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by illarraza
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why care about future if there is no I? If There is no I what will rebirth?
Replies: 4
Views: 205

Re: Why care about future if there is no I? If There is no I what will rebirth?

Why care about future if there is no I? If There is no I what will rebirth? Looking for a Nichiren's answer perspective No one can prove, "There is no i (self) ", because it is untrue. At best, one must predicate this untruth with the concept of temporariness or impermanence: "There is no permanent...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 17
Views: 403

Re: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?

In practical terms, I think the first thing to keep in mind is that people who badmouth the teachings are to be expected. When you do this practice, they always appear. Second, as has been said above, we should have compassion for them, and some very deep compassion. The reason is that by slanderin...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 17
Views: 403

Re: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?

In practical terms, I think the first thing to keep in mind is that people who badmouth the teachings are to be expected. When you do this practice, they always appear. Second, as has been said above, we should have compassion for them, and some very deep compassion. The reason is that by slanderin...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Actual proof
Replies: 18
Views: 363

Re: Actual proof

Dear ones, What is the actual proof in Nichiren Buddhism? I know there are three, but that one is the most confusing for me. I have about seven dozen more posts on this topic. I think one last one may suffice: Eric Toro writes: "True happiness is true happiness. Because of this fact I find your doc...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Actual proof
Replies: 18
Views: 363

Re: Actual proof

Dear ones, What is the actual proof in Nichiren Buddhism? I know there are three, but that one is the most confusing for me. SGI member: “After consistent practice over 24 years and the just as consistent demonstration and proof of the power of the practice both conspicuous (material) and inconspic...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Actual proof
Replies: 18
Views: 363

Re: Actual proof

Dear ones, What is the actual proof in Nichiren Buddhism? I know there are three, but that one is the most confusing for me. SGI member: “After consistent practice over 24 years and the just as consistent demonstration and proof of the power of the practice both conspicuous (material) and inconspic...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Actual proof
Replies: 18
Views: 363

Re: Actual proof

Dear ones, What is the actual proof in Nichiren Buddhism? I know there are three, but that one is the most confusing for me. I have so much to say on this topic! The question of actual proof is a tricky one The question of "actual proof" is a tricky one, because SGI/NST has spread it's version of N...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?
Replies: 39
Views: 841

Re: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?

Dharma Jim answers the question, why is the Lotus Sutra superior?... Excellent. The Deathless. Mark, did you write this recently? I think it might be your finest. As a general comment, if you know Nichiren's teachings, I think one recognizes most everything here. I have a few very minor quibbles, b...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why Ongi Kuden quotes Ongi Kuden ?
Replies: 15
Views: 185

Re: Why Ongi Kuden quotes Ongi Kuden ?

I'm reading Ongi Kuden and surprisingly i saw that Ongi Kuden quotes itself. How could it be ? Because the Ongi Kuden is a forgery? In the Ongi Kuden we read: “This Myoho-renge-kyo (Lotus Sutra) is not Shakyamuni’s Mystic Law, because at the time this chapter was preached, he had already entrusted ...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?
Replies: 16
Views: 185

Re: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?

Thank you, brother. could you point the other differences ? And i missed the answer to the question : could we say that for Nichiren NMHRK has a diferent and special meaning ? Most concisely. Nichiren teaches in the Opening of the Eyes: "Even though it is so, because they have not yet opened the Ma...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?
Replies: 16
Views: 185

Re: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?

As a corrolary: Ri-Butsu or very real Buddha Chris: Note he is referring to Shakyamuni Buddha, the Lord of Teachings. This is not the same as his "transient status". You could say that this "Lord of Teachings" is the Well of Wisdom from which each of us draws our water. Nichiren calls him Shakyamuni...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?
Replies: 16
Views: 185

Re: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?

Thank you, brother. could you point the other differences ? And i missed the answer to the question : could we say that for Nichiren NMHRK has a diferent and special meaning ? Dave confuses theoretical and actual Ichinen Sanzen Dave: “Mark, the Shakyamuni you are worshipping is not the Gautama from...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 17
Views: 403

Re: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?

I'm trying to figure out how to respond to their objections. Like, why should I believe that the Lotus Sutra is the teachings of the Buddha? From another often maligned tradition, patience. Think "such are his conditions" and return to your practice. 9 times out of 10, no good will come from engagi...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 17
Views: 403

Re: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?

There is not a point to argue or discuss to be honest. Theravadins think whole Vajrayana and probably even most of Mahayana sutras (atleast) are fake. :D You cannot really change their opinion. Either they grow into it or they dont. Easy as that. It is better to be silent and as Monlam has said dev...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: mappo-last days of the law and optimism
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: mappo-last days of the law and optimism

"The masses of beings see the kalpas exhausted, When they are burned by the great fires; This land of mine is peaceful and secure; Gods and humans ever fill it. Gardens and forests and various halls and pavilions, With various types of jewels adorned; On the jewelled trees many flowers and fruit, Wh...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?
Replies: 39
Views: 841

Re: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?

"Obviously the Lotus Sūtra doesn’t have a monopoly on it (Enlightenment)." -- Krodha It does. All those who attain Enlightenment did so because the seed of Enlightenment(the Lotus Sutra) was planted in their lives in the past or present. For example, those in the Former and Middle Days of the Law, o...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?
Replies: 39
Views: 841

Re: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?

Part 2 Dharma Jim discusses why the Lotus Sutra is superior “But I would also like to respond to the idea that a text cannot embody the ultimate teaching of the Buddha, which was implied in your suggestion regarding texts and reification. This is the standard ‘finger and the moon’ criticism. The ide...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?
Replies: 39
Views: 841

Re: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?

Dharma Jim answers the question, why is the Lotus Sutra superior? 1 Two Good Dharma Friends Discuss the Lotus Sutra by Dharma Jim Visit One I hadn’t seen my good friend Doug for several months. Both of us, like most people, have busy schedules. We had finally both found some free time for lunch on a...
by illarraza
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What do you think about while chanting?
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: What do you think about while chanting?

"Simply chant Namu Myoho renge kyo and strive to attain the way"; and "Thus he states: 'Chant the Lotus Sutra with your ordinary distracted mind. You do not have to enter into a state of mental concentration. Whether sitting, standing, or walking, just fix your whole mind on the words of the Lotus S...
by illarraza
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddhahood?
Replies: 14
Views: 530

Re: What is Buddhahood?

I think many people struggle to believe in Nichiren Buddhism because of a misunderstanding of what the word Buddhahood means. In other words, what is the point of practicing if we don't even know what we are practicing for? I wish there were some really good answers out there as to what this term m...

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