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by FiveSkandhas
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1510

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

I probably shouldn’t have waded into this thread in the first place and I am going to bow out after this post because although I have practiced Vajrayna, I have only received low-level initiation in the Shingon school of Japan on Mt. Koya: one of the last vestiges or East Asian esoteric Buddhism, an...
by FiveSkandhas
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question on Vajrasattva
Replies: 5
Views: 323

Re: Question on Vajrasattva

Depends which cycle of Tantras you read. I have seen him called a manifestation of Mahavirocana before as well.
But then again, aren’t we all? :bow:
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: UNESCO Declares Myanmar’s Ancient Buddhist Temple City Bagan a World Heritage Site
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Re: UNESCO Declares Myanmar’s Ancient Buddhist Temple City Bagan a World Heritage Site

:meditate: :thumbsup: :meditate:

As well it should be. As Myanmar opens to the world, its unique form of Buddhism and the resulting physical artifacts will need protection. Let’s hope this helps.
by FiveSkandhas
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1510

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

First of all, I am not asserting this idea, just speculating. The Guru is not just a "Person" in the Vajrayana the Guru is the path. If the Dharma and/or the Sangha come to be considered as identical with the Guru, the Guru does not vanish. The Dharma and the Sangha could be considered the path as w...
by FiveSkandhas
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guanyin-centric practice
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Guanyin-centric practice

Sensoji, the oldest temple in Tokyo, split from the Tendai sect and now calls itself the Sho-Kanzeon sect. The central Honzon is a hidden statue of Sho-Kannon-sama. Their theology is hard to find resources on but is definitely Kannon-centric. In Japan at least there is also a difference between “shu...
by FiveSkandhas
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1510

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

If the Sangha itself becomes the teacher (perhaps along with the Dharma), the three jewels still exist: it’s just that the Buddha is manifested in/as the Dharma and Sangha. One can at least conceive of transmissions conferred by multiple members of the Sangha as opposed to a single guru. (Not saying...
by FiveSkandhas
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1510

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, another well-regraded and well-known Buddhist, said not long ago he thought the next Buddha would be the sangha. I take this to mean that the age of “gurus” and leaders is passing, and that in the future people will study and practice the Dharma as equals.
by FiveSkandhas
Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ksitigarbha resources
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: Ksitigarbha resources

This is not Tibetan, and I don’t know much about the person or group responsible for it, but I found it interesting, informative, and helpful:

http://www.bauswj.org/wp/wjonline/study ... ntal-vows/
by FiveSkandhas
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Mahavairocana empowerment applicability
Replies: 35
Views: 10262

Re: Mahavairocana empowerment applicability

There are 4 main Shingon initiations and many more minor ones. I don’t think to can skip the intimations st all*. However, there are many books in Japanese that are freely available to the public and outline the rituals I. Extreme detail. One way the “secrecy” of Mikkyo was explained to me was that ...

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