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Postby Namu Butsu » Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:14 pm

Does Chinese Tiantai still exists? I was trying to find some material in english, but could not find any. I know there are resources on Tendai, but I wonder if the original Tiantai is still alive and kicking. Any resources?
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Re: Tiantai?

Postby ovi » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:06 pm

You can find The Essentials of Buddhist Meditation and The Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime at the Kalavinka press and the first 6 chapters of The Great Cessation-and-Contemplation, which is work in progress.
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Postby Seishin » Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:19 pm

It is indeed alive. Here is a summary of their teachings http://www.tientai.net/

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Re: Tiantai?

Postby PorkChop » Sun Jun 08, 2014 5:23 am

I used to practice at a Vietnamese Tiantai Temple in Texas. I took refuge and precepts with the monk there and still try to live up to his example even though I hardly learned a small fraction of what he has to teach. Unfortunately, my teacher's view is that his Vietnamese lineage is rather rare. According to him, aside from his preceptor, he was not aware of anyone else in the lineage. A good friend of mine has been studying with him much longer than I was able to, but as a householder, he has limited means to keep the tradition going - unless they find people willing to ordain. I believe there are pockets of teachers keeping the tradition going aside from the Tendai tradition in Japan, which was alluded to in earlier posts in this thread.
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Postby Huifeng » Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:30 am

In the US, check out Fayun Monastery, est. by Ven. Miaojing.
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Re: Tiantai?

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Sun Jun 08, 2014 6:03 pm

This sub-link is better for English only folks: http://fayun.org/index.php?p=english_info
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