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by rory
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 56
Views: 4951

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

SonamTashi: If you're interested in Amitabha practice/Pure Land Buddhism, you should visit the Pure Land forum and maybe ask some questions there. Of course if you're more interested in Tibetan Buddhism, then you could ask about Amitabha practices on the Tibetan forum as well. In general, the langua...
by rory
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 56
Views: 4951

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

These are two simple and common practices: You could chant ch. 25 at an altar with a statue of Guanyin and when you are finished, transfer the merits and vow to be born in the Pure Land. And you chant Guanyin's name. Or if you prefer chant the smaller Pure Land Sutra etc.,and chant Amida's name. Bot...
by rory
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 56
Views: 4951

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

At the moment I'm reading 'The Teaching of The Buddha', produced by Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai. It talks about the Eternal Buddha, If you have not done so, read the Lotus Sutra. That's about the Eternal Buddha you find in East Asia - the one that is referred to in BDK's outline of Buddhism. Read the sutra...
by rory
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any independent Nichiren Buddhists here?
Replies: 25
Views: 2619

Re: Any independent Nichiren Buddhists here?

He calls that everyone. Don't worry. :D It's his way of saying it does not have to be as it seems, but it might. Even his own students. I did wonder if something like that might be the case. Especially as I myself don't like the term 'buddhist' at all. It just puts people into a little box. Unfortu...
by rory
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?
Replies: 30
Views: 2326

Re: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?

Here is a genuine reply that I am (sadly) sure will make those acquintances utterly avoid you:

"I agree; you need to make reparations now Give 25% of your spending money/income to historical black colleges and tribal colleges and universities."

gassho
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by rory
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 9
Views: 1427

Re: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?

I am actually OK with any group claiming they are right above others, so far as that leads to intelligent and civil discourse. The real problem I have is the tendency to pepper even the most benign conversation with belligerent claims against the other, that righteous mission that some feel (on bot...
by rory
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?
Replies: 30
Views: 2326

Re: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?

I'm white and Jewish. I get all kinds of things easy because of it (I'm 60% Middle Eastern) and yet I've been scared and hated in France, Greece, Ireland, Britain, and New York City because of my ethnicity-religion. Anti-Semitism is over 2,000 years old. Life is complicated, don't fall into emotion,...
by rory
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 9
Views: 1427

Re: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?

On the contrary, rather than celebrate a schism, I find it to be absolutely disheartening. That it not to say it wasn't necessary; I believe SGI and Nichiren Shoshu have different objectives, but the fact is that the whole affair has a souring effect on any prospective practitioner. I implore my fe...
by rory
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best countries to expand buddhism?
Replies: 70
Views: 4437

Re: Best countries to expand buddhism?

Has no one here ever heard of Soka Gakkai? The organization that has spread the Buddhadharma all over the world? I think it's absolutely admirable. And no coincidence that when I went to a local Soka Gakkai meeting some years ago in my area that 80% of the members there were Black, Indian, Hispanic ...
by rory
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Mother has entered hospice
Replies: 12
Views: 1493

Re: Mother has entered hospice

Namu Amida Butsu; may your mother be born in Amida's Pure Land.
gassho
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by rory
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Buddha Mindfulness Methods
Replies: 8
Views: 2085

Re: Buddha Mindfulness Methods

I've been practicing Pure Land for approximately 20 years and the best method for me was to count nembutsu on beads: a classic Chinese mala or Japanese Ojuzu. One round is plenty and actually when I began it was rather like agony to finish. Seeing the beads reminds you to do it, and when you have ch...
by rory
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 24
Views: 3898

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

City of 10,000 Buddhas which practices Ch'an and Pure Land has instruction books as well as Ven. Hsuan Hua's wise words about practice: From the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua’s instructional talks: Whenever you recite the Buddha’s name you plant a seed in the field of the Dharma-nature. Reciting is als...
by rory
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Chanting Sutra
Replies: 2
Views: 397

Re: Chanting Sutra

I love sutra chanting, it is one of my favourite practices.These are my favourites: Heart sutra for pithiness, Ch 25 from the Lotus sutra for great Guanyin/Kannon and Amida sutra for going to the Pure Land...Oh and Ch. 14 Lotus sutra Lifespan of the Buddha! What are your favourite sutras/chapters to...
by rory
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 6246

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Greetings, Tony. From what I understand, Pure Land practices in China and Vietnam were never singled out from other Mahayana practices. Exclusive nembutsu practice, on the other hand, is the teaching of Master Shandao, which was lost in China for centuries but taken up again by Master Honen in Japa...
by rory
Fri May 31, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 6246

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

I’m not sure Mahasi Sayadaw will be helpful in a Zen context, but that’s not to say it’s not worth knowing. Zazen is not either Samatha nor Vipassana, however maybe 1000 years ago Ch’an practice was considered to be both calm and insight, but both practiced together not separately. Just not in the ...
by rory
Sat May 18, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 6246

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Since you are keen on the Lotus Sutra, there is a Lotus Sutra school; Tendai (Ch: Tiantai) . In Japan it is a multi-practice school which includes meditation, Pure Land and esoteric practices. In fact the famous sects of Rinzai and Soto Zen, Nichiren, and Jodo and Jodo Shinshu all came from Tendai. ...
by rory
Sat May 04, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Insect karma
Replies: 40
Views: 3252

Re: Insect karma

You don't have to worry about the ants or other insects, it states in the Lotus Sutra, Ch. 25 that Kannon will manifest their shape and preach the Dharma to them. "If they must be saved by someone in the body of a heavenly dragon, yaksha, gandharva, asura, garuda, kinnara, mahoraga, human, or nonhum...
by rory
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: April 20 8:50 pm EST Mt. Hiei Taizokai Mandala livestream
Replies: 3
Views: 1240

Re: April 20 8:50 pm EST Mt. Hiei Taizokai Mandala livestream

It's an esoteric ritual involving the Taizokai Mandala. Here this public link might be helpful:
http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/m ... ebook.html
gassho
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by rory
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: April 20 8:50 pm EST Mt. Hiei Taizokai Mandala livestream
Replies: 3
Views: 1240

April 20 8:50 pm EST Mt. Hiei Taizokai Mandala livestream

4/21 10:00am (Japan Time)

Hieizan Enryakuji, Sange-e Mandala Li-hoyo Service, Broadcast live on the internet.
You can watch it here live!
https://www.tendai-usa.org/single-post/sange-e-mandala

gassho
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by rory
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?
Replies: 63
Views: 5023

Re: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?

I may have something unique to add here, being transsexual… Do you know why the ratio is skewed? If most women are like me, they despise arguing. There is entirely too much of that on this forum. Discussion doesn't require cantankerousness. I'm a woman and enjoy arguing as a child my pro-women pare...

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