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by markatex
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Split from When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 20
Views: 359

Re: Split from When the Monks Met the Muslims

It’s just surprising and seemingly out of the blue. And off-topic for a thread created because another thread went off topic.
by markatex
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Split from When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 20
Views: 359

Re: Split from When the Monks Met the Muslims

Queequeg wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:08 pm
I should probably say - I no longer consider myself Nichiren Buddhist.
:shock:
by markatex
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?

Nichiren Shu since 2006, Soto Zen before that. I was always interested in Nichiren Buddhism, but not interested in SGI. As for why Nichiren Shu, I could give a few reasons. My interest in Buddhism has always been primarily in East Asian Mahayana and Nichiren Shu feels more closely connected to that....
by markatex
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Are there precepts in Nichiren Shu?
Replies: 6
Views: 552

Re: Are there precepts in Nichiren Shu?

I’m a Nichiren Shu practitioner. Others have answered more in-depth with what are basically the Nichiren Shu understanding of the precepts. They’re there inasmuch as they are in Nichiren Buddhism, generally. But they’re not focused on for the reasons others have stated. One’s behavior naturally conf...
by markatex
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Etsy Gohonzon store: what do y’all think?
Replies: 5
Views: 278

Re: Etsy Gohonzon store: what do y’all think?

Object to what? Just the fact that he sells them? Is he just selling them to anyone who wants one? I'm not sure I care for that, if that's the case, but there isn't much anyone can do about it. Not all of what is on his site would be suitable honzons for a Nichiren practitioner, but that's neither h...
by markatex
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How important is forgiveness?
Replies: 34
Views: 1110

Re: How important is forgiveness?

Forgiveness means that there’s now a blank slate as far as whatever the offending behavior was. It’s like forgiving a debt. You don’t owe the money anymore. Are you referring to the Karmic debt incurred by the offenders actions? No, I'm just talking in terms of personal relationships. If I forgive ...
by markatex
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is "love"?
Replies: 7
Views: 390

Re: What is "love"?

A second-hand emotion. A sweet old-fashioned notion.
by markatex
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How important is forgiveness?
Replies: 34
Views: 1110

Re: How important is forgiveness?

Do we have a common definition of "forgiveness" that we are working with? I don't think my question - what does it mean to forgive - has been answered. Mine is different from what has become the common definition, which seems to be “just let it go.” IMO, forgiveness requires a genuine apology and a...
by markatex
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Would this be acceptable to use in place of a Gohonzon?
Replies: 9
Views: 337

Re: Would this be acceptable to use in place of a Gohonzon?

bcol01 wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:22 pm
Too bad there's not even a Nichiren Shu temple in my state.
I don’t know where you are, but several Nichiren Shu ministers will work with you remotely, if you’re interested. I’m about 3 hours from my temple, which isn’t terribly far, but I’m not able to visit often.
by markatex
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Would this be acceptable to use in place of a Gohonzon?
Replies: 9
Views: 337

Re: Would this be acceptable to use in place of a Gohonzon?

Where did you find that? I haven’t seen it anywhere before.
by markatex
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Would this be acceptable to use in place of a Gohonzon?
Replies: 9
Views: 337

Re: Would this be acceptable to use in place of a Gohonzon?

If you’re “unaffiliated,” I guess it would be okay, but a Nichiren Shu priest would issue a new person a “temporary” mandala (I never had one of those, so I’m not sure what they look like exactly) until your jukai and then they’d give you a Shutei Mandala Gohonzon.
by markatex
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren buddhist practice
Replies: 12
Views: 528

Re: Nichiren buddhist practice

Shakubuku and shoju would fall under the practice of expounding the Lotus Sutra. They are methods for doing so.
by markatex
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Interesting Read
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: Interesting Read

The divide is definitely a thing, and I've also experienced the aloofness Rev. Myokei mentions, particularly at Zen Centers. Silent meditation was not initially what attracted me to Buddhism. I was drawn in by ritual and the promise that there was some part of me that was inherently good, and not fu...
by markatex
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren's exclusivism
Replies: 28
Views: 1050

Re: Nichiren's exclusivism

i agree with you, brother. but how justify it better ? Others buddhist schools can say that their method are the best, but did not say the others will lead people to bad destinies. I mean...Dogen said that people who rejected the sutras should be beaten with iron rods and thrown into hell. A certai...
by markatex
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren's exclusivism
Replies: 28
Views: 1050

Re: Nichiren's exclusivism

Yes, by exclusivism i meant that. What looks problematic to me was his harsh way to say that the others were wrong. What do you think ? That’s the part I don’t think we necessarily need to copy. Nichiren was reacting to very harsh circumstances. There were plagues, earthquakes, famines, attempted f...
by markatex
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren's exclusivism
Replies: 28
Views: 1050

Re: Nichiren's exclusivism

I assume what is meant is the idea that the Lotus Sutra is the only path to Buddhahood in the age of mappo, and more specifically, the practice formulated by Nichiren based on it. I dont think it’s circumstantial. Nichiren’s criticisms of certain sects of his time may have been circumstantial, and a...
by markatex
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Let's Discuss - Is Nichiren Hombutsu?
Replies: 28
Views: 836

Re: Let's Discuss - Is Nichiren Hombutsu?

Shakyamuni Buddha as revealed in the 16th chapter of the LS is regarded as the Original Buddha in all Nichiren traditions besides Nichiren Shoshu and SGI, as far as I know. I’m sure it’s explained in much greater depth in illaraza’s blog posts.
by markatex
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo recitation from memory or from book
Replies: 8
Views: 472

Re: Gongyo recitation from memory or from book

I dunno what the ABC stuff is, but I always use the book. Even after practicing for over 12 years, I have very little shindoku memorized. Sometimes you think you have something like that memorized when you really don’t.
by markatex
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Writings of Saicho
Replies: 7
Views: 797

Re: Writings of Saicho

Thanks for the replies. What would you say are the major ideas Saicho contributed to Tendai? How is The Candle of the Latter Dharma viewed in present-day Tendai?
by markatex
Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do Nichiren Buddhists pray for others?
Replies: 2
Views: 233

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...

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