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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: 971

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: 863

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: 863

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: 27
Views: 1004

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: 900

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: 900

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: 900

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: 900

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...
by Tatsuo
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners
Replies: 19
Views: 900

Re: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners

Shaku Kenshin wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:13 am
Yesterday I thought about the nembutsu as a practice to manifest Amidas qualities in oneself (...)
Hmmm what does this actually mean? :thinking:
by Tatsuo
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen
Replies: 33
Views: 1157

Re: Zen Forum International status

There is an interesting saying about Christians, Buddhists and culture that I think about from time to time: "If you scratch a Western Buddhist, there will be a Christian underneath. If you scratch the skin of an Asian Christian, there will be a Buddhist underneath". I don’t get it. Does that sayin...
by Tatsuo
Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddhahood?
Replies: 14
Views: 761

Re: What is Buddhahood?

(…) as far as I recall there are no specific statements as to individual enlightenment. As far as I know, there are no stories like that in the Nichiren schools, though there are stories like that associated with the Lotus Sutra from Japan and China. Nichiren makes reference to some of these storie...
by Tatsuo
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddhahood?
Replies: 14
Views: 761

Re: What is Buddhahood?

In the Buddhist context Setsuwa (folktales, legends) were used as teaching method to explain Buddhist concepts to common people, with simple language and often by giving biographical accounts of extraordinary practitioners. There is even a collection of setsuwa on the Lotus Sutra (the Hokkegenki). I...
by Tatsuo
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddhahood?
Replies: 14
Views: 761

Re: What is Buddhahood?

And are there stories of people who removed all their fundamental ignorance by practicing the daimoku? I'm not sure if fundamental ignorance is quantifiable. It is severed or it is not. Others can parse that better than I can. I am especially interested in setsuwa influenced by the Nichiren traditi...
by Tatsuo
Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddhahood?
Replies: 14
Views: 761

Re: What is Buddhahood?

According to Nichiren, is Buddhahood something everyone can achieve in their lifetime? And are there stories of people who removed all their fundamental ignorance by practicing the daimoku?
by Tatsuo
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Honen or Shinran?
Replies: 15
Views: 1135

Re: Honen or Shinran?

You don’t need to recite the nenbutsu constantly in modern Jodo Shu and there is certainly no need to recite 10,000 or even 80,000 nenbutsu every day as Honen Shonin did. At first it helps vowing to recite a few nenbutsu every day without fail for some time, it can as few as ten daily nenbutsu. In a...
by Tatsuo
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Honen or Shinran?
Replies: 15
Views: 1135

Re: Honen or Shinran?

The main reasons why I chose to follow Jodoshu and not Jodo Shinshu are its approach towards practice and the role of the self-power practices. In Jodoshu we are trying to recite the nenbutsu every day and as often as we can to develop a deep connection with Amida Buddha. Although ten or even one ne...
by Tatsuo
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Writings of Saicho
Replies: 7
Views: 759

Re: Writings of Saicho

Thank you for making this translation available for the English speaking world! :anjali: I always had the feeling that while there is Tendai practice in the West it is still really difficult to properly study Tendai without knowledge of Chinese and Japanese.
by Tatsuo
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Mie Prefecture shrine association gets license to grow cannabis for Shinto rituals
Replies: 22
Views: 1859

Re: Mie Prefecture shrine association gets license to grow cannabis for Shinto rituals

“Buddha ate it for enjoyment”
... said in a BBC Three documentary by a reporter who smoked cannabis for a month to find out about its effect. You do know that this is not convincing at all, right? Especially not for anyone familiar with basic Buddhism.
by Tatsuo
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Mie Prefecture shrine association gets license to grow cannabis for Shinto rituals
Replies: 22
Views: 1859

Re: Mie Prefecture shrine association gets license to grow cannabis for Shinto rituals

Are you serious? Because you saw “some documentary” you come to the conclusion that the Buddha most likely ate hemp? And that “hemp was used extensively“?

@ ShineeSeoul: You are absolutely right. No point in further arguing this case.
by Tatsuo
Sun May 06, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai & TienTai Resources
Replies: 30
Views: 13143

Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

Not sure if this is the right thread for this, but I found this documentary about Hieizan quite interesting:

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