Search found 3434 matches

by Queequeg
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 228
Views: 4123

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

The exchange between Malcolm, Rory, et al. on the comparative merits of East Asian and Tibetan Buddhism with regard to enlightenment while burdened with the obstacles of penises and vaginas has been moved to Open Dharma.
by Queequeg
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How to overcome family estrangement?
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: How to overcome family estrangement?

I don't have much to add to the good advice above. You might consider this: Letter to Brothers Nichiren was writing to two brothers who had become estranged from their father on account of their practice of the Lotus. Nichiren counseled them to remain steadfast on their path. Their father was said t...
by Queequeg
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 65
Views: 1413

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Image
by Queequeg
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 65
Views: 1413

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

The afflictions that cause you, a buddha, to take rebirth in samsara. You can waffle all you like, but the fact of the matter is that if you are not practicing Dharma to alleviate the suffering caused by afflictions for yourself and others, you have not understood the point of Buddhadharma at all, ...
by Queequeg
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 65
Views: 1413

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

All this concern with where a Buddha attains enlightenment is a problem of supposing enlightenment is gained rather than what we are. If you wish to regard yourself as a buddha encased in afflictions, that is just fine. Now, about those afflictions... What Buddha? What afflictions? (And so ends my ...
by Queequeg
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 65
Views: 1413

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

All this concern with where a Buddha attains enlightenment is a problem of supposing enlightenment is gained rather than what we are.

See the second quote in my signature.

Then consider the third.
by Queequeg
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 228
Views: 4123

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Reading some Longchempa and other Dzogchen texts, I've wondered the same thing. I can't think of specifics right now, but I actually wondered if Zhiyi's ideas might have drifted up into Tibet, or alternatively, and more likely, there were common sources. No, not likely. The real gist of Dzogchen is...
by Queequeg
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 228
Views: 4123

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Buddhist teachers tell us, being ignorantly awake and conscious is as unreal as a dream. Once you understand that, a whole range of possibilities opens up. Then you understand how the Buddha promising deer, goat and ox carts to lure us out of the house is not a lie, how the Buddha's parinirvana is ...
by Queequeg
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 228
Views: 4123

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

In his commentary on the Heart Sutra, the Dalai Lama implies that they all met there via dream practice or like what some would call astral projection. So to reinforce Nichiren's POV, the Lotus Sūtra is does not depict a literal historical event, but rather, vision in a dream? That is not really wh...
by Queequeg
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 228
Views: 4123

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

did the Stupa come out of the ground as some huger than huge thing with Buddhas inside it ....did certain qualified people see this in some sort of Samadhi happening. Some people don't think the following is authentic. I tend to believe it is authentic. At present the entire body of the Honorable [...
by Queequeg
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 228
Views: 4123

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Minobu and I have been down that road. I'm just more charming✨. You are also, I assume, quite younger. I suspect that when I am as old as Minobu, I will similarly come off as out-of-touch with "new" things and ideas in general, for the simple reason that they are 'new' and I will not be. This goes ...
by Queequeg
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 228
Views: 4123

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Minobu and I have been down that road.

I'm just more charming✨.
by Queequeg
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 228
Views: 4123

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

If the description of the assembly at the opening of the Sutra did not clue one into the nature of the teaching, the UFO emerging from the Earth should have removed all doubt. And this is coming from someone who believes the Sutra to be utterly true. So you believe it be utterly true, rather then l...
by Queequeg
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 228
Views: 4123

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

I once speculated that Mahāyāna Sūtras were visionary revelations, but not records of actual historical events. However, clinging to the events described in the Lotus Sūtra, or any other Mahāyāna Sūtra, opens up an uncomfortable can of worms for those who literally believe in the text of the sūtra ...
by Queequeg
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 228
Views: 4123

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Simon E. wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:47 pm
What they are not is any kind of history or record of conventional reality.
That goes too far... there are plenty of things we've thought were myth, only to find evidence that they are historical accounts - albeit often times mixed with myth. King Ashoka, for instance.
by Queequeg
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime

https://www.amazon.com/Six-Dharma-Gates-Sublime/dp/1935413015 Presently re-reading Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime by Tendai Daishi (Zhiyi), translated by Bikhshu Dharmamitra. Its one of those texts that I have read and re-read several times over the years to the point my copy is well worn, dog eare...
by Queequeg
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 228
Views: 4123

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Nāgārāja Sāgara's daughter first transforms her gender from female and male in Shariputra's presence, then he (formerly she) goes off the the world system Vimala and attains Buddhahood. It is really quite clear in the text. In Sariputra's perception. In any event, we know the whole being born, atta...
by Queequeg
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: can someone explain the entity of the mystic law?
Replies: 5
Views: 126

Re: can someone explain the entity of the mystic law?

Theory and reality.

We are all Buddha in principle. This does not mean we are Buddha manifest.
by Queequeg
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 228
Views: 4123

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

She was demonstrating to the misogynistic crowd, exemplified by Sariputra, that a female beast could instantaneously attain Buddhahood, as quickly as she could give a jewel to the Buddha. Sariputra has a hang up about male form as the passage makes clear (five classes of beings), so in terms he can ...
by Queequeg
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I like this forum
Replies: 16
Views: 286

Re: I like this forum

We convert people with logic and kindness. Buddhist should preach and convert people more in my opinion. Maybe on that point, we could do with a new kind of evangelical branch of buddhism. No idea way buddhist teachers take such a relax approach specially considering we are all on the verge of goin...