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by Seishin
Tue May 05, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai Morning Gongyo
Replies: 0
Views: 94

Tendai Morning Gongyo

Here is a video of yours truly performing morning Gongyo. 10 points for each of my mistakes spotted :toilet:
by Seishin
Fri May 01, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen is zazen Is this true?
Replies: 13
Views: 631

Re: Zen is zazen Is this true?

Zazen literally means "seated dhyana" :thinking:
by Seishin
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai initiation
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: Tendai initiation

Generally speaking lay people only take 5, although it's not impossible to take 10 as a lay person. But its usually only for your initial ordination as a priest.

And no, we don't pick and choose which vows to follow.
by Seishin
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai initiation
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: Tendai initiation

Yes, refuge, the 5 lay vows and the Bodhisattva Vows.
by Seishin
Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai initiation
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: Tendai initiation

The ritual and etiquette for taking lay vows is down to the particular teacher/priest. The vows are, of course, standard. With taking ordination, there is a set process and ritual etiquette, but again each temple may have their own specific ritual. Typically a newly ordained student would take the 1...
by Seishin
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai initiation
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: Tendai initiation

What sort of initiation are you thinking of? Are you taking about vows and becoming a disciple, or are you talking about empowerments?
by Seishin
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Yakushinyorai Shingon (Bhaisajyaguru Tathagata Mantra)
Replies: 7
Views: 991

Re: Yakushinyorai Shingon (Bhaisajyaguru Tathagata Mantra)

Seishin - I think that's right. Just found the Tendai Bhaisajyaguru mantra, but no videos. Is the Tendai mantra secret? The Tendai mantra is the same, but most videos tend to be from shingon, lol! You can usually tell from the pronunciation but this is one of those mantras that are pronounced the s...
by Seishin
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Yakushinyorai Shingon (Bhaisajyaguru Tathagata Mantra)
Replies: 7
Views: 991

Re: Yakushinyorai Shingon (Bhaisajyaguru Tathagata Mantra)

Most likely Shingon, however the mantra is
On koro koro sendari matôgi sowaka (Jpn.)
Om huru huru candâli mâtàngi svâhâ (Skt.)
by Seishin
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Bhaisajyaguru and Liberation.
Replies: 24
Views: 2311

Re: Bhaisajyaguru and Liberation.

From what I know of the ritual and Saicho's teaching it can be boiled down as this; if you're practicing Buddhism correctly you are protecting the nation. "Do good, avoid evil and purify the mind". As Japan is a nationalistic country I am sure there many within Japan who believe these things don't e...
by Seishin
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Goma ritual
Replies: 20
Views: 1519

Re: Goma ritual

I would be very interested to hear the explanation of your teacher. My sensei didn't really say either view was right/wrong, only to say that in the Lotus Sutra (according to Tendai) Prabhutaratna Tathagata is viewed as an emanation of Mahavairocana. Shayakyamuni and Mahavairocana share the same "s...
by Seishin
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Goma ritual
Replies: 20
Views: 1519

Re: Goma ritual

In the Tendai view, one can't say that one is primary compared to the other, I believe. This would be a vertical view, which, as Zhiyi explains in other contexts, is untenable. Notably, these appearances of Buddha do not stand in a horizontal relationship - ie. they are not all independent and equa...
by Seishin
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Goma ritual
Replies: 20
Views: 1519

Re: Goma ritual

As I understand, the main difference is the manner in which Shingon posits that all phenomena emanate from Mahavairocana while in Tendai, Mahavairocana and all Buddhas are co-equal emanations of Shakyamuni (and, if you shift perspective, the same can be mutually said of all Buddhas.). It might seem...
by Seishin
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Goma ritual
Replies: 20
Views: 1519

Re: Goma ritual

:thumbsup:
by Seishin
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Goma ritual
Replies: 20
Views: 1519

Re: Goma ritual

Just to clarify what I said about the lineages being slightly different; Ennin studied kongokai under Yuanzheng of Daxingshanshi monastery, Taizokai and Susiddhikara sutra under Yizhen of Qinglongsi monastery, further more Taizokai under Faquan of Xuanfasi, siddham under Yuanjian of Da’anguosi, and ...
by Seishin
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Goma ritual
Replies: 20
Views: 1519

Re: Goma ritual

Thank for all your answers. What are those "sticks" they burn in the Goma ritual? As far as I know it is practiced in Shugendō too, so what is the real meaning behind it? Is it just a tantric practice that we can't fully understand, unless we are an ordained priest? The Goma is a Tantric fire ritua...
by Seishin
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hōi 法位 - Dharma state
Replies: 4
Views: 932

Re: Hōi 法位 - Dharma state

Thank you all. I admit that I saw the article in passing whilst researching something completely unrelated. It didn't sink in until much later, by which time I'd lost the article. I'll see if I can find it again
by Seishin
Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hōi 法位 - Dharma state
Replies: 4
Views: 932

Hōi 法位 - Dharma state

I read a brief article that suggests the term Hōi 法位 (Dharma state) was first coined in the Lotus Sutra. Be that as it may, it seems to have played a role in Tendai, Nichiren, Zen, and Shingon... possibly others too. I was just wondering, for those who are familiar with this term, how do your, or yo...
by Seishin
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 2
Views: 678

Re: Hello

Welcome Bec,

Seishin - also from England :smile:
by Seishin
Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Avici hell eternal?
Replies: 31
Views: 3034

Re: Is Avici hell eternal?

I have issue with the word "eternal" here. The western meaning of eternal tends to mean "without end". However, in the Lotus Sutra, even those reborn in the Avici Hell for innumerable kalpas do eventually leave; "They will go to the Avīci Hell, And after spending a kalpa there, Will be born in the s...

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