To be or to not be.... your own refuge! What does it mean to be your own refuge? Does faith play a role in Buddhism?
五停心観 GOJŌSHIN-KAN The Five Meditations for Stopping the mind, aka Five Meditations for mental stability, are a traditional set of Indian meditations taught by Zhiyi – the founder of Chinese Tiantai (Japanese Tendai). These traditaional practices are a way of calming the mind, eliminating the delusional mind, and for overcoming the Five Hindrances (五蓋) of… Continue reading 五停心観 GOJŌSHIN-KAN – Five Hindrances Meditation
What do we mean when we talk about a “Buddhist lineage”? Simply summed up, a lineage is a line of transmission that is [theoretically] traced back to the Buddha. But what is meant by “transmission” and why is lineage important? TRANSMISSION When we speak about transmission, we are talking about two things; 1 – the… Continue reading The importance of Lineage
A BASIC GUIDE TO TENDAI SHIKAN
Light up one corner By Seishin Clark In the “Sange-gakushoshiki” Ven Saicho said; "What are a nation's treasures? True riches are one's faith in Buddha, and those who call it so, and therefore it has from times long ago been said that true riches are not material things but that which shines light into… Continue reading 一隅を照らす ICHIGU WO TERASU
‘SKILL IN MEANS’ The Sanskrit word ‘upāya’, or ‘Hōben 方便’ in Japanese, is translated as ‘expedient means’, or ‘skill in means’, or simply ‘skilful means’ (upāya kauśalya). This teaching features prominently in the Lotus Sutra, and also is a key component in Tendai philosophy. Simply put, upāya means to use wisdom to teach in a… Continue reading UPĀYA
ICHINEN SANZEN 一念三千 3000 worlds in a single thought By Seishin Clark ‘3000 worlds in a single thought’ is a Tendai/Tientai doctrine created by the founder of Chinese Tientai, Chih-i (Zhiyi). In the following essay I hope to give a simple explanation of this incredibly important Tendai doctrine, although I feel I will not be… Continue reading Ichinen Sanzen