study group for Chih-I's work on Meditation Maka Shikan

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study group for Chih-I's work on Meditation Maka Shikan

Post by rory » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:22 pm

Over in the East Asian forum, Rev. Jikai an Australian Tendai Shu priest, living in Japan is going to start a study group for Chih-I (Zhiyi) 's great work on contemplation: the Great Calming and Contemplation, Mo-ho-chih-kuan/Maka Shikan

Rev Jikai knows Japanese and Chinese so this will be an excellent opportunity to really understand this great and seminal Buddhist work.
Everyone is welcome, he will be posting text, so if you don't have the book: no problem!
Namu Kanzeon Bosatsu
The Tai-ching states "the women in the realms of Mara, Sakra and Brahma all neither abandoned ( their old) bodies nor received (new) bodies. They all received buddhahood with their current bodies (genshin)" Thus these verses state that the dharma nature is like a great ocean. No right or wrong is preached (within it) Ordinary people and sages are equal, without superiority or inferiority
Paul, Groner "The Lotus Sutra in Japanese Culture"eds. Tanabe p. 58

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Re: study group for Chih-I's work on Meditation Maka Shikan

Post by Queequeg » Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:36 am

Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

I think each human being has things to find out in his own life that are inescapable. They’ll find them out the easy way or the hard way, or whatever.
-Jerry Garcia

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