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by hopefullotus
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Which path? Which practice?
Replies: 1
Views: 6

Which path? Which practice?

I'm not really looking to start a sectarian debate here. I'm a Nichiren Buddhist. I have a solid practice. But I'm also relatively new to this site and have enjoyed getting to see various forms of buddhism and talk to people about them. I've been recently endeavoring to learn more about Pure Land. A...
by hopefullotus
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren Buddhism 2.0
Replies: 0
Views: 10

Nichiren Buddhism 2.0

Hey there everyone! Hope you're all doing well. I recently read Nichiren Buddhism 2.0 by Yukio Matsudo and was pretty impressed by the book. It looks at SGI and Shoshu to start with as a way to track changes in doctrine and/or different ways of looking at Nichiren's writing but its goal is to get ri...
by hopefullotus
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Can I mix Nichiren with Shinto? Isn't mixing practices bad?
Replies: 48
Views: 981

Re: Can I mix Nichiren with Shinto? Isn't mixing practices bad?

The word "Shinto" as you point out has been around, but it didn't take on the meaning generally ascribed to it now until the Meiji period. Before that, Buddhism and kami worship were closely and almost seamlessly mixed. When they started using "Shinto" it was part of their deliberate effort to dist...
by hopefullotus
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 26
Views: 1003

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

r/sgiwhistleblowers Take anything those folks say with generous helping of skepticism. You want to see what happens when people stew in anger and aversion, there you go. Some people get attached to things they hate, too. Oof, yupp. I was initially totally taken aback by the anger there and it made ...
by hopefullotus
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Creating an alternative/how to move forward
Replies: 13
Views: 255

Re: Creating an alternative/how to move forward

What changes are you going to make in your new group? I'm interested because I'm still technically a member of SGI, but I don't practice their form of Buddhism or go to meetings. I too have felt that SGI has simplified too much and gone too far astray from standard Mahayana Buddhism. I also don't l...
by hopefullotus
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How did your life improve after converting to Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 7
Views: 558

Re: How did your life improve after converting to Nichiren Buddhism?

I have been struggling to let go of Christianity because I have so many doubts and because I feel like it doesn't allow me to be myself and live my life. I'm also gay and I tend to look at the gay culture and see the problems within it through the lens of the religion that I grew up in. I'm in a re...
by hopefullotus
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Creating an alternative/how to move forward
Replies: 13
Views: 255

Re: Creating an alternative/how to move forward

Far as i'm concerned theres nothing wrong with studying as you please in and out of sgi. i've been sharing stuff from "outside" with other members, one to one- some of them leaders. its been well accepted, i think quite a few people are interested in dharma beyond the usual. I've had some positive ...
by hopefullotus
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Creating an alternative/how to move forward
Replies: 13
Views: 255

Re: Creating an alternative/how to move forward

I get that these online places are a great resource... I've been learning a lot!

But I guess I'm asking how to actively create change in the org? Because I've tried and I've gotten resistance. I'm not sure what to do to be more effective with what I'm presenting.
by hopefullotus
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Creating an alternative/how to move forward
Replies: 13
Views: 255

Creating an alternative/how to move forward

A couple weeks ago, I hosted a youth meeting at my house and advised my fellow friends that I have some serious concerns about SGI. I love SGI and it has done a lot for me over the past ten years. But it is no longer substantial and I think new members are not getting the point of the practice becau...
by hopefullotus
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Let's Discuss - Is Nichiren Hombutsu?
Replies: 28
Views: 391

Re: Let's Discuss - Is Nichiren Hombutsu?

I'm sorry, I may come across as clueless and I'm very much trying to educate myself. I read the first sokahumanism article and I see there are critiques of the article. I however did resonate with the idea that Nichiren declared that ordinary human beings are themselves the Buddha. But I didn't tak...
by hopefullotus
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Let's Discuss - Is Nichiren Hombutsu?
Replies: 28
Views: 391

Re: Let's Discuss - Is Nichiren Hombutsu?

I'm sorry, I may come across as clueless and I'm very much trying to educate myself. I read the first sokahumanism article and I see there are critiques of the article. I however did resonate with the idea that Nichiren declared that ordinary human beings are themselves the Buddha. But I didn't take...
by hopefullotus
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Is there a sign language equivalent to NMRK?
Replies: 16
Views: 371

Re: Is there a sign language equivalent to NMRK?

Wow! This is so amazing to see such an active and diligent discussion. Thank you for all the contributions. I am totally in favor of there being a general Buddhism for the Deaf thread or something and I'm sure there are deaf practitioners on here from various sects. I did also get some more clarific...
by hopefullotus
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Is there a sign language equivalent to NMRK?
Replies: 16
Views: 371

Re: Is there a sign language equivalent to NMRK?

Thanks for the video, anjali! I really like that as well. I'll pass that along.

And thank you for the site with the mudras, narhwal90! This is all very helpful.
by hopefullotus
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Is there a sign language equivalent to NMRK?
Replies: 16
Views: 371

Re: Is there a sign language equivalent to NMRK?

Thanks for your reply! That's really helpful. Maybe then the idea is to strive for expressing daimoku in fullest/truest sense per the individual. In that case, I may start to encourage fellow members to be more inclusive in their language. Hopefully this is well received. Obviously, chanting is an i...
by hopefullotus
Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Is there a sign language equivalent to NMRK?
Replies: 16
Views: 371

Is there a sign language equivalent to NMRK?

Hi! I'm totally new here and I have so many questions and thoughts. So I apologize if I'm repeating things others have said. I've been practicing for 10 years and have asked this question before and a territory leader told me that he believed there was a sign language/hand gesture equivalent of NMRK...

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