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by Tatsuo
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 75
Views: 5711

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: 454

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: 700

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: 700

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.
by Tatsuo
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best material for malas
Replies: 7
Views: 700

Re: Best material for malas

What makes bodhiseed superior to other materials? I can guess that wood is less likely to break and more tolerant of extreme humidity than seeds. There is a really interesting thread about bodhiseed malas on this forum (https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=19221). This great article was quot...
by Tatsuo
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best material for malas
Replies: 7
Views: 700

Best material for malas

What is the best material for malas? I'm especially interested in the actual material, it's durability and how it ages.
So far I really like the look and scent of sandalwood malas but older sandalwood malas sometimes look grayish in pictures online and the scent seems to disappear after some years.
by Tatsuo
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Merits of Lotus Sutra practices
Replies: 2
Views: 543

Re: Merits of Lotus Sutra practices

Thank you - this is exactly what I was looking for. I hope there are lists with more details - if not, I’ll try to make one myself :smile:
by Tatsuo
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Merits of Lotus Sutra practices
Replies: 2
Views: 543

Merits of Lotus Sutra practices

Hello,

in the Lotus Sutra Buddha Shakyamuni lists many different merits of Lotus Sutra related practices, such as never retrogressing from the path of the Buddha and ultimately achieving Buddhahood. Is there a list of all merits resulting from these practices?

gassho
Tatsuo
by Tatsuo
Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Bhaisajyaguru and Liberation.
Replies: 24
Views: 2035

Re: Bhaisajyaguru and Liberation.

To answer your question, rory - I belong to Jodo Shu and do rely on the help of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, especially on Amida Buddha. I am not a nihilist and I have high regard for Tendaishu and all its practices, philosophies and teachings. I belong to another school because for me personally it ma...
by Tatsuo
Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Bhaisajyaguru and Liberation.
Replies: 24
Views: 2035

Re: Bhaisajyaguru and Liberation.

I live in the US and am praying that Yakushi Nyorai protect China, the nation, from the coronavirus epidemic. It doesn't get simpler or more compassionate than that. I agree that it is a compassionate act to pray for people who are suffering, though I consider direct help or donations to an aid org...
by Tatsuo
Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Bhaisajyaguru and Liberation.
Replies: 24
Views: 2035

Re: Bhaisajyaguru and Liberation.

Yakushi Nyorai is the protector of the nation as it was a thousand years ago so it is today. I never quite understood the focus on nation-protecting. Shouldn’t a Buddha or Bodhisattva protect all sentient beings, including humans from other nations? That concept of Buddhism being used to defend the...
by Tatsuo
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Differences between Tendai and Shingon
Replies: 9
Views: 1378

Re: Differences between Tendai and Shingon

Thank you for your explanation! :good:
by Tatsuo
Thu May 23, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Why there is no Mahavairocana Tantra in General Mahayana?
Replies: 34
Views: 2441

Re: Why there is no Mahavairocana Tantra in General Mahayana?

jmlee369 wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 11:31 am
It is like the Vinaya, in the Mahayana traditions, they say lay people should not read the Vinaya.
Just out of curiosity - do you have a quote for this? Who and which tradition says that laypeople shouldn’t read the vinaya? I’ve never heard about this before.
by Tatsuo
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen
Replies: 20
Views: 1626

Re: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen

Just to properly quote what I referred to above: Chapter I The Two Gateways Namu Amida Butsu The Nembutsu is foremost among the practices for Rebirth in the Pure Land (...) Thank you for posting the complete passage from the Senchakushu. Honen’s statements concerning the possibilty of practitioners...
by Tatsuo
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen
Replies: 20
Views: 1626

Re: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen

I can’t find a passage in Honen’s teachings where he said, that everyone will fail the holy path, but we as normal people of this age will most probably fail. Therefore, it is almost impossible for a practitioner in the period of the decline of the Dharma to achieve enlightenment through the meditat...
by Tatsuo
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu forum
Replies: 29
Views: 3079

Re: Jodo Shinshu forum

Jodo Shinshu, more specifically, Shinran's path of other-power reliance is it's own thing. While we look to the same sutras as other Pureland Paths, it is really a radically different path from all other forms of Buddha-Dharma..... It is so different that many Buddhists claimed (and still claim) th...
by Tatsuo
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners
Replies: 19
Views: 2451

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.
by Tatsuo
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners
Replies: 19
Views: 2451

Re: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners

Thank you for your reply, Shaku Kenshin. (...) all the enlightened characteristics we associate with Amitabha arise in you. This is a method for accomplishing it (...) when we chant the nembutsu and meditate on Amida we are connecting our minds with Amida’s qualities. We become unified with Amida, a...
by Tatsuo
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners
Replies: 19
Views: 2451

Re: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners

To one with Bodhicitta, it is as if all dharmas are alike Buddhas. (...) Consequently, if a Realm does not know Buddha Dharmas in this way, (the beings of it) cannot be reborn in the Pure Land. One who engages Bodhicitta, knows all dharmas are alike Buddha Dharmas. This mind is none other than the ...
by Tatsuo
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners
Replies: 19
Views: 2451

Re: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners

Yesterday I thought about the nembutsu as a practice to manifest Amidas qualities in oneself (...) Hmmm what does this actually mean? :thinking: I read this phrase several times, especially in texts dealing with Tendai teachings. Does nenbutsu mean meditative practices like ‘Jogyo Sanmai’ or can ve...

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