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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: 449

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: 367

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: 120

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: 2238

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: 2238

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: 2238

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. ...
by rory
Sat May 04, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Insect karma
Replies: 40
Views: 1133

Re: Insect karma

You don't have to worry about the ants or other insects, it states in the Lotus Sutra, Ch. 25 that Kannon will manifest their shape and preach the Dharma to them. "If they must be saved by someone in the body of a heavenly dragon, yaksha, gandharva, asura, garuda, kinnara, mahoraga, human, or nonhum...
by rory
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: April 20 8:50 pm EST Mt. Hiei Taizokai Mandala livestream
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: April 20 8:50 pm EST Mt. Hiei Taizokai Mandala livestream

It's an esoteric ritual involving the Taizokai Mandala. Here this public link might be helpful:
http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/m ... ebook.html
gassho
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by rory
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: April 20 8:50 pm EST Mt. Hiei Taizokai Mandala livestream
Replies: 3
Views: 166

April 20 8:50 pm EST Mt. Hiei Taizokai Mandala livestream

4/21 10:00am (Japan Time)

Hieizan Enryakuji, Sange-e Mandala Li-hoyo Service, Broadcast live on the internet.
You can watch it here live!
https://www.tendai-usa.org/single-post/sange-e-mandala

gassho
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by rory
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?
Replies: 63
Views: 1804

Re: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?

I may have something unique to add here, being transsexual… Do you know why the ratio is skewed? If most women are like me, they despise arguing. There is entirely too much of that on this forum. Discussion doesn't require cantankerousness. I'm a woman and enjoy arguing as a child my pro-women pare...
by rory
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?
Replies: 63
Views: 1804

Re: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?

There is modern scholarship that illuminates the subject. A great deal in Japanese. This is an interesting book about monastic revival, https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt6wr0s2 Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan Lori Meeks This one is also very fine: Engendering...
by rory
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners
Replies: 19
Views: 900

Re: Tendai nenbutsu for lay practitioners

Here is the classic text from the great Pure Land master Genshin: Thanks to Rev.Jikai Dehn who made the translation: The Collection on the Mental Contemplation of Amida (Buddha) by Sramana Genshin of the Eshin-In. The Sanskrit character A 1 is none other than the Principle of Emptiness. 2 The charac...
by rory
Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Help with Japanese
Replies: 22
Views: 885

Re: Help with Japanese

I spoke with Indrajala, who just got his doctorate in East Asian Studies about this. He said it would take me about 5 years to be able to read scholarship. I'm finishing Genki 1 in one year, I'll do the same with Genki 2. I suggest you when you are finishing year 1, have your teacher find a Shinshu ...
by rory
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Help with Japanese
Replies: 22
Views: 885

Re: Help with Japanese

I'm studying Japanese, with the plan to speak and to eventually read Japanese texts on Buddhism with studying Classical Chinese as a goal. I'm using a great textbook "Genki" and have a tutor. Genki does a good job of explaining grammar and teaching characters. Go through Genki 1 and Genki 2 then, di...
by rory
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: American Circumcision
Replies: 35
Views: 1681

Re: American Circumcision

So you would be opposed to prescribing antidepressants to children who need then, then? The idea that children "need" anitdepressants is aother example of parental negligence (except perhaps in very severe cases which may be organically rooted), and another example of the culture of "two in the mou...
by rory
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?
Replies: 39
Views: 1521

Re: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?

An actual attempt at a discussion would be welcome. Drive by opinionating is shit. Thanks for setting me straight, friend. I won't venture into your precious domain again. :coffee: _/|\_ Keith There is a fruitful discussion to be had about what Zhiyi found lacking in the Chan of his time https://ww...
by rory
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Introduction to Tendai - questions and resources
Replies: 5
Views: 527

Re: Introduction to Tendai - questions and resources

Here is the Tendai California Learning Center: https://www.tendai-usa.org/education It's international.There are priests from Europe, Australia, South America and all over the US who have studied with the TCLC! PRACTICE EDUCATION For those new to Buddhism or wishing to learn and practice in Tendai s...
by rory
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Shughendo
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Re: Shughendo

This looks like a good scholarly book on Shugendo: https://www.press.umich.edu/9438986/shugendo Shugendo Essays on the Structure of Japanese Folk Religion Volume 32 Miyake Hitoshi Edited and with an Introduction by H. Byron Earhart A comprehensive work on Japanese asceticism and folk religion. This ...
by rory
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: American Circumcision
Replies: 35
Views: 1681

Re: American Circumcision

Transition treatment for children consists only of hormone blockers, the purpose of which is to preserve the childs right to choose when they become an adult. If natural puberty is allowed to occur, a transgender child's eventual transition options are restricted to painful ones. I am appalled that...
by rory
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 1584

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

we make rice for dinner. This raises a concern for me. Is that explanation excessively material? It addresses the offering from the perspective of Nirmanakaya, but what about the Sambhogakaya and Dharmakaya? Am I in danger of foreclosing interest in the deep mysteries by explaining the offering in ...

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