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by Seishin
Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: The Three Truths
Replies: 22
Views: 2508

Re: The Three Truths

The discourse on the mandalas reminds me of in Shingon, the "doctrine of the non-duality of the two mandalas" or something of the like, I think it was called, relating to the Diamond and Womb Realm mandalas. Did Tendai get this from cultural contact with Shingon, or is this the Tendai schools's own...
by Seishin
Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mo-ho-Chih-kuan forthcoming
Replies: 46
Views: 5739

Re: Mo-ho-Chih-kuan forthcoming

Better start saving! :twothumbsup:
by Seishin
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra
Replies: 88
Views: 6042

Re: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra

The aim of the "three carts" is to get the kids (ie us) out of the burning house. In this case, they succeeded, therefore, the Buddha was not lying. But once out of the burning house (ie samsara), there is no need for the three carts - to put it another way, once we have 'crossed the shore' of enlig...
by Seishin
Wed May 31, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Meditation in Tendai
Replies: 22
Views: 2451

Re: Meditation in Tendai

How would the meditation of an occasional lay practitioner at a Western Tendai sangha look like? I'm somewhat confused by this question and don't really know how to answer. Are you looking for a detailed explanation of how we meditate? Are there unique Tendai elements or is the meditation not too d...
by Seishin
Fri May 19, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Hiatal hernia
Replies: 9
Views: 947

Re: Hiatal hernia

I admit my life is much more sedentary of late than I would like it to be. I have a long commute and a desk job. This means most of my time is spent seated. With an infant in the house, it hasn't been easy to find time for exercise and sleep. Hence the weight gain. Now that the little one is almost...
by Seishin
Fri May 19, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Hiatal hernia
Replies: 9
Views: 947

Re: Hiatal hernia

Diet and lifestyle can have a massive impact.
by Seishin
Thu May 11, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?
Replies: 15
Views: 1101

Re: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?

From my own muddled thoughts on my website; "there are ’10 Worlds’ within the 10 Worlds (10×10 = 100). Within each of these there are the ‘10 Factors of life’ that are experienced within the ‘3 Realms of Existence’ (10×3 = 30). Now multiply 100×30 = 3000 worlds. What I get asked quite often, is why ...
by Seishin
Thu May 11, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?
Replies: 15
Views: 1101

Re: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?

nichiren-123 wrote: So I should try to understand the implications instead?
Only my opinion, but yes
by Seishin
Thu May 11, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?
Replies: 15
Views: 1101

Re: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?

Worrying about the end figure or the mathematics really misses the point of this teaching.....
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Meditation in Tendai
Replies: 22
Views: 2451

Re: Meditation in Tendai

This may also offer a little insight in to the practice of the Four Samadhi's on Mt Hiei http://www.tendai.or.jp/shugyou/
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony
Replies: 8
Views: 993

Re: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony

Thanks all. It was a long time ago now. All is ok. I hope, through our experience, we can better help others. :smile:
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 114
Views: 6250

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

I recently read experiences of Kagyu retreatants who slept sitting up during their three year retreats. They explained you don't really sleep. It may well be this is what Zhiyi was actually referring to. A practice popular in China and I believe still done in some Zen temples in Japan. ( I have fal...
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 114
Views: 6250

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

(With regards to the constantly seated Samadhi) Scratch that. Found it. I wonder though, whether he is really talking about not sleeping *at night* apposed to not sleeping in the day time. Rev Jikai may know as he's met someone who's completed this. I had always assumed that those who practice this ...
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 114
Views: 6250

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

Queequeg wrote:
On the 90 day meditation, technically sleeping, even while seated, is cheating. You are supposed to fight off sleep with chanting...
Don't suppose you can point me to where it says that? I don't recall it, and couldn't see it after a quick skim this morning... Many thanks :twothumbsup:
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Meditation in Tendai
Replies: 22
Views: 2451

Re: Meditation in Tendai

To my knowledge, the four Samadhi's are still practiced on Mt Hiei - I believe Rev Jikai has met someone who has completed the 90 days constantly seated meditation. The Kaihogyo is still practiced and is considered part of the constantly walking Samadhi practice. There are many other activities whic...
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 114
Views: 6250

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

I think this whole topic really goes off on several different tangents and at times is a little perplexing.... Personally I do not feel there is a "favour" of contemplative meditation "over" what you call "engaged practice". On the contrary, I think contemplative meditation is engaged practice - but...
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 114
Views: 6250

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

I don't recall reading that one can't sleep during the 90 day samadhi practice. Unlike the 10 day fast the Marathon monks do, in the 90 day samadhi practice, eating, drinking and going to the toilet are allowed. This is why the kaihogyo monks were dying, they were starving themselves to death. As fo...
by Seishin
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony
Replies: 8
Views: 993

Re: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony

Thank you Rory. Much appreciated
by Seishin
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony
Replies: 8
Views: 993

Re: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony

It was my sensei and Tendai Shu
by Seishin
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony
Replies: 8
Views: 993

Re: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony

Although I'm not part of Zen I found this ritual to be incredibly healing for myself and my wife when we lost our baby. I think it most definitely has a place in western society. When we lost our baby the doctors and hospital (uk) had a bit of a blasé attitude. We were told how "normal" and common i...

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