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by Aemilius
Sun Nov 28, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Yoga
Replies: 12
Views: 590

Re: Yoga

In Abhidharmakosha-bhashyam vol II p. 485 Vasubandhu tells a story from the Purvacarya sutra, the story is also found in several other sutras, that are mentioned in the footnotes of AKB. The story is called Teaching by a Monkey : "Five hundred ascetics cultivated painful austerities on a mounta...
by Aemilius
Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Skepticism of Pure Land among Mahayana adherents
Replies: 25
Views: 999

Re: Skepticism of Pure Land among Mahayana adherents

The distinction of the heroic path (of self power) and the easy path (of other power) was made already by Nagarjuna, and probably even before him. Nagarjuna's Discourse on the Ten Stages, Dasabhumika Vibhasa , translation and study by Hisao Inagaki , contains a discussion about the career of the Bod...
by Aemilius
Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Who can give Refuge?
Replies: 41
Views: 1572

Re: Refuge from the view of Dhammapada

In the beginning period of Buddhism that wasn't always so formalized. Yes, and then ordination rites were fixed by various sanghas later, with various procedures which differ from sect to sect. For anyone who is interested, Vasubandhu enumerates 10 kinds of ordination in AKB vol II p. 592 : 1. Ordi...
by Aemilius
Fri Nov 26, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: A different kind of meditation on death
Replies: 22
Views: 2272

Re: A different kind of meditation on death

I can't see much benefit in making the corpse a basis for fungi. In natural conditions the cadaver serves as food for a wide variety of insects: "When studying decomposition from an entomological point of view and for the purpose of applying data to human death investigations, the domestic pig ...
by Aemilius
Fri Nov 26, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Yoga
Replies: 12
Views: 590

Re: Yoga

One way of understanding "yoga" is all the ways in which the body affects the mind and mental states. Here in this passge of instructions for Maudgalyayana/Mogallana we can see examples of how the body is seen to affect the state of mind in the Sravakayana Dharma. "Are you nodding, Mo...
by Aemilius
Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Yoga
Replies: 12
Views: 590

Re: Yoga

Dhammapada Verse 282 Yoga ve jayati bhuri ayoga bhurisankhayo etam dvedhapatham natva bhavaya vibhavaya ca tatha ttanam niveseyya yatha bhuri pavaddhati. Verse 282: Indeed, wisdom is born of yoga/meditation/striving; without yoga/meditation/striving wisdom is lost. Knowing this twofold path of gain...
by Aemilius
Wed Nov 24, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Who can give Refuge?
Replies: 41
Views: 1572

Re: Refuge from the view of Dhammapada

OK. I intended it [mod note: the quote from Dhammapada - https://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?p=608961#p608961] as an answer that it is your own self who attains Refuge by realizing the Four noble truths, i.e. by following and realizing the Dharma. According to Buddha any member of the Sangha ...
by Aemilius
Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Who can give Refuge?
Replies: 41
Views: 1572

Re: Refuge from the view of Dhammapada

OK. I intended it [mod note: the quote from Dhammapada - https://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?p=608961#p608961] as an answer that it is your own self who attains Refuge by realizing the Four noble truths, i.e. by following and realizing the Dharma. According to Buddha any member of the Sangha c...
by Aemilius
Mon Nov 22, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Refuge from the view of Dhammapada
Replies: 2
Views: 214

Re: Refuge from the view of Dhammapada

To the moderator: No one had said anything in that Refuge -thread, before I posted this verse from the Dhammapada, but now people have woke up suddenly. Why is that?
by Aemilius
Sun Nov 21, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Refuge from the view of Dhammapada
Replies: 2
Views: 214

Refuge from the view of Dhammapada

Moderator's note: This topic was split from here: https://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?p=608592#p608592 No idea where else to put it. They go to many a refuge, to mountains, forests, parks, trees, and shrines: people threatened with danger. That's not the secure refuge, that's not the highest ...
by Aemilius
Sat Nov 20, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are Oysters Sentient? (Split from Giving up Masturbation)
Replies: 100
Views: 3714

Re: Are Oysters Sentient? (Split from Giving up Masturbation)

The nervous systems of bivalves and snails "There are two main indicators of sentience related to the structure of animals’ nervous systems: the extent that they are centralized and the neuron count. The degree of centralization of the nervous system is perhaps the most important evidence conc...
by Aemilius
Sat Nov 20, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How did Nichiren view the Dhammapada?
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: How did Nichiren view the Dhammapada?

Nichiren would’ve been familiar with the Agamas (I’m not sure if 13th century Japanese Buddhists would’ve even known of the existence of the Pali Nikayas) and I’m not sure if there’s an equivalent to the Dhammapada there. At any rate, he would’ve considered it a provisional teaching; a teaching of ...
by Aemilius
Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Physical issues around sitting
Replies: 10
Views: 462

Re: Physical issues around sitting

I know of some Theravada and Zen teachers that have taught to stand while meditating, as a strategy suited to an individual person. In my experience, you can cultivate a lot of mindfulness in the standing posture. The four traditional postures for meditating are walking, standing, sitting and lying...
by Aemilius
Thu Nov 18, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How much food do you consume in a lifetime?
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: How much food do you consume in a lifetime?

I thought about the law of conservation of mass/energy . Also, there are suttas/sutras where Shakyamuni enumerates all the waste products of the human body, i.e. matter is discharged from the body in many ways, like tears, saliva, snot, sweat, old skin, nails, hair, beard, body hairs, urine, earwax...
by Aemilius
Thu Nov 18, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Commentaries on the Canonical Sutras?
Replies: 40
Views: 1144

Re: Commentaries on the Canonical Sutras?

Zhen Li already mentioned the Wisdom Treatise, Mahāprajñāpāramitopadeśa (his romanization had "-śāstra" at the end -- no functional difference). It comments on everything from sūtras of the Śrāvakas in-common with the Theravāda sect to Dhyānasūtras that Theravādins have never traditionall...
by Aemilius
Wed Nov 17, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How much food do you consume in a lifetime?
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: How much food do you consume in a lifetime?

I thought about the law of conservation of mass/energy . Also, there are suttas/sutras where Shakyamuni enumerates all the waste products of the human body, i.e. matter is discharged from the body in many ways, like tears, saliva, snot, sweat, old skin, nails, hair, beard, body hairs, urine, earwax ...
by Aemilius
Wed Nov 17, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How much food do you consume in a lifetime?
Replies: 8
Views: 248

How much food do you consume in a lifetime?

5,5 pounds ( 2,5 kg) in a day, 2007 pounds ( 912,5 kg) in a year, if you live until 78 this will make 156 546 pounds ( 71 175 kg) of food in a lifetime. This is one estimate found in the Youtube. Others give somewhat lower numbers dependng on your sex, constitution and eating habits, but it will lik...
by Aemilius
Tue Nov 16, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Commentaries on the Canonical Sutras?
Replies: 40
Views: 1144

Re: Commentaries on the Canonical Sutras?

In the tibetan collection of sutras there is the Udanavarga, which is a much longer version of the same materials as the Dhammapada. Udanavarga seems to have a commentary in tibetan. There are two chinese translations of the Udanavarga. Udânavarga: a collection of verses from the Buddhist canon Bkah...
by Aemilius
Tue Nov 16, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Commentaries on the Canonical Sutras?
Replies: 40
Views: 1144

Re: Commentaries on the Canonical Sutras?

Vasubandhu quotes several times in AKB sutras that are in the Sarvastivada Tripitaka. There is also the Arya Salistamba sutra, which is said to be a sutra to which more commentaries were written than any other sutra, some of these commentaries have been translated into english. Another Sarvastivada ...
by Aemilius
Mon Nov 15, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cosmology Question on Eternal Realms
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Cosmology Question on Eternal Realms

The Abhidharmasamuccaya of Asanga explains that the heavens of first three dhyana states arise(evolve) at the beginning of a Mahakalpa and are destroyed(devolved) at the end of it. The fourth dhyana state remains, but the deities and their abodes disappear, Asanga says. One Mahakalpa consists of 80 ...

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