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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: 1033

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
Thu May 23, 2013 2:18 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: China destroys the ancient Buddhist symbols of Lhasa City in
Replies: 131
Views: 11247

Re: China destroys the ancient Buddhist symbols of Lhasa Cit

Ven. Indrajala: What would have to occur for Tibet to become autonomous,or for HHDL to return? My sense from your comments (they ring true) is that a free Tibet is now only an aspiration, and not a likely one. Reminds me a bit of Ireland and Northern Ireland. So many in Ireland made money off of the...
by BuddhaSoup
Sun May 05, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Learning about Tendai
Replies: 69
Views: 9222

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: 4803

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 2:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Nestle CEO: “Water is not a human right”
Replies: 13
Views: 1956

Re: Nestle CEO: “Water is not a human right”

Mr. Brabeck turns a nice phrase, but let's look at what his company is actually doing: http://justice4michigan.org/files/hfp_nestle_case.pdf Nestle in this case was exploiting its access to aquifer water in the US state of Michigan. By obtaining aquifer rights on certain land, it then proceeded to s...
by BuddhaSoup
Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:43 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Are Tendai practices of "Marathon Monks" Asceticism?
Replies: 55
Views: 7462

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: 1222

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
Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:46 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Nestle CEO: “Water is not a human right”
Replies: 13
Views: 1956

Re: Nestle CEO: “Water is not a human right”

Companies like Monsanto and Nestle wish to privatize, patent and copyright, and eventually control most of what we have considered to be free, or commonly available, or even natural, such as seeds for next years' crops. Certain resources need to be regulated, such as air, and water. It is the domain...
by BuddhaSoup
Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Ordination
Replies: 68
Views: 14457

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: 945

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: 10622

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: 945

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: 9377

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: 9377

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: 4291

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: 2970

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: 891

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: 2054

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: 882

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 3:17 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist text's true author identified as Thai woman
Replies: 2
Views: 697

Re: Buddhist text's true author identified as Thai woman

Interesting that (per the article) with respect to the Thai monastic exams,women occupied 97 percent of the highest scores. Is there really any room in Thailand for the argument that women not be fully invested as monastics? Can anyone really say that women do not have the ability or status to occup...