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by markatex
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty in discussing Mahayana across traditions
Replies: 8
Views: 316

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: 26
Views: 806

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: 2699

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: 2699

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: 775

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: 775

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: 775

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.
by markatex
Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What are some of the big misconceptions that people often have about Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 3
Views: 252

Re: What are some of the big misconceptions that people often have about Nichiren Buddhism?

That Nichiren advocated killing people and that we chant primarily for material benefits.
by markatex
Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?
Replies: 18
Views: 775

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

Not so helpful really. :lol: I don't mean to be unhelpful, but there hasn't been an "intro to Nichiren Buddhism" book that I've found entirely satisfactory. I read The Buddha in Daily Life about 20 years ago, so I don't remember a great deal about it, except that it has a definite SGI slant (to put...
by markatex
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the Nichiren Buddhist take on abortion?
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Re: What's the Nichiren Buddhist take on abortion?

Grigoris wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:03 pm
So far nobody has actually offered any scriptural support from Nichiren Buddhist sources to back their personal opinions.
No one has offered any because they don’t exist. I have no problem with the mods locking the thread. No good can come of this discussion.
by markatex
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the Nichiren Buddhist take on abortion?
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Re: What's the Nichiren Buddhist take on abortion?

There aren’t hard and fast answers to the questions you’re asking. This isn’t Catholicism and there’s no catechism or a pope-like figure who issues edicts.

Buddhist sutras don’t generally have laundry lists of proscriptions, especially not for hot-button social issues in the 21st century.
by markatex
Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Writings of Saicho
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Writings of Saicho

I don’t think I’ve heard any of his writings mentioned, except Candle of the Latter Dharma, which apparently wasn’t actually written by him.

What are his major writings? Are any available in English?
by markatex
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Bodhisattvas of the Earth
Replies: 12
Views: 607

Re: Bodhisattvas of the Earth

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? Sure. I...
by markatex
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Reading more widely
Replies: 19
Views: 681

Re: Reading more widely

There’s so much material out there, from so many different perspectives, that the waters are easily muddied. A general, introduction to Buddhism book from an Eadt Asian Mahayana POV would be a good place to start before delving into meatier material. I think The Way to Buddhahood by Yin Shun is serv...
by markatex
Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...
Replies: 44
Views: 1964

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

It seems that "pandaka" (if by that we're talking about the "five kinds of unmanly men") means a few different things, and only one of them has to do with homosexuality (and even then, it's a rather specific kind of homosexuality - and one that doesn't appear to actually exist). And further, the Vin...
by markatex
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...
Replies: 44
Views: 1964

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

Minobu wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:02 pm
The Dali lama frowns on masturbation, take your cue from that.
No, thanks. I'll take my cue from Nichiren Shonin. Frankly, I couldn't care less what the Dalai Lama frowns on.
by markatex
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Are Nichiren Buddhists usually conservative on liberal issues or?
Replies: 11
Views: 574

Re: Are Nichiren Buddhists usually conservative on liberal issues or?

That probably doesn't mean what it means in the US.
by markatex
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...
Replies: 44
Views: 1964

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

Thanks, Coemgenu, I wasn’t sure what the specifics were, but I knew one of them was a eunuch. Yes, they are bizarre categories, and very culturally-specific, which is one reason to not put much stock in that. The Soto Zen teacher Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett translated chapter 14 (from Japanese or Chine...
by markatex
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 3155

Re: Politics and Toxicity

Crazywisdom wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:43 pm
You miss nothing by avoiding news.

That’s ridiculous and, to be clear, that’s not what I meant either (DGA got it right). Nichiren Buddhism is not about disengaging from the world and going off by yourself to meditate in a cave.

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