Hi Ylee, the links are legit, but not what you had originally asked for. Mudras, mandalas rituals and most
Mantras in Shingon are only for the ordained. There are some mantras available for lay people but compared with Tibetan Buddhism, Shingon Vajrayana practices (mikkyo) is for ordained members only.
To clarify my earlier statement; You might find some information about mudras, mantras and mandalas but you'll most likely find that it is not approved by Koyasan. The ones that are approved recommend you find a teacher to teach you them.
If you want to learn Shingon you are best to go to a Koyasan approved temple. There you may be taught some lay approved mantras and maybe some meditations based on the mandalas. But if you want to learn mantras, mudras and mandala rituals you will have to ordain.
Learning about Shingon shu is great and there are some links to be found on this forum
, but it is best to find a teacher to guide you. And, like Tendai, there isn't much available in English about Shingon compared with other schools of Buddhism.
I hope I've been able to clarify a few points.
Seishin, are these folks not legite?
DrLang, I am not a complete beginner as I am somewhat familiar with the some of the figures and basic tenets since I was a child (my family are for the most post nonpracticing Chinese Pureland Buddhists though they also at times identify as Taoists). I have been reading about Buddhism for the past couple of years (on and off) and visiting temples around New York City whether they be Chinese Chan, Fo Guang Shan, Korean Chogye Seon, Chinese Pureland, Jodo Shinshu, or Thai Maha Nikaya. I plan to visit a Chogye Seon temple next week to take a meditation class. However, I want to learn about as many Mahayana (and some Theravada and Vajrayana) sects as possible. The school I am most interested in learning about however, is the Shingon Shu, which unfortunately is not located in New York. Thus I want to read about them as much possible.
Slightly off topic: If I visit NIchiren Shoshu's Myosetsuji Temple in New York, do you think as an outsider, possibly not looking to be indoctrinated into the school, they would let me purchase books on Nichiren Shoshu?