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by SonamTashi
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 47
Views: 700

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

I can't follow most of the sutra chanting as it's in Japanese and even with the Roman script transliteration I often can't keep up. Part of the service is in Japanese, although Venerable also makes sure that part of the service is in English for the benefit of English speakers. But one of the doubt...
by SonamTashi
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 47
Views: 700

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

I want to thank everyone for the discussion, and thoughts. I'm going to bow out of the forum from now on thought. My teacher Josho Adrien Cirlea has asked me to do so, and out of deep respect I submit to his guidance as the Jodo shinshu priest I defer to on Dharma questions and teaching. Sonantashi...
by SonamTashi
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 47
Views: 700

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

For full disclosure, I am not a Shin Buddhist and it is not my intent to attack the tradition, but it has seemed to me for quite some time that Shinran's message is frequently misunderstood, especially in its modern presentation. One example of this is the idea, as previously mentioned, that Shinran...
by SonamTashi
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The direct transmission mechanism/nature
Replies: 3
Views: 436

Re: The direct transmission mechanism/nature

What is the direct transmission mechanism/nature in Dzogchen? Indeed, a transfer of information about the nature of mind alone is not enough: it is enough to read a text for this. What and how is transmitted from the realized master to the student? I am interested in, precisely, the mechanism/natur...
by SonamTashi
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: King Yama and rebirth
Replies: 1
Views: 87

Re: King Yama and rebirth

King Yama is in the Pali Canon. One example is MN 130: The Devadatta Sutta: these beings — who were endowed with bad conduct of body, speech & mind, who reviled noble ones, held wrong views and undertook actions under the influence of wrong views — with the break-up of the body, after death, have re...
by SonamTashi
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Guru yoga
Replies: 10
Views: 432

Re: Guru yoga

I already have a teacher, and have been taught guru yoga however it seems to be very different in each tradition. Not all guru yoga is the same, it has the same principles but not always the same You should practice the guru yoga you've been taught, as you've been taught it. Comparing other forms o...
by SonamTashi
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 40
Views: 872

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

Cultures will do what they can to say they are special. The Chinese are no different than the Americans, than the Canadians, Israelis, etc. Also the Mormons think the lost tribes of Israel were in America (Jesus was there too!) before the modern day Native Americans did a genocide. Just a small cor...
by SonamTashi
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Beyond the Upper Middle Way (Lion's Roar)
Replies: 24
Views: 561

Re: Beyond the Upper Middle Way (Lion's Roar)

I'm not sure whether Buddhism will ever attract a large lay following in the West, especially in a time when religion in general is declining under the onslaught of consumerism and scientism, but IMO it will be something more like Pure Land than Vajrayana if it does. :namaste: Kim Honestly, I am sh...
by SonamTashi
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Beyond the Upper Middle Way (Lion's Roar)
Replies: 24
Views: 561

Beyond the Upper Middle Way (Lion's Roar)

https://www.lionsroar.com/beyond-the-upper-middle-way/ I think this is a long overdue discussion. American Buddhism, and Buddhism in general in fact, has a long history of narrow association with certain classes. Throughout its history Buddhism has been associated with the noble and merchant classes...
by SonamTashi
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Chinese Buddhist chanting book online
Replies: 10
Views: 466

Re: Chinese Buddhist chanting book online

This is my setup. I got the scroll of Amitabha from a Jodo Shinshu priest. The images from left to right are: Vairocana (replica of the Daibutsu at Nara), Shakyamuni and Guan Yin (Eleven-faced form I think). When you have a setup like this with a cabinet, is it perfectly form to perform, shall we s...
by SonamTashi
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Does meditating on emptiness directly lead to compassion?
Replies: 15
Views: 393

Re: Does meditating on emptiness directly lead to compassion?

The Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa passage is discussing the conduct of a Bodhisattva. In other words, in context it is discussing those who already have bodhicitta. Bodhicitta is the first step.
by SonamTashi
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Help to distinguish lineages
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Re: Help to distinguish lineages

Honestly, I don't think you should worry too much about distinguishing between lineages. Instead, just see what is available in your area, give them a look, and see what fits that way. For one thing, experiencing these lineages in real life is far more effective for seeing what suits you than readin...
by SonamTashi
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Should I stay or should I go?
Replies: 12
Views: 471

Re: Should I stay or should I go?

I practice in the Nyingma tradition. My main teacher was a Zen nun for 15 years before switching to Tibetan Buddhism. By all means test the waters and see if you can find something that fits you better than where you're at, and as others have said, even if you find something else it doesn't mean you...
by SonamTashi
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Is the Pure Land an actual place?
Replies: 21
Views: 884

Re: Is the Pure Land an actual place?

what you and Johnny D are doing isn't really helpful to someone just starting to learn about Pure Land. Would you care to elaborate which choice(s) of words precisely weren't helpful? That would give us some more constructive feedback so we know not to repeat this error. I want to thank you for you...
by SonamTashi
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Buddhas have any true multiplicity, or are they all emanations of the dharmakāya?
Replies: 48
Views: 1293

Re: Do Buddhas have any true multiplicity, or are they all emanations of the dharmakāya?

Am I correct to assume that the wisdom continuum is the purified citta-santāna? What's the Sanskrit term for the wisdom continuum? I don't understand what the "point" of separate Samyaksaṃbuddhas is if, via the Śūraṅgama Samādhi, even one Buddha can manifest an infinite amount of emanations (among ...
by SonamTashi
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Which school...?
Replies: 16
Views: 576

Re: Which school...?

I think your best bets are Tendai or Chan/mainland Pure Land. These options allow you to practice the Pure Land dharma door without giving up practice on Avalokiteshvara. I think Jodo Shu is also less restrictive about practices towards other Bodhisattvas, like Avalokiteshvara, as long as they are u...
by SonamTashi
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Re: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism

Oh yeah, perseverance porn. The ultimately logical conclusion of "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" Capitalist ideology
by SonamTashi
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What Devotion Really Is
Replies: 11
Views: 534

What Devotion Really Is

This is a 3-part series of articles written by Erric Solomon on Samye Institute's website. I thought it was very helpful, so I thought I would share it. The first one is called Devotion Beyond Concepts: Kyabjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche used to explain that devotion and love were both the rising of uncon...
by SonamTashi
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: American Company’s Use of Buddhist Image Causes Uproar
Replies: 7
Views: 663

Re: American Company’s Use of Buddhist Image Causes Uproar

I think my reaction to this is best summed up by Catherine Tao, in the article: Ah, that sucks. It kinda sucks, but I don't think it is really that big a deal. I think with naïve Westerners and Capitalism this kind of this is basically to be expected, and it is at least a good thing that the company...
by SonamTashi
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitabha Buddha Vow 10 about selflessness: barrier to entry and feasibility?
Replies: 7
Views: 291

Re: Amitabha Buddha Vow 10 about selflessness: barrier to entry and feasibility?

Each Buddha has different vows for their Pure Lands. Shakyamuni vowed to establish his Pure Land in the Saha World, within the world of suffering, so that even the beings who are suffering have access to the Buddhist teachings. Amitabha vowed to establish a Pure Land that was free of suffering, but ...

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