mirage wrote:I see. Is full tokudo identical with Soryo rank?
Also, could you tell what kind of materials do participants study in Tendai? Like, key philosophical texts, maybe?
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
. There have been instances where I have been asked to read less and spend my time on other tasks, such as leading the DC sangha (a task I absolutely, positively did NOT volunteer for).
Again, speaking personally: I got into this only because I wanted to learn and I wanted to practice with earnest people who take practice seriously. All the rest of it followed from there. Some people are motivated differently; there are some who really like being in front of a group of people, who enjoy being "the leader." I am not one of those. Part of my training has been to push me out of my comfort area and, hence, into a leadership role.