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09-15-2003, 09:38 PM
I've been lately exploring esoteric buddhism and mikkyo. If anyone has any suggestions for materials or places of learning, I'd really appreciate it. So far I'm lost.

Thanks in advance.



kung fu hamster
09-15-2003, 10:17 PM
Don't know if it's any help but I was curious about mikkyo myself and someone pointed me to this:

Mikkyo = secret teachings.


09-16-2003, 06:29 AM
Thank you very much for the link, Linda.

This topic is a rare one to find any information on.

Just curious; what were your reasons for wanting to research mikkyo?


SB :ai:

kung fu hamster
09-16-2003, 07:39 AM
I saw a set of 6 books about Mikkyo on Ebay with a starting price of $2,000 and I wondered what could be so interesting that someone would agree to pay that amount of money for 6 books. I idly asked a buddy if he knew anything about mikkyo and he obligingly came up with that info. He may have gone to google, I didn't ask.

09-16-2003, 08:39 AM
Geez. 2k?

philosophy geeks don't make that much money!! :)

...Good thing i'm in IT. ;)

Kensho Furuya
09-23-2003, 07:27 PM
Rather briefly and maybe too simply, Mikkyo is the Japanese term for "esoteric" forms of Buddhism. These are some of the earlier forms of Buddhims such as Tendai and Shingon. They are trying to differentiate between later forms of Buddhism such as Zen and Jodo-shu which do not have much of mikkyo's complex and very involved ceremonies and dogma and teach a simpler ideology for a broader spectrum of people. You can research much more on mikkyo in any book on Japanese Buddhism or any book dealing with the early forms of Japanese Buddhism. Hope this helps, thank you.