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by FiveSkandhas
Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to become Mahayana monk no more than 400 Dollars monthly budget
Replies: 12
Views: 385

Re: How to become Mahayana monk no more than 400 Dollars monthly budget

Kili wrote: Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:00 pm Where would you go if you were me?
Asia.

I also agree with Avatamsaka that lay practice is just fine.
by FiveSkandhas
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Experiences with spirits
Replies: 71
Views: 1434

Re: Experiences with spirits

FPMT article: "Spirit Influence Is the Result of Karma from the Person’s Previous Lives"
https://fpmt.org/mandala/archives/manda ... ous-lives/
by FiveSkandhas
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Faith Restored, stories of kindness to animals
Replies: 10
Views: 424

Re: Faith Restored, stories of kindness to animals

I shudder to think of the horrific karma humanity is racking up with factory-farmed chickens, pigs, cows, etc...thousands and thousands of animal souls with feeding tubes down their throats, up to their waists in their own excrement, caged for life and then slaughtered by machinery on a mass level t...
by FiveSkandhas
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The endangered art of warosoku Buddhist candles
Replies: 1
Views: 82

The endangered art of warosoku Buddhist candles

Screenshot_20210120-161538.png The warosoku is a type of Japanese candle commonly used in Buddhist rituals and on altars, as well as in secular settings. Its most superficially conspicuous quality is that it is thicker at the top than the bottom. But the warosoku is a unique item. -It is a complete...
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras
Replies: 47
Views: 1130

Re: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras

I just want a historical account of how Mahayana started and developed. Not for religious practice. I'm Tibetan Buddhist. The origin of Mahayana is one of the most contentious and unsettled questions in all of academic Buddhist studies. For many years, students were actually warned by their profess...
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for my dharma situation
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: Prayers for my dharma situation

Prayers prayed.
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhāvataṃsaka Reflections
Replies: 23
Views: 613

Re: Buddhāvataṃsaka Reflections

I have read some of the Cleary translation and tried to read some of the Chinese to the best of my very limited ability. One can't be too hard on Cleary. He was a pioneer; a lot of the now-standard English translation vocabulary and tone simply didn't exist when he was working on the Sutra in the 70...
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any forms of Buddhism where ordination/priesthood does not require a 4 year degree?
Replies: 13
Views: 524

Re: Are there any forms of Buddhism where ordination/priesthood does not require a 4 year degree?

These people are not bhiksus There is one traditional sect, the Risshu, that follows the Dharmaguptaka Vinaya quite strictly. Another traditional sect, the Shingon-Risshu, is also Vinaya-oriented, perhaps to a lesser degree than the former. Both are quite small. Does the former still actually exist...
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any forms of Buddhism where ordination/priesthood does not require a 4 year degree?
Replies: 13
Views: 524

Re: Are there any forms of Buddhism where ordination/priesthood does not require a 4 year degree?

These people are not bhiksus There is one traditional sect, the Risshu, that follows the Dharmaguptaka Vinaya quite strictly. Another traditional sect, the Shingon-Risshu, is also Vinaya-oriented, perhaps to a lesser degree than the former. Both are quite small. The lack of Vinaya practice and the ...
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras
Replies: 47
Views: 1130

Re: Books on Early Mahayana Development, History and Sutras

Joseph G. Walser Genealogies of Mahāyāna Buddhism: Emptiness, Power and the question of Origin "Genealogies of Mahāyāna Buddhism" offers a solution to a problem that some have called the holy grail of Buddhist studies: the problem of the “origins” of Mahāyāna Buddhism. In a work that contributes bot...
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any forms of Buddhism where ordination/priesthood does not require a 4 year degree?
Replies: 13
Views: 524

Re: Are there any forms of Buddhism where ordination/priesthood does not require a 4 year degree?

There is freedom of religion in Japan; anyone can shave their head, order some robes online, and call themselves a monk. Apart from that, there are also "ordination mills" that promise to make you a prelate in a few months, usually for several thousand USD. They often have titles that resemble the k...
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Photo Dharma
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Re: Photo Dharma

Oh what a treasure trove! Many thanks.
by FiveSkandhas
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Desire and Improving life circumstances
Replies: 15
Views: 381

Re: Desire and Improving life circumstances

:good: Johnny Dangerous's post is well worth considering. Like the OP, I struggled with the "problem of desire" for a long time, a struggle born out of superficial readings and limited, pre-internet sources that were simplistic and often lacking in context. I also mixed up Taoistic ideas based on "W...
by FiveSkandhas
Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Response to PadmaVonSamba
Replies: 128
Views: 2568

Re: Response to PadmaVonSamba

A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin, and asked: "Is there really a paradise and a hell?" "Who are you?" inquired Hakuin. "I am a samurai," the warrior replied. "You, a soldier!" exclaimed Hakuin. "What kind of ruler would have you as his guard? Your face looks like that of a beggar." Nobushige...
by FiveSkandhas
Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet
Replies: 23
Views: 789

Re: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet

I am not saying I agree or disagree with the following idea, but I have heard it proposed that the end of Tibet as a nation and the creation of a Tibetan diaspora has helped to spread the Tibetan Dharma worldwide, whereas previously it had been confined to a small elite in a single isolated nation.
by FiveSkandhas
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: State supported Buddhism and engaged Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: State supported Buddhism and engaged Buddhism

Thank you for your reply, Kim O'Hara. I understand that engaged Buddhism is not intended to support institutional Buddhism by all or perhaps even by most proponents. However, I do believe it is flourishing in the vacuum created by the absence of support for institutional Buddhism, and that without t...
by FiveSkandhas
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Academic Sources on Development of Vajrayana
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: Academic Sources on Development of Vajrayana

What do you think of the term "mantrayana?" I personally find it more precise than "Vajrayana" and wish it had more widespread use. However problematic, it seems difficult at the current point in time to banish the expression "tantra" completely -- for example, "highest yoga tantra" and the like are...
by FiveSkandhas
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: State supported Buddhism and engaged Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 208

State supported Buddhism and engaged Buddhism

Hello. "Engaged Buddhism" is a popular concept of late and is generally tied to ideas of social justice and the attempts of (post)modern Buddhism to "engage more fully with society." What often goes unreflected upon is that in every society in which Buddhism has been successful, starting with Ashoka...
by FiveSkandhas
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet
Replies: 23
Views: 789

Re: Accounting for the Chinese Destruction of Tibet

They have a variety of answers. Shugden is one of the main ones. Because the Tibetan Govt. was dominated by the Shugden faction, the reasoning goes, Palden Lhamo and Nechung abandoned the Tibetan state. Isn't there also just the sad fact that a culture focused on spiritual pursuit will always lose ...

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