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by FiveSkandhas
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddha does not recommend recitation
Replies: 26
Views: 1572

Re: Buddha does not recommend recitation

Beware the “fundamentalist fallacy”: the idea that if it is “earlier” or closer to the direct teaching of th historical Buddha, it is more valid. Buddhism teaches “expedient means” and different teachings to people in different situations. It has always been an evolving religion with new texts and n...
by FiveSkandhas
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism
Replies: 13
Views: 1146

Re: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism

Don’t mix religion and politics or you will get a nasty hangover... That said, I suppose this sad topic is appropriate for this section of the board? It’s a good article, but so sad on every level, from the stories themselves to the human response of “feel good feel bad”...what else can I say but I ...
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: English translation of Shingon Goma Ceremony?
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: English translation of Shingon Goma Ceremony?

Look for a book by a man named Michael Saso. I can’t remember the title but it has the words “Tantric Art and...” in it. It is a poorly titled boo because it’s more a translation/Description of Japanese Esoteric rituals than an art book, and the word “Tantric” isn’t reallh used for Shingon/Tendai es...
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dream initiations, etc.
Replies: 19
Views: 881

Dream initiations, etc.

There are a number of stories in Japanese Buddhism (and I think I have seen a few Tibetan ones as well) about people receiving empowerment/initiation/teachings etc. directly from higher beings in dreams rather than by human agency. Granted, these are stories of great historically famous teachers and...
by FiveSkandhas
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 66
Views: 2653

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: 485

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: 182

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: 66
Views: 2653

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: 7
Views: 566

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: 66
Views: 2653

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: 66
Views: 2653

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: 445

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: 10642

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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