Mahayana Practice

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Mahayana Practice

Post by Nicholas » Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:13 pm

The Dalai Lama is the best known cultivator of Mahayana. This group, FPMT, now lead by Lama Zopa tries to support the vision and projects of the Dalai Lama:

http://fpmt.org/fpmt/vast-vision

FPMT = Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
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Tripitaka and other free translations

Post by caodemarte » Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:56 am

Received the good news that BDK is posting even more free translations. If you poke around the site you will find other free high quality texts. Excellent resource!


New Selected PDFs of Tripiṭaka Volumes
BDK America is sharing 22 selected publications in the BDK English Tripiṭaka series as free PDFs.

With the encouragement and support of Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai in Japan, BDK America resumes hosting downloadable digital versions (PDF) of published volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka Series. We call these files dBET PDFs, with dBET standing for digital BDK English Tripiṭaka.

NEW TITLES

Many of these titles are provided as free PDFs for the first time ever, including

Expository Commentary on the Vimalakīrti Sutra, translated by Jamie Hubbard
The Great Tang Dynasty of the Western Regions, translated by Li Rongxi
The interpretation of the Buddha Land, translated by John P. Keenan
The Mahadma Agama (Middle-Length Discourses), Volume 1, translated by Marcus Bingenheimer, Editor in Chief Bhikkhu Anālayo and Roderick S. Bucknell, Co-Editors
The Nirvana Sutra, Volume 1, translated by Mark Blum
The Pratyutpanna Samādhi Sutra and The Śūraṅgama Samādhi Sutra, translated by Paul Harrison
Prince Shōtoku's Commentary on the Śrīmālā-sūtra, translated by Mark W. Dennis
The Sutra on the Concentration of Sitting Meditation, translated by Nobuyoshi Yamabe and Fumihiko Sueki
Tiantai Lotus Texts, translated by Tsugunari Kubo and Joseph M. Logan; Terry Abbott; and Masao Ichishima and David Chappell

For these and other titles, see our new download page here http://www.bdkamerica.org/bdk-tripitaka ... -downloads

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Re: Mahayana Practice

Post by Nicholas » Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:28 pm

If I had to pick one Mahayana text that covers every aspect of doctrine, path & results, I would suggest this one - in Sanskrit titled Mahayanasutralamkara. There are two excellent English translations, with commentaries. It is a large book with the commentaries, but those comments are needed to clarify many verses.

One came out in 2014 done by the Dharmachakra translation group and the other from the Padmakara translators just came out late in 2018.

The root text was taught to Asanga (a bodhisattva of the 5th century) by Maitreya a 10th stage bodhisattva, who will become in the distant future our next Buddha.

Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sutras is the title of the Dharmachakra version.

The Padmakara version is called A Feast of the Nectar of the Supreme Vehicle.

Both are in epub versions also.
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Re: Mahayana Practice

Post by Nicholas » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:56 pm

FOREWORD

JIGME KHYENTSE RINPOCHE

In an age when science claims to have an answer for everything and is even attempting to prove the validity of Buddhist meditation, while many people’s ideas about different religions and spiritual paths reduce these to simplistic and misleading stereotypes, it is hard to comprehend the true breadth and profundity of the Buddha’s teachings. During his lifetime, Buddha Śākyamuni taught on countless occasions, on many different levels, and to different individuals, in order to help each particular person understand something that would bring him or her closer to enlightenment. For us to consider the vast scope of these teachings is as mind-blowing and awe-inspiring as gazing into the immensity of space.

In the Sūtrālaṃkāra, the Buddha’s regent, Maitreya, brings this vast array of teachings together, arranging them in an orderly fashion and putting them into perspective so that we can begin to understand them and use them as a path to enlightenment. Of the three principal aspects of the path—view, meditation, and conduct—this text, like Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicaryāvatāra), deals mainly with the view and conduct of the great bodhisattvas, whose sole aim is the enlightenment of all beings. Once we have an inkling of the extraordinary kindness and wisdom of these bodhisattvas, whom we can meet even today as our teachers, we can begin to infer that the incredible qualities and deeds that Maitreya describes are possible.

I hope that this translation of Maitreya’s presentation, along with Mipham Rinpoche’s clear explanation, will help readers to gain a glimpse of the Buddha’s message in all its vastness, taking them beyond limited conceptions and inspiring them to practice the path it describes.
From the Padmakara version.
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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