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Vimalajāti
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Whitby, Ontario
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  • @Buddha-Dude said: The pivotal moment when I realized that I wasn’t in control anymore. (And never was) Does it make me a bad Buddhist? Or did deep insight meditation help me realize it? How did you feel that you weren't in control? Was …
  • It's not the strictest chōka! It mostly just has the 5-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-7 syllable structure. The kireji is meant to fall on "Instead:", my meagre attempt at authenticity ...but that's not even the way they are supposed to work. The "cutting wor…
  • Here, I made a fake Buddha quote just for @lobster At Sāvatthī. Seated to one side, that mendicant said to the Buddha: “Sir, what is the cause, what is the reason why someone, when their body breaks up, after death, is reborn in the company of…
  • @lobster said: Waz all that about then? My favourite "waz all that about" sutta is the class often encountered in the Nāgavagga of the Saṃyuttanikāya. The Tatiyauposathasutta SN29.10, translation based on Ven Sujāto, I've traded the En…
  • I wonder if this fuller translation helps: https://suttacentral.net/ud4.8/en/anandajoti It seems to be a discourse about lying, dealing with liars, and the consequences of lying.
  • The Pāli for this has 3 gāthā (hymns), while the English has 1. Very interesting. I will look into what the material missing from the English is. It might help contextualize the story. ...or its just some story about another sect trying to mess w…
  • There is a lovely bird simile from Venerable Zhìyǐ as well, but I cannot find it at the moment. Suffice to say, wisdom and practice are two wings of a bird, and a bird cannot fly with one wing. Understanding [i.e. learning] purifies meditative…
  • @lobster said: Too much Tao and we develop ‘spiritual apathy’. Too much practice and we develop ‘spiritual constipation’. This also reminds me of Venerable Jízàng's words in his Two Truths Exegesis: It is time to speak of two truths…
  • Not necessarily Buddhism, eh? Or maybe just Chinese Buddhism through a scanner darkly.
  • 天下皆知美之為美,斯惡已。 From the heavens descending all know beauty's as the beautiful, dividing the ugly thereafter. 皆知善之為善,斯不善已。 All know skill's as the skillful, dividing the unskillful thereafter. 故有無相生,難易相成,長…
  • @lobster said: Tao Mind, is like the diamond mind of the hard headed. It is ice crystal ready to melt, flow, steam and even plasma Venerable Zhìyǐ calls bodhicitta "道心", which can be translated as the "dao heart".
  • @Jason said: @Jason said: Yeah. That's part of my interest in things like Christian monasticism, liberation theology, and writers like Thomas Merton. I don't have the time these days to comment as much as I want. But I…
  • @rocala said: My problem is that whatever the subject being discussed is, a fair percent of the members feel an overwhelming need to try and be funny. Usually failing miserably in the process. What is the subject in particular?
  • @federica said: Odd that "Westerners find it puzzling". Reincarnation was an accepted process in Christianity, until the Church cottoned on that eternal Damnation was one way of screwing the flock over and establishing an iron-fisted control over…
  • I didn't know how to delete my double post, so now it is it's own sentence.
  • I am mostly habits, unfortunately. Like the habit of posting here. The habit of practicing. The habit of not practicing.
  • @federica said: I wonder if thinking back, to the first time you ever smoked, and asking yourself why exactly, you took that cigarette, would help the quitting now. ? TBH, I only find contemplation so useful. I can contemplate the disgu…
  • @vinlyn said: @Kerome said: I think it is hard to call the Buddha a god, as he doesn’t have the legendary creative powers. On the other hand it is said of arhats and the enlightened that they have a number of supernatural abil…
  • @lobster said: Bravo @yagr yeah im a smoker too. dont have any advise to give. Que? Nobody needs the company of smokers. Smelly people. Pollution. Ill 😷 Be like @yagr and give up the craziness ... One…
  • @paulyso said: still smoking.but yeah willing to acept the karma of lung disease. That's some heavy karma. I'd prefer to avoid it if possible. Part of my clinging to sensual delights.
  • Tathāgatassa hetaṃ, vāseṭṭha, adhivacanaṃ ‘dhammakāyo’ itipi, ‘brahmakāyo’ itipi, ‘dhammabhūto’ itipi, ‘brahmabhūto’ itipi. These are the Thus-Come's names: he who is the body of the law, he who is the body of God, he who is the law-become, he wh…
  • Here's a contrived platitude: your Buddha-nature is your lack of nature.
  • The feeling of oreo cookies being crushed by my teeth.
  • Well, I wish you well, and hope your practice brings you truth and joy.
  • @paulyso said:it's a daoified personal thing. The primordial "Being", God? 有物混成,先天地生。寂兮寥兮,獨立不改,周行而不殆,可以為天下母。 There is Being, undefined yet complete, originating before heaven and the world. How still…
  • You see, dear reader (speaking frankly, without any intention to offend), you are a ramshackle collection of coincidences held together by a desperate and irrational clinging The rest of the quote is good too, but I feel like this is one of …
  • @person said:But he says something to the effect that other people make the argument that another interpretation would be something different, where the external world exists objectively but we can only ever perceive it with a mind, so in that sense…
  • Here's some controversial knowledge: Saṃbhogakāya bodies do not appear in older Mahāyāna scriptures. This is because they are theorized, rather than having been directly taught. A teacher named Venerable Maitreyanātha was the first to theorize…
    in 3 Kayas Comment by Vimalajāti August 11
  • @David said: @Vimalajāti said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: The view that one sentient being dreams up, thinks up, or creates, the world, is 有神論的決定論, महेश्वरस्यनिर्माणदृष्टि, ma…
  • @federica said: Simsapa sutta. And that's all I need to say about that. This would be good advice, but I don't think it actually solves the problem. Because the responsibility it still on us and only us to decide what the Buddha "real…
  • @Kerome said: A lot of the Tibetan stories of the Bardo presume the idea of ghosts, whereas my understanding of what we are is focused on the skandha’s. It’s very debateable how these things hold together after death. As I have heard it e…
  • @lobster said: I love the idea of excuses. Here are some favs: * I have to look after my home, spouse, chicken collection You had better not neglect those chickens, lobster. I've got the Humane Society on speed-dial.
  • I had to go looking, once I saw that, and while I could not find that exact CD in video form, I think this is the "best" Buddha Chill Music on YouTube at the moment:
  • @Omar067 said: I'll contact you if you are willing to explain things about Buddhism. I am just another layman, I'm not a priest, though I practice with Tendai-shū. I am more than eager to share anything that I have managed to learn. If…
  • Venerable Jikai of the Australian Tendai-shū saṃgha also has a commentary on Ven Guanding's preface to Ven Zhiyi's 摩訶止觀 (Mahāśamathavipaśyanā) T1911. The 4 part study notes happen to overlap with the 8 modes:http://tendaiaustralia.org.au/Mohe…
  • I don't know who NichirenLibrary considers authoritative, but in the Tiāntāi teachings, the Tripiṭaka teaching is to both the śrāvaka and the bodhisattva. It is not a "Hīnayāna" teaching in Tendai-shū. From the above catechism T11931.774c13: …
  • The Tripiṭaka Teaching consists of the 4 noble truths: 1) suffering 2) arising 3) cessation 4) the path, the 4 bases of mindfulness, the 4 varieties of correct endeavour, the 4 spiritual powers, the 5 wholesome roots, the 5 spiritual powers, the 7 l…
  • I know what you mean. Give me a second.
  • Do you mean 1) sudden 2) gradual, etc?
  • Are these four teachings supposed to be the four truths? Or do you mean the Tiāntāi five periods? Where is this list from?
  • @Vimalajāti said: many of the Śaivists and Viṣṇaivists that Buddhists of the past debated with Guys, I really brutally misspelled Vaiṣṇavism, apologies.
  • @person said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: The view that one sentient being dreams up, thinks up, or creates, the world, …
  • Many contemporary Hindus today consider in-the-present creation via the trimurti. Brahmā creates, Viṣṇu upholds, Śiva destroys. The "upholding" is what is relevant here. Viṣṇu's name means "(all) pervasive". This is the kind of god who sustains c…
  • @person said: Gil Fronsdale has been mentioning recently in his talks that the meaning of nibbana is more accurately translated as cooling rather than liberation. For example he says that back in the day people would say that cooked rice had nibb…
  • @David said: @Vimalajāti said: The view that one sentient being dreams up, thinks up, or creates, the world, is 有神論的決定論, महेश्वरस्यनिर्माणदृष्टि, maheśvarasyanirmāṇadṛṣṭi, or god's-creation-view. Ironically, though…
  • The view that one sentient being dreams up, thinks up, or creates, the world, is 有神論的決定論, महेश्वरस्यनिर्माणदृष्टि, maheśvarasyanirmāṇadṛṣṭi, or god's-creation-view. Ironically, though, the above view is essentially what many Buddhists beli…
  • Is he feeling like he is living in an illusion and nothing matters and this is a source of despair, or is he feeling like he is living in an illusion and this is simply an observation of his about his environment? Those are two different feelings…