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by Anders
Thu Nov 18, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: video of Brunnhölzl: Buddha Nature as a radical teaching
Replies: 117
Views: 2726

Re: video of Brunnhölzl: Buddha Nature as a radical teaching

Haribhadra, a Madhyamaka, points out than when one realizes buddhahood, one realizes too there was never a time when one was not a buddha. This insight does not depend on the Buddhanature doctrine at all, since it is straight out of the PP Sutras. Moreover, it is commonly stated that from the point...
by Anders
Fri Nov 12, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What is the difference between the Śūraṅgama Sūtra & Śūraṅgama Samādhi Sūtra?
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Leo Rivers wrote: Fri Nov 12, 2021 6:56 am Just found this.... I think it's the whole thing.

Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 941,039 words


https://www.wisdomlib.org/buddhism/book ... ita-sastra
Only a part, incredibly.

Bhikshu Dharmamitra is, I believe, working on a full translation.
by Anders
Thu Nov 04, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why did Buddhism take a drastic focus into emptiness at the turn of the new era? (1st century CE)
Replies: 16
Views: 829

Re: Why did Buddhism take a drastic focus into emptiness at the turn of the new era? (1st century CE)

I am sure that Mahayana was not a "grass-roots" movement, it is so very advanced and it follows after the state of an Arhat (or some other advanced stage in Sravakayana). On the contrary it was very much a top-down movement, initiated by the Buddha himself for the benefit of his advanced ...
by Anders
Wed Nov 03, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why did Buddhism take a drastic focus into emptiness at the turn of the new era? (1st century CE)
Replies: 16
Views: 829

Re: Why did Buddhism take a drastic focus into emptiness at the turn of the new era? (1st century CE)

I am sure that Mahayana was not a "grass-roots" movement, it is so very advanced and it follows after the state of an Arhat (or some other advanced stage in Sravakayana). On the contrary it was very much a top-down movement, initiated by the Buddha himself for the benefit of his advanced ...
by Anders
Tue Nov 02, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?
Replies: 81
Views: 4467

Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?

Okay dropped. So what caused the decline. My own boiled down take is loss of Royal patronage left it vulnerable to hostile currents (most obviously islam but not limited to this). We can look at what caused this loss but here I think we're looking at a complex multitude of causes rather than a few.
by Anders
Tue Nov 02, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?
Replies: 81
Views: 4467

Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?

At least let's drop anachronistic terms like 'Hindu' and assess the religions that actually existed at the time. 'Right hand' tantric shaivism, alongside vajrayana, were not vedic and, going by text production, these were the majority of early tantra (the third stream being vedic shaiva siddhanta). ...
by Anders
Mon Nov 01, 2021 11:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why did Buddhism take a drastic focus into emptiness at the turn of the new era? (1st century CE)
Replies: 16
Views: 829

Re: Why did Buddhism take a drastic focus into emptiness at the turn of the new era? (1st century CE)

'It is noteworthy that in the VKŚ , the Sarvāstivādins never call themselves as such. When arguing against the Vibhajyavādins, they refer to themselves as the Yukta-vādins (應理論者); against the Pudgalavādins, as the Śūnyatā-vādins (性空論者). It was perhaps later, in the course of doctrinal confrontation...
by Anders
Sat Oct 30, 2021 7:52 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: “Bodhisattva Gaia” and “Vairocana Sun”
Replies: 64
Views: 2854

Re: “Bodhisattva Gaia” and “Vairocana Sun”

he actually makes a more interesting proposal, that brahmins were more interested in dhyānas, while non-brahmins were more interested in insight. I read through it just this morning. It was very interesting. My take is that it is not that non-brāhmaṇas were more interested in insight, but that brāh...
by Anders
Thu Oct 28, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: “Bodhisattva Gaia” and “Vairocana Sun”
Replies: 64
Views: 2854

Re: “Bodhisattva Gaia” and “Vairocana Sun”

An interesting article on early Buddhist attitudes towards brahmanism.
https://www.academia.edu/34226012/When_ ... -read-more
by Anders
Mon Sep 20, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Should moderator accounts be used for ordinary posts?
Replies: 6
Views: 678

Re: Should moderator accounts be used for ordinary posts?

I think the lack of transparency this would cause is a bad thing.

That moderators cant be ignored seems a trivial issue to me.
by Anders
Fri Jun 25, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism
Replies: 609
Views: 17356

Re: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism

The whole out of alignment wheel analogy was what finally made the whole thing make sense to me when I started reading Pali stuff as a teenager. I don't even remember when or where I heard it, but that drove home how pervasive it is, and that it is not some sort of value judgement, but a descriptio...
by Anders
Sun May 09, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara
Replies: 81
Views: 3201

Re: A question about Buddha Goddess Tara

Malcolm wrote: Sat May 08, 2021 6:59 pm
Minobu wrote: Sat May 08, 2021 5:51 pm Why do we refer to Her as a Goddess and not just a Buddha ?
We don't refer to her as a goddess in Buddhism. Hindu's do, however.
In Indian Buddhism, female mahasattvas were often referred to as goddesses. Not sure why, seems gender specific too, but nonetheless....
by Anders
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and depression
Replies: 44
Views: 2278

Re: Buddhism and depression

Most depression stems from dysphoric relational dynamics, which is not a strong suite of Buddhism compared to modern psychotherapy. I would say a first step should always be therapy if you wish to address the root causes of it. If you have suffered repeatedly from depression, I believe a Buddhist pr...
by Anders
Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Equivalent to thogal
Replies: 144
Views: 9440

Re: Equivalent to thogal

...only really works for Catholicism: 1. Entry requirements for heaven satisfied by low-cost ritual observance, irrespective of state of mind 2. No possibility of gaining direct experience of the truth of the teachings The Buddha actually presents his own version of pascal's wager in the pali Canon...
by Anders
Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Equivalent to thogal
Replies: 144
Views: 9440

Re: Equivalent to thogal

Pascal’s wager ...only really works for Catholicism: 1. Entry requirements for heaven satisfied by low-cost ritual observance, irrespective of state of mind 2. No possibility of gaining direct experience of the truth of the teachings The Buddha actually presents his own version of pascal's wager in...
by Anders
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Seeing Diagonal Moving Lines While Failing To Meditate
Replies: 12
Views: 1583

Re: Seeing Diagonal Moving Lines While Failing To Meditate

What is it that you actually want, Onasander? I must admit, I find much of what you write here disconnected in many ways. What drew you to meditation in the first place? What intent in you was strong enough that it made you sign up here and share your difficulties? I imagine it isn't a desire to mus...
by Anders
Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Seeing Diagonal Moving Lines While Failing To Meditate
Replies: 12
Views: 1583

Re: Seeing Diagonal Moving Lines While Failing To Meditate

It could be many things. A purely physiological or neurological condition, an old trauma constricting in the eyes, or even natural extra sensory sensitivity in the absence of training. If you still have a desire for meditation, I'd suggest simply practice with eyes closed. And to work with a teacher...
by Anders
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Difference between Avalokiteśvara and Sitatapatra
Replies: 8
Views: 938

Re: Difference between Avalokiteśvara and Sitatapatra

I meant between Guan Yin and Sitatapatra as I am getting their amulets. Guan yin is the same as Avalokiteshvara. Just a sex change. Otherwise, the same. But not the same as Sitatapatra. What specific differences are you looking for? Technically, isn't Sitatapatra a form of Tara and Tara herself bei...
by Anders
Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Difference between Avalokiteśvara and Sitatapatra
Replies: 8
Views: 938

Re: Difference between Avalokiteśvara and Sitatapatra

I meant between Guan Yin and Sitatapatra as I am getting their amulets. Same except shared gender. "Buddhist Goddesses of India" will give you a good run down of Sitatapatra from where it should be easy enough to tell the difference. If you register at archive.org you can "loan"...
by Anders
Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Difference between Avalokiteśvara and Sitatapatra
Replies: 8
Views: 938

Re: Difference between Avalokiteśvara and Sitatapatra

Sitapatra is a female protective guardian deity. Avalokiteshvara is a male diety of compassion. They both have many arms.

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