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by Zhen Li
Thu May 10, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Phala ?
Replies: 14
Views: 674

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: 3308

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: 11
Views: 1401

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: 1076

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: 480

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: 888

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: 888

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: 888

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: 11
Views: 1401

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: 888

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: 888

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: 1990

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: 2813

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: 3065

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: 2796

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...
by Zhen Li
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Getting started in Shingon
Replies: 3
Views: 1013

Re: Getting started in Shingon

Some Shingon temples certainly do offer regular practices for the laity, such as Ajikan meditation. The best place to go would be Koyasan. As narhwal suggests, without ordination you cannot ‘progress’ in terms of practices, however you can, at the very least, take refuge and bodhisattva precepts eve...
by Zhen Li
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Fo Guang Shan and Triratna centres are nearby
Replies: 17
Views: 1049

Re: Fo Guang Shan and Triratna centres are nearby

Fo Guang Shan is a non-sectarian Chinese School that like most other schools will focus on Chan and Pureland. Zazan isn't as popular as Hua Tou in China so Huatou will most likely be taught rather than Zazen (Silent Illumtination/Mo Zhao). In my decade at FGS I have never encountered Huatou. Ch'an ...
by Zhen Li
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Contradicting sutras
Replies: 26
Views: 2073

Re: Contradicting sutras

Oops, I seem to have quoted the wrong vows, but yes, the Sanskrit recension that Müller is using is, as far as I can tell, the same as whatever Nepalese manuscript Vaidya was using. There are different manuscripts certainly, but I don't think the 46 and 47 difference is a major one—it may be a divi...
by Zhen Li
Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Contradicting sutras
Replies: 26
Views: 2073

Re: Contradicting sutras

Are there multiple Sanskrit editions? I know Mueller's Sanskrit translation has a different number of vows (46 iirc) from Luis O. Gomez's translation (47). In the Gomez translation from Sanskrit: - the 18th vow requires generating bodhicitta (the aspiration for supreme awakening for the sake of all...
by Zhen Li
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Contradicting sutras
Replies: 26
Views: 2073

Re: Contradicting sutras

I am not sure if it has ever been approached this way, but looking at the Sanskrit edition, it seems that the five offences only disqualifies the effect of the 19th vow, which is somewhat easier than the 18th which requires a pure mind/true faith/shinjin. In this case, could one not say that a sland...

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