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by The Mantra Mongoose
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 3014
Views: 321340

Re: Music time

by The Mantra Mongoose
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: St. Silouan the Athonite leading me to the Dharma
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: St. Silouan the Athonite leading me to the Dharma

Were you ever Eastern Orthodox? Hey Bubbajohn, i wasn't part of the Eastern Orthodox communion officially( through chrism or baptism) though i attended a Greek Orthodox church for a while though i did consider converting at one point. I was raised Roman Catholic and then later converted to the Orie...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: St. Silouan the Athonite leading me to the Dharma
Replies: 3
Views: 136

St. Silouan the Athonite leading me to the Dharma

Hello all, When i was still a Christian and heavily influenced by hesychasm, the philokalia, and monasticism, a man called St. Silouan the Athonite greatly helped me get through a terrible period in my life. The fate of non believers in Christianity haunted me, causing me great bouts of depression. ...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Sat May 30, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha
Replies: 11
Views: 272

Re: Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha

The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra is probably my favorite sutra. I recommend it to pretty much anyone. I think it is probably the best sutra for understanding the theory behind Pure Land Buddhism and for recognizing Pure Land's central place in the general Mahayana. So for just those reasons I really ...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Sat May 30, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha
Replies: 11
Views: 272

Re: Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha

I'm follower of Vajrayana. In the case of pure land, I don't follow any particular tradition. I believe that the most important thing in buddhism is practice and any kind of buddhist practice is useful. Pratyutpanna sutra motivated me into practising. I find it very inspiring. Hello Mirror, I rejoi...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Fri May 29, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha
Replies: 11
Views: 272

Re: Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha

I really recommend you Pratyutpanna sutra. This sutra is disregarded, but it's awesome. There's even described the specific practice, that will enable you to know, whether you'll be reborn in Sukhavati. I use the four causes of being reborn in Sukhavati as my guidelines in my practice. I really wis...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Thu May 28, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha
Replies: 11
Views: 272

Re: Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha

May you succeed in your wish to be reborn there thank you for you kind words steel. I have no doubt i will be born there without fail, though not because of anything in me. Those who ride the ship of the primal vow/nembustu of Amida Buddha have nothing to worry about in life or in death. This was w...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Wed May 27, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha
Replies: 11
Views: 272

Re: Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha

Vow 23 Provided I become a Buddha, if those Bodhisattvas in that country of mine, through the Grace of the Buddha should not be able to serve all the Buddhas throughout the countless nayuta of Buddha-worlds within a moment as short as a length of time of refreshment, then may I not attain the enlig...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Wed May 27, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha
Replies: 11
Views: 272

Re: Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha

Vow 10 Provided I become a Buddha, if the beings of that country of mine should have arise in their minds the idea of selfishness and covetous thoughts, even with regard to their own bodies, then may I not attain the enlightenment. This vow in particular has given great relief. Having tried to tame...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Mon May 25, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha
Replies: 11
Views: 272

Reflecting on the 48 vows of Amida Buddha

Today, I was reflecting on Amida buddhas' vows and was left for a couple moments speechless at the great love and compassion that has been directed towards me and all beings. In Honen Shonins work "an outline for the doctrine for birth in the pureland" commenting on second aspect of the profound hea...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Thu May 21, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Honen's development regarding auxiliary and miscellaneous practices over time.
Replies: 5
Views: 258

Re: Honen's development regarding auxiliary and miscellaneous practices over time.

Hojo-san at Jodo Shu Rinkaian Temple framed it as "not nembutsu in my life, but my life in nembutsu." Hojo-San was the teacher i was talking about in my last post. he is a really wonderful man/priest, and i encourage people who are interested in Jodo Shu to reach out to him via email on the temples...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Sun May 17, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Honen's development regarding auxiliary and miscellaneous practices over time.
Replies: 5
Views: 258

Re: Honen's development regarding auxiliary and miscellaneous practices over time.

Have another look at chapter 4 in the Senchakushu, on the Three Classes of People. More food for thought. Hey Myoan, I had another look, and it honestly supports the premise of the paper in my opinion. As i study Honen's though and more and reflect on the liturgy/ceremonies that the modern Jodo shu...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Sat May 16, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Honen's development regarding auxiliary and miscellaneous practices over time.
Replies: 5
Views: 258

Honen's development regarding auxiliary and miscellaneous practices over time.

Hey everyone, I wanted to ask those who follow Jodo Shu what they think about this paper. Its general thrust is to try an explain Honen's development of though regarding auxiliary, and miscellaneous practices over time. Its seems that Honen seemed to grow to believe that once a firm faith in the ess...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Isabella's Lullaby
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Re: Isabella's Lullaby

this is a rough translation of what is being sung in the second have of the video that was translated by a commenter below the video. i found it wonderful: My beloved child, Sleeping in the birdcage of angels A warm breeze awaits you In the small home from our dreams You wander, lost, Chasing a fain...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Isabella's Lullaby
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Isabella's Lullaby

Lately I've been watching a lot of anime, and reading some manga. This one song from a anime/manga called "the promised neverland" really struck a cord with me(no pun intended). I find it to be just hauntingly beautiful, and i wanted to share it.

by The Mantra Mongoose
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Amida heard the whispering of my dreams. ( free form poetry)
Replies: 0
Views: 351

Amida heard the whispering of my dreams. ( free form poetry)

there are times when a wretched darkness overtakes me, My failure stands clear before me as a cloudless night among a witness of stars scarring my good intentions. Screaming and sobbing with tears, hot, and sticky running down my plump cheeks. I heave over myself, panic stricken. Bracing myself i wa...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept
Replies: 21
Views: 781

Re: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept

I think the Japanese schools would generally say that your heart and intent aren’t the operative agents as opposed to the Name and the Vow. Ippen says for example “Birth, then, does not depend on the attitude of heart and mind; it is through the Name that you will be born”. Honen in general states ...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept
Replies: 21
Views: 781

Re: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept

So ultimately all you can really do is encourage good conduct and discourage bad, but if you imply that being bad can overpower the vow then you contradict the sutras, so you kind of just have to accept it. Though generally speaking it’s held that the nembutsu in itself will be beneficial for peopl...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept
Replies: 21
Views: 781

Re: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept

Thanks to nembutsu over time, there is the development of ethical attitudes (Three Minds) and ethical activities (Four Modes). So whether or not you uphold the precepts, this practice and its related benefits are available. The role of the precepts is different in this way. This quote made me made ...
by The Mantra Mongoose
Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept
Replies: 21
Views: 781

Re: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept

Can you clarify what "balance" means? As far as overviews, Instruction to Zensho Bo (p. 253 "Promise") is a short one. Dialogue on the Essentials of Nembutsu (p. 185) is rather longer but covers the essentials, including for example the Parable of the White Path Hey Myoan, sorry for my ambiguity. B...

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