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by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent
Replies: 24
Views: 878

Re: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent

One thing I noticed is that Rev. Cirlea seems to quote from a number of different Buddhist sources. I remember in one of his books, he was talking about sexual misconduct, and he quoted Lama Je Tsongkhapa! Lama Tsongkhapa was born 94 years after Shinran Shonin passed away, and I wouldn't imagine the...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Shin "modernism"
Replies: 15
Views: 506

Re: Shin "modernism"

My teacher says that Amida is an aspect of Mind and that the Pure Land can be accessed in this very second and is not a post-mortem “place”. This is I guess what is described as “modern” Shin teaching. It does not dismiss the supernatural. It says that dividing phenomena into natural and supernatur...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Japanese Pure Land vs the rest of East Asia
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Japanese Pure Land vs the rest of East Asia

How does Japanese Pure Land Buddhism (both Jodo Shu and Jodo Shinshu) differ from Pure Land Buddhism in the rest of East Asia (China, Vietnam, Korea)? I know that in Japan, Pure Land developed into separate schools, but what about the rest of East Asia? My foray into Buddhism in Korea didn't get ver...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Would learning Mandarin or Japanese allow you to practice in another country?
Replies: 8
Views: 340

Re: Would learning Mandarin or Japanese allow you to practice in another country?

Im interested in the possibility of learning Mandarin or Japanese, if that would provide opportunity to move to a country where the dharma is more established. What I mean is, if I wanted to ordain and live in a monastary theres almost no options here in america. My concern is that lets say learnin...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: chan/seon/rinzai/soto differences
Replies: 16
Views: 4064

Re: chan/seon/rinzai/soto differences

It is also necessary to distinguish between Zen as practiced in the West (usually in 'Zen centres') and Zen as practiced in East Asia (or in East Asian temples in the West that primarily cater to expats from those countries). Typically, a 'Zen centre' in the West will primarily focus upon meditation...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: Seon
Topic: Anyone ever heard of Yun Hwa / Ji Kwang Dae Poep Sa Nim?
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Re: Anyone ever heard of Yun Hwa / Ji Kwang Dae Poep Sa Nim?

Interesting. Thanks for the information. I didn't know enough about Korean shamanism to recognise this group as having shamanistic elements. I did visit Guksadang in Seoul and came across a shamanistic altar not far from where I lived, but I don't know much about it (though I have seen K-dramas invo...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent
Replies: 24
Views: 878

Re: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent

If there is anything to be taken away from this conversation, I think it is that we really have to be more skilful with our words. I agree. In the article that Zhen Li quoted, Rev. Cirlea wrote: One should stop any non-Buddhist religious activities after taking refuge in the Three Jewels. If one pr...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Seon
Topic: Anyone ever heard of Yun Hwa / Ji Kwang Dae Poep Sa Nim?
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Anyone ever heard of Yun Hwa / Ji Kwang Dae Poep Sa Nim?

I came across a group called the Yun Hwa Denomination of World Social Buddhism last night. I looked it up and found that it is a form of Korean Buddhism. Having lived in South Korea, I was intrigued. Based mostly in Europe, the group was founded by a woman called Ji Kwang Dae Poep Sa Nim (I'm assumi...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent
Replies: 24
Views: 878

Re: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent

On the other hand, Cirlea also thinks of his Amida-Ji temple as "growing out" of Honwanji - which is surely what other "heretics" also typically state, e.g., Martin Luther, who at least, at first, thought he was merely reforming Christianity, and reacted with some consternation over other Reformati...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Difference between Hongwanji and Otani-ha
Replies: 2
Views: 132

Difference between Hongwanji and Otani-ha

When I was in Kyoto, I visited Higashi Honganji but not Nishi Honganji. Time was limited and I didn't realise at the time that they represented different subsects of Jodo Shinshu. I got the service book from the Higashi Honganji, and noticed that there are a few subtle pronunciation differences in t...
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: How to progress in Jodo Shinshu without a sangha?
Replies: 7
Views: 356

How to progress in Jodo Shinshu without a sangha?

Hi, I'm currently living in New Zealand, where there are no Jodo Shinshu temples (in fact, as far as I know there are no Japanese temples of any kind here). I do not know any Jodo Shinshu practitioners in my city either. What would be the best way to learn about Jodo Shinshu without having a Shin te...
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitofo or amituofo?
Replies: 7
Views: 520

Re: Amitofo or amituofo?

In Mandarin, the syllable 'to' (like in 'tomorrow') doesn't exist. The character 陀 is pronounced 'tuo' or 'twor' (with the 'tw' pronounced as in 'tweed', not as in 'two'). However, in Taiwan, Taiwanese Hokkien is spoken in addition to Mandarin. In Hokkien, 阿彌陀佛 is pronounced 'Amito hut' or 'Amido hu...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Shin "modernism"
Replies: 15
Views: 506

Shin "modernism"

Having never been to a Jodo Shinshu temple (since there are none in my country), the majority of my engagement with Jodo Shinshu has been on the internet or e-books. There are no Jodo Shinshu forums (I created one but it never got off the ground), but I did participate in the True Shin Buddhism Yaho...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Role of Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta in Shin Buddhism?
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Re: Role of Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta in Shin Buddhism?

The primary focus is on Amitabha and the nembutsu because the main goal of this school is rebirth in Sukhavati. It's better to stick to one practice and keeping it simple rather than being all over the place and getting no where. I understand. The primary goal is to attain ōjō, which is the same as...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Role of Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta in Shin Buddhism?
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Role of Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta in Shin Buddhism?

I've heard that Jodo Shinshu focuses exclusively on Amitābha Buddha. I was even told by a fundamentalist Shin priest that worshipping other Buddhas or Bodhisattvas for benefits in this life is wrong in Shin Buddhism. What is the attitude to this in regular Shin Buddhism? I've heard that BCA temples ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: “Equivalent” of sādhana in Chinese Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 1405

Re: “Equivalent” of sādhana in Chinese Buddhism?

Any links? Well what did you want to know exactly? I mean, when I said there were loads, I meant just that. In English though, not so much, although you'll find a good few Guanyin practices translated. Offhand, the main ones would be Guanyin, Amitabha, Kshitigarbha, Akashagarbha, Cundi, Medicine Bu...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: “Equivalent” of sādhana in Chinese Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 1405

“Equivalent” of sādhana in Chinese Buddhism?

Does Chinese Buddhism have devotional texts to particular Buddhas or Bodhisattvas, like the Tibetan sādhanas? Some prayers, mantra recitation, etc to that Buddha/Bodhisattva? I know Japanese Jōdo Shū has a service called “otsutome” in praise of Amitābha Buddha. But are there similar services for say...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:01 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Using a picture of a Buddha or Bodhisattva as your wallpaper?
Replies: 10
Views: 674

Using a picture of a Buddha or Bodhisattva as your wallpaper?

I remember reading on the website of a certain "teacher" that one shouldn't use a picture of a Buddha or Bodhisattva as your computer wallpaper as it is disrespectful. However, I was later told by a monk that this "teacher" is not Buddhist. So do you think it is ok to use a picture of a Buddha or Bo...

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