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by DGA
Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Benzaiten and Tara Bosatsu
Replies: 7
Views: 89

Re: Benzaiten and Tara Bosatsu

In truth, this line of inquiry was spurred on by becoming involved with someone who feels a connection to the Buddhadharma, as well as an affinity for Japan. She studied Japanese language for several years while pursuing her B.A. in Linguistics, and has a specific link with Saraswati/Tara. Her prop...
by DGA
Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Benzaiten and Tara Bosatsu
Replies: 7
Views: 89

Re: Benzaiten and Tara Bosatsu

thanks for bringing the knowledge, jake! for the OP: what I experienced of Tendai esoteric practice corresponds to Kriyatantra and Charyatantra (in one or two instances Yogatantra) in terms of view and approach to practice in Tibetan Buddhism. For example, there's a strong emphasis on ritual purity ...
by DGA
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Benzaiten and Tara Bosatsu
Replies: 7
Views: 89

Re: Benzaiten and Tara Bosatsu

All I really know about Tianti/Tendai is that Chan/Zen developed in part as a reaction to their scholasticism, couching the school in anti-intellectualist terms. And that was taught to me by a professor who is also a lay Chan teacher in the Dharma Drum Mountain lineage of Master Sheng Yen, so there...
by DGA
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Benzaiten and Tara Bosatsu
Replies: 7
Views: 89

Re: Benzaiten and Tara Bosatsu

What is the role of Tara Bosatsu (多羅菩薩) and/or Benzaiten (辯才天, 弁財天, 弁才天女) in Tendai Taimitsu (esotericism)? Are there any lineages or practices in which either features more prominently? Especially interested to hear about bright/royal blue forms with two arms (not as light as sky blue, nor as dark...
by DGA
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take
Replies: 61
Views: 484

Re: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take

I pointed out this source in this post was a prayer in a tantric practice and that did not satisfy me... for it is a prayer... No, actually it was a not a prayer. It was a prediction. I can provide you many such predictions from sūtra and tantra, but you won't accept them so there is no point. Plea...
by DGA
Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Tara/Saraswati
Replies: 10
Views: 199

Re: Tara/Saraswati

Sorry, I didn't notice that we were in the Shingon forum. I can say that she is well represented in Japanese Buddhism generally. I learned her mantra from a Tendai master, for example. does Tendai have esoteric practices derived from tantra also? My knowledge of the Japanese schools is admittedly q...
by DGA
Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Tara/Saraswati
Replies: 10
Views: 199

Re: Tara/Saraswati

Thank you, DGA. I managed to stumble upon that article before. While it answers the question about Saraswati's status in Japanese Buddhism generally, I'm mostly curious about the specific place of Benzaiten (辯才天, 弁財天, 弁才天女) in Shingon. Same goes for Tara Bosatsu (多羅菩薩). Sorry, I didn't notice that ...
by DGA
Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take
Replies: 61
Views: 484

Re: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take

Nichiren does have certain after death teachings about Eagle Peak (Mt. Grdhakuta). As far as I know, it is not well understood what he meant. That might be a productive direction to take this discussion. I would be interested in hearing more about this topic. Is it possible that Nichiren understood...
by DGA
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Tara/Saraswati
Replies: 10
Views: 199

Re: Tara/Saraswati

What is the role of Tara and/or Saraswati in Shingon (Japanese Vajrayana)? Are there any lineages in which either features more prominently? Especially interested to hear about bright/royal blue forms with two arms (not as light as sky blue, nor as dark as black-blue). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
by DGA
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump is a Russian Puppet hahahahaha
Replies: 103
Views: 2274

Re: Trump is a Russian Puppet hahahahaha

It also proves neatly that, alas, it is not only Putin who enjoys sabre-rattling. And empire-building. And war-mongering. Sure, that's been clear for decades. Ask Chileans about their 9/11. The more salient question to my mind is this: do you prefer the status quo, in which no one's on the edge of ...
by DGA
Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take
Replies: 61
Views: 484

Re: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take

When and where did Nichiren practice Shingon? I believe I said studied. Nichiren Shonin studied all available schools in Japan It isn't something you can learn just from study. He either practiced or he didn't. If he practiced, then he knew something about it; if not, then not. So, under what circu...
by DGA
Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take
Replies: 61
Views: 484

Re: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take

When and where did Nichiren practice Shingon?
by DGA
Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take
Replies: 61
Views: 484

Re: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take

The Ryogen bio actually shows that debate standards degenerated after Ryogen's time when schools like Hosso and Tendai stopped debating each other. Compare a 1000 year continuous interschool debate history in Tibet with a three hundred year history of interschool debate history in Japan and I think...
by DGA
Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take
Replies: 61
Views: 484

Re: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take

Yes, I understand that you are writing in good faith, Minobu. i take it the above two are connected somehow... Yes, that's right. I connected them for a reason, and you are right to pick up on that. Here it is: I would argue that at a formal level and in its rationale, Nichiren's Buddhism has a lot ...
by DGA
Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take
Replies: 61
Views: 484

Re: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take

What ever you want to believe about Nichiren Shonin in order to blind you and make your paradigm more real...He never lost a Buddhist Debate. . Standards for Buddhist debate where never that high in Japan. I don't know what kind of evidence is available to support Minobu's claim on Nichiren's histo...
by DGA
Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take
Replies: 61
Views: 484

Re: Pure lands/Nichiren Shonin's take

I don't know much about pure land practice. OK. pure land and Nembutsu were just some sort of con and false teaching i just took it for granted and never gave it a tinker's toss OK. A guaranteed take you away no matter how stupid you are... a goal of take me to the happy hunting grounds and yeah I'...
by DGA
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump is a Russian Puppet hahahahaha
Replies: 103
Views: 2274

Re: Trump is a Russian Puppet hahahahaha

What does it mean for Trump to be a Russian puppet, in practice? What are the potential consequences of this? Where does this lead? this piece in Politico, which I overlooked when it was published, gives some important context and helps address some of these questions, particularly in light of Trump...
by DGA
Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump is a Russian Puppet hahahahaha
Replies: 103
Views: 2274

Re: Trump is a Russian Puppet hahahahaha

Meanwhile... There's an inauguration coming up. Usually, this is an opportunity for the best musical talent in the US to perform before a more or less captive audience. Trump's had a hard time convincing top talent to perform for him. The headliner for this year's inauguration is none other than the...
by DGA
Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blue stripe on monastics robes
Replies: 24
Views: 515

Re: Blue stripe on monastics robes

Loppon Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche (Dudjom Linpga lineage holder) has advised us that we should wear the white shantab and that, as "Ngakpa", an upper garment in white, red or dark blue is permissible (and the striped zen, of course). is this a full-time commitment--all shantab all the time--or...
by DGA
Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump is a Russian Puppet hahahahaha
Replies: 103
Views: 2274

Re: Trump is a Russian Puppet hahahahaha

Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele's frustration as FBI sat on Donald Trump Russia file for months Exclusive: Steele was so concerned by revelations he worked without payment after Trump's election victory in November http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-russia-dossier-fil...

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