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by illarraza
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 26
Views: 817

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

Practice for oneself and for others. Well thats what Buddhism is all about eh ! Please do not think or get me wrong .. Nichiren practice is very beneficial and appropriate for this time. But... He could not have produced it without the knowledge of other Buddhist teachings... the ideas of chanting ...
by illarraza
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren
Replies: 26
Views: 2703

Re: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren

This is an old thread, but I’m wondering where this list comes from. It comes from Tientai's Profound Meaning. I don't remember where I found it. Mark I wrote this before reading Shingyo's fine analysis. Perhaps the Twenty Important Principles and Twenty Mystic principles are different, one from Pr...
by illarraza
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren
Replies: 26
Views: 2703

Re: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren

markatex wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:01 am
This is an old thread, but I’m wondering where this list comes from.
It comes from Tientai's Profound Meaning. I don't remember where I found it.

Mark
by illarraza
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren
Replies: 26
Views: 2703

Re: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren

you never fail to surprise me queequeg. just when i think you give me a non answer...i realize it is more than i hoped for. ta very much Actually, in the Lotus Sutra it states: He profoundly understands the signs of guilt and good fortune and illuminates the ten directions everywhere. His subtle, w...
by illarraza
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren
Replies: 26
Views: 2703

Re: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren

Might be a reference to the benefits of a copper wheel turning king. :shrug: It is like a powerful Wheel-turning king Who bestows rewards Upon soldiers successful in battle: Elephants, horses, carriages, Personal ornaments, As well as fields, houses, Villages, cities, and countries. Or he may give ...
by illarraza
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Synchronicity In Buddhism
Replies: 9
Views: 491

Re: Synchronicity In Buddhism

What do you mean? When I first met my SGI sponsors, I was told that nothing is a coincidence. The little old pioneer women were very keen on noticing minute details, small synchronicities, We all look for clues that "SOMETHING" is happening. . we all are developing whats already there... different ...
by illarraza
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What are some of the big misconceptions that people often have about Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 3
Views: 252

Re: What are some of the big misconceptions that people often have about Nichiren Buddhism?

That Nichiren advocated killing people and that we chant primarily for material benefits. Excellent! I would add: that the Four Dictums are no longer applicable (that the Lotus Sutra is an ecumenical text); that the Lotus Sutra speaks little of ethics; that oneness of mentor and disciple is the pri...
by illarraza
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Re: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?

What about the Yampolsky edited volume of Nichiren Letters? Any good? Or the Burton Watson Selected Letters? Aren't they the same thing? At least, the Yampolsky edited volume is just a small collection of Watson's translations of the gosho that he did for the SGI. It is not a book on Nichiren Buddh...
by illarraza
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Synchronicity In Buddhism
Replies: 9
Views: 491

Re: Synchronicity In Buddhism

When I first met my SGI sponsors, I was told that nothing is a coincidence. The little old pioneer women were very keen on noticing minute details, small synchronicities, and oddly enough such synchronicities seemed to follow them wherever they went. In fact, the day my gohonzon was enshrined was m...
by illarraza
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Reading more widely
Replies: 19
Views: 681

Re: Reading more widely

A good basic book is The Buddhist Tradition: In India, China and Japan by William Theodure de Bary Mark I just recommended that book to my wife for her class. :smile: I loved his depiction of the Pot-headed monk Nisshin. Here is another depiction of my hero, Nisshin from http://seattlebuddhist.org/...
by illarraza
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Bodhisattvas of the Earth
Replies: 12
Views: 610

Re: Bodhisattvas of the Earth

Thanks for the replies guys, the is really interesting The SGI lecturers maintain that we choose to be born into various circumstances [highlighting unfavorable circumstances] in order to eventually win and demonstrate the greatness of the Mystic Law. They use as an example the Bodhisattva Wonder S...
by illarraza
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 907

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

AFAIK, the Buddha never polemicized against or for the Cārvāka. Do they postdate him? Apparently not; I recall a passage in the Lotus Sutra admonishing disciples not to hang with them. And there we go, Sukhavihāraparivarta Ch 14: admonishes to neither associate with 伽耶陀, Lokāyatikāḥ , nor 逆路伽耶陀, Vā...
by illarraza
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 907

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

The Sunday Assembly: Interesting that the guy offering the philosophical foundation for the Church is an Indian dude. Carrying on that long traditions of Panditas... I think the Christian main argument is teleological, all complex things like a watch or automobile has been created. The world and un...
by illarraza
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Happy Oeshiki, y'all!
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Re: Happy Oeshiki, y'all!

Good will to all of you! Nichiren memorial service a day late but with deep reverence "As I contemplate my own life, I Nichiren, have studied Buddhism since I was a child, I thought I should study the manner of the last moment of life first of all, before studying anything else."- Reply to the Lady...
by illarraza
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: superstition and Nichiren's Teachings
Replies: 10
Views: 485

Re: superstition and Nichiren's Teachings

I was always under assumption that buddhism would always hold up to scientific investigation. In the thread on atheism some of the material got me to thinking . these are the main culprits! One of the things to be mindful of, is that many of the arguments deployed by atheism against Christianity al...
by illarraza
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Reading more widely
Replies: 19
Views: 681

Re: Reading more widely

Whenever I come to this forum I am more and more impressed by how ignorant I am of the wider Buddhist Sangha and how Nichiren's Buddhism fits in with with Buddhism generally. If I want to read outside of the SGI, do people have some suggestions for books? I'm not interested in sectarian bunfights, ...
by illarraza
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Are Nichiren Buddhists usually conservative on liberal issues or?
Replies: 11
Views: 577

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

I have heard that many Nichiren sects in Japan are traditionally conservative. I'm wondering if this is true and to what extent if so. In SGI they taught us that there are no coincidences. A prominent symbol of the Buddha is the elephant... :shrug: Democrat or Republican, they all affirm our more t...
by illarraza
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Kempon Hokke Doctrine of the Transmission Through the Scrolls
Replies: 11
Views: 609

Re: The Kempon Hokke Doctrine of the Transmission Through the Scrolls

Question: If a person simply chants Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with no understanding of its meaning, are the benefits of understanding thereby included? Answer: When a baby drinks milk, it has no understanding of its taste, and yet its body is naturally nourished. Who ever took the wonderful medicines of ...
by illarraza
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Kempon Hokke Doctrine of the Transmission Through the Scrolls
Replies: 11
Views: 609

Re: The Kempon Hokke Doctrine of the Transmission Through the Scrolls

Here are three essays on the Transmission from the perspective of the Kempon Hokke. The first is a debate between a Nichiren Shoshu adept and A Kempon Hokke adept (me): https://markrogow.blogspot.com/2018/08/is-transmission-in-latter-age-face-to.html The second is a more or less complete view from N...
by illarraza
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Biography of Hosoi Nittatsu
Replies: 5
Views: 518

Re: Biography of Hosoi Nittatsu

He was a sincere teacher and genuine scholar, well respected not just within Nichiren Shoshu, but in the greater Nichiren community. He was the real deal. Spent many years traveling and compiling gosho. You reproduced his Gohonzon. Look at that hand - clear and readable. The thing about calligraphy...

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