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by FromTheEarth
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei
Replies: 38
Views: 4163

Re: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei

My one major grouse is about their bus service that has a limited timetable that it goes around the routes. I recall that day when I was there on a Sunday that the last service ends at 15:30hrs or 16:00hrs but the Cable Station goes on way later until 18:00hrs - ish if I recall correctly, which lea...
by FromTheEarth
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei
Replies: 38
Views: 4163

Re: [5min video] Hieizan , Enryakuji temple , Mt Hiei

Thanks for the video and I have seen it some time back. Have you visited Hieizan (比叡山)? My first unforgettable visit was in early Autumn of 2014 but it was a short one that only managed to cover one of the three part sites: the popular Tōdō (東塔, East Stūpa / Pagoda / Tower). At that time, I used th...
by FromTheEarth
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana commentaries to the sutras
Replies: 1
Views: 371

Re: Mahayana commentaries to the sutras

In the Chinese tradition, we commonly divide the commentaries into two kinds: (1) those purported to explain specific sutras, sometimes on a sentence-to-sentence basis, and, (2) those that establish a doctrinal-philosophical system or a thesis regarding some topics without much focus on specific sut...
by FromTheEarth
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What appeals to you about the Lotus Sutra?
Replies: 20
Views: 3536

Re: What appeals to you about the Lotus Sutra?

Do you know where I could find Zhiyi's commentaries that are available in English? I'd love to read them. To be honest, I have no idea concerning reading recommendations... My apology. I would humbly defer to the Tendai subforum here. The relevant part of his teachings I referred to in my reply, ho...
by FromTheEarth
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What appeals to you about the Lotus Sutra?
Replies: 20
Views: 3536

Re: What appeals to you about the Lotus Sutra?

For me, soteriological inclusiveness, as you stated, is indicative of whether a text was composed by people with genuine wisdom or chauvinists. A predetermination, based on superficial distinctions, of someone's ability would contradict some notable Mahayana texts (i.e., the Heart Sutra). Such dist...
by FromTheEarth
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What appeals to you about the Lotus Sutra?
Replies: 20
Views: 3536

Re: What appeals to you about the Lotus Sutra?

First of all, I am very sympathetic with your reaction to the sutra, and wonder that many may share the same feeling. When I first read the sutra, I was on the one hand attracted to it in a way I could not fathom or describe, but on the other hand quite perplexed: besides the praises of the merits o...
by FromTheEarth
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: April 20 8:50 pm EST Mt. Hiei Taizokai Mandala livestream
Replies: 3
Views: 1345

Re: April 20 8:50 pm EST Mt. Hiei Taizokai Mandala livestream

比叡山延暦寺「 平成31年 山家会胎蔵界曼荼羅供」/The GarbhaDhatu Mandala Puja held by Hieizan Enryakuji

They've now uploaded this new video, with the audio issue fixed (the first half of the original life streaming was silent).
by FromTheEarth
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello 大家好!
Replies: 24
Views: 3137

Re: Hello 大家好!

Thank you as well for all your links and information! I've started watching about 10 minutes of the documentary on iqyi. My Chinese still need to improve a lot but I can sort of follow so far. It also seems like it would be a great source for travelling ideas. I'd be very grateful for any materials...
by FromTheEarth
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello 大家好!
Replies: 24
Views: 3137

Re: Hello 大家好!

Thanks very much for the reply and recommendations! Yes, Beijing is definitely great for history. Actually I'm planning to go on a hike around 八大处 for the first time this weekend. I've noticed Chinese people doing Tibetan style protestations and seen signs of Tibetan Buddhism around, though I've ne...
by FromTheEarth
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello 大家好!
Replies: 24
Views: 3137

Re: Hello 大家好!

Thank you both! 感恩! :smile: Actually I live in Beijing.... And have only visited Shanghai for a couple of days before. Can I ask how life is there? Is there much Buddhist activity? Oh! Beijing is nice, as there surely are more historical places including Buddhist monasteries there to visit! The Bud...
by FromTheEarth
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello 大家好!
Replies: 24
Views: 3137

Re: Hello 大家好!

Thank you both! 感恩! :smile: Actually I live in Beijing.... And have only visited Shanghai for a couple of days before. Can I ask how life is there? Is there much Buddhist activity? Oh! Beijing is nice, as there surely are more historical places including Buddhist monasteries there to visit! The Bud...
by FromTheEarth
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello 大家好!
Replies: 24
Views: 3137

Re: Hello 大家好!

Hi, mairuwen! Welcome!

I‘m from Shanghai so if you happen to live there or have a plan to visit in the summer, please let me know!
by FromTheEarth
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Spirit/Hungry Ghosts Offering
Replies: 7
Views: 985

Re: Spirit/Hungry Ghosts Offering

I don't think you do understand. This is technically magic, and magic should not be performed by those without proper training. That it is rare is completely sensible: training someone in magic takes a lot of work, and a lot of commitment. To undergo this training, it must be understood that the st...
by FromTheEarth
Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Spirit/Hungry Ghosts Offering
Replies: 7
Views: 985

Re: Spirit/Hungry Ghosts Offering

Hi 如傑, Thank you for sharing. I understand your worries and I have also heard the anecdotes in the past. However, I have a different take on this matter. The service is based on and essentially from a few texts translated to Chinese in Tang dynasty. All those texts explicitly mention that the mantr...
by FromTheEarth
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Spirit/Hungry Ghosts Offering
Replies: 7
Views: 985

Re: Spirit/Hungry Ghosts Offering

Hi 如傑, Thank you for sharing. I understand your worries and I have also heard the anecdotes in the past. However, I have a different take on this matter. The service is based on and essentially from a few texts translated to Chinese in Tang dynasty. All those texts explicitly mention that the mantra...
by FromTheEarth
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Spirit/Hungry Ghosts Offering
Replies: 7
Views: 985

Re: Spirit/Hungry Ghosts Offering

http://www.longbeachmonastery.org/CTTB_Recitation_Handbook.pdf I found one Sino-English version of the Mengshan Food Offering Service here, and I reckon that you were referring to this service. Starting from page 129. This is the ritual that is performed in all Chinese sanghas on a daily basis and ...
by FromTheEarth
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Introduction to Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 16
Views: 2429

Re: Introduction to Chinese Buddhism

May I ask which city will you move to? Please forgive me if it's considered sensitive.
by FromTheEarth
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Jazz&Pop Sutra Chant by Japanese monks
Replies: 2
Views: 723

Jazz&Pop Sutra Chant by Japanese monks

Please let me know if the content has been posted before.



Heart Sutra.



Dharanis from The Lotus Sutra.
by FromTheEarth
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Practicing and Finding a Teacher when you live in the middle of nowhere
Replies: 9
Views: 3007

Re: Practicing and Finding a Teacher when you live in the middle of nowhere

Hey all, ..... What exactly draws you to Tendai? What are you interested in learning? Knowing this will help us better help you Primarily, the breadth of practices used. In Pure Land, we are encouraged to rely on Amida entirely and the Nembutsu specifically. The Nembutsu remains close to my heart a...

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