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Vimalajāti
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  • The Venerable Muttātherī has given us a short and sweet list of five things she is thankful of the bhikkhunīsaṅgha (assembly of nuns) for: I'm free, well-freed. Freed from three crooked things that bent me down: My mortar, my pestle, my…
  • @lobster said: Very. Very!
  • Samsara is better than Baraka, but that is only because it is newer, and has the benefit of comparatively modernized technology.
  • I don't know if they would count as documentaries, but the filmmaker Ron Fricke has made, IMO, the two greatest films ever filmed, namely Baraka and it's sequel Samsara. I think that these are the only two films I would ever consider "required vi…
  • I can still recall, my first jhāna, I still see it all, Joy and bliss remain, thoughts within the brain, Our first jhāna, Memories that remain.
  • Mañjuśrībodhisattva spoke to the Buddha, saying, “Bhagavān. We all have, from the distant past, listened to the Tathāgata’s preaching of the Dharma. From which Buddha did the Tathāgata hear this preaching of the Dharma sounds?” The Buddha spo…
  • Frequently, people soil themselves when they die. That fact disturbed me for a while when I thought about it for length one day. It's such an undeniable and unpleasant assurance that this flesh is done, the blood stops moving, the breath stops flowi…
  • @Hozan said: I am One with the Force and the Force is with me. Oṃ, aham so 'smi so 'ham asmi, svāha!
  • I've always thought this section of the Great Compassion Dhāraṇī had a particularly pleasing rhythm to it: nama āryāvalokiteśvarāya bodhisattvāya mahāsattvāya mahākāruṇikāya I bow to noble avalokiteśvara, to the bodhisattva, to the great being, …
  • @lobster said: @Buddhadragon said: But giving up unrealistic ideas of perfection. Exactly so. Perfectly as is. O, sons and daughters. The Thus-Gone's wisdom. The signless wisdom. The unobstructed wisdom. It…
  • @Vimalajāti said: True self discourses in Zen, to me at least, are something of a mixed bag. That's just how I stand in regards to it. It's a profound dharma-path for many people. The best way I've heard the "True Self" discourse in Zen co…
  • Even if you are not particularly drawn to Theravāda Buddhism, I would second Federica's suggestion. AccesstoInsight & SuttaCentral IMO are the best digitized sources for authentic Buddhist scripture that I know of in English. You might be fur…
  • @lobster said: Wisdom is symbolised by Manjushri http://thubtenchodron.org/2000/08/historical-views-mahayana/ How is discernment best understood/manifested? I think the Heart Sutra does it best: Śāriputra, none of …
  • @misecmisc1 said: A Zen teacher said: the conditioned life is the functioning display of unconditioned. The unconditioned is the essential nature of the conditioned life. "Two is the essence's function. Not two is the function's essence."…
  • @JaySon said: You exist in name only. Names exist. Does that mean "you" exist, then?
    in You Comment by Vimalajāti November 4
  • @lobster said: It is both the profundity of dependent origination and the simplicity of No-Mind In Tendai-shū, the dependently arisen saṃsāra is known as "the Buddha of no mind and no thought", for it is of no mind and no thoughts. It is …
  • At one time, Mañjuśrībodhisattva was seated on a jewelled lotus, having a five-knotted crown on his head, his dark blue hair hanging down to his shoulders, his bodily form that of shining gold, his left and of concentration holding a blue lotus with…
  • The dharmakāya is like this axe. This axe is my grandfather’s axe, I tell you, handed down to me through my father’s line. I got this axe when my father died when I was 21. I used it all my life to make a living. Over time, the head had to …
  • @misecmisc1 said: @Vimalajāti : I think that Taigu from treeleaf website said in a video that the posture of zazen should be kept exactly as Dogen taught in Fukanzazengi, so the query arose in me that if I am keeping my hands' palms flat and not …
  • Sometimes sects get sticklers for mudras. The cosmic mudra becomes the nexus into which this sticklerism is drawn in my experience. For instance, some practitioners think that the only appropriate Buddharūpa to have on one's shrine is the Buddha …
  • @misecmisc1 said: If the hand palms are not in oval shape with thumbs touching, rather the hand palms are flat one on top of other - can this be called zazen or shikantaza or will it be considered as not zazen or not shikantaza? Any inputs here p…
  • not to be confused with the clapping of a single hand or double tongue I deleted my last comment, because apparently something I thought was correct for a long time was very, very, wrong. Now I have to put something else! Oh dear!
    in Sound Comment by Vimalajāti October 24
  • Another one is "Who was the Buddha's greatest teacher?" "Māra."
  • I'm not altogether sure how to respond when I encounter these discourses in Tendai-shū, so I usually just figure that X or Y philosopher was simply too clever for me. The answer usually is: "... because of emptiness."
  • Japanese Buddhists love saying complicated things like "the Buddha and the Devil are one and the same" and "evil is bodhi".
  • @misecmisc1 said: except my family members [...] there is not a single external person who I am helping Help a monk? Help a nun? Donate to a local monastery? Offer food? Volunteer? Those are just a few things that come to mind.
  • @lobster said: There is a canopy over the three jewels including us lays. It's part of the Thai King's regalia.
  • True self discourses in Zen, to me at least, are something of a mixed bag. That's just how I stand in regards to it. It's a profound dharma-path for many people. The best way I've heard the "True Self" discourse in Zen contextualized is through a…
  • @misecmisc1 said: Hi All, In just sitting meditation, what is it that we are trying to do? Means do we need to observe what is going on within our body, or, do we need to observe what is going on in external surroundings? What is it that we ar…
  • @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.