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by rory
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Vegetarian Diet Recommendations
Replies: 57
Views: 2780

Re: Vegetarian Diet Recommendations

I've been about 85% vegan for over 20 years. Weigh the same as I did as a teenager and very fit (98lbs!) . My dad at 70 started eating this way and lived until 91 with a sharp mind and doing his shopping, fit etc died in his sleep at home. what I do: cook vegan at home when I go out (max 1x a week) ...
by rory
Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?
Replies: 61
Views: 3435

Re: What place does pilgrimage have in Buddhist practice?

Queequeg My wife and I did about half of the Saigoku when she was doing her dissertation research (she wrote on a genre of pilgrimage mandalas). Two weeks or so driving and walking around Kii peninsula. It was a lot of fun. My sister has been visiting Chichibu sites over the course of several trips...
by rory
Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 86
Views: 5155

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Rev. Jikai, First, I want to congratulate you and thank you for the latest study guide - you address some really big subjects. It was a good, challenging read. It definitely stimulated the mind and I'm going to let it percolate for a little. Impressive that you we able to put that together with all...
by rory
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Disability
Replies: 7
Views: 561

Re: Disability

I just found a very interesting article online by Paul Groner "Extreme Ascetiscism, Medicine and Pure Land Faith in the Life of Shuichi Muno (1683-1719)", a Jodo priest, who practised extreme asceticism and preached Pure Land to poor, the sick, lepers, and minsistered, sometimes prescribing nembutsu...
by rory
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 48
Views: 2801

Re: Tiantai Meditation

Oops, sorry! my eye skipped a line and of course it was Saicho who received transmission from Xiuran of the Ox Head School.
gassho
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by rory
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 46
Views: 2315

Re: Homosexuality

Outside of Pureland though, does the Buddha teach that you must become a man before reaching Buddhahood? The great Tiantai master Zhiyi (Chih-I, Chigi) circa 6th century China didn't hold with it either. He quotes from the famous story of the Dragon King's daughter in the Lotus Sutra who becomes en...
by rory
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 48
Views: 2801

Re: Tiantai Meditation

Chigi (Zhiyi, Chih-I) critiqued Northern and Southern Ch'an for this, he received transmission from Ox-Head Ch'an. Read this it's an excellent article by Paul Swanson the translator of Zhiyi's great work on meditation: Maka Shikan https://www.academia.edu/1092296/Chih-i_Zen_and_Chih-kuan gassho Ror...
by rory
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 48
Views: 2801

Re: Tiantai Meditation

Chigi (Zhiyi, Chih-I) critiqued Northern and Southern Ch'an for this, he received transmission from Ox-Head Ch'an.

Read this it's an excellent article by Paul Swanson the translator of Zhiyi's great work on meditation: Maka Shikan
https://www.academia.edu/1092296/Chih-i ... _Chih-kuan
gassho
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by rory
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2045

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

And here is a very nice article by Paul Swanson the English translator of Maka Shikan : Ch’an andChih-kuan, T’ien-t’ai Chih-i’s View of “Zen” and the Practice of the Lotus Sutra https://www.academia.edu/1092296/Chih-i_Zen_and_Chih-kuan it's an important read. There are some other excellent articles ...
by rory
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2045

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

here is the link Jake, I'm not sure who is the author:
https://www.tendai-usa.org/what-is-tendai-buddhism
gassho
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by rory
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2045

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

DGA and Rory-- Really interesting. When it comes to the actual specific instructions of Tendai Taimitsu practice, are they kept hidden from Shingon Tomitsu practitioners, and vice versa? That is to say, are they 'lineages' with different methods and initiations? Also wondering if the way a Tendai p...
by rory
Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2045

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

Curious: what does Tendai Mikkyo practice consist of and how does it compare to Shingon Mikkyo? Historically they were basically the same. Sects and sectarianism only came into effect during the Tokugawa period. Before that think of Tendai, Shingon, Hosso etc as faculties in a university. Monks wou...
by rory
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2045

Re: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?

DGA: There are some practices that laypeople engage in, and not only paying their membership fees. What are these? What do the Tendai laypeople you know practice? DGA; you received a doshu ordination ( a lower level, a full priest is a soryo) , at the NY Tendai Betsuin and lead a Washington sangha:...
by rory
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 31
Views: 2006

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

It would be worthwhile (in another thread probably) to probe just what it was that prompted Honen to part ways with Tendai and take his inspiration from Shan-dao Been there, done that. What interests me is pre-Honen Pure Land as a popular cross school movement with a variety of practices and philos...
by rory
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 31
Views: 2006

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

I had an interesting experience recently. So I've bounced around a bit between different Buddhist traditions (first Theravada, then Zen and Mahayana in general including a reading of the Lotus Sutra that I wasn't ready for yet and almost caused me to leave Buddhism behind (at some point I need to r...
by rory
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 48
Views: 2801

Re: Tiantai Meditation

Huge topic as Tendai meditation has so many forms! Okay let's start with the difference from Zen: Tendai does shikan meditation which has two parts: calming and that will be familiar - like counting on each breath but for Tendai that's just the start. As then there is contemplation. Tendai has a var...
by rory
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Meditation
Replies: 48
Views: 2801

Re: Tiantai Meditation

Huge topic as Tendai meditation has so many forms! Okay let's start with the difference from Zen: Tendai does shikan meditation which has two parts: calming and that will be familiar - like counting on each breath but for Tendai that's just the start. As then there is contemplation. Tendai has a var...
by rory
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 54
Views: 3093

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Can you give an example? My first thought was it's very easy to connect to Amitabha and Avalokiteshvara. You simply say their names in faith to begin the relationship. Other yidams may require a formal introduction through a lineage-holding lama. Still others respond to certain practices, places, o...
by rory
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 142
Views: 10615

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

As such, the term "One mind" does not appear in the passage at all. The commentarial literature on states that citta here refers to the eighth consciousness, the ālyavijñāna . The ālyavijñāna however is personal, rather than transpersonal. I think we might need to politely agree to disagree. From t...
by rory
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 54
Views: 3093

Re: what do we mean by faith?

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE THE UNIVERSAL DOOR OF GUANSHI YIN BODHISATTVA (THE BODHISATTVA WHO CONTEMPLATES THE SOUNDS OF THE WORLD) Listen to the practice of Guanyin, Who skillfully responds in all places. With vast vows, as deep as the sea, Throughout inconceivable eons, He has served many thousands of ko...

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