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by Admin_PC
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Counting mantras
Replies: 19
Views: 464

Re: Counting mantras

Maybe the malas are different? My Jodo Shu mala has 1 ring of 40 beads, 1 ring of 27 beads, 1 tassel of 10 small beads, 1 tassel of 6 large beads. 27 rounds of 40 (ie 1080 Nembutsu) = 1 small tassel bead. (Usually we count this as 1000 Nembutsu) 10 small tassel beads (ie 10800 Nembutsu) = 1 large ta...
by Admin_PC
Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Server migration Sept 22
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Re: Server migration Sept 22

Thanks for the heads up!
by Admin_PC
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Teachings of Honen Volume 2
Replies: 55
Views: 1225

Re: Teachings of Honen Volume 2 - Day 26

Day 26 - Protection from Various Buddhas and Deities All Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the ten quarters, Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Jp. Kannon-bosatsu), Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta (Jp. Seishi-bosatsu), and countless other Bodhisattvas as well as Buddha Amitabha, surround one who is faithful to the...
by Admin_PC
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Teachings of Honen Volume 2
Replies: 55
Views: 1225

Re: Teachings of Honen Volume 2 - Day 25

Day 25 - The Dominant Karmic Factor for Protection Question: When does one receive the protection of the light of Buddha Amitabha? Does one benefit in his daily life or at his time of death? Answer: The merit of protection by Buddha Amitabha is received in daily life. This is because one who is gen...
by Admin_PC
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Teachings of Honen Volume 2
Replies: 55
Views: 1225

Re: Teachings of Honen Volume 2 - Day 24

Day 24 Notes I think it might be important to look into why Japanese Pure Land masters spend so much time talking about the 5 grave offenses. Rather than just ruminating over taking the purifying power of the Nembutsu to its logical conclusion, they were actually addressing real world concerns of t...
by Admin_PC
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Teachings of Honen Volume 2
Replies: 55
Views: 1225

Re: Teachings of Honen Volume 2 - Day 24

Day 24 - The Dominant Karmic Factor in Eliminating Evils It is taught that one who commits the Five Grave Offenses, including killing one's father, killing one's mother, defiling the blood of the Buddha with evil thoughts, and destroying the harmony of the Sangha, should be destined to the hell of ...
by Admin_PC
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Questions on Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path by Takamaro Shigariki
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: Questions on Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path by Takamaro Shigariki

There's an audio link from the Institute of Buddhist Studies for a series of lectures featuring 3 speakers, one of which is Takamaro Shigaraki (I posted it on another thread). In it, Shigaraki admits that he and his teachers were often accused of heresy by the doctrinal authorities of the Nishi Hong...
by Admin_PC
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Teachings of Honen Volume 2
Replies: 55
Views: 1225

Re: Teachings of Honen Volume 2 - Day 23

Day 23 - Receiving Compassion In general, those who sincerely wish for birth in the Pure Land, who, with implicit faith in the Essential Vow of Buddha Amitabha, continue to vocalize Nembutsu, will meet their end in the best of circumstances. That is, the purpose of welcoming Buddha Amitabha is to e...
by Admin_PC
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Teachings of Honen Volume 2
Replies: 55
Views: 1225

Re: Teachings of Honen Volume 2 - Day 22

Day 22 - Rejecting the Undesirable Teacher It is indeed lamentable and regrettable that there exist those who say that birth in the Pure Land is unattainable. Please, do not ever be in awe of such words even if the speakers are wise and honorable. There are people who are learned and respected in t...
by Admin_PC
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana teaching on Brahma
Replies: 18
Views: 516

Re: Mahayana teaching on Brahma

... Does anyone consider a certain form of 'Brahma worship' also found in any Mahayana traditions? ... I only heard of the opposite: in the Lamrim teachings Che Tsongkhapa [*] advises the students not to "rely" on secular "gods". I can search for the exact quote, if you're inter...
by Admin_PC
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Ippen in Ji-Shu
Replies: 19
Views: 791

Re: Ippen in Ji-Shu

Nice quotes. I need to get this book! :twothumbsup:
by Admin_PC
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Teachings of Honen Volume 2
Replies: 55
Views: 1225

Re: Teachings of Honen Volume 2

Honestly, I would have to see the original Japanese. I have it somewhere in like a flat text file, but finding the right passage can still be extremely difficult and time consuming. I'm not sure the Japanese has the same nihilistic overtones. The word I'm thinking of that he might've used (ろくでなし) ha...
by Admin_PC
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Image of Buddha?
Replies: 30
Views: 624

Re: Image of Buddha?

- Do you think that the Greece Buddhists or others took this sculpture as an example for their Buddha statues? No clue. There were 2 schools of Buddhist sculpture that appeared around the same time: the Gandhara school and the Mathura school. The Gandhara school showed more Greek influence. The Mat...
by Admin_PC
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Teachings of Honen Volume 2
Replies: 55
Views: 1225

Re: Teachings of Honen Volume 2 - Day 21

Day 21 - Following the Teaching of Buddha Amitabha Knowing that birth in the Pure Land is possible through reciting Nembutsu, yet indulging in evil karma, neglecting compassionate deeds, and not devoting oneself to Nembutsu is not in accord with the teachings of Buddha Amitabha. It is as if the com...
by Admin_PC
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?
Replies: 6
Views: 256

Re: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?

Thanks! I didn't expect Shan Tao would have written about visualisation practices, he seems to be portrayed as promoting pure other power a lot. Hui Yuan's commentary also sounds good. IRC his pureland seemed to involve much more meditating and trying to attain Pratyupanna Samadhi so I hope its got...
by Admin_PC
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?
Replies: 6
Views: 256

Re: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?

Sorry for taking so long to get back to you on this. We started a Visualization Study group a while back, but it kind of fell off back in February. There are some cool resources on the thread: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=24559 There is also the Kannenbomon (THE MERIT OF THE SAMA...
by Admin_PC
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:31 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Teachings of Honen Volume 2
Replies: 55
Views: 1225

Re: Teachings of Honen Volume 2 - Day 20

Day 20 - Continual Reflection by the Nembutsu Devotee Ponder at times the transience of the world in which you live in and know how limited your time in the mortal world is. Also reflect on the Essential Vow of Buddha Amitabha and implore Him to welcome you into the Pure Land. On occasion, apprecia...
by Admin_PC
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Image of Buddha?
Replies: 30
Views: 624

Re: Image of Buddha?

Might be interesting to note that in the record of Faxian's travels in India (399-414 CE) he mentioned that there had been a statue of the Buddha from the Buddha's time, made of sandalwood. When the Buddha ascended to the Tråyastrimsa Heaven to preach the Dharma to his mother for ninety days, King P...
by Admin_PC
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Teachings of Honen Volume 2
Replies: 55
Views: 1225

Re: Teachings of Honen Volume 2 - Day 19

Day 19 Notes I'm not so sure I agree with how this was translated when it comes to "to eliminate their unwholesome karma there". The nuance here is that the Buddha is doing the work, when in reality the subject wouldn't have been explicitly expressed and by being implied - it would've bee...
by Admin_PC
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Teachings of Honen Volume 2
Replies: 55
Views: 1225

Re: Teachings of Honen Volume 2 - Day 19

Day 19 - Filial Piety One with filial piety who desires to respect and be dutiful to his parents should rely on the compassion of Buddha Amitabha first. He then should think: To have been given life as a human being and to be able to recite Nembutsu in aspiration for birth in the Pure Land is due e...

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