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by rory
Sun May 06, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: "Taoist remains found in the Great Shangqinggong Temple in Longhu Mountain, Jiangxi Province"
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Re: "Taoist remains found in the Great Shangqinggong Temple in Longhu Mountain, Jiangxi Province"

thank you for posting this, how interesting, going to read the links asap!
gassho
Rory
by rory
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some Gems From The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: Some Gems From The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra

This has always been one of my favorite texts; thanks for sharing. Zhiyi (Chih-I, Chigi) the founder of the Tiantai school made the practice of this sutra one of the 4 samadhis; he wrote about it in his masterwork , the Great Calming and Contemplation, ( Mohe Zhiguan, Maka Shikan ) it still practic...
by rory
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Rare Tangut manuscript of the Lotus Sutra Rediscovered in Kraków, Poland
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: Rare Tangut manuscript of the Lotus Sutra Rediscovered in Kraków, Poland

this was a fascinating read and I went over also to the linked article and read the interview. Thank you for posting this! The photos of the Lotus Sutra were beautiful as well as seeing again how important a sutra it is!
gassho
Rory
by rory
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV
Replies: 30
Views: 1422

Re: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV

So it should follow that our practice has far reaching merit for all beings, and that's my understanding of the Mahayana view... I'm sure you are more familiar with this than I am, but the "seven generations" thing seems to be a Vedic or Brahmanical legacy, a convention from the Buddha's time that ...
by rory
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 1728

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 rory
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 1728

Re: Zazen and breathing

Bhikshu Dharmamitra translated: Zhiyi: Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime: A Classic Meditation Manual on Traditional Indian Buddhist Meditation The dissemination came from China, Martin Collcutt writes in "Five Mountains: Rinzai Zen Monastic Institutions in Japan" Harvard University Press,p. 33 that J...
by rory
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 1728

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 rory
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 25
Views: 1045

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

As I mentioned above, esoteric sensibilities, along with other influences that would seem foreign to our materialistic assumptions about reality, permeated pre-modern Japanese culture. Its hard to delineate what is Buddhist, what comes from the native shaman traditions, what is Daoist, etc. In this...
by rory
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 25
Views: 1045

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

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 no end. Rory Agreed! I want to hear more about this. Rory, do you remember what book Kohn says this...
by rory
Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 25
Views: 1045

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

In the case of the subject of my wife's work, the term "mandara" was appended recently - 1960s, IIRC. They are maps of sacred space and largely symbolic... its not clear if people traveled through the images... there are similar paintings relating to the Kasuga Shrine where we have diaries of peopl...
by rory
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 25
Views: 1045

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

According to Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis in "Japanese Mandalas", the Taima Mandara is not really a mandala, but rather a "Transformation Tableaux". In Japan, the term mandala or rather mandara has been appropriated to describe many objects and images that are not technically mandala. For instance, che...
by rory
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 25
Views: 1045

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

My pleasure! Here is an wonderful example from Japan, the famous Taima Mandala:
https://web.archive.org/web/20131215142 ... con-ex.htm
and there is a nice explanation of each section.
gassho
Rory
by rory
Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 84
Views: 3384

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Hosso Do you have any recommendations for a Hosso primer? I'm working my way through Living Yogacara by Tagawa Shun'ei. Pretty accessible read, but not sure how its received generally. Any comments? That's a great book, Rev. Tagawa is the head of the Hosso sect in Japan. here is a link to a 2009 un...
by rory
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 25
Views: 1045

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

there is a famous mandala used in many exoteric schools: the Pure Land mandala
gassho
Rory
by rory
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 84
Views: 3384

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Hosso Do you have any recommendations for a Hosso primer? I'm working my way through Living Yogacara by Tagawa Shun'ei. Pretty accessible read, but not sure how its received generally. Any comments? That's a great book, Rev. Tagawa is the head of the Hosso sect in Japan. here is a link to a 2009 un...
by rory
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 84
Views: 3384

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Dear Rev. Jikai; thank you for all the work! you have put into the outlines. Please do not take my long silence for disinterest rather the material is complex and difficult... This passage at the end is causing me some confusion: The Middle is the perfect integration of the three principles, such th...
by rory
Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Genshin, Ojoyoshu and Pure Land
Replies: 8
Views: 322

Re: Genshin, Ojoyoshu and Pure Land

Been trying to track down this description of Genshin's elaborate Pure Land ceremonies that aristocrats often took part in. Lost it when my hard drive crashed recently. There's some mention of it in Living Buddhist Statues in Early Medieval and Modern Japan By S. Horton, p 66. Do you mean the Mukae...
by rory
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Genshin, Ojoyoshu and Pure Land
Replies: 8
Views: 322

Re: Genshin, Ojoyoshu and Pure Land

Rhodes teaches at Otani a Shinshu sect University, he also critiques Andrews reading and understanding of Genshin, in his book pp. 138-9 and more. Finally from Ojoyoshu : Even while remaining mindful (of the buddha) by reciting his name and seeking the Pure Land, contemplate (it in the following way...
by rory
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Genshin, Ojoyoshu and Pure Land
Replies: 8
Views: 322

Genshin, Ojoyoshu and Pure Land

I've started a new thread. For those who would like to read Genshin's Ojoyoshu Rev. Josho Cirlea researched and found an old translation by E.Reichauer and kindly posted it on academia.edu for free download here: https://www.academia.edu/6310675/Ojoyoshu_-_Collected_Essays_on_Birth_in_the_Pure_Land_...
by rory
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some Reflections on Shantao and Honen
Replies: 13
Views: 476

Re: Some Reflections on Shantao and Honen

Such an interesting discussion. I was taught by a Jodo monk and attended a Shinshu temple, I have so much to be grateful for and am very appreciative, but for me I never could agree that vocal Nenbutsu was the supreme way, I felt drawn to early strains of Pure Land that to engage in many Mahayana pr...