In ethics, the Buddha proposes a threefold understanding of action: mental, verbal, and bodily. Especially important are the Mahāpadāna-suttanta, the Ariyapariyesanā-suttanta, the Mahāsaccaka-suttanta, and the Mahāparinibbāna-suttanta.In metaphysics, the Buddha argues that there are no self-caused entities, and that everything dependently arises from or upon something else. According to the Mahāpadāna-suttanta, the lives of all Buddhas or perfectly enlightened beings follow a similar pattern.Nonsensical statements that have no reasonable connection to the topic under discussion are no more tolerated in the Zen tradition than in any other area of human discourse. Griffith Foulk is Professor of Religion at Sarah Lawrence College and Co-editor-in-chief of the Sōtō Zen Text Project.Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 5 pm Buddhist Studies/Art History Lecture Through the Eyes of Another: Visions of Arhats in Song-Dynasty China Phillip E.Wanna do a weekend program where you learn how to calm and open your mind to...reality?Buddhism--tested over 2,500 years in dozens of diverse cultures--is worth a go.According to the Pali Vinaya and other early scriptures, the Buddha originally refused to ordain women as nuns.He said that allowing women into the sangha would cause his teachings to survive only half as long –- 500 years instead of a 1,000.
Through their practice of gazing, do these arhats merely model for us how we ought to look, or are other motivations at work?Griffith Foulk, Sarah Lawrence College 180 Doe Memorial Library The idea that kōans are "logically insoluble riddles" (Arthur Koestler) that are designed to "break down all reasoning" (Erik Zürcher) and thereby induce 看話禪) that evolved in Japan and Korea on the basis of the teachings of Chan master Dahui Zonggao (1089-1163) is the main source of that idea, for proponents of the practice speak of cutting off all intellectual interpretation and concentrating the mind in a "great ball of doubt" as the prerequisite for a sudden awakening.Even in that branch of the Chan / Zen / Sŏn tradition, however, the test of awakening is the ability to comment appropriately on kōans, showing that one gets the point and understands the meaning of each particular "old case." Foulk argues that kōan literature in general is grounded in the Mahāyāna doctrines of "emptiness" and "two truths," and that the sayings of individual Zen masters found therein do, in fact, embody a certain logic.There is gender inequality in most of the world's religions, of course, but that's no excuse.Is sexism intrinsic to Buddhism, or did Buddhist institutions absorb sexism from Asian culture? May His Holiness the Dalai Lama have a long life, and continue his tireless efforts to bring the Dharma to all mankind, and justice to the peoples of Tibet.