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 Post subject: Rev. Jason Carter
PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:25 am 
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Has anyone heard of Reverend Sensei Jason Carter? Claims to be a Buddhist Ajari Priest under a PureLand/Tendai lineage...

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Reverend Sensei (Jason Carter) was ordained by the most Venerable Master Sha Mai-ku Mu-Sunim as an Ajai Buddhist Priest under the 1200 year old Japanese Pure Land / Tendai Lineages. He is also an ordained Buddhistava under Karma Yeshe Wangpo in the Tibetan Kagyu lineage through the very Venerable Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche of Katmandu, Nepal

Sensei Carter is also a Master Jujitsu Instructor with Black Belts in Nying Bulam Jujitsu, Seishindo & Shotokan Karate.
http://www.snowlion.kkbk.org/

Forgive my ignorance, but his teacher/precepters' name looks Korean. Is there a Japanese Tendai lineage in Korea?

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 Post subject: Re: Rev. Jason Carter
PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:06 pm 
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The whole thing looks too bad to be true.

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 Post subject: Re: Rev. Jason Carter
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I used to do martial arts.

Anyone who claims to have more than one black belt from multiple schools is almost always a big fake.

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 Post subject: Re: Rev. Jason Carter
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Not sure about that Huseng. Martial arts in the west have been so watered down that you can get a black belt within 5 years. And considering you only have 1 lesson a week, it's more than possible to gain 2 or 3 black belts in different styles within 10 years. So it's possible that his martial arts achievements are, for the most part, not fake.
However, I'd like to find out more about his Buddhist achievements.

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 Post subject: Re: Rev. Jason Carter
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Well, as for the Buddhist side, no harm is a principle and there are teachings against even possessing weapons, not to mention teaching people how to use them. All this energy put in punching and kicking could be used to perhaps print some Dharma materials, or translating sutras (if he knows any relevant languages), or perhaps just organising a zendo instead of a dojo.

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 Post subject: Re: Rev. Jason Carter
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The connection to ordination through Karma Kagyu is fishy. "Karma Yeshe Wangpo" is apparently a western student of Thrangu Rinpoche who studied at Gampo Abbey. That certainly doesn't qualify him to "ordain" anyone a "buddhistava" (sic), whatever that is.


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 Post subject: Re: Rev. Jason Carter
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I have no idea what to make of the Tendai claim there. I'm very skeptical. It would be worthwhile to ask him about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Rev. Jason Carter
PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:59 pm 
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I can't say anything about the Tendai, but what is an "ordained buddhistava" anyway?

Here's what I think.....he's taken "Bodhisattva Vows" from a disciple of V.V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. And he feels this is some sort of "credential."

This whole thing seems "off the mark" to me.

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 Post subject: Re: Rev. Jason Carter
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I took the time to read through his claims vis a vis Tendai. They're word salad. Here's what I mean:

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Reverend Sensei (Jason Carter) was ordained by the most Venerable Master Sha Mai-ku Mu-Sunim as an Ajai Buddhist Priest under the 1200 year old Japanese Pure Land / Tendai Lineages.


Where to start? He's claiming to be an "Ajai Buddhist Priest." I am not familiar with such a title as "Ajai." He may mean Ajari, which is the Japanese version of Acharya. If he is claiming to be an Ajari, he is claiming substantial accomplishment and training, something like the Loppon or Khempo title in the Tibetan context. Mark me down as skeptical about this.

Second is the teacher he's claiming affiliation with. I have no idea who Sha Mai-ku Mu-Sunim is. Sunim is a Korean title, not a Japanese one. The name sounds like it wants to be Chinese though. Which is to say it sounds like make-believe. Who is this person...

...and to what tradition or institution does he or she belong? Tendai? Jodo-shu? Pure Land practices surely exist in Tendai-shu (I do them myself)... but that's not the same as saying there is some mixed Tendai / Pure Land tradition out and about. There isn't. (Analogy: Nyingmapas may pray for rebirth in Dewachen, but that is a Nyingma practice done in a Nyingma context, not a mix of Nyingma and Pure Land "lineages." Similarly, Tendai PL practice is Tendai practice; there's no institutional or doctrinal distinction made there. Make sense?)

By the way, has anyone asked him about any of this? Here's the email address listed on the site: snowlion@kkbk.org

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 Post subject: Re: Rev. Jason Carter
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 Post subject: Re: Rev. Jason Carter
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Thanks Jikan, and you are right. I should have asked him first before speculating and gossiping. Very un-buddhist of me :oops:

I have now e-mailed him and hopefully he can get back to me soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Rev. Jason Carter
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He may not be a spiritual teacher but hey, if people are really pissing you off, maybe he could teach you to beat the crap out of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Rev. Jason Carter
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Jikan wrote:
I took the time to read through his claims vis a vis Tendai. They're word salad. Here's what I mean:

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Reverend Sensei (Jason Carter) was ordained by the most Venerable Master Sha Mai-ku Mu-Sunim as an Ajai Buddhist Priest under the 1200 year old Japanese Pure Land / Tendai Lineages.


Where to start? He's claiming to be an "Ajai Buddhist Priest." I am not familiar with such a title as "Ajai." He may mean Ajari, which is the Japanese version of Acharya. If he is claiming to be an Ajari, he is claiming substantial accomplishment and training, something like the Loppon or Khempo title in the Tibetan context. Mark me down as skeptical about this.


A while ago I found a Buddhist group in America that teaches to Ajari level and although they are a Pureland group, they include Tendai in their teaching http://hongakujodo.tripod.com/hibs/id9.html

Interestingly though, Mahavajra Francis Lapine, has stated this was the group he is ordained under. http://www.akashatay.com/about.html

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 Post subject: Re: Rev. Jason Carter
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Oh, now I understand. That group that identifies as Tendai/Pure Land is an independent school that I know next to nothing about except that they exist and they're not affiliated with anyone else. So at least we have that much.

I was going to guess he was involved with Lepine or with Stephen Hayes.

Thanks Seishin! And please do keep us posted on what you find.

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 Post subject: Re: Rev. Jason Carter
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Well, it's been a while and so far, no reply to my e-mail.

I'll keep you posted if anything changes.

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