Jikan wrote:I think I'm less skeptical about the claims of institutional Vajrayana lineages than Astus is. I don't think it's possible to put projects like this, or Aro gTer, or the Mahajyra people, in the same category as Shingon or Nyingma for instance.
Astus wrote:But what about relics, blessed rosaries and scarves, mummies, statues, etc.? They're said to be powerful things.
Astus wrote:Jikan wrote:I think I'm less skeptical about the claims of institutional Vajrayana lineages than Astus is. I don't think it's possible to put projects like this, or Aro gTer, or the Mahajyra people, in the same category as Shingon or Nyingma for instance.
I think the emphasis is on institutional. These small (or not so small) groups lack the institutional system that the "old churches" have. But besides that I find their ways of presentation and spreading similar to those groups (not necessarily Vajrayana related) that are now the great institutions. Just think how many schools started as unorthodox sects with questionable practices from India to Japan.
Namdrol wrote:I know a whole crew of people who know this guy personally, who were his students for quite a long period of time. He is not a scrupulous person.
jake wrote:Astus wrote:A fascinating new Chinese derived Esoteric and Zen group: http://www.dari-rulai-temple.org/index.htmlHuiguo, the last known disciple of Amoghavajra, had left China and went with Kukai to Japan to establish the Japanese Esoteric school of Buddhism, later known as the Shingon sect. Unknown to history, Amoghavajra had another disciple, Huisu, who received all the religious instruments and dharma transmission. He then became the Dharma Lineage Bearer. Since then, Hanmi has been underground for over twelve centuries.
Huiguo did not go to Japan with Kukai. Huiguo died. This is why Kukai returned to Japan earlier than originally planned.
On the night of the full moon in the twelth month of the same year Hui-Kuo purified himself in a ritual bath, lay on his right side and, making the mudra (hand gesture) of Mahavairocana Buddha, breathed his last. Kūkai, representing the disciples and followers of Hui-kuo, wrote the epitaph for his late master's tomb.
remm wrote:The guy calls himself a "Living Buddha". This has fraud written all over it.
Astus wrote:remm wrote:The guy calls himself a "Living Buddha". This has fraud written all over it.
"Living buddha" is the same as "tulku".
jrsan wrote: When he passed away, I brought a picture of him on the altar at the Tibetan Dharma Center here - the Lama here looked at his picture, and said - "oh! such a great teacher! he is an emanation of the boddhisattva!" those were his words. He also told me that this man had given his students enough dharma for seven lifetimes. This same Tibetan lama has benefitted me and others in many ways, and has many qualities in his own right.
I should note that there were some Japanese Shingon priests among his disciples.
He had to answer to a group of other Rinpoche(s) questions on sutra and tantra, and to demonstrate that he had attained certain siddhi - all of which he did to the satisfaction of the other buddhist rinpoche there.
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