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by justsomeguy
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: From Atheism to Nichiren Shoshu
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Re: From Atheism to Nichiren Shoshu

Hello all! I've lurked around this forum on and off for the last few years since I joined NST in 2017. Since the time I started practicing, my enthusiasm for the practice has ebbed and flowed. I'd say it's definitely ebbing at this point, but I don't want to let it go entirely without a fair shake....
by justsomeguy
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: From Atheism to Nichiren Shoshu
Replies: 6
Views: 176

From Atheism to Nichiren Shoshu

Hello all! I've lurked around this forum on and off for the last few years since I joined NST in 2017. Since the time I started practicing, my enthusiasm for the practice has ebbed and flowed. I'd say it's definitely ebbing at this point, but I don't want to let it go entirely without a fair shake. ...
by justsomeguy
Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do you have to believe in spirits, deities, etc to be a Nichiren Buddhist?
Replies: 42
Views: 1229

Re: Do you have to believe in spirits, deities, etc to be a Nichiren Buddhist?

It probably depends on which sect. For Nichiren Shoshu the first prayer of gongyo is to the shotenzenjin. Which are protective dieties and or spirits Yes, but the temple takes no official stance on whether the practitioner believes in actual spirits or deities. This was probably my biggest question...
by justsomeguy
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Letter to Sensei
Replies: 11
Views: 1997

Re: Letter to Sensei

I still do not adhere to the necessity of Gongyo or rather a made up tradition to generate money and control over others. Hey there Richard, In what way are money and control involved in prescribing Gongyo? I've been a Shoshu guy for only two years now, so I do lack a lot of historical context that...
by justsomeguy
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Re: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?

On the contrary, rather than celebrate a schism, I find it to be absolutely disheartening. That it not to say it wasn't necessary; I believe SGI and Nichiren Shoshu have different objectives, but the fact is that the whole affair has a souring effect on any prospective practitioner. I implore my fe...
by justsomeguy
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Re: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?

To that extent, I absolutely rejoice that Soka Gakkai has been expelled permanently from the Head Temple moving on forward On the contrary, rather than celebrate a schism, I find it to be absolutely disheartening. That it not to say it wasn't necessary; I believe SGI and Nichiren Shoshu have differ...
by justsomeguy
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Re: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?

Hey there! Nichiren Shoshu, checking in. :twothumbsup: There were a couple of reasons I chose this path: (1) practicality - I live in the Washington, D.C. area and there is a temple here, and (2) I left the Catholic Church when I was young (16 or so), but I always did miss the formality of the cerem...
by justsomeguy
Fri May 31, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Introducing the practice of Daimoku to friends and relatives
Replies: 42
Views: 5811

Re: Introducing the practice of Daimoku to friends and relatives

The degradation of Lord Sakyamuni and the subsequent teachings that make like he was some transient Buddha...Gakki and ShoShu words...is not really going to bring a newcomer to the table with reality . I will attest that this is a huge hurdle to overcome, and one that some simply will not overcome....
by justsomeguy
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren buddhist practice
Replies: 12
Views: 1293

Re: Nichiren buddhist practice

Thanks for emphasizing that Q, for my part vipassana/samatha methods are absolutely in addition to daimoku, recitation and gosho/sutra study. Flossing is a great analogy. Using those techniques to establish a more spacious mind helps me chant as my primary practice with greater focus and appreciati...
by justsomeguy
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: What does the Nichiren Shoshu Gohonzon look like?
Replies: 18
Views: 6942

Re: What does the Nichiren Shoshu Gohonzon look like?

Image

Nikken on the right, Nichinyo on the left. :)
by justsomeguy
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo recitation from memory or from book
Replies: 8
Views: 1042

Re: Gongyo recitation from memory or from book

Part A is a portion of the Hoben Chapter. Part B is the prose portion of the Juryo chapter (the long part), and Part C is the verse form of it. Parts B & C together comprise the entire Juryo chapter. SGI no longer recites Part B as I understand. I of course use the Nichiren Shoshu liturgy, so that t...
by justsomeguy
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo recitation from memory or from book
Replies: 8
Views: 1042

Re: Gongyo recitation from memory or from book

Personally, I prefer doing it from memory. I've got A and C down, and much of part B. I tend to memorize in chunks, so if I really sat down and tried to thread the remaining pieces together, I wouldn't need the liturgy book at all. I know some people prefer to use the book, I prefer to go without so...
by justsomeguy
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Quit Chanting
Replies: 10
Views: 1193

Re: Quit Chanting

Thanks All for the responses. Also, is there branch of Nichern Shoshu in India. If you mean temples, no unfortunately there is not a Shoshu temple in India. I'm pretty sure there are practitioners there, though, as our own Chief Priest Rev Sakabe spent time living in India. If you are looking for a...
by justsomeguy
Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Nichiren Shoshu resources, books in english
Replies: 15
Views: 2344

Re: Nichiren Shoshu resources, books in english

I'm surprised that no one has offered to send this person some books. All the nichiren people should be happy to send you some books. I can't help with nichiren books, but if you don't have a copy of the lotus sutra, I will send you one. (It will not be the first time I have sent materials to Brazi...
by justsomeguy
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Nichiren Shoshu resources, books in english
Replies: 15
Views: 2344

Re: Nichiren Shoshu resources, books in english

I am Bobby :) And yeah, Basics of Practice is good for an intro, but you're right, it doesn't go into great depth about doctrine itself. I will get you some stuff out of the book I have and get it to you.
by justsomeguy
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Nichiren Shoshu resources, books in english
Replies: 15
Views: 2344

Re: Nichiren Shoshu resources, books in english

So, it doesn't look like those books exist in online format. That's a shame, since NShoshu doesn't sell those resources for profit and copyright prevents one from copying entire books and disseminating. I hope this is something they change in the future. In the meantime though, I was told by the tem...
by justsomeguy
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Nichiren Shoshu resources, books in english
Replies: 15
Views: 2344

Re: Nichiren Shoshu resources, books in english

Thank you, i'll try a contact with the temple here, although i live far from it. i think they don't have it in english. Let me know how can i get the books in pdf or more information about shoshu. The information is scarce. _/\_ Yeah sadly you are very correct about the scarcity of information. I'v...
by justsomeguy
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Nichiren Shoshu resources, books in english
Replies: 15
Views: 2344

Re: Nichiren Shoshu resources, books in english

I would recommend contacting an NShoshu temple. My temple here in D.C. keeps books on hand that are (obviously) pertinent to Shoshu. That's where I picked up the book you quoted from. One thing you might try is contacting the Shoshu temple there in Brazil (http://www.temploshoboji.org.br/). In the m...
by justsomeguy
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Female Priests
Replies: 0
Views: 1060

Female Priests

Have there been any known N. Shoshu female priests throughout history? Also, is anyone familiar with the Temple's official guidelines regarding women in the priesthood? Edit: A simple Google search answered part of my questions (https://nstmyosenji.org/magazine-april-201). Obviously there have been ...
by justsomeguy
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 3128

Re: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?

OTOH very often when a newcomer asks what it is that we're reciting or chanting they often get the same old "in tune with the vibrations of the universe" type of answer. I would seriously walk the F out of any meeting that started talking about vibrations of the universe. I've read some 'interestin...

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