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by Seishin
Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Avici hell eternal?
Replies: 21
Views: 787

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...
by Seishin
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Authoritative Tendai Pure Land texts
Replies: 9
Views: 434

Re: Authoritative Tendai Pure Land texts

And, if you're on facebook, you may get more replies from the Tendai groups there. This Tendai sub-group here seems to be dead in the water
by Seishin
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Authoritative Tendai Pure Land texts
Replies: 9
Views: 434

Re: Authoritative Tendai Pure Land texts

Whilst not strictly a Pureland text, the Maka Shikan contains instructions on walking nembutsu, still practiced on Mt Hiei. Also, I can't say how typical it is of Tendai, but I was given "The Treatise on Ten Doubts about Pure Land" by Zhiyi to study, and "Mind Seal of The Buddhas", by Ouyi. The latt...
by Seishin
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the UK
Replies: 19
Views: 456

Re: Hello from the UK

I don't know anything about the school you ordained in, however if you suspect the teacher does not have a legitimate lineage or authority to give vows, then it is reasonable to search out a different school. I would not fear any repercussions
by Seishin
Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Stupa Builders
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: The Stupa Builders

I'm loving the look of this stupa. It has a real Ghandaran feel to it. :twothumbsup:
by Seishin
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Animal Activist: Let Mosquitoes Bite You As They Are "Mothers" Trying To Feed Their Babies
Replies: 49
Views: 1714

Re: Animal Activist: Let Mosquitoes Bite You As They Are "Mothers" Trying To Feed Their Babies

Doesn't need to be polar opposites. I have severe reactions to mosquito bites, so I always wear a natural repellent or long clothes if going out. I also have fly screens at all our windows.
by Seishin
Fri May 03, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Are there such phrases in the canon?
Replies: 58
Views: 2206

Re: Are there such phrases in the canon?

The path is the truth (the fourth), and the truth cannot be practiced: it can only be comprehended/achieved. Four Noble Truths - are the Aryan truths, i.e. a given for the Aryans. Beginners (we all) cannot “practice” them, for we are not Arias. And there is no other Aryan Path for beginners. Theref...
by Seishin
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Lineage
Replies: 25
Views: 1322

Re: Lineage

I thought Shingon was largely a tantric lay lineage? Do you mean teach to UNINITIATED laypeople openly? As you may already be aware, Japanese Buddhism has their own ordination system. Within that system you are either ordained or a lay person. Outside that system ie from the view point of all other...
by Seishin
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners
Replies: 19
Views: 1226

Re: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners

Thank you so much for your reply, Rev. Seishin! It makes much more sense now! Since there is a distinction between the different faculties of practitioners I can imagine that the nine grades of birth in the Pure Land are also important in Tendai Pure Land teachings. Yes totally. There is a text by ...
by Seishin
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners
Replies: 19
Views: 1226

Re: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners

There are numerous things at play here which I feel need to be addressed; Firstly, I feel it is best to look at how the nembutsu is viewed from the Chinese Tiantai perspective, vs the Japanese Tendai perspective. Secondly, I feel it is important to realise that within BOTH Tiantai and Tendai, differ...
by Seishin
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners
Replies: 19
Views: 1226

Re: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners

Yes this is how I understand it.
by Seishin
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners
Replies: 19
Views: 1226

Re: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners

I have had two teachers. As my second teacher was my first teachers' teacher, the teaching has mostly been the same, but with more depth and further explanation... if that makes sense...
by Seishin
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?
Replies: 16
Views: 662

Re: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:41 pm
Interesting... I'm guessing that is the archaic pronunciation?
Yes
by Seishin
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?
Replies: 16
Views: 662

Re: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?

For instance: From Zhiyi's Confessional Samadhi: https://web.archive.org/web/20050317183048/http://www.tientai.net:80/lit/hksmsg/HKSMSGtextD4.htm I think though, if one were listening to these chants in Tendai temples, one would completely miss this sentence as it is chanted thus; 一心敬禮大乘妙法蓮華經十方一切尊經...
by Seishin
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners
Replies: 19
Views: 1226

Re: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners

I have been taught various ways of understanding it, but my earliest teachings were from the view point of the Three Truths
by Seishin
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: does tendai school accepts the amala-consciousness concept
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Re: does tendai school accepts the amala-consciousness concept

The Tendai school postulates 9 Consciousnesses, with the Amala conscious being the 9th. It is pure, and un-tainted by negative karma. Although I've seen it equated with Buddha-nature, I need to research the concept a lot more before making any definitive statements as a Tendai Buddhist.
by Seishin
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Introduction to Tendai - questions and resources
Replies: 5
Views: 684

Re: Introduction to Tendai - questions and resources

1. What does a basic Tendai Buddhist practice look like? > The answer will differ depending on numerous things; is the practitioner ordained or a lay person? Who is their teacher? What lineage to they belong to? What temple do they belong to? etc etc. Generally speaking, a lay person may practice th...
by Seishin
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: NMHRK-5 principles of name, essence, quality, function, and teaching
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: NMHRK-5 principles of name, essence, quality, function, and teaching

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:46 pm
No need to wait. Ven. Seishin covers it. Thank you, Seishin. :smile:
:bow:
by Seishin
Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: NMHRK-5 principles of name, essence, quality, function, and teaching
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: NMHRK-5 principles of name, essence, quality, function, and teaching

The 5 principles are from Zhiyi, Tientai: Common to the masters of his time, Zhiyi claimed that the essence of the Lotus Sutra can be found within its title; “Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra”, in English “Sūtra on the White Lotus of the Sublime Dharma”, in Chinese 妙法蓮華經 Miàofǎ Liánhuá jīng, and in Japanes...

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