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Shingon is one of the oldest schools of Buddhism in Japan. Widely practices in Japan, it is little known outside the country. While there are temples in Hawaii, and the West Coast of the USA, Shingon remains largely unknown. "Shingon" the Japanese pronunciation of "mantra" is a school that emphasizes mantra recitation, visualization in mediation, and ritual practice. Shingon and Tibetan Buddhism share many similarities. Join us as we explore Buddhist topics unique to Shingon, and common to all Buddhist traditions. www.shingonbuddhism.org

Shingon is one of the oldest schools of Buddhism in Japan. Widely practices in Japan, it is little known outside the country. While there are temples in Hawaii, and the West Coast of the USA, Shingon remains largely unknown. "Shingon" the Japanese pronunciation of "mantra" is a school that emphasizes mantra recitation, visualization in mediation, and ritual practice. Shingon and Tibetan Buddhism share many similarities. Join us as we explore Buddhist topics unique to Shingon, and common to all Buddhist traditions. www.shingonbuddhism.org
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Shingon is one of the oldest schools of Buddhism in Japan. Widely practices in Japan, it is little known outside the country. While there are temples in Hawaii, and the West Coast of the USA, Shingon remains largely unknown. "Shingon" the Japanese pronunciation of "mantra" is a school that emphasizes mantra recitation, visualization in mediation, and ritual practice. Shingon and Tibetan Buddhism share many similarities. Join us as we explore Buddhist topics unique to Shingon, and common to all Buddhist traditions. www.shingonbuddhism.org

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Episodes

Episode 22: Buddha Nature

8/5/2017
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This week’s topic is, Buddha Nature, in sanskrit: tathāgatagarbha (如来藏). All sentient beings are considered to be in possession of the Buddha Nature, the potential…Continue ReadingEpisode 22: Buddha Nature

Duration:00:15:34

Episode 21: Buddhism; East and West

7/27/2017
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In this week’s Podcast we look at Buddhism as practiced traditionally in Asia, as compared to forms popular in Western nations. In our ongoing advocacy…Continue ReadingEpisode 21: Buddhism; East and West

Duration:00:15:16

Episode 20: “Esoteric” Buddhism

7/20/2017
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In this episode we discuss “esoteric” Buddhism. There are many misconceptions regarding Shingon as a school of Buddhism, most often discussed in terms of “secrecy”.…Continue ReadingEpisode 20: “Esoteric” Buddhism

Duration:00:52:19

Episode 19: On Faith

7/13/2017
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Is there a role for faith in Buddhism, and if so what is that role? How is faith developed? How did Faith, become the “f”…Continue ReadingEpisode 19: On Faith

Duration:00:41:49

Episode 18: Buddhist retreats & temple experiences

7/5/2017
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In episode 18 we discuss Buddhist retreats. Often presented as vacations, or spa-like experiences, the traditional Buddhist retreat or temple experience is generally geared at…Continue ReadingEpisode 18: Buddhist retreats & temple experiences

Duration:00:35:50

Episode 17: The Importance of compassion

6/29/2017
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Episode 17 of True Words, a Shingon Buddhist podcast focusses on compassion, bodhicitta. In this episode we cover, (1) Compassion, (2) both within Buddhism generally, (3) why…Continue ReadingEpisode 17: The Importance of compassion

Duration:00:19:21

Episode 16: My dharma, Buddha Dharma, Fulfilling ones dharma

6/22/2017
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This week I respond to a suggested topic from a listener: What is dharma, especially the buddha drama, vs ones own dharma, and how do…Continue ReadingEpisode 16: My dharma, Buddha Dharma, Fulfilling ones dharma

Duration:00:20:52

Episode 15: Finding a teacher

6/15/2017
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This week, in episode 15, we explore finding a teacher. Do you need a teacher? Do you want a teacher? What qualities to look for…Continue ReadingEpisode 15: Finding a teacher

Duration:00:34:18

Episode 14: A well rounded holistic practice

6/8/2017
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This week we discuss what elements should be part of a well rounded holistic practice. Especially important for those who may not have a teacher…Continue ReadingEpisode 14: A well rounded holistic practice

Duration:00:33:58

Episode 13: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

6/1/2017
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Episode 13 of True Words Podcast, The Good, Bad, and Ugly of practice… In this episode we explore some of the pitfalls, errors, high points,…Continue ReadingEpisode 13: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Duration:00:32:35

Episode 12: What is Mantra?

5/25/2017
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People often ask what a mantra is, how mantra’s are used, and whether they can be understood, or whether there is value only in repetitive…Continue ReadingEpisode 12: What is Mantra?

Duration:00:30:06

Episode 11: Buddhist traditions across time and culture

5/18/2017
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True Words Podcast Episode 11. This week we explore some of the traditions connected with Buddhism across cultures, how those traditions have changed over time…Continue ReadingEpisode 11: Buddhist traditions across time and culture

Duration:00:30:08

Episode 10: Buddhism and Climate Change

5/10/2017
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This week we take a different approach to our discussion of Buddhism, and address some current issues dominating the news and science: climate change. What…Continue ReadingEpisode 10: Buddhism and Climate Change

Duration:00:37:18

Episode 9: The Role of Ritual

5/10/2017
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In this episode we discuss the role of ritual practices in Buddhism. This aspect is often deemphasized in Buddhist practice by new practitioners. We discuss…Continue ReadingEpisode 9: The Role of Ritual

Duration:00:43:15

Episode 8: What do I “have” to do or believe to be Buddhist?

5/10/2017
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This week we talk about some common questions of what a person has to “do” or “believe”, in order to be Buddhist. Hope you enjoy…Continue ReadingEpisode 8: What do I “have” to do or believe to be Buddhist?

Duration:00:40:06

Episode 7: The “why” of Buddhism

5/10/2017
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This week we discuss the “why” of Buddhism: why people practice, what motivates them to practice, and what Buddhism traditionally teaches is the motivation for…Continue ReadingEpisode 7: The “why” of Buddhism

Duration:00:35:56

Episode 6: Obstacles on the Path

5/9/2017
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This week we discuss obstacles on the spiritual path, highlighting the epic journey’s of great Buddhist masters of antiquity: Xuanzang, and Kukai. Highlighting these two…Continue ReadingEpisode 6: Obstacles on the Path

Duration:00:44:37

Episode 5: Shingon Practices, the Kechien Kanjo

5/9/2017
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We continue our discussion of various Buddhist practices, including a brief overview of the 10 Precepts and the Kechien Kanjo ritual offered on Mt. Koya.…Continue ReadingEpisode 5: Shingon Practices, the Kechien Kanjo

Duration:00:38:01

Episode 4: Shingon Practices

5/6/2017
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Continuing with the theme of Buddhist practices, this episode discusses practices specific to Shingon, specifically the lay Buddhist service.

Duration:00:31:39

Episode 3: Buddhist Practices (Part 2)

5/3/2017
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This episode continues on Episode 2 to discuss more variations of Buddhist practice, including sutra calligraphy, which allows practitioners to develop a deeper connection to…Continue ReadingEpisode 3: Buddhist Practices (Part 2)

Duration:00:32:16