Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club

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Svalaksana
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Currently going through AKB Ch. 1, V. 5 and I've been complementing the Chimzö study with reading the verse discussions on this section and it's been very helpful. Every single participant has had interesting input, whether based on actual knowledge, through questioning or clarification, by inference or speculation.

On a small sidenote, at an earlier stage of my participation in the forum, I had a couple of scuffles with both Malcolm and Grigoris, mostly due to what I believe were misunderstandings on a communication level, which might be partially explained by the fact that I'm not a native English speaker. However, seeing the depth of understanding of both users in here (and of all others in fact), not just in regards to the AKB, but of Buddhism in general, has made me rethink the impression that I was left with after our awry interactions. Their approach when it comes to challenging confusion and wrong ideas might still be a tad too uninhibited and even confrontational for my usual conflict-defusal leaning nature, but their knowledge is outstanding and unquestionable regardless. I can safely say that I have grown to respect them for that.

Anyway, hope people here still consider following through with the book club, it would definitely be a valuable venture, especially for me, with the chance of learning with you all.
Looking but not seeing - that's my eye.
Thinking but not minding - that's my mind.
Speaking but not expressing - that's my tongue.
Traveling but not going - that's my path.
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Manjushri wrote: Thu Dec 10, 2020 1:56 amTheir approach when it comes to challenging confusion and wrong ideas might still be a tad too uninhibited and even confrontational
It helps to remember that it’s not the person that is being negated, but the sentence on the page. It isn’t personal.
"Conceptuality is great ignorance,
causing one to fall into the ocean of samsāra."
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Is anyone still reading? I believe we've lost Greg. QQ, Peter? Are you still interested?
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I am but circumstances have prevented me from writing. I will pick it up again on the first day of the new year - seems like an appropriate time.
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jake wrote: Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:41 am Is anyone still reading? I believe we've lost Greg. QQ, Peter? Are you still interested?
Still here. Have been side tracked. Let's get back to it.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Upaya Chapter

純一実相。実相外。更無別法。法性寂然名止。寂而常渉照名観。
There is only reality; there is nothing separate from reality. The naturally tranquil nature of dharmas is shamatha. The abiding luminosity of tranquility is vipashyana.

-From Guanding's Introduction to Zhiyi's Great Shamatha and Vipashyana
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As expressed above, willing to get on board too.
Looking but not seeing - that's my eye.
Thinking but not minding - that's my mind.
Speaking but not expressing - that's my tongue.
Traveling but not going - that's my path.
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