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by jmlee369
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Seon
Topic: Korean Buddhism and the Fifth Precept
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Re: Korean Buddhism and the Fifth Precept

I understand that in Mahayana Buddhism, according to the Brahma Net Sutra, drinking alcohol is a minor offence, unlike Theravada Buddhism (although even there, many Thais I know drink booze). I'm asking how the teachings on drinking alcohol are interpreted by Korean Buddhism. I know some forms of Z...
by jmlee369
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Treatment of Dharma books and materials while travelling
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Re: Treatment of Dharma books and materials while travelling

Tomorrow I'm leaving behind my life in New Zealand to start a new career in Korea. I'm wondering about travelling with Dharma materials (a mala) and books. I've heard that in Tibetan Buddhism, one should not take sacred objects into a bathroom. This thing about 'unclean areas' is one of the only th...
by jmlee369
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why don't "enlightened masters" work together?
Replies: 30
Views: 642

Re: Why don't "enlightened masters" work together?

As others have mentioned, these kinds of mutual support and co-operation are so common as to be unremarkable. Oftentimes, especially in the Tibetan lineages, this work will involve mutual teacher-student relationships. You should consult the biographies of lamas such as Trijang Rinpoche's The Magica...
by jmlee369
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Seon
Topic: Korean home altar
Replies: 19
Views: 1168

Re: Korean home altar

KiwiNFLFan wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:17 pm
Great! I'll see if I can do that then. I'll have a look in Seoul to see what shops there are available that sell Buddha images and altars.
There are some shops that sell Buddhist paraphernalia around Jogyesa.
by jmlee369
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Seon
Topic: Introduction to Korean Buddhism
Replies: 7
Views: 332

Re: Introduction to Korean Buddhism

I have accepted a job offer to go and teach English in South Korea. I'm a practicing Buddhist (kind of Japanese Pure Land with devotion to Kannon Bosatsu) but have no experience of Korean Buddhism. I know that Seon is the predominant sect of Buddhism in Korea, but that doesn't really tell me much. ...
by jmlee369
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Seon
Topic: Korean home altar
Replies: 19
Views: 1168

Re: Korean home altar

Thanks. I didn't know that - I just assumed it would be like Chinese and Japanese Buddhism which do have home altars. What sort of Buddha image is normally enshrined? Shakyamuni, Amitabha, Kwan Se Eum (Avalokiteshvara)? I saw on Gmarket a set of Amitabha, Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta statue...
by jmlee369
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Free prayer book to print out
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Free prayer book to print out

Hi, does anyone know where I can find a prayer book with basic daily prayers that I can print out and use for my own personal practice? FPMT have some but they all have the standard "no part of this publication may be reproduced..." at the beginning. I have written to request whether I can do this,...
by jmlee369
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Seon
Topic: Korean home altar
Replies: 19
Views: 1168

Re: Korean home altar

Hi, I'll be moving to Korea in just over a month or so, and I want to know about setting up a Buddhist altar in the Korean tradition. I haven't been able to find much information about Korean Buddhist altars online. Are they like Japanese butsudans or more like Chinese altars? Can you get the sort ...
by jmlee369
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhist centres/temples in South Korea (Seoul/Incheon area)
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Re: Tibetan Buddhist centres/temples in South Korea (Seoul/Incheon area)

Hi, I primarily practice East Asian Mahayana Buddhism, but I do have a devotion to Tara. I'm mostly content to practice Buddhism in Korean temples, but I do want to take part in a Tara Puja. Does anyone here know if there are any Tibetan Buddhist centres/temples in the Seoul or Incheon areas? I kno...
by jmlee369
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Article: Self-obsession is a new addiction (Ontological Addiction Theory)
Replies: 8
Views: 479

Re: Article: Self-obsession is a new addiction (Ontological Addiction Theory)

Might be worth noting that Dr Van Gordan and his frequent collaborator Dr. Edo Shonin were controversial figures during their time as Buddhist "monastics" (ordination lineage unclear). I only bring this up because their time as monks is frequently mentioned in their biography.
by jmlee369
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Requirements for Vajrayogini
Replies: 16
Views: 1890

Re: Requirements for Vajrayogini

It says as Prerequiste: "to receive any/all of the three empowerments, it is required to previously have received a major (2-day) highest yoga tantra (anuttarayoga) empowerment...." I recieved major Wangchens that last only some hours. the lamas said something like: this is a wangchen but we have n...
by jmlee369
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are good deeds useless except for creating merit?
Replies: 6
Views: 337

Re: Are good deeds useless except for creating merit?

From the Avatamsaka Sutra: I will accord with and take care of all these many kinds of beings, providing all manner of services and offerings for them. I will treat them with the same respect I show my own parents, teachers, elders, Arhats, and even the Thus Come Ones. I will serve them all equally ...
by jmlee369
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 26
Views: 1493

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

I often hear and read how compassion is vital to Buddhist practice, alongside wisdom. My question is why is compassion important and how does it relate to wisdom? From the Avatamsaka Sutra: “Moreover, Good Man, to constantly accord with living beings is explained like this: Throughout seas of Kshet...
by jmlee369
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 102
Views: 5111

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Just throwing my two cents here. When some Chinese Mahayana practitioners asked a similar question to a Gelug lama, the (very brief and simplified) answer was that tantra works at the level of subtle body and subtle mind, which is why progress is faster.
by jmlee369
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Identifying two statues
Replies: 7
Views: 513

Re: Identifying two statues

My guess is both are Kannon. The first looks like the style in which the gender is ambiguous. This evolved into a female appearance in China and Japan. The phallus looking object may be the tall vessel the feminine Kannon is often holding. The second looks like an eight armed manifestation - Fukuke...
by jmlee369
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Identifying buddhas on a 35 Confession Buddhas poster
Replies: 7
Views: 543

Re: Identifying buddhas on a 35 Confession Buddhas poster

This particular form of the 35 Buddhas is not Lama Tsongkhapa's system, but the system of Sakya Pandita that was also taught by Pabongkha Rinpoche and popularised within the FPMT because the visualisation is much simpler. The four deities surrounding Shakyamuni Buddha are four very powerful purficat...
by jmlee369
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mundane Wants?
Replies: 33
Views: 1509

Re: Mundane Wants?

So you mean to tell me that chanting mantras like "Om Hanu Phasha Bhara He ye Svaha" and so on to connect others to the dharma is not allowed? Like I said here in a reply to another thread of yours, there are liberation upon hearing/seeing methods that work without the other person knowing, merely ...
by jmlee369
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mundane Wants?
Replies: 33
Views: 1509

Re: Mundane Wants?

Yeah, I've sometimes had my high freaking out when I realized I forgot to do my sadhana on some days and was doing some sort of Vajrasattva sadhana or lungta or something(I've managed to practice Vajrasattva in the morning from Mondays to Fridays in school and on the bus at last when my parents can...
by jmlee369
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Decline and Fall of Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 864

Re: The Decline and Fall of Chinese Buddhism

I think it's a bit unfair to say that "in recent years, mainland China has not produced Buddhist spiritual leaders of global stature known for their wisdom, benevolence and compassion." Global stature is a weird standard for measuring Buddhist masters anyway. Of the older generation, we have the lik...
by jmlee369
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Monastic support in Tibet and diaspora
Replies: 4
Views: 555

Re: Monastic support in Tibet and diaspora

I can only refer you to some sources. Memoirs of a Tibetan Lama by Lobsang Gyatso is a very frank reflection of life at both a local and major monastery within the Gelug system in pre-1959 Tibet. Ekai Kawaguchi's Three Years in Tibet provides some dated insights into life as a (sometimes) wandering ...

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