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by Will
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: From Deep to Deep
Replies: 0
Views: 61

From Deep to Deep

Not sure if sublime poetry or only Dhamma rooted poetry is a Path, but it, at least, goes beyond the surface of life. Here is an advocate for poetry:

http://www.theimaginativeconservative.o ... myers.html
by Will
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dharmas are not authorative
Replies: 12
Views: 146

Re: Dharmas are not authorative

auto wrote: so my understanding is that far (its low).
That appears to be true. So perhaps it would be helpful to not post difficult Mahayana sutra passages, when you do not understand them yourself.

Dharma Wheel site has many who can clarify Mahayana passages. Maybe spend more time there first.
by Will
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Dhammapada/Udanavarga
Replies: 4
Views: 2325

Re: Dhammapada/Udanavarga

Not sure whomever did the Oslo translation, maybe it is based on the Tibetan only. At any rate, Gareth Sparham in 1983 also did the Udanavarga in full. He titled it The Tibetan Dhammapada , perhaps a hat tip to Rockhill's version done in 1892 or so. Rockhill's may still be in print, but Sparham's is...
by Will
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pythagoras
Replies: 0
Views: 83

Pythagoras

Let not your feeble eyes expect to sleep Until you have rehearsed each of the day's deeds three times: 'Where have I transgressed? what have I done? what duty not fulfilled?' Beginning from the first go through them in detail, and then Rebuke yourself for the mean things you have done, but delight ...
by Will
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: It is not appropriate to term suffering as Noble truth of suffering
Replies: 9
Views: 244

Re: It is not appropriate to term suffering as Noble truth of suffering

Being of a Mahayana persuasion myself, let me point out a couple of things: 1) The Mahaparinirvana Sutra is very long, so one can find sections supporting the standard, basic anātman view also. 2) The basic, vast majority view in Mahayana is anātman, just like Theravada. 3) In Mahayana the notion of...
by Will
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: It is not appropriate to term suffering as Noble truth of suffering
Replies: 9
Views: 244

The Nirvana Sutra is a Tathagatagarbha sutra. Like all those ten or so sutras it emphasizes the positive nature of nirvana. Much of Mahayana negatively emphasizes the disappearance of suffering as nirvana. Just as this sutta quote has both positive & negative descriptors for Nibbana - I put the posi...
by Will
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reading Mahayana books
Replies: 35
Views: 745

Re: Reading Mahayana books

Do Mahayana Buddhist believe in the four noble truths and the eight fold path? If so what scripture do they get these teachings from? Mahayana has their collection of sutras, shastras & abhidharma - the Three Baskets or Tripitaka. They include all the Nikayas and the rest of the Pali canon. So thei...
by Will
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Divine Stories
Replies: 2
Views: 1325

Re: Divine Stories

It has been a few years but now volume 2 of these tales is out:

https://www.wisdompubs.org/book/divine-stories-0
by Will
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Great Disciples of the Buddha
Replies: 3
Views: 1091

Re: Great Disciples of the Buddha

Was dipping into this uplifting book today, so am bumping the thread up into easy view again. It is still in print I assume, also e-book format.
by Will
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reading Mahayana books
Replies: 35
Views: 745

Re: Reading Mahayana books

Luis R: What scripture does Zen follow? In the beginning of Chan, the Lankavatara Sutra was a principle one. Later on the Platform Sutra of Hui-neng, along with Diamond Sutra & Surangama Sutra were influential. But there was strand of Chan that was anti-sutra or anything written, as time passed that...
by Will
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Repentance Cultivation
Replies: 0
Views: 74

Repentance Cultivation

I have heard of using the Four Right Exertions as part of a regular practice of repentance from our many vices in this life and past lives. Anyone have a more detailed outline of said practice?
by Will
Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Feedback on Charts explaining the realms of rebirth
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Re: Feedback on Charts explaining the realms of rebirth

Greetings bhante, My point is that the Buddha achieved bhava-nirodha, and as such didn't exist on any plane of existence . That being so, rather than attributing these as places one can be reborn at the end of this lifetime, they are places that (theoretically) one can arrive as quickly as a strong...
by Will
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 80
Views: 1319

Re: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?

The Pali tradition of practice has certain keynotes, I would surmise (under correction of course) that one of them is avoiding the use or indulgence in, of personal desire-filled thoughts, words & deeds. Tantra does use desire-filled thoughts, words & deeds, that is why it is consider a dangerous pa...
by Will
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rational Bible: Exodus
Replies: 17
Views: 315

Re: Rational Bible: Exodus

Poor budo, what a pitiable outlook of us as 'meat machines' living in an almost random universe. You are missing the great joy in the Dhamma. Ever read the Agganna Sutta (DN 27, I think)? It is a sort of genesis taught by Buddha. Here is one verse: 10. 'There comes a time, Vasettha, when, sooner or ...
by Will
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 80
Views: 1319

Re: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?

Here is a Mongolian tantric practicer defining the three Dharma paths of cultivation: Buddhist tantra presents a profound reinterpretation of the mode of practice of the standard Buddhist path. Chöjé Ngawang Palden states: In general our Master (Śākyamuni Buddha) taught three types of conduct: (1) t...