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by illarraza
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: For the first time in a long time, I am getting serious about Nichiren Buddhism...
Replies: 5
Views: 239

Re: For the first time in a long time, I am getting serious about Nichiren Buddhism...

It has been very hard for me to deal with the fact that my family, no matter how much I try, doesn't seem to care about me. They never reach out and I take it very personally, naturally. This has held me back from my practice. I take things to heart; how ppl treat me, etc. I dwell on it. This had h...
by illarraza
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 31
Views: 1078

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

I've been in SGI for almost 2 years and it's been very beneficial to me. I've also read most of this forum and have learned a lot from you all. I was a little surprised and very curious about the admissions of QQ, Minobu and Narwhal that they do other practices. My questions: 1. What can other prac...
by illarraza
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 31
Views: 1078

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

I've been in SGI for almost 2 years and it's been very beneficial to me. I've also read most of this forum and have learned a lot from you all. I was a little surprised and very curious about the admissions of QQ, Minobu and Narwhal that they do other practices. It is probably worth bearing in mind...
by illarraza
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 31
Views: 1078

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

The twenty-four characters of Never Disparaging (Skt. Sadaparibhuta , JP. Fukyo )and the five characters of Nichiren are different in wording, but accord with the same principle. -On the Buddha's Prophecy I just stole that quote for SuttaCentral: https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/stephen-batchel...
by illarraza
Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 31
Views: 1078

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
Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddha nature?
Replies: 7
Views: 367

Re: What is Buddha nature?

As I understand it, Buddha nature is the most important feature of nichiren Buddhism. I've heard various definitions of it but I can't say I understand what it is. I've heard it is simply the potential to achieve buddhahood (which all beings, sentient and insentient, possess). I've heard it is what...
by illarraza
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 31
Views: 1078

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: 2772

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: 2772

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: 2772

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: 2772

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: 533

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: 288

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: 846

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: 533

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: 733

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: 639

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: 1001

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: 1001

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: 286

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...

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