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by DGA
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 8
Views: 177

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

Curious: what does Tendai Mikkyo practice consist of and how does it compare to Shingon Mikkyo? The comparison to Shingon is not so easy to describe in an online forum, and because I'm ignorant of Shingon, I shouldn't even try to comment on it. I will say that the rationale for practice differs, be...
by DGA
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 8
Views: 177

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

DGA: There are some practices that laypeople engage in, and not only paying their membership fees. What are these? What do the Tendai laypeople you know practice? DGA; you received a doshu ordination ( a lower level, a full priest is a soryo) , at the NY Tendai Betsuin and lead a Washington sangha:...
by DGA
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 8
Views: 177

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

coffeebeans wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:40 am
DGA, this may prove to be one of the most important threads in understanding Tendai on DW. Looking forward to the discussion. :cheers:
I hope so.
by DGA
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 8
Views: 177

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

It is true, Tendai Shu (like Shingon Shu) is notoriously difficult to get in to in a meaningful way in Japan for foreigners, and to an extent the Japanese themselves, unless you have family ties to a Tendai lineage. There are many practices that are "closed doors" to lay people, and even many which...
by DGA
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 30
Views: 740

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

It would be worthwhile (in another thread probably) to probe just what it was that prompted Honen to part ways with Tendai and take his inspiration from Shan-dao. The official version. http://www.jsri.jp/English/Honen/LIFE/training.html http://www.jsri.jp/English/Honen/LIFE/conversion.html Super he...
by DGA
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 30
Views: 740

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

Rather than spit-balling your capacities and trying to use that to determine which group to practice with, the better advice is probably to pick the group that clicks with you. I think whichever you pick, you're going to have to do some self reflection regarding your thoughts, words, and deeds - so...
by DGA
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 435
Views: 13696

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Something I have always wondered about .. regarding the connection being drawn between mental health and gun violence .. can sub-optimal mental health cause people to kill others? Assuming that percentage of those suffering from mental health problems are same throughout the world on the whole .. t...
by DGA
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 8
Views: 177

Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

Recently, a familiar theme has come up in discussions in other subs at DW that is worth revisiting: the notion that one of Tendai-shu's strengths is the multiplicity of practices that are available for the aspirant to engage in. for example here https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=27848&sta...
by DGA
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 30
Views: 740

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

I had an interesting experience recently. So I've bounced around a bit between different Buddhist traditions (first Theravada, then Zen and Mahayana in general including a reading of the Lotus Sutra that I wasn't ready for yet and almost caused me to leave Buddhism behind (at some point I need to r...
by DGA
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 435
Views: 13696

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

How long, I wonder, before you can get arrested in the US for not having a gun; clearly abberrant behaviour. There are towns in the US where the head of household is legally required to own and keep a gun in the home, for example, Kennesaw, GA. Understandable in Switzerland, where they are military...
by DGA
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 435
Views: 13696

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

People in the UK try to equate the US gun problem with UK knife crime. If you train for many years you may be able to avoid death against a trained knife attacker, if you are also trained and have a knife to hand. I wonder how that compares with two guys armed with assault rifles.......could Trump'...
by DGA
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 435
Views: 13696

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Yeah, generally speaking the crooks only kill each other. Exactly. Although they may be poor shots, hence innocent bystanders in drive by's. ^^^This. The truth is that it's difficult to shoot accurately with a sidearm (pistol or revolver), especially when you are in self-defense mode (adrenaline is...
by DGA
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 435
Views: 13696

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Disclosure: I was encouraged to get a gun for self protection when I was living in a really high crime area in South Central LA. I have some crazy stories, but I learned that if you aren't involving yourself with gangs and drugs, you really don't have anything to fear. As it turned out, I never had...
by DGA
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 435
Views: 13696

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

America is weird. You think being forced to pee in a cup by an employer while they watch is ok but if someone wants to interfere with your ability to shoot paper targets on your day off to prevent school children from being mass murdered they are infringing on your rights. A US tech company asked i...
by DGA
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Song Name Game
Replies: 375
Views: 25811

Re: Song Name Game

I LOVE You, You Big Dummy

beefheart/magic band

by DGA
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 435
Views: 13696

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

There is little need for them to carry them openly either. However, frankly I would rather that people carry their pistols concealed. I really don't want to see their penis extensions. I meant that they should not be carrying pistols at all. I wonder how people packing pistols would react if they s...
by DGA
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 435
Views: 13696

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

This post is for the Americans among us: A tool I find useful for reminding my Congress-critters and Governor what my priorities are is resistbot. You can find it here: https://resist.bot/ it's easy to use, it does what it says it does, and as of today you can use it to find out what your US Senato...
by DGA
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 435
Views: 13696

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Like taken out of a dystopian novel... I assure you this is quite normal for places in the US like Miami. But not everywhere is like that. I'm just surprised that there's any kind of place in the US where they can enforce something as insane as this. It just feels like a human rights violation to m...
by DGA
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 45
Views: 969

Re: what do we mean by faith?

You seem to be using the word "faith" to indicate what I'd call make-believe: the act of actively believing in something in order to satisfy some imperative. I was wondering how you might respond to this use of the word, as a gloss for sraddha: Śraddha, as I mentioned already is a mental factor. It...
by DGA
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 45
Views: 969

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Suppose you were to ordain as a monk and travel the world as a dharma teacher. Let us further suppose that every person you taught anything to killed their families and then committed suicide, all on the very day you passed on your teaching. Finally, let us suppose that you taught a hundred people ...