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by DGA
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 15
Views: 259

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

rory wrote:
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:38 am
here is the link Jake, I'm not sure who is the author:
https://www.tendai-usa.org/what-is-tendai-buddhism
gassho
Rory
According to the footnotes of that website, it was excerpted from this document published by the Jigyodan:

http://www.tendai.or.jp/english/image/p ... mphlet.pdf
by DGA
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 11
Views: 369

Re: Tiantai Meditation

This single seamless meditation is called 'Endon Shikan' which means 'Perfect Sudden Shamatha/Vipashyana' (see Rory's post above for a description). The Endon Shikan can be described as the pinnacle of Tendai meditation. I have found the idea of Endon Shikan to be not too dissimilar to the idea of ...
by DGA
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
Replies: 1
Views: 48

Re: Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” — U.S. Constitution The principal clause (or declaration) of the sentence above is: "A well regulated militia . . . shall not be infringed". The middle...
by DGA
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 15
Views: 259

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: 15
Views: 259

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: 15
Views: 259

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: 15
Views: 259

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: 31
Views: 785

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: 31
Views: 785

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: 443
Views: 13936

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: 15
Views: 259

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: 31
Views: 785

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: 443
Views: 13936

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: 443
Views: 13936

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: 443
Views: 13936

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: 443
Views: 13936

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: 443
Views: 13936

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: 25815

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: 443
Views: 13936

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: 443
Views: 13936

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...