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by rory
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 8
Views: 159

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

DGA: There are some practices that laypeople engage in, and not only paying their membership fees. What are these? What do the Tendai laypeople you know practice? DGA; you received a doshu ordination ( a lower level, a full priest is a soryo) , at the NY Tendai Betsuin and lead a Washington sangha:...
by rory
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 30
Views: 730

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

It would be worthwhile (in another thread probably) to probe just what it was that prompted Honen to part ways with Tendai and take his inspiration from Shan-dao Been there, done that. What interests me is pre-Honen Pure Land as a popular cross school movement with a variety of practices and philos...
by rory
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 30
Views: 730

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

I had an interesting experience recently. So I've bounced around a bit between different Buddhist traditions (first Theravada, then Zen and Mahayana in general including a reading of the Lotus Sutra that I wasn't ready for yet and almost caused me to leave Buddhism behind (at some point I need to r...
by rory
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 326

Re: Tiantai Meditation

Huge topic as Tendai meditation has so many forms! Okay let's start with the difference from Zen: Tendai does shikan meditation which has two parts: calming and that will be familiar - like counting on each breath but for Tendai that's just the start. As then there is contemplation. Tendai has a var...
by rory
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 326

Re: Tiantai Meditation

Huge topic as Tendai meditation has so many forms! Okay let's start with the difference from Zen: Tendai does shikan meditation which has two parts: calming and that will be familiar - like counting on each breath but for Tendai that's just the start. As then there is contemplation. Tendai has a var...
by rory
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 44
Views: 948

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Can you give an example? My first thought was it's very easy to connect to Amitabha and Avalokiteshvara. You simply say their names in faith to begin the relationship. Other yidams may require a formal introduction through a lineage-holding lama. Still others respond to certain practices, places, o...
by rory
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 117
Views: 4242

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

As such, the term "One mind" does not appear in the passage at all. The commentarial literature on states that citta here refers to the eighth consciousness, the ālyavijñāna . The ālyavijñāna however is personal, rather than transpersonal. I think we might need to politely agree to disagree. From t...
by rory
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 44
Views: 948

Re: what do we mean by faith?

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE THE UNIVERSAL DOOR OF GUANSHI YIN BODHISATTVA (THE BODHISATTVA WHO CONTEMPLATES THE SOUNDS OF THE WORLD) Listen to the practice of Guanyin, Who skillfully responds in all places. With vast vows, as deep as the sea, Throughout inconceivable eons, He has served many thousands of ko...
by rory
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Looking for good books for learning classical chinese
Replies: 9
Views: 285

Re: Looking for good books for learning classical chinese

For those looking for an entry point into Classical Chinese, begin here: http://facultysites.vassar.edu/brvannor/ClassicalChineseEveryone.pdf I would then suggest reading through (and making notes) from Pulleyblank's grammar, and working through Rouzer fairly intensely. Barnes' "Chinese Through Poe...
by rory
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?
Replies: 51
Views: 1116

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

First we need a definition of Pure Land. Sukhavati-oriented practices is generally how it is understood in East Asian Mahayana and Tibetan Vajrayana discourse. Other practices focused on other Buddhafields typically have other names. Maitreya-oriented practice is technically not a Pure Land practic...
by rory
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?
Replies: 102
Views: 2656

Re: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?

This is why I don't bother to argue with either Malcolm or DGA they don't know Tiantai/Tendai philosophy and repeatedly refuse to learn any Japanese intellectual history. Since at least 2000 it's been understood in the academic community that there were no 'sects' in the Kamakura era, rather it was...
by rory
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?
Replies: 102
Views: 2656

Re: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?

I just want to make clear, he had no sectarian perspective when he was making his criticisms because he had no sect. Oh, come on. Of course he had a sectarian perspective, he was raised and educated in the Tendai tradition. It is pretty hard to read Risshōankokuron and not be surprised by the bile ...
by rory
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?
Replies: 102
Views: 2656

Re: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?

If Malcolm and DGA really want to understand Nichiren Buddhism they they should join the Zhiyi study group; Nichiren relied entirely on Zhiyi and Tendai philosophy which would explain the totality of NMRK. Unless they do not want to do the work but merely criticize and undermine people's faith. gas...
by rory
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland in Thailand
Replies: 11
Views: 382

Re: Pureland in Thailand

In Viet Nam, this is commonplace... The line between Theravada and Mahayana is virtually non-existent (and Vajrayana, to boot). I imagine that the Theravada/Pure Land syncretism that occurs in southern Viet Nam has been bleeding over into Thailand for quite some time. What an interesting thread! I'...
by rory
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?
Replies: 102
Views: 2656

Re: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?

If Malcolm and DGA really want to understand Nichiren Buddhism they they should join the Zhiyi study group; Nichiren relied entirely on Zhiyi and Tendai philosophy which would explain the totality of NMRK. Unless they do not want to do the work but merely criticize and undermine people's faith. gass...
by rory
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Zhiyi (Chih-I) study group led by Rev. Jikai
Replies: 1
Views: 87

Zhiyi (Chih-I) study group led by Rev. Jikai

Gassho everyone: in the Tendai forum we're having a study group of Zhiyi's famous work the Mohe-zhi-guan/Maka Shikan/ Great Calming and Contemplation, we're using the new Paul Swanson translation but don't worry if you don't have the book as Rev. Jikai, a Tendai Shu priest is posting the material. I...
by rory
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 17
Views: 698

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Okay I've picked up my volume: Rev. Jikai could you please discuss the modern Tendai view of this passage: p. 103 What does it mean to hear the perfect Dharma? To hear that samsara is indivisible from the Dharma body. that passionate afflictions are indivisible from prajna -wisdom, that the bonds of...
by rory
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Buddhas have to die? 1 or 3 or 4 Vehicles?
Replies: 228
Views: 790

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

And this completely undermines your whole school, in terms of all the "definitive" rhetoric, in terms of how important the Lotus is, i.e., the king of all sūtras, with nothing more definitive or complete, etc. Basically, you've reduced yourself to the position that "Anything said in any sūtra is me...
by rory
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Buddhas have to die? 1 or 3 or 4 Vehicles?
Replies: 228
Views: 790

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

Yes, they do. But not every upāya is for every person. Take Nichiren's Buddhism, I think his claim that chanting NMRK is the definitive Buddhist path is rubbish. So it is not an upāya for me. Rory thinks Tibetan Buddhism is rubbish. Malcolm: kindly do not put words in my mouth as I think no such th...
by rory
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 17
Views: 698

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

jikai wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:58 pm
Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delay in posting it up. I hope it is of some use.
The new material can be found here:

http://tendaiaustralia.org.au/documents/Guandingpt1.pdf

Gassho,

Jikai
Arigato gozaimasita Rev. Jikai; been busy with school, but am starting to read it now.
gassho
Rory