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by Indrajala
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Preparing for Ordination
Replies: 17
Views: 194

Re: Preparing for Ordination

If you're not independently wealthy or have a reliable source of income that you can earn remotely (translation for example), then the biggest obstacle will be financial. Some monks have sponsors, but unless they're very reliable people long-term, you might have to go around requesting assistance fr...
by Indrajala
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: More Pdfs from BDK
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: More Pdfs from BDK

You beat me to it. :thumbsup:
by Indrajala
Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Shinto - Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 2567

Re: Shinto - Buddhism

I understand, but this is a very touchy issue that is also being discussed among some western Shinto practitioners. This line of thought by Rev. Indrajala can actually bar many people from exploring this kind of spirituality. When actually, we have examples of native faiths being exported and assim...
by Indrajala
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hua-Yen in English
Replies: 37
Views: 5903

Re: Hua-Yen in English

kirtu wrote:
Huseng wrote:
kirtu wrote: So it's a kind of mnemonic device ?

Kirt
Perhaps meditative is the right way to put it.

One goes through the whole interweaving chain of syllables and produces insight.
And this is mostly then analytic meditation?

Kirt
Good question. I'd have to ask a Kegon specialist on the specifics.
by Indrajala
Thu May 11, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Choosing A Buddhist Language
Replies: 20
Views: 940

Re: Choosing A Buddhist Language

Admin_PC, I don't think learning Japanese is as difficult as you make it sound. If someone just wants to read Japanese, then gaining literacy does not require learning keigo or even conversational Japanese (it is highly recommend that you gain some spoken Japanese, but it isn't necessary). A lot of ...
by Indrajala
Thu May 11, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Choosing A Buddhist Language
Replies: 20
Views: 940

Re: Choosing A Buddhist Language

The benefit of Japanese would seem to be that any works relevant to my tradition likely have been translated into that language. The downside is that the language seems inscrutably foreign and I would have no native speakers available to assist me in my endeavor. You can always sign up for online l...
by Indrajala
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?
Replies: 81
Views: 6469

Re: If Vajrayana is superior to Hinayana, how come no stories of Dipa Ma-like siddhis?

History is a kind of consciousness. Not an objective recitation of facts. It can never be entirely objective, but you can approach the study of the past scientifically, gathering and evaluating evidence to support a thesis. Philology is useful in this regard as one can compare and contrast textual ...
by Indrajala
Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some questions on Pure Land Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 1056

Re: Some questions on Pure Land Buddhism

A followup question: Are there monks in Japan who still follow the full monastic vinaya? There are missionary Theravada monks teaching in Japan, so technically "yes". Otherwise, it would be up to the 6 Nara schools or the Obaku school and as far as I can tell none of them still practice it. Maybe I...
by Indrajala
Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to access "specifically" Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 20
Views: 1069

Re: How to access "specifically" Tibetan Buddhism

There's nothing stopping you from picking up Tibetan literature in translation and reading it until you have the opportunity to study under someone. You could also start to study Classical Tibetan, which would facilitate your study of Tibetan Buddhism.
by Indrajala
Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Food for retreat
Replies: 19
Views: 1307

Re: Food for retreat

So if you have done a solitary retreat I would be curious to hear about what your diet was like and how it treated you? I was in the Himalayas, so I craved rich foods. High fat foods are best as they nourish the body and keep your brain optimally functioning. They also keep your appetite regulated....
by Indrajala
Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Is Buddhist cosmology essentially Vedic?
Replies: 32
Views: 4215

Re: Is Buddhist cosmology essentially Vedic?

Alexander Duncan compared certain aspects of Buddhist cosmology to the Tree of Life in Kabbalah, though this may or may not be somewhat contrived. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fSXBhutn-U (Chart introduced at 5:30) It's nevertheless an interesting idea. Remember that Jewish traditions are rooted...
by Indrajala
Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Question about ágamasútra translation
Replies: 2
Views: 469

Re: Question about ágamasútra translation

My immediate reading without any further investigation:

若佛出世,若未出世,此法常住,法住法界

Whether a Buddha has appeared in the world,
Whether they have not appeared in the world,
This Dharma is constantly abiding [present],
[This] Dharma abides in [is present in] the dharma-dhātu.
by Indrajala
Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 103
Views: 4809

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

With respect to the concept of 'buddhahood in a single lifetime' and some of the history behind it, something I wrote here might be of interest... http://huayanzang.blogspot.com/2016/05/buddhahood-and-early-mandala.html Edit: If you like that, see the following as well (gives some dates to keep in m...
by Indrajala
Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: BDK Translations
Replies: 12
Views: 1102

Re: BDK Translations

Thanks, Indrajala - I've downloaded the travel book and look forward to reading it. Has anyone compared it, I wonder, to Marco Polo's travels? I don't know if anyone has compared it like that. Marco Polo went to Mongol China. :smile: There is another, much shorter, travelogue to India by the Korean...
by Indrajala
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: BDK Translations
Replies: 12
Views: 1102

BDK Translations

The selection of BDK translations has been updated recently: http://www.bdkamerica.org/bdk-tripitaka-digital-downloads More and more will be added over time. I would like to especially draw attention to Li Rongxi's full translation of Xuanzang's travelogue to India. http://www.bdkamerica.org/system/...
by Indrajala
Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Is Buddhist cosmology essentially Vedic?
Replies: 32
Views: 4215

Re: Is Buddhist cosmology essentially Vedic?

Buddha says the Gayatri mantra is the supreme mantra in Samyutta Nikaya 111, Majjhima Nikaya 92 and Vinaya i 246 of the Pali Canon. aggihuttamukhā yaññā sāvittī chandaso mukham. Sacrifices have the agnihotra as foremost; of meter the foremost is the Sāvitrī. Described on page 119 of this: http://jo...
by Indrajala
Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Washington Post: Demonic Possession
Replies: 5
Views: 603

Re: Washington Post: Demonic Possession

Or have they? It depends a lot on who you ask. And whoever you ask the answer turns out to revolve around degrees of statistical probability. So the credibility or otherwise of all the research turns out to involve wading through book-length articles on statistical significance. Although it isn't s...
by Indrajala
Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Washington Post: Demonic Possession
Replies: 5
Views: 603

Washington Post: Demonic Possession

Washington Post recently ran an interesting article by a psychiatrist who believes in the reality of demonic possession. https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/07/01/as-a-psychiatrist-i-diagnose-mental-illness-and-sometimes-demonic-possession/ Is it possible to be a sophisticated psyc...
by Indrajala
Fri Jul 01, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 14482

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

The atheism you see out of America and to a lesser extent the UK is the final outcome of Protestantism: protestants started dropping everything they found disagreeable about their religion and worldview (the papacy, artwork, bits of theology) and then once these same communities found themselves imm...
by Indrajala
Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 14482

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

Repeatability and peer review are huge parts of scientific practice and they amount to a kind of consensus. There is also a consensus as to what constitutes a valid area of research, and what doesn't, and where the prevailing assumptions are materialist, those who dare challenge it are frequently o...