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Another New Member Says Hello

Postby Heterodox Garden » Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:19 am

Greetings. I have been browsing this board for some time but just decided to join.

I am an American who has been living in Japan for 18 years. I have been studying Buddhism and Shinto formally and informally, on and off, during all this time. I probably should have accomplished more in terms of formal accreditation, etc. during my lengthy stay, but basically I have been content to wander happily among various traditions and practices, getting lost in the arcana of different sects and schools. I suppose I have spent the most time studying the Amidist forms of Japanese Buddhism (Jodo Shu, Jodo Shinshu, Ji Shu, etc.), but I have also tinkered around with Japanese Esoteric Buddhism (Shingon Shu, Tendai Shu, etc.) and spent time studying Nichiren theories. I am particularly interested in heterodox byways (hence my user name :smile: ) such as Shinbutusu-Shugo (combined Buddhism/Shinto) and the intersection of Amidism and Esoteric thought (i.e., Kakuban's writings). For the past 2 years or so I have been especially interested in Kannon (Aveloketsavara) manifestations and sutras in Japanese religious history. The Avatmsaka Sutra remains another abiding interest, although I feel that one could spend many lifetimes studying this beautiful text without even scratching the surface.

As you can see I am a bit of a dilettante (or, perhaps less charitably, a flake... :smile: ), but one of these days I will buckle down and pick a single path. Or maybe not. In the meantime I am enjoying rambling through the peaks and the valleys of theory and practice. I hope to interact with you in the days ahead.

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Re: Another New Member Says Hello

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:05 am

Welcome to Dharma Wheel!


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Re: Another New Member Says Hello

Postby Adamantine » Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:42 am

Welcome to Dharma Wheel! Sounds like an interesting path you've been on. I'm sure your knowledge will be an asset to the forum. :namaste:
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Re: Another New Member Says Hello

Postby the seafarer » Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:57 am

Hello, nice to meet you HG :smile:
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Re: Another New Member Says Hello

Postby lobster » Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:24 pm


Hi :smile:

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Re: Another New Member Says Hello

Postby Punya » Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:39 pm

Hello and welcome :hi:
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Re: Another New Member Says Hello

Postby DGA » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:54 am

Hi, Welcome to DharmaWheel!

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