Musings on Tantra and Mayahana (from: Tantric Theravada?)

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths - what can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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Re: Tantric Theravada?

Post by James Tan » Wed May 16, 2018 2:35 am

Dhammanando wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 4:30 pm
James Tan wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 3:18 pm
Mahayana people never pay attention to the Agama all along .
The Agama was kept in the library and the mahayanist don't bother to look at it .
I don't think that was universally the case. Many a Ch'an/Zen master, for example, was also a Tripitaka master, and one didn't become one of those without knowing the Āgama sūtras. Dōgen Zenji, for example, in his Shōbōgenzō seems to cite the Āgamas nearly as often as he does Mahāyāna texts.
Tripitaka master only a handful . I would guess majority never read which I am certain .
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Re: Tantric Theravada?

Post by James Tan » Wed May 16, 2018 2:43 am

Grigoris wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 6:00 pm
James Tan wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 3:18 pm
Dhammanando wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 5:14 pm


There is no mention in your link of even one Āgama. The sūtra sub-link in it consists mostly of Mahāyāna sutras, with the Āgamic texts being limited to the handful of mahāsūtras.

http://read.84000.co/section/O1JC114941JC14668.html
Mahayana people never pay attention to the Agama all along .
The Agama was kept in the library and the mahayanist don't bother to look at it .
Nonsense. I have read and translated all the Pali Canon teachings on kamma and sunnata into Greek plus an abridged version of the Milindpanha (which is being published this year) and I am a Vajrayani.

I am a huge fan of the (Pali :D ) Agamas.
Oh ya , how many vajrayani grigoris read Agama ,
I was a mahayanist and very much interested in vajrayana . Almost all the Rinpoches I contacted never read Agama . Majority of the mahayana monks regard Agama as worthless therefore never really read any.
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Re: Musings on Tantra and Mayahana (from: Tantric Theravada?)

Post by Aloka » Wed May 16, 2018 7:40 am

JamesTan wrote:Almost all the Rinpoches I contacted never read Agama
There are a lot of Rinpoches in the different lineages of Vajrayana, James, I doubt you were able to contact them all!


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Re: Musings on Tantra and Mayahana (from: Tantric Theravada?)

Post by dharmacorps » Wed May 16, 2018 4:18 pm

Master Hsuan Hua is one of my favorite Mahayana teachers, and he was a Tipitaka master who insisted on inclusion of theravada practitioners in his organizations. He also donated the land on what would become Abhayagiri.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hsuan_Hua

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Re: Musings on Tantra and Mayahana (from: Tantric Theravada?)

Post by James Tan » Thu May 17, 2018 1:56 am

Aloka wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 7:40 am
JamesTan wrote:Almost all the Rinpoches I contacted never read Agama
There are a lot of Rinpoches in the different lineages of Vajrayana, James, I doubt you were able to contact them all!


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Well , maybe you are right . But , the point here is not only they don't read Agama , they draw a distinction , Agama is belong to hinayana .
If at least anyone already went through the Agama texts and decided it is small vehicle that is fine . However , if anyone have not gone through the Agama texts and come to a conclusion that is mere ignorant .
I do see them as one family in Buddhism .
Any unwanted word directed to any party will create disharmony among each other .
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Re: Tantric Theravada?

Post by Grigoris » Thu May 17, 2018 8:53 am

James Tan wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 2:43 am
Oh ya , how many vajrayani grigoris read Agama...
It is not the point. You said: "Mahayana people never pay attention to the Agama all along". That is not true. Even if ONE Mahayana person (me, for example) pays attention to the Agama, it means that your claim is false. Sweeping generalisations are generally really easy to refute,
because there are always exceptions to the generalisation. ;)
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Those causes have been taught by the Tathāgata,
And their cessation too - thus proclaims the Great Ascetic.

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Re: Tantric Theravada?

Post by James Tan » Thu May 17, 2018 9:31 am

Grigoris wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 8:53 am
James Tan wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 2:43 am
Oh ya , how many vajrayani grigoris read Agama...
It is not the point. You said: "Mahayana people never pay attention to the Agama all along". That is not true. Even if ONE Mahayana person (me, for example) pays attention to the Agama, it means that your claim is false. Sweeping generalisations are generally really easy to refute,
because there are always exceptions to the generalisation. ;)
OK, you are right . You are one .
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Re: Tantric Theravada?

Post by mikenz66 » Thu May 17, 2018 9:51 am

James Tan wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 9:31 am
OK, you are right . You are one .
I'm sure there are many, many others. I personally know Ven Huifeng (Matt Osborn), a fellow New Zealander, who used to post here as Paññāsikhara:
viewtopic.php?f=22&t=10625&start=60#p165587
And at DharmaWheel as Huifeng:
https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f ... 87#p227787
He has studied Pali, Sanskrit, and Classical Chinese, and is quite knowledgeable about early texts.

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Re: Tantric Theravada?

Post by Grigoris » Thu May 17, 2018 10:08 am

mikenz66 wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 9:51 am
James Tan wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 9:31 am
OK, you are right . You are one .
I'm sure there are many, many others. I personally know Ven Huifeng (Matt Osborn), a fellow New Zealander, who used to post here as Paññāsikhara:
viewtopic.php?f=22&t=10625&start=60#p165587
And at DharmaWheel as Huifeng:
https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f ... 87#p227787
He has studied Pali, Sanskrit, and Classical Chinese, and is quite knowledgeable about early texts.

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Mike
Haven't heard from Venerable for some time now (I too am an ex-kiwi), how is he?
ye dhammā hetuppabhavā tesaṁ hetuṁ tathāgato āha,
tesaṃca yo nirodho - evaṁvādī mahāsamaṇo.

Of those phenomena which arise from causes:
Those causes have been taught by the Tathāgata,
And their cessation too - thus proclaims the Great Ascetic.

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Re: Tantric Theravada?

Post by James Tan » Thu May 17, 2018 3:57 pm

mikenz66 wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 9:51 am
James Tan wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 9:31 am
OK, you are right . You are one .
I'm sure there are many, many others. I personally know Ven Huifeng (Matt Osborn), a fellow New Zealander, who used to post here as Paññāsikhara:
viewtopic.php?f=22&t=10625&start=60#p165587
And at DharmaWheel as Huifeng:
https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f ... 87#p227787
He has studied Pali, Sanskrit, and Classical Chinese, and is quite knowledgeable about early texts.

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Mike
Sure, but the place where I live , the Mahayana monks never read Agama . I think they might have most basic knowledge of four noble truth, eight right path etc but never delve further . Why ? Because many of them told me not to waste time on these dhamma and better go for higher level of Mahayana sutra .
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Re: Tantric Theravada?

Post by mikenz66 » Thu May 17, 2018 8:02 pm

Grigoris wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 10:08 am
Haven't heard from Venerable for some time now (I too am an ex-kiwi), how is he?
I toyed with trying to see him in January, when I was in Hong Kong (short flight to Taiwan), but he was travelling. He sounds fine, but I haven't seen him in person since he was a PhD student in Hong Kong.

The nice spin-off from knowing him is that the NZ Fo Guang Shan invite me to their events... I've had some interesting conversations with the NZ Abbess, who is a very determined and tough Bhikshuni...

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Re: Tantric Theravada?

Post by Grigoris » Thu May 17, 2018 8:52 pm

mikenz66 wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 8:02 pm
Grigoris wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 10:08 am
Haven't heard from Venerable for some time now (I too am an ex-kiwi), how is he?
I toyed with trying to see him in January, when I was in Hong Kong (short flight to Taiwan), but he was travelling. He sounds fine, but I haven't seen him in person since he was a PhD student in Hong Kong.

The nice spin-off from knowing him is that the NZ Fo Guang Shan invite me to their events... I've had some interesting conversations with the NZ Abbess, who is a very determined and tough Bhikshuni...

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Mike
He severely tempted me at some point with an MA at the university, but my wife intervened! :tongue:
ye dhammā hetuppabhavā tesaṁ hetuṁ tathāgato āha,
tesaṃca yo nirodho - evaṁvādī mahāsamaṇo.

Of those phenomena which arise from causes:
Those causes have been taught by the Tathāgata,
And their cessation too - thus proclaims the Great Ascetic.

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Re: Musings on Tantra and Mayahana (from: Tantric Theravada?)

Post by Garrib » Thu May 17, 2018 9:15 pm

Thich Nhat Hanh is obviously one of the most well-known Buddhist teachers in the world. From what I've seen, his teachings include fairly frequent references to early Buddhist concepts and texts. I suspect he has studied them somewhat intensively and considers them quite important.

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Re: Musings on Tantra and Mayahana (from: Tantric Theravada?)

Post by mikenz66 » Thu May 17, 2018 10:02 pm

Garrib wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 9:15 pm
Thich Nhat Hanh is obviously one of the most well-known Buddhist teachers in the world. From what I've seen, his teachings include fairly frequent references to early Buddhist concepts and texts. I suspect he has studied them somewhat intensively and considers them quite important.
He has a number of Sutta and Agama translations collected here:
https://plumvillage.org/category/sutra/

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