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by rory
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 86
Views: 5139

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

"... the "Tiantai learning curve" grows quickly and broadly from the very beginning." You are not kidding! That is a daunting syllabus! Looking forward to jumping in. Do you have citations for the texts you include in the Study Materials that have been translated into English? Queequeg; Not dauntin...
by rory
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what is your approach to Dharma?
Replies: 42
Views: 2470

Re: what is your approach to Dharma?

Does it require $ to get teachings/empowerments from Nyingma teachers for lay people? Do you have to go to a specific place that costs money? Your questions are irrelevant. Here we go; if you want to practice Pure Land and Nembutsu here is a Jodo priest who will explain it to you: https://www.youtu...
by rory
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what is your approach to Dharma?
Replies: 42
Views: 2470

Re: what is your approach to Dharma?

Practices in ngakpa lineages are for lay practitioners too. Thanks for that but I'm pretty happy with the path I'm on. I suppose that's the beauty of buddhism, there's something for everyone. I wasn't suggesting you change paths, I was just pointing out that there are other options out there too. i...
by rory
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what is your approach to Dharma?
Replies: 42
Views: 2470

Re: what is your approach to Dharma?

The Huayan School's (Flower Garland, Avatamsaka, Kegon) main practice is to study the Avatamsaka sutra, so academic study has been key for some time. The Tiantai school is based on studying the Lotus sutra. And of course let's not forget the great history in China and Japan of textual commentaries f...
by rory
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Esoteric & Tendai contemplation of Amida
Replies: 6
Views: 1326

Re: Esoteric & Tendai contemplation of Amida

This is an important topic and I'm glad you brought it up, rory. Genshin's text is terse. I have reason to believe that it is effectively a summary of a broad and deep body of teachings, and that each phrase opens onto extensive topics of instruction. I rejoice in the merit of those who with the gr...
by rory
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?
Replies: 23
Views: 1760

Re: Are there any resources that teach visualisation practice?

and check the Tendai thread where I added to the Esoteric Nembutsu thread with theses about Dohan and Kakuban great Shingon masters who wrote very influential works on esoteric Nembutsu. Really fascinating and practices that continue till today!
gassho
Rory
by rory
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:55 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Esoteric Nembutsu
Replies: 0
Views: 402

Esoteric Nembutsu

I had started a thread on esoteric Nembutsu over in Tendai and just added to it with theses on Dohan and Kakuban, great Shingon masters, additionally there are great discussions on this topic in "Revisiting Kamakura Buddhism" and "Tantric Buddhism in East Asia" ed. Richard Payne , so I'm cross-posti...
by rory
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Esoteric & Tendai contemplation of Amida
Replies: 6
Views: 1326

Re: Esoteric & Tendai contemplation of Amida

And a thesis on Kakuban & Esoteric Nembutsu https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/10125/27696/1/Mori_Camille_Thesis_2013.pdf Another on Dohan & Esoteric Nembutsu: https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/111511/proffitt_1.pdf;jsessionid=CAFBA36B1A9F81EE2B39779B56C3F967?seque...
by rory
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 11475

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

And here is another Japanese Vajrayana-Avatamsaka pov: Kukai saw plants and trees as participating ontologically in the five great elements that compose the Dharma body and that " therefore, without change in their essence, they may without objection be referred to as 'Buddha."" Ibid. I don't think...
by rory
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 11475

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

IRC, insentient having Buddha-Nature has to do with the apparent multiplicity of how the environment can appear to beings - to deluded beings, the world appears defiled; to enlightened beings, it is a pure Buddha-verse (to borrow Thurman's terminology). It doesn't mean that insentient beings have m...
by rory
Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 310
Views: 11467

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

This is kind of funny, maybe its homophobic, well, most likely its homophobic, but I'm gay so whatever. In Buddhist Chinese, paṇḍaka is rendered phonetically: 般荼迦, "thistly people", 迦 appears to have no Semantic meaning. Welcome, there are gay people here but so far I'm the lone lesbian; did you ev...
by rory
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 310
Views: 11467

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Urns Let's set the record straight then. The Buddha has eradicated all afflictions, it is axiomatic. Only those whose understanding of the Dharma is completely perverse deny this. That's why you hate the Lotus Sutra and its votaries...Because they overturn everything you believe and were taught for...
by rory
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:21 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 310
Views: 11467

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Nor do I recall reading anywhere that Malcolm has claimed that the Buddha has eradicated all afflictions, as you claim he has. Urns Let's set the record straight then. The Buddha has eradicated all afflictions, it is axiomatic. Only those whose understanding of the Dharma is completely perverse den...
by rory
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: How influential is the "Awakening of Faith" in Japan?
Replies: 14
Views: 1481

Re: How influential is the "Awakening of Faith" in Japan?

Okay I had time to look into this a bit (only English pubs) and ironically J. Stone's "Original Enlightenment" discusses this. The term "original enlightenment shifted its meaning during Medieval Tendai thought. The Awakening of Faith clearly takes the former position {awakening means removing affli...
by rory
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: New To Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 1021

Re: New To Buddhism

DGA: *The most important thing is to find yourself in a situation where you can learn. The name on the door doesn't matter much. Tibetan or Japanese or whatever... who cares? What counts is if you are in a learning environment that works for you. Does it click? Are you growing in the practice? If so...
by rory
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 11475

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

The difference between the Tibetan and Sanskrit and the Kumarajiva, is that the Chinese translation stages that she transforms before the assembly: Then the assembly there all saw the daughter of the nāga king instantly transform into a man, The former state that she transformed her gender in "śāri...
by rory
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 11475

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

You don't have to be born as a human, specifically as a human male to reach liberation. In order to attain buddhahood, one must be born a human being with eight freedoms and ten endowments. One cannot attain buddhahood if one is born in any other condition— hell being, preta, animal, asura, or deva...
by rory
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: New To Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 1021

Re: New To Buddhism

You really don't need to worry about sectarianism: I was introduced to Pure Land by a Jodo Shu monk, attended a Jodo Shinshu temple, practiced Pure Land with Tendai, attended a Fo Guang Shan temple and it was all fine! No one ever said a bad word about another group. I personally prefer a mult-pract...
by rory
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:46 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 11475

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Please support your assertions with scholarship. I also recommend Buddhism in China: A Historical Survey , an essay available in Antonio Cua's compilation Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy . Around 400, the brothers Asanga and Vasubandhu built on other, later Mahayana sutras, and founded Yogacara,...
by rory
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 11475

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Slow and laborious like a horse and buggy (your Buddhism). Quick and svelt like a Concorde jet (the Lotus Sutra Buddhism of Nichiren). Puffery is found in all lineages. All over East Asia it's accepted that Kannon can preach the Dharma to hungry ghosts taking the form of a hungry ghost, or as an an...

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