Tendai Marathon Monks

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Tendai Marathon Monks

Postby ananda » Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:08 am

I was wondering why do the Tendai monks at Mount Hiei walk over 1000 miles around the mountain ?
What is the purpose behind the walking is it walking meditation to attain samadhi ?

I hope I'm not posting too much. I don't post more than once a day and if I do I try to find a section where I haven't posted previously. Any advice on how often I can post ?
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Re: Tendai Marathon Monks

Postby plwk » Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:14 am

See

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Postby DGA » Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:12 pm

Hi ananda,

Keep posting until you run out of questions...

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Re: Tendai Marathon Monks

Postby WuMing » Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:03 am

maybe you want to watch this

about the Tendai Kaihōgyō 回峰行 practitioners.
perhaps you'll find an answer there.
今以佛眼觀之佛與眾生同住解脫之床。無此無彼無二平等。
Now, observing with the eye of the Buddha, both the Buddha and ordinary beings are in the same liberated state. There is neither this nor that: there is only non-duality and identity.
- 空海 Kūkai in Unjigi 吽字義 The Meaning of the Letter Hūṃ
- Kūkai on the Philosophy of Language by Takagi Shingen and Dreitlein Eijō
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Śrī Singha said to Padmasambhava:
Since buddhas and sentient beings are inseparable and the same, it is necessary to respect all sentient beings as being on the same level with the buddhas. Can you?
- translated by Malcolm N. Smith

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Re: Tendai Marathon Monks

Postby WuMing » Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:49 pm

The above you.tube link isn't working anymore. See here

John Steven's book about these remarkable practitioners is in print again.
There you find good and reliable information about them.
今以佛眼觀之佛與眾生同住解脫之床。無此無彼無二平等。
Now, observing with the eye of the Buddha, both the Buddha and ordinary beings are in the same liberated state. There is neither this nor that: there is only non-duality and identity.
- 空海 Kūkai in Unjigi 吽字義 The Meaning of the Letter Hūṃ
- Kūkai on the Philosophy of Language by Takagi Shingen and Dreitlein Eijō
_______
Śrī Singha said to Padmasambhava:
Since buddhas and sentient beings are inseparable and the same, it is necessary to respect all sentient beings as being on the same level with the buddhas. Can you?
- translated by Malcolm N. Smith

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Postby Seishin » Sat Jun 01, 2013 2:51 pm

Awesome, thanks WuMing :twothumbsup:

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Postby DGA » Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:25 pm

Certainly more people die daily of sitting on their asses doing nothing than die actively trying to do something inherently good. (I am speaking metaphorically here. It is possible to actively sit on your ass all day in a way that is inherently good. I am criticizing passivity and sedentary habits, not sesshin.)

I can't really criticize lobster's post, though, because I don't understand it all even after reading it twice.

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Postby lobster » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:55 pm

Right effort, in the right way, at the right time is better.

If you wish to become a Living Buddha, you can live in a cave in the Himalayas. Perhaps wander around mountains, and engage in other extreme practices, such as half starving yourself as the Buddha did.
It is impressive. It is inspirational. It often leads to change. Buddhahood . . . not so much.
There is not a magic formula of practices. Each person is different.

The Buddha gave up extremes of hedonism and asceticism, so we could find a balanced way.
There are other self indulgent practices. Impressive walling up. Living in a box for years. Isolationist Sanghas. Christian saints use to live on the top of poles for years. All of them were accredited with sanctity, some are worthy of listening to, many are not.

I prefer my saints to be ordinary, accessible filled with metta not weirdness. The Tendai marathon monks seem nice enough. I am sure they would make interesting dinner guests.

Personally I like weirdos but then that may mean normality/ordinariness is more what is personally required . . .

Do we need better human beings or another thousand years of bowing, running and robe wearing?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanistic_Buddhism

Maybe we can have both? :woohoo:

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Postby Admin_PC » Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:01 pm

Yeah, but as we discussed in the other thread, there were 14 dhutangas or "ascetic practices" that the Buddha was not only cool with, but he continued to practice long after his Enlightenment. He ditched self-mortifying ascetic practices, but not all ascetic practices.

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Re: Tendai Marathon Monks

Postby WuMing » Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:44 pm

here is a slightly different and extended version (than the one years ago on Channel 4) of the documentary, about Tanno Kakudo, Kaihogyo practitioner, or the Kaihogyo practice of Tendai.
今以佛眼觀之佛與眾生同住解脫之床。無此無彼無二平等。
Now, observing with the eye of the Buddha, both the Buddha and ordinary beings are in the same liberated state. There is neither this nor that: there is only non-duality and identity.
- 空海 Kūkai in Unjigi 吽字義 The Meaning of the Letter Hūṃ
- Kūkai on the Philosophy of Language by Takagi Shingen and Dreitlein Eijō
_______
Śrī Singha said to Padmasambhava:
Since buddhas and sentient beings are inseparable and the same, it is necessary to respect all sentient beings as being on the same level with the buddhas. Can you?
- translated by Malcolm N. Smith

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Postby Seishin » Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:18 am

Thank you for that :-)

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