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by Queequeg
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

What do you mean by 'text based logic'?... I do have a bias in favor of the sutra. If that is 'text based logic', then that is an accurate characterization. Your hermeneutical criteria has been overdetermined by Western text critical scholarship. Can you imagine any traditional scholar arguing abou...
by Queequeg
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

The Buddha's parinivana dates to roughly around 407 BCE if you follow the dates put forward by Cousins, etc, much earlier if you follow more traditional dates. Yet you claim that Lotus itself dates to a period 300——500 years later. So, is it 1) the Buddha's teaching or 2) merely the work of an insp...
by Queequeg
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

The Buddha's parinivana dates to roughly around 407 BCE if you follow the dates put forward by Cousins, etc, much earlier if you follow more traditional dates. Yet you claim that Lotus itself dates to a period 300——500 years later. So, is it 1) the Buddha's teaching or 2) merely the work of an insp...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

Malcolm wrote:
Queequeg wrote:
The Lotus dates from First c. BCE ~ First c. CE.


So, it is not even the Buddha's teaching. Make it all rather moot then.


That's ridiculous. Thanks for the drive by.
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

I made two points here that are not contradictory. 1. The sutra itself does not support your contention that Shakyamuni's life span is mere upaya to inspire faith. To arrive at that position one must introduce assumptions not found in or supported by the text. Everything is interpretable. Your noti...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

Concerning the five certainties, an exposition by the Venerable 41st Sakya Trizin: In order to help sentient beings, the Buddhas, while remaining in such a state, take on a form that is helpful to the pure disciples, the higher followers. For the benefit of the higher followers, the Buddhas appear ...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

As a follow up note: C, you seem to have interpreted the "Word games" comment as directed at you personally. That is not the case. I do think your prose is difficult to understand, but the "Word games" comment was directed at the substance of your comment. In your comment you ap...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: dalai lama conflict science buddhism change
Replies: 5
Views: 186

Re: dalai lama conflict science buddhism change

If the facts and Buddhist doctrine are at variance, the doctrine must give.
by Queequeg
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

As a follow up note: C, you seem to have interpreted the "Word games" comment as directed at you personally. That is not the case. I do think your prose is difficult to understand, but the "Word games" comment was directed at the substance of your comment. In your comment you app...
by Queequeg
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Myanmar Rohingya Persecution: Consolidated Thread
Replies: 89
Views: 198

Re: Myanmar Rohingya Persecution: Consolidated Thread

I started looking into the subject more closely and found an interesting fact that seems to get glossed over. I wanted to present it here to the DW community to get some feed back and see if others know a little more about this particular issue. It seems that there is a national, state sponsored san...
by Queequeg
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Myanmar Rohingya Persecution: Consolidated Thread
Replies: 89
Views: 198

Myanmar Rohingya Persecution: Consolidated Thread

CONSOLIDATED THREAD FOR DISCUSSION OF THE ROHINGYA PERSECUTION IN MYANMAR
by Queequeg
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 54
Views: 884

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

Well, sorry about that, C. Not angry and wasn't trying to be dismissive. Just addressing what I can gather is your argument. When I wish you luck with a particular idea, I do mean that sincerely. I'm skeptical, but I do wish you the best using that idea to frame your views.
by Queequeg
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:06 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren and Kami
Replies: 15
Views: 169

Re: Nichiren and Kami

Please note the word "original substance"! could be a translation thing. of course I'm Barking mad so ...lol This actually can be a translation for "honji suijaku". What makes me believe he actually believed in it! Owing maybe to his Tendai background! I don't think it's a quest...
by Queequeg
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren and Kami
Replies: 15
Views: 169

Re: Nichiren and Kami

Who said anything about "nothing". That would be nihilism. I deny that. Whose "convention" are we talking about? I don't know if we speak the same language. In fact I tend to believe we do not. So... http://i0.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/010/692/19789999.jpg
by Queequeg
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren and Kami
Replies: 15
Views: 169

Re: Nichiren and Kami

Minobu wrote:being!!!!!


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by Queequeg
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren and Kami
Replies: 15
Views: 169

Re: Nichiren and Kami

Hm. Well whaddaya know?

Great Bodhisattva Hachiman
by Queequeg
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Independent movement thread/all things related
Replies: 48
Views: 705

Re: The Independent movement thread/all things related

What I mean is, unless you are a Buddhism nerd or actively engaged in his practice, there is probably no occasion when Kokuzo would come up.

Who has heard of Kokuzo? Raise your hands.
by Queequeg
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren and Kami
Replies: 15
Views: 169

Re: Nichiren and Kami

I'm putting this colloquially - it seems to me the whole Honji Suijaku thing is an esoteric rabbit hole. Japan has a long history of shamanism that long predates the introduction of Buddhism, but they also developed side by side for centuries with a lot of cross-over. Shamanism is intimately tied in...
by Queequeg
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Independent movement thread/all things related
Replies: 48
Views: 705

Re: The Independent movement thread/all things related

Its not something to beat yourself up over. Probably easy to get that mixed up. No one knows who Kokuzo Bosatsu is. They both start with "k".
by Queequeg
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Independent movement thread/all things related
Replies: 48
Views: 705

Re: The Independent movement thread/all things related

Nichiren's tutelary deity was Bodhisattva Akashagarbha / Kokuzo Bosatsu. When he was young, he prayed to Kokuzo Bosatsu to become the wisest person in Japan. Kokuzo is associated with the Morning Star meditation. There is no reference to Nichiren praying to Kannon. I, Nichiren, was a resident of [S...

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