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by jake
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Lineage
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: Lineage

Hello! I have a brief question. Who is it that is thought to have taught the tantras used in Shingon? I thought Shakyamuni was always the source, but in this case he seems to play no part in lineage, instead being replaced by Vairocana. I know in tibet they sometimes say shakyamuni taught tantra an...
by jake
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New to buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 63

Re: New to buddhism

tpburnham wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:09 pm
Greetings everyone from Charlottesville, VA. I have been exploring Buddhism the past few weeks, and am interested in learning more. This includes finding an online Sangha.

Best to everyone

Tom
Welcome! I hope the forum meets your needs.
by jake
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance
Replies: 32
Views: 742

Re: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance

Amazing. What's so incomprehensible? On the one hand, Buddhists claim that Buddhism is a religion, on the other hand, I quoted a clearly anti-religious statement of Buddha. Is this not a paradox? Well, for one, you've not defined the term 'religion' and therefore it is hard to see how the Buddha gi...
by jake
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance
Replies: 32
Views: 742

Re: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance

And, of course, religious blind faith is not part of the middle path. I forgot to respond to this in my earlier post. "Blind faith" is an interesting characterization. I'm currious, what do you consider to be valid ways of knowing? If I understand things correctly, there are two valid means of know...
by jake
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Term for 'Mind' in Awakening of Faith
Replies: 14
Views: 476

Re: Term for 'Mind' in Awakening of Faith

FWIW, the translator, Yoshito Hakeda, does try to provide some background on the key concept of Mind for this work. In the author’s system of thought, the all-inclusive reality, the unconditional absolute, is called suchness. When it engages the realms of being, it is expressed in terms of Mind, i.e...
by jake
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Possible new association for Rinzai Zen teachers/ordained in the West
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: Possible new association for Rinzai Zen teachers/ordained in the West

Thank you, Matylda. There are a lot of questions about it, and some obstacles. But at a minimum I think we can start to establish communication between students of the different masters who came here. Rev. Meido, I look forward to hearing how things progress. It has puzzled me for some time that th...
by jake
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: 4 PREPARATION AIDS FOR READING A COMPENDIUM OF THE MAHĀYĀNA
Replies: 1
Views: 98

Re: 4 PREPARATION AIDS FOR READING A COMPENDIUM OF THE MAHĀYĀNA

4 PREPARATION AIDS FOR READING A COMPENDIUM OF THE MAHĀYĀNA FIRST, get a copy of the PDF of the introductory materials of the book in the thread above and print it out. Why? Because the table contents is only in volume 1. That's right. Fortunately each volume has its own footnotes stored at the bac...
by jake
Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The nature of European monarchies
Replies: 40
Views: 1049

Re: The nature of European monarchies

Remember when I posted the photo earlier of the queen and asked people if they knew where she got the gold piano from? Nobody offered an answer so I will give it here: It was looted from Saddam Hussein's palace in Iraq by the English military and gifted to the royal family. That is how the English ...
by jake
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 100
Views: 2787

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

Bristollad wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:53 am
Except to my ear, people don't seem to be complaining about that commodification, they just want to haggle over the price...
:thumbsup:
by jake
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 100
Views: 2787

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

I believe some context might be helpful. The Sukhasiddhi Foundation is located in Fairfax California, just north of San Francisco. Cost of living is said to be over twice the national average and median (not average) home price is higher than both the National and California price. I suspect this ha...
by jake
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 100
Views: 2787

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

1500 Canadian dollars is 1143 usd. Is this true? On what basis they charge so much? I think in Chatral Rinpoche's places in Nepal and India you can still do everything for free. Looking at your two statements above, do you want to venture a guess as to why you can still do everything for "free" in ...
by jake
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen
Replies: 33
Views: 768

Re: Zen Forum International status

What thought process could lead to banning Zen teachers from Zen forums? No thought process. Actually, I know for sure the owner put a tremendous amount of thought into it. This included conversations with the Teachers that were part of the forum. Again, only time will tell if it was a wise choice....
by jake
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 100
Views: 2787

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

Last year I joined a rather big retreat held in a rented private school. By very cautious calculation they made about 40 000 BP/53 000 usd of one event . I didn't know what jake says above and assumed the organisation had to pay high rent for the facility but apprently they didn't and actually made...
by jake
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen
Replies: 33
Views: 768

Re: Zen Forum International status

ItsRaining wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:24 am
What thought process could lead to banning Zen teachers from Zen forums?
No thought process.
by jake
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 100
Views: 2787

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

Tata1 wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:21 am
If that is expensive for people from usa and europe imagine for someone from a third world country
I'm guessing you missed the fact that many places offer scholarships. So what is there to imagine?
by jake
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 100
Views: 2787

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

I live in Europe but come from the US. I suspect there is a key factor that drives some of these (minor) price differences. In Europe many meeting venues are available at substantially reduced rates, because of State support. E.g. the event in the UK is held at a Girls school. In France one can rent...
by jake
Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen
Replies: 33
Views: 768

Re: Zen Forum International status

Mason wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:19 am
Dan74 wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:34 am
Lindama wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:27 pm
i c... for purity sake. nothing new under the sun.
Not sure what you want to say with this, Linda. Sounds like you disapprove but I'm just not sure.
https://zen1.space
Thanks. Has everyone seen the announcement about the closing of Sweeping Zen website?
by jake
Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Is enlightenment in this body possible for lay followers?
Replies: 6
Views: 989

Re: Is enlightenment in this body possible for lay followers?

As far as I know, practices that are open to lay followers of Shingon are mainly reciting sutras, dharani, mantras, and gatha, and practicing meditation like the counting breath meditation, full moon meditation an ajikan meditation. Then there are also some other things like pilgrimages or copying ...
by jake
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: English Language Material on Shingon?
Replies: 19
Views: 4020

Re: English Language Material on Shingon?

crazy-man wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:50 am
Tendai and Shingon Bibliographie
www.pitaka.ch/unil/japheian.pdf
Thanks for the link. It's a nice bibliography. I only wish it had the Takagi and Dreitlein Kukai on the Philosophy of Language. Keio University Press (I have a few copies I can send out, PM me).

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