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by FiveSkandhas
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment in a Pure Land
Replies: 50
Views: 1224

Re: Enlightenment in a Pure Land

An interesting take on pure lands were provided by Medieval Shingon scholars such as Kakuban and Kakukai. A strongly "immanentalist" streak pervades Shingon theories from this epoch...the idea that one could access the Pure Land here and now in "this very body"; the esoteric reading of the name "Ami...
by FiveSkandhas
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Harmony
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Re: Harmony

調和...
調: the tonal center...speaking next to a mouth under the earth enclosed by a roof
和: softening, concord. A piece of millet next to an open mouth. More generally, social getting along together.

:shrug:
by FiveSkandhas
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Academic critiques and slandering the dharma
Replies: 22
Views: 472

Re: Academic critiques and slandering the dharma

A well-thought-out post as usual. Personally the question of "existence" of this or that being has never troubled me. Nor has karma, transmigration, or Buddhist Cosmology, which to me simply involves a shift in perspective. A different kind of perception and a deeper understanding of Karma, how delu...
by FiveSkandhas
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Some questions about Shingon
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Some questions about Shingon

"Are prayers and mantras or the liturgy in general always in Japanese or is sanskrit encouraged and practiced?"

A form of Sanskrit known as Siddham (or bonji 梵字 in Japanese) was used. See for example:

http://www.visiblemantra.org/siddham.html
by FiveSkandhas
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Some questions about Shingon
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Some questions about Shingon

Again, too many to answer but here is an interesting article on one strain (there were more than one) of Shingon Pure Land thought, as conceived by a medieval master named Kakuban (pdf file): https://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/nfile/2291 This book by a Japanese Shingon priest is also highly recommend as a ...
by FiveSkandhas
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 600, 900 kalpas
Replies: 11
Views: 348

Re: 600, 900 kalpas

https://encyclopediaofbuddhism.org/wiki/Kalpa We are in the Bhadrakalpa over all, and there are still 998 buddhas to come before it ends. The next Buddha is Buddha Maitreya, as we commonly know who whose advent will be either 5.6 billion or million years hence. Out of curiosity, has anyone ever put...
by FiveSkandhas
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Academic critiques and slandering the dharma
Replies: 22
Views: 472

Academic critiques and slandering the dharma

Good evening. It can be a fine line to walk between in incisive academic critiques, historical searches for truth using scholarly methods, and maintaining one's committment not to slander the dharma. I would be very interested in hearing from those who consider themselves practicing Buddhists and al...
by FiveSkandhas
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Coming to terms with Homosexuality
Replies: 39
Views: 797

Re: Coming to terms with Homosexuality

Honestly the biggest thing that scares me about Buddhism is becoming some robot. Wandering samsara in a deluded state, not training for liberation, we are subject to the momentum and energy of our karma, trapped in cycles of craving, aversion, and delusion. Without Buddhism we are robots controlled...
by FiveSkandhas
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vietnamese Mahayana and esoteric Buddhism
Replies: 2
Views: 174

Re: Vietnamese Mahayana and esoteric Buddhism

There was a thread on this before I think. The case you outline for Vietnam is more or less the same as for China, although the concern for lineage is not something that seems accurate in this respect since many of the practices are derived from dharani sutras, which do not require empowerment. The...
by FiveSkandhas
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Coming to terms with Homosexuality
Replies: 39
Views: 797

Re: Coming to terms with Homosexuality

Buddhism has no specific advice on this. What is relevant, though, is the idea of letting go of your attachments. :good: I think this might be a good place to start. Give up attachment to being "normal" as Kathy said. Moreover, give up attachment to being gay. Don't obsess about gay or not gay. Jus...
by FiveSkandhas
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Coming to terms with Homosexuality
Replies: 39
Views: 797

Re: Coming to terms with Homosexuality

Buddhism has no specific advice on this. What is relevant, though, is the idea of letting go of your attachments. :good: I think this might be a good place to start. Give up attachment to being "normal" as Kathy said. Moreover, give up attachment to being gay. Don't obsess about gay or not gay. Jus...
by FiveSkandhas
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Coming to terms with Homosexuality
Replies: 39
Views: 797

Re: Coming to terms with Homosexuality

What do you mean by "come to terms with" it? Could you be a bit more specific about what your personal aims are, or what kind of resolution you are looking for? And what is the biggest obstacle to reaching this state, in your opinion.

Thanks in advance and best wishes for peace of mind.
by FiveSkandhas
Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Would learning Mandarin or Japanese allow you to practice in another country?
Replies: 8
Views: 333

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

I have lived in Japan for just about half my life and I could say a lot on this subject but it would take forever. If you have any questions I might be able to answer some of them. To ordain in Japan differs depending on the sect. It is worth noting that formal priests in Japan usually come from fam...
by FiveSkandhas
Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation
Replies: 25
Views: 681

Re: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation

With all due respect, I am leery of attempts to blend Buddhism with science, or to use science to "justify" or "prove" aspects of Buddhism, or to present Buddhism as a kind of science, and the like. I see Buddhism and science as apples and oranges. The are both valid but they operate in different sp...
by FiveSkandhas
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Eastern Enlightenment Vs. Western Psychopathology
Replies: 28
Views: 680

Re: Eastern Enlightenment Vs. Western Psychopathology

I could put it like this: What makes no-self not like depersonalization? What makes emptiness not like ? What makes detachment not like dissociation? depersonalization, derealization, and dissociation are all defined as pathological states. The realization of No-Self, emptiness, and (compassionate ...
by FiveSkandhas
Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Bodhidharma's Zen
Replies: 5
Views: 583

Re: Bodhidharma's Zen

"A Buddha doesn't do good or evil. A buddha isn't energetic or lazy. A buddha is someone who does nothing, who can't even focus his mind on a buddha. A Buddha isn't a buddha. Don't think about buddhas."
-Bodhidharma, Bloodstream Sermon
by FiveSkandhas
Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Hypothetical debate team number 2! Arguing against "All is consciousness!"
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: Hypothetical debate team number 2! Arguing against "All is consciousness!"

Imagine you are on a debate team. Your opponents are debating in favor of the Hindu idea that all is mind (synonymous with Brahman/consciousness). Your team is arguing to refute any and all possible points in favor of this idea and make them untenable in all ways, shapes and forms. I understand tha...
by FiveSkandhas
Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: All for what?
Replies: 12
Views: 371

Re: All for what?

Have you considered exploring a different Buddhist path? Zen is not for everyone. The pure land traditions, Vajrayana, analyticial sutra study like the Madhyamika and Yogacara traditions? Visionary sutra reading, as with absorption in the Hua Yan Sutra? There is more to Buddhism than "just sitting."...
by FiveSkandhas
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 3194
Views: 377069

Re: Music time

Steve Roach: Infinite Shore
by FiveSkandhas
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Apratishtita Nirvana
Replies: 7
Views: 2414

Re: Apratishtita Nirvana

Does anyone know how the the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra treats this matter? I know it is famous as for its exposition of dharmakaya, among other things, but I'm not sure how this extremely long sutra treats the issue of paranirvana. Since "paranirvana" is part of the Sutra's title, and as it is ...

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