Getting started in Shingon

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ananda
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Getting started in Shingon

Post by ananda » Wed May 31, 2017 6:30 am

Hi everybody, I'm intrigued by Shingon Buddhism and I would just like to know if you folks could offer me advice on how to get started. I don't live in the vicinity of one of their temples and this is an esoteric tradition so do I need to talk to a priest face to face or should I give one a call just to get things moving?
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Re: Getting started in Shingon

Post by jake » Wed May 31, 2017 10:49 am

ananda wrote:Hi everybody, I'm intrigued by Shingon Buddhism and I would just like to know if you folks could offer me advice on how to get started. I don't live in the vicinity of one of their temples and this is an esoteric tradition so do I need to talk to a priest face to face or should I give one a call just to get things moving?
Hello Ananda,

What have you read so far about Shingon?
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narhwal90
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Re: Getting started in Shingon

Post by narhwal90 » Wed May 31, 2017 12:23 pm

I chatted with a Tendai priest about Shingon, he said at least in the US the Tendai & Shingon tend to work together- so in the US I'd propose searching your area for any Tendai services and go for some services. I think both traditions have a good bit you can get involved with from a lay standpoint but ordination is required for the full program.

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Re: Getting started in Shingon

Post by Zhen Li » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:50 pm

Some Shingon temples certainly do offer regular practices for the laity, such as Ajikan meditation. The best place to go would be Koyasan. As narhwal suggests, without ordination you cannot ‘progress’ in terms of practices, however you can, at the very least, take refuge and bodhisattva precepts everyday at Koyasan and there are occasional events when you can have more significant initiations (without the instruction or training that ordination would provide, I understand).

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