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by gingercatni
Sat May 12, 2012 12:32 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu vs. Theravada
Replies: 62
Views: 11209

Re: Jodo Shinshu vs. Theravada

I personally think the Japanese brand of PL is quite narrow minded, such as only belief in other power, i.e., Amida, and not too keen on precept. I also find it difficult to swallow when Heart Sutra is forbidden in their tradition. In Chineses PL tradition, however, it is much more open and less do...
by gingercatni
Mon May 07, 2012 11:33 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Sutras with Ratnasambhava Buddha
Replies: 1
Views: 570

Sutras with Ratnasambhava Buddha

Hello Can anyone point me in the direction of some sutras containing reference to Ratnasambhava Buddha? His original name was Ratnaketu. I have searched high and low for some sutra's and tantras but most are out of print or not even available to my knowledge. If you can help I'd be very grateful! :s...
by gingercatni
Mon May 07, 2012 6:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: iconography
Replies: 5
Views: 924

Re: iconography

http://cttbusa.org//amitabha/amitabha.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; In the six periods of the day and night a heavenly rain of mandarava flowers falls, and throughout the clear morning, each living being of that Land, with sacks full of the myriads of wonderful flowers, makes o...
by gingercatni
Sun May 06, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Society
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Re: Pure Land Society

steveb1 wrote:Please do keep us posted about your site and its future developments :)

will do! :namaste:
by gingercatni
Sun May 06, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: iconography
Replies: 5
Views: 924

iconography

I was reading a few things about anicient Indian art and found a few things that interested me. Firstly we all know about the five Buddha's (don't we?) Well the mudra's are used to identify each of them as all have the marks of a Buddha and unless shown in a painting with a specific colour it would ...
by gingercatni
Sat May 05, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Buddha's
Replies: 2
Views: 549

Buddha's

I'm not going to explain this well I'm sure! But does anyone find when they are reading anything about Amitabha or any other Buddha that the information has a kind of "this is so made up" tone to it? Almost like a mocking tone? Maybe I'm being over sensitive. But I believe in the Buddha's, all of th...
by gingercatni
Sat May 05, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Society
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Re: Pure Land Society

Is this a Pureland Society that is tailored to Westerner? I am so glad to know that this form of Buddhism is reaching out to the West. since it is so 'different' from the Therevadian approach. This form of Buddhism gives you the insight of Buddha's wisdom PLUS the tremendous blessings that Amitabha...
by gingercatni
Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: The cost of Buddhist images
Replies: 1
Views: 384

The cost of Buddhist images

Is it just me or do some people feel that they are being ripped off completely when buying statues for shrine areas? I do usually go for larger statues but they are cheap in quality but high in price, why so costly? anyone else experienced this?
by gingercatni
Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Society
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Re: Pure Land Society

You guys are so shy! :tongue: On google+ we can all hang out together on the webcams and chat!! Post pics of what we doing in our Buddhist community, lets get together and extend our friendship to each other!!! :namaste:
by gingercatni
Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:02 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland Westerners?
Replies: 33
Views: 5754

Re: Pureland Westerners?

I am curious if there are any Pureland westerners on here? Having practiced on my on for more than a year now, I've been hesitant to visit some of the temples which tend to be more "ethnic" (I am caucasian, and do not speak Chinese or Vietnamese). It seems to me most of the temples which cater to "...
by gingercatni
Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:23 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Society
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Pure Land Society

I think the internet is fantastic, as since coming to Buddhism I have been able to meet people all over the world who share my beliefs. So I created a google+ page if anyone is interested https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106288541341170727006/106288541341170727006/posts" onclick="window.open(this.href)...
by gingercatni
Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:59 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: buddha images
Replies: 5
Views: 867

buddha images

Hi, I just wanted feedback from others on this. Does it really matter what Buddha image you have on your shrine table? Mine I think is historical Buddha, not Amitabha as the mudra is earth touching, though I think some Amitabha statues are earth touching depending upon the sculptor I suppose! Anyhoo...
by gingercatni
Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:41 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A "Christology" of Amida Buddha
Replies: 20
Views: 2427

Re: A "Christology" of Amida Buddha

The issue has been resolved by the doctrine of the three bodies (trikaya) long ago. Could you please point me to a written source or url that would clarify how the trikaya applies to the apparent "double' nature of Amida, i.e., Amida as the outcome of the human being, Monk Dharmakara's, efforts and...
by gingercatni
Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:42 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: zen and pureland views
Replies: 23
Views: 3113

zen and pureland views

I was reading a quote from a zen master about Amitabha's Pureland. He stated (more or less) that the pureland was not far in the west, but actually this world of ours and that Amitabha was a creation in our mind to achieve enlightenment. Now, in the sutra's we know Amitabha was once a man who became...
by gingercatni
Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:52 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: your daily routine
Replies: 6
Views: 1300

your daily routine

So, I was just curious how everyone else on here practices the pureland teachings. For me, it's the offerings at the shrine in the morning, followed by recitation of the short sutra, a short service and chanting of Amitabha Buddha and a not so great effort of meditation. I always thought meditation ...
by gingercatni
Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A question of faith
Replies: 8
Views: 1106

Re: A question of faith

thanks everyone! :bow:
by gingercatni
Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A question of faith
Replies: 8
Views: 1106

A question of faith

Does anyone else here ever experience severe doubt in their faith? Lately I have been going through a period of confusion, lack of belief in my own efforts etc. I suppose in some way I have difficulty comprehending why anyone (Buddha's) would have an interest in my happiness and freeing me from sams...
by gingercatni
Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:05 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: the meditation sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 827

Re: the meditation sutra

I've read the contemplation sutra. The practice described therein is detailed, elaborate, and challenging. I have not attempted it, nor have I been instructed in it. I would like to know if anyone here at DW has had such instruction. For what it's worth, I suggest you practice as you were with full...
by gingercatni
Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: the meditation sutra
Replies: 4
Views: 827

the meditation sutra

I've only recently obtained a copy of the meditation sutra, in which Shakymuni expounds how to envisage the pureland and Amitabha Buddha. Has anyone else read this sutra? I'm finding it hard to envisage things in the order described, whereas before in meditation I would form an image in my mind of A...
by gingercatni
Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:14 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Kwan yin/Avalokiteśvara
Replies: 4
Views: 850

Re: Kwan yin/Avalokiteśvara

I suppose really what I'm asking, is while I do my daily practice each day, is there some element where I should include kwan yin/Avalokitesvara? he/she seems a very revered bodhisattva and I give him/her very little attention, should I make a shrine to him/her? confused :shrug:

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