Shingon Esoteric Buddhism: A Handbook for Followers

Shingon Esoteric Buddhism: A Handbook for Followers

Postby Seiho » Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:29 pm

Hi all :reading:

Does anybody know where I can download (as e-book?) a version of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism: A Handbook for Followers. Adapted from the book by Abbot Yusei Arai

Many thanks! :applause:

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Re: Shingon Esoteric Buddhism: A Handbook for Followers

Postby matthewmartin » Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:26 pm

As far as I known this has to be ordered from the Shingon International Institute directly (Amazon prices are wonky because there are so few copies in circulation), ref: http://www.shingon.org/sbii/books/ShingonHBF.html I was tempted to buy a stack and become a reseller.

There are a few lay service guides (essentially daily gongyo guides):
e.g.
http://shingonjitemple.org/wp-content/u ... der-11.pdf

If I remember correctly, there are only a few rites that you can do without empowerment (meditation on the syllable "a", etc), but if you look, you can track down PDFs describing the gist of the rest of the Shingon rituals-- most of which are written by academics. Sharf's "Thinking Through Shingon Ritual" -- http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/ojs/ ... /8931/2824 -- it is fascinating but doesn't provide enough detail to "break the rules" and do rituals own your own.

If anyone else finds a PDF, please post. My searching of google didn't turn up anything, I suspect this particular book has never been converted to PDF or other ebook format.
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Re: Shingon Esoteric Buddhism: A Handbook for Followers

Postby Seiho » Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:22 pm

Hi Matthewmartin

Thank you for your reply.
I contacted (via email) the Shingon International Institute 5 months or so ago, but they never replied. I take it they still exist?

We practice Shingon for a while now and run a Dharma Centre. Our master in Japan recommended the book to show to people who are becoming interested in Shingon. Like you, it might be worthwhile to have a couple of them to share with people.

Thank you for that third link: I hadn't seen that document! Very useful indeed!

Namaste

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Re: Shingon Esoteric Buddhism: A Handbook for Followers

Postby DrLang » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:07 am

Seiho wrote:I contacted (via email) the Shingon International Institute 5 months or so ago, but they never replied. I take it they still exist?


They do still exist, but from my own experience and that of others, they are notoriously difficult to get ahold of. You might try calling them. Their phone number can be found here as the Tenichi-ji Temple.
http://www.koyasan.org/KoyasanNA/northamerica.html
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Re: Shingon Esoteric Buddhism: A Handbook for Followers

Postby Gary » Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:53 pm

Hello All,

You can find the book here:

http://www.fieldsbooks.com/cgi-bin/fiel ... 58111.html

With Metta,

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Re: Shingon Esoteric Buddhism: A Handbook for Followers

Postby WuMing » Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:46 pm

Seiho wrote:Hi all :reading:

Does anybody know where I can download (as e-book?) a version of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism: A Handbook for Followers. Adapted from the book by Abbot Yusei Arai

Many thanks! :applause:

Seiho


I would not rely on this book. It will give you only a very, very general overview about Shingon and I heard that the translation is not that good. There are far better books on Shingon out there than that one.
今以佛眼觀之佛與眾生同住解脫之床。無此無彼無二平等。
Now, observing with the eye of the Buddha, both the Buddha and ordinary beings are in the same liberated state. There is neither this nor that: there is only non-duality and identity.
- 空海 Kūkai 弘法大師 in Unjigi 吽字義 The Meaning of the Letter Hūṃ
new translation: Kūkai on the Philosophy of Language by Takagi Shingen and Dreitlein Eijō
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Our life is very simple, very direct, very beautiful, very vast and very terrifying, but it is not at all convenient.
- Anzan Hoshin Roshi
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