Could you tell me what is the Tendai position on things like eating meat, sex, homosexuality, etc - the usual issues? Is vegetarianism mandatory (or at least expected)? Regarding sex, since Japanese priests can marry, I suppose Tendai doesn't stress celibacy too much? Certain Chinese schools/masters can be pretty hard-line on such issues, I think.
Laypersons are expected to keep the five precepts as best they can. I know very few Tendai practitioners who are full-time vegetarians, but some definitely are. Vegetarianism is certainly not mandatory but it is practiced during retreats and intervals of training (gyo). As far as homosexuality goes, my home temple may have been the first site of a legal same-sex marriage in the state of New York; the ceremony was held at the temple in Canaan, NY and then everyone drove a few miles to Massachusetts to sign the papers. Our sangha in DC is welcoming to everyone.
That reminds me - Chinese Buddhists are often very negative towards Tibetan Vajrayana. Since Japan has its own tantric lineages (though without anuttara yoga), I suppose this is not an issue in Tendai?
Not at all an issue. Seishin is correct that there are plenty of people in the Tendai fold who also keep samaya with some Tibetan lineages. My teacher's teacher, Ichishima sensei, is a Tibetologist by training and trade. As Meido has expressed so eloquently, Tendai is a "big tent" culture.
Last question: what does daily practice in Tendai generally look like for an average member of Sangha?
This varies. Daily practice may include any of the following elements for a layperson: seated meditation, sutra recitation or copying, chanting, nembutsu practice, walking meditation... This can be supplemented by sutra study. Group practice is strongly encouraged. Tendai is sociable. What is more, your daily practice routine may change over time as appropriate to your needs.
Finally: Thank you to Meido sensei for the kind and gracious words.
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