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THE TEMPLE GATE:
September 2004

Sunday, September 12, 2004
Blogger, yer Breakin' muh Heart 

Well, dang it, this thing is drivin' me crazy. After three "unsuccessful" tries, I was finally able to post my weekly update--but it posted FOUR TIMES [but I removed the extras for this version]. I cannot delete them, and it took me two days of trying just to be able to post THIS. And even so, RTF is unavailable--no italics, bold, etc. (Hence the caps.) So if THIS one posts at all, I'll be shocked.

Anyway, sorry for the mess below. [Note: Cleaned it up for this version.  -TTG]  I'm working on figuring out a way to clean it up without losing this stylish page design. Stay tuned. 

posted by The Temple Guy at 9/12/2004 4 comments 

Prince Roy said...

where the hekk are ya?  10/16/2004

Anonymous said...

When will you renew your blog? I am looking forward to read your next blg.  10/17/2004

Mimi said...

This post has been removed by the author.  10/23/2004

Mimi said...

Where have you gone?  10/23/2004

 

Saturday, September 11, 2004
The Temple Gate: September 10, 2004 

[Someday, when I've absolutely nothing to do, I may re-install the links that were originally part of this post.  Until then go to the various article indices, starting here, to find the materials referred to.  Or Search The Temple Guy.]

I'm afraid Blogger is acting strangely; I'm having trouble posting, and accessing the template to make changes. Please forgive any glaring inconsistencies.

The big news is: I finally finished my first real temple page! It took a lot of time, but now that the templates are done, and I know how to do pop-up image windows, the others should go more quickly. I also had to develop several supporting pages (listed on the What's New? page), and I created two "Neighbor" pages for the temple, which can be seen by scrolling down to the bottom of the temple page.

So here we go with this week's Gate:

A Letter from James: The lazy man's substitute for e-mail

Some details on the shaping up of my schedule for the next few months. (more)

Of This and That: Religion and all that

We continue the series on Four Titans of Perennialism with a discussion of Mircea Eliade and the Two Orders of Reality. (Essay Index)

Life in a Special Zone: My take on Shenzhen happenings

Snakes in Shenzhen--and a glimpse into the pre-history of soccer (football) (more)

Picture of the Week: From my voluminous archives

"Six Sides," a charming little six-sided Fudo hall at Setagaya Kannon-ji. (Picture Index)

The Temple Guy's Got Mail: Stuff people wrote to me

Aside from my correspondence with Dr. Lancaster (see this week's Letter from James) and a question (see this week's Hot Seat), there wasn't much in the way of stimulating mail. Just business, business, business. (more)

What's New?: Pages added to the site or modified

Lots of cool new stuff at the Mi-le-fo site, and a redesigned header for (almost) all pages of The Temple Gate. (more)

The Road Ahead: Coming holidays and events to watch for

Sacred events for September 11-17, 2004 (Will be posted late Saturday, China Time (GMT-8) (more) [Never was; Calendar is still in re-write]

posted by The Temple Guy at 9/11/2004 1 comments 

Prince Roy said...

my $.02 on Milefo. I don't have a strong background in classical Chinese and even less in canonical Chinese, so you are getting what you paid for:

Milefo 彌勒佛 is almost certainly a transliteration from Sanskrit, translated when the sutras made it to China however many thousands of years back, and in these cases almost never carries a literal meaning.

Why the change in some cases to le ? This probably has more to do with the sinocization of Buddhism. The Milefo evolved from the anemic, thin austere figure of Indian Mahayana tradition into the rotund and jovial manifestation that we see in China today. Since he is a generous, jolly fellow who also loves children, people started to use the character 'le'. That's the best I can do. In fact, mi is second tone, but many times the canonical Chinese reading carries a different tone, so maybe in the sutras mi should be read in the first tone.  9/12/2004

 

Saturday, September 04, 2004
September 3, 2004 

[Someday, when I've absolutely nothing to do, I may re-install the links that were originally part of this post.  Until then go to the various article indices, starting here, to find the materials referred to.  Or Search The Temple Guy.]

Simplify, simplify...

I have decided to go with a more prosaic (and clearer?) design for the listings here; those who prefer the magazine-y Table of Contents can see something like it at the Blog Index. [Note: neither of these styles has been preserved here.)

A Letter from James: The lazy man's substitute for e-mail

The end of summer, as the Fall schedule kicks into gear (more)

Of This and That: Religion and all that

We continue the series on Four Titans of Perennialism with a discussion of Carl Jung and the Two Personalities.

Life in a Special Zone: My take on Shenzhen happening

The Holy Places of Shenzhen: The first pass at what will become The Shenzhen Temple Project. (more)

The Hot Seat: Where I fake my way through answers to questions you've sent

Chasing down a Chinese temple: It was a simple enough question: "I was wondering if you have every seen or been to the Gwong How Temple in Canton..." But the answer wasn't so simple... (more)

Holy Humor: Truth disguised as comedy

Finally, we kick this section of with a few groaners (more)

Picture of the Week: From my voluminous archives

"Monkey Shrines": The messengers of the Shinto kami Sanno Gongen (more)

The Temple Guy's Got Mail: Stuff people wrote to me

An exchange regarding the expression "Transparent to Transcendence," featuring Associates of the Joseph Campbell Foundation (more)

Linkin' Log: Cool links found while working on this site

Hot Stuff from Our Man in Japan; a lot of Joseph-Campbell-related material; BIG, BIG sites on myth and religion; and a little passage to India, including--Mark Twain? (more)

What's New?: Pages added to the site or modified

Modifications and additions to The Temple Gate, including the new Calendar; and the unveiling of the revised Mi-le-fo Homepage (more)

The Road Ahead: Coming holidays and events to watch for

YES! After hours and hours I have a product I'm pretty happy with [but couldn't maintain]: Sacred events for September 1-10, 2004--and more on the way! (more)

posted by The Temple Guy at 9/4/2004 2 comments 

Prince Roy said...

Looking good. I hope more people discover your site, especially after it takes a more substantial form with your various Chinese temple projects. Well, I'm almost a daily visitor, as you can probably tell, because every 61.whatever.whatever IP address is almost certainly mine. Are they giving you teh US Labor Day holiday off? We get it here, but as luck would have it, I am duty officer this week, so I couldn't take my planned trip to Land's End. I'm big on geographical traveling (like to see the highest, lowest, easternmost, westernmost...you get the idea). Land's End, also called Cape Comorin and Kanyakumari, lies at the merging of 3 oceans (Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, and Indian Ocean). It is a sacred place and has a temple that attracts pilgims from all over India. I'll see if that Indian temple site you introduced has an entry for it. I hope to go the next three day weekend...  9/4/2004

Prince Roy said...

oh yeah, funny you should mention Sgt. Pepper's. I happen to have that playing right now. I'm more of a Lennon Beatle and so the topper for me remains A Day in the Life.  9/4/2004

 

 

 

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