mettafuture wrote:meindzai wrote:Maybe should have included "used to."
Doh! I knew I forgot an option. lol.
But since you no longer read them, I guess that could qualify as a "no."
Sanghamitta wrote:No , but I did once read The Lord Of The Rings.
And there fell a celestial rain of Mandâravas, while the drums (of heaven) resounded without being struck; the gods and elves in the sky paid honour to the highest of men.
meindzai wrote:Sanghamitta wrote:No , but I did once read The Lord Of The Rings.And there fell a celestial rain of Mandâravas, while the drums (of heaven) resounded without being struck; the gods and elves in the sky paid honour to the highest of men.
Oh wait,that's the Lotus Sutra! (probably not a very good translation though...)
I was staying in Bombay with a Polish friend of mine who happened to be a follower of J.Krishnamurti. One day he gave me, when I was staying with him, a book to read and this was a book called "Star Maker" by Olaf Stapledon. It's a comparatively early but very good example indeed, of science fiction. And my friend said to me, "You will like this very much. It's just like a Mahayana Sutra." And indeed when I read it I found that that was quite a fair description of it. Of course, there is a great deal of difference between the Mahayana Sutras and even the best of science fiction because the former have a very definite spiritual, not to say transcendental, content. But there are a number of important resemblances too, because neither the Mahayana Sutras generally nor science fiction is confined to this particular planet, this particular Earth. Both of them tend to show consciousness, Man himself as ranging up and down time, and throughout space, from one side as it were to the other. And this can be a very liberating experience even if only imaginatively realised.
Kare wrote:I have read lots of Mahayana texts - but found them more and more superfluous and unnecessary. Some, like the Lotus Sutra, are downright disgusting.
Still I can enjoy some of the beautiful paradoxes in the Lankavatara Sutra, or the deep and sincere feelings expressed in the Bodhicaryavatara, or the penetrating insights of for instance Vasubandhu in his Madhyantavibhagashastra. There is, however, a cathegory of Mahayana texts that have meant a lot to me, and that is Zen stories. In these stories there often are poignant pointers to reality that are easily recognizable from a Vipassana point of view.
meindzai wrote:Vimilikirti is quite funny, if you are not offended easily.
mettafuture wrote:meindzai wrote:Vimilikirti is quite funny, if you are not offended easily.
I don't think I've read that sutra. How is it offensive?