November 27, 2011

Chapter 3: What to Think If Aspiring to Be a Bodhisattava –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

Then the Buddha spoke, saying, “O Subhuti! Anyone who aspires to bodhisattvahood should use their minds and think in this way:

    I shall liberate every single being (whether born from an egg or a womb, whether born in water or in the atmosphere, whether distinct in shape or amorphous, whether the kind that thinks or the kind that doesn't) taking each and every one of them to the state of absolute and perfect nirvana! But even though I say I bring everyone to absolute perfect nirvana, the beings being brought aren’t really beings—which means no one is being brought into a state of absolute perfect nirvana!

“Now, Subhuti! You may be wondering why potential bodhisattvas would need to think in this way. They’d need to because, if they still held to ideas that selves exist—that beings are beings, that lives are lived, or in the actuality of  ongoing individual personages—they wouldn’t be able to be bodhisattvas!”

        "The Diamond Teaching"  (Vajracchedika Prajna Paramita Sutra)
                tr. by Sol Ta Triane
                Featuring the Buddha in a discussion with his disciple, Subhuti
                Recorded by the disciple, Ananda  

Chapter 4:  The Great Result of Giving Without Attachment

November 25, 2011

Chapter 2: Subhuti Requests the Method Towards Bodhisattvahood and Enlightenment –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

    The very venerable monk named Subhuti was in attendance. Subhuti stood up out of the group and uncovered his right shoulder. Kneeling upon his right knee and joining his palms together he implored,

    “How amazing, World-Honored One, this meta-genius method whereby you work with bodhisattvas—confiding in them this information most profound! Now please tell it to us: How is it that a man or a woman of integrity may take steps towards becoming a bodhisattva, using this information to attain perfect enlightenment? How should they be conducting themselves? What should they practice? How should they be applying their minds?”

    “Good for asking, Subhuti! And you’re right, I do confide in bodhisattvas with meta-genius method, sharing with them the very greatest of profundities. Listen, for I now shall explain how a man or woman of integrity may come to enter into this confidential wisdom, and the manner in which they should conduct themselves and apply their minds.”

    The venerable Subhuti responded, “This is truly excellent, World-Honored One! Please go on and tell us!”

        "The Diamond Teaching"  (Vajracchedika Prajna Paramita Sutra)
                tr. by Sol Ta Triane
                Featuring the Buddha in a discussion with his disciple, Subhuti
                Recorded by the disciple, Ananda  

November 23, 2011

The Sameness of Jesus and Buddha's Teachings, by James Hanson

 Was Jesus a Buddhist? Certainly he was many things--Jew, prophet, healer, moralist, revolutionary, by his own admission the Messiah, and for most Christians the Son of God and redeemer of their sins. And there is convincing evidence that he was also a Buddhist. The evidence follows two independent lines--the first is historical, and the second is textual. Historical evidence indicates that Jesus was well acquainted with Buddhism. If Jesus did not go to India, then at least India went to Judea and Jesus. The real historical question is not if he studied Buddhism, but where and how much he studied Buddhism, especially during his so-called "lost years."

Historical accounts aside, many textual analyses indicate striking similarities between what was said by Jesus and by Buddha and between the prophetic legend of Jesus and ancient Buddhist texts. The conclusion is that, although not identifying himself as a Buddhist for good reasons, Jesus spoke like a Buddhist. The similarities are so striking that, even if no historical evidence existed, we can suspect that Jesus studied Buddhist teachings and that the prophecy and legend of Jesus was derived from Buddhist stories.

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November 4, 2011

Chapter 1: The Gathering (Opening Scene of The Diamond Teaching) THE DIAMOND SUTRA


    This is what happened when the Buddha, a group of 1,250 monks and a large number of heroic bodhisattvas gathered in a Jeta Forest grove not far from the town of Shravasti. As was usual, the World-Honored One put on His robe, took His food bowl and went to town, going from home to home begging for sustenance. After consuming His meal He returned into the forest. Putting away His bowl and robe, He washed his feet, arranged His mat and seated Himself.

   Certain of the monks approached the World-Honored One. After bowing and circling Him, they sat down to His side.

        The Diamond Teaching  (Vajracchedika Prajna Paramita Sutra)
                tr. by Sol Ta Triane
                Featuring the Buddha in a discussion with his disciple, Subhuti
                Recorded by the disciple, Ananda