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by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Shin "modernism"
Replies: 15
Views: 687

Shin "modernism"

Having never been to a Jodo Shinshu temple (since there are none in my country), the majority of my engagement with Jodo Shinshu has been on the internet or e-books. There are no Jodo Shinshu forums (I created one but it never got off the ground), but I did participate in the True Shin Buddhism Yaho...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Role of Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta in Shin Buddhism?
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Re: Role of Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta in Shin Buddhism?

The primary focus is on Amitabha and the nembutsu because the main goal of this school is rebirth in Sukhavati. It's better to stick to one practice and keeping it simple rather than being all over the place and getting no where. I understand. The primary goal is to attain ōjō, which is the same as...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Role of Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta in Shin Buddhism?
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Role of Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta in Shin Buddhism?

I've heard that Jodo Shinshu focuses exclusively on Amitābha Buddha. I was even told by a fundamentalist Shin priest that worshipping other Buddhas or Bodhisattvas for benefits in this life is wrong in Shin Buddhism. What is the attitude to this in regular Shin Buddhism? I've heard that BCA temples ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: “Equivalent” of sādhana in Chinese Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 1640

Re: “Equivalent” of sādhana in Chinese Buddhism?

Any links? Well what did you want to know exactly? I mean, when I said there were loads, I meant just that. In English though, not so much, although you'll find a good few Guanyin practices translated. Offhand, the main ones would be Guanyin, Amitabha, Kshitigarbha, Akashagarbha, Cundi, Medicine Bu...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: “Equivalent” of sādhana in Chinese Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 1640

“Equivalent” of sādhana in Chinese Buddhism?

Does Chinese Buddhism have devotional texts to particular Buddhas or Bodhisattvas, like the Tibetan sādhanas? Some prayers, mantra recitation, etc to that Buddha/Bodhisattva? I know Japanese Jōdo Shū has a service called “otsutome” in praise of Amitābha Buddha. But are there similar services for say...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:01 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Using a picture of a Buddha or Bodhisattva as your wallpaper?
Replies: 10
Views: 779

Using a picture of a Buddha or Bodhisattva as your wallpaper?

I remember reading on the website of a certain "teacher" that one shouldn't use a picture of a Buddha or Bodhisattva as your computer wallpaper as it is disrespectful. However, I was later told by a monk that this "teacher" is not Buddhist. So do you think it is ok to use a picture of a Buddha or Bo...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Could Ikeda "become" a tulku?
Replies: 5
Views: 551

Could Ikeda "become" a tulku?

With the intense adulation that SGI members have for Ikeda, and seeing as how he is kind of the originator of the differences that led to the split with Nichiren Shoshu, is it possible that once Ikeda passes away, the SGI leadership will try to identify his next incarnation? As far as I know, the tu...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Filing a police report against spouse for domestic violence as a Buddhist?
Replies: 9
Views: 1243

Re: Filing a police report against spouse for domestic violence as a Buddhist?

We are not Muslims or fundamentalist Christians who believe that a woman should submit to her husband. If the spouse is abusive of course the person should file a police report.
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Images at a home of a lay person
Replies: 13
Views: 1909

Altar in bedroom

If you have no choice but to put your altar in a bedroom, then how do you go about it? I know that it should be placed at the head of the bed not the foot. If you're a non-celibate layperson and will be performing certain, shall we say, adult activities in there, do you need to have your altar in a ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Japanese Nembutsu- pronunciation
Replies: 6
Views: 652

Re: Japanese Nembutsu- pronunciation

The character 佛 in Old Chinese was pronounced kind of like 'boot'. The full Chinese word for 'Buddha' is 佛陀 and was pronounced 'Bioot-da' in Middle Chinese. It seems that there is a pattern in Japanese where characters ( kanji ) that end in -t in old Chinese have a -tsu ending (for example, the char...
by KiwiNFLFan
Tue May 26, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blessed thread - how long to keep on?
Replies: 3
Views: 397

Blessed thread - how long to keep on?

Last year, before I went overseas, the lama at my local temple tied a blessed thread around my wrist, which had been blessed by the Dalai Lama and other monks. It's still there, even after a year and almost 2 months. What is the protocol with these threads? Do you leave them on until they break, lik...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun May 10, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Any web developers/programmers here? I want to try out an analogy about consciousness
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Any web developers/programmers here? I want to try out an analogy about consciousness

I was listening to Venerable Guan Cheng’s teachings on the Eight Consciousnesses, where he talks about the Yogacara school of Buddhism and the different consciousnesses. He used an analogy of a workplace to explain how the different consciousnesses interact, but as a programmer and web developer, I ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Daily Chinese Buddhist practice (for householder?)
Replies: 4
Views: 893

Re: Daily Chinese Buddhist practice (for householder?)

I recall running across either some YouTube videos or phone apps designed for people to use on a daily basis, that had someone leading a Buddhist chanting liturgy in Chinese. I can’t recall where they are. But if you look for them I think you will find them out on the internet somewhere. Do either ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Daily Chinese Buddhist practice (for householder?)
Replies: 4
Views: 893

Daily Chinese Buddhist practice (for householder?)

Hi, what does daily practice look like for lay Chinese Buddhist (householders)? What sort of chanting do you do in the morning and evening? There is a Morning Service and an Evening Service in the chanting books, but I've assumed that it's for monks or nuns and not laypeople. While I've never attend...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Does karma "infest" inanimate objects?
Replies: 13
Views: 1807

Re: Does karma "infest" inanimate objects?

Ok then, so what is the case with so-called lucky charms? Is there a difference between a 'lucky charm' and Buddhist amulets/pendants, etc? Can wearing an item blessed by a monk or that contains an image of the Buddha bring good karma that can protect you from harm or cause things to work out in you...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amitābha, Amitayus and the Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 1243

Re: Amitābha, Amitayus and the Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism

For example, the sutra states (from the translation of Tibetan above) Which sutra is this? One of the Three Pure Land Sutras? If so, is the Tibetan version different than the Chinese? I know this can happen (the Tibetan Heart Sutra is longer than the Chinese one, and begins with "Thus I have heard"...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Amitābha, Amitayus and the Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 1243

Re: Amitābha, Amitayus and the Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism

Thanks for the replies. Thanks for explaining the difference between the two. What is the difference between Amitābha and Amitayus practice? I know Tibetan Buddhists do Amitayus practice for a long life, but what is the purpose of Amitābha practice? So Amitābha recitation is practiced, except the ma...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Arya Sanghata Sutra (or which is more powerful: good or bad karma?)
Replies: 5
Views: 684

Arya Sanghata Sutra (or which is more powerful: good or bad karma?)

I've recently started reciting the Arya Sanghata Sutra, after reading this as a recommendation on Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book. Reading, reciting or hearing it recited can clear away karma even from committing the Five Great Offences. I'm curious about the part where the Buddha talks abou...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Does karma "infest" inanimate objects?
Replies: 13
Views: 1807

Re: Does karma "infest" inanimate objects?

Thanks for the replies. I saw a YouTube ad tonight for a lucky bracelet, accompanied by a testimony of a woman who claimed her life made a turn for the better when she bought one. I looked up the shop (which has the audacity to use the title 'Buddha') and found it to be a scam that has left quite a ...

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