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by Seishin
Fri May 19, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Hiatal hernia
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Re: Hiatal hernia

I admit my life is much more sedentary of late than I would like it to be. I have a long commute and a desk job. This means most of my time is spent seated. With an infant in the house, it hasn't been easy to find time for exercise and sleep. Hence the weight gain. Now that the little one is almost...
by Seishin
Fri May 19, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Hiatal hernia
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Re: Hiatal hernia

Diet and lifestyle can have a massive impact.
by Seishin
Thu May 11, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?
Replies: 15
Views: 780

Re: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?

From my own muddled thoughts on my website; "there are ’10 Worlds’ within the 10 Worlds (10×10 = 100). Within each of these there are the ‘10 Factors of life’ that are experienced within the ‘3 Realms of Existence’ (10×3 = 30). Now multiply 100×30 = 3000 worlds. What I get asked quite often, is why ...
by Seishin
Thu May 11, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?
Replies: 15
Views: 780

Re: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?

nichiren-123 wrote: So I should try to understand the implications instead?
Only my opinion, but yes
by Seishin
Thu May 11, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?
Replies: 15
Views: 780

Re: ichinen sanzen - 100 worlds?

Worrying about the end figure or the mathematics really misses the point of this teaching.....
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Meditation in Tendai
Replies: 22
Views: 1372

Re: Meditation in Tendai

This may also offer a little insight in to the practice of the Four Samadhi's on Mt Hiei http://www.tendai.or.jp/shugyou/
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Re: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony

Thanks all. It was a long time ago now. All is ok. I hope, through our experience, we can better help others. :smile:
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 114
Views: 4825

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

I recently read experiences of Kagyu retreatants who slept sitting up during their three year retreats. They explained you don't really sleep. It may well be this is what Zhiyi was actually referring to. A practice popular in China and I believe still done in some Zen temples in Japan. ( I have fal...
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 114
Views: 4825

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

(With regards to the constantly seated Samadhi) Scratch that. Found it. I wonder though, whether he is really talking about not sleeping *at night* apposed to not sleeping in the day time. Rev Jikai may know as he's met someone who's completed this. I had always assumed that those who practice this ...
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 114
Views: 4825

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

Queequeg wrote:
On the 90 day meditation, technically sleeping, even while seated, is cheating. You are supposed to fight off sleep with chanting...
Don't suppose you can point me to where it says that? I don't recall it, and couldn't see it after a quick skim this morning... Many thanks :twothumbsup:
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Meditation in Tendai
Replies: 22
Views: 1372

Re: Meditation in Tendai

To my knowledge, the four Samadhi's are still practiced on Mt Hiei - I believe Rev Jikai has met someone who has completed the 90 days constantly seated meditation. The Kaihogyo is still practiced and is considered part of the constantly walking Samadhi practice. There are many other activities whic...
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 114
Views: 4825

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

I think this whole topic really goes off on several different tangents and at times is a little perplexing.... Personally I do not feel there is a "favour" of contemplative meditation "over" what you call "engaged practice". On the contrary, I think contemplative meditation is engaged practice - but...
by Seishin
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 114
Views: 4825

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

I don't recall reading that one can't sleep during the 90 day samadhi practice. Unlike the 10 day fast the Marathon monks do, in the 90 day samadhi practice, eating, drinking and going to the toilet are allowed. This is why the kaihogyo monks were dying, they were starving themselves to death. As fo...
by Seishin
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Re: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony

Thank you Rory. Much appreciated
by Seishin
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Re: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony

It was my sensei and Tendai Shu
by Seishin
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Re: Mizuko Kuyo / Water Baby Ceremony

Although I'm not part of Zen I found this ritual to be incredibly healing for myself and my wife when we lost our baby. I think it most definitely has a place in western society. When we lost our baby the doctors and hospital (uk) had a bit of a blasé attitude. We were told how "normal" and common i...
by Seishin
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 114
Views: 4825

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

Sticking my neck out again - could the idea of the title of the sutra containing the essence of the dharma be taken too literally? It was quite common in China for teachers to say the title of a particular sutra contained the essence of that sutra. Zhiyi went a little further in his explanation, but...
by Seishin
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...
Replies: 114
Views: 4825

Re: If according to Nichiren Buddhism, the Buddha taught people according to their level of understanding or capacity...

This may be controversial, but as this question is in the Mahayana section..... because the practice of NMRK wasn't taught by the Buddha. This practice is unique to Nichiren
by Seishin
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: how to expand my study/practice?
Replies: 10
Views: 1022

Re: how to expand my study/practice?

I'm from Tendai and in the UK. Happy to help out if I can and if that's what you want. Otherwise I'd second the advice of others- attend some local groups and see how they fit.
by Seishin
Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Nichiren, TienTai, and Lotus Sutra
Replies: 38
Views: 2522

Re: Nichiren, TienTai, and Lotus Sutra

Queequeg wrote: I believe you might be missing the import of opening the trace to reveal the real.
Sometime ago I was speaking with my sensei about this very thing and he said you can't have one without the other. They are inseparable