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by Nikolay
Wed May 01, 2013 2:47 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: vows and commitments in Tendai?
Replies: 12
Views: 2326

Re: vows and commitments in Tendai?

Doshu is a provisional ordination in our school. This means I have a limited leadership role, some teaching responsibility, and such. I am basically a temple assistant who has been asked to lead a branch sangha. So that is what I do. As of this writing, I have not completed my training and not yet ...
by Nikolay
Wed May 01, 2013 2:29 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: vows and commitments in Tendai?
Replies: 12
Views: 2326

Re: vows and commitments in Tendai?

Jikan: In your blog post (written in 2011) you mention that you are going to attend your fourth 10-day training period, yet in the same post you give your title as doshu. Does it mean that one doesn't have to complete all 60 days to be ordained? Sorry if I misunderstood something. Also, does trainin...
by Nikolay
Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Devas, gods, dragons on Sutras
Replies: 19
Views: 1991

Re: Devas, gods, dragons on Sutras

I am with Anders on this one. On one hand, metaphysically I accept that such beings can exist (though emotionally my modern Western mind is not quite convinced). On the other hand, the enormous scale of events, with millions of beings attending and such, clearly refers to the sambhogakaya realm - or...
by Nikolay
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:32 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Learning about Tendai
Replies: 69
Views: 11248

Re: Learning about Tendai

I have read this thread http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=64&t=5061&start=0 and it got me thinking. Is situation in Japan really so grim? Sounds like a complete disaster. Also, turns out the Brahma Net Sutra precepts that Japanese priests take actually include celibacy, so all those married...
by Nikolay
Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Stopping thoughts?
Replies: 42
Views: 6380

Re: Stopping thoughts?

This forum is a treasure trove of good advice. I will continue with my practice, and see how it goes from here :namaste:
by Nikolay
Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Learning about Tendai
Replies: 69
Views: 11248

Re: Learning about Tendai

Thank you, everyone! Well, guess I've got a lot of stuff on my reading list, so I will return once I have any new questions :namaste:
by Nikolay
Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Learning about Tendai
Replies: 69
Views: 11248

Re: Learning about Tendai

Thank you Seishin and Jikan. I have already learned a lot about Tendai from this thread. Could you tell me what is the Tendai position on things like eating meat, sex, homosexuality, etc - the usual issues? Is vegetarianism mandatory (or at least expected)? Regarding sex, since Japanese priests can ...
by Nikolay
Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Learning about Tendai
Replies: 69
Views: 11248

Re: Learning about Tendai

Thank you for your kind answers. Naturally, I have more questions! :D

1)Philosophically, are there significant differences between Tendai and Tibetan Buddhism? Do they disagree on some things?

2)Do Tendai Buddhists study the Avatamsaka Sutra, or is it given little importance?
by Nikolay
Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Learning about Tendai
Replies: 69
Views: 11248

Re: Learning about Tendai

Personally, I prefer Gene Reeves version http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lotus-Sutra-Contemporary-Translation-Buddhist/dp/0861715713/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367227722&sr=8-1&keywords=lotus+sutra Or Kato's version http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Threefold-Lotus-Sutra-Kato/dp/4333002087/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=13...
by Nikolay
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Learning about Tendai
Replies: 69
Views: 11248

Re: Learning about Tendai

Currently there is not digital version, but the BDK are working on it. There a few digital texts on the second link and I think there are a few floating around in the Tendai forum. I'll try to dog some out :smile: Gassho, Seishin Thank you. I also have a question regarding the Lotus Sutra. Which tr...
by Nikolay
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Learning about Tendai
Replies: 69
Views: 11248

Re: Learning about Tendai

Here's one work to start with: Saichō: The Establishment of the Japanese Tendai School Paul Groner http://books.google.co.in/books?id=xhbv9sQpTgIC Thank you, I think I can get my hands on this one. But doesn't it deal mostly with Saicho's Vinaya innovations, not doctrine as such? Hi Mirage, which c...
by Nikolay
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:10 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Learning about Tendai
Replies: 69
Views: 11248

Learning about Tendai

Greetings, everyone. For a long time I have been interested in Tendai school of Buddhism. Unfortunately there are no Tendai temples and priests in my country, and literature on Tendai seems to be rather sparse. Could you please help me find out more? 1)First of all, I'm interested in philosophy of T...
by Nikolay
Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Stopping thoughts?
Replies: 42
Views: 6380

Re: Stopping thoughts?

White Lotus:
Thank you. I realize that not judging and being simply aware of thoughts is the key. But looks like not making any effort is an effort for me in itself! :thinking:
by Nikolay
Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Stopping thoughts?
Replies: 42
Views: 6380

Re: Stopping thoughts?

Do you think the feeling of grabbing at the thoughts could be related to expectations of the practice? I know for me that when I have a feeling that something is "not working" or feels wrong in meditation, as Jnana advises, the best thing for me is to try to gently look at that tension, and soften ...
by Nikolay
Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Stopping thoughts?
Replies: 42
Views: 6380

Re: Stopping thoughts?

The similes given for the stages of settling the mind pertain to all different types of people, and in many of the Tibetan practice traditions that use those particular similes there is also explicit acknowledgement that not everyone progresses step by step through all of the same stages. For examp...
by Nikolay
Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Achieving Epistemic Certainty
Replies: 41
Views: 4556

Re: Achieving Epistemic Certainty

I'm not sure if you would necessarily need to be omniscient to know something with absolute certainty. For example how can I attain a knowledge (that is impossible to doubt), whereby I know that Nirvana is a permanent state of the highest happiness? I think "happiness" is somewhat inaccurate since ...
by Nikolay
Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Stopping thoughts?
Replies: 42
Views: 6380

Re: Stopping thoughts?

Thank you for your advice. I will try to explain in more detail what is happening. For some time I have been trying to practice shamatha with object, by concentrating on my breath, or on a Buddha image, or on some random dot on the wall. That did not really work out for me. Then I obtained this book...
by Nikolay
Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Stopping thoughts?
Replies: 42
Views: 6380

Stopping thoughts?

I often encounter the advice that while practising shamatha one shouldn't try to stop the flow of thoughts, but should just sort of register them impassively. I found it basically impossible to do. When the thought arises, I notice it and sort of think "Here is a thought." Then it vanishes, and whil...
by Nikolay
Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: CG Jung was indeed a Fascist. Discuss.
Replies: 49
Views: 5227

Re: CG Jung was indeed a Fascist. Discuss.

I follow the "Who cares?" school of thought on such things. A tendency to accept or discard theories/methods solely due to political views their author may have held during some periods of his life is actually more troubling to me. Jung, in my opinion, was simply a product of his day and age. His vi...
by Nikolay
Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:18 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: abbot of sera jey monastery initiation with shingon priests
Replies: 5
Views: 1942

Re: abbot of sera jey monastery initiation with shingon prie

Hello! If anyone is still interested, I've been able to locate the temple in question. It is the Taima-dera Temple in Nara (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taima-dera) which is said to be quite unique because it belongs both to Shingon and Pure Land sects, priests from Shingon and Pure Land holding the...

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