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by justsomeguy
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 533

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...
by justsomeguy
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 533

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

My mother actually joined Nichiren Shōshū in the 1970s, but she became frustrated when no one could explain to her what exactly it was that she was chanting. Apparently, they said to her, “It doesn’t matter what it means….” My mother left shortly thereafter. Maybe some things run in the family, as ...
by justsomeguy
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is the significance of the crane symbol for Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 4
Views: 140

Re: What is the significance of the crane symbol for Nichiren Shoshu?

bcol01 wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:50 pm
I've looked into this a bit but haven't come across anything on the topic.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nichiren_Shoshu <-- this page has a section on the Crest as well.
by justsomeguy
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Is this the Nichinyo gohonzon?
Replies: 7
Views: 202

Re: Is this the Nichinyo gohonzon?

gohonzon wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:00 am
That is an image of the Dai Gohonzon transcribed by 67th High Priest NIKKEN Shonin. It is the 1985 Mandala version, same as the one installed in Los Angeles Myohoji Temple in 1997. The Chief priest assigned to this New York Temple is Vice-President Shinga Takikawa.
Same one we have in D.C. too :)
by justsomeguy
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Is this the Nichinyo gohonzon?
Replies: 7
Views: 202

Re: Is this the Nichinyo gohonzon?

Good question - I stare at this thing regularly and don't know its name :emb: I'll see if I can find out. Looks weird seeing it in a photograph, I have to say.
by justsomeguy
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 31
Views: 1075

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

1. I'm not sure that Nichiren Buddhism lacks anything fundamentally, though the comparative lack of instruction compared to something like Zen could be an impediment. Or in other circumstances that might be an advantage. This is perhaps the biggest impediment I find to maintaining a Nichiren practi...
by justsomeguy
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 31
Views: 1075

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

1. I'm not sure that Nichiren Buddhism lacks anything fundamentally, though the comparative lack of instruction compared to something like Zen could be an impediment. Or in other circumstances that might be an advantage. This is perhaps the biggest impediment I find to maintaining a Nichiren practi...
by justsomeguy
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Happy Oeshiki, y'all!
Replies: 5
Views: 286

Happy Oeshiki, y'all!

Good will to all of you!
by justsomeguy
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 999

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

When I came into Nichiren Buddhism a little over a year ago, I had been atheist for ... eh.. two decades or so. That didn't change. One of the things that was stressed at least to us newcomers was that belief in God (or gods) is a "beside the point" sort of thing and not central to the practice itse...
by justsomeguy
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: On honorifics: "o" "go" "dai" "sama"
Replies: 20
Views: 513

Re: Why doesn’t Ikeda inscribe his own gohonzon?

On the other hand, though, our temple priests never use these honorific additions when referring to the Gohonzon, etc. That's not to say they never use them, but at least when addressing us I don't hear it or read it in their letters. It could be that they know they are addressing a largely American...
by justsomeguy
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Are Nichiren Buddhists usually conservative on liberal issues or?
Replies: 11
Views: 615

Re: Are Nichiren Buddhists usually conservative on liberal issues or?

Actually, I missed the "in Japan" part of your question. Sorry, I was speaking from a U.S. Nichiren experience. :emb: We'd probably have to pick specific issues and ask what their stance on them is. I'm guessing it's largely affecting by their local culture though rather than Nichiren's teachings or...
by justsomeguy
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Are Nichiren Buddhists usually conservative on liberal issues or?
Replies: 11
Views: 615

Re: Are Nichiren Buddhists usually conservative on liberal issues or?

This is an interesting question, because when I first started I wondered the same thing thing. What I have learned, and this is from the Shoshu perspective but I suspect it's probably the case for other Nichiren Buddhists outside of Japan, is that the issues that would define one as liberal or conse...
by justsomeguy
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Why doesn’t Ikeda inscribe his own gohonzon?
Replies: 8
Views: 762

Re: Why doesn’t Ikeda inscribe his own gohonzon?

Honestly, I wish he would, or that SG would come up with their own gohonzon. I don't mean it out of any animosity toward SG or its practitioners, but I think it's an important that the "divorce" be finalized. Given the importance of the gohonzon, this is an important step. I nearly turned away from...
by justsomeguy
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Why doesn’t Ikeda inscribe his own gohonzon?
Replies: 8
Views: 762

Re: Why doesn’t Ikeda inscribe his own gohonzon?

Honestly, I wish he would, or that SG would come up with their own gohonzon. I don't mean it out of any animosity toward SG or its practitioners, but I think it's an important that the "divorce" be finalized. Given the importance of the gohonzon, this is an important step. I nearly turned away from ...
by justsomeguy
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 3376

Re: Politics and Toxicity

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:12 pm
Being in DC at the DoD... That's like ground zero...

Cowboy up, Bobby. :guns:
Ha! Yeah, it's a bit hard to escape. Headphones can only do so much sometimes. ;)
by justsomeguy
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 3376

Re: Politics and Toxicity

If anyone knows the answer to this, they need to write a book and get it placed front and center at Barnes & Noble. This is how I deal with it... I've tried to stop getting my news from hot take sources - TV, Video, Twitter, etc. and instead, try to read long form articles. I also avoid newspapers ...
by justsomeguy
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 3376

Re: Politics and Toxicity

Simon E. wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:33 pm
But not engaging is even worse.
That's the predicament. As much as I would lost to stick my head in the sand (like many do), I know that that could make things even worse down the line. But jeez... this is exhausting!
by justsomeguy
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 3376

Politics and Toxicity

Just want a little insight and advice from other Nichiren Buddhists on the topic of politics. I promise, this is NOT a political discussion so much as it is about how to deal with politics. It's no secret that the political situation in the U.S. has become toxic. One of the reasons I came to Buddhis...
by justsomeguy
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Is Nichiren Shu the most traditional of all the Nichiren sects?
Replies: 21
Views: 1164

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

As for traditional...that can mean a lot of things. I suspect that some people say Nichiren Shu is the most traditional because it’s the least different from other schools of Buddhism, and that it generally doesn’t aggressively proselytize (although even SGI and Shoshu don’t anymore, either). Since...
by justsomeguy
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Nichiren as Honbutsu
Replies: 13
Views: 951

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 (...

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