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by Seishin
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is punishment of children required?
Replies: 61
Views: 2509

Re: Is punishment of children required?

This thread got me thinking, and I was talking with my mum about it at the weekend. She said to me that she never had to discipline me and my brothers as kids and we were all good... however I remember (and reminded her) of the amount of times she'd slap us across the legs, and the times she'd shout...
by Seishin
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is punishment of children required?
Replies: 61
Views: 2509

Re: Is punishment of children required?

those who also do not believe in discipline and boundaries I often wonder if its actually just a form of neglect. Some cases, maybe. But I think others have been so hurt by their parents that they can't separate discipline, boundaries and consequences from violence, anger, hatred etc. But I honestl...
by Seishin
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is punishment of children required?
Replies: 61
Views: 2509

Re: Is punishment of children required?

I'm also amazed at the amount of people who feel discipline = violence, hitting and anger. It is possible to discipline a child without resorting to these.
by Seishin
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is punishment of children required?
Replies: 61
Views: 2509

Re: Is punishment of children required?

One of my neighbours do not believe in discipline and boundaries. They let their children climb (and often break) other people's cars. They've thrown mud balls at peoples walls and windows. They've gone through the trash and thrown it around the road. They've even stolen my daughters toys a few time...
by Seishin
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is punishment of children required?
Replies: 61
Views: 2509

Re: Is punishment of children required?

Precisely Lukeinaz. if they've been naughty. They sit in time out, even when out and about. More importantly, they get treats for good behaviour and no treats for bad behaviour. what is "naughty". i mean in terms of buddhism, do you mean self-centered? Not in terms of Buddhism, whatever that means. ...
by Seishin
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is punishment of children required?
Replies: 61
Views: 2509

Re: Is punishment of children required?

Every child is different, every parent is different. Social environments, life at home, money etc all these things have an impact on the child and on how best to raise them. There is no one right way in my opinion and I admittedly roll my eyes when a parent is telling me I'm doing it all wrong. Alth...
by Seishin
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 86
Views: 6020

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

I'm still plowing through my copy of the Maka Shikan so I'm a little bit behind, but catching up. So I may be quiet for a little while just yet. A million thanks to Rev Jikai Sensei for taking the time to do this for us. It is invaluable to all of us, not just us English speaking Tendai folk. Thank ...
by Seishin
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Seon
Topic: Samatha and vipassana in Seon
Replies: 5
Views: 927

Re: Samatha and vipassana in Seon

According to the Jogye Order's website, the Seon master Choui Uisun practiced shamatha and vipassana (jigwan) for 40 years and advocated the practice of jigwan and studying scriptures alongside Seon practice. From what I understand jigwan practice comes from Tiantai. Does anyone know more about thi...
by Seishin
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Ayya Yeshe
Replies: 11
Views: 1304

Re: Ayya Yeshe

Atleast what I understood she had ordained nuns. She says it probably in few places, internet and youtube "Of the thirteen people I ordained with, only three others are still ordained." http://awakeningbuddhistwomen.blogspot.fi/2014/02/the-road-less-traveled-nun-who-carved.html "ordained with ", in...
by Seishin
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2413

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

Not entirely. It depends where we draw the line between esoteric and otherwise. The Tiantai tradition did absorb esoteric practices in China over the centuries which are esoteric. A good example of this would be the Hungry Ghost Rites(施餓鬼供養) which developed in the Song period. It is true that these...
by Seishin
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 48
Views: 3473

Re: Tiantai Meditation

To clarify a point, if I may; Zhiyi did not receive transmission in Ox-head Chan, as the school didn't exist at that time. The school was founded by Niutou Farong 牛頭法融 (594-657). Zhiyi (538-597) may have known Farong's teacher, Dayi-Daoxin (580-651), but I can't find anything to support this, and Da...
by Seishin
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2413

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

Does China's Tiantai today have the esoteric tradition like Japan's Tendai? No. The esoteric aspects were added by Saicho and then further by the likes of Ennin and others in Japan. I don't know what Tiantai is actually like in China these days, as I've heard mixed reports. Some tell me its no diff...
by Seishin
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2413

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

Although not Makashikan, here is a case in point of a Tendai priest in Japan teaching lay people to meditate. Whilst not the norm I am encouraged by his endevours

by Seishin
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2413

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

I generally agree that it is about determination and not necessarily about ordination. However, there are two things to consider. First, monastics often have more time available for practice compared to many lay followers. Of course there are lay practitioners who are really dedicated to practice a...
by Seishin
Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2413

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

If we look at Buddhism as a whole, we can easily say that only those who are dedicated to practice will attain... well, anything. One needs to put in the time and effort. This applies whether one is ordained or lay. Just being ordained and knowing more practices than a lay person doesn't mean that p...
by Seishin
Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2413

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

“In other words, esoteric rituals of Shingon Buddhism is nothing but in expression of the Middle truth. This point of view is Tendai esotericism.” Unclear here if the author is referring to Shingon, the school, or Shingon as the transliteration of Mantra. Either way, as is stated this is what Tenda...
by Seishin
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2413

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

Speculating here: I think there is a different understanding of what it means for a layperson to practice Buddha Dharma in a Japanese village rather than a city or town in the US, UK, or Canada. I don't know if this reflects the limitations in what can be (or what has so far been) transmitted outsi...
by Seishin
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2413

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

It is true, Tendai Shu (like Shingon Shu) is notoriously difficult to get in to in a meaningful way in Japan for foreigners, and to an extent the Japanese themselves, unless you have family ties to a Tendai lineage. There are many practices that are "closed doors" to lay people, and even many which ...
by Seishin
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 48
Views: 3473

Re: Tiantai Meditation

I have little experience with zen Buddhism/meditation so I may be way off base. My experience with zen meditation is that it was either meditation on the breath, meditation on koan, or 'just sit'. What is meant by 'just sit' (I apologise for not doing it justice) is that one sits with whatever arise...
by Seishin
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV
Replies: 30
Views: 2248

Re: Ancestor worship from a Mahayana POV

Similar activities are done in Sri Lanka and Thailand.

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