Jintao & Mark Zuckerberg
Replies: 2
Views: 1372

Re: Hu Jintao & Mark Zuckerberg

I KNEW IT!!!! I KNEW there was a reason my gut feeling told me to NOT sign up for FACEBOOK!!
by Fa Dao
Thu May 05, 2011 2:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Meditation practices for the layfolk
Replies: 15
Views: 3091

Re: Meditation practices for the layfolk

As Astus said, Master Sheng Yen worked extensively with monks and laypeople. I highly recommend any of his books but specifically his book "The Method of No Method-The Chan Practice of Silent Illumination" is an excellent book. Clear, easy to understand, yet profound in its simplicity.
by Fa Dao
Sun May 01, 2011 2:11 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Pointing out instructions
Replies: 113
Views: 23300

Pointing out instructions

Heres a question... I have read a little about Dzogchen. Only had one teaching on it from a qualified Lama, definitely not an expert though. What is the difference (if any) between pointing out instructions and what is called the "Mind to Mind transmission" found in Chan? Would be nice to get some a...
by Fa Dao
Mon Apr 25, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Good Translation of Saddharma-Lankavatara-Sutra
Replies: 13
Views: 2933

Re: Good Translation of Saddharma-Lankavatara-Sutra

Astus, although the 4 fascicle does have its flaws it is the oldest. During Prof. Tokiwa's research into all of the available editions he found errors in the Sanskrit editions. Not only did he create an English translation but he also restructured and created a Sanskrit version as well. He makes man...
by Fa Dao
Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Good Translation of Saddharma-Lankavatara-Sutra
Replies: 13
Views: 2933

Re: Good Translation of Saddharma-Lankavatara-Sutra

Suzuki actually used the nanjio/sanskrit/siksananda version. In the earlier Gunabhadra version, which Prof. Tokiwa believes is closer to what was the original, the 1st, 9th, and 10th chapters are missing. And yes, you are correct, the 4 fascicle version is what Bodhidharma passed along to Hui Ke alo...
by Fa Dao
Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Good Translation of Saddharma-Lankavatara-Sutra
Replies: 13
Views: 2933

Re: Good Translation of Saddharma-Lankavatara-Sutra

Red Pine IMHO is probably one of the best translators in our time. Unfortunately though from my understanding he is translating the 7 fascicle/Siksananda version instead of the 4 fascicle Song/Gunabhadra translation
by Fa Dao
Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Good Translation of Saddharma-Lankavatara-Sutra
Replies: 13
Views: 2933

Re: Good Translation of Saddharma-Lankavatara-Sutra

Red Pine is coming out with a new translation. Not sure exactly when though. There is an English translation by Prof. Gishin Tokiwa of the 4 fascicle Song/Gunabhadra version but it is almost impossible to get a copy. I had to borrow the only copy that I know of in the US from Harvard University. Pro...

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