mirage wrote:I have read this thread viewtopic.php?f=64&t=5061&start=0 and it got me thinking. Is situation in Japan really so grim? Sounds like a complete disaster.
Also, turns out the Brahma Net Sutra precepts that Japanese priests take actually include celibacy, so all those married priests are technically violating them?
Finally, silly question: do Tendai priests shave their heads like monks? On photos I think I can see examples of both. And what do different robe colours mean? Seems that the default colour is brown, but on photos I see people in white, black, grey, blue and even violet, I think.
Seishin wrote:From what I understand, Tendai monks such as Dogen, Nichiren and Honen left Tendai and embarked on "single practice" schools (Zen, Nichiren and Pureland respectively), due to their thought that this one practice was better/easier to attain enlightenment. From my little understanding, Nichiren believed that his school was the only correct way to enlightenment, whereas Dogen and Honen wanted "better/easier" ways to enlightenment.
Jikan wrote:...Tendai is a "big tent" culture.
Meido wrote: I have always preferred to think that the Tendai approach is what allowed someone like Eisai to think it worthwhile to seek out and transmit Zen teachings/lineages from China...even if the official position of the Tendai hierarchy at that time was to actively discourage their establishment (for reasons that likely had more to do with non-religious concerns).
Jikan wrote:To me this opens onto another question that I would like to discuss in another thread sometime: I've been told but I haven't confirmed it that Tendai training contains within it a Zen transmission, but not the "northern" or "southern" transmissions that have become so well known as Soto and Rinzai: the "Ox Head" school (Gozu) line. I know next to nothing about this except for some comments made in passing by my teacher, and the little bits I've read in Dumoulin's book on Zen.
Jikan wrote:I can't speak to what others have been asked to read. I've primarily read histories, sutras, commentaries, and some doctrinal texts such as Swanson's book T'ien-T'ai Philosophy.
mirage wrote:From the other thread.Jikan wrote:I can't speak to what others have been asked to read. I've primarily read histories, sutras, commentaries, and some doctrinal texts such as Swanson's book T'ien-T'ai Philosophy.
Oh, I know that book! Have to say, so far I was unable to wrap my head around Chih-i's threefold interpretation of two truths theory. I find myself somehow agreeing with his critics about "Middle Way" as a separate truth being rather weird.
mirage wrote:I have a couple of questions on the "original enlightenment" theory.
1)Is there an authoritative text which explains hongaku in more or less accessible way? Right now I am quite lost: is this just common Tathagatagarbha doctrine, or something else?
2)How is hongaku not ethernalist? I mean, what's the difference from Hindu Brahman?
Related question: why are trees, rocks and such are describes as having Buddha-nature and even capable of achieving Buddhahood? They obviously do not possess mind-streams in the way sentient beings do, right?
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