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by Seishin
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony
Replies: 8
Views: 1108

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: 1108

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: 1108

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...
by Seishin
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:43 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: 6771

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

Sticking my neck out again - could the idea of the title of the sutra containing the essence of the dharma be taken too literally? It was quite common in China for teachers to say the title of a particular sutra contained the essence of that sutra. Zhiyi went a little further in his explanation, but...
by Seishin
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:45 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: 6771

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

This may be controversial, but as this question is in the Mahayana section..... because the practice of NMRK wasn't taught by the Buddha. This practice is unique to Nichiren
by Seishin
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: how to expand my study/practice?
Replies: 10
Views: 1352

Re: how to expand my study/practice?

I'm from Tendai and in the UK. Happy to help out if I can and if that's what you want. Otherwise I'd second the advice of others- attend some local groups and see how they fit.
by Seishin
Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Nichiren, TienTai, and Lotus Sutra
Replies: 38
Views: 3874

Re: Nichiren, TienTai, and Lotus Sutra

Queequeg wrote: I believe you might be missing the import of opening the trace to reveal the real.
Sometime ago I was speaking with my sensei about this very thing and he said you can't have one without the other. They are inseparable
by Seishin
Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Nichiren, TienTai, and Lotus Sutra
Replies: 38
Views: 3874

Re: Nichiren, TienTai, and Lotus Sutra

I think also, for me (and how I personally understand Zhiyi) was that the whole of the Buddhas teachings are the Ekayana - there is nothing separate from it. The Lotus Sutra acts as a revalation that there is not three but just one, and that one IS the three, not separate from it. Therefore, I don't...
by Seishin
Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Nichiren, TienTai, and Lotus Sutra
Replies: 38
Views: 3874

Re: Nichiren, TienTai, and Lotus Sutra

If I remember Zhiyi correctly, the sudden perfect practice is for those with superior capacities and capabilities. I believe this may be where Nichiren departs from Zhiyi, as Nichiren seems to suggests that this is a practice for all. I can sort of see his logic here, but I don't agree with the fina...
by Seishin
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Nichiren, TienTai, and Lotus Sutra
Replies: 38
Views: 3874

Re: Nichiren, TienTai, and Lotus Sutra

If you understand Zhiyi's take on Pefect and Sudden V&S, the leap to Nichiren is not as big.
you mean the Daimoku? As an outsider to Nichiren I'm struggling to understand that. Would you care to elaborate?
by Seishin
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Where does Nichiren depart from Zhiyi / Tientai?
Replies: 25
Views: 1974

Re: Where does Nichiren depart from Zhiyi / Tientai?

Thanks Queequeg. That's helped in my understanding of Nichiren :-)
by Seishin
Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Where does Nichiren depart from Zhiyi / Tientai?
Replies: 25
Views: 1974

Re: Where does Nichiren depart from Zhiyi / Tientai?

Thanks for the explanation. From what it seems like you are saying is, that Nichiren today is very different to Nichiren then?
by Seishin
Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Where does Nichiren depart from Zhiyi / Tientai?
Replies: 25
Views: 1974

Re: Where does Nichiren depart from Zhiyi / Tientai?

Right, but the way you asked the questions makes your understanding central to the questions, so it would help to answer your questions if you offered some color to your understanding. No interest in debate. Well, like I said, I don't know much, so please forgive any misunderstanding; I've read in ...
by Seishin
Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Where does Nichiren depart from Zhiyi / Tientai?
Replies: 25
Views: 1974

Re: Where does Nichiren depart from Zhiyi / Tientai?

Hi Seishin, To try and answer your questions, I think you need to provide some color on your view on these issues. What do you think Nichiren taught and how does this vary from what you understand Tendai to be? What does primacy of the Lotus Sutra mean in your understanding of Tendai/Tiantai? Like ...
by Seishin
Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Where does Nichiren depart from Zhiyi / Tientai?
Replies: 25
Views: 1974

Re: Where does Nichiren depart from Zhiyi / Tientai?

Doctrine-wise within the Tendai systems he seemed to have issues with later evolution more than earlier ie he is more accepting of Nagarjuna, Saicho than Ennin and Enchin. Thanks, but that adds another question; what is (in Nichiren's view) later evolutions? Conscidering Saicho brought back a wide ...
by Seishin
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Where does Nichiren depart from Zhiyi / Tientai?
Replies: 25
Views: 1974

Re: Where does Nichiren depart from Zhiyi / Tientai?

I don't know much about Nichiren - but I'd like to gain an understanding of few things; 1) Nichiren as a Tendai reformer: I'm struggling to understand this. I get told this by Nichiren Buddhists, but I'm not seeing it. Any help here? 2) the primacy of the Lotus Sutra: it seems to me this means diffe...
by Seishin
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Translations of Zhi Yi's works in English?
Replies: 5
Views: 1439

Re: Translations of Zhi Yi's works in English?

Are there any sources for Master Zhi Yi's works in English? Though I can read Chinese I'm not fluent in classical and from what I've seen his works tend to be in massive paragraphs that are extremely off-putting to read. Thanks! Try these; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Essentials-Buddhist-Meditation-Kal...
by Seishin
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai & TienTai Resources
Replies: 30
Views: 10933

Re: Translations of Zhi Yi's works in English?

Are there any sources for Master Zhi Yi's works in English? Though I can read Chinese I'm not fluent in classical and from what I've seen his works tend to be in massive paragraphs that are extremely off-putting to read. Thanks! Try these; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Essentials-Buddhist-Meditation-Kal...
by Seishin
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 40735

Re: Translations of Zhi Yi's works in English?

Are there any sources for Master Zhi Yi's works in English? Though I can read Chinese I'm not fluent in classical and from what I've seen his works tend to be in massive paragraphs that are extremely off-putting to read. Thanks! Try these; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Essentials-Buddhist-Meditation-Kal...
by Seishin
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Laity in Tendai Buddhism
Replies: 1
Views: 899

Re: Laity in Tendai Buddhism

This is a very good question but I don't think I necessarily have the answers. I don't know what the role of lay people is in Japan but I get the impression it's very similar to Christian laity in the Church of England. In that regard I think lay people can play a vital role in the shanghai in helpi...

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