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by dsaly1969
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?
Replies: 18
Views: 580

Re: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?

This thread is about RKK and not general Nichiren Buddhism (which, other than SGI and Nichiren Shoshu DOES teach the 4 Noble Truths by the way - no other Nichiren schools explicitly promote chanting for stuff) and I am answering from the viewpoint of RKK and most mainstream Mahayana Buddhism (who al...
by dsaly1969
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?
Replies: 18
Views: 580

Re: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?

I agree that Buddhism should not be disengaged from daily life. Proper understanding of the dharma and the application in daily living especially in choices and overcoming instinctual reactivity lead to better life conditions. It sounds like perhaps more work needs to be done in getting people to a ...
by dsaly1969
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?
Replies: 18
Views: 580

Re: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?

Deprivation and poverty are never a good thing (I come from a lower working class background and work in Compton, not some privileged background.). I think the difference is "chanting for the attainment of desires" vs chanting to develop the internal resources (increased wisdom, patience, insight, e...
by dsaly1969
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?
Replies: 18
Views: 580

Re: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?

I personally do not see anything wrong with developing your inner functions to alleviate poverty , cure health, and increase a happy life. i believe it is written somewhere in the Lotus Sutra that one should have a Happy life. christians pray all the time for stuff as do hindus and shamanistic stuf...
by dsaly1969
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?
Replies: 18
Views: 580

Re: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?

Personally I don't think she brought anything "new" to the organization. In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, most Japanese were very poor and endured economic and other hardships (especially the period immediately after WWII). Many new religious movements including SGI, RKK, Reiyukai, Konkoky...
by dsaly1969
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?
Replies: 18
Views: 580

Re: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?

In RKK, Myoko is talked about and is venerated as a Cofounder in the Kyoten; however, there is no one of comparable role in the modern organization. My understanding is that she was particularly gifted in divination when kami-possessed. I do know that the spli between Reiyukai and RKK was initially ...
by dsaly1969
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?
Replies: 18
Views: 580

Re: Any Rissho Kosei-Kai members?

I was a RKK member for quite a few years. I mostly practice independently now as an Ekayana Buddhist not because of any problems with what RKK teaches. It's just that the church service model which RKK adapted just does not work for me. I also focus more on O-Daimoku chanting rather than Kyoten (sam...
by dsaly1969
Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Honmon Butsuryu Shu
Replies: 29
Views: 2500

Re: Honmon Butsuryu Shu

I, for one, appreciate the invitation put forth by HBS. However, I have been quite happy with my individual daily practice of O-Daimoku recitation, short periods of mindfulness meditation, and study of the Lotus Sutra and core Buddhist teachings with an emphasis on everyday life application. Well wi...
by dsaly1969
Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Honmon Butsuryu Shu
Replies: 29
Views: 2500

Re: Honmon Butsuryu Shu

I just don't have that "true believer" gene in me when it comes to sects. Since I tend to view the various sects as "clubs" which appeal to different tendencies or temperaments (in other words I view the sectarian stuff as expedient means - you know, that Lotus Sutra concept), I will explore the rea...
by dsaly1969
Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Honmon Butsuryu Shu
Replies: 29
Views: 2500

Re: Honmon Butsuryu Shu

To my understanding these talks were in Japan and before RKK had made any serious inroads to expanding internationally. This may have been prior to the 60's even.
by dsaly1969
Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Honmon Butsuryu Shu
Replies: 29
Views: 2500

Re: Honmon Butsuryu Shu

Thanks for the well though out input! It is helpful. RKK does not promote chanting for stuff and discourages that - although I am sure there may be members who do it anyways. At one point I think in the 60's there had been discussion about RKK becoming the lay organization of NShu. This obviously ne...
by dsaly1969
Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Honmon Butsuryu Shu
Replies: 29
Views: 2500

Re: Honmon Butsuryu Shu

Honestly it has been 10 years or more since I last visited Los Angeles Nichiren Shu so I could not really say how they are now. I have been on the margins of RKK involvement for the past decade. I like the whole concept of hoza and the Ekayana orientation of RKK (see "Buddhism for Today" which is a ...
by dsaly1969
Wed Apr 20, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Honmon Butsuryu Shu
Replies: 29
Views: 2500

Re: Honmon Butsuryu Shu

I don't know if it is "rules" so much as what I find helpful in practice. Fuju fuse would be a problem for me as I do not believe in the "one true Buddhism" theory and see the concept as contradictory to the unifying message of the Lotus Sutra (I understand the arguments but don't agree with the rat...
by dsaly1969
Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:31 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Honmon Butsuryu Shu
Replies: 29
Views: 2500

Honmon Butsuryu Shu

I find myself back to Nichiren practice and am looking at Honmon Butsuryu Shu. I have previously explored Nichiren Buddhism with SGI, Nichiren Shu (for a very short time -never joined), and Rissho Kosei-kai. I have actually been with RKK the longest but find their Kyoten format with lots of sutra re...
by dsaly1969
Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:46 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Modernist Pure Land teachings
Replies: 26
Views: 3217

Re: Modernist Pure Land teachings

interesting how it works together even with the different interpretation. Humanistic Buddhism sometimes just seems like traditional Buddhism, with a bit more emphasis on charitable functions & helping people with material needs - rather than a total departure from traditional Buddhism. Awesome! How...
by dsaly1969
Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:50 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Modernist Pure Land teachings
Replies: 26
Views: 3217

Re: Modernist Pure Land teachings

I think that the biggest issue is that these teachings are actually fairly subtle, based on experiences of particular practitioners. They can easily be misunderstood, so taking random quotes as official statements of doctrine can be dangerous. The situation is compounded by the dangers inherent to ...
by dsaly1969
Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:43 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Modernist Pure Land teachings
Replies: 26
Views: 3217

Re: Modernist Pure Land teachings

My perception of Buddhist modernism is traditional Buddhist practices and teachings reinterpreted through the lens of modern understanding while keeping the practices intact which is what differentiates it from "secular Buddhism". In modern Shin Buddhism at least in America, one can find a range of ...
by dsaly1969
Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life
Replies: 88
Views: 7353

Re: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life

In this post, I'd like to discuss some benefits I've seen in my life... I came to Pure Land Buddhism through a few gates and a number of different encounters. .... until I got hit by a series of staph infections (MRSA). I couldn't go more than a month without a recurrence, it took me almost a year ...
by dsaly1969
Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Background of Pure Land practitioners
Replies: 4
Views: 864

Re: Background of Pure Land practitioners

Our local Sensei in my new town is from Hiroshima, Japan and his family has ministered temples for several generations. When I first started attending services at his temple, I showed him that I was reading Alfred Bloom's commentary on the Tannisho, something which he approved of, saying that he li...
by dsaly1969
Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:53 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Background of Pure Land practitioners
Replies: 4
Views: 864

Background of Pure Land practitioners

I'm curious as to the diversity of Pure Land thought on this forum. Like many my first exposure to Pure Land Buddhism was Shin Buddhism through the Buddhist Churches of America. I grew up in southeast Los Angeles near Orange County so both the Orange County Buddhist Church and Koyasan were within cl...