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by sth9784
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Devadatta, the envious...?
Replies: 4
Views: 549

Re: Devadatta, the envious...?

There is a recent topic on this Pure Land board about Buddhist anime, and the episode on the Meditation Sutra, and the following episode show the events to which Queequeg refers. If you are interested check out the post, or just the videos. Buddha Sutras Anime For a direct link to the specific video...
by sth9784
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Disability
Replies: 7
Views: 586

Re: Disability

I have often wondered about this as well. In the writings of Honen, he stresses the vocal utterance of Nembutsu, so I wondered what he would say about someone who, for some reason or other, was unable to speak. Not only Honen, but I think most Pure Land Masters would make an exception for one who wa...
by sth9784
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 46
Views: 2433

Re: Homosexuality

They are not restricted to low grades in Sukhavati. I doubt it considering what the Buddha has said about it in other sutras. Lucky for us, we don't have to worry about your baseless speculation. The Larger Sutra has an "evil ways of the world" section that completely explains what qualifies as pre...
by sth9784
Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Buddha Sutras Anime
Replies: 9
Views: 889

Re: Buddha Sutras Anime

Great find, thank you. I just watched the episode about the Meditation Sutra, and I like how they included the background story about why Ajatashatru wanted to kill his father. There is also an anime movie by Hongan-ji adapted from Amitabha Sutra with better character designs & art 親鸞聖人と王舎城の悲劇 http...
by sth9784
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 46
Views: 2433

Re: Homosexuality

Outside of Pureland though, does the Buddha teach that you must become a man before reaching Buddhahood? The ability of women to attain Enlightenment seems settled if you accept the Lotus Sutra which includes the above mentioned Enlightenment of the Dragon Girl, in my opinion anyway (for whatever t...
by sth9784
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Some questions on Karma and Merit
Replies: 14
Views: 841

Re: Some questions on Karma and Merit

The accumulation of Wisdom and Merit are the prerequisites for enlightenment in the common Mahayana. Accrued merit is not an impediment or obstacle to Buddhahood, quite the opposite. Thanks for the reply. That actually makes sense of the passage in Sūtra of the Garland of a Bodhisattva’s Primary Ka...
by sth9784
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Some questions on Karma and Merit
Replies: 14
Views: 841

Some questions on Karma and Merit

These terms seem to be common, and I thought I understood some basic concepts about them, but recently I have been thinking more deeply about these things and have come to some questions that I hope have not been covered elsewhere. I understand Karma as basically ones physical, verbal, and mental vo...
by sth9784
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: The Ease of Nembutsu Practice
Replies: 8
Views: 808

Re: The Ease of Nembutsu Practice

Nembutsu ends nightmares. Nembutsu soothes stress during sleep paralysis. Nembutsu is there when I'm deeply sad or very happy. Nembutsu is all I can do during a migraine. It's hard to practice while suffering but nembutsu is there. Without it, I wouldn't still be a Buddhist today since so many teac...
by sth9784
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Buddha Sutras Anime
Replies: 9
Views: 889

Re: Buddha Sutras Anime

Great find, thank you.

I just watched the episode about the Meditation Sutra, and I like how they included the background story about why Ajatashatru wanted to kill his father.
by sth9784
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Resources
Replies: 67
Views: 22126

Re: Pure Land Resources

I came across this book, and it has some Pure Land material (among other things), so I figured I would link it. The one downside is that many of the translated texts are often abridged. Religions of Japan in Practice Among the Pure Land material is one of the short biographies of Honen, a selection ...
by sth9784
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Want more pure land stories!
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: Want more pure land stories!

Sorry for the double post, but I just remembered something that may be what you are looking for. It is about rebirth experiences of Jodo Shin Shu followers attaining Rebirth into the Pure Land. Although I do not belong to that particular sect, I found some of the accounts very inspiring. https://web...
by sth9784
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Want more pure land stories!
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: Want more pure land stories!

You may want to try a post I made about a week ago on this board.

Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

It may not be exactly what you are looking for, but some of the replies, and some of the links posted may be of some help.
by sth9784
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 48
Views: 3290

Re: Tiantai Meditation

This is not really my area of expertise, but I noticed the topic, and thought that I could possibly help with two links. As you may know BDK has released all of their available English translations online, for free, in PDF form. Two of these may be of interest: The Essentials of the Vinaya Tradition...
by sth9784
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland in Thailand
Replies: 11
Views: 891

Re: Pureland in Thailand

Hey all, If this should be posted somewhere else please let me know, and I will. I recently moved to Thailand to start a new career, and was just basically popping back in to say I'm back :) I've discovered there actually is a rather healthy Mahayana community here (mostly from people with Chinese ...
by sth9784
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 31
Views: 2058

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

I was not expecting so many responses in such a short time, so I am not sure where to start. I hesitated to respond to this post, because I'm not a Purelander, but I thought of my experience with these visions after intense repetition. ....i thought it was somewhat valid....as the OP said ANY ANSWER...
by sth9784
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 31
Views: 2058

Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

Are there any documented accounts of interesting (for lack of a better word) phenomena occurring during the recitation of Nembutsu? I know such things are not to be sought after, but as is well known in Japanese Pure Land traditions, Master Honen reportedly experienced Nembutsu Samadhi during his re...
by sth9784
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Dharani Sutras and Other Sutras
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Re: Pure Land Dharani Sutras and Other Sutras

The first one is more commonly referred to as the usnisa vijaya dharani sutra. It is an extremely powerful and effective dharani and is, afaik, used in Vietnamese Pure Land traditions. Thank you very much. It is much appreciated. The Youtube link is amazing. I am incredibly thankful to whoever take...
by sth9784
Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Dharani Sutras and Other Sutras
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Pure Land Dharani Sutras and Other Sutras

In Master Honen's Senchakushu, on the chapter on Two Gateways, he lists Sutras and Treatises that incidentally expound rebirth in the Pure Land such as the Wish-Fulfilling Dharani Sutra, and the Dharani Sutra on the Most August One, among others, but I list these two because I have never encountered...
by sth9784
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Do Pure Land practitioners go to the court of Yama?
Replies: 18
Views: 904

Re: Do Pure Land practitioners go to the court of Yama?

I stand corrected in my earlier statement. In the 'Statement Sent to Mount Hiei' by Master Honen, the story of Hsiung-chun is quoted. Taken from The Promise of Amida Buddha pages 329-330. "Hsiung-chun of China was a villain who renounced his monastic ordination and returned to secular life seven tim...
by sth9784
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Do Pure Land practitioners go to the court of Yama?
Replies: 18
Views: 904

Re: Do Pure Land practitioners go to the court of Yama?

In the Japanese traditions I am familiar with, it is usually stressed that immediately upon death, within the time it takes to snap ones finger, or turn on ones heels, one will be reborn in the Pure Land. I have never encountered anything about appearing before Lord Yama, but there are some passages...

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