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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.

Recommended reading material of recent interest:
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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:
We pray for the good health of the teachers
We pray for their precious lives to be long
We pray for their activities to spread and increase
May we be blessed never to part from the teachers.

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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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