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by BuddhaSoup
Mon May 27, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Japanese Buddhism in Reality
Replies: 5
Views: 1416

Re: Japanese Buddhism in Reality

Thanks, plwk, for posting these videos. It is very interesting to see the perspectives of these students. I'd be interested to learn the curriculum at Taisho University for the would-be priests. While it may be true that Japanese Buddhism is associated, in part, with funerary practice, each of these...
by BuddhaSoup
Sun May 05, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Learning about Tendai
Replies: 69
Views: 13292

Re: Learning about Tendai

I was able to snag from the Google Books site some parts of J Stone's book. http://books.google.com/books?id=jbO_KctXdecC&pg=PA190&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q&f=false for anyone interested. ...I should mention that I've just started to read the article, and already seem to disagree with the f...
by BuddhaSoup
Sun May 05, 2013 3:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Buddha leaving his family
Replies: 37
Views: 6618

Re: The Buddha leaving his family

...and according to the tradition, Yasodhara became a Bhikkhuni (nun) in the Sangha among the first women that Buddha ordained, and Rahula became a monk in the Sangha; he was the first Samanera as a boy. Both Ven. Yasodhara and Ven. Rahula are recognized in the Pali Canon as arahants. So, the Buddha...
by BuddhaSoup
Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:43 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Are Tendai practices of "Marathon Monks" Asceticism?
Replies: 55
Views: 11261

Re: Are Tendai practices of "Marathon Monks" Asceticism?

Others have used the word "inspiration" to describe the Kaihogyo monks. When viewing the video of the Kaihogyo, and the Shugendo trailer, how can one not be inspired to practice? I measure the dedication, nobility, humility and Bodhisattva quality of the Kaihogyo monks against what we have seen on t...
by BuddhaSoup
Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Ennin, Susiddhi, and the Tendai/Taimitsu tradition
Replies: 9
Views: 1877

Re: Ennin, Susiddhi, and the Tendai/Taimitsu tradition

Ven. Indrajala: Thank you for this: Incidentally, I also wrote a brief article on Ennin which might be of interest (mostly about his journal which I enjoy reading and studying): https://sites.google.com/site/dharmadep ... nd-journey I very much enjoyed reading this morning your article on Ven. Ennin...
by BuddhaSoup
Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Ordination
Replies: 68
Views: 19026

Re: Ordination

Ven. Indrajala (formerly Jeffrey): I saw your announcement earlier today on Facebook, and was very happy for you. Your robes may not make you wiser, but your already demonstrated wisdom and unique insight will be a great addition to the ordained community! As I said earlier, Anumodana!, and may you ...
by BuddhaSoup
Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:30 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: A Place at the Table
Replies: 3
Views: 1313

Re: A Place at the Table

It's great to see anyone use their high profile for community awareness. You might like this one too... John Bon Jovi's Soul Kitchen. "JBJ Soul Kitchen is a community restaurant with no prices on the menu; customers donate to pay for their meal. If you are unable to donate you may do volunteer work...
by BuddhaSoup
Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monarchy vs Democracy
Replies: 155
Views: 17275

Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Jikan, your points regarding the fallacy of actual democracy in our government are very well taken. Take a look at the recent US Senate vote on requiring gun show background checks. Though roughly 80-90 percent of the populace support these checks, the Senate voted to deny a bill requiring these che...
by BuddhaSoup
Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: A Place at the Table
Replies: 3
Views: 1313

A Place at the Table

Saw today an interesting video featuring Jeff Bridges and efforts by many to alleviate hunger in the US. http://youtu.be/fzEKhYqnPHs I have not been a fan of Bernie Glassman lately (clown nose etc, and Zenny commercial stuff), but anyone who can raise awareness, and recruit an actor to get the word ...
by BuddhaSoup
Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?
Replies: 114
Views: 15844

Re: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?

even science is giving us additional valid reasons to believe that Vajrayana Buddhism is the true Buddhism. I'm just going to chalk all of this up to a debate between absolutism or fundamentalism and, I suppose, those that practice here with an open mind and heart. I have always taken from the Dhar...
by BuddhaSoup
Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?
Replies: 114
Views: 15844

Re: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?

It's my understanding from the early texts that Gautama, when asked about deities by the lay folk as he traveled from town to town, refused to respond one way or the other. The idea was that the existence/nonexistence of creator gods and deities was not integral to his Dharma. So, if the Buddha expr...
by BuddhaSoup
Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightened masters?
Replies: 43
Views: 5938

Re: Enlightened masters?

I took from randomseb's comment the idea that in the west, especially in the United States, we have seen our fill of self-described "Zen Masters" and "enlightened" adepts, who turned out to be profiteers and charlatans. Buy a copy of Shambhala Sun and you'll see ads selling DVDs, seminars and empowe...
by BuddhaSoup
Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Maximum Ordination Age
Replies: 17
Views: 4012

Re: Maximum Ordination Age

My thought on the subject would be that yes, if any elderly man or woman came to the temple seeking food and shelter, it should be given. If this person sought to go forth, then at least some inquiry as to their intention would be important. If a man (or woman) asked to be ordained at the age of 70 ...
by BuddhaSoup
Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:48 am
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Introduction to Buddhist Practice: DC/NoVA
Replies: 2
Views: 1097

Re: Introduction to Buddhist Practice: DC/NoVA

This is a great program, Jikan, and a terrific way to introduce folks to practice fundamentals. I hope that people who participate get a glimpse of Tendai practice and its wonderful possibilities. I wish you success with this; it's just so important (IMO) for practitioners to have a strong, learned,...
by BuddhaSoup
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I'm new to buddhism, and I'm facing a tough situation. help?
Replies: 19
Views: 2788

Re: I'm new to buddhism, and I'm facing a tough situation. h

The emotions are really disturbing and painful. And it's in anticipation of these emotions...because it's not like these events have even transpired yet. I wish I could feel complete and fulfilled. I'm starting to think this is what it would boil down to. I feel like I need her to fill up some void...
by BuddhaSoup
Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: In my head
Replies: 4
Views: 1252

Re: In my head

The meditation that you developed is a very nice visualization; these visualizations can be very useful in meditation practice. One suggestion might be, however, to do as the other posters suggested, and develop a meditation practice with the help of of a teacher and sangha. Books and sutras can be ...
by BuddhaSoup
Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai buddhism and syncretism
Replies: 9
Views: 2780

Re: Tendai buddhism and syncretism

Actually, Jikan, Rev. Monshin and Rev. Shumon cheered my heart and illuminated it a bit! Were it not for Dharma Wheel and your inputs from a few years ago, I wouldn't have seen Tendai on my radar. I had become quite discouraged with my search for a Sangha. I felt in 2011 as though I would rather jus...
by BuddhaSoup
Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai buddhism and syncretism
Replies: 9
Views: 2780

Re: Tendai buddhism and syncretism

The lat Prof. David Chappell makes the case that Tendai has this characteristic (among many) of being a traditional and very popular practice, yet uniquely situated to be of great application in the modern dynamic world. No school in Chinese Buddhism was as successful as T'ien-t'ai in providing an o...
by BuddhaSoup
Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: A severe period of depression
Replies: 16
Views: 2381

Re: A severe period of depression

Deep Fried Funk: The bigger the heart you have, the stronger a receptor you are to the world's negativity. Having a big heart, and intellect (as you clearly have) and good intentions is the path in front of you to be the healer that you wish to be. Depression can be like a thief that climbs in your ...
by BuddhaSoup
Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai & TienTai Resources
Replies: 30
Views: 17501

Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Here's one I purchased and have been carrying around with me this year. http://www.amazon.com/Essentials-Buddhist-Meditation-Kalavinka-Classics/dp/1935413007 It's outstanding, and while this book serves in part as an illustration of the beauty and gravitas of Tien Tai and Tendai tradition, it's also...

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