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Posted by SkySitter (128.29.4.2) on August 31, 2000 at 02:20:51:

In Reply to: Re: Chinese Buddhism... posted by Michael Pollard on August 30, 2000 at 17:43:52:

I've studied Tien Tai and Chan/Zen for 30+ years (and now a little bit of Hue Yen in the past 2 years). One can't "stay away" from Pureland in studying Chinese Buddhism.

There are many cults in China, Taiwan, US among Chinese communities. I would say that most of them coming out from the Tantric schools. There are many "unorthox" Chan/Zen groups. They "all" (at least for all groups that I have read so far) have "fancy" websites.

Traditionally, "The White Lotus Club" is the biggest trouble maker in the past, say, 1200 year or so. I don't know if they still exist right now. You can see something similar in "The Second Coming", "Messiah" (with political agenda), etc. in the west.

A word of warning: most of the Sutra listed are kind-of "for the smartest of all practitioners", so to speak. Little consideration was given to the beginners. If you want to know more about the practice (and the "theories"), the Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra (http://www3.l0pht.com/~gil/vimlkrti.html , a little bit too small in fonts) is recomended by the many masters in Tien Tai school (back in past 1200 years).



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