Search found 104 matches

by Varis
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 1253

Re: Zazen and breathing

I remember reading a Tiantai text that did teach it, I don't remember if it was by Zhiyi or someone else though. It recommended Zhiyi's six sounds as well as the movement of Qi around the body. Zhiyi taught the six sounds? They feature quite prominently in various texts about nourishing life practi...
by Varis
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?
Replies: 91
Views: 1301

Re: is doing spell is ok in Buddhism?

Actually, there is not much you can do. The bardo thodol has some techniques in order to spot impending death and practices to avert it. But really: how many people have the access to, knowledge of and ability to practice these techniques? When your life force is spent, well, kiss this current exis...
by Varis
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV
Replies: 30
Views: 1198

Re: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV

All sentient beings have been our mothers and fathers, excluding none. And wives, husbands, friends, etc., right? So presumably closer karmic affinity is what results in us getting married to certain people, being friends with others, etc? Puts a whole different spin on the concept of "soul mates",...
by Varis
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 1253

Re: Zazen and breathing

In fact it always surprises me how people try to find all sorts of origins of zen practice, as if it had any real meaning, maybe it has just intelectual value or is only information. But still it has no influence on current zen practice. There is none in fact. More surprising is repeating about con...
by Varis
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hell
Replies: 18
Views: 883

Re: Hell

kalden yungdrung wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:58 pm
Are there methods to get hell beings out of their house of fire and ice ?
Methods for releasing hell beings and ghosts are common in East Asian Buddhism, Ksitigarbha mantra and rituals are one of those methods. I'm assuming these practices aren't well known in Tibet?
by Varis
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 1253

Re: Zazen and breathing

IMO, such questions as what originated where and who influenced whom are always too simplistic in their very formulation, and can seldom be answered completely satisfactorily. It is interesting and sometimes useful to consider the historical connections between traditions, but in the end the value ...
by Varis
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Vajrayana is not Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 22
Views: 812

Re: Vajrayana is not Tibetan Buddhism

This is not correct. The term "Vajrayāna" is found in yogatantra, in the Sarvatathāgatatattvasaṃgraha-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra as well as the Vajra-śikhara-mahā-guhya-yoga-tantra It is also found in kriya tantra, in the Árya-avalokiteśvara-padmajāla-mūlatantrarāja-nāma and the Ārya-vajrakrodharājakalpa-...
by Varis
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Vajrayana is not Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 22
Views: 812

Re: Vajrayana is not Tibetan Buddhism

So mantrayana and vajrayana are different then ? http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Nine_yanas I should correct myself. Tibetans use the words Vajrayana and Mantrayana as synonyms but AFAIK the former term doesn't appear in Kriya and Yoga Tantra because it's a later development, hence why Eas...
by Varis
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Vajrayana is not Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 22
Views: 812

Re: Vajrayana is not Tibetan Buddhism

Vajrayana is a synonym for Highest Yoga Tantra (HYT). Most of Tibetan Buddhism is not HYT (to those fortunate to be practicing HYT within Tibetan Buddhism, you are in the truest sense "Vajrayana practitioners"). Yep, Vajrayana is HYT and Mantrayana is Kriya and Yoga Tantra. Although I would add tha...
by Varis
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 22
Views: 665

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

Even more interesting, so I wonder what they were called and again how academics categorize things. It may not be weird Japanese religion as I recall that Chinese meditators travelled via Daoist landscape paintings bother I think it may have been in one of Livia Kohn's books, it quite interested me...
by Varis
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Wrong livelihood for contemplatives
Replies: 18
Views: 514

Re: Wrong livelihood for contemplatives

Do you know of anybody in Bangkok, Thailand that teaches these techniques? I will be there in late May for a Vesak conference and would love to come into contact with somebody practicing in this tradition. Looked into this further real quick: According to this article: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/por...
by Varis
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Wrong livelihood for contemplatives
Replies: 18
Views: 514

Re: Wrong livelihood for contemplatives

Do you know of anybody in Bangkok, Thailand that teaches these techniques? I will be there in late May for a Vesak conference and would love to come into contact with somebody practicing in this tradition. Unfortunately I don't. You should try contacting Professor Kate Crosby who wrote the book I m...
by Varis
Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 1253

Re: Zazen and breathing

It will be not surprising if one may find some similarities within taoist practices or indian or tibetan yoga. they do not have to be exactly very same but similar, yes. However the aim might be very different. Finally taoism or indian non-buddhist yoga have different agenda. Moreover they have not...
by Varis
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Responsibilities of Western Priests.
Replies: 0
Views: 145

Responsibilities of Western Priests.

Hello, I wanted to ask those of you who are Tendai priests or priests in training a few questions: What are your responsibilities as a priest at your temple? Are you expected or required to hold a leadership role? Are you tied to your home temple? Do different priests have different responsibilities...
by Varis
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 1253

Re: Zazen and breathing

Soto has lost a lot of its original instructions.. but if you look into teachings of Hara Tanzan or Keido Chisan you would have a lot of these instructions.. with the 50th abbot of Eiheiji in the very end of the XVIII cent. who oppossed koan within soto which was completely unjustified there was mo...
by Varis
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Wrong livelihood for contemplatives
Replies: 18
Views: 514

Re: Wrong livelihood for contemplatives

borān kamaṭṭhāna: ancient discernment? I am aware of all the cross-over stuff (especially with the Hindu Ramayana tradition and the pre-existing "animsim") in Thailand since I am a Muay Thai Kru. I was also aware of the post-colonial reformation. But this is the first time I have heard of the boran...
by Varis
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Wrong livelihood for contemplatives
Replies: 18
Views: 514

Re: Wrong livelihood for contemplatives

It still is now. One can only reach the stage of Arhat, not Buddha, according to Theravada. I mean liberation. Was it a Theravada tradition or was it something that existed parallel to the orthodox tradition. It was the only mainstream Theravada meditation tradition prior to the 1700s. You mean the...
by Varis
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Wrong livelihood for contemplatives
Replies: 18
Views: 514

Re: Wrong livelihood for contemplatives

I said: THE BASIS. And what do you think the Visuddhimagga is based on? Give an example of the "tantric-like scriptures" found in Theravada Buddhism please. Also an example of the "oral teachings" not grounded in the Pali Canon would be nice. Thank you. The Visuddhimagga still contradicts the Sutta...
by Varis
Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Why samsara exists
Replies: 77
Views: 3579

Re: Why samsara exists

There is no greater purpose for the existence of samsara.
by Varis
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Wrong livelihood for contemplatives
Replies: 18
Views: 514

Re: Wrong livelihood for contemplatives

Grigoris wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:49 pm
Ummmmm... the Pali Canon is the scriptural basis for Theravada Buddhism. :?
There are also oral teachings, texts like the visuddhimagga, and tantric-like scriptures and practices, which are outside the Pali Canon.