Thus the bodhisattva lives Prajna Paramita with no hindrance in the mind: no hindrance, therefore no fear.
from the Heart Sutra
Enlightenment originally has no duality, yet expedients are countless. The countless expedients are summarized in three. Quiescence is like a clear, bright mirror. Illusion-contemplation is like a shoot growing out of the ground. Dhyana is like the sound within the bell. Although these three dharma-gates have distinctions of deep and shallow, in their relation to Perfect Enlightenment, the are all called "accordance." The buddhas and bodhisattvas accomplish the Way based on these. The complete realization of the three is called Great Nirvana.
What is the difference in doctrine and practice between Tendai and Zen?
Do you think that a mystical experience requires ignoring scientific facts and requires a belief in religious myth?
Is the mystical experience more valuable than observable facts?
After all, you could attain a mystical experience (an altered state of consciousness) by taking peyote, LSD or undergoing sensory deprivation. You don't have to believe in religious myth.
What is your definition of religion?
How is Tendai different from Pure Land?
Thich Nhat Hanh says Pure Land emphasizes seeking salvation from what appears to be an external source. What I understand so far of "real" Buddhism is what the Buddha said when he was dying, "Be a lamp unto yourselves," that the Buddha is already within us. So should we ultimately depend on ourselves or an external source?
Wisdom magic has no grasping mind. It is only a manifestation to other beings who believe in the phenomena of reality, showing what appear to be reality's activities in order to guide them beyond reality and unreality. When sublime beings appear to be wrathful, it is just the natural, limitless display of wisdom mind, occurring as sentient beings' reflections appearing in front of them. Then, through wrathful or peaceful appearances of enlightened display, sentient beings can connect to wisdom and one day attain enlightenment.
It is due to attachment to the trace of self that we are deluded and unable to enter enlightenment. If you realize there is no single thing to love, you can gradually accomplish enlightenment. If you do not arise sentiments in regards to the teacher, then you are able to reach Peerless Correct Equal Enlightenment.
That is why, O Shariputra, I devised the method of teaching(from Chapter 2, as recited at the Tendai Buddhist Institute)
The way to extinguish all suffering through Nirvana.
Even though I taught Nirvana,
It is not the true extinction.
Every existing thing from the very beginning
has always had the mark of quiescence.
The heirs of the Buddhas who practice this path
Whill thereafter become Buddhas in the future.
With the power of skillful means
I have presented the teachings of the three vehicles.
Yet all the Bhagavats
Teach the path of the single vehicle.
This great assembly should now rid itself of bewilderment.
Of those hearing this Dharma
There will be no one
Who will not become a Buddha.
The original vow of the Buddhas,
Was to make all sentient beings universally
Attain the very same Buddha-path
Which I have practiced.
You should know that the Dharma
Of all the Buddhas is like this.
They teach the Dharma
With myriads of kotis of skillful means,
According to the capacities of sentient beings;
The inexperienced cannot understand this.
All of you, have no further doubts!
Let great joy arise in your hearts
And know that you will all become Buddhas!
If sentient beings are in great adversity,
And immeasurable pain afflicts them,
The wonderful power of the wisdom of the Cry Regarder
Can relieve the sufferings of the world.
Endowed with transcendent powers
And having fully mastered wisdom and skillful means,
In all the worlds in the ten directions,
There is no place where she will not manifest herself.