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by justsomeguy
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Nichiren as Honbutsu
Replies: 13
Views: 573

Re: Is Nichiren Shu the most traditional of all the Nichiren sects?

Well, that would depend on who you ask. If you ask Nichiren Shoshu or SGI they would say yes. Actually I'm not sure they would say yes. Ultimately their argument is that if Shakyamuni attained enlightenment in the distant past then he must have had a teacher, and that teacher must be the original (...
by justsomeguy
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Nichiren as Honbutsu
Replies: 13
Views: 573

Re: Nichiren as Honbutsu

I will admit that entering Nichiren Shoshu, the doctrine of Nichiren as the True Buddha was a bit jarring. I think part of the reason for that was that I had an Americanized sense of what Buddhism is and how it's practiced. My prior understanding of the religion was all over the place, mixing Therev...
by justsomeguy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Is Nichiren Shu the most traditional of all the Nichiren sects?
Replies: 9
Views: 339

Re: Is Nichiren Shu the most traditional of all the Nichiren sects?

I ask this because Nichiren Shu doesn’t seem to contain the teaching that Nichiren is the True Buddha of our age. I also wonder if the fact that they have so many artifacts from Nichiren may stem from perhaps them being the most traditional. As Narwahl pointed out, Nichiren as honbutsu (Original Bu...
by justsomeguy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Is Nichiren Shu the most traditional of all the Nichiren sects?
Replies: 9
Views: 339

Re: Is Nichiren Shu the most traditional of all the Nichiren sects?

I ask this because Nichiren Shu doesn’t seem to contain the teaching that Nichiren is the True Buddha of our age. I also wonder if the fact that they have so many artifacts from Nichiren may stem from perhaps them being the most traditional. I'm a Shoshu guy myself, but in terms of who is more trad...
by justsomeguy
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How does one practice Nichiren Buddhism at home?
Replies: 11
Views: 345

Re: How does one practice Nichiren Buddhism at home?

Yeah, online streaming services aren’t ideal, but you work with what you got. Ideally, I think NShu would like to reach a point where there might only be a few priests in the US, but there were many more lay leaders. But that requires a really dedicated laity. Anyway. I was vaguely aware of a NShos...
by justsomeguy
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How does one practice Nichiren Buddhism at home?
Replies: 11
Views: 345

Re: How does one practice Nichiren Buddhism at home?

So I live in Chicago and I'm not really interested in SGI. I say that because that seems to be the only temple in the city that is of the Nichiren sect. There is one outside of the city limits but it's rather hard to get to. Over the years, I've read numerous books on Nichiren Buddhism and am still...
by justsomeguy
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 3595

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

1. The main thing that has surprised me about Buddhism, and in particular Nichiren Buddhism, is all the fighting. I had a pre-conceived idea about Buddhism being a very quiet, peaceful and contemplative religion. I was therefore not prepared for all the fighting I saw between Soka Gakkai and Nichir...
by justsomeguy
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Why are SGI meetings necessary?
Replies: 20
Views: 1620

Re: Why are SGI meetings necessary?

dharmapdx wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:45 am
Between the Hawaiian girl giving me dirty looks when she saw that I had Gongyo memorized...
Was this her having some personal issue with you having memorized gongyo, or is this a "thing" in some circles to look down on those that do? Just curious!
by justsomeguy
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Happy New Year!
Replies: 11
Views: 578

Re: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you too!
by justsomeguy
Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why do hundreds of people view postings here for new threads but only few respond?
Replies: 53
Views: 2502

Re: Why do hundreds of people view postings here for new threads but only few respond?

A lot of people are intimidated to join, because they fear reprisal from a perceived "DharmaWheel elite" who will cruelly reprise them if they post something unfavorable. It is an issue with all fora. This is it for me. It's not so much that I fear reprisal, but I do come here to learn and gain per...
by justsomeguy
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakabuku Woes
Replies: 104
Views: 4773

Re: Shakabuku Woes

Thanks to you both. Yeah, both positions seem pretty reasonable. I can understand wanting to get away from the SGI/Shoshu history. I can attest that, as a new practitioner, it's next to impossible to find any good reading material without the bickering from both sides being injected somehow.
by justsomeguy
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakabuku Woes
Replies: 104
Views: 4773

Re: Shakabuku Woes

Alternatives include Nichiren Shu. The shortcoming with Nichiren-shu is their relative limit - there are not many Nichiren Shu communities in the West. They are an example of a community that I think has let their "practice for others" muscles atrophy. That said, I think many communities are making...

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