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by rory
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 25
Views: 2087

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

there is a famous mandala used in many exoteric schools: the Pure Land mandala
gassho
Rory
by rory
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 86
Views: 7279

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Hosso Do you have any recommendations for a Hosso primer? I'm working my way through Living Yogacara by Tagawa Shun'ei. Pretty accessible read, but not sure how its received generally. Any comments? That's a great book, Rev. Tagawa is the head of the Hosso sect in Japan. here is a link to a 2009 un...
by rory
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 86
Views: 7279

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

Dear Rev. Jikai; thank you for all the work! you have put into the outlines. Please do not take my long silence for disinterest rather the material is complex and difficult... This passage at the end is causing me some confusion: The Middle is the perfect integration of the three principles, such th...
by rory
Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Genshin, Ojoyoshu and Pure Land
Replies: 8
Views: 980

Re: Genshin, Ojoyoshu and Pure Land

Been trying to track down this description of Genshin's elaborate Pure Land ceremonies that aristocrats often took part in. Lost it when my hard drive crashed recently. There's some mention of it in Living Buddhist Statues in Early Medieval and Modern Japan By S. Horton, p 66. Do you mean the Mukae...
by rory
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Genshin, Ojoyoshu and Pure Land
Replies: 8
Views: 980

Re: Genshin, Ojoyoshu and Pure Land

Rhodes teaches at Otani a Shinshu sect University, he also critiques Andrews reading and understanding of Genshin, in his book pp. 138-9 and more. Finally from Ojoyoshu : Even while remaining mindful (of the buddha) by reciting his name and seeking the Pure Land, contemplate (it in the following way...
by rory
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Genshin, Ojoyoshu and Pure Land
Replies: 8
Views: 980

Genshin, Ojoyoshu and Pure Land

I've started a new thread. For those who would like to read Genshin's Ojoyoshu Rev. Josho Cirlea researched and found an old translation by E.Reichauer and kindly posted it on academia.edu for free download here: https://www.academia.edu/6310675/Ojoyoshu_-_Collected_Essays_on_Birth_in_the_Pure_Land_...
by rory
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some Reflections on Shantao and Honen
Replies: 13
Views: 1253

Re: Some Reflections on Shantao and Honen

Such an interesting discussion. I was taught by a Jodo monk and attended a Shinshu temple, I have so much to be grateful for and am very appreciative, but for me I never could agree that vocal Nenbutsu was the supreme way, I felt drawn to early strains of Pure Land that to engage in many Mahayana pr...
by rory
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Vegetarian Diet Recommendations
Replies: 57
Views: 3874

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: 4362

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: 7279

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: 757

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: 49
Views: 4449

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
Rory
by rory
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 46
Views: 3119

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: 49
Views: 4449

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: 49
Views: 4449

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
Rory
by rory
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2904

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: 2904

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
Rory
by rory
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Many Practices in Tendai, but for Whom?
Replies: 39
Views: 2904

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: 2904

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: 2904

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:...

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