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Translation of a Chinese Bön book about Dzogchen

I am looking for a translation in english (or french) of the following book in Chinese Mandarin: 大圆满前行法海 It is a book in the Bön tradition about Dzogchen.
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Ghost or horror stories/videos are appropriate during Pandemic moment?

There are more and more horror movie during pandemic and tension moment. Hong Kong is one of the example before riots recently. Pretty much of productions of horror or ghost movie produced because the ...
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Is there any authentic Chan Buddhist lineage operating in the West/Europe?

I mean Chinese Chan Buddhism, not Japanese Zen or Korean Seon. If not, what is the best course of action if one wants to become a monk in Mahayana Buddhism, but not in Theravada and not in Vajrayana? ...
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Bodhidharma leaving for china

What prompted the great BodhiDharma to go to China to spread his teachings- why not at home in the first place. Was he the founder of kalari payattu which has become somewhat unknown to us?
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Can anyone explain how 'stimulus / response' appears in Chinese or Japanese Buddhism?

Can anyone explain how 'stimulus / response' appears in Chinese or Japanese Buddhism? What does it mean? I can recall barely nothing about it, but I do know that it features in Zhiyi's work, Chin Fa-...
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Modern vs traditional Zen

According to David Chapman, modern Zen was basically invented by D.T. Suzuki, and doesn't have much to do with original Zen or even with Buddhism in general. Is this true? Is modern Zen closer to ...
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How to find the right Dhamma teacher

The practice of Buddhism, as with any other spiritual development, largely relies on the guidance of a good master. With the large variety of traditions and practices out there, how should one go ...
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Is “ghost month” really a Buddhist concept?

I currently live in Taiwan, and we are currently experiencing "ghost month". The Wikipedia article for Ghost Festival starts with: The Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, ...
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Why is Zen/Chan thought to be more related to Buddhism than to Taoism?

According to the book The Tao of Zen, Zen/Chan is esentially a form of Taoism. This makes sense to me, as it's hard to understand what is the common ground between the relative simplicity of Zen and ...
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The Buddha-nature of a dog

I keep seeing the following koan: A monk asked Zhàozhōu, "Does a dog have Buddha nature or not?" Zhaozhou said, "Wú". What does this mean and why is it important? More specifically: Does "Wú" ...
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Where in the Vimalakīrti Sutra is this stated?

I was reading some of the writings of Nichiren Daishōnin, and I came across this part where he says that it states in the Vimalakīrti Sutra that, "if the minds of living beings are impure, their land ...
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What are the 8 Consciousness in Chinese Buddhism

The answeres to the following question: Is the Ocean Samadhi a metaphor or an actual meditation? implply there are 8 types of conciousness in Chinese Buddhism. What are these? How did they originate? ...
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Is the Ocean Samadhi a metaphor or an actual meditation?

In Huayen related documents I see the phrase "ocean samadhi" a lot. (also ocean mirror samadhi, ocea seal samadhi) Here is one source: Huayan teaching features a range of holographic samadhi ...
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Which Chinese Buddhist schools were gradualist?

There is a famous multicentury argument in the history of Chinese Buddhism as to if enlightenment is something achieved after gradual practice and improvement or something you realize or achieve in a ...
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How do you repent in Chinese Buddhism?

Repentence is often mentioned in Mahayana texts. Outside of my knowledge of the meaning of the English word, which is colored by Christian concerns, I'm not sure what's involved. What is done during ...
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prajna vs jnana across schools

Can anyone explain the difference between the terms prajna and jnana and how they differ between schools? I learnt for several years with a chinese tradition, where we were taught that prajna is ...
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Do Buddhist believe fortune teller?

As a Buddhist, I only believe Buddha ,Dhamma,Sangha. But some of my relatives still believe fortune teller. What should I do with people who try to read and tell my future.
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Identification of a Buddhist text written in classical Chinese or Japanese

While looking for an answer to this question I found a text that contains the quote in question, but I cannot find any information about it. Is it written in classical Chinese or classical Japanese? (...
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Mixing Buddhism with other religions [closed]

The predominant opinion of people with a lot of experience with practising Buddhism seems to be that there are irreconcilable gaps between Buddhism and Christianity and that it makes no sense to be a ...
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Modern and original versions of Chan and Seon

According to the answer to this question there is a clear distinction between the traditional Zen practised in Japan until 19th century and its modern version invented by Suzuki. Is there such a clear ...
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What impact has the Chinese Government had on Chinese Buddhism so far?

State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) and the Buddhist Association of China are in charge of regulating religion in China. So far, what effect have they had on doctrine for Chinese (non-...
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How were dreams and visions seen in the context of Chinese Buddhism?

This question is prompted by reading the 23rd Minor Precept in the Brahma Net Sutra After my passing, if a disciple should, with a wholesome mind, wish to receive the Bodhisattva precepts, he may ...
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What is the source of these “Lay Bodhisattva Vows”?

Okay, I'm well familiar with the regular Bodhisattva vows from the Brahma Net Sutra. That set of vows is open to both lay and monastic followers. I just found another set on Dharma Realm Buddhist ...