Tendai & TienTai Resources

Tendai & TienTai Resources

Postby Jikan » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:11 pm

Please post here resources for learning and practicing Tendai Buddhism.
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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Postby BuddhaSoup » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:34 pm

Here's one I purchased and have been carrying around with me this year. http://www.amazon.com/Essentials-Buddhi ... 1935413007

It's outstanding, and while this book serves in part as an illustration of the beauty and gravitas of Tien Tai and Tendai tradition, it's also a very enjoyable read, and has instructions and commentary on shi-kan practice from Ven. Chih-i that resonate very nicely today. Folks interested in meditation practice from almost any tradition would enjoy and benefit from this book. I carry it around as it is a manual that "speaks" to me and keeps me on track, day to day. I haven' found many travel companions like this one. I understand the great Chih-i wrote this to help his brother who was struggling with some life issues, so my sense is that he wrote this with some real compassion and a sense of upaya in his heart.

I also carry this one around: http://www.amazon.com/Walk-Like-Mountai ... 1896559174 It's a very nicely written and practical 21st century view of the ancient practice of walking meditation. Rev. Innen wrote in this book that he wanted to write a "magnum opus" about Tendai practice, but for now has written a very solid view of walking as meditation, from simply doing small exercises at home off the cushion, to the magnificence of Tendai Kaihogyo, and everything in between. Again, a very relevant book for anyone in practice from any tradition looking for a well written and illustrated guide to walking meditation.
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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Postby Jikan » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:36 pm

Relevant links of particular interest for those in the US:

www.tendai.org

http://caltendai.org
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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Postby Doko » Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:50 am

We just received our copies of Innen's new book. Looking forward to reading that one!
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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Postby Jikan » Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:50 pm

Doko wrote:We just received our copies of Innen's new book. Looking forward to reading that one!


Glad you brought it up. Innen Ray Parchelo has a book out on contemporary walking meditation, Tendai-style. Find it here:

http://walklikeamountain.blogspot.com/
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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Postby Seishin » Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:13 pm

Also found this brief summery of Tendai http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/g/j ... 80/ch7.htm
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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Postby coldwater » Tue May 21, 2013 1:46 am

Master Chi Hoi, San Francisco

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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Postby dzogchungpa » Tue May 21, 2013 2:52 am

Don't know anything about Tendai, but maybe this is of interest:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/142671519/Kuden-the-Oral-Hermeneutics-of-Tendai
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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Postby adept » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:08 pm

Thanks to everyone who has provided links so far.
There's enough material to keep me occupied for several lifetimes. :reading:
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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Postby Jikan » Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:34 pm

Here are some Tendai temples and practice groups I know if in Europe (please add more information as available in this thread; I recognize that much of this is incomplete)

YakuShi-Do, UK led by Ganshin E. Rock

Tenryuzanji Lagorai Buddhist Temple, near Venice, Italy led by Fushin Franz Zampiero

Denmark Tendai Sangha, led by Shomon Pia Trans

information here:
http://tendai.eu/?page_id=39

I am currently compiling such information on other parts of the globe outside Japan. stay tuned...
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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Postby Jikan » Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:37 pm

In India:

Zenjorin Temple

Pannya Metta Sangha

these are near Nagpur.

led by: Hoten Sangharatna Manake
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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Postby Jikan » Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:49 pm

In South America:

Joganji Temple, in Diadema, Brazil (near Sao Paulo)


note: I'm including here only the information that I know, and that I know to be suitable for posting on a public forum (if I don't have permission to post a phone number or email address, or if I can't find a link online to such information, then I'm not posting it.) if others have such information, I encourage them to offer it here. thanks
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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Postby Jikan » Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:17 pm

Hawaii & Oceania...

Palolo Kwannon Temple, led by Eshin Irene Matsumoto (bilingual in English and Japanese)
3326 Paalea St, Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 737-5177

Tendai Mission of Hawaii, led by the esteemed Ara Sensei (Japanese only)
23 Jack Ln, Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 595-2556
http://www.tendaihawaii.org/

a nice introduction to Ara Sensei's teaching is available here: http://tendaiaustralia.org.au/Ara-Ryoka ... gs-of-.php

Among Ara Sensei's students are the leaders of two Tendai centers in Australia and one in California:

Tendai Sangha of Australia, Tendai Makashikan-in, led by Jiryo Andrew Moxon
...in Brisbane. There is a contact form available here:
http://tendaiaustralia.org.au/

Jikai Tyler Dehn, who sometimes participates here at DharmaWheel, has established a dojo in Sydney, Australia. contact:
jikai.tendaiau@gmail.com

Hawaii Tendai Institute, California Learning Center, led by Ryoei Tyler
based in or near Sacramento, California, USA.
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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Postby Jikan » Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:30 pm

North America, excluding Hawaii:

California Tendai Monastery, led by Keisho Leary
in a rural area west of Santa Rosa, California
http://caltendai.org/
http://vkleary.blogspot.com/

Tendai Buddhist Institute
Jiunzan Tendai-Ji
New York Betsuin
led by Monshin Naamon, Abbot
www.tendai.org
near Canaan, NY

Branch sanghas of TBI include:

Nishi Tendai Sangha, Albany, NY
https://sites.google.com/site/nishi0tendaisangha

Nagado Buddhist Sangha, Springfield, MA
https://sites.google.com/site/springfie ... ibuddhist/

Blue Mountain Sage Sangha, Denver, CO
http://www.tendaicolorado.com/about.html
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tendai-C ... 2851974101
http://www.meetup.com/Tendai-Colorado-B ... ge-Sangha/

Celestial Drum Tendai Sangha, in Indian Lake, NY
http://adirondacktendai.org/

Great River Sangha, near Washington, DC
http://dctendai.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DCTendai
https://www.bigtent.com/groups/dctendai

Tendai Canada
Red Maple Sangha, led by Innen Ray Parchelo
with meetings near Ottawa and elsewhere in Canada.
http://www.realperson.com/welcome.htm
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Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Postby Redfaery » Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:08 pm

I have a couple of recommendations, if I may?

The stereotype of the "souhei" of Late Classical and medieval pervasive and damaging, and it's also entirely inaccurate. So I'd recommend reading a couple of works by historian Mikael Adolphson.

The first deals directly with the "warrior monk" image, and comes to the conclusion that it was a politically inspired, anachronistic urban legend of sorts. Monasteries did indeed become militarized as Japan's middle ages progressed, but Adolphson points out that this was part of a trend in which society as a whole became increasingly militarized and dominated by warriors. It's called The Teeth and Claws of the Buddha: Monastic Warriors and Sohei in Japanese History

The second one is a history of Japanese monastic institutions and their political influence from the beginning of the Heian period to the end of the Kamakura period. It is refreshingly impartial, and also debunks the "warrior monk" stereotype at some length. This book also deals with the delicate web of politics and religion in Classical and Medieval Japan without being judgmental or preachy. It's called The Gates of Power Both books are put out by the University of Hawai'i Press.
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