authentic tendai text?

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authentic tendai text?

Post by crazy-man » Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:55 pm

dear friends,
what do you think about this website: ... hikantaza/

are this authentic texts from the tendai-shu?

what about this text?
5. Ten Non-Virtuous States of Mind (The Recitation on Self Discipline)
This is done individually. Contemplate:
Reflecting on my own life, I should abandon those heart-states in which bad actions accumulate, namely the realms of hells, animals, hungry ghosts, fighting entities, mundane life, heavens, evil spirits, hinayana followers, professional priests, and conflicting emotions.
is it authentic or not?

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Re: authentic tendai text?

Post by jikai » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:05 am

The text in question seems to be an interpretive translation of the instructions given at Ango. The Ango is a temple at the foot of Mt Hiei designed to give lay people a taste of Buddhist practice. The instructions are therefore simplified versions of monastic practices and training.

This translation isn't terrible. Although it does take some interpretive steps. For example, the term 'professional priests' is a quite odd rendition of the term Pratyeka Buddha. The implication here being that as a Pratyekabuddha is concerned with his own enlightenment, likewise a 'professional priest' is someone more concerned with themselves than with helping others. In general though, it could be used. But because of the number of 'interpretive steps', I'd urge caution if you don't have a Tendai teacher to guide you.


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Re: authentic tendai text?

Post by crazy-man » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:41 pm

thank you Jikai for your help. is this the origional source ot the text?:
Tendai Gongyo (Daily Ritual Practice) Rev. Jion Prosser ... 91660.html

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