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- Articles (5)
- Audio/Video (7)
- Booklets (4)
- Canonical Works (6)
- Essays (8)
- Monographs (7)
- Reference Shelf (2)
Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that the MNS has provided the historical starting-point as well as the chief scriptural basis for enquiry into the problem of the Buddha-nature in China, and it would be difficult if not impossible to grasp the significance of the concept and its subsequent evolution in Chinese Buddhism without a proper understanding of the teaching of the MNS on the subject.
All of us want some happiness and no one wants to suffer, so every action we take is motivated by the thought of how can I be happy, how can I avoid pain. In a world already divided in so many ways, we create a world of our own.
A period of disorientation or depression is a small price to pay for more accurate knowledge.
Immortal Buddhas and their indestructible embodiments: The advent of the concept of vajrakāya (2011) – Michael Radich
[Mahayana] doctrines eventually propose that the Buddha is completely immortal, and that his immortality is reflected in his embodiment in an utterly indestructible substance (Skt. vajra)
There is indeed a third alternative for resolving such inconsistencies, and it comes in the form of the doctrines of neyārtha and nītārtha. It is neither the authenticity nor the pragmatic truth of the [offending] scriptures which the [Mahayana] tradition questions, but [rather] their intended meaning.
Canonical Works (6)
For all the beings ailing in the world,
Until their sickness has been healed,
May I become the doctor and the cure
I confess each and every misdeed.
I rejoice in all goodness.
I request and pray to all the buddhas to teach and remain in saṃsāra.
May I attain sublime, supreme, unsurpassed wisdom!
zuk tongpa o | tongpanyi kyang zuk so
Form is empty; emptiness is form;
Kind protector, compassionate deity, heed me now, I pray
An English translation of a Vietnamese translation of (and commentary on) “The Eight Great Awakenings Sutra” (佛說八大人覺經, T0779) which breaks down right view into eight components.
For my part, I have no instruction more profound
Than altruistic love and compassion
whenever we practise the bodhisattva’s actions–the trainings in generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, meditation and wisdom–it will cause this bodhicitta that is the union of emptiness and compassion to increase further and further.
This is the instruction for confusion dawning as wisdom.
Reference Shelf (2)
The Taishō is the modern edition of the Mahayana Canon. You may have seen Taishō numbers before to refer to Mahayana Sutras (e.g. T100). This lengthy PDF gives an overview of the numbering scheme and points out specific numbers for many popular Mahayana texts.