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by jake
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Draught animals in the White Lotus Sutra
Replies: 12
Views: 313

Re: Draught animals in the White Lotus Sutra

The discussion has run its course, I'm locking the topic now. If you feel there is something else that must be said please PM a moderator.
by jake
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: The Nativity of Kōbō-Daishi
Replies: 8
Views: 144

Re: The Nativity of Kōbō-Daishi

Updates from tonight's annual eve celebration in Kōya Town with its processional floats that went on well despite the rainy evening 1 2 3 4 5 6 Great photos, thank you. Are you there now? I've only attended the event one year but thought it was fun. I enjoy the small town dynamic of Mt. Koyasan.
by jake
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: So the Display of the Mind isn't Real?
Replies: 7
Views: 296

Re: So the Display of the Mind isn't Real?

So the Display of the Mind isn't real? . . Or something surmised out of Nothing . . Reality, as we experience it, is a bunch of dependently arisen phenomena which rely on causes and conditions. Phenomena and their causes and conditions lack any essential existence independent of causes and conditio...
by jake
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 30
Views: 1192

Re: We define the terms

We define the terms. A test is a combination of causes and conditions leading to an outcome. The outcome is incidental if the test leading to any outcome has other outcomes. A random event is any collection of random outcomes. A deterministic event is an outcome that is sure to occur during a given...
by jake
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Like a dream or a kind of dream?
Replies: 30
Views: 921

Re: Like a dream or a kind of dream?

In the very first sutra, the very first thing that the Buddha said was to be called the Buddha, i.e. woke up. Here it is especially valuable that it is a self-name. Therefore, it is logical to understand all other states as types of sleep. One may equally "wake up" from delusion and ignorance; it's...
by jake
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Family
Replies: 17
Views: 562

Re: Buddhism and the Family

I think you will get somewhat differing answers depending upon specifics of tradition. I found this book to be very helpful: https://wisdompubs.org/book/buddhas-teachings-social-and-communal-harmony There is a bit of information on this book in his interview via podcast: https://learn.wisdompubs.org...
by jake
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 89
Views: 3493

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

As I tried to tell you earlier, and now others as well, you are sorely mistaken. The only home Victor Hugo owned was his house on the British Island of Guernsey (in the English channel). This is where he lived, in exile, for 15 years and where he wrote many of his great works, including Les Miserab...
by jake
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 89
Views: 3493

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

I was an adult at the time, France was outraged , he out bid everyone. It made the news big time in France. Are you sure that you aren't confusing "Victor Hugo's house" with "the Victor Hugo House?" Victor Hugo AFAIK has never lived in the château des roches. The place of residence Victor Hugo used...
by jake
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 89
Views: 3493

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

Minobu wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:07 pm
France was not happy to see the famous treasure, Victor Hugo 's home,go the way of a Japanese billionaire due to bidding.
What? Victor Hugo's home is a museum owned by the City of Paris. What are the sources for your other claims?
by jake
Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: 4 PREPARATION AIDS FOR READING A COMPENDIUM OF THE MAHĀYĀNA
Replies: 5
Views: 331

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

Oheso wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:43 pm
Leo Rivers wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:41 pm

FIRST, get a copy of the PDF of the introductory materials of the book in the thread above and print it out.
where?
Here: https://en.calameo.com/read/0000392574f5a2effb600
by jake
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Lineage
Replies: 25
Views: 920

Re: Lineage

I thought Shingon was largely a tantric lay lineage? Do you mean teach to UNINITIATED laypeople openly? As you may already be aware, Japanese Buddhism has their own ordination system. Within that system you are either ordained or a lay person. Outside that system ie from the view point of all other...
by jake
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Is idiot compassion a thing?
Replies: 24
Views: 937

Re: Is idiot compassion a thing?

I smile at them and kindly decline their request and wish them a nice day. A wish that comes from the depth of my heart. I don't consider money-giving as the essential component of compassion.... I am passing by a renowned hotspot daily and it took me a while until I came at peace with the above de...
by jake
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Lineage
Replies: 25
Views: 920

Re: Lineage

Shingon seems far more accessible than the tibetan traditions. On the contrary; unfortunately only a handful people in the entire world teach Shingon to laypeople openly. I thought Shingon was largely a tantric lay lineage? Do you mean teach to UNINITIATED laypeople openly? You're correct. There is...
by jake
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Facilitating breaking the law - but not actually breaking it?
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: Facilitating breaking the law - but not actually breaking it?

Buddhist ethics and wordly laws are not the same. Ethical conduct may entail breaking the law and not breaking the law may damage/undermine ethical conduct and not breaking the law and ethical conduct may be perfectly harmonious. However your question seems to subordinate buddhist ethical conduct t...
by jake
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?
Replies: 66
Views: 2389

Re: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?

I am a big fan of a Washington DC-based NPO, "Center for Economic and Policy Research." They have several worthwhile articles that unpack the myths behind the robots are taking our jobs. Most recently: http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/the-robots-taking-the-jobs-industry He concludes with: "If we...
by jake
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist Syllabus
Replies: 8
Views: 498

Re: Buddhist Syllabus

For about a year I helped out with a "Buddhist study group" that met in a local public library once a month. The club read through Williams' Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition. It seemed to help some folks but others found the book overly academic. I was later told of ...
by jake
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 111
Views: 4064

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

I was part of a sangha for a long while (Soto Zen affiliation) that didn't charge at all for retreats/sesshin (or anything, for that matter.) Half of the participants would make a donation, while the other half were essentially subsidized by the general flow of dana that would come in from the Sund...
by jake
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 111
Views: 4064

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

Three more minutes of poking around their website and I found a budget report. Just looking at the 1 year retreat numbers in that report, we see 42,231 USD expected income vs 48,580 expected cost. So, no earnings. Some of the major expenses, salary, insurance, taxes (about 16,000), meals and lodgin...
by jake
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: The Kyūshōmieku (旧正御影供) of Kōbō-Daishi
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Re: The Kyūshōmieku (旧正御影供) of Kōbō-Daishi

Great posts, thank you 如傑優婆塞!

Okunoin is also home to the last cho marker for the Choishimichi trail. Don't let the video fool you, it takes more than 11 minutes to complete the pilgrimage :)

by jake
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR
Replies: 111
Views: 4064

Re: Cost of retreats USA vs. EUR

Three more minutes of poking around their website and I found a budget report. Just looking at the 1 year retreat numbers in that report, we see 42,231 USD expected income vs 48,580 expected cost. So, no earnings. Some of the major expenses, salary, insurance, taxes (about 16,000), meals and lodgin...

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