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by rory
Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren's interpretation of the Pure Land
Replies: 140
Views: 24658

Re: Nichiren's interpretation of the Pure Land

Tatsuo; if you have Stone's Original Enlightenment go to p. 270-271 where she discusses Nichiren's conceptions of busshu the seed of Buddhahood. The Daimoku plants the seed and by practice you progress. Mainstream Nichiren Buddhists such as Kempon Hokke Shu follow Kanjin Honzon Sho where it is state...
by rory
Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida's function in Jodo Shinshu
Replies: 51
Views: 9679

Re: Amida's function in Jodo Shinshu

Tatsuo: Tendai had many pure lands: but today I don't think most believe in an objective pure land in the West. Rather it's a purify your mind sort of thing. You can find a similar understanding of the Pure Land with Shinshu followers: this world is no other than the Western Pure Land. It's a metaph...
by rory
Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:33 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida's function in Jodo Shinshu
Replies: 51
Views: 9679

Re: Amida's function in Jodo Shinshu

Ryoto; I had a wonderful teacher a Jodo Shu monk, Rev. Jo-An Myers, he was just so kind & compassionate, really he was such a bodhisattva. And everything I learned, to be straighforward and non-intellectualizing, to have faith in Amida, that he's real and there is a real Western Pure Land. And every...
by rory
Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:54 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida's function in Jodo Shinshu
Replies: 51
Views: 9679

Re: Amida's function in Jodo Shinshu

Hi jIkan; I recognized the Tendai mon :thumbsup: I practiced Tendai awhile back, coming from my Pure Land background, Jodo Shu. I'd say intellectually the biggest difference would be in Tendai you're practicing to get enlightened in this life, JShu regards this as pretty impossible, Tendai would als...
by rory
Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:58 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida's function in Jodo Shinshu
Replies: 51
Views: 9679

Re: Amida's function in Jodo Shinshu

steveb the book is "Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism." a great great book. In a note to "Pure-Land Zen; Zen Pure-Land" by Master Ying Kuang Ven. Thich Thien Tam (p. 112 points out that we should be atttached to existance! which makes us mindful of cause & e...
by rory
Sat Nov 12, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida's function in Jodo Shinshu
Replies: 51
Views: 9679

Re: Amida's function in Jodo Shinshu

Dainichi is the eternal cosmic buddha for Shingon and esoteric Tendai followers, also Kegon. But when speaking about Japanese Buddhism that's not the case for [Zen?], Nichiren or Pure Land sects. The Eternal Buddha is Shaka Butsu for Nichiren and, Amida for Pure Land followers. I'm not sure enough a...
by rory
Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:11 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Mystical Experience in Jodo Shinshu?
Replies: 10
Views: 1943

Re: Mystical Experience in Jodo Shinshu?

I remember reading about a Shinshu follower in Japan during some calamity who felt utterly embraced by Amida's compassion & then had the strength to help himself and others. It was very powerful. I've experienced Amida's embrace when i was in the hospital years ago; it's like a golden light that tot...
by rory
Fri Oct 14, 2011 5:11 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Images of descending Amida
Replies: 7
Views: 1319

Re: Images of descending Amida

Gassho & welcome wishing;
people in this forum are extremely kind & helpful, I've known many of them for years from e-sangha; so please ask anything, No worries; we're here to help one another along the pure land path!
rory
by rory
Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:31 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Vietnamese Pure Land compared to Jodo Shinshu?
Replies: 14
Views: 2511

Re: Vietnamese Pure Land compared to Jodo Shinshu?

Hehe great illustration of rebirth Sinweiy :twothumbsup:
by rory
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:54 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Vietnamese Pure Land compared to Jodo Shinshu?
Replies: 14
Views: 2511

Re: Vietnamese Pure Land compared to Jodo Shinshu?

Rev. Dodatsu:
wonderful to see you here! It's like the old e-sangha for sure now :smile:
gassho
Rory
by rory
Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Death Stories
Replies: 45
Views: 9472

Re: Pure Land Death Stories

Sinweiy; I'm sure it's he from e-sangha, welcome back:)
gassho
rory
by rory
Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The wandering Huseng.
Replies: 57
Views: 8462

Re: The wandering Huseng.

Wonderful photos Huseng:
stay healthy and well It's fantastic to hear from you. Is the stupa a Nipponzan Myohoji one? What kind of meditation are you practicing?
:namaste:
rory
by rory
Sun Sep 25, 2011 6:01 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: NIchiren Buddist Locator database
Replies: 0
Views: 698

NIchiren Buddist Locator database

Hello all; whilst visiting the Independents yahoo group I came across this database collection of Nichiren buddhists, allowing people to find people from the various Nichiren sects Nichiren Shu, Soka Gakkai, Nichiren Shoshu, HBS , Kempon Hokke Shu, Reiyukai, staunch Independents etc and Other nearby...
by rory
Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:39 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Women in Pure Land
Replies: 62
Views: 9626

Re: Women in Pure Land

Actually Chun Fang Yu's Kuan Yin: the Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara Columbia University Press, says it all. Avalokitesvara changed sexes sometime in China.Scholars don't know when. Probably out of compassion to women; to show them they can be enlightened with our precious female bodies. g...
by rory
Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Self-Ordained Monks
Replies: 17
Views: 3878

Re: Self-Ordained Monks

I second Astus' recommendation of Faure's "The Red Thread" - an excellent book, with a lot to say about misogyny. I regard Honen and Shinran and some other monks as the tiny few who cared actively about women. Look at the bikkuni debate in Thailand, pretty sad to see so many clinging to forms over s...
by rory
Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Kukai's Vajra and Bell
Replies: 14
Views: 8460

Re: Kukai's Vajra and Bell

I understand, I'm enjoying your blog as well. Are many people interested in Mikkyo in Japan, that so many are crowding the exhibit?
gassho
Rory
by rory
Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:25 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Kukai's Vajra and Bell
Replies: 14
Views: 8460

Re: Kukai's Vajra and Bell

Big gassho Huseng;
the pic is amazing, please post more!
by rory
Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:58 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Doubt about Pure Land and Chan
Replies: 11
Views: 2519

Re: Doubt about Pure Land and Chan

Astus thanks so much for the attribution for the quote, I couldn't find it & it is so famous. I'm a bit confused when you say there was no Chinese Pure Land School; when there are 13 famous Chinese Pure Land Patriarchs: http://www.thomehfang.com/kumarajiva/13Patriarchs/13Patriarchs_20Nov2003.htm" on...
by rory
Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:47 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Doubt about Pure Land and Chan
Replies: 11
Views: 2519

Re: Doubt about Pure Land and Chan

HimalayanSpirit; 1. Pure Land practice is one of the oldest in Buddhism older than Ch'an and Vajrayana. Adherents of other practices such as Ch'an would criticize Pure Land to promote their practices. So you will find critiques. Pure Landers will say 99 out of 100 who practice Pure Land succeed, 1 o...
by rory
Sat Jul 23, 2011 6:18 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Men's Juzu/Women's Juzu
Replies: 5
Views: 1902

Re: Men's Juzu/Women's Juzu

Kendali; those sound like women's juzu so don't wear them if you'd feel embarrassed. Japanese sects have women and men's ojuzu, the women's being usually smaller and in pastel colours. My teacher sent me some Jodo ones and they were white & coral -typical female colors. Men usually get chunky and br...

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