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by Seishin
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Zhiyi Magnum Opus Translated: "Clear Serenity, Quiet Insight" (Mo-ho chih-kuan) 3vol
Replies: 48
Views: 1224

Re: Tiantai Zhiyi Magnum Opus Translated: "Clear Serenity, Quiet Insight" (Mo-ho chih-kuan) 3vol

I'd like to join in/follow along. Hopefully I'll be able to save up and get a copy before you start :smile:
by Seishin
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Single practice schools
Replies: 14
Views: 717

Re: Single practice schools

I believe the phrase "single practice" may have indeed originated in Tendai (or rather Tientai I should say) however I can't see why it would be derogatory, as Tendai itself has ichigyo zanmai practice. And, although each of the Kamakura schools have a wide variety of practices, they all claim that ...
by Seishin
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Meditation in Tendai
Replies: 22
Views: 1375

Re: Meditation in Tendai

With regards to the word 'Dai', there are many words in Japanese that sound the same, but are actually completely different words. Just like in English we have 'where' and 'wear'. DGA has given you the Kanji for Tendai '天台'. The first character (Ten 天) can mean 'heaven' or 'god'. The second characte...
by Seishin
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 51
Views: 1841

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

Although I have no stance in this argument, I think it is worth noting that the kalama Sutta was aimed at non-Buddhists
by Seishin
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: California Tendai Learning Center
Replies: 7
Views: 291

Re: California Tendai Learning Center

Does the Tendai school in Japan now mostly focus on esoteric practices or is it more of a balance between those and the original meditation styles (Six sublime gates, Calming and Contemplation, etc) taught by Zhi Yi? It is more of a balance, but meditation in Tendai Temples in Japan is a not really...
by Seishin
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: California Tendai Learning Center
Replies: 7
Views: 291

Re: California Tendai Learning Center

I've been curious about this for a while- what does lay Tendai practice look like? Things like what is the setup for home practice, altars, procedures etc. Plenty of resources in the Tendai section of this forum, including the lay daily liturgy and Butsudan set-up. See here: https://dharmawheel.net...
by Seishin
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Why and how did karma come into existence?
Replies: 19
Views: 689

Re: Why and how did karma come into existence?

There are several different scientific theories on how this universe came to existence. One such theory is that the big bang that created our universe was created by a previous universe collapsing. And in turn, the collapse of this universe will cause another big bang and the creation of another uni...
by Seishin
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment
Replies: 50
Views: 1317

Re: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment

Think about this for a while; "comes from (ie created by)"... vs.... "expression of (ie is no different to)"....

Then take a look at the "Honbutsu" (Original Buddha) discussion here https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?t=24304
by Seishin
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment
Replies: 50
Views: 1317

Re: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment

That being said, the above discourse reminds me of a conflict in Tendai Buddhism, between two subsects, one of which is labelled today as heterodox and the other orthodox, in which one "heterodox" (heretical?) subsect posited a Buddha(hood) predicated on causes and conditions. I believe the mainstr...
by Seishin
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment
Replies: 50
Views: 1317

Re: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment

Minobu wrote: i don't think so...but when one says all things come from Tathāgatagarbha it's just another creationist theory.
Please can you show me who and where is says "all things come from Tathāgatagarbha"...... :thinking:
by Seishin
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment
Replies: 50
Views: 1317

Re: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment

One of the major discourses of medieval Japanese Buddhism involved the concept of original enlightenment (hongaku 本覚、. While the term “original enlightenment thought,is today used very loosely to indicate any sort of innate Buddha-nature concept, in the medieval period hongaku had a more specific m...
by Seishin
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment
Replies: 50
Views: 1317

Re: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment

One Tendai monk of the early Kamakura period, who was not a founder of a major new school, was forthright in condemning the hongaku theories. His name was Hochibo Shoshin (active 1165-1207) and his writings provide a template for grasping some of the key issues of his day...... His overriding conce...
by Seishin
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment
Replies: 50
Views: 1317

Re: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment

Minobu wrote:Tiendai thought is hongaku and speaks of everything including everything...comes from original enlightenment ...my way of looking at a creationist falsehood.
:thinking: I believe you are talking about "Hon-butsu" here, rather than "Hon-gaku"? :thinking:
by Seishin
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment
Replies: 50
Views: 1317

Re: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment

Really? Who/what Tendai groups don't accept some form of original enlightenment? More or less I thought that all the Kamakura Schools accepted it in varying interpretations with the exception of Nichiren (and this discussion has been illuminating on that issue). Kirt Historically speaking the Danna...
by Seishin
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment
Replies: 50
Views: 1317

Re: Nichiren/tendai original enlightenment

Minobu wrote: so the original enlightenment is a sort of we are all from Buddha ?
No, Original Enlightenment means we ARE Buddha's, we just need to realise it.

Even though this is the "standard" Tendai doctrine, it is not completely accepted by all Tendai sects, and opinions vary from person to person.
by Seishin
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: The Three Truths
Replies: 22
Views: 1161

Re: The Three Truths

I used to think that Tendai was the "Buddhist word" for Shinto, and that it was just the native "folk religion" of Japan "Buddha-tized". Obviously those are some pretty harsh misconceptions, but I got them due to, largely, what you are also talking about in what I quoted of you. Perhaps I am confus...
by Seishin
Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: The Three Truths
Replies: 22
Views: 1161

Re: The Three Truths

The discourse on the mandalas reminds me of in Shingon, the "doctrine of the non-duality of the two mandalas" or something of the like, I think it was called, relating to the Diamond and Womb Realm mandalas. Did Tendai get this from cultural contact with Shingon, or is this the Tendai schools's own...
by Seishin
Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mo-ho-Chih-kuan forthcoming
Replies: 46
Views: 3944

Re: Mo-ho-Chih-kuan forthcoming

Better start saving! :twothumbsup:
by Seishin
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra
Replies: 88
Views: 3543

Re: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra

The aim of the "three carts" is to get the kids (ie us) out of the burning house. In this case, they succeeded, therefore, the Buddha was not lying. But once out of the burning house (ie samsara), there is no need for the three carts - to put it another way, once we have 'crossed the shore' of enlig...
by Seishin
Wed May 31, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Meditation in Tendai
Replies: 22
Views: 1375

Re: Meditation in Tendai

How would the meditation of an occasional lay practitioner at a Western Tendai sangha look like? I'm somewhat confused by this question and don't really know how to answer. Are you looking for a detailed explanation of how we meditate? Are there unique Tendai elements or is the meditation not too d...