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by cj39
Tue May 17, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: An Quang Buddhist Temple in Birmingham Al
Replies: 2
Views: 636

An Quang Buddhist Temple in Birmingham Al

There is a small Vietnamese temple showing up on Google maps. I was even able to pull a nice jpeg of their altar: https://rabbitshorn.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/dsc07667.jpg If I am seeing what I think I am seeing that is Quan Te Am Botat and Great Strength Bodhisattva to either side. Has anyone ev...
by cj39
Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Holmes Welch the Chan Transmitter
Replies: 9
Views: 4001

Re: Holmes Welch the Chan Transmitter

I did find this after some digging:

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/di ... id=7003544

Make of it what you will.
by cj39
Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shinran
Replies: 9
Views: 1283

Re: Shinran

by cj39
Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Assistance Appreciated : Correct Pronounciation
Replies: 4
Views: 1468

Re: Assistance Appreciated : Correct Pronounciation

I tend to ignore the aspirated h myself as in English we tend to over aspirate anyway.
by cj39
Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Strong emotional and energetic sensations with Ksitighabha
Replies: 11
Views: 1989

Re: Strong emotional and energetic sensations with Ksitighab

There is a beautiful Di Zang Wang mp3 located here and at about twenty minutes, it makes a nice part of daily practice.

http://www.amitabha-gallery.org/dizangpusa.htm
by cj39
Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:29 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Not a vegetarian debate!
Replies: 14
Views: 3619

Re: Not a vegetarian debate!

Was kukai a vegetarian? Was saicho ? What about honen? Shinran? Dogan? Thanks in advance I would bet Saicho was. He promoted the Bodhisattva Precepts in Japan, setting aside the traditional Vinaya and vegetarianism is an explicit part of the Bodhisattva Precepts. Shinran, I would guess not since he...
by cj39
Sat Aug 22, 2015 3:35 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Chattanooga TN?
Replies: 8
Views: 2229

Re: Chattanooga TN?

SamBodhi wrote:Might I ask from where you are visiting the area? There may be places along the way.

S.
From Auburn-Opelika across the state line in Alabama. It is about a 150 mile trip one way.
by cj39
Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Sakra Indra Devanam
Replies: 33
Views: 9209

Re: Sakra Indra Devanam

[/quote] If Indra is Zeus, then clearly many animals have been killed for him in the past. [/quote] Lest we get too judgemental here I would also like to point out that animals weren't just killed, they were sacrificed, providing food in the process. Typically the only meat ate in Classical Greek an...
by cj39
Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Chattanooga TN?
Replies: 8
Views: 2229

Re: Chattanooga TN?

Here is the link about the Vietnamese community:

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/news ... oga/40907/
by cj39
Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Chattanooga TN?
Replies: 8
Views: 2229

Re: Chattanooga TN?

Thank you. Not much on the list actually close to Chattanooga though.
by cj39
Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Chattanooga TN?
Replies: 8
Views: 2229

Chattanooga TN?

Does anyone know any Buddhist resources in Northwest GA from about Rome GA up to about Chattanooga TN? I have been amazed at the lack of cultural diversity in these parts. My Dad passed this spring and we have been visiting fairly regular to help Mom out with the farm. Atlanta is 90 miles and a worl...
by cj39
Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:28 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Nightmares
Replies: 38
Views: 8336

Re: Nightmares

I have been shot so many times in the last year, it ain't even amusing anymore. I usually wake up chanting the nembutsu which I guess is good. Last night it was machine gun fire and I remember thinking even in my dream, "Again? Really?" I don't want to preach but you need to move or change the way ...
by cj39
Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:38 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Nightmares
Replies: 38
Views: 8336

Re: Nightmares

I've noticed In the past few years I've been reciting the Nembutsu before going to bed, I experience a lot of nightmares and even sometimes wake up in sweat. The times I don't recite it before going to bed, 90% of the time my dreams are usually ok. Does this happen with anyone else too? I have been...
by cj39
Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:33 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: The devil?
Replies: 26
Views: 3418

Re: The devil?

Coming from a Christian background the devil was an interesting topic, a force in life, always present. But I realized after some years in the Amitabha faith that I am the devil, or rather the devil is me. And this is very liberating. It is difficult for my Christian friends to understand, they oft...
by cj39
Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:17 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Future of World Religions
Replies: 2
Views: 849

Re: The Future of World Religions

The Pew Research Center has published a new report on the future of world religions, by the predicted stats. If you like demographic stats and predictions (as I do), you may find this interesting: pewforum.org article If current trends continue, by 2050 … The number of Muslims will nearly equal the...
by cj39
Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:13 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Ending Religious Tax Exemptions
Replies: 4
Views: 824

Re: Ending Religious Tax Exemptions

I think this is something to consider. http://time.com/3939143/nows-the-time-to-end-tax-exemptions-for-religious-institutions Taxing churches to me seems like a good way to reduce diversity among the religious landscape in the United States which I think of as a bad thing. Small organizations would...
by cj39
Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:09 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: SCOTUS Decision
Replies: 335
Views: 26198

Re: SCOTUS Decision

SCOTUS has decided what the law is, and that settles it. Perhaps, but perhaps not: there still remains the small chance that the ruling could be overturned in the future. Many of the Supreme Court justices are getting old and may retire soon, and if the next president is a Republican, he might appo...
by cj39
Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:05 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: SCOTUS Decision
Replies: 335
Views: 26198

Re: SCOTUS Decision

I feel for them - having their values trampled over by law and economics. I guess that's how secular society works. How exactly does allowing a small % of the population to have legal marriage equality trample on their values, what nonsense. Because there is no sense of glory and dignity in living ...
by cj39
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:32 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Forced entry into the Pure Land?
Replies: 4
Views: 1200

Re: Forced entry into the Pure Land?

I have been looking for this image for years! Saw it on a visit to the Shin group in Las Vegas. Thank you.
by cj39
Fri May 01, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dogen Quote
Replies: 5
Views: 1489

Dogen Quote

Just ran across this quote attributed to Dogen: "Those who see worldly life as an obstacle to Dharma see no Dharma in everyday actions. They have not yet discovered that there are no everyday actions outside of Dharma." Does anyone know the source? I want to see the context since Dogen's thought see...

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