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by Admin_PC
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Alone
Replies: 11
Views: 197

Re: Alone

I'm in a similar situation. Even the temples that may teach Buddha Name Recitation around me, only teach it as a meditation practice - no explanation of Pure Land doctrine. I study on my own, watch a lot of videos of Dharma services on youtube, listen to a number of podcasts. I took a 2 year corresp...
by Admin_PC
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Roberts
Replies: 14
Views: 264

Re: Paul Roberts

My experience with Paul Roberts has been very positive. That's great to hear that he was so kind! The people that I have met in the short period of time I spent in their online sangha were all very pleasant and very kind. I should really spend more time reading through the mailing list digest email...
by Admin_PC
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching
Replies: 10
Views: 185

Re: Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching

Hey Admin, Just wondering, do you have sources for the bullet points? Sorry, I know thats probably an arduous task lol but I am extremely curious as I have never heard of these concepts being present in any of the Pali. If not no worries, excellent posting as always I hope one day I can be as well ...
by Admin_PC
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching
Replies: 10
Views: 185

Re: Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching

Most of the basic pieces of Pure Land are there in the Agamas/Nikayas, except for Amida: - Thinking of the Buddha (Nembutsu) as the main Dharma practice for householders - Faith & last thoughts at death each leading to good destinations - Pure Abodes where practitioners can continue along the path a...
by Admin_PC
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Are all saved regardless?
Replies: 12
Views: 269

Re: Are all saved regardless?

- The idea that Alfred Bloom had an Awakening is somewhat antithetical to Jodo Shinshu No it's not the point of Shin Buddhism is to awaken to both inherent Karmic Evil and the Reality of Amida/Original Vow Realizing the Profound Mind (of the 3 minds) is not really an Awakening. Awakening has a very...
by Admin_PC
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: I don't receive any email notifications?
Replies: 4
Views: 1360

Re: I don't receive any email notifications?

Email's down again by the way. May be due to the blank "helo" in the header.
by Admin_PC
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Are all saved regardless?
Replies: 12
Views: 269

Re: Are all saved regardless?

Cliff's notes on the thread: - The idea that Alfred Bloom had an Awakening is somewhat antithetical to Jodo Shinshu - "Buddhahood in this very body" is refuted (as a Pure Land teaching) in the Tannisho and differentiated from Pure Land teachings in "Gutoku's notes". Ref 1 , Ref 2 . - The idea that S...
by Admin_PC
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Are all saved regardless?
Replies: 12
Views: 269

Re: Are all saved regardless?

Sometimes what Alfred Bloom says doesn't square well with the Sutras or the words of Shinran or Honen. This appears like it might be one of those instances. The Larger Sutra states: 18. After I become a Buddha, in worlds in the ten directions, there will be sentient beings that, with earnest faith a...
by Admin_PC
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Scotland
Replies: 12
Views: 258

Re: Hello from Scotland

Welcome to DharmaWheel!
:anjali:
by Admin_PC
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 30
Views: 632

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

I've done a lot of work in AI, granted it's about 12 years since I did the majority of that work, but I'm not sure that the "theory of mind" behind current work in AI is (or will ever be) fleshed out enough for us to talk about a machine with true consciousness. 2 of the main techniques in AI are ex...
by Admin_PC
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Roberts
Replies: 14
Views: 264

Re: Paul Roberts

Those guys (Paul Roberts et al) post a lot of good resources. I understand why they do what they do, and doctrinally I'm not sure I really have any issues with them, but some of the rhetoric is not really my cup of tea. This is actually the first I'm hearing of Josho Adrian Cirlea and the comments o...
by Admin_PC
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Shin Buddhism's role in Japanese Militarism
Replies: 3
Views: 107

Re: Shin Buddhism's role in Japanese Militarism

With Shin Buddhism, it goes back to Rennyo. He established it as the official position of Hongwanji to embrace the rules of the state. This was around the time of the Ikko-Ikki and I think it may have been damage control. ATTITUDE TOWARDS THOSE IN AUTHORITY Some individuals criticize Master Rennyo b...
by Admin_PC
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land = Nirvana?
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: Pure Land = Nirvana?

Yeah, doctrinally it doesn't fit that one would be a Samyaksam Buddha without manifesting the however many milestones in the life of a supreme Nirmanakaya Buddha. The idea of calling someone who has passed "Hotoke" (Japanese for "Buddha") is more of a Japanese thing and not really supported by the s...
by Admin_PC
Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land = Nirvana?
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: Pure Land = Nirvana?

Pretty much. It's fairly in line with the sutras, especially the Visualization Sutra (where one becomes an Arhat immediately upon being born from the lotus in the highest birth in the middle grade). The only caveat is that in the sutras, one is an 8th (or higher) bhumi Bodhisattva, just waiting for ...
by Admin_PC
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Counting mantras
Replies: 21
Views: 670

Re: Counting mantras

The paperclip idea is a good one! Thanks for sharing! My mala only has the "parent" bead(s) (aka the "guru" beads) and no special beads at the 10/31 positions or the 7/21 positions. I think I'm okay with the digital counter even if it's a bit less traditional. Bit more convenient for me to wear as I...
by Admin_PC
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:55 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Position for nembutsu
Replies: 11
Views: 263

Re: Position for nembutsu

two more questions: for use with a rosary, is it ok simply to recite "Amida/Amituofo" while you're not doing your daily practice before the altar/is this common? Read it somewhere but wasn't sure if this was a legitimate practice Yes, this is fine. I imagine that this is the only realistic way one ...
by Admin_PC
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land = Nirvana?
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: Pure Land = Nirvana?

In a nutshell, Shinran is quoting Shantao in the Kyogyoshinsho when he writes (in the Chapter on True Buddha and Land and again in the Chapter on Transformed Buddha-Bodies and Lands): "The land of bliss is the realm of nirvana, the uncreated" Traditionally (especially in Tendai/Tientai), there were ...
by Admin_PC
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Teachings of Honen Volume 2
Replies: 58
Views: 1370

Re: Teachings of Honen Volume 2 - Day 27

Day 27 Notes I may read this a little different than how it is written, but to me it is profound. Some points: 1- The first paragraph directly refutes the criticism of magical thinking leveled at Pure Land practitioners. 2- The second paragraph talks about not meeting an untimely accidental death. ...
by Admin_PC
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Teachings of Honen Volume 2
Replies: 58
Views: 1370

Re: Teachings of Honen Volume 2 - Day 27

Day 27 - A Burden is Lessened The lessening of residual karma has its limits. An illness which one contracts in daily life cannot be overcome by prayers to various Buddhas and deities. If prayer healed and prolonged life there would be no illness or death. However, the burden of one's karma is less...