Tendai fire ceremony

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Tendai fire ceremony

Post by BuddhistPeasant » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:49 pm

I am curious about the fire ceremony in Japanese Buddhism. I asked about it in the Shingon section and I would like to ask the same here but related to Tendai. Do you know where I can find a description of the Tendai fire ritual and the meaning of the gestures? Can somebody give me some explanations? I know that lay people may attend to such ceremonies, so I suppose it's not something secret. Sorry if I understood this wrong.

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Re: Tendai fire ceremony

Post by DGA » Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:26 am

BuddhistPeasant wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:49 pm
I am curious about the fire ceremony in Japanese Buddhism. I asked about it in the Shingon section and I would like to ask the same here but related to Tendai. Do you know where I can find a description of the Tendai fire ritual and the meaning of the gestures? Can somebody give me some explanations? I know that lay people may attend to such ceremonies, so I suppose it's not something secret. Sorry if I understood this wrong.
There are aspects of the goma ceremony that are learned and mastered by the priests who perform it, and kept secret among them. With that said, if you can attend a goma, I encourage you to do so. It's an excellent practice.

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Re: Tendai fire ceremony

Post by Fortyeightvows » Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:54 am

I thought about saying this on your other thread but ill say it here instead. get michael saso's book! One of his books is all about the homa rites

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Post by Seishin » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:51 am

Due to the esoteric nature of the goma you won't find an in-depth explanation for every element in the public domain. That book you have by Saso is, as far as I'm aware, the only public publication of the Tendai goma. He also has a set of videos that accompanies the book you'll find on his webpage.

I hope that helps
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Re: Tendai fire ceremony

Post by BuddhistPeasant » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:38 pm

Thank you all for your advice. I am very grateful

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Re: Tendai fire ceremony

Post by BuddhistPeasant » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:37 pm

Just one more thing - will you please tell me the exact name of the book?

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Post by Seishin » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:14 pm

Its called. Tantric art and meditation. If you Google Michael Saso you should be able to find his website

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Re: Tendai fire ceremony

Post by BuddhistPeasant » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:57 pm

thank you. I found it.

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Post by Fortyeightvows » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:50 pm

Seishin wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:14 pm
Its called. Tantric art and meditation.
The one I was talking about its called "Homa rites and maṇḍala meditation in Tendai Buddhism"

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Re: Tendai fire ceremony

Post by Seishin » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:07 pm

I believe it's the same book under a different title. But I may be wrong

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Re: Tendai fire ceremony

Post by BuddhistPeasant » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:56 am

For now, I found the one suggested by Rev Seishin and it contains references to the goma ritual.

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