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by ItsRaining
Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Surangama question
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Surangama question

Having just read the Surangama Sutra, I have developed an interest in memorizing the long Sanskrit mantra it teaches. The short version, first, of course. But in the process of reading the main text it kept reminding me of Taoism rather than Buddhism. Especially the text The Secret of the Golden Fl...
by ItsRaining
Fri Oct 29, 2021 5:25 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Dogen's conception of time in the Shobogenzo
Replies: 18
Views: 954

Re: Dogen's conception of time in the Shobogenzo

Nagarjuna is only the orthodox opinion in Indo-Tibetan traditions, he isn't studied much in East Asia past the Tang Dynasty. And in schools like Huayan and Tiantai the Madhyamaka is not considered a definitive teaching. He may not be studied, but I don't know how one understands Tiantai without und...
by ItsRaining
Fri Oct 29, 2021 1:24 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Dogen's conception of time in the Shobogenzo
Replies: 18
Views: 954

Re: Dogen's conception of time in the Shobogenzo

Well, it's not just about time. "Uji" was a neologism that he coined, and means something like "being/time" or "existence/time." He's pointing at the inseparable nature of time and existence. So it means that existence cannot be said to occur outside of time, the prese...
by ItsRaining
Wed Sep 29, 2021 12:25 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Does one have to be part of a Nichiren sect to follow/devote onself to the Lotus Sutra and what it teaches?
Replies: 62
Views: 2638

Re: Does one have to be part of a Nichiren sect to follow/devote onself to the Lotus Sutra and what it teaches?

why would you refer to the reality from which we live in as extrinsic ? I didn't. There must be a reason why Nichiren did not even ask of His students to study TenDai. Of course he did. And he continued to send his students to Mt. Hiei to study. At Minobu, there were lectures on Tendai once a month...
by ItsRaining
Tue Sep 21, 2021 2:16 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Would learning Mandarin or Japanese allow you to practice in another country?
Replies: 36
Views: 3084

Re: Would learning Mandarin or Japanese allow you to practice in another country?

We're experiencing a perfectly natural and beneficial historic drift. You can try your best to 'mitigate' it, but it is inevitable and needs celebrating and working with, rather than wasting time on doing a King Canute. There are Chinese and Japanese, in fact, who, with the internet and ever easier...
by ItsRaining
Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hsin Tao and Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhism
Replies: 12
Views: 1146

Re: Hsin Tao and Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhism

It's very possible and actually common in Chinese Buddhism to practice from more than one tradition. For example, at Dharma Drum Mountain members of the Sangha will have a particular sutra or mantra they like to chant as their daily practice. Many will practice in the Pure Land tradition or the Tia...
by ItsRaining
Sat May 01, 2021 4:12 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Living buddhist tradition/school that focuses on the Mahaparinirvana sutra?
Replies: 6
Views: 773

Re: Living buddhist tradition/school that focuses on the Mahaparinirvana sutra?

The kind of view where a certain school only focuses on a certain text or select few texts is not that accurate. Chan practitioners, for example, for example often study any number of texts despite the Lanka historically being important to Bodhidharma and early Chan practitioners. Same for Huayan, S...
by ItsRaining
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: This simply doesn't make any sense.....
Replies: 36
Views: 5082

Re: This simply doesn't make any sense.....

Most of your concerns would be resolved if you read the Awakening of Faith and Sutra of Perfect Awakening. Studying Zen can be difficult without a background in the Mahayana.
by ItsRaining
Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Different interpretations of yogacara
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Re: Different interpretations of yogacara

I have been reading about yogacara, and all the authors point out that there are different interpretations of yogacara. Modern scholars point out that Vasubandhu is not an idealist and his system of yogacara is more compatible with theravada system than the east asian yogacara which has more ideali...
by ItsRaining
Sun Aug 23, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Different interpretations of yogacara
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Re: Different interpretations of yogacara

I have been reading about yogacara, and all the authors point out that there are different interpretations of yogacara. Modern scholars point out that Vasubandhu is not an idealist and his system of yogacara is more compatible with theravada system than the east asian yogacara which has more ideali...
by ItsRaining
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What was Nichiren's issue with Zen?
Replies: 9
Views: 786

Re: What was Nichiren's issue with Zen?

He had an issue with Zen that claims a transmission outside the sutras. Basically, he doubted their oral lineage and thought their iconoclasm toward sutra was hypocritical and fake. There's a good comedy bit in Conversation between a Sage and Unenlightened Man with a comical fictionalization of a z...
by ItsRaining
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guanyin's method
Replies: 43
Views: 5866

Re: Guanyin's method

I’ve practiced it, it’s known as the Surangama Samadhi also the same method is found widespread in other traditions. Ajahn Amaro who is Theravada practices it and calls it listening to the Nada Sound. It’s also found in Sufism. Sit quietly and wait for a gentle ringing sound to manifest in your ear...
by ItsRaining
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guanyin's method
Replies: 43
Views: 5866

Re: Guanyin's method

Hi, I was reading the chapter on the Shurangama Sutra that describes the method he used to attain enlightenment: turning his faculty of hearing inward and emptying his awareness. Is there a commentary on this chapter that provides more detail on how this is done? I’ve practiced it, it’s known as th...
by ItsRaining
Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guanyin's method
Replies: 43
Views: 5866

Re: Guanyin's method

Also, the one group I found in Taiwan to actually practice this as their main meditation method is Master Hsin Tao's Ling Jiou Shan (Vulture Peak Mountain). Their monastery in Taiwan is beautiful... They have a four-step shamatha practice, which culminates in listening to the sound of no-sound. I r...
by ItsRaining
Sat May 09, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Plants Acquiring Sentience
Replies: 49
Views: 5775

Re: Plants Acquiring Sentience

All of what you say may be true, but I have run into Zen and Chan Buddhists whose views could be differentiated from atmavada if you had a crowbar. Indeed Reps’ Zen Flesh, Zen Bones contains in its appendix a translation of a brief shaivaite tantra. I haven't read many English books on Zen, but the...
by ItsRaining
Sat May 09, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Plants Acquiring Sentience
Replies: 49
Views: 5775

Re: Plants Acquiring Sentience

The book while I haven't read the whole thing, seems to have a lot a problems in the later section on Chan Buddhism. He quotes Zongmi and Yanshou Zongmi [This true] nature is like space; it is not to be added to or reduced. There is no need to add [virtues]. Once one stops karmic action but fosters ...
by ItsRaining
Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Rigpa and Alayavijnana
Replies: 68
Views: 12628

Re: Rigpa and Alayavijnana

Are these the same thing? If so, Are there distinctions in the way alaya is described in Yogacara and rigpa in Dzogchen? If this has been discussed here already, reference would be appreciated. No, definitely not. The all-basis consciousness is a product of ma rig pa, ignorance, the opposite of rig...
by ItsRaining
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any schools of Mahayana or Vajrayana Buddhism that do not ascribe to the view that all is one mind?
Replies: 72
Views: 6946

Re: Are there any schools of Mahayana or Vajrayana Buddhism that do not ascribe to the view that all is one mind?

Thanks. Well Huangbo literally stated this and so have many other Mahayana teachers. "All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the One Mind, beside which nothing exists." -Huangbo I’m not familiar with Huangbo, but I’m guessing that this statement means something different ...
by ItsRaining
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any schools of Mahayana or Vajrayana Buddhism that do not ascribe to the view that all is one mind?
Replies: 72
Views: 6946

Re: Are there any schools of Mahayana or Vajrayana Buddhism that do not ascribe to the view that all is one mind?

No one seems to understand the meaning of "One Mind" as used by East Asian Buddhist schools, it does not refer to any universal consciousness, it's simply the pure mind or the Buddha Mind. Chandrakirti and the madhyamka's never refuted it since they've never even encountered the doctrine. ...
by ItsRaining
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature
Replies: 85
Views: 12892

Re: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature

Yet the knowing quality is present and infused with consciousness. He did not add that. The term knowing/awareness (zhi 知) was what Heze Shenhui and Guifeng Zongmi propagated, while others ridiculed. So the Platform Sutra (ch 8, BDK ed, p 78) says this of Shenhui: “I told you it was without name or...

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