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by markatex
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?
Replies: 29
Views: 787

Re: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?

To reiterate, calling on Kannon Bodhisattva is a provisional practice that is considered inappropriate for the age of mappo. If you're chanting the Daimoku, there is no need to specifically call on Kannon. In the Lotus Sutra, Mujinni Bodhisattva makes an offering of a jeweled necklace to Kannon. Kan...
by markatex
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...
Replies: 28
Views: 989

Re: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...

At any rate... Precepts are guidelines, not commandments, and as Nichiren Buddhists, we are only concerned with the Diamond Chalice Precept of upholding the daimoku. The merit of keeping precepts is contained in that practice, guaranteeing that even us filthy homosexuals have Buddha Nature and will ...
by markatex
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...
Replies: 28
Views: 989

Re: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...

Just say no to internalized homophobia, guys.
by markatex
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Kempon Hokke Doctrine of the Transmission Through the Scrolls
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: The Kempon Hokke Doctrine of the Transmission Through the Scrolls

I wouldn't rule out a different interpretation that doesn't contradict yours: Nichiren may be criticizing esoteric and other practices in Tendai-shu that require oral and other kinds of transmission. Yes, it’s possible. I don’t know the context off-hand. But Nichiren’s attitude toward esoteric Budd...
by markatex
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...
Replies: 28
Views: 989

Re: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...

I know several long-term gay male couples who have been together for between 10 years and 30+ years. I was in a relationship for 9 years. I don’t know where you live, but if you live someplace with a smaller gay community, you’re not going to get to know a broad range of gay people. Gay liberation (...
by markatex
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Kempon Hokke Doctrine of the Transmission Through the Scrolls
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: The Kempon Hokke Doctrine of the Transmission Through the Scrolls

I have heard of the concept of the Dharma being transmitted to us “from the scrolls of the Lotus Sutra,” but not the specific name of the teaching. I don’t think it’s specific to Kempon Hokke, and it strikes me as fairly straightforward and non-controversial. Nichiren’s reference to “oral transmissi...
by markatex
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?
Replies: 29
Views: 787

Re: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?

Avalokitesvara is not on the Gohonzon, possibly because of the association with Amitabha, and possibly because Kishimojin (who is on the Gohonzon) is sometimes identified with Avalokitesvara, so Nichiren thought it redundant.
by markatex
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?
Replies: 29
Views: 787

Re: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?

Calling on Avalokitesvara is an ancillary practice based on Avalokitesvara's vow to protect those who uphold the Lotus. So, its not considered the same, especially in Nichiren schools. Right. It's interesting how little Avalokitesvara figures in Nichiren Buddhism. Does Nichiren ever mention him/her...
by markatex
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?
Replies: 29
Views: 787

Re: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?

From our perspective, it’s redundant at best. If all the merits of the Eternal Shakyamuni’s practice and enlightenment are contained in the daimoku, then there’s no need to chant other mantras (for lack of a better term). Nichiren’s opposition to nembutsu recitation had nothing to do with the nembut...
by markatex
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is a good book I can read on the Lotus Sutra that is a commentary on it?
Replies: 8
Views: 346

Re: What is a good book I can read on the Lotus Sutra that is a commentary on it?

Introduction to the Lotus Sutra by Shinjo Suguro https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Lotus-Sutra-Shinjo-Suguro/dp/0875730787 You can also get it from NBIC (and for less than $25). If you get it from Amazon, I'd recommend getting a used copy, as it's much cheaper. Not a fancy or detailed book, but if...
by markatex
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Hearing the Buddha's Name
Replies: 10
Views: 387

Re: Hearing the Buddha's Name

^^Yes, that’s what I thought it was. That one looks big to me, and the ones I’ve seen are large compared to the other drums used (the mokusho and the uchiwa-taiko, or “fan drum”).
by markatex
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Hearing the Buddha's Name
Replies: 10
Views: 387

Re: Hearing the Buddha's Name

The taiko is the big one, right?
by markatex
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Hearing the Buddha's Name
Replies: 10
Views: 387

Re: Hearing the Buddha's Name

The one SGI meeting I've ever been to was 20 years ago, so I didn't think they used drums, but wasn't entirely sure. Anyway, here is the former head priest at the Portland NShu temple chanting the Dharani chapter and the daimoku, with the mokusho. She's doing it all fairly slowly here. https://www.y...
by markatex
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is anyone familiar with Honmon Butsuryo Shu?
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: Is anyone familiar with Honmon Butsuryo Shu?

I was just on their website and it looks like I might be wrong about their focus on Chapter 21. And perhaps the fuju fuse thing, too. Maybe I’m getting it confused with another group. It seems they have an idiosyncratic way of explaining some things (lots of references to the soul and “holy energy”)...
by markatex
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is anyone familiar with Honmon Butsuryo Shu?
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: Is anyone familiar with Honmon Butsuryo Shu?

Heard of it, but don’t know a lot about it. I believe that they only chant chapter 21 of the LS and the daimoku, and they are, like Nichiren Shoshu, a fuju fuse school.
by markatex
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How does one practice Nichiren Buddhism at home?
Replies: 11
Views: 340

Re: How does one practice Nichiren Buddhism at home?

Yeah, online streaming services aren’t ideal, but you work with what you got. Ideally, I think NShu would like to reach a point where there might only be a few priests in the US, but there were many more lay leaders. But that requires a really dedicated laity. Anyway. I was vaguely aware of a NShosh...
by markatex
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How does one practice Nichiren Buddhism at home?
Replies: 11
Views: 340

Re: How does one practice Nichiren Buddhism at home?

It’s pretty easy now to connect with US Nichiren Shu priests online. A few of them livestream their weekly services. Much easier than when I started. I live about 3 hours from the nearest NShu temple, and count myself lucky in that regard. But it’s not a practice that necessitates constant face-to-f...
by markatex
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Bodhisattvas of the Earth
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Bodhisattvas of the Earth

Ginkyo wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:14 pm

I have to confess I've always found this difficult to understand. Particularly the idea of voluntarily assuming the appropriate karma. How does this fit in with the law of cause and effect and the results of previous lifetimes?
I’m not sure what you mean by this, exactly. Can you elaborate?
by markatex
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Bodhisattvas of the Earth
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Bodhisattvas of the Earth

Practitioners of Nichiren Buddhism being the bodhisattvas from underground in the Lotus Sutra is a pretty standard teaching as far as I know. In the Nichiren schools outside of SGI and Nichiren Shoshu, Nichiren is understood to be Jogyo Bosatsu, the leader of the bodhisattvas from underground, who t...
by markatex
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Yampolsky's Selected Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: Yampolsky's Selected Writings of Nichiren

Queequeg wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:46 pm
Interested to hear the comparison. Have not looked at Yampolsky in a long time, but I recall it was sold in SG bookstores, and so I assume it was more or less the same as the MWND series.
Maybe this has been discussed before, but how biased is the MWND series?

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