The Sin of Slandering the Dharma by Jacqueline Stone

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Postby Queequeg » Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:40 pm

Adding to my above post - one of the most important bodhisattvas described in the Lotus Sutra is Sadaparibhuta - "Never Disparaging". He is described as a person who's Buddhist learning and spiritual achievements were meager. His practice was to greet and prostrate to everyone saying, "I would never disparage you because you are destined to be a Buddha!" People would get angry at him saying they didn't need a prophecy of Buddhahood from someone like him, and abuse him, beating him and pelting him with stones and tiles. Sadaparibhuta would never get angry, but just retreat far enough that he was out of range of their abuse, and yell from afar, "I would never disparage you because you are destined to be a Buddha." On his death, he was rewarded by being taught the Lotus Sutra and his lifespan was extended. Shakyamuni explains that Sadaparibhuta was him in a past life and it was that activity then that was the cause of his enlightenment.

Nichiren explained that the NamuMyohorengekyo is the same practice as Sadaparibhuta.
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"My religion is not deceiving myself."
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You know, I've actually printed out some of Queequeg's posts on this forum. :twothumbsup:

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Namu Kanzeon Bosatsu
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The Tai-ching states "the women in the realms of Mara, Sakra and Brahma all neither abandoned ( their old) bodies nor received (new) bodies. They all received buddhahood with their current bodies (genshin)" Thus these verses state that the dharma nature is like a great ocean. No right or wrong is preached (within it) Ordinary people and sages are equal, without superiority or inferiority
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Postby illarraza » Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:45 pm

There is a reason why Nichiren never wrote about the finer points of practice. There are no finer points of practice. Everything is contained in the chanting of the Daimoku and shinjin [a believing mind or faith]. There is no reason to read into the teachings any oral transmission, secret or otherwise. I think I can defend this point to the readers' [and your] satisfaction.

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Re: The Sin of Slandering the Dharma by Jacqueline Stone

Postby shomon808 » Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:15 am

Hi everyone, this is a wonderful discussion which is very stimulating.

While I generally agree with Q's interpretation, there is a historical evolution of Japanese Buddhism that gives purpose to Honen and Shinran and their immediate predecessors. Prior to Kamakura Buddhism, Japanese Buddhism was primarily State Buddhism and both Saicho and Kukai appealed to the government and propagated amongst the elite, much as the Catholic Church did to Kings and Queens prior to the Reformation. The Amida line of priests such as Ippen and Honen opened a popular Buddhism where the common person could participate in religion. Of course, coming after Honen, Nichiren saw that the Buddhism that Honen developed was a "crafted" teaching and was appalled at the manipulations by the priests. But, I believe that Honen and his predecessors paved the way for popular Buddhism in the Kamakura period to flourish. State Buddhism of course was very much alive in Nichiren's time and so he paid a very tough price.
Nichiren was very much a man of history, and his actions were that of a man trying to get his message to the very top of society as well as to the bottom. While I find solace in Q's explanation of Nichiren's denunciations, the starkness gives me pause in this current world of intolerance.

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Postby Konchok Namgyal » Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:14 pm

well off to hell i go then , hopefully there are beings there that i may be able to help.
Recognize that your mind is the unity of being empty and cognizant, suffused with knowing. When your attention is extroverted, you fall under the sway of thoughts. Let your attention recognize itself. Recognize that it is empty. That which recognizes is the cognizance. You can trust at that moment that these two – emptiness and cognizance – are an original unity. Seeing this is called self-knowing wakefulness. ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche


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