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by Admin_PC
Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:05 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Thien in the US
Replies: 15
Views: 7134

Re: Thien in the US

Excellent! Have you had a chance to visit this temple? Me? Yes, this is the first Buddhist temple I've ever gone to for study/practice and the place I go most Sundays. The head monk, the nun, and the rest of the sangha are all very nice & accessible - they are there early for questions before the s...
by Admin_PC
Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:05 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Thien in the US
Replies: 15
Views: 7134

Re: Thien in the US

San Antonio has a Vietnamese Temple that practices a blend of Tian Tai, Pure Land, and Thien. The resident nun is particularly versed in Thien meditation techniques and teaches openly. Here's a link (hope it works): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Buddhist-Temple-of-San-Antonio/114740084368" onclick="...
by Admin_PC
Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland Westerners?
Replies: 33
Views: 6662

Re: Pureland Westerners?

I've had this trouble too. I'm thinking of starting a group in Austin. There's a Chinese temple, but I don't feel like chanting in Chinese. Pure Land is just not well known in the US, and most Buddhists are agnostic-types who want nothing to do with faith. Here's a blog I keep to answer objections ...
by Admin_PC
Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doing zazen but drawn to Pure Land,
Replies: 29
Views: 5771

Re: Doing zazen but drawn to Pure Land,

hornets thanks much for the resources! I'll definitely check them out. This thread has been a real learning experience for me. I thought I'd had things figured out and then was (pleasantly) surprised. Feel embarrassed for jumping to conclusions, but I guess the take away is "just keep reading." Coul...
by Admin_PC
Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi there! San Antonio, TX, US
Replies: 11
Views: 2273

Re: Hi there! San Antonio, TX, US

Jikan Thanks. :) Looking forward to Ven Geshe Thubten Soepa tonight. As I found out last night (re: Pure Land), just when I think I've got something figured out, it kicks me in the butt and I start all over again. It seems nothing is ever going to be "off the table." Probably even going to give vege...
by Admin_PC
Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:25 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doing zazen but drawn to Pure Land,
Replies: 29
Views: 5771

Re: Doing zazen but drawn to Pure Land,

Geeze. I tried to edit my last post, but I guess it didn't take. I hit p181-182 of "Buddhism of Wisdom & Faith" and it answered all my questions. Basically retract anything I said in my previous post(s). In fact, in validating what my friend originally told me, it's made me a lot more excited about ...
by Admin_PC
Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:37 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doing zazen but drawn to Pure Land,
Replies: 29
Views: 5771

Re: Doing zazen but drawn to Pure Land,

What makes you uncomfortable about it? I don't know how to say this without sounding offensive. I'm probably going to make some people angry. I don't intend any disrespect and fully own up to my ignorance. I guess my issues are centered around the idea of faith. I'm a little bit of a "doubting Thom...
by Admin_PC
Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:32 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doing zazen but drawn to Pure Land,
Replies: 29
Views: 5771

Re: Doing zazen but drawn to Pure Land,

I've started reading 'Buddhism of Wisdom & Faith' by Thich Tien Tam and there seems to be a definite mutual appreciation society between Zen & Pure Land. Reading the same book, about half way through. If nembutsu was explained in that book as it has been on this thread, I may have been a bit more i...
by Admin_PC
Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen lifestyle
Replies: 9
Views: 2534

Re: Zen lifestyle

boobytraps...
lots and lots of boobytraps...
by Admin_PC
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:10 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Practicing martial arts?
Replies: 16
Views: 2997

Re: Practicing martial arts?

[quote="/johnny\"]Is it wrong in a Dharma sense? Specifically what i do, is this wrong?: I practice Shaolin sets that i learned in a peaceful environment with friends who are also buddhist. I no longer take classes and now i just practice these sets alone, for energy, health, and mindfulness.[/quote...
by Admin_PC
Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi there! San Antonio, TX, US
Replies: 11
Views: 2273

Re: Hi there! San Antonio, TX, US

David N Snyder Thanks for the link! I found this one pretty interesting too: http://www.beyondthenet.net/thedway/soldier.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; OMG he's from San Antonio. Okay Porkchop, there's a rule you need to know about. Nobody is allowed to post here unless they fir...
by Admin_PC
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:36 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi there! San Antonio, TX, US
Replies: 11
Views: 2273

Re: Hi there! San Antonio, TX, US

Jikan (time, how apropos :twothumbsup: ) Thanks for getting back to me and I appreciate the advice. Work, well, I don't want to go too much into it. Long story short, I work on a military base and do computer stuff. I may be changing jobs here in a little bit, so that might be a non-issue. As far as...
by Admin_PC
Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:38 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi there! San Antonio, TX, US
Replies: 11
Views: 2273

Hi there! San Antonio, TX, US

Just started checking out this site this week and am impressed by the discussions I see. Background Raised Catholic. Bit of a monist when it comes to God, not big on the Bible, or on Jesus (aside from maybe as a symbol of Compassion), or on the teachings of the Church. Started learning about Buddhis...

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