Posted on23. Feb, 2016 by Hokai.
Most of the last 12 months I’ve been reviewing the foundational texts of Shingon Buddhism, using available English translations for reference, adding some to my limited knowledge of Sanskrit and Chinese, and producing a Croatian translation of major works by Kōbō Daishi Kūkai (弘法大師空海). Some of texts I’ve done initially in 1999, but much has changed in my understanding […]
Posted on15. Aug, 2015 by Hokai.
0. Three points We live among fragmented images, perhaps even as fragmented selves, thus the art of imagination often stands neglected. I want to look at – 1 – how creative imagination is important, 2 – how tradition provides good examples, and 3 – how we don’t know what to do with what’s available. 1. Imagination is important as […]
Posted on30. Jun, 2012 by Hokai.
History of Buddhist spirituality lends itself to two very different perspectives. On one hand, it is a history of transmission and continuation, featuring institution building and cultural naturalization. For the most part, this is the story of schools and sects, politics and economy, controlled discourse and imperial sponsorship. On the other hand, it’s also a […]
Posted on04. Jun, 2012 by Hokai.
I’ve recently talked to John Peacock, scholar and Associate Director of The Oxford Mindfulness Centre. His studies of the earliest Buddhist writings have revealed to him a very human Buddha and a very different Buddhism than we know today. Please find the interview at Buddhist Geeks. Part One: Will the Real Buddha Please Stand Up? […]
Posted on29. Apr, 2012 by Hokai.
David Chapman has opened a new series of articles entitled “Reinventing Buddhist Tantra.” If you’re not familiar with David’s work so far, especially the series on Consensus Buddhism, please look at the “Consensus: Outline.” The new series on Buddhist tantra is exciting in that it jumpstarts an open and curious discussion on possibilities for a […]
Posted on20. Apr, 2012 by Hokai.
collection of my #openDharma hashtag tweets, starts on August 13th 2011 Buddhahood is always already open source. Learn your code and get to work. Traditional teachings are written in ancient, often obsolete code. Such codes were never designed to be used across platforms. As radical code was standardized and normalized via subroutines, this gave rise […]
Posted on20. Apr, 2012 by Hokai.
starts on April 17th 2011 We are a phase in the great unfolding. What we do in life echoes in eternity. “A lot of good things sound crazy. And a lot of crazy things sound good.” – @hokaisobol Christian “Holy Spirit” = Buddhist “impermanence” = Chinese “chi” God is dead. Are Buddhists the last to […]
Posted on13. Apr, 2012 by Hokai.
As if yesterday, 20 years ago I enjoyed the work of Rick Fields and his narrative “How the Swans Came to the Lake”, copious writings of Sangharakshita, and later in 2002 the “Westward Dharma” edited by Prebish and Baumann. Reading on Buddhism in the West makes you think of Western Buddhism. 20 years later, and […]
Posted on23. Dec, 2011 by Hokai.
Shingon is an esoteric school of Mahayana, and Mahayana is a bodhisattva doctrine. Bodhisattva is interested in awakening others and himself equally. The general classification of the bodhisattva stages, according to the exoteric teachings, is as follows: a) ten stages of faith, b) ten stages of understanding, c) ten stages of practice, d) ten stages […]
Posted on22. Dec, 2011 by Hokai.
Nirbhaya literally means “fearlessness” or simply “no fear.” In Shingon, it means equanimity. However, it is also synonymous with ashvasa, meaning “to revive,” so it implies a surge of regeneration. Nirbhaya signifies an awakening through freeing oneself from the bonds of klesha and thus awakening to realize one’s inherent wakefulness (skt. bodhi). The six nirbhaya theory describes the […]