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Joel Simmons
3rd October 2001, 22:41
Aloha all,

What is mikkyo?

Maybe I should stop reading so many books that just confuse the hell out of me. :)


Connor Sims
4th October 2001, 00:54
Here is some basic information - I'm not sure if 'Mikkyo' is the same as the 'Shingon Mikkyo' you refer to.

Any one else with any thoughts? ;)


4th October 2001, 01:11
Greg Ellis

4th October 2001, 01:12

Mikkyo is "Esoteric Teachings" -- the sort found in Tantric Buddhism (Tibetan, Shingon, Tendai, Nichirenshu, and Yamabushi practices). The "kuji-kiri" finger-weavings popularized in ninja movies (and also taught in Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu) were adapted from mikkyo Buddhism.

Tantric at http://www.crosswinds.net/~campross/Tibetan.html

Shingon at http://www.west.net/~sanmaya

Tendai at http://angelreiki.nu/ryoho/tendai.htm

Nichiren Shu at http://www.crosswinds.net/~campross/NShu.html

Nichiren Shoshu at http://www.crosswinds.net/~campross/NShoshu.html
The "Shoshu" part of the name means "true religion." It is an off-shoot of the original Nichiren Shu, and is the religion of the Soka Gakkai lay organization. The political party "Komeito" [the Clean Government Party] is/was/still is strongly associated with Soka Gakkai.

I wouldn't have listed the Nichiren schools as Mikkyo, but their names kept coming up in web searches. Members of these religions may not agree with the "esoteric" label.


Of course that is a generalization, but it serves to illustrate my answer.


carl mcclafferty
4th October 2001, 11:17

Back in the late 60s I practiced Nichiren as a teenager (17) in Oxnard with some Japanese. More a "I'm studying the martial arts ought to do the culture" thing. Not too many Japanese believe me until I repeat the main Sutra (sic), than they act as if I going to turn them into a frog. Heh Heh it may not qualify it as esoteric.

Babasan took me to the mountain shrine where he allegedly lived, nice place. I think it had trees bigger than the one's at the Katori Shrine.