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Vimalajāti
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  • @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…
  • @Dhammika said: We could start a whole other thread on living up to the Buddha’s proscriptions in The Simile of the Saw (which Gandhi manifested in the self-control of ahimsa which guided his campaign of civil disobedience to free India of Britis…
  • @person said: @lobster said: I enjoyed the Ginsberg poem. I have respect for the poem and Ginsberg. Veneration and reverence not required. [...] I like the distinction between respect and reverence, you can have o…
  • What is sacred? What is holy? Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! The world is holy! The soul is holy! The skin is holy! The nose is holy! The tongue and cock and hand and asshole holy! …
  • Also, what if the pig put on the lipstick himself while you weren't looking. They are can be crafty. Like the squirrels, as illustrated in the factual story below:
  • Is it lipstick on a pig or did someone get a pig all over this lipstick? If we don't really remember what our mental processes were when reasoning, leading us to retroactively apply a lipstick of cogency on the unpleasant "pig-like" mental proces…
  • @Jason said: @Vimalajāti said: @Jason said: This is based on the commentarial literature, which explains: "Ammaka (or ambaka) means women (lit., the class of mothers). This is a metaphorical term. That is, mother…
  • @Jason said: This is based on the commentarial literature, which explains: "Ammaka (or ambaka) means women (lit., the class of mothers). This is a metaphorical term. That is, mothers, the class of mothers, maternal parents, are found among women"…
  • @David said: I somehow doubt Buddha would be using such judgemental turns of phrase. The context is similar to the Buddha's rebuking of Sāti the Fisherman, whom he calls worthless and a fool. Both Sāti and Migasālā (the woman whose nam…
  • @David said: @Vimalajāti said: “Kā cānanda, [...] upāsikā bālā abyattā ammakā ammakapaññā?" And who is this [...] stupid bumpkin laywoman mango-picker with a mango-picker's intellect, Ānanda? …
  • @Shoshin said: Words mean what they say, but not always what we mean...And they often get in the way of the truth... This reminds me of Zhuāngzǐ. Look! More words! A fish trap is used, therefore there are fish, there are fish and…
  • @Vimalajāti said: @federica said: That maybe either the original meaning has been misinterpreted, the translation is awry - or that he would never have referred to anyone in those terms, because such terms are judgemental, and he - …
  • @federica said: That maybe either the original meaning has been misinterpreted, the translation is awry - or that he would never have referred to anyone in those terms, because such terms are judgemental, and he - according to his status - would …
  • @vinlyn said: And this is where you get down to what real "prayer" (and I hesitate to call it that, because I don't believe the word is congruent to การอธิษฐาน or any synonyms) in Buddhism is. "การอธิษฐาน", kam à-tít-tăan seems to be a Th…
  • @ScottPen said: Why is being a human so much better anyway? The hirearchy of sentient beings seems pretty suspicious to me. Humans aren't special. Our ability to think we're special is a byproduct of our brain's physiology- the cerebral cortex ha…
  • "Personal universe" Adjective "personal", noun "universe". A universe. A unity. A oneness. Once we have a "one", does it matter if it is personal of impersonal? Any adjective on a "one" is a "one", still. The Yoga Masters of the Mind-Onl…
  • My other practice is a Porsche.
  • @lobster said: Long live the Supreme Leader (Sheikh Ya-Muni aka Buddha 1 of many) Personally, I've always been more of a fan of the teachings of Sheikh Yerbouti.
    in Cults Comment by Vimalajāti July 1
  • The master sat in the hall with the student. "My child," the master spoke, "tell me what you saw when you studied the body, feelings, the mind, and phenomena. When you studied embodiment, sensitivity, perceptivity, activity, and mentality?" "M…
  • You need to wait until the Mahāyāna scriptures to get some nice deadpan humour. At the opening of the Vimalakīrti scripture, the venerable Sāriputra knocks on Vimalakīrti's door. Vimalakīrti responds: "No one's home." =|