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by KiwiNFLFan
Mon May 20, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 41
Views: 4854

Re: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?

The reason I asked was because I'm currently in South Korea and was looking for a new job. One of the main reasons I came to Korea was to learn more about Buddhism and practice it better (Buddhist population here is about 20% compared to the 1.5% of NZ). However, I have been unable to find a Buddhis...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon May 20, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 41
Views: 4854

Re: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?

What is the best country to live in if you're a practicing Mahayana Buddhist (any school), and want to practice the Dharma? I know that Mahayana is the dominant form of Buddhism in China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Vietnam, but most of these countries have their drawbacks. China : Communist governmen...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun May 19, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 4421

Re: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

This is kind of a sister post to the one in the Mahayana forum about Buddhas and Bodhisattvas being real, because I figured the Tibetan/Vajrayana approach was different enough to maybe give a different answer. Are Buddhas like Tara or Vairocana, bodhisattvas like Manjushri or Chenrezig, Dharma prot...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu May 16, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas and non-historical Buddhas "exist"?
Replies: 21
Views: 1791

Re: Do Bodhisattvas and non-historical Buddhas "exist"?

do Bodhisattvas, Dharma Protectors, non-historical Buddhas like Amitabha and the Medicine Buddha actually "exist"? Yes, although calling them "non-historical" is questionable. What I mean is, is there an actual being called Avalokiteshvara out there somewhere, presumably in a non-corporeal form, wh...
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed May 15, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 4421

Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

This is kind of a sister post to the one in the Mahayana forum about Buddhas and Bodhisattvas being real, because I figured the Tibetan/Vajrayana approach was different enough to maybe give a different answer. Are Buddhas like Tara or Vairocana, bodhisattvas like Manjushri or Chenrezig, Dharma prote...
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed May 15, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas and non-historical Buddhas "exist"?
Replies: 21
Views: 1791

Do Bodhisattvas and non-historical Buddhas "exist"?

This may seem a dumb question, but do Bodhisattvas, Dharma Protectors, non-historical Buddhas like Amitabha and the Medicine Buddha actually "exist"? What I mean is, is there an actual being called Avalokiteshvara out there somewhere, presumably in a non-corporeal form, who listens to the cries of t...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu May 09, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu forum
Replies: 29
Views: 4498

Re: Jodo Shinshu forum

UPDATE:

Activation emails should now be being sent out. Go ahead, sign up and post away!

(Note: activation emails may appear in your junk/spam folder)
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed May 08, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu forum
Replies: 29
Views: 4498

Re: Jodo Shinshu forum

Just run into another snag - registration emails aren't going out due to a technical issue. I'm hoping to get it fixed tomorrow, but in the meantime, if you PM me your desired username and email, I'll create an account for you with a default password you can change later.
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed May 08, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu forum
Replies: 29
Views: 4498

Re: Jodo Shinshu forum

Hi guys,

Jodo Shinshu Forum is back up and running. I used a different forum software, so you'll have to re-register. Sorry.
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed May 08, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 41
Views: 4854

Re: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?

Are you planning on "studying" to the extent you need to learn classical languages? If so, that's going to be the biggest factor. Mahayana texts are generally in Sanskrit, Chinese, or Tibetan. If you aren't learning a language what is the purpose of studying abroad? Just curious... I'm initially ta...
by KiwiNFLFan
Tue May 07, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu forum
Replies: 29
Views: 4498

Re: Jodo Shinshu forum

Sorry, the forum is down. I'll look into it.

UPDATE: The forum will look slightly different. Hopefully I'll have it running by this time tomorrow.
by KiwiNFLFan
Tue May 07, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 41
Views: 4854

Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?

What is the best country to live in if you're a practicing Mahayana Buddhist (any school), and want to practice the Dharma? I know that Mahayana is the dominant form of Buddhism in China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Vietnam, but most of these countries have their drawbacks. China : Communist government...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Korean Cheontae resources in English?
Replies: 3
Views: 1047

Re: Korean Cheontae resources in English?

Outline of the Tiantai Fourfold Teachings 天台四教儀 http://www.acmuller.net/kor-bud/sagyoui.html Works of A. Charles Muller http://www.acmuller.net/articles-shisou.html Collected Works of Korean Buddhism http://www.acmuller.net/kor-bud/collected_works.html Collected Works of Modern Korean Buddhism http...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Korean Cheontae resources in English?
Replies: 3
Views: 1047

Korean Cheontae resources in English?

Hi, does anyone know of any resources for Cheontae (Korean Tiantai) Buddhism in English? The nearest temple to me here in Korea is a Cheontae temple, but I've been able to find little information in English. I did get a book from a temple in Seoul but it's more about the Order itself and the head te...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Seon
Topic: Dharma name in Seon Buddhism
Replies: 5
Views: 2152

Re: Dharma name in Seon Buddhism

How does one go about acquiring a Dharma name in Seon Buddhism (mainly Jogye but would also be interested to hear about Taego)? Is there a ceremony that you go through? If so, what is involved? Also, can you get a Dharma name if you already converted to a different form of Buddhism (my entry into B...
by KiwiNFLFan
Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Seon
Topic: Dharma name in Seon Buddhism
Replies: 5
Views: 2152

Dharma name in Seon Buddhism

How does one go about acquiring a Dharma name in Seon Buddhism (mainly Jogye but would also be interested to hear about Taego)? Is there a ceremony that you go through? If so, what is involved? Also, can you get a Dharma name if you already converted to a different form of Buddhism (my entry into Bu...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Facilitating breaking the law - but not actually breaking it?
Replies: 4
Views: 991

Facilitating breaking the law - but not actually breaking it?

I'm wondering what the Buddhist view is on doing something that is not illegal itself but by doing so, someone else is breaking the law. Here in Seoul, there are a lot of street stalls selling food and clothing. From what I understand, most of them are illegal (health and safety standards and all th...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Electronic devices with Dharma materials on them = Dharma materials?
Replies: 13
Views: 1604

Electronic devices with Dharma materials on them = Dharma materials?

What do you think about how to treat a tablet or electronic device with Dharma books on it? Lama Zopa Rinpoche said that it should be treated like it's a Dharma book.However, years ago, when mobile phones that could do more than call and text were gaining popularity, I remember seeing an article abo...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Treatment of Dharma books and materials while travelling
Replies: 14
Views: 1463

Treatment of Dharma books and materials while travelling

Tomorrow I'm leaving behind my life in New Zealand to start a new career in Korea. I'm wondering about travelling with Dharma materials (a mala) and books. I've heard that in Tibetan Buddhism, one should not take sacred objects into a bathroom. This thing about 'unclean areas' is one of the only thi...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Seon
Topic: Korean Buddhism and the Fifth Precept
Replies: 3
Views: 1520

Re: Korean Buddhism and the Fifth Precept

Hi, I'm wondering whether Korean Buddhists are strict at observing the Fifth Precept. Do they abstain from all alcohol or just make sure they don't drink enough to get drunk (I have seen that as an interpretation of the 5th Precept). I know that Korea has a big drinking culture. Workers are expecte...

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