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Vimalajāti
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Whitby, Ontario
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French, English, Chinese, very bad Japanese
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天台宗 Tendai-shū

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  • @lobster said: quasi-Venerable ? Oh, the author of Daśabhūmikavibhāṣa is only quasi-Venerable because he is only quasi-Nāgārjuna!
  • The quasi-Venerable para-Nāgārjuna digs Amitāyurbuddha, but also calls his fans cowardly and contemptible men. Expedient means, much? You say that the Stage of Non-retrogression is extremely difficult to enter, requiring a long period of prac…
  • I always miss these things.
  • One point: you don't say this, but on one of the first slides, you say that Buddhism went to China, then "from" China to Tibet. This implies that China evangelised Tibet, indirectly. Tibet was actually evangelised by Indian Buddhists, hence the …
  • @federica said: @Vimalajāti said: @federica said: It has reincarnation and karma, which is a kind of eternal life, wouldn’t you agree? No. Reincarnation is a Tibetan Bud…
  • @federica said: It has reincarnation and karma, which is a kind of eternal life, wouldn’t you agree? No. Reincarnation is a Tibetan Buddhist premise and it's confined to Lamas and Specific Gurus. Everyone else is subject to…
  • @federica said: The Buddhist are intelligentsia. They just know..... I used to be a "nu atheist" in the tradition of Dawkins, Hitchens, &c. I have this saying about when I was that way, if you forgive the language gap: You're…
  • The butter drama is difficult. No one knows if it's butter or margarine, and this causes much hullaballoo. @lobster said: Which way are you middle wayers inclined? 45 degrees, generally. Makes it difficult to drink my tea in the mo…
  • 歸命本覺心法身常住妙法心蓮臺本來莊嚴三身徳三十七尊住心 ?遠離因果法然具普門塵數諸三昧無邊徳海本圓滿還我頂禮心諸佛 In reverence for the root gnosis of the heart, the dharmakāya, for the ever present good law of the heart, the lotus terrac…
  • @lobster said: The dharma as one of the four jewels (allowing for Tantric inflation) Tantric inflations are my favourite.
  • @adamcrossley said: @Vimalajāti, I agree with you. I think that was a really insightful way of putting it. However, is it accurate to make a distinction between “emptiness/equanimity practice” and “emptiness/equanimity + compassion practice”? …
  • @SE25Wall said: I am very new to the path - i have been meditating for a couple of years and have almost entirely healed a horrifying life long anxiety disorder, and have felt a slow, gradual "waking up". I take my Buddhist practice bit by bit, e…
  • IMO this is the friendliest Buddhist forum I have ever had the pleasure of participating in. Keep up the good work.
  • Like this I heard: One day, there were myriad elder monks dwelling in Kauśambī at Ghoṣitārāma. At that time, there was the monk Chà Mó dwelling also in Kauśambī by the badarikā orchard, his body was increasing in iterations of woe and …
  • Like this I heard: At one time, the Buddha dwelt at Śrāvastī in Jetavana in Anāthapiṇḍada’s park. At that time the Lord said to the myriad monks: “Presently, here with you, I speak of the uncreated dharma, and to that uncreated, the pa…
  • 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 2018
  • @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!
  • 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…