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2008-10-22

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I am aware that recently, a few friends have checked out this Blog, and probably downloaded a file or two.  Please feel free to leave your comments, as I feel that feedback is very important. 

Huifeng

2008-10-12

Brahmacarin Srenika - Early Sutra Sources of the Prajnaparamita

Brahmacarin Srenika - Early Sutra Sources of the Prajnaparamita

An essay I presented at a conference held at HKU in conjunction with Donggok University in Korea.  I was trying to find out how the "Brahmacarin Srenika" ended up as a case study example in the first - and possibly earliest - portion of the Prajnaparamita sutra(s).   The results were fairly interesting, and other lines of related thought more so.

A Survey of Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra Translations in Chinese

A Survey of Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra Translations in Chinese

This essay should be a useful overview of the various translations and texts of the Prajnaparamita literature available in classic Chinese Buddhism.   Conze and others have a wealth of information on the Sanskrit and Tibetan, and this should fill the lacuna.  Not just an overview, but contains the various studies and research from a range of modern scholars, east and west.

View and Vision in Early Chan Buddhism

View and Vision in Early Chan Buddhism - Huifeng

Rather more of an assortment of related textual passages than much in the way of Chan studies.

Great Compassion Repentance (Dabei Chan)

Great Compassion Repentance (大悲懺 Dabei Chan) - Chinese, Pinyin, English Translation


A full English translation, along with Chinese and Pinyin to chant along!, of the classic Chinese Buddhist Dharma Service known as the "Great Compassion Repentance" (大悲懺 Dabei Chan).

Hopefully I shall be working on a newer version of this file soon, to make the Pinyin system better, including adding the various tone-marks.  Stay tuned!

Chan Meditation at Nan Hua

Meditation at Nan Hua

This is a medium length book on Chan Meditation that I translated for my teacher, Ven Huiri, while training under his guidance at Nan Hua Temple in South Africa, back in 2002-3.  Contains all the essentials for serious Chan practice, with a modern outlook.

Development of Abhidharma Theory of Citta and Caitasika

Development of Abhidharma Theory of Citta and Caitasika

A brief historical introduction to the various theories on mind (citta) and mental factors (caitasika) according to the Abhidharma traditions of the (Northern / Kasmiri) Sarvastivada tradition.  This tradition of Abhidharma was  later utilized by the Yogacara and other Mahayana traditions, and serves as an excellent background to the various theories of mind for East Asian and Himalayan / Tibetan Buddhism.

Sarvastivada Abhidharma

Sarvastivada Abhidharma

A brief introduction to the various treatises and texts of the (northern) Sarvastivadin Abhidharma tradition.  This tradition was important for the later Yogacara school of Mahayana, and an understanding of it helps in many basics of Chinese and East Asian Buddhism.

Samatha & Vipassana in the Theravada Abhidhamma

Samatha and Vipassana in the Theravada Abhidhamma

A little look into the teachings of calming (samatha) and insight (vipassana) in the Theravada Abhidhamma tradition over the centuries.

Paramattha and Pannatti in Abhidhamma Dhammavada

Paramattha and Pannatti in Abhidhamma Dhammavada

Somewhat inspired by Prof Karunadasa's classes, an essay looking into these two doctrinal categories of ultimates (paramattha) and designations (pannatti) in the Theravada dhamma theory (dhammavada) traditions of the Abhidhamma.  

The Doctrine of Dependent Origination

Theravada Doctrine of Dependent Origination

An essay on the core teaching of dependent origination according to suttas of the Theravada tradition.

The Doctrine of Anatta

Theravada - The Doctrine of Anatta

A look into the Theravada doctrine of not self / no self (anatta), according to the suttas.  

Theory and Practice of the Buddhist Moral Life

Theravada - Theory and Practice of the Buddhist Moral Life

An essay looking into the theory and practice of morality and ethics according to the suttas of the Theravada tradition.

Religious and Philosophical Background to Buddhism

Religious and Philosophical Background to Buddhism

A short essay on the background to Buddhism, in terms of the religious and philosophical thought of the time.