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by Acala
Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Book of the Dead: Questions
Replies: 2
Views: 665

Tibetan Book of the Dead: Questions

Fellow Bodhisattvas, I have a few questions. I'll just list them for clarity (not for rudeness!) 1. Any Academic works you can recommend on this? Googlescholar includes everything from hippy dippy to the kitchen sink. 2. Are there different versions? 3. Other Academic works on phowa you can recommen...
by Acala
Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and evolution
Replies: 53
Views: 6283

Re: Buddhism and evolution

Your original comment My point of view: Since Buddhism teaches that consciousness is not dependent on matter (as in requiring a brain to exist) Here, you make a distinction between matter and consciousness. The Buddhist I read all reject this dualism (as well as the monisms of idealism (all is consc...
by Acala
Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and evolution
Replies: 53
Views: 6283

Re: Buddhism and evolution

Buddhism is pure scientific cosmic evolution. What does that even mean? Sounds like some pretty buzzwords thrown together. Buddhism is a religion It is a philosophy it is a way of life It is superstition and fancy (many people have asserted...with quite convincing arguments, each of these) It is al...
by Acala
Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and evolution
Replies: 53
Views: 6283

Re: Buddhism and evolution

My point of view: Since Buddhism teaches that consciousness is not dependent on matter (as in requiring a brain to exist) Where does it teach this? I just read a piece by a Buddhist monk that says without the gray matter of the brain there is no human consciousness. Saying "Buddhism...(insert any v...
by Acala
Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:02 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Master Hsuan Hua on garlic, onions, etc.
Replies: 165
Views: 29852

Re: Master Hsuan Hua on garlic, onions, etc.

I recall living at the city of ten thousand Buddha's for a few months. We listened to a talk by Master Hua every lunch. He had a very fire and brimstone style about him, going on about the consequences of various offenses. I know someone who lived there too. A respected scholar from Asia. He ended ...
by Acala
Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Shingon Ordination OUTSIDE Japan...?
Replies: 4
Views: 2220

Re: Shingon Ordination OUTSIDE Japan...?

Thank you for the reply and clarification!

Another question: since you are a Maha Acarya...do you plan on giving full dharma transmission, outside of Japan, in the future?

If not, why?
If so, why?

:thanks:
by Acala
Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:26 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Shingon Ordination OUTSIDE Japan...?
Replies: 4
Views: 2220

Re: Shingon Ordination OUTSIDE Japan...?

That would be extremely appreciated! Yes, I would love to know if his intention is to eventually ordain Shingon priests outside of Japan...or if he already has been.
by Acala
Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:15 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Social Institutions
Replies: 12
Views: 1980

Re: Buddhist Social Institutions

I'm not sure I see a problem. Buddhism has spread pretty damn well...and is spreading. Its not a dying religion or something not even nowadays.
by Acala
Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:57 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Shingon Ordination OUTSIDE Japan...?
Replies: 4
Views: 2220

Shingon Ordination OUTSIDE Japan...?

A bit related to the thread I see here: http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=13698 I know some splinter groups have been giving denbo kanjo outside of Japan..but they either do it secretly (I know one group who I am pretty sure does) to keep their official status as a "branch temple/missi...
by Acala
Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: "Shingon Zen"
Replies: 32
Views: 7855

Re: "Shingon Zen"

It is true, once upon a time, the Ajikan was limited to clergy (at least for the most part, nothing is ever 100% in history). But now it is used as a basic-introductory-preliminary practice...and even used for outreach and promotion. Primarily for law followers. Large halls are setup, usually with ...
by Acala
Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: "Shingon Zen"
Replies: 32
Views: 7855

Re: "Shingon Zen"

It is true, once upon a time, the Ajikan was limited to clergy (at least for the most part, nothing is ever 100% in history). But now it is used as a basic-introductory-preliminary practice...and even used for outreach and promotion. Primarily for law followers. Large halls are setup, usually with t...
by Acala
Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:23 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: "Shingon Zen"
Replies: 32
Views: 7855

Re: "Shingon Zen"

"What is the oldest textual reference to the Ajikan? I hear people say the Mahavairocana sutra, but the verse they always quote actually mentions nothing about the actual practice itself. Maybe theres another reference there...but I haven't actually found one. The oldest reference I know is from Ku...
by Acala
Thu Feb 26, 2015 3:21 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: "Shingon Zen"
Replies: 32
Views: 7855

Re: "Shingon Zen"

That Ajikan is taught to people without training is a relatively new movement, beginning only around 100 - 150 years ago, I was taught. Prior to that time this wasn't the case, at all. Why it was done so, I unfortunately don't know . OK, we got to the main point here :thumbsup: Anyone who is teachi...
by Acala
Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: "Shingon Zen"
Replies: 32
Views: 7855

Re: "Shingon Zen"

Shingon is a purely esoteric Buddhist tradition, when it comes to practice. There are elements of exoteric Buddhism in it, which are used as skillful means. But again, Shingon is a purely esoteric tradition. Popping in here to add my voice to this. If I recall correctly, one of the main reasons for...
by Acala
Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: "Shingon Zen"
Replies: 32
Views: 7855

Re: "Shingon Zen"

Instead of providing sources...you nitpick words. I see you have no sources. That is fine, no problem. It would a bit less disingenuous if you just admitted it. I wouldn't rely on any of the resources you mentioned when it comes to Ajikan practice. Cooke says that Ajikan is a ... narrowly cultic pra...
by Acala
Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:10 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: "Shingon Zen"
Replies: 32
Views: 7855

Re: "Shingon Zen"

What does that mean? You keep using the term "purely esoteric", to quote Inigo Montoya, "I do not think it means what you think it means" :shrug: What do you mean by that? Just by tacking "when it comes to practice" on the end of the word does not at all define what you mean. Shingon is classified ...
by Acala
Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:29 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: "Shingon Zen"
Replies: 32
Views: 7855

Re: "Shingon Zen"

Shingon is a purely esoteric Buddhist tradition, when it comes to practice. What does that mean? You keep using the term "purely esoteric", to quote Inigo Montoya, "I do not think it means what you think it means" :shrug: What do you mean by that? Just by tacking "when it comes to practice" on the ...
by Acala
Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Shingon Esoteric Buddhism: A Handbook for Followers
Replies: 11
Views: 4980

Re: Shingon Esoteric Buddhism: A Handbook for Followers

Hi all :reading: Does anybody know where I can download (as e-book?) a version of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism: A Handbook for Followers. Adapted from the book by Abbot Yusei Arai Many thanks! :applause: Seiho I would not rely on this book. It will give you only a very, very general overview about Shi...
by Acala
Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: "Shingon Zen"
Replies: 32
Views: 7855

Re: "Shingon Zen"

As Shingon is a pure esoteric form of Buddhism, so is Ajikan, too. When people who are not fully introduced to Shingon (meaning receiving tokudo and all the subsequent teachings and practicing it) say that they practice Ajikan according to Shingon, it is usually a very simplified form of it and lac...
by Acala
Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: What is the point of visualization?
Replies: 16
Views: 4410

Re: What is the point of visualization?

Its atually quite simple. Its the same point as mudra and mantra. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Vajras https://books.google.com.tw/books?id=haVhiTONzOYC&pg=PA73&lpg=PA73&dq=sanmitsu&source=bl&ots=jCtSC7Ukt_&sig=AaoYbJN83865ZsVeol33FnlMfBE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_RbiVOebFIjl8gXc4YBQ&ved=0CFsQ6AEwDQ#v=one...

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