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by markatex
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Haven't posted here in a while...
Replies: 4
Views: 224

Re: Haven't posted here in a while...

Congrats.

I don't know a lot about HBS, but I believe they chant the Odaimoku exclusively (no sutra recitation) and focus their study on chapters 15-22 of the Lotus Sutra.
by markatex
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shushogi
Replies: 19
Views: 656

Re: Shushogi

I think the above is an unfair characterization, however technically accurate it might be. I think the Shushogi proves that the Soto tradition is more than the secular meditation practice it’s presented as by Brad Warner and others. It’s a religious tradition as heavy on ritual and devotion as Jodo ...
by markatex
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shushogi
Replies: 19
Views: 656

Re: Shushogi

I didn’t say “all,” and no, I’m not including Vietnamese and Chinese Zen groups. I think most people reading this know exactly what I’m talking about.
by markatex
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shushogi
Replies: 19
Views: 656

Shushogi

Is this text discussed much in American Soto Zen? I don’t remember it ever being discussed at the Soto Zen center I attended years ago. I know it’s held in high regard in Jiyu-Kennett Roshi’s lineage, but outside of that, I don’t recall hearing it discussed much. I’ve always liked it quite a bit, an...
by markatex
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Should I stay or should I go?
Replies: 12
Views: 470

Re: Should I stay or should I go?

I’m a former Soto Zen practitioner, now a Nichiren Buddhist. Part of the reason I switched has to do with the issues you expressed. Although I think Soto Zen does have a fairly strong devotional aspect, it is unforgivably downplayed in America.
by markatex
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Personal Note to the Nichiren Forum
Replies: 25
Views: 1156

Re: Personal Note to the Nichiren Forum

He said he doesn’t want to say more about it and I’ll choose to respect that. I think he already shared the gist of it.
by markatex
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Split from When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 26
Views: 1003

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: 26
Views: 1003

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: 513

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: 1236

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: 329

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: 1320

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: 456

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: 1320

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: 409

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: 409

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: 409

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: 605

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: 238

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: 1239

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...

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