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by Seishin
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Hōi 法位 - Dharma state
Replies: 4
Views: 129

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: 129

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: 436

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: 21
Views: 1340

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: 604

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: 604

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: 817

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: 374

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: 2147

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: 2626

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: 1682

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: 1585

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: 1585

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: 1585

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: 1585

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: 764

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: 764

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: 1585

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

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