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by markatex
Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do Nichiren Buddhists pray for others?
Replies: 2
Views: 133

Re: Do Nichiren Buddhists pray for others?

Yes, of course, we pray for others. One of my teachers told me that you should always offer a prayer dedicating merit after a period of practice. In Nichiren Shu, we recite a prayer after chanting the Daimoku, dedicating merit to the Eternal Buddha, the Lotus Sutra, Nichiren Shonin, protective deiti...
by markatex
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?

Nichiren lived some seven to eight centuries ago, and he was critiquing his contemporaries. Whether the objects of his critiques continue to the present in substantially the same form, I don't know. For sure, and I don’t think that can be overstated. In his writings he distinguished forms of Zen th...
by markatex
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?

I think all of Zen claims the transmission outside the scriptures thing. It’s pretty much the hallmark of the tradition.
by markatex
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 622

Re: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?

”Thirdly, the rituals, and especially their languages, remain aesthetically beautiful but often have no communicable meaning. Sutras written in classical Chinese are chanted with Japanese pronunciations that constitute a special language of its own, being neither Japanese nor Chinese. For many (inc...
by markatex
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 622

Re: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?

My mother actually joined Nichiren Shōshū in the 1970s, but she became frustrated when no one could explain to her what exactly it was that she was chanting. Apparently, they said to her, “It doesn’t matter what it means….” The Nichiren Shu booklet I shared in this thread was actually given to me b...
by markatex
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 622

Re: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?

Yes, I assumed that was modern Japanese. We sometimes use that in English services, I assume because it’s somewhat shorter than the English translation of Kaikyoge, which is a bit too verbose, IMO.
by markatex
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What are the precepts in Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 10
Views: 300

Re: What are the precepts in Nichiren Shoshu?

I don’t think Nichiren Shoshu has a different idea of the precepts than other schools of Nichiren Buddhism. We don’t really address the precepts as individual vows the way other Buddhist schools do. Upholding the Lotus Sutra (the Diamond Chalice Precept referenced above) contains the merit of keepin...
by markatex
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddha nature?
Replies: 7
Views: 390

Re: What is Buddha nature?

According to Nichiren, some of us received the seed of Buddhahood (Namu Myoho renge kyo) from Shakyamuni Buddha in the remote past and others for the first time in this very life. Either way, we are emanations of Shakyamuni Buddha and this Buddha alone. Buddha-nature is the field of Buddhahood. We ...
by markatex
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Confused after Recent Dissapointments
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: Confused after Recent Dissapointments

I had been chanting hard but the results were exactly the opposite. This let to a lot of discouragement This is one problem with encouraging people to chant for specific outcomes and promising the moon, basically. It inevitably leads to disappointment and disillusionment, even if it seems to work i...
by markatex
Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 31
Views: 1134

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

My questions: 1. What can other practices provide that Nichiren Buddhism cannot? 2. What are the benefits of having a Master? 3. Can chanting provide the same benefits as meditation? 1. Nothing. As has been mentioned, silent meditation is not outside the umbrella of Nichiren Buddhist practice, alth...
by markatex
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best way to deal with family who never reaches out to you no matter how you try?
Replies: 6
Views: 249

Re: What's the best way to deal with family who never reaches out to you no matter how you try?

Choose your own family. We gay folk of a certain age learned to do this out of necessity. There’s no reason to knock yourself out trying to maintain relationships with people who are just not that into you, whether you’re related or not.
by markatex
Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How are the 8 negations of nagarjuna derived?
Replies: 4
Views: 238

Re: How are the 8 negations of nagarjuna derived?

Why they’re negated or where the ideas of cessation, origination, etc., come from?

He’s saying that true reality is beyond all concepts.
by markatex
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddha nature?
Replies: 7
Views: 390

Re: What is Buddha nature?

It’s a translation of the term “tathagatagarbha” (a more literal translation might be Buddha Matrix or Buddha Womb) and refers to one’s ability to become a Buddha. Different schools historically had different ideas about who possessed it and who didn’t. In Nichiren Buddhism, all beings are said to h...
by markatex
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty in discussing Mahayana across traditions
Replies: 8
Views: 413

Re: Difficulty in discussing Mahayana across traditions

I pretty much stick to the Nichiren & East Asian sub-forums for this reason. There does seem to be a divide between Indian/Tibetan Mahayana and East Asian Mahayana. Maybe it’s not as pronounced as it seems on this forum, but at any rate, I don’t think there’s much to be done about it. As far as taki...
by markatex
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 31
Views: 1134

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

It’s very difficult to learn Nichiren Shu outside of Japan without a relationship with the ministers, just because of the dearth of translated materials. It’s a lot better than it was when I started, for sure. It takes money, and/or the assistance of publishers who are interested in Nichiren Buddhis...
by markatex
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren
Replies: 26
Views: 2806

Re: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren

Thank you! I’m not sure why that discussion never showed up in my searches. I’ll look for that goibun when I have a minute.
by markatex
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren
Replies: 26
Views: 2806

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.
by markatex
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?
Replies: 18
Views: 885

Re: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?

Queequeg wrote:
Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:12 am
Collaboration? :D
Yes! :D
by markatex
Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?
Replies: 18
Views: 885

Re: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?

Queequeg wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:09 pm
Thanks, D. That's kind of you to write.

Even if what you suggest were true, too much responsibility.

You totally could. I think I probably could, too, if given enough time. Not to toot my own horn.
by markatex
Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?
Replies: 18
Views: 885

Re: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?

I ordered a used copy of Fire in the Lotus from Amazon. After I've read it, perhaps I'll be able to answer this query in a positive way.

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