In this episode, we continue our conversation on ichinen-sanzen, but take the conversation up a notch. We're wrestling with some difficult issues in Buddhist philosophy; namely, if we understand samsara to be the realm of delusion and defilements and nirvana to be a purified realm, how do we reconcile this dichotomy with a generally non-dualistic… Continue reading Ichinen-sanzen (part two)
Rev. Harry brings up the complex idea of ichinen sanzen -- three thousands things in a single thought moment -- from Tendai (Tiantai) Buddhism. In short, ichinen sanzen says that each thought moment contains within it all of existence -- wait, what? How does all of existence exist within each thought moment? Whose thought moment?… Continue reading Ichinen-sanzen (part one)
An extra Friday this month gets you an extra episode of the DharmaRealm podcast! In today's episode, Harry and I wrap up our conversation on interdependence, touching on everything from the complex web of karmic causes and conditions knowable only to Buddhas to the daily lives of our cats. Finally, we place this topic back… Continue reading Interdependence: bonus!
In today's podcast we discuss the concept of interdependence. Beginning with the Sanskrit term pratityasamutpada, or Dependent Coarising, interdependence has played a fairly central role in Buddhist thought, over the centuries influencing Hua-yen philosophy and Buddhist relationships to nature. And because there's an extra Friday this month (and because we sure can talk a lot!),… Continue reading Interdependence: part one