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by markatex
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: To a Buddhist is there a Hell and is there death? What are the 108 Existences
Replies: 9
Views: 555

Re: To a Buddhist is there a Hell and is there death? What are the 108 Existences

Rebirth can occur in any one of six realms: heaven, the realm of humans, the realm of animals, the realm of asuras, the realm of hungry ghosts, and hell. So hell is not permanent, it's just one of the realms of transmigration. Asuras are angry and boastful demigods; hungry ghosts are hellish beings ...
by markatex
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 56
Views: 2362

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Today is the commemoration of the Komatsubara Persecution, which occurred on November 11, 1264. At yesterday's service, we recited the following, from the Nanjo Hyoe Shichiro-dono Gosho (WNS Vol. 3, pp 145-146): On the 11th day of the 11th month this year, on the thoroughfare of Matsubara in Tojo, A...
by markatex
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 56
Views: 2362

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Muddy water has no mind but it still catches the moon’s reflection and naturally becomes lucid. Plants and trees catch the rain in order to blossom, but can we say they do this deliberately? The five characters of Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo are not the text of the sutra nor a mere explanation; rather they a...
by markatex
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Haven't posted here in a while...
Replies: 4
Views: 450

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: 966

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: 966

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: 966

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: 615

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: 1388

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: 1224

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: 1224

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: 640

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: 2130

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: 386

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: 1525

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: 517

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: 1525

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: 483

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: 483

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: 483

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.

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