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by eijo
Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Diamond Chalice Precept
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: Diamond Chalice Precept

I don't have an answer to your question, but I just wanted to point out that the term "Diamond Chalice Precept" (金剛寶器戒) is not actually in the Brahma Net Sutra, which has the term “radiant adamantine (i.e. diamond) precepts” (光明金剛寶戒). The original Chinese does not indicate a plural of course, but th...
by eijo
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: how to use the 'counting mini-beads' on Juzu
Replies: 1
Views: 359

Re: how to use the 'counting mini-beads' on Juzu

That's more or less right, but of course there are many detailed teachings about how to use the nenju (what you called a juzu) in Shingon, its significances, and so on. However, since you're probably asking about Shinnyo-en, the Shingon response is not what you want, and I wouldn't be able to give i...
by eijo
Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Who are Buddha's attendants here?
Replies: 9
Views: 590

Re: Who are Buddha's attendants here?

Since most here seem to be sure that it's Shakyamuni flanked by Manjushri (Monju) and Samantabhadra (Fugen Bosatsu), any idea why Wikipedia says the figures to the Buddha's left and right are Amitabha and Medicine Buddha? Shaka Triad Tori Busshi is credited with the casting of this massive Buddhist...
by eijo
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Who are Buddha's attendants here?
Replies: 9
Views: 590

Re: Who are Buddha's attendants here?

It is Śākyamuni, with Mañjuśrī on the buddha’s left (your right) side and Samantabhadra of the buddha’s right (your left) side. They are depicted as bodhisattvas so they cannot be śrāvakas or devas in this case. It is indeed the one in Horyu-ji. https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E9%87%88%E8%BF%A6%E4%B8...
by eijo
Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Guru Yoga & Lamanism: Speculations on Shingon and Nichiren Schools
Replies: 46
Views: 3487

Re: Guru Yoga & Lamanism: Speculations on Shingon and Nichiren Schools

Is there any such thing as guru yoga in the Shingon tradition? perhaps one finds elements in the tachikawa-ryu because this ryu arose later, when the anuttara yogatantra was already established http://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/tachikawaryu https://en....
by eijo
Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Shinnyo-en?
Replies: 24
Views: 3638

Re: Shinnyo-en?

Shinnyo En is a recognized expression of Shingon Buddhism. I'm wondering what "expression" means? Shinnyoen is not a form of Shingon Buddhism, and is not recognized as such by anyone. I'm thinking by "expression" you mean Shinnyoen bases its authority from the founder's study of Shingon Buddhism wi...
by eijo
Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Keshin (化身)
Replies: 2
Views: 386

Re: Keshin (化身)

Yes, keshin (化身) is a translation of nirmāṇakāya , and may also be expressed as 應化身 ( ōkeshin ) or 變化身 ( hengeshin ), etc. Śākyamuni is of course the preeminent nirmāṇakāya . Skt. nirmāṇakāya is translated into Tibetan as sprul sku (tulku). The idea of living emanations in Tibetan Buddhism is also e...
by eijo
Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Benzaiten and Tara Bosatsu
Replies: 10
Views: 708

Re: Benzaiten and Tara Bosatsu

some refer to it as "Japanese Vajrayana," but I'm not so confident in that label I did want to encourage some discussion on the "vajrayana" label though I realise that's off topic for this thread. Kukai used the term when describing the sutra he brought back from China, writing "over one hundred su...
by eijo
Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Sukhāvatī in the Lotus Sutra
Replies: 22
Views: 1277

Re: Sukhāvatī in the Lotus Sutra

Amitābha/Amitāyus is mentioned twice in Kumārajīva’s Chinese translation by name. Chap. 7 T09n0262_p0025c01║西方二佛,一名[16]阿彌陀,二 T09n0262_p0025c02║名[17]度一切世間苦惱; Chap. 23 T09n0262_p0054c01║於此命終,即往[9]安 T09n0262_p0054c02║樂世界,[10]阿彌陀佛、大菩薩眾,圍繞住處,生蓮 T09n0262_p0054c03║華中,寶座之上, In both cases the Chinese text ha...
by eijo
Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Visualization Sutra Study Group
Replies: 11
Views: 634

Re: Visualization Sutra Study Group

I had imagined those banners taking a form similar to the victory banners of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, which are sort of parasol or even stupa-shaped. http://rywiki.tsadra.org/index.php/rgyal_mtshan Ven. Eijo's helpful translation seems to confirm this kind of shape. Thank you, I'm pretty sure the int...
by eijo
Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Visualization Sutra Study Group
Replies: 11
Views: 634

Re: Visualization Sutra Study Group

I've had a problem understanding the columns supporting the ground. Not just the columns themselves (which sound impossibly decadent), but the idea of the ground being supported by columns. I simply have a hard time wrapping my head around it. Wonderful project, thank you. Regarding the columns in ...
by eijo
Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Tara/Saraswati
Replies: 11
Views: 762

Re: Tara/Saraswati

Karma Jinpa wrote:Are there any practices of either Tara Bosatsu or Benzaiten roughly equivalent to the deity yoga/generation stage sadhana practices in Tibetan Vajrayana? Can either of them be considered the Shingon equivalent of one's yidam deity?
Yes and yes.
by eijo
Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Kana seed-syllables/mantras?
Replies: 2
Views: 336

Re: Kana seed-syllables/mantras?

Karma Jinpa wrote:Is there a form of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism (Vajrayana) that uses one of the Kana scripts for seed-syllables and mantras, or are these always written in Siddhaṃ script?
Only Siddham letters are used for visualizations in Shingon.
by eijo
Thu May 05, 2016 5:44 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Book - Shingon - Japanese Esoteric Buddhism
Replies: 12
Views: 1940

Re: Book - Shingon - Japanese Esoteric Buddhism

I'm not that knowledgeable on Shingon but I have read most of this book. I can't speak to the accuracy of its contents as I haven't formally trained in Shingon but I did appreciate the author's attempt to present an overview of the topic. Most of the other texts I've read are focused more narrowly....
by eijo
Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Question about Kuji in/Mudra?
Replies: 100
Views: 8549

Re: Question about Kuji in/Mudra?

esoteric Buddhism doesn't have to involve diety yoga..that thing is in Tibet, Mongolia etc...in Japan, they don't do this thing as what I know Sorry, you're wrong. Mainstream Japanese esoteric Buddhist practice is thoroughly about deity yoga. There are a handful of minor practices that are not full...
by eijo
Sun May 31, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Question about Kuji in/Mudra?
Replies: 100
Views: 8549

Re: Question about Kuji in/Mudra?

Kuji In the nine syllable is practiced in Japanese shingon look this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVI2sO7k10o 7:49 he will do nine Kuji in fastly Yes, you're right that the person is doing the kuji at that point in the video. And no, you're wrong that its part of Shingon. Its not. The peop...
by eijo
Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: "Shingon Zen"
Replies: 32
Views: 5208

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 eijo
Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: "Shingon Zen"
Replies: 32
Views: 5208

Re: "Shingon Zen"

Ajikan is certainly taught to the general public. I have taught it myself many times here at Koyasan to both the general public and priests. However, what is taught in public is not the full extent of Ajikan. To fully understand it, one needs to study and practice through to Denbō kanjō, and receive...
by eijo
Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:39 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Shingon Ordination OUTSIDE Japan...?
Replies: 4
Views: 1662

Re: Shingon Ordination OUTSIDE Japan...?

First, the terminology here is wrong. Ordination is the first thing a priest receives, and is tokudo 得度 in Japanese. It is the tonsure, signifying entry into the Buddhist order. This can be given by any registered temple in Koyasan Shingon-shu. What seems to be under discussion here is the full Dhar...
by eijo
Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Dechan Jueren and Hanmi Buddhism
Replies: 55
Views: 7909

Re: Dechan Jueren and Hanmi Buddhism

It doesn't take much to make up a lineage. One can also just say that it was a transmission from one of the buddhas, bodhisattvas or vajrasattvas. Right, but in the case of Vajrayana you need, generally speaking, a master to disciple transmission. This is how it works in Shingon which is the extant...