New PDF release: Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism

By Sheng Yen

ISBN-10: 0834825953

ISBN-13: 9780834825956

This can be an inspiring advisor to the perform of Chan (Chinese Zen) within the phrases of 4 nice masters of that culture. It contains teachings from modern masters Xuyun and Sheng Yen, and from Jiexian and Boshan of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). notwithstanding the texts have been written over a interval of thousands of years, they're all remarkably lucid and are ideal for rookies in addition to extra complex practitioners at the present time. all of the details of religious perform are coated: philosophical foundations, equipment, techniques to difficulties and obstacles—all aimed toward aiding the scholar reach tips on how to enlightenment.

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Niigasena argues as to wby one Buddha is enough at a time and says that it is because of the greatness of virtues of the aU-knowing Buddhas. 175 (3) Religiously speaking, Miln demonstrates the importance of the act of homage to and faith in the Buddha. iJablleyya so devesu uppajjeyyatJ). e. thinking of the Buddha at one's death-bed) are like a boat. 'a of the Buddha in contrast to the king Milinda wbo approaches this problem from basically a human point of view. Ja of a Buddha is one of the major topics discussed in the Atlhakathii.

Although such is the nature of miraculous powers referred to in the canonical texts, iddhi in general seems to occupy an important place in Buddhism. " They are said to be conducive to Nibbana;91 to the complete destruction of dukkha;'" or they are 18 THE BACKGROUND the path leading to the unconditioned'" The real import of miracles must, however, be sought in their proper application for the preaching of the Dhamma. " TIlese are abilities arising from the attainm ent of ubhatobhiigavimutti with chafabhiiiflii, but at varied degrees.

IJablleyya so devesu uppajjeyyatJ). e. thinking of the Buddha at one's death-bed) are like a boat. 'a of the Buddha in contrast to the king Milinda wbo approaches this problem from basically a human point of view. Ja of a Buddha is one of the major topics discussed in the Atlhakathii. e. up to page 90 of the P'TS edition). ' Here tbe Buddha's all-knowing and all-seeing cognitive faculty is questioned in terms of his knowledge of the future. Nagasena in answering the question compares the Buddha to a physician who prescribes medicine only wben the patient is ill.

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