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by illarraza
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Three translations of a passage from the Gift of Rice: "Without food, I could not long continue to recite the sutra or concentrate on MEDITATION (Major Works) "Under these circumstances [without food], my voice reciting the sutra would not long endure nor could I concentrate on FAITH. (1972 Nichire...
by illarraza
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Vernacular does not define essence, meaning does. In the example of yours I quoted earlier the difference in wording does not equate to a difference in meaning. Is meaning really subjective to linguistical aesthetics and if so where does that line get drawn? Furthermore, regardless of virtue or cap...
by illarraza
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Based on the interpretation you are promoting, technically any transmission in English would be evil and slanderous. Does this really represent the equanimity of the Buddha of the ten directions and three times? Would it not also render any Shakabuku as Daimoku in English slanderous as well destroy...
by illarraza
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:05 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Mark, Thank you for your diligence in regards to shakubuku. Since I first encountered your posts on the internet have been a cause to question my own ignorance in regards to Nichiren Buddhism. For this I am absolutely grateful. I am at an impasse however because I understand what you are posting bu...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Nichiren on the importance of reliable translations:

"In studying the teachings of Buddhism, apart from the distinctions between Hinayana and Mahayana, provisional and true, and exoteric and esoteric teachings, this question of the reliability of the sutra translation is the most important of all."
by illarraza
Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Glaring example of SGI/NST's heterodox translation of a passage from Nichiren's most important writing, The True Object of Worship: Three translations of one passage "At this time the countless Bodhisattvas of the Earth will appear and establish in this country the object of devotion, foremost in Ja...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Two translations of a passage from Nichiren's most important writing, The True Object of Worship Kempon Hokke translation: “This earthly world is the eternal pure land, unaffected by the three calamities and the four cycles of change. In this world, the Buddha transcends birth and death, and his dis...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Three translations of a passage from the Gift of Rice: "Without food, I could not long continue to recite the sutra or concentrate on MEDITATION (Major Works) "Under these circumstances [without food], my voice reciting the sutra would not long endure nor could I concentrate on FAITH. (1972 Nichiren...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

More on ascertaining what Nichiren actually taught. There has been numerous insertions and deletions in the Nichiren Corpus. However, the English translations, either from the original Showa Tehon or the modern Gosho Zenshu, whether from the Nichiren Shu. Nichiren Shoshu, Kempon Hokke, or Soka Gakka...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

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The thirty-six questions from The Selection of the Time one of Nichiren's Five Major Writings. Can you answer them? “All of the wise persons of Japan at the present time are like the host of stars, and I, Nichiren, am like the full moon.” — The Selection of the Time The Selection of The Time, one of...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

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More Gosho Zenshu From Some Disputed Writings in the Nichiren Corpus Dr. Stone Ph.D. Dissertation UCLA, 1990 "My own participation in the work for those volumes (The Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vols. 1 and 2) as one of the principal translators and editors, will account for any similaritie...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Two translations of the same difficult passage from On Rebuking Slander of the Law and Eradicating Sins "...We see from the sutra that only these four bodhisattvas had been the disciples of Shakyamuni, the lord of teachings, since numberless major world system dust particle kalpas in the past; from ...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:05 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

The four ways to determine the accuracy of translations of the Lotus Sutra and writings of Nichiren There are four ways to determine the accuracy of translations of the Lotus Sutra and writings of Nichiren: Learn Chinese and medieval Japanese, reading the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren's writings in the o...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Nichiren always, without a single exception, wrote Namu Myoho renge kyo, in every letter, in every thesis, and on every Gohonzon. SGI always writes Nam Myoho renge kyo in every letter and in every thesis. Nichiren Shoshu rarely writes Namu Myoho renge kyo. For this reason alone, the Nichiren Shu tra...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

The Nichiren Shu of North America's [NONA] translations are superior to the Nichiren Shoshu's International Center... A discussion circa 1996 on Google Group Alternate Religion Buddhism Nichiren [NSIC] translations NSIC = Nichiren Shoshu International Center NONA = Nichiren Shu of North America Dave...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

The SGI/NST Gosho Zenshu is NOT an excellent compilation of Nichiren's writings and Nichiren on translations and translators "The Gosho Zenshu is NOT an excellent compilation of Nichiren's writings. NO ONE in any scholastic circles uses it because it is so sectarian and unreliable. It also recklessl...
by illarraza
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 101
Views: 5139

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

sowing, maturing, and harvesting [種熟脱] ( shu-juku-datsu): The three-phase process by which a Buddha leads people to Buddhahood. In The Words and Phrases of the Lotus Sutra, T’ien-t’ai (538–597) set forth this concept based on the Lotus Sutra, comparing the process of people attaining Buddhahood to...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 5489

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

What would Nichiren's perspective be in this day and age? It might seem an easy question to answer for some, but if we look at his secret teachings we can understand that certain dynamics that existed then do not exist now. I read Nichiren's writings on both on practicing as one in mind and I like ...
by illarraza
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 5489

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

What would Nichiren's perspective be in this day and age? It might seem an easy question to answer for some, but if we look at his secret teachings we can understand that certain dynamics that existed then do not exist now. I read Nichiren's writings on both on practicing as one in mind and I like ...

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