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by Tatsuo
Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddhahood?
Replies: 14
Views: 547

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: 547

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: 547

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: 547

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: 767

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: 767

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: 6
Views: 465

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: 1455

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: 1455

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: 11668

Re: Tendai & TienTai Resources

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

by Tatsuo
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Books on Pure Land saints.
Replies: 3
Views: 525

Re: Books on Pure Land saints.

These books may be interesting for you: Setsuwa (short stories, sometimes dealing with the Pure Land): ‘Miraculous Stories from the Japanese Buddhist Tradition’ by Kyoko Nakamura (translation of the Nihon Ryōiki) ‘Miraculous Tales of the Lotus Sutra’ by Yoshiko Dykstra (translation of the Dainihonko...
by Tatsuo
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2549

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

Rev. Seishin, please forgive me for not replying sooner. After reading the posts again I think I was too occupied with thinking about how Tendai presents itself in history and in Japanese society. It would be perfectly normal for Tendai to adapt to the needs of modern-day Buddhists, just like it ada...
by Tatsuo
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida-Ji: Stop using Zen Masters explanations when referring to Amida Buddha - an example
Replies: 7
Views: 956

Re: Amida-Ji: Stop using Zen Masters explanations when referring to Amida Buddha - an example

In general I agree with Josho Adrian Cirlea that Pure Land teachings based on Honen (Jodo Shu and Jodo Shinshu) are intended to be simple and straightforward, without pretending to have any deeper insight apart from what is taught in the three Pure Land sutras. But his way of rejecting all modernist...
by Tatsuo
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2549

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

I generally agree that it is about determination and not necessarily about ordination. However, there are two things to consider. First, monastics often have more time available for practice compared to many lay followers. Of course there are lay practitioners who are really dedicated to practice an...
by Tatsuo
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2549

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

I think DGA raised an important point, that many Tendai practices are for monastics only. I imagine laypeople’s Tendai in Japan isn’t too different from the practices in other schools. A normal (dedicated) member’s practice would involve gongyo (chanting), maybe joining a choir to sing hymns, occasi...
by Tatsuo
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Resources
Replies: 67
Views: 23469

Re: Pure Land Resources

Thank you, sth9784! This is great news :twothumbsup:
by Tatsuo
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Roberts
Replies: 6
Views: 629

Re: Paul Roberts

The Amida-ji in Romania is also writing about it: http://amida-ji-retreat-temple-romania. ... -land.html

南無阿弥陀佛
by Tatsuo
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tiantai in East Asia
Replies: 8
Views: 1023

Re: Tiantai in East Asia

Thank you for those articles :twothumbsup: the second link doesn’t seem to work though

:anjali:
by Tatsuo
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tiantai in East Asia
Replies: 8
Views: 1023

Re: Tiantai in East Asia

The revival in the Republican Era is really interesting. Do you know more about it? It seems like it was initiated by a monk named Dixian and there is a dissertation about him online, but it is not for free (https://m.dissertationtopic.net/doc/1909585). Dixian had a disciple, Tan Xu (https://en.m.wi...
by Tatsuo
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tiantai in East Asia
Replies: 8
Views: 1023

Tiantai in East Asia

Hello everyone, I was wondering about the state of Tiantai practices and studies in East Asia, apart from Japanese Tendai. In Korea, Cheontae (http://www.cheontae.org/) seems to be quite active. They have their own university (though it is probably rather small) and they have several large temples t...

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