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by DGA
Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha-nature
Replies: 195
Views: 12055

Re: Buddha-nature

But what if it leads to the kind of joy which involves smashing kittens? Don't worry, it doesn't. And my apologies if my earlier comment offended. To the point: try not to worry about it or manufacture problems with words and concepts. If you really want a handle on Buddha Nature, find yourself a q...
by DGA
Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: 100% Enlightenment Guaranteed!
Replies: 16
Views: 1967

100% Enlightenment Guaranteed!

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by DGA
Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha-nature
Replies: 195
Views: 12055

Re: Buddha-nature

If it makes me happy and my mom happy, who are you to tell me what's wrong and right? It's thinking like a "normal person" that is dangerous. By that reasoning, one might claim: Smashing kittens with a car battery makes my mom and I happy. Who are you to tell me it's wrong or right, on the basis of...
by DGA
Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rule regarding Tattoo's in Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 7630

Re: Rule regarding Tattoo's in Buddhism

Amito fo, The question was asked by a member regarding the rules of tattoo's in buddhism. I consulted with the samgha member and they said. The rule in buddhism regarding tattoo's is we don't do it. Even if it is a tattoo about buddhism. It doesn't involve in buddhism. In buddhism we don't spend mo...
by DGA
Sun Oct 24, 2010 2:08 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Should indiviuals be married and be monk?
Replies: 10
Views: 2548

Re: Should indiviuals be married and be monk?

Huseng wrote:He probably won't reply. He just posts his declarations and seldom ever replies to comments, questions and criticism.

That's a shame. :shrug:
by DGA
Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:27 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Should indiviuals be married and be monk?
Replies: 10
Views: 2548

Re: Should indiviuals be married and be monk?

Not just Tendai, but Shingon likewise in Japan has married priests. Enjitsu claims to have some kind of purported connection to Shingon (which is suspect as Eijo earlier has pointed out and Eijo indeed is a recognized authority), yet he's saying one can't be ordained while married (this is contrary...
by DGA
Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:37 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Should indiviuals be married and be monk?
Replies: 10
Views: 2548

Re: Should indiviuals be married and be monk?

Hi Enjitsu, I have a few questions about the claims you make in your post. For now I'll limit myself to only two issues, which relate to the questions you pose about this particular Tendai group. First, on Mikkyo: yes, you're very much correct that dharani should not be distributed and that maintain...
by DGA
Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: News: Events in Boston and upstate NY
Replies: 3
Views: 985

Re: News: Events in Boston and upstate NY

Oh, and before I forget: here is a link to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts site with useful information on the event there. The photograph on the page was taken at the consecration of the Goma-do at California Tendai Monastery. Monshin sensei is visible in the photo. http://www.mfa.org/calendar/event...
by DGA
Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Differences in Jodo practices
Replies: 8
Views: 1969

Re: Differences in Jodo practices

To the best of my understanding, the main difference is in the role of nembutsu practice within the broader umbrella of the school's approach. Tendai is a school of eclectic practices but unified doctrine; nembutsu is one practice among many, and there are Tendai practitioners who primarily practice...
by DGA
Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:11 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: News: Events in Boston and upstate NY
Replies: 3
Views: 985

Re: News: Events in Boston and upstate NY

I'm bumping this to remind everyone that this event is fast approaching. It will be a great opportunity for people to get a first-hand look into Japanese Vajrayana, and to make a favorable Dharma connection.

So let's spread the word!

Seishin: :thumbsup: well spoken, mate!
by DGA
Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: News: Events in Boston and upstate NY
Replies: 3
Views: 985

News: Events in Boston and upstate NY

I would like to draw everyone's attention to a pair of upcoming events that are significant for contemporary Buddhism in North America, and also tie back to the very early origins of Buddhism practiced outside of Asia. Full details available here: http://dctendai.blogspot.com/2010/10/tendai-buddhism...
by DGA
Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in This Life
Replies: 29
Views: 2682

Re: Buddhahood in This Life

"Unfortunately not all of it is from reliable authorities." One has to be able to sort it out and don't put the books by Rajneesh on the same shelf as those by Jamgon Kongtrul. This is quite pervasive. In point of fact, it's possible in some circles to advance your career by announcing your willing...
by DGA
Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Rev. Jason Carter
Replies: 14
Views: 3350

Re: Rev. Jason Carter

Oh, now I understand. That group that identifies as Tendai/Pure Land is an independent school that I know next to nothing about except that they exist and they're not affiliated with anyone else. So at least we have that much. I was going to guess he was involved with Lepine or with Stephen Hayes. T...
by DGA
Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:50 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Rev. Jason Carter
Replies: 14
Views: 3350

Re: Rev. Jason Carter

<deleted post made in poor taste> :toilet:
by DGA
Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Modern Buddhist Utopias & Alternative Communities
Replies: 57
Views: 4588

Re: Modern Buddhist Utopias & Alternative Communities

Thanks Huseng! I've not yet read the books on this one, but I've skimmed some articles and book reviews about it. This is helpful.
by DGA
Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Human Need.
Replies: 7
Views: 1496

Re: Human Need.

Haven't taken a look at Maslow in a while but the Mahayana (as well as the Theravada) is dedicated to both the temporal and ultimate happiness of all beings. The SGI and other groups (often Nichiren but not just by any means) chanting for prosperity and well-being in this life is totally valid as a...
by DGA
Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:36 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Rev. Jason Carter
Replies: 14
Views: 3350

Re: Rev. Jason Carter

I took the time to read through his claims vis a vis Tendai. They're word salad. Here's what I mean: Reverend Sensei (Jason Carter) was ordained by the most Venerable Master Sha Mai-ku Mu-Sunim as an Ajai Buddhist Priest under the 1200 year old Japanese Pure Land / Tendai Lineages. Where to start? H...
by DGA
Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Rev. Jason Carter
Replies: 14
Views: 3350

Re: Rev. Jason Carter

I have no idea what to make of the Tendai claim there. I'm very skeptical. It would be worthwhile to ask him about it.
by DGA
Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Human Need.
Replies: 7
Views: 1496

Human Need.

If you were asked to explain the Mahayana view (or at least "a" Mahayana view) of human need, or even better a general theory of need for all sentient beings, where would you begin? What texts would you look to? It's relatively straightforward to describe the ultimate needs of beings, which would ha...
by DGA
Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Modern Buddhist Utopias & Alternative Communities
Replies: 57
Views: 4588

Re: Modern Buddhist Utopias & Alternative Communities

Bump.

Any takers on this one? I've snooped around a bit in the scholarship and turned up the interesting case of Seno Giro (sometimes spelled Seno'o to get the long "o" right), but that's about that.

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