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by rory
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei
Replies: 38
Views: 292

Re: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei

Amazing! thanks RJ for the beautiful photos, I so want to make a pilgrimage. I really thank you and From the Earth for sharing yours with me. It just adds to my faith:)

Just in case if this is helpful to some: Jikaku Daishi = Ennin, Ganzan Daishi = Ryogen.
gassho
Rory
by rory
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guanyin-centric practice
Replies: 5
Views: 258

Re: Guanyin-centric practice

Gassho Sko; I hear you, being a lesbian and I have a big devotion to Guanyin/Kannon-sama too ( I follow Japanese tradition). A great practice is to recite ch.25 of the Lotus Sutra which is all about Guanyin: "Good man, if any of the limitless hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis of living being...
by rory
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei
Replies: 38
Views: 292

Re: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei

I've never seen that film, thank you so much From the Earth, and I also enjoyed the detailed journey to Hieizan, from DifficultDharmaName (can you at least use romaji/hiragana for the less adept). I cannot wait to go one day.
It is a kindness to share this here, I'm very appreciative!
gassho
Rory
by rory
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 32
Views: 975

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

SonamTashi: If you're interested in Amitabha practice/Pure Land Buddhism, you should visit the Pure Land forum and maybe ask some questions there. Of course if you're more interested in Tibetan Buddhism, then you could ask about Amitabha practices on the Tibetan forum as well. In general, the langua...
by rory
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 32
Views: 975

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

These are two simple and common practices: You could chant ch. 25 at an altar with a statue of Guanyin and when you are finished, transfer the merits and vow to be born in the Pure Land. And you chant Guanyin's name. Or if you prefer chant the smaller Pure Land Sutra etc.,and chant Amida's name. Bot...
by rory
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 32
Views: 975

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

At the moment I'm reading 'The Teaching of The Buddha', produced by Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai. It talks about the Eternal Buddha, If you have not done so, read the Lotus Sutra. That's about the Eternal Buddha you find in East Asia - the one that is referred to in BDK's outline of Buddhism. Read the sutra...
by rory
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any independent Nichiren Buddhists here?
Replies: 15
Views: 326

Re: Any independent Nichiren Buddhists here?

He calls that everyone. Don't worry. :D It's his way of saying it does not have to be as it seems, but it might. Even his own students. I did wonder if something like that might be the case. Especially as I myself don't like the term 'buddhist' at all. It just puts people into a little box. Unfortu...
by rory
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?
Replies: 30
Views: 799

Re: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?

Here is a genuine reply that I am (sadly) sure will make those acquintances utterly avoid you:

"I agree; you need to make reparations now Give 25% of your spending money/income to historical black colleges and tribal colleges and universities."

gassho
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by rory
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 9
Views: 392

Re: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?

I am actually OK with any group claiming they are right above others, so far as that leads to intelligent and civil discourse. The real problem I have is the tendency to pepper even the most benign conversation with belligerent claims against the other, that righteous mission that some feel (on bot...
by rory
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?
Replies: 30
Views: 799

Re: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?

I'm white and Jewish. I get all kinds of things easy because of it (I'm 60% Middle Eastern) and yet I've been scared and hated in France, Greece, Ireland, Britain, and New York City because of my ethnicity-religion. Anti-Semitism is over 2,000 years old. Life is complicated, don't fall into emotion,...
by rory
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 9
Views: 392

Re: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?

On the contrary, rather than celebrate a schism, I find it to be absolutely disheartening. That it not to say it wasn't necessary; I believe SGI and Nichiren Shoshu have different objectives, but the fact is that the whole affair has a souring effect on any prospective practitioner. I implore my fe...
by rory
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best countries to expand buddhism?
Replies: 70
Views: 1240

Re: Best countries to expand buddhism?

Has no one here ever heard of Soka Gakkai? The organization that has spread the Buddhadharma all over the world? I think it's absolutely admirable. And no coincidence that when I went to a local Soka Gakkai meeting some years ago in my area that 80% of the members there were Black, Indian, Hispanic ...
by rory
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Mother has entered hospice
Replies: 12
Views: 415

Re: Mother has entered hospice

Namu Amida Butsu; may your mother be born in Amida's Pure Land.
gassho
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by rory
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Buddha Mindfulness Methods
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: Buddha Mindfulness Methods

I've been practicing Pure Land for approximately 20 years and the best method for me was to count nembutsu on beads: a classic Chinese mala or Japanese Ojuzu. One round is plenty and actually when I began it was rather like agony to finish. Seeing the beads reminds you to do it, and when you have ch...
by rory
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Rise of plant-based alternative Meats? (like Soy-based)
Replies: 14
Views: 552

Re: Rise of plant-based alternative Meats? (like Soy-based)

An vegan diet can be implemented to work well enough I suppose. But for the demands of everyday contemporary life, I think you’d have to become a nutrition mad-scientist to make it work, which would be both time consuming and expensive. Actually it's incredibly easy. Here is a link to a Seventh-Day...
by rory
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 17
Views: 459

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

City of 10,000 Buddhas which practices Ch'an and Pure Land has instruction books as well as Ven. Hsuan Hua's wise words about practice: From the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua’s instructional talks: Whenever you recite the Buddha’s name you plant a seed in the field of the Dharma-nature. Reciting is als...
by rory
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Chanting Sutra
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: Chanting Sutra

I love sutra chanting, it is one of my favourite practices.These are my favourites: Heart sutra for pithiness, Ch 25 from the Lotus sutra for great Guanyin/Kannon and Amida sutra for going to the Pure Land...Oh and Ch. 14 Lotus sutra Lifespan of the Buddha! What are your favourite sutras/chapters to...
by rory
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 2578

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Greetings, Tony. From what I understand, Pure Land practices in China and Vietnam were never singled out from other Mahayana practices. Exclusive nembutsu practice, on the other hand, is the teaching of Master Shandao, which was lost in China for centuries but taken up again by Master Honen in Japa...
by rory
Fri May 31, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 2578

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

I’m not sure Mahasi Sayadaw will be helpful in a Zen context, but that’s not to say it’s not worth knowing. Zazen is not either Samatha nor Vipassana, however maybe 1000 years ago Ch’an practice was considered to be both calm and insight, but both practiced together not separately. Just not in the ...
by rory
Sat May 18, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 2578

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Since you are keen on the Lotus Sutra, there is a Lotus Sutra school; Tendai (Ch: Tiantai) . In Japan it is a multi-practice school which includes meditation, Pure Land and esoteric practices. In fact the famous sects of Rinzai and Soto Zen, Nichiren, and Jodo and Jodo Shinshu all came from Tendai. ...

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