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by Sentient Light
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV
Replies: 20
Views: 677

Re: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV

This is actually why I asked. I wanted to know how Mahayana and Vajrayana practitioners who perform these practices in Japan, Tibet, etc. rationalize worshiping their ancestors with the view of rebirth. It seems difficult for me to imagine that they have no reasoning for continuing these practices ...
by Sentient Light
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?
Replies: 51
Views: 1099

Re: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?

Is there a diversity of position among Pure Land achools on those points, eg on the "literal rebirth" question? The idea that there's a difference between "literal rebirth" and "figurative rebirth" isn't really held in Pure Land schools. Even the traditional Chan schools would claim there is no dif...
by Sentient Light
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'
Replies: 20
Views: 540

Re: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'

Wouldn't that be true with beads too? Have you used beads before? You don't have to push or press anything. You just flick the tip of your thumb very gently. When you're done, if it's a bracelet, you can just tuck your thumb under, flay the fingers out, and the bracelet's back on and you're carryin...
by Sentient Light
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: To what extent do hell beings inhabit our world of physical objects?
Replies: 15
Views: 390

Re: To what extent do hell beings inhabit our world of physical objects?

I think your question is leading to some very narrow answers. Beings in another realm can't 'inhabit' ours, but we can interact with them. Some have no physical form, but we still interact with them. Of course, realms, like other phenomena, are all in the mind, and for my money if we regard everyth...
by Sentient Light
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Where can you hear worldly deities?
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: Where can you hear worldly deities?

You mean like devas? I would assume so. Here is the Q&A: (22:45 for question) https://youtube.com/watch?t=1510s&v=u6D6PFpxAvw I'll watch it later, but since you're OP.... do you have any actual questions to be answered, or is this just sorta open-ended? Cause if it's open-ended, I have nothing more...
by Sentient Light
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Where can you hear worldly deities?
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: Where can you hear worldly deities?

You mean like devas? I would reckon that devas can be communicated with through a manokaya, if one masters the meditative attainments. AFAIK though, devas are largely not interested in the affairs of humans. Yakshas are far more common to interact with us, but I would be reticent to use the term "de...
by Sentient Light
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?
Replies: 51
Views: 1099

Re: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?

Can you list some more forms of Buddhism which are incompatible with other forms of Buddhism? Nikaya buddhism of the pali suttas and mahayana... This is not true. The evidence of this is that bhikṣus who followed Mahāyāna lived side by side with non-Mahāyāna bhikṣus. Also worth pointing out that Bh...
by Sentient Light
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 24
Views: 620

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

Visions of Amitabha Buddha and the bodhisattvas are very commonly reported within Vietnamese Buddhism. I remember as a child, my mother watching the Vietnamese television channel that ran out of California, and they were showing this VHS recording from a temple in Viet Nam. It was grainy footage, bu...
by Sentient Light
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 117
Views: 4222

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

The Ch'an/Zen understanding of Pure Land practice has been taught for centuries: http://www.cloudwater.org/index.php/pure-land-buddhism/history-of-combined-practice In this form of koan practice, one recites the Buddha-name while asking oneself, "Who is the one doing the reciting?" This is for ulti...
by Sentient Light
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Sutras Extolling Benefits of Calm Abiding?
Replies: 4
Views: 182

Re: Sutras Extolling Benefits of Calm Abiding?

The Maitreya chapter of the Samdhinirmocana Sutra.
by Sentient Light
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 117
Views: 4222

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

I will soon be reading The Lankavatara Sutra. This sutra is famous for saying that all things are mind-only, that Buddhist practice is for the purpose of awakening to Buddha-nature, and that all Buddhist teachings are a finger pointing to the moon of enlightenment, rather than ultimate truths in an...
by Sentient Light
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland in Thailand
Replies: 11
Views: 375

Re: Pureland in Thailand

What an interesting thread! I've learned so much; thank you everyone who contributed. Can you explain how the Theravada/Pure Land syncretism started? gassho Rory Western history doesn't document very much of this -- the earliest references I can find come from the 1950s, but that's when exclusively...
by Sentient Light
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana and War
Replies: 49
Views: 1070

Re: Mahayana and War

I would reckon that participating in a defense against invasion would be somewhat admissible, but I'm doubtful of anything beyond that. On top of this, even the warrior-monks recognized they would go to hell for engaging in violence, even to defend the noble sangha. Karma is karma. We shouldn't try ...
by Sentient Light
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Do Pure Land practitioners go to the court of Yama?
Replies: 18
Views: 450

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

But in Chinese Pure Land one often does good deeds and dedicates the merit to a deceased person for 49 days after their death, as that's the maximum time it can take to be reborn. The idea being if they haven't yet followed Amida, that they need all the help they can get lest they fall back into sa...
by Sentient Light
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: 2018 Thien Retreat Schedule for Sinh Thich Meditation Center in WV
Replies: 0
Views: 79

2018 Thien Retreat Schedule for Sinh Thich Meditation Center in WV

In the event anyone is interested here... http://www.sinhthuc.org/e_index.htm Doesn't seem to be any longer retreats planned this year, but the notable weekend ones forthcoming are: Apr 14-15 -- Weekend Well-being Retreat "Bring Peace & Joy to Our Impermance Life". Retreat fee per person: $180 (dorm...
by Sentient Light
Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: which pure land do you seek?
Replies: 62
Views: 8042

Re: which pure land do you seek?

Interesting thread to get bumped. I don't think it's been mentioned (I just skimmed the contents), but it's worth pointing out if it hasn't already that up until the Tang Dynasty, there were multiple different "Pure Land traditions" (despite there never being an independent school). The most popular...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV
Replies: 20
Views: 677

Re: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV

The Ksitigarbha Sutra explains a lot of this. We give offerings to our ancestors, but the merit of these offerings is mostly our own merit. The merit received by the recipients of the offerings is only said to be "one seventh" of the merit offered. So the practice of offering is primarily about prac...
by Sentient Light
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is adultery and prostitution bad?
Replies: 44
Views: 939

Re: Why is adultery and prostitution bad?

Adultery is bad because of consent. By definition, when you commit adultery, there is someone in the relationship (typically your spouse/significant other) who did not consent to the relationship in that manner, and it causes harm. Polyamory is a different case altogether. If there is mutual consent...
by Sentient Light
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?
Replies: 23
Views: 1084

Re: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?

Rinzai/Linchi (临济) is what Ven Ching Kung (Amitabha Society) was trained in. He literally entered the monkhood at Linchi temple at northern Yuanshan (北圆山临济寺). So yes, that school of Chan does train in Pure Land, as Chinese Buddhism is a bit more syncretic than the Japanese schools. The website says...
by Sentient Light
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some questions
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: Some questions

1.) I remember reading that the Larger Sutra was not revealed until later because beings were 'not ready' to receive such a teaching... how were they 'not ready'?? 2.) After the teachings of the basic foundation of the Dharma (the four noble truths, eightfold path etc), why was the sutras on Amida ...