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by Tatsuo
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: New Illustrated Lotus Sutra
Replies: 2
Views: 955

Re: New Illustrated Lotus Sutra

Did anyone get a copy of this new translation? It's not easy to find photos of the artwork online so I also wonder how the illustrations turned out.
by Tatsuo
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Scenery of the Head Temple
Replies: 18
Views: 413

Re: Scenery of the Head Temple

The origin region of a religion doesn't matter much if the religion has been part of the mainstream culture for well over 1000 years. There is no "pure" Japanese culture completely without Buddhism anymore and Japanese Buddhism is not at all foreign to Japan. Someone who claims there is a pure natio...
by Tatsuo
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Scenery of the Head Temple
Replies: 18
Views: 413

Re: Scenery of the Head Temple

The creation myths are not about control. They are about the creation of the islands and their population. When we look at Shinto practice, its all about supplication and seeking to please the kami so that they will be inclined to favor the people with prosperity. I'm not sure where you are getting...
by Tatsuo
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Scenery of the Head Temple
Replies: 18
Views: 413

Re: Scenery of the Head Temple

The Japanese response might be, well, those prayers for control are foreign influences. :smile: (...) Protection, Nichiren argued, naturally comes when we honor the Saddharma. You cannot simply say that the last 1400 years of Buddhist practice in Japan are foreign influence Buddhism came from India...
by Tatsuo
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Scenery of the Head Temple
Replies: 18
Views: 413

Re: Scenery of the Head Temple

The Japanese response might be, well, those prayers for control are foreign influences. :smile: (...) Protection, Nichiren argued, naturally comes when we honor the Saddharma. You cannot simply say that the last 1400 years of Buddhist practice in Japan are foreign influence and that before the intr...
by Tatsuo
Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Scenery of the Head Temple
Replies: 18
Views: 413

Re: Scenery of the Head Temple

Its part of why they have a rich spiritual tradition that does not involve praying for control - because you can't control it. You just roll. There is a long tradition of praying for control in Mikkyo. And not only esoteric schools are involved in these prayers but every temple selling omamori is a...
by Tatsuo
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Scenery of the Head Temple
Replies: 18
Views: 413

Re: Scenery of the Head Temple

I didn't know how close it is to Fujisan. Isn't it risky to store the Daigohonzon close to an active volcano?
by Tatsuo
Wed May 20, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Meaning of Kannongyo
Replies: 12
Views: 890

Re: Meaning of Kannongyo

Thank you for your detailed reply, jmlee369! I'll try to find out more about this genre of Buddhist writings and about this Seon master. That quote is really clear on Avalokitesvara's identity as a Buddha. Amazing I didn't come across this before. Thank you!
by Tatsuo
Mon May 18, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Article on Kaihogyo
Replies: 6
Views: 684

Re: Article on Kaihogyo

Thank you for sharing your pdf. The pictures and editing make it so much better!
by Tatsuo
Sat May 09, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Article on Kaihogyo
Replies: 6
Views: 684

Article on Kaihogyo

I just found this recent translation of an interview with Kaihogyo monk Mitsunaga Kakudo. It could be of interest in here LIVING IN THE PRACTICE: AN INTERVIEW WITH MARATHON MONK MITSUNAGA DAI-AJARI Mitsunaga Kakudo Dai-Ajari (光永覚道) was born in Yamagata in 1954. After ordaining at Enryaku-ji temple h...
by Tatsuo
Sat May 09, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Meaning of Kannongyo
Replies: 12
Views: 890

Re: Meaning of Kannongyo

Great! Thank you LastLegend! I didn't know that. Maybe it's not emphasized in the schools I practiced.
by Tatsuo
Fri May 08, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Enlightenment of Tendai masters
Replies: 2
Views: 374

Enlightenment of Tendai masters

Hello everyone Many traditions have recorded the enlightenment experiences of accomplished masters - Nichiren's experience at Tatsunokuchi, Honen's reading of Shandao's commentary on the Meditation Sutra, Dogen listening to Tiantong Rujing admonishing another monk etc. What are the enlightenment exp...
by Tatsuo
Fri May 08, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Meaning of Kannongyo
Replies: 12
Views: 890

Re: Meaning of Kannongyo

Thank you for your replies. Maybe the sutra and exegetical traditions do understand the promises to be literal. In this case there should be hagiographic accounts confirming the validity of these promises and encouraging practitioners to "think on the power of Kanzeon" in times of need. If anyone kn...
by Tatsuo
Sun May 03, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Meaning of Kannongyo
Replies: 12
Views: 890

Meaning of Kannongyo

The Kannongyo is one of the most popular chapters in the Lotus Sutra. Even though the text seems quite straightforward, the actual meaning is not that clear to me. I do not think that traditional exegetes understood the miraculous examples of Kannons intervention to be literal. Or did they? If it is...
by Tatsuo
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Japanese Nembutsu- pronunciation
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: Japanese Nembutsu- pronunciation

No, all different versions are equal. In Shin Buddhism it's also ok to say "namanda" or "namandabu". Both come from the very fast recitation of "NA--muA--miDA--bu".

Edit:
This is what I mean:
by Tatsuo
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:10 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Japanese Nembutsu- pronunciation
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: Japanese Nembutsu- pronunciation

This is how I understand it:
Namu Amida Buts
The Japanese syllable 'tsu' can be pronounced with an almost silent 'u'.
Name Amida Butsu
The non-shortened pronunciation of the nenbutsu.
Namu Amida Bu
The short form of the nenbutsu.
by Tatsuo
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 76
Views: 7369

Pure Land and Christianity - similarities and differences

It reminds me so much of the Christian faith I thought I had left, that it makes me wonder if I should have left it. Interesting thought. It would be great to talk about this in another thread. I see huge differences between Pure Land Buddhism and Christianity, though. The only uniting topic is tha...
by Tatsuo
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept
Replies: 21
Views: 1129

Re: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept

It reminds me so much of the Christian faith I thought I had left, that it makes me wonder if I should have left it. Interesting thought. It would be great to talk about this in another thread. I see huge differences between Pure Land Buddhism and Christianity, though. The only uniting topic is tha...
by Tatsuo
Sun Mar 01, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best material for malas
Replies: 7
Views: 840

Re: Best material for malas

I did not find a thread with a discussion on the different materials used for malas and their advantages/disadvantages. https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=27268#p421948 Thank you for your reply. In this thread I want to discuss the actual characteristics and qualities of the materials. In...
by Tatsuo
Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best material for malas
Replies: 7
Views: 840

Re: Best material for malas

I did not find a thread with a discussion on the different materials used for malas and their advantages/disadvantages.

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