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by Illuminaughty
Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Ippen- Don't worry about your heart/mind.
Replies: 7
Views: 1281

Re: Ippen- Don't worry about your heart/mind.

That's some good news too. I purchased the complete works of Shinran not long ago and I'm about half way through right now. I picked it up cheap for only 30 dollars! Nice two volume hard backed box set. I've also found inspiration in the writings of Rennyo. Sometimes when I read him it kind of worri...
by Illuminaughty
Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:30 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Ippen- Don't worry about your heart/mind.
Replies: 7
Views: 1281

Ippen- Don't worry about your heart/mind.

I've been giving the pure land way a go and like most people I often run into doubts and worry. This immediately leads me to question of if I'm really Pure Land bound or not when I die and make the big transition. Lately I've been taking comfort in some of the words of Ippen the 13th century Japanes...
by Illuminaughty
Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:17 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Chinese vs Japanese pure land
Replies: 6
Views: 1422

Re: Chinese vs Japanese pure land

You might be interested in the book " No Abode, The Record of Ippen" then. Ippen was a Japanese pure land practitioner who was influenced by Honen and and Shoku but who also received inka as a Zen Master . I've found his writings very inspirational. Right up there with Shinran and Honen and I'm not ...
by Illuminaughty
Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:50 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Rissho Kosei-kai
Replies: 18
Views: 4022

Re: Rissho Kosei-kai

Do RKK members chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo?
by Illuminaughty
Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land
Replies: 24
Views: 4188

Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

I usually recite nembutsu whenever I have a lucid dream. For some reason the last time I did it a wave of fear passed over me though. I wonder if thats a bad sign? I flew through the wall of my house. It turned dark like it was going to storm and then I felt anxiety.
by Illuminaughty
Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Chanting the name of a god?
Replies: 52
Views: 7589

Re: Chanting the name of a god?

Birth in Sukhavati does not mean instant Buddhahood,
For those of true entrusting it does. At least that's what Shinran taught. Those who practice in self power might be born in the outland but those of Shinjin instantly attain nirvana at the moment of death.
by Illuminaughty
Sat Dec 08, 2012 1:17 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Nichiren Shu vs Jodo Shinshu
Replies: 14
Views: 2612

Re: Nichiren Shu vs Jodo Shinshu

There may be nembutsu adherent's who teach that this life is hopeless but that's certainly not the teaching of Honen or Shinran. True entrusting takes place in this life. Entering the ranks of the truly settled takes place in this life. Amida grasps us right here and now.
by Illuminaughty
Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:06 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Infinite Past
Replies: 12
Views: 1843

Infinite Past

I've been wracking my brain over a problem lately and haven't been able to solve it in a satisfactory manner. If samsara has no beginning wouldn't that imply that an infinite amount of time has already passed? With an infinite past how could there possibly be sentient beings who have not yet realize...
by Illuminaughty
Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:40 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist ‘Iron Man’ found by Nazis, from space
Replies: 22
Views: 3017

Re: Buddhist ‘Iron Man’ found by Nazis, from space

Conan is from Cimmeria. Hyperborea is a land to the north east of Cimmeria.
by Illuminaughty
Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:11 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist ‘Iron Man’ found by Nazis, from space
Replies: 22
Views: 3017

Re: Buddhist ‘Iron Man’ found by Nazis, from space

Aghartha or Asgartha is one of the names for the supposed hidden underground south pole city . Check out the book -"Hollow Earth: The Long and Curious History of Imagining Strange Lands, Fantastical Creatures, Advanced Civilizations, and Marvelous Machines Below the Earth's Surface" by David Standis...
by Illuminaughty
Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Chanting the name of a god?
Replies: 52
Views: 7589

Re: Chanting the name of a god?

I think we understand the buddhas teachings in a very different way. I don't know how to reply to this. This seems very faith orientated and religious. I thought so too at first. After having studied the teachings of Honen and Shinran and then read through many of the Sutras I came to the conclusio...
by Illuminaughty
Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:19 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Chanting the name of a god?
Replies: 52
Views: 7589

Re: Chanting the name of a god?

Sure, but how is chanting Amitabha Buddha more meritous than chanting coca-cola? Because of Amida's vow/s (see this Sutra * ). His vow was to save all classes of people including the most evil and those incapable of attaining high meditative states, or even fulfilling the moral requirements, if the...
by Illuminaughty
Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Chanting the name of a god?
Replies: 52
Views: 7589

Re: Chanting the name of a god?

unlike the realisation of Nirvana is ultimately dualistic (me happy in the company of God), but if it is eternal? I think the idea of there being eternal life as a finite being in relation to a god in one of the heavens wouldn't even be a possibility if Buddhist teachings were accurate. Even rebirt...
by Illuminaughty
Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Chanting the name of a god?
Replies: 52
Views: 7589

Re: Chanting the name of a god?

In the writings of Shinran he seems to suggest that the Pure Land for those born there via shinjin and the vow of Amida is synonymous with nirvana and full enlightenment. It's not just a heaven. So going to a heaven wouldn't be equivalent at all: "Truly we know that because the Mahasattva Maitreya h...
by Illuminaughty
Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:06 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Mind Only Pure Land- Master Chu-hung
Replies: 2
Views: 929

Re: Mind Only Pure Land- Master Chu-hung

They cling to theory (essence) while neglecting practice, prefer essence to marks, and rely on Ultimate Truth to reject the manifestations of mundane truth -- failing to realize that the two are inseparable :good: I see I have a lot of reading to do on the website you linked too. They have some fre...
by Illuminaughty
Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:06 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doing zazen but drawn to Pure Land,
Replies: 29
Views: 4032

Re: Doing zazen but drawn to Pure Land,

What a superb website Illuminaughty, thanks for posting the link. Thanks, I was busy reading it a few days ago. Good site. Just to add, I didn't know that Jodoshin folk 'weren't allowed' to recite the Heart Sutra. I'm not sure if that prohibition is that prevalent now a days. From what I've read it...
by Illuminaughty
Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Mind Only Pure Land- Master Chu-hung
Replies: 2
Views: 929

Mind Only Pure Land- Master Chu-hung

In some of the books I've been reading I came across the fact that certain people were attacking Shin Buddhism based on the theory of the pure land being mind-only. Shinran rejected what they were saying but I always thought the basic idea of the Pure Land being mind-only itself wasn’t in error and ...
by Illuminaughty
Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yogacara and dzogchen
Replies: 394
Views: 28661

Re: Yogacara and dzogchen

Here is one of the articles on Tiantai I was talking about in my last post. The author contends that Tiantai teaching isn't subjective idealism (or any kind of idealism for that matter). I always assumed that was what early Yogacara was but there seems debate on that front with other people seeing i...
by Illuminaughty
Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doing zazen but drawn to Pure Land,
Replies: 29
Views: 4032

Re: Doing zazen but drawn to Pure Land,

There appear to be even Shin Buddhists who practice zazen and integrate Zen thought with their faith. I've heard that insofar as they don't consider sitting as a striving on their part to obtain enlightenment It's really not contradictory to orthodox shin. Here is an example http://buddhistfaith.tri...
by Illuminaughty
Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:27 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Yogacara and dzogchen
Replies: 394
Views: 28661

Re: Yogacara and dzogchen

I realize that some of the more developed schools of Chinese Buddhism like TianTai, Hua Yen, and later Chan make use of Yogachara vocabulary and concepts but I really don't view any of them as strict or classical Yogachara. Chan specifically is a transmission outside of Scripture that transcends all...