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by plwk
Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What beliefs are prerequisite for practicing Zen?
Replies: 31
Views: 5586

Re: What beliefs are prerequisite for practicing Zen?

3. As for the sutras there are some which are absolutely crucial for zen teachings, like Lotus... Interesting on the Lotus part...other than on liturgical days like where Chapter 25 is most commonly recited, how much of the Lotus means to the Zennies? Would this suggest Tiantai / Tendai influence t...
by plwk
Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:20 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: $193 million dollar monastery
Replies: 5
Views: 2164

Re: $193 million dollar monastery

LOL David...first there's bullet proof Thai amulets, now bullet proof monastery rooms... :shrug:
'Tang Dynasty buildings'... that would be a real treat, hopefully it has the glorious iconography from that era that Chinese Mahayana was famed for...
by plwk
Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 42 Hands & Eyes Objects
Replies: 3
Views: 1407

Re: 42 Hands & Eyes Objects

I'm making replicas of the 42 Hands and Eyes objects. Could you share with us on what is this endeavor for and its motivation? I do recall that in your early posts here, there's mention of DRBA (and their mother monastery, CTTB in the USA) and you have some involvement with them? Back in the early ...
by plwk
Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nun's ordination
Replies: 29
Views: 5408

Re: Nun's ordination

Well Indrajala, as you may already know, that many sources have stated that the very idea of a bhiksuni order was considered as a great advancement back then, for their time, so it's really tough to expect them to come to our present standards back when few would even allow women to advance much in ...
by plwk
Sat Mar 28, 2015 1:48 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu: Amida, Eternalism, the Dharmakaya
Replies: 5
Views: 1143

Re: Jodo Shinshu: Amida, Eternalism, the Dharmakaya

The Buddha said, “Good man, although Amitābha Buddha’s lifespan will last innumerable hundreds, thousands, and koṭis of kalpas, it will finally come to an end. Good man, after incalculable distant kalpas to come, Amitābha Buddha will enter parinirvāṇa. After His parinirvāṇa, the true Dharma will co...
by plwk
Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:26 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Japanese Temple Services
Replies: 19
Views: 3264

Re: Japanese Temple Services

Just samples across Pure Land, Shingon, Zen, Tendai and Nichiren...in that order for the videos I trust someone else will answer your remaining questions... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLCCK0FJtOM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--A-5Dxmf74 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBF2q0p9pdg https://www...
by plwk
Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:14 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1023
Views: 126995

Re: Yes or No ...

No. Will you bow before the Ceiling Cat?
by plwk
Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Taking refuge in the Buddha..
Replies: 8
Views: 1126

Re: Taking refuge in the Buddha..

From a Chán perspective... ...let me teach you the 'Formless Three-fold Guidance':-- We take 'Enlightenment' as our Guide, because it is the culmination of both Punya (merit) and Prajna (wisdom). We take 'Orthodoxy' (Dharma) as our Guide, because it is the best way to get rid of desire. We take 'Pur...
by plwk
Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:29 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1023
Views: 126995

Re: Yes or No ...

Yes. Do you have hooves?
by plwk
Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Blessed Sixth Patriarch's Day
Replies: 3
Views: 2646

Re: Blessed Sixth Patriarch's Day

http://history.cultural-china.com/chinaWH/upload/upfiles/2010-03/30/huineng__great_master_of_buddhismf38e097a832a2c1e20fc.jpg "In the functioning of the Essence of Mind and in conversation with others, outwardly we should free ourselves from attachment to objects, whence come contact with objects; ...
by plwk
Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:11 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Blessed Great Renunciation Day
Replies: 3
Views: 1288

Re: Blessed Great Renunciation Day

http://for91days.com/photos/SriLanka/Wewurukannala%20Temple/Hair-Cutting-Sri-Lanka.jpg When the Bodhisattva cut off his hair and put on the saffron-colored cloth, one hundred thousand gods felt joyous, pleased, and elated. Happy and delighted, they called out cries of joy and exclaimed: “Friends, P...
by plwk
Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:43 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1023
Views: 126995

Re: Yes or No ...

Yes. Did the Buddha teach on dinosaurs? :spy:
by plwk
Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:11 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1023
Views: 126995

Re: Yes or No ...

No. Would Buddha Dharma lose all purpose if one doesn't believe in rebirth and karma?
by plwk
Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Master Hsuan Hua on garlic, onions, etc.
Replies: 165
Views: 38035

Re: Master Hsuan Hua on garlic, onions, etc.

...the Sūtra in Forty-Eight Chapters...
Forty-Two you mean?
And whilst we are at it, this may interest some...
by plwk
Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Meaning of 法法何曾法?
Replies: 3
Views: 879

Re: Meaning of 法法何曾法?

法本法無法。 無法法亦法。 今付無法時。 法法何曾法 fǎ běn fǎ wú fǎ。 wú fǎ fǎ yì fǎ。 jīn fù wú fǎ shí。 fǎ fǎ hé céng fǎ "The fundamental doctrine of the Dharma, is that there are no Dharmas, yet that this doctrine of no-Dharma is in itself a Dharma; and now that the no-Dharma doctrine has been transmitted, how can the doctr...
by plwk
Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1023
Views: 126995

Re: Yes or No ...

No. Do you like ice cream?
by plwk
Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:06 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1023
Views: 126995

Re: Yes or No ...

No. Do you abstain from the five pungent plants (garlic, chives, leeks, onions, and asafoetida)?
by plwk
Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:03 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Master Hsuan Hua on garlic, onions, etc.
Replies: 165
Views: 38035

Re: Master Hsuan Hua on garlic, onions, etc.

1) Do you think it's a good idea to abstain from the five pungent plants? Frankly, from reams of doctrinal debates I have seen on this topic, I doubt there's any single and authoritative opinion on it and personally am still testing this idea after many years with varying results, giving thought al...
by plwk
Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:13 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1023
Views: 126995

Re: Yes or No ...

Yes. Is hedonism good?

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