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What's the place for the [historical] Buddha's words in Mahayana, Zen and Japanese Buddhism?

September 12, 2014 - 1:56pm

The Theravada tradition relies on what's accepted as the words of Shakyamuni Buddha himself, but from what I have observed so far, japanese Buddhism has almost entire focus on each school's founder ancestors' teachings, rather than the [historical] Buddha's words, like they're taught in Theravada tradition. Apart from the Buddha's last and first discourses, I'm unaware of other japanese Zen texts that quote the words of the Buddha. I also don't know how it works on Mahayana in general.

Are there Mahayana sutras that are accepted as being the words of the historical Buddha?

How much of the Pali canon is applicable to the Mahayana traditions?

I'm especially interested in Zen, but I'd also like to learn more about "what's Mahayana" in general.

Thank you in advance.

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Colbert- Dalai Lama Drama

September 12, 2014 - 9:22am

Could somebody explain some things I read in "The diamond cutter". (emptyness and karma)

September 12, 2014 - 5:06am

hi everybody,

I just finished reading the diamond cutter but some things are not very clear to me.

1) there is the concept of emptiness. The example is given when your boss is shouting at you. At that moment you see your boss as an unpleasent person. But somebody else sitting in the room who doesn't like you might at the same time percieve the boss as a pleasent person at the same time. So this means that this perception can not come from the boss himself because then we would both see him the same, but from the perception of him by me and the other guy.

But in my opinion this has everything to do with the boss and what he does. He directs anger at me at is doing something pleasent for the other guy. And that is the reason I don't like him and the other guy does like him. So the perception has nothing to do with how we perceive him but everything with what he does. If his anger would be directed at the other person we would perceive it different. So this means that our perception comes from what he does.

2) When it commes to karma the book is very specific and I'm not really a businessman so I can't test most of them. But one thing is repeated all the time and that is that to become rish you've got to be generous. But when I look at my friends there are some with high diploma's and good jobs and a lot of money on the bank and others who do shitty jobs don't make much money and probably never will. And without exception the "rich" ones are the least generous (and never have been) and the poor people are and always have been very generous.

So it just doesn't seem to work in practice.

Can somebody elaborate on this?

thanks in advance

may you all have a happy day

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Ananda`s grief

September 12, 2014 - 3:45am

Then the Venerable Ananda went into the vihara[50] and leaned against the doorpost and wept: "I am still but a learner,[51] and still have to strive for my own perfection. But, alas, my Master, who was so compassionate towards me, is about to pass away!"

And the Blessed One spoke to the bhikkhus, saying: "Where, bhikkhus, is Ananda?"

"The Venerable Ananda, Lord, has gone into the vihara and there stands leaning against the door post and weeping: 'I am still but a learner, and still have to strive for my own perfection. But, alas, my Master, who was so compassionate towards me, is about to pass away!'"

Then the Blessed One asked a certain bhikkhu to bring the Venerable Ananda to him, saying: "Go, bhikkhu, and say to Ananda, 'Friend Ananda, the Master calls you.'"

"So be it, Lord." And that bhikkhu went and spoke to the Venerable Ananda as the Blessed One had asked him to. And the Venerable Ananda went to the Blessed One, bowed down to him, and sat down on one side.

Then the Blessed One spoke to the Venerable Ananda, saying: "Enough, Ananda! Do not grieve, do not lament! For have I not taught from the very beginning that with all that is dear and beloved there must be change, separation, and severance? Of that which is born, come into being, compounded, and subject to decay, how can one say: 'May it not come to dissolution!'? There can be no such state of things. Now for a long time, Ananda, you have served the Tathagata with loving-kindness in deed, word, and thought, graciously, pleasantly, with a whole heart and beyond measure. Great good have you gathered, Ananda! Now you should put forth energy, and soon you too will be free from the taints."

-mahaparanibbana sutta

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What are some traditional Buddhist practices in an approach to alternative medicine?

September 12, 2014 - 1:19am

curious about spiritual natural remedies.

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Can't calm my mind with life problems

September 11, 2014 - 10:18pm

In the last week my mom went in for surgery to remove tumors and they found cancer. I got dumped by my girlfriend who is now going back to her ex who treated her horribly, and I just found out she was cheating on me with him, I'm at a point where I want to hit him and physically hurt him because of all the horrible things he's done to her, this isn't good. I'm livid right now and I can't find peace, I'm going through a really hard time. I try to meditate and I can't stop thinking. Can I get some help please?

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Metta Bhavana

September 11, 2014 - 2:58pm

Today I am going to focusing my thoughts on Metta Bhavana (Loving-Kindness Meditation). I feel that this particular day is a good time to reflect on compassion for all sentient beings, even those who would cause harm.

I have personal beliefs and personal conclusions about the events of today, and do not feel this is the appropriate time to go into them. In the past this day has brought me anger and bitterness at many different groups of people, but I am going to channel that misspent attention where it should be.

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Question - Being mindful, kinder to myself and others; My progress and my hurdles. What are your thoughts?

September 11, 2014 - 2:52pm

Before I was a buddhist, on my very worst days, anxiety and anger would get the best of me. Screaming, punching things, wanting to pull my hair out, etc. In the four months since i've been meditating and following the path, those anxiety attacks have disappeared. My meditation is calm and conducive for progress. I am understanding the false reality that was my perspective before. About two weeks ago, I even quit cigarettes after a thirteen year habit, something i felt like i couldn't do all that time, but with mindfulness the initial quitting process was almost too easy. However, The problem in front of me now is my anger and anxiety is coming back in small doses. I feel like my mind is sharp and my meditation is peaceful, but the attacks come swiftly; its so hard to catch before i'm acting on it. The usual methods of reasoning; compassion, dependent arising etc, are feeling like empty words. People are irritating me and I want to be alone most of the time. And of course as i'm typing this out I'm feeling much more peaceful and relaxed. Ready to take on whatever my crazy mind wants to throw at me. What are your thoughts?

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