Shingon Beliefs

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Shingon Beliefs

Postby edwhys211 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:32 am

What are the views of rebirth and karma in Shingon Buddhism?

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Re: Shingon Beliefs

Postby dearreader » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:45 pm

edwhys211 wrote:What are the views of rebirth and karma in Shingon Buddhism?


Can you add specifics to your question? I am unawares of any traditional Buddhist school that does not have the same "views" on rebirth and karma...those "views" being the teachings of the Buddha.

Is there something specific you're trying to understand?
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Re: Shingon Beliefs

Postby edwhys211 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:44 pm

dearreader wrote:
edwhys211 wrote:What are the views of rebirth and karma in Shingon Buddhism?


Can you add specifics to your question? I am unawares of any traditional Buddhist school that does not have the same "views" on rebirth and karma...those "views" being the teachings of the Buddha.

Is there something specific you're trying to understand?


Yes, I am very interested in the philosophy of Buddhism, but it is hard for me to fully accept the idea rebirth and the realms of rebirth. Is there a school that does not take it literally, but views it more of a story over a truth?

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Re: Shingon Beliefs

Postby Matylda » Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:55 pm

edwhys211 wrote: Is there a school that does not take it literally, but views it more of a story over a truth?


No...

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Re: Shingon Beliefs

Postby DGA » Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:57 pm

edwhys211 wrote:Yes, I am very interested in the philosophy of Buddhism, but it is hard for me to fully accept the idea rebirth and the realms of rebirth. Is there a school that does not take it literally, but views it more of a story over a truth?


Would you please explain a bit more what you mean by taking rebirth "literally" as opposed to a "story"? I want to be sure I'm reading you correctly.

For what it's worth, you'll find debates over what samsara means and how it functions in all schools, sometimes extensive debates. If you were to search for one school that matches your beliefs, you would spend your whole lifetime searching and not having a chance to practice. To be practical about it, the best you could do is find a teacher you can work with and learn from, just do your best, and don't worry too much. Perhaps Shingon-shu is such a situation for you. In any case, I wish you the best in your practice.
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