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by rory
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Looking for good books for learning classical chinese
Replies: 14
Views: 1445

Re: Looking for good books for learning classical chinese

For those looking for an entry point into Classical Chinese, begin here: http://facultysites.vassar.edu/brvannor/ClassicalChineseEveryone.pdf I would then suggest reading through (and making notes) from Pulleyblank's grammar, and working through Rouzer fairly intensely. Barnes' "Chinese Through Poe...
by rory
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?
Replies: 51
Views: 2522

Re: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?

First we need a definition of Pure Land. Sukhavati-oriented practices is generally how it is understood in East Asian Mahayana and Tibetan Vajrayana discourse. Other practices focused on other Buddhafields typically have other names. Maitreya-oriented practice is technically not a Pure Land practic...
by rory
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?
Replies: 102
Views: 4726

Re: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?

This is why I don't bother to argue with either Malcolm or DGA they don't know Tiantai/Tendai philosophy and repeatedly refuse to learn any Japanese intellectual history. Since at least 2000 it's been understood in the academic community that there were no 'sects' in the Kamakura era, rather it was...
by rory
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?
Replies: 102
Views: 4726

Re: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?

I just want to make clear, he had no sectarian perspective when he was making his criticisms because he had no sect. Oh, come on. Of course he had a sectarian perspective, he was raised and educated in the Tendai tradition. It is pretty hard to read Risshōankokuron and not be surprised by the bile ...
by rory
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?
Replies: 102
Views: 4726

Re: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?

If Malcolm and DGA really want to understand Nichiren Buddhism they they should join the Zhiyi study group; Nichiren relied entirely on Zhiyi and Tendai philosophy which would explain the totality of NMRK. Unless they do not want to do the work but merely criticize and undermine people's faith. gas...
by rory
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland in Thailand
Replies: 11
Views: 744

Re: Pureland in Thailand

In Viet Nam, this is commonplace... The line between Theravada and Mahayana is virtually non-existent (and Vajrayana, to boot). I imagine that the Theravada/Pure Land syncretism that occurs in southern Viet Nam has been bleeding over into Thailand for quite some time. What an interesting thread! I'...
by rory
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?
Replies: 102
Views: 4726

Re: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?

If Malcolm and DGA really want to understand Nichiren Buddhism they they should join the Zhiyi study group; Nichiren relied entirely on Zhiyi and Tendai philosophy which would explain the totality of NMRK. Unless they do not want to do the work but merely criticize and undermine people's faith. gass...
by rory
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Zhiyi (Chih-I) study group led by Rev. Jikai
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Zhiyi (Chih-I) study group led by Rev. Jikai

Gassho everyone: in the Tendai forum we're having a study group of Zhiyi's famous work the Mohe-zhi-guan/Maka Shikan/ Great Calming and Contemplation, we're using the new Paul Swanson translation but don't worry if you don't have the book as Rev. Jikai, a Tendai Shu priest is posting the material. I...
by rory
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 86
Views: 4559

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Okay I've picked up my volume: Rev. Jikai could you please discuss the modern Tendai view of this passage: p. 103 What does it mean to hear the perfect Dharma? To hear that samsara is indivisible from the Dharma body. that passionate afflictions are indivisible from prajna -wisdom, that the bonds of...
by rory
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Buddhas have to die? 1 or 3 or 4 Vehicles?
Replies: 228
Views: 3404

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

And this completely undermines your whole school, in terms of all the "definitive" rhetoric, in terms of how important the Lotus is, i.e., the king of all sūtras, with nothing more definitive or complete, etc. Basically, you've reduced yourself to the position that "Anything said in any sūtra is me...
by rory
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Buddhas have to die? 1 or 3 or 4 Vehicles?
Replies: 228
Views: 3404

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

Yes, they do. But not every upāya is for every person. Take Nichiren's Buddhism, I think his claim that chanting NMRK is the definitive Buddhist path is rubbish. So it is not an upāya for me. Rory thinks Tibetan Buddhism is rubbish. Malcolm: kindly do not put words in my mouth as I think no such th...
by rory
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 86
Views: 4559

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

jikai wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:58 pm
Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delay in posting it up. I hope it is of some use.
The new material can be found here:

http://tendaiaustralia.org.au/documents/Guandingpt1.pdf

Gassho,

Jikai
Arigato gozaimasita Rev. Jikai; been busy with school, but am starting to read it now.
gassho
Rory
by rory
Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: On the Efficacy of Pure Land oriented prayers for others
Replies: 28
Views: 492

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

Grigoris: Where, in the quoted section, does it say that it works when you do it for others? This is where your ignorance of Pure Land and the Lotus Sutra matters: That's Ch. 25 the famous Kwan-Yin chapter of the Lotus Sutra; Kannon can use her karma to overcome the individual's bad karma, who call...
by rory
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: On the Efficacy of Pure Land oriented prayers for others
Replies: 28
Views: 492

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

There is a very beautiful full moon out tonight, which naturally makes me think of Amida and Kannon and their boundless compassionn: " Good man, if any of the limitless hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis of living beings who are undergoing all kinds of suffering hear of Guanshiyin Bodhisattva...
by rory
Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: On the Efficacy of Pure Land oriented prayers for others
Replies: 28
Views: 492

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

I chanted, they got better (or their suffering was reduced), thus it was my chanting that made them better. Like there are not an infinite number of other causal factors and conditions being played out, that people are completely unaware of. Did you (or the others making these claims) ever consider...
by rory
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More
Replies: 55
Views: 7073

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

Prof. Jacqueline Stone has written about death practices in Japan, particularly focused on the moment of death. I recall the description of a society composed of monastics and lay people who had committed to daily practice and to support one another at the moment of death. The whole point was to ma...
by rory
Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?
Replies: 23
Views: 1606

Re: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?

thank you both Sentient Light and Admin PC I've really learnt a lot :twothumbsup: had no idea that Lin-Chi was now the principal lineage or what is going on in Vietnamese Buddhism, which is really interesting to learn about, hehe book Buddhists:) but it kind of makes sense to me now as the books tha...
by rory
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?
Replies: 23
Views: 1606

Re: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?

I checked Cloudwater and they're a new sect a combination of Zen and Shinshu, neither of which has visualization traditions. According to their lineage they're Ch'an, which does have visualization traditions - though I know nothing of the lineage members. I didn't see that but, that's, to use the J...
by rory
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?
Replies: 23
Views: 1606

Re: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?

Hi, rory. Can you help me understand where the issue is? The monk at Cloudwater, Venerable Shih Ying-Fa, has been helping me with questions about the Contemplation Sutra visualizations. He hasn't indicated there's a problem for laypeople to use the sutra. The other practices come from Buddhism of W...
by rory
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?
Replies: 23
Views: 1606

Re: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?

Monlan; are you being taught by a monk, nun priest or longterm Pure Land practitioner who was also taught this? As you just can't do these visualizations or show others how to do them without being taught by somebody who knows what sh/e is doing.
gassho
Rory

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