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by illarraza
Wed May 22, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren's relationship with Shijo Kingo?
Replies: 23
Views: 420

Re: Nichiren's relationship with Shijo Kingo?

I was reading the Three Kinds of Treasure gosho yesterday and was moved by the powerful declarations Nichiren has towards Shijo Kingo such as, "If you should fall into hell for some grave offense, no matter how Shakyamuni Buddha might urge me to become a Buddha, I would refuse; I would rather go to...
by illarraza
Wed May 22, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren's relationship with Shijo Kingo?
Replies: 23
Views: 420

Re: Nichiren's relationship with Shijo Kingo?

Try writing the present day oligarchs about how support for Buddhadharma is the last, best hope of Earth, publically proclaim that we'd be better off if certain religions were banned and their leaders were beheaded, and declare that adherents to the dominant religion are barking up the wrong tree a...
by illarraza
Wed May 22, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren's relationship with Shijo Kingo?
Replies: 23
Views: 420

Re: Nichiren's relationship with Shijo Kingo?

While I wouldn't go so far as to say certain *religions* would be banned or that *buddhadharma* specifically is the last best hope, I actually have considered writing such a statement to officials here that the dignity of life and inherent worth of each person (which is the heart of the Lotus Sutra...
by illarraza
Wed May 22, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren's relationship with Shijo Kingo?
Replies: 23
Views: 420

Re: Nichiren's relationship with Shijo Kingo?

I guess part of me reads this and forgets exactly how real it was, a benefit (or misfortune maybe?) I have for not living at this time in Japan! It was a brutal time and easy to forget the actual trials and tribulations. Try writing the present day oligarchs about how support for Buddhadharma is th...
by illarraza
Wed May 22, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?
Replies: 22
Views: 1463

Re: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?

The Middle Way as it is commonly taught in all Buddhism ([中道] ( madhyamā-pratipad;  chūdō) is the path between nihilism and self-indulgence. The Buddha rejected asceticism. He also rejected greed. The Middle Way in traditional Mahayana is that reality can neither be adequately defined by existence...
by illarraza
Mon May 06, 2019 4:06 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The lineage of Nichiju
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: The lineage of Nichiju

Minobu wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:01 pm
illarraza wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:44 am
, Minobu which put together the Letter to Lord Hakii (Hakii done gosho)
Mark
I'm taking the 5th on this one :tongue:
Hehe. I'm so thick I finally got it.

Mark
by illarraza
Mon May 06, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Something I'm missing....
Replies: 7
Views: 313

Re: Something I'm missing....

For the past few years, I've been feeling like something is missing in my life and since I no longer identify as a Christian (walked away years ago) I've sought after a reference point, something to lean on and to provide me with tools to live in a better way. No matter what other religion or philo...
by illarraza
Mon May 06, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best way to relate to the ageing process?
Replies: 15
Views: 308

Re: What's the best way to relate to the ageing process?

bcol01 wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 4:29 am
It's so sad that beauty fades and we get older. How do you all view getting older and losing your looks, etc?
I never was good looking so I will have nothing to lose, I reckon. My wife still lies to me that I am handsome or perhaps it's my shiny disposition.

Mark
by illarraza
Mon May 06, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 89
Views: 3316

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

Nichiren refutes Dr. Mikio Matsuoka, head of the Soka Gakkai Study Department Shakyamuni Buddha of the Original Doctrine, the Three Bodied Tathagata, is NOT merely an impersonal truth principle, according to Nichiren Daishonin and the Lotus Sutra. He is an actual individual who is parent, teacher, ...
by illarraza
Mon May 06, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Confused after Recent Dissapointments
Replies: 10
Views: 778

Re: Confused after Recent Dissapointments

"fighting, struggling, seizing," Lotus Sutra Chapter 3, referring to the burning house. https://www.nichirenlibrary.org/en/lsoc/search?languageNavi=English&bookTypeNavi=LSOC&resultFlgNavi=1&searchFrom=search&searchInputNavi=faith&searchSubmit=Navi&findtext=&languageNavSp=English&bookTypeNavSp=LSOC&r...
by illarraza
Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The lineage of Nichiju
Replies: 2
Views: 171

The lineage of Nichiju

Question: Nichiren said that other forms of Buddhism had lost their power to help/save/enlighten the people. What did he base this on? Answer: He based this on three things: Scriptures such as the Daijuku Sutra (Sutra of the Great Assembly), Shugo Sutra (Sutra of Protection), Maya Sutra, Lotus Sutra...
by illarraza
Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Confused after Recent Dissapointments
Replies: 10
Views: 778

Re: Confused after Recent Dissapointments

The World of Buddhahood or the World of Anger?

Faithful Daimoku or SGI fighting Daimoku?
by illarraza
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is "love"?
Replies: 7
Views: 323

Re: What is "love"?

A lot of definitions out there. Mine is, Do you put the other person's needs ahead of your own? Would you jump on a grenade for them? Less than that is some degree of fondness, or in unhealthy situations, clinging attachment. Nichiren would agree: "Out of its love for its child, the pheasant plunge...
by illarraza
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How important is forgiveness?
Replies: 34
Views: 916

Re: How important is forgiveness?

I recently had a big miscommunication with a close friend, leading to an argument. Honestly, we were both intoxicated and said hurtful things. Nevertheless, I reached out to said friend and apologized for my part in things but I can't help feeling bruised still. Anyway, how important is forgiveness...
by illarraza
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 89
Views: 3316

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

http://www.maisonlitterairedevictorhugo.net/GBcreation.htm https://www.fujibi.or.jp/en/index.html Its not as salacious as Minobu makes it out. The motivation behind the Victor Hugo House and Fuji Art Museum should be understood. You have to keep in mind that many of the members of Soka Gakkai are p...
by illarraza
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 89
Views: 3316

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

It doesn’t matter at all. For SGI members who understood the purpose of the practice and have the correct understanding of the mentor and disciple relationship, will continue to advance in their practice and helping others to do so. To have a correct understanding of the mentor and disciple relatio...
by illarraza
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 89
Views: 3316

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

President Ikeda has pretty much taught me everything I know about Buddhism. It took me a good three years to accept Buddhism, and more than once a question I had in mind would get answer from him that just happened to be published in the World Tribune. I can understand, in a way, how at times. from...
by illarraza
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What does it mean: "i wrote my life in sumi" by Nichiren ?
Replies: 7
Views: 338

Re: What does it mean: "i wrote my life in sumi" by Nichiren ?

Here is an "orthodox" translation of the passage: The soul of Nichiren “I, Nichiren have indeed written it by letting my soul (tamashii) dipped in ink flow forth. The very intention (heart) of the Buddha is the Lotus Sutra; the soul of Nichiren is nothing other than Namu Myoho renge kyo. Chan-jan ex...
by illarraza
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Sanskrit Daimoku
Replies: 34
Views: 978

Re: Sanskrit Daimoku

Why not chant Namu Myoho renge kyo in English or Sanskrit? Namu Myoho renge kyo is the name of the True Dharma. It that sense, it is a personal name. There is no other name for the True Dharma. It is also for this reason that the chanting of the Daimoku is called "invocation'. We invoke the name of ...
by illarraza
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren's exclusivism
Replies: 28
Views: 928

Re: Nichiren's exclusivism

The Lotus Sutra is not ecumenical. Nichiren too and his disciples and believers are not ecumenical. We practice the exclusive faith and practice of the Lotus Sutra. There is no faith and practice of the Lotus Sutra in the Latter Day without Nichiren Daishonin. It is thanks to Nichiren Daishonin that...

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