Rels/Huma 304


MAHAYANA BUDDHISM


I. Distribute and learn list of “Gods” of Mahayana Buddhism, Dhyani Buddhas, Manushi Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Lama.

II Mahayana Parables

A. The tiger, the crocodile, and the strawberry (Zen)

B. Carrying the girl across the river

C. The prodigal son.

D. The rain cloud

E. The burning house

III. Zen pp. 210-216

A. “Goal is immediate insight, meditation or dhyana

1. Oral transmission from master to disciple outside of the scriptures.
2. No dependence upon authority of words or letters.
3. Direct pointing to the “soul” of the person
4. Seeing into one’s own nature and attaining Buddhahood” Noss, pp. 210

B. Founder is Bodhidharma (of the Chan school and of Zen) Zen is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word “Chan.”

Bodhidharma in South China at the end of the fifth century c.e. (Traditional date is 520 c.e.)
No merit from imperial donations and translations of sacred books.
No merit from good works
You gain Buddhahood (nirvana) (satori) by meditation.
You gain meditation by simple living, and strict self-discipline and concentration.

Influenced by Dao.

Developed seven sects. Two survived

1. Lin-Ji (Abrupt procedures and difficult problems) (Rinzai in Japan and America)
2. Cao-dung ( Ts’ao-tung) (broad understanding, learning through books and gradual enlightenment.) (Soto in Japan and America)

You must actualize non-duality”

Development of the haiku.

An ancient pond:
A frog plunges in
Water sound! (Plop!)” See page 214.

Development of the koan The goal is satori

What are your features before your birth?
Who is the Buddha? Three chin of flax.

 

Meditate on the sound made by clapping one hand
                        The Goose in the bottle, pp. 237

 

IV. The Layman (Chan)
            P’ang Yün born in China approximately 740 c.e. , died 808 c.e.

            How he handled his wealth.
            The story of his death, and of his son, daughter and wife.