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by Zhen Li
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen monastery stays for a visitor in Japan?
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: Zen monastery stays for a visitor in Japan?

It depends on what kind of Zen you are looking for. If Soto, you should probably reconsider your itinerary and go to Eiheiji. There are a few temples tear Tokyo, in Kamakura, which offer zazen sessions for the public. Kenchoji does do overnight zazen at the start of June. If your son is under high s...
by Zhen Li
Sat May 18, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 41
Views: 2041

Re: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?

As well wisher says, you can definitely find a good saṅgha in any of these countries, and what is best for you probably depends a lot upon what sect you currently belong to and what you are expecting out of a saṅgha. What is considered the Mahāyāna practice and saṅgha in Jōdo Shinshū is different fr...
by Zhen Li
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Help with Japanese
Replies: 22
Views: 884

Re: Help with Japanese

If you have a Mac, search DDB access on the App Store. This is really the best way for looking up Buddhist terminology at the moment. You have to become a subscriber to DDB and then log in using your DDB username. I don't remember if there is a PC version. There's really no difference in learning th...
by Zhen Li
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prātimokṣa and Vows for Laity?
Replies: 9
Views: 1652

Re: Prātimokṣa and Vows for Laity?

I never knew an Upasaka was supposed to be "hard core." :lol: Keeping the precepts fully is most certainly hard core. Especially in comparison to the decadence we routinely witness nowadays. I believe that in the Therevadan tradition the 5 precepts are routinely given with Refuge. I got my info her...
by Zhen Li
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sanskrit/English translation from Vietnamese?
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Re: Sanskrit/English translation from Vietnamese?

I have no knowledge about Vietnamese, but if you can find the Chữ Nôm for these then it would be possible for those who can reference Chinese to help you out.
by Zhen Li
Thu May 10, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Phala ?
Replies: 14
Views: 885

Re: Phala ?

For Vasubandhu, vipāka is just one of five phalas: 1. Niṣyandaphala: correlative fruition (fruition correlated to a prior hetu (cause)) 2. Vipākaphala: ripening fruition (ripening of past karma) 3. Visaṃyogaphala: disconnected fruition (fruition of disconnection from the kleśas, i.e. nirvāṇa) 4. Pur...
by Zhen Li
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice
Replies: 23
Views: 4431

Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Thank you for this book Meido Moore Roshi, I just finished it and it definitely inspired me to do some harder practice!
by Zhen Li
Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Shingon fire ritual
Replies: 14
Views: 2396

Re: Shingon fire ritual

... I attended one at Koyasan in January and I saw one here in Taiwan last month at Wuzhishan (Taiwanese Shingon). I can say that Payne's book is pretty much all you need to understand what's going on. ... If only it would be that easy! :shrug: Saso's book on Tendai Goma was also helpful and you ca...
by Zhen Li
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Preparing for Ordination in Shingon
Replies: 13
Views: 1567

Re: Preparing for Ordination in Shingon

I noticed that the Koyasan University website has some good information regarding ordination in Shingon: https://www.koyasan-u.ac.jp/eng You can ordain through the facilities they offer there in addition to pursuing a degree. One needs to pass the JLPT in order to enter. I think in order to fully ap...
by Zhen Li
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana ethics guideline
Replies: 7
Views: 650

Re: Mahayana ethics guideline

There are bodhisattva precepts texts such as the Sutra on Upasaka Precepts and the Brahmajala Sutra. But I think every sutra has some comments on behaviour and activity of some kind. As regards the practical aspects of the perfection of morality (śīlapāramitā), this does not differ markedly from non...
by Zhen Li
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some Reflections on Shantao and Honen
Replies: 13
Views: 1312

Re: Some Reflections on Shantao and Honen

That's not accurate. The Tendai approach to Pure Land is different, with a lot of stress on visualizations and continuous walking meditation practice. The 30 & 90 day continuous walking meditations are part of the pratyutpanna samadhi practice - one of the 4 main Tendai meditative practices. The go...
by Zhen Li
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some Reflections on Shantao and Honen
Replies: 13
Views: 1312

Re: Some Reflections on Shantao and Honen

Thanks for your comments Admin. Actually, I only mentioned building stupas as one example of the "sundry/miscellaneous" practices. I think the core of what I am trying to suggest is that I don't see the sutra as suggesting the disposal of the sundry practices in favour of the nembutsu. It would be ...
by Zhen Li
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some Reflections on Shantao and Honen
Replies: 13
Views: 1312

Re: Some Reflections on Shantao and Honen

Thank you for the link SonamTashi. I was aware of the notion that the holy path would necessarily be taken up after birth in Sukhavati. This would be quite orthodox Pure Land understanding with the exception of Jodo Shinshu, who claim that birth in Pure Land is equivalent to nirvana (whether they me...
by Zhen Li
Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Shingon fire ritual
Replies: 14
Views: 2396

Re: Shingon fire ritual

does anybody else have any suggestions or can contribute with something to this topic? Perhaps somebody who attended such fire ceremonies or who listened to some explanations I attended one at Koyasan in January and I saw one here in Taiwan last month at Wuzhishan (Taiwanese Shingon). I can say tha...
by Zhen Li
Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some Reflections on Shantao and Honen
Replies: 13
Views: 1312

Re: Some Reflections on Shantao and Honen

Such an interesting discussion. I was taught by a Jodo monk and attended a Shinshu temple, I have so much to be grateful for and am very appreciative, but for me I never could agree that vocal Nenbutsu was the supreme way, I felt drawn to early strains of Pure Land that to engage in many Mahayana p...
by Zhen Li
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some Reflections on Shantao and Honen
Replies: 13
Views: 1312

Some Reflections on Shantao and Honen

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and generally can agree with about 95% of what Shantao and Honen claim regarding the Pure Land. However, there are a few things that I found harder to accept in their writings, and I was wondering if anyone would like to further clarify these points in case I misund...
by Zhen Li
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 31
Views: 2666

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

While unrelated to nembutsu, I did have an experience with a sublime odour once when reading the Aṣṭasāhasrikā. The Buddhist reading group of which I am a part was reading the Aṣṭasāhasrikā sometime last year, and it was the day we were going to discuss chapter 3. Chapter 3 contains the line, Sakra:...
by Zhen Li
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?
Replies: 51
Views: 3832

Re: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?

Is there a diversity of position among Pure Land achools on those points, eg on the "literal rebirth" question? The idea that there's a difference between "literal rebirth" and "figurative rebirth" isn't really held in Pure Land schools. Even the traditional Chan schools would claim there is no dif...
by Zhen Li
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 54
Views: 3854

Re: what do we mean by faith?

In reply perhaps to both steveb and rory, the case of salvation due to faith in regards to Avalokitesvara and Amitabha Tathagata appear to me to be similar in regards to other power. As I understand and experience it, entrusting in the vows of a buddha or great bodhisattva means letting go of one's ...
by Zhen Li
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translatorhood
Replies: 55
Views: 3353

Re: Translatorhood

How does one support themselves as a translator of Sanskrit/Tibetan? These days, particularly in North America, having a professorship just as a scholar of language is almost impossible. You may occasionally get offered contract lecture positions, but nothing stable. I know one published and very q...

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