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by tonysharp
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 4425

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

Traditionally, it was super uncommon to practice ... Pure Land alone, in private, without a community. But it's not uncommon now. Since Pure Land, according to the book Pure-Land Zen , "does not stress the master-disciple relationship and de-emphasizes the role of sub-schools, roshis/gurus and ritu...
by tonysharp
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 4425

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

Sennin wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:44 am Go no paradigm. No need for limitations.
I won't limit myself totally. Some limitations are quite useful.

:meditate:
by tonysharp
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 4425

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

How is anyone able to choose a school... Digging through scattered resources for the past week trying to understand what differentiates Jodo Shu, Jodo Shinshu, and Chan was tedious and discouraging. I wanted to give up and just pick anything, but I knew that I couldn't settle on a choice without som...
by tonysharp
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 24
Views: 4789

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

The book has exactly that, so I think you'll like it. I'll see what I can do and I'll get a few pictures posted. Thank you so much for the information and pictures. It's been extremely helpful. (...) I greatly appreciate the information you've shared. Thank you. The important thing is to get a prac...
by tonysharp
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 24
Views: 4789

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

In regards to The Daily Practices of Western Pure Land Buddhism, I do not believe there are any previews online. I could perhaps take some pictures, as long as it isn't enough to infringe on copyrights. Is there anything in particular you are looking for? One or two screenshots would be really help...
by tonysharp
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 24
Views: 4789

Re: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

Just As You Are: Buddhism For Foolish Beings by Kaspalita Thompson and Satya Robyn provide instructions as well. This thread on Honen and Shinran has been helpful in differentiating Jōdo-shū from Jōdo Shinshū. I'm still trying to decide which of these traditions to choose. Promise of Amida does con...
by tonysharp
Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?
Replies: 24
Views: 4789

Published books with Pure Land practice instruction?

Aside from Taming the Monkey Mind: A Guide to Pure Land Practice ( PDF ) by Cheng Wei-an, which is excellent, and The Pure Land Handbook by Master YongHua, which I'm about to start, are there any other published books that detail Pure Land practice? I'm looking for the best physical book that I can ...
by tonysharp
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Buddha-mindfulness: Linking Theravada and Pure Land
Replies: 8
Views: 1867

Re: Buddha-mindfulness: Linking Theravada and Pure Land

Thanks, I'll have to check that out! Finished (re)reading Pure Land, Pure Mind ... I liked this exchange in Pure Land, Pure Mind: Question: Can women recite the buddha-name and get to be born in the Pure Land or not? // Answer: What kind of talk is this? Even the birds can get to be born in the Pur...
by tonysharp
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 4425

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

Reading the Pure Land Sutras is dispelling some of the concerns I had about the depth of the practice. It's not solely devotional as some summaries had led me to believe. Virtue and compassion are essential factors to making progress as well. It's probably linked above, but you can check out the 3 P...
by tonysharp
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 4425

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

My favorite Pure Land books so far: * River of Fire, River of Water by Taitetsu Unno * Taming the Monkey Mind by Cheng Wei-an * Pure Land Buddhism: Dialogues with Ancient Masters I started Pure-Land Zen, Zen Pure Land . There's a nice quote, presumably from J.C. Cleary, that succinctly illustrates h...
by tonysharp
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 4425

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

I would choose based on the teachers available. Thanks. Chan and Pure Land should not really be thought of as separate schools, they're rather Mahayana methods that can be used either together or apart. This is good to know. Pure Land Buddhism: Dialogues with Ancient Masters I started reading Dialo...
by tonysharp
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 4425

Re: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

Seishin wrote: Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:27 pm Have you heard about Tendai?
Yes.
It may be what you are looking for
I wish it was. Thank you, though.

:namaste:
by tonysharp
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū
Replies: 28
Views: 4425

Choosing between Chan, Zen, Jìngtǔzōng, and Jōdo Shinshū

I've narrowed down my school selection to Chan, Soto Zen, Chinese Pure Land (Jìngtǔzōng), and Japanese Pure Land (Jōdo Shinshū), and I'd like to combine the practices of Pure Land with Chan or Zen; Chan and Ōbaku Zen appear to integrate Pure Land practice by default. I was thinking about reading the...
by tonysharp
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Buddha-mindfulness: Linking Theravada and Pure Land
Replies: 8
Views: 1867

Re: Buddha-mindfulness: Linking Theravada and Pure Land

They're nice resources, and thank you for them. No problem. :namaste: I really like the Itipiso (Buddhanussati) chant from Theravada. Me too. Buddhānussati was the first chant I memorized in Pali. Bhikkhu Bodhi taught it in a class on the four protective meditations . As a recent Mahayana convert, ...
by tonysharp
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Buddha-mindfulness: Linking Theravada and Pure Land
Replies: 8
Views: 1867

Buddha-mindfulness: Linking Theravada and Pure Land

According to scholars, buddhānusmṛti (Pali: buddhānussati; English: “Buddha-mindfulness” or “mindfulness of the Buddha”) was one of the original objects of meditation for lay followers in the Theravada tradition. In the Pali texts, Buddha Gautama often prescribed Buddha-mindfulness as a means to que...
by tonysharp
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Dialogs with Ancient Masters
Replies: 1
Views: 713

Re: Dialogs with Ancient Masters

I was just looking for a place to post this book. I started reading it today. It's been immensely helpful in clearing up some questions I had.
by tonysharp
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 19663

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

A good thing about a thread like this, is that it brings a lot of good info onto the table and folks can inform themselves. Of course. My point wasn't that these discussions shouldn't be allowed, but if they make you frustrated, passive-aggressive, and angry, perhaps—for your own sake, and for othe...
by tonysharp
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 19663

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

But it is interesting observing the resistance to any suggestion to giving up term hīnayāna as an appropriate epithet for the Theravāda. Because you're essentially asking people to deny their feelings, and ignore the fundamental problems they see in "Hinayana" ideology, problems which are, themselv...
by tonysharp
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 19663

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Renunciation is not at all uncommon in the Mahayana outline of practice. I said this in the second half of my previous reply. Now, tell me, what is the difference between engaging with the world and being cut off from it. That should be obvious. What do you hope to achieve in this discussion? Tryin...
by tonysharp
Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 19663

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Caoimhghín wrote: Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:39 pmMahāyāna wants to embrace the world ...
Not embrace it, but liberate it.
Take the Lotus Sūtra, for instance ...
This sutra isn't revered by every Mahayana school.

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