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by markatex
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is it that when I chant to have better relations with others, it seems like the opposite happens?
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: Why is it that when I chant to have better relations with others, it seems like the opposite happens?

See the Three Obstacles/Four Devils thread. I will also say that not getting what you’re asking for is sometimes an answer itself. You’ve posted about your family before, and it sounds like maybe you’re too invested in their approval. I don’t know if you live with them or are reliant on them for fin...
by markatex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three Obstacles and Four Devils
Replies: 12
Views: 410

Re: Three Obstacles and Four Devils

My sensei referred me to several letters Nichiren wrote to the Ikegami brothers, one of which is commonly referred to as “Three Obstacles (or hindrances) and Four Devils.” Nichiren does briefly list most of them but doesn’t go into a huge amount of detail. The basic idea seems to be that our practic...
by markatex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 2780

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Well, this really has to do with the way Buddhism has been presented in Western countries. East Asian Buddhism is a very different thing than Indian or Tibetan Buddhism, and different still from the Theravada Buddhism of SE Asia. Really, the only form of East Asian Buddhism widely known here is Zen....
by markatex
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva Rhetoric?
Replies: 11
Views: 334

Re: Bodhisattva Rhetoric?

A bodhisattva vows not to enter nirvana until all beings are able to enter. Not quite the same thing. And a bodhisattva has, by definition, attained a degree of enlightenment.
by markatex
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three Obstacles and Four Devils
Replies: 12
Views: 410

Re: Three Obstacles and Four Devils

Thanks. I’ve noticed lately that a recommitment to serious practice on my part is often followed by some shit show occurring or reoccurring in my life. Is it the manifestation of past karma? Is some evil spirit trying to discourage me? Should I expect Kishimojin to smite those who are causing me tro...
by markatex
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three Obstacles and Four Devils
Replies: 12
Views: 410

Three Obstacles and Four Devils

There was an old thread on this but I thought I’d start a new one since I think resurrecting old threads is somewhat frowned upon. This is a subject that has some personal importance to me as of late. Anyway, Queequeg describes them: They're basically phenomena that interfere with attaining enlighte...
by markatex
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1420

Re: Shodaigyo

Grooooooaaaaaan
by markatex
Thu May 31, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Mie Prefecture shrine association gets license to grow cannabis for Shinto rituals
Replies: 22
Views: 755

Re: Mie Prefecture shrine association gets license to grow cannabis for Shinto rituals

I’m not on board with outlawing things because Buddhism disallows them. I tend to think that marijuana and cocaine are fairly innocuous (in the case of the latter, in very small doses only) from a public health standpoint. Certainly not any worse than alcohol. Personally, weed doesn’t seem to have a...
by markatex
Sun May 20, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why do some people find it hard to let go of the religion they grew up with?
Replies: 12
Views: 514

Re: Why do some people find it hard to let go of the religion they grew up with?

Just keep chanting. There’s no Dharma police to tell you what you’re allowed to read or listen to. I would try to work some Buddhist literature into your reading, though. It sounds like maybe you just need to develop your faith in the Dharma more.
by markatex
Sun May 20, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why do some people find it hard to let go of the religion they grew up with?
Replies: 12
Views: 514

Re: Why do some people find it hard to let go of the religion they grew up with?

It’s just ingrained in some people. Who knows why? It’s not something I personally have an issue with, but maybe that’s because my family was not really that religious, although the surrounding culture of the Deep South was. When you say you’re still sort of practicing Christianity, what does that l...
by markatex
Fri May 18, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?

Also, just because something in your life doesn't go the way you hoped it would, doesn't indicate that your practice isn't generating merit. Nor does it mean that bad things won't happen to you. Often, what we are given are opportunities to practice perseverance, forbearance, and other qualities of ...
by markatex
Fri May 18, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?

Even chanting the daimoku just once in your entire life brings innumerable merits. Whether that merit manifests immediately, later in life, or in a future life, is dependent on many things, but it ultimately doesn't matter. Chapters 17 and 18 of the Lotus Sutra discuss this in some detail. That bein...
by markatex
Thu May 17, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How did your life improve after converting to Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: How did your life improve after going from Nichiren Buddhism?

I don’t know that it improved, but I’ve gained a lot of clarity and this practice has been a lifeline during some dark and depressive periods. I’m gay as well, and there wasn’t much of a “tug of war” as far as me and Christianity goes. For gay people, it’s done a lot more harm than good, and I can’t...
by markatex
Tue May 15, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1420

Re: Shodaigyo

From the book Buddha Seed: Understanding the Odaimoku: Shakyamuni Buddha has neither beginning nor end and has overcome birth, aging, sickness, and death...The Buddha has also gone beyond (or outside the bounds of) linear time. The ability to recall his own previous existences is indicative of this ...
by markatex
Tue May 15, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1420

Re: Shodaigyo

When I said you're reading it too literally, that was a poor choice of words. I read something like "attained enlightenment innumerable kalpas ago" as a poetic or literary expression, not something to be analyzed closely. The Lotus Sutra contains many descriptions that make no logical sense. These d...
by markatex
Mon May 14, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1420

Re: Shodaigyo

I like the classical reliance on seiza, but am wondering if or where Nichiren Shu at least in the US has moved to chairs. I use seiza exclusively at home, and appreciate its continued use elsewhere. No, not really. I use seiza at home as well. Just to make sure there isn't any confusion, Nichiren S...
by markatex
Sat May 12, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1420

Re: Shodaigyo

Rev. Kanjin is great. I don’t know him well, but he co-led a retreat here in Texas several years ago that I went on and I’ve met him a couple of times since. He’s very accessible online if you’re far from a temple and are interested in Nichiren Shu.
by markatex
Fri May 11, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1420

Re: Shodaigyo

The “attained enlightenment innumerable kalpas ago” language is understood to convey eternity. Some will argue this point, but in our tradition, it signifies eternity. You might be reading it too literally.
by markatex
Wed May 09, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1420

Re: Assistance in what to chant

This should probably be its own thread, but shodaigyo is a powerful practice, though it’s not something I do very often. The silent meditation part is more like shamatha rather than vipassana. The goal in chanting daimoku is “kanno dokyo,” where one approaches the Buddha with faith, and receives his...
by markatex
Wed May 09, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Should a mother who is emotionally neglectful and indifferent be honored on Mother's day?
Replies: 38
Views: 1170

Re: Should a mother who is emotionally neglectful and indifferent be honored on Mother's day?

Queequeg wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 8:53 pm
:hug:

I got nothing that won't come across as trite in this context. I can just offer fellowship.
Thanks, I really appreciate that.

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