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by illarraza
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 2711

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

As the saying goes "Faith equals daily life", the results of the practice are to be seen here and now. The "prosperity cult" thing is a degenerate case, the win is the individual's human revolution; transformation from the inside out. "Since childhood, I, Nichiren, have never prayed for the secular...
by illarraza
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why can't you buy a Gohonzon?
Replies: 24
Views: 11945

Re: Why can't you buy a Gohonzon?

I used to bestow Gohonzon, either framed or mounted, for example, http://markrogow.blogspot.com/2018/07/a-gohonzon-i-mounted.html . The following was my criteria for bestowing Gohonzon: Procedure for receiving and bestowing Gohonzon for traditionalists You must be chanting Namu Myoho renge kyo and t...
by illarraza
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 2711

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

I was surprised about how many Buddhist paradoxes there are, For example, referring to the equality of the Buddha and the common mortal: "Some mis-teach the principle of the equality of the Buddha and the common mortal because they misunderstand the principle of the general and the specific. They so...
by illarraza
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 2711

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Thanks for the responses, everyone. This has all given me a lot to think about…. With regard to the social hierarchy in Buddhist organizations, I suppose the deeper issue for me is I suppose I don't understand why Buddhist organizations are even necessary to begin with . Which kind of brings me to ...
by illarraza
Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three Obstacles and Four Devils
Replies: 12
Views: 401

Re: Three Obstacles and Four Devils

Why we suffer all manner of retributions as did Nichiren "Question: How can you be certain that the exiles and sentences of death imposed on you are the result of karma created in the past? Answer: A bronze mirror will reflect color and form. The First Emperor of the Ch’in dynasty had a lie-detectin...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 2711

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Thanks for the responses, everyone. This has all given me a lot to think about…. With regard to the social hierarchy in Buddhist organizations, I suppose the deeper issue for me is I suppose I don't understand why Buddhist organizations are even necessary to begin with . Which kind of brings me to ...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: motivation to chant daimoku
Replies: 14
Views: 607

Re: motivation to chant daimoku

More on the Three Obstacles and Four Devils "The fifth volume of Great Concentration and Insight states, “As practice progresses and understanding grows, the three obstacles and four devils emerge in confusing form, vying with one another to interfere.” It also states, “It will only be like a boar r...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: motivation to chant daimoku
Replies: 14
Views: 607

Re: motivation to chant daimoku

You don't get sansho shima if you don't practice. this is not sansho shima...this is a daily practice of adversity and never ending hell.... this is not what i signed up for Hi. If one practices according to the preachings, one will gain the motivation to chant by being assailed by the Three Obstac...
by illarraza
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1399

Re: Shodaigyo

Not a practice of Nichiren. Not found anywhere in the Gosho. Shodaigyo is Nichiren Shu practice first developed ~ 1950 ("Nichiren Shu today more often than not the practice of shikan is part of Shodaigyo meditation, though that practice only goes back to the 1950′s." - Rev. Ryuei) Mark I don't know...
by illarraza
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why can't you buy a Gohonzon?
Replies: 24
Views: 11945

Re: Why can't you buy a Gohonzon?

Uh-oh. I posted too soon: http://kruby.tripod.com/Gohonzonsource.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (What I mean is, you CAN buy a Gohonzon in a shop … but in Japan. Kind of a sad display, actually.) Just to set the record straight. That Gohonzon shop is at the base of Mt. Minobu a...
by illarraza
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: motivation to chant daimoku
Replies: 14
Views: 607

Re: motivation to chant daimoku

Hi. If one practices according to the preachings, one will gain the motivation to chant by being assailed by the Three Obstacles and Four Devils on a daily basis.

Mark
by illarraza
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: SGI retention rate only 3%?
Replies: 7
Views: 667

Re: SGI retention rate only 3%?

Retention rates mattered to Nichiren. The low SGI-USA retention rate matters because ~ 600,000 Gohonzon were bestowed and only ~35,000 Gohonzon are extant. Of the 200 plus Gohonzon inscribed by Nichiren, there remains almost 130. Shijo Kingo waited almost twenty years to receive a Gohonzon, Giving o...
by illarraza
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1399

Re: Shodaigyo

Not a practice of Nichiren. Not found anywhere in the Gosho. Shodaigyo is Nichiren Shu practice first developed ~ 1950 ("Nichiren Shu today more often than not the practice of shikan is part of Shodaigyo meditation, though that practice only goes back to the 1950′s." - Rev. Ryuei)

Mark
by illarraza
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: the Entity of the Mystic Law
Replies: 17
Views: 707

Re: the Entity of the Mystic Law

From the Entity of the Mystic Law... "The Buddha who is the entity of Myoho-renge-kyo, of the “Life Span” chapter of the essential teaching, who is both inhabiting subject and inhabited realm, life and environment, body and mind, entity and function, the Buddha eternally endowed with the three bodie...
by illarraza
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What we are actually doing WITH this Buddhism
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: What we are actually doing WITH this Buddhism

Could it possibly be that only us 50 and 60 + year olds give a S--t about the teachings? We need some youth to care, don't you think so Minobu? The SGI youth care about the social activity that is SGI and their Sensei but I don't see them having an abiding love for the teachings, the Lotus Sutra, th...
by illarraza
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What we are actually doing WITH this Buddhism
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: What we are actually doing WITH this Buddhism

This morning i awoke with a pretty simple realization of this practice. First up i was introduced to Lotus Buddhism as a sort of magic trick to get all my desires answered. I think Toda referred to gohonzon and Butsudan as a happiness machine. here is a bit from http://pounceatron.dreamhosters.com/...
by illarraza
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)
Replies: 100
Views: 3223

Re: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)

At the risk of poking the bear... That part of that scripture, I have no problem with. I have a problem with the following: "Therefore, the two Buddhas, Shakyamuni and Many Treasures, are Buddhas who are functions [of Myoho-renge-kyo]. It is Myoho-renge-kyo that is the true Buddha. This is what is ...
by illarraza
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)
Replies: 100
Views: 3223

Re: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)

"but if you only get the view of the fake gosho and no authentic Gosho even hints at the stuff being taught in the fake gosho ...it's the work of Sansho Shima to confuse the right view..." -- Minobu

Actually, that is often the case.
by illarraza
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)
Replies: 100
Views: 3223

Re: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)

I don't think singling out the gakki is actually answering my questions. i ask about where Nichiren Shonin wrote that Myoho Renge Kyo is an entity and you give this as an answer after a few beg you moment posts to answer me... I have no problem with the part of the Shoho Jisso sho that teaches, "Th...
by illarraza
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: A call for back to basics
Replies: 34
Views: 1497

Re: A call for back to basics

"Every act of sincere devotion to the Buddhadharma is never lost or wasted." -- QQ Please explain this in light of Nichiren's teachings. If you mean the Daimoku, even then, Nichiren talked of errant disciples who chant the Daimoku. Certainly not devotion to Amida or Dainichi at the expense of Shakya...

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