Seishin wrote:You need to be ordained before you can learn mikkyo. I'm not sure if there are any special vows or empowerments as I'm a lay person
Seishin wrote:You can "take part" but you won't be practising mikkyo in the strictest sense. Some teachers might teach you mantras (even mudras) during a retreat however this is very much down to the teachers personal choice.
Jikan wrote:Doshu is a provisional ordination in our school. This means I have a limited leadership role, some teaching responsibility, and such. I am basically a temple assistant who has been asked to lead a branch sangha. So that is what I do. As of this writing, I have not completed my training and not yet taken full tokudo (ordination).
The training never really stops. Participants are expected to practice what they learn at the temple as best they can, and indeed are asked to study. The content of that study varies somewhat from student to student.
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?
If you are Japanese, or are very, very capable in Japanese language and culture and have a teacher to sponsor you, then you can apply to train at Mt. Hiei.
If not, then you can ordain at Tendai Buddhist Institute in upstate New York, USA, or at a particular temple in Hawaii (about which I know very little, but jikai here at DharmaWheel has a wealth of valuable insights and experiences). Here is some topical information on training at TBI:
Also to be considered: one can practice in a monastic setting at California Tendai Monastery. More here:
Related thread, particularly with information on training in Hawaii:
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