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by Aemilius
Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are we all destined for Buddhahood?
Replies: 7
Views: 389

Re: Are we all destined for Buddhahood?

The idea of "destined for Buddhahood" resembles the teaching of Maskari Gosala, who lived at the time of Gautama Shakyamuni. The fundamental point in the teaching of Maskari Gosala was “saṁsāra-suddhi,” purification through transmigration, which meant that all beings, all lives, all existe...
by Aemilius
Tue Oct 12, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?
Replies: 86
Views: 2696

Re: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?

"Fact" refers to for example the Five eyes (chakshu) of an Enlightened being, by which he can see the manifest world as it truly is. We have many enlightened masters in the Buddhist tradition, who have seen that Buddha did indeed teach the Mahayana sutras, and he did turn the Three turning...
by Aemilius
Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?
Replies: 86
Views: 2696

Re: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?

There were in ancient times, and there are today, communities of practicers of Dharma, whose texts and venerated teachers say, even today, that the Mahayana sutras are a teaching of the Buddha. This principle is spelt out in the bodhisattva precepts also. Do we need to say what some other people and...
by Aemilius
Mon Oct 11, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?
Replies: 86
Views: 2696

Re: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?

They were bhikshus. Simple as that. They were Mahayana bhikshus or bodhisattva bhikshus, they had a different pratimoksha . No, they didn’t. For example, to take the bodhisattva vows in Asanga tradition, one had to have already received prātimokṣa vows in a separate rite. It is difficult to know, a...
by Aemilius
Sun Oct 10, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: listening or hearing?
Replies: 1
Views: 251

Re: listening or hearing?

There doesn't seem to be any or much difference, (this is from https://www.learnsanskrit.cc/index.php) शृणु ! phrase śṛṇu ! Listen! श्राव्य adj. śrāvya worth listening उपशृणोति { उप- श्रु } verb 5 upaśṛṇoti { upa- śru} listen to गीतं शृणवाम sent. gītaṃ śṛṇavāma Let us listen to the song. शृणोति { श्...
by Aemilius
Sun Oct 10, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?
Replies: 63
Views: 2771

Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?

Sarao could also write an account how Dharma suddenly disappeared in Tibet in 1960's without mentioning the destruction of some 6000 monasteries with dynamite. Do you refer to the Tantric Dharma in Tibet? Tibetans traditionally follow the three Yanas (Sravakayana, Mahayana and Tantrayana), as outer...
by Aemilius
Sat Oct 09, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: How does Karma purification work?
Replies: 49
Views: 1487

Re: How does Karma purification work?

So in Vajrayana and Mahayana Buddhism, prayers or mantras are said to purify Karma; that is, to nip it and face it's consequences now rather than later. How exactly does this work? Is it your own internal recognition which does it? For the mantras said to particular Buddhas and Bodhisatvas (mainly ...
by Aemilius
Sat Oct 09, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?
Replies: 86
Views: 2696

Re: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?

I wonder, if Vasubandhu recited and followed the Bodhisattva pratimoksha, and discussed with his brother Asanga and Asanga's community of Mahayanists, how could he have been living in a Sravakayana community? They were bhikshus. Simple as that. They were Mahayana bhikshus or bodhisattva bhikshus, t...
by Aemilius
Sat Oct 09, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?
Replies: 63
Views: 2771

Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?

http://oldweb.du.ac.in/uploads/departments/BuddhistStudies/Study%20Material/Susmita/The%20Decline%20of%20Buddhism%20in%20India.pdf This should work According to Sarao, the following are the main causes for the decline of Buddhism in India: The following factors, mostly inherent weaknesses of Indian...
by Aemilius
Fri Oct 08, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?
Replies: 63
Views: 2771

Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?

"Atheistic" is to large extent a conventional designation. If you believe that there are the four kinds of attainment of the Sravakayana path, the ten Bodhisattva bhumis, and three Kayas of Buddhahood, for the people outside of Buddhism that very likely amounts to believing in supernatural...
by Aemilius
Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?
Replies: 86
Views: 2696

Re: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?

Vasubandhu did write: Vasubandhu's Treatise on the Bodhisattva Vow (Kalavinka Buddhist Classics), 2009 by Shramana Vasubandhu (Author), Bhikshu Dharmamitra (Author) "This is a treatise on the meaning of "The Sutra on Generating the Resolve to Become a Buddha." It was written by the fa...
by Aemilius
Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?
Replies: 63
Views: 2771

Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?

Tantric deity practices were an inner or secret aspect of the Dharma. In effect Buddhists were still nontheists and atheists. You consider Tantric deity practices in Buddhism were/are nontheists and atheists. Could you give some explanations or concrete details for that? Thanks. The dictionary defi...
by Aemilius
Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?
Replies: 63
Views: 2771

Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?

The Buddha was regarded as part of the ninth incarnation ‘avatar’ (avatāra) of Vishnu. India Tantric Buddhism (c. 500-1200 CE) was also similar to Hinduism. Buddhism became similar to or part of Hinduism at that time, I think. I really consider that Buddhism internally at that time became similar t...
by Aemilius
Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: A different kind of meditation on death
Replies: 19
Views: 1722

Re: A different kind of meditation on death

So what are the claimed benefits of alkaline hydrolysis over cremation? :juggling: Kim No gases from the burning corpse are emitted into the atmosphere. In places like India you have to count the cost of wood for burning. Annually that makes a significant amount of wood, especially as you have to u...
by Aemilius
Thu Oct 07, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?
Replies: 63
Views: 2771

Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?

"According to William Johnston, hundreds of Buddhist monasteries and shrines were destroyed, Buddhist texts were burnt by the Muslim armies, monks and nuns killed during the 12th and 13th centuries in the Gangetic plains region. The Islamic invasions plundered wealth and destroyed Buddhist imag...
by Aemilius
Wed Oct 06, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?
Replies: 86
Views: 2696

Re: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?

And thus Paul Harris or anyone else would be completely, or at least to some extent, free from the grasp of limited, distorted, false, and materialistic view of history. Modern historical method is not false, it is, as much as possible, empirical and evidence-based. It is limited in so far as the e...
by Aemilius
Tue Oct 05, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: A different kind of meditation on death
Replies: 19
Views: 1722

Re: A different kind of meditation on death

Alkaline hydrolysis (also called biocremation, resomation, flameless cremation, or water cremation ) is a process for the disposal of human and pet remains using lye and heat. The process is being marketed as an alternative to the traditional options of burial or cremation. The process is based on ...
by Aemilius
Mon Oct 04, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?
Replies: 86
Views: 2696

Re: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?

I am not saying that the source of Mahayana is spiritual vision. The Mahyana sutras begin "Thus have I heard, at one time..", which means that they record an oral lineage from the Buddha. "Thus have I heard, at one time" does not explicitly mean conventional "oral lineage&q...
by Aemilius
Mon Oct 04, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?
Replies: 86
Views: 2696

Re: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?

If Paul Harrison had seen the beginning of Mahayana in this era or kalpa in spiritual vision, in a state of Samadhi, he would have experienced the sutras differently. But then he would probably been cast outside of the scientific community, and he would have been living a somewhat different life. S...
by Aemilius
Sun Oct 03, 2021 7:52 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?
Replies: 86
Views: 2696

Re: What are texts in the Agamas that are not in the Nikayas?

In truth they are all based on oral traditions that had lasted for about 500 years. Some oral traditions continued for more than thousand years after the first writing down of sutras, it has been said. There was one Indian Pandita who came to China without carrying books, he held the sutras in his ...

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