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by DGA
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: California Tendai Monastery: Reborn
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: California Tendai Monastery: Reborn

I have known Rev. Junsen Nettles for about nine years. He led the DC Tendai group (Great River Tendai Sangha) for the last three years. I have great confidence in his leadership and ability. I only know Rev. Jiko by reputation, which is excellent. I expect them to form a complimentary team. I look f...
by DGA
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Writings of Saicho
Replies: 5
Views: 187

Re: Writings of Saicho

Over the next few years I will be translating the Kenkairon, one of Saicho's major works. I recently signed a contract with the Society for the Promotion of Buddhism (Bukkyo dendo kyokai: http://www.bdkamerica.org/bdk-tripitaka-digital-downloads) As that work it progresses, I will post relevant pas...
by DGA
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: California Tendai Monastery: Reborn
Replies: 3
Views: 88

California Tendai Monastery: Reborn

Or, rather, in the process of rebirth. within the next few years there will be several people, including Junsen Nettles and Jiko Clarke, who will be living near and on CTM, putting our plans into action. There will be a functioning temple, living quarters, and associated buildings. The leaders of th...
by DGA
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Writings of Saicho
Replies: 5
Views: 187

Re: Writings of Saicho

Take a look at Groner's biography of Saicho. It's called Saicho.
by DGA
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Practicing and Finding a Teacher when you live in the middle of nowhere
Replies: 6
Views: 171

Re: Practicing and Finding a Teacher when you live in the middle of nowhere

Hey all, I have been practicing "Buddhism" for about three years now, mostly simple mindfulness meditation of the secular flavor and some chanting of Nembutsu and the Heart Sutra. I used to practice with a Jodo Shinshu affiliated temple occasionally, but even they were quite far from me. I've never...
by DGA
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Multiple teachers, Tibetan and Tendai, is that ok?
Replies: 17
Views: 335

Re: Multiple teachers, Tibetan and Tendai, is that ok?

Hello, I have been practicing in Tibetan Buddhist lineage for some time now. I was heavily involved with Shambhala, for many reasons that you may be able to guess, I am leaving this Sangha. I received transmission within the Dzogchen lineage of Namkhai Norbu but was not heavily involved in the comm...
by DGA
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Tendai Buddhism Retreat : NYC 10/27-20/29
Replies: 8
Views: 1162

Re: Tendai Buddhism Retreat : NYC 10/27-20/29

NOTE: If you cannot make the retreat in person but would still like to hear the teachings, follow https://www.facebook.com/buddhistinsights/ and the lecture portion will be live broadcast (you can ask questions via Facebook) or you can check back later and watch the recordings. Bump. Any guidance o...
by DGA
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach
Replies: 9
Views: 260

Re: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach

Excellent topic. I don't have any particular insights, other than the general observation that the Buddha himself was a model and exemplar for teaching, by way of similes, metaphors, reasoned discussion and so on. And also the overall model of civil discourse as it is presented in the Buddhist text...
by DGA
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Guru Rinpoche As...
Replies: 168
Views: 3138

Guru Rinpoche As...

I know of a handful of practices in which Guru Rinpoche appears in the role of another Buddha. Guru Rinpoche as Amitayus. Guru Rinpoche as Medicine Buddha (Orgyen Menlha). Guru Rinpoche as Dzambhala. I am probably articulating this poorly, but maybe I got the point across with those examples? Is the...
by DGA
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach
Replies: 9
Views: 260

Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach

What does Buddha Dharma have to say about how to teach well? How, specifically, is the Dharma to be taught? I know of some passages in certain sutras (the Lotus Sutra describes how a teacher of that particular sutra should comport him or herself); what I would like to know is if there are any detail...
by DGA
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: superstition and Nichiren's Teachings
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: superstition and Nichiren's Teachings

are all of the above just superstition or reality? What's superstition? What's reality? YMMV Here's a superstition: The assumption that because one is the cultural heir to the rationality and empiricism espoused by eighteenth-century Europeans, one is positioned to 1) diagnose which aspects of othe...
by DGA
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 19
Views: 562

Re: What is reborn after death?

Here's the old omnibus thread on rebirth. It's still worth reading.

viewtopic.php?f=66&t=5678
by DGA
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6259
Views: 566052

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Mantrik wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:57 pm
I may have to taser the next person who says ' relax dude' . ;)
In fairness: "Relax" isn't bad advice in times like this. Would "relax Granddad" sound better?
by DGA
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6259
Views: 566052

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I bet my head that "keep quiet" means to avoid quarreling, gossip, speculation, and such. Besides respecting the community and Rinpoche's family moments. :P Exactly this. Also: there are some cultures with a tendency toward over-dramatic expressions of emotions in times like these. Much of the DC i...
by DGA
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 57
Views: 1489

Re: No end to samsara?

If sentient beings are numberless, then samsara is endless Winter is numberless, but it ends. The reason why winter is numberless, is that ultimately, the concept of numbers doesn't apply, because it's a season. So, it's absurd. You can say winter has a certain number of days, but then you are simp...
by DGA
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 19
Views: 557

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

as an aside: I used to practice at the same center you are practicing in in the late 1990s. At that time it was home to Dharma Rain Zen Center. The Zen Community of Oregon also practiced there, as did Robert Beatty's Insight Meditation group. Later, there was a Sakya group, too (are they still arou...
by DGA
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 575

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

The only belief I've found fundamentally important is that the practice can work for me too if I'm willing to put aside editorializing and reinterpreting, accept my own ignorance, put in the effort to do the practice and learn as I go. This would require someone to no longer identify as an atheist ...
by DGA
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: I wish to marry a Dakini
Replies: 51
Views: 2660

Re: I wish to marry a Dakini

Uuuuummmm... *Raises hand awkwardly* What would you all suggest I do when you start dating a Himalayan dakini? We skipped a few steps and got quite intimate, but due to distance we can only go so far yet. I've never had this kind of clear sign that some major karma has been purified than finally me...
by DGA
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Opinions on this BBC documentary?
Replies: 8
Views: 444

Re: Opinions on this BBC documentary?

The fact he makes no effort even to pronounce the name of the organisation correctly ("Sukka Gakkai" - really?) reveals as much as you need to know in the first minute. Remember, it's the BBC, and for all its strengths, disrespectfully mispronouncing the world is its calling card. You may know the ...
by DGA
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 19
Views: 557

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

For sake of context, when I began my Buddhist practice, I took the time to research the various traditions and history to see which lineage might be a good fit for the way I tend to operate - I settled on the Theravada Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah, and still practice within it. However, I ha...

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