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"Delving Deeper And Deeper" In Meditation -- A Beautiful Concept

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Posted by Michael W. Pearson on July 12, 2003 15:33:03 UTC

Hi Glenn,
If it works for you, great. If we are seeking a wider explanation of why all the world goes its own diverse religous ways, what would you say in explanation?
Warm regards,
Mike

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"Tien-t'ai advocated a rigorous practice of observing the mind through meditation, delving deeper and deeper until the ultimate truth of three thousand realms in a single moment of life was grasped. Unfortunately, this type of practice was feasible only for monks, who could spend indefinite periods of time contemplating the message implicit in the Lotus Sutra. It was almost impossible for people who worked for a living and had other things on their minds. The full flowering of Buddhism was not to be accomplished until it migrated along trading routes to Japan. It would not be widely practiced and revered today without the incredible courage and insight of a thirteenth-century Japanese monk named Nichiren, who brought the Lotus Sutra into sharp focus in a way that it is accessible to all masses,and had a direct impact on people and their daily lives.


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