Posted on 28 October 2010 by Buddhism Now
Mahakasyapa, Maha Kasho (Jap)
Student of the Buddha, who was renowned for his strict practise. Took a leading role in the Sangha after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha.
First Zen patriarch, after smiling as the Buddha held up a flower.
Wooden Head of Kasyapa, Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907). Height: 100cm
Wood artifacts are difficult to conserve. There are only a few surviving examples and this statue of Kasyapa in excellent condition is very precious. Though the exterior colored pattern has effloresced and peeled away, and the wood grain is exposed, it still represents the simplicity and beauty of wood-carving art. (more…)
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Posted on 20 October 2010 by Buddhism Now
The Four Stages (stream-entry, once-return, non-return and arahant) as described in the Pali Canon are reflective teachings aimed at getting perspective on our own experience. They are not positions. It isn’t a question of thinking in terms of becoming a stream-enterer or becoming an arahant, or wondering, ‘Have I attained stream-entry yet? Am I a non-returner? Will I ever become an arahant?’ This is the worldly mind grasping the concepts. Sometimes you hear people say, ‘This monk ― he’s a stream-enterer!’ and everyone goes ‘Ohhh! a stream-enterer!’ ‘And that one’s an arahant.’ ‘Wow, an arahant!’ (that’s like superman). But the Pali Canon refers to these Four Stages in connection with the Ten Fetters, these Ten Fetters (more…)
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Posted on 17 October 2010 by Buddhism Now
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