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by robby
Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: A question of music appreciation
Replies: 27
Views: 4184

Re: A question of music appreciation

Nichiren says they are conflicting. Even was Om Mani Padme [Pame] Hum a minor good, should it take away from performing a major good [chanting Namu Myoho renge kyo] it becomes a major evil. Sounds pretty much like sectarianism? :popcorn: That, and it is straying off the topic. I am afraid we were n...
by robby
Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:29 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: A question of music appreciation
Replies: 27
Views: 4184

Re: A question of music appreciation

Robby, DB; as someone who practiced pure land I can tell you that by calling on Kannon via one of her mantras you're asking to be born in her pure land, Mt. Potalaka, that's why I made that remark. I hope you both want to go there..lol. I'd say from your eclectic practice you're both Tendai rather ...
by robby
Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: A question of music appreciation
Replies: 27
Views: 4184

Re: A question of music appreciation

Sound also appears to be quite important in Tibetan Buddhism. Ref. the book Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism by Lama Anagarika Govinda, which goes into some detail on this matter. As an aside, there is quite a bit of generally instructive material in that book, to which Nichiren Buddhists can certa...
by robby
Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:17 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: A question of music appreciation
Replies: 27
Views: 4184

Re: A question of music appreciation

Well Buddha repeatedly advised seclusion, not coming together. I think that is true for the Pratyeka (solitude); which is a practice for those in between Buddha Sasanas, or where there is no Dharma Dispensation. Also, solitude in a tranquil place is recommended jhana meditation; which is big part o...
by robby
Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:09 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: A question of music appreciation
Replies: 27
Views: 4184

Re: A question of music appreciation

My take on the negative view of music/entertainment etc. is that it's one thing to watch a play, view a of piece of art, or listen to music as just passing entertainment, kind of like casual sex or something solely to rev up the senses, really just for shallow fun. I can see trying to avoid that ki...
by robby
Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:58 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Independent Nichiren Buddhists?
Replies: 54
Views: 7514

Re: Independent Nichiren Buddhists?

Hello all By way of introduction, I have been in times past a member of both SGI and Nichiren Shoshu temple. Kicked the tires with a small Nichiren Shu sangha that didn't last long (or maybe I just lost track of them). Went independent some years ago. It gets lonely sometimes, and makes it easy to ...
by robby
Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:52 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Relation between Nichiren Shu and Nichiren Shoshu
Replies: 35
Views: 6762

Re: Relation between Nichiren Shu and Nichiren Shoshu

Nichiren Shoshu doesn't teach that Nichiren is the Buddha reincarnated, it's a topic that needs a thread of it's own to do justice. Nichiren is the original Buddha from Kuon Ganjo (the infinite past) whereas Shakyamuni's enlightenment was first attained in the time of Gohyaku Jindengo (an extremely...
by robby
Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:11 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren Buddhism and Anatman
Replies: 9
Views: 1871

Re: Nichiren Buddhism and Anatman

What does Nichiren Buddhism generally say about anatman? Was Nichiren opposed to it? I do not know that he discussed this in much detail. He seemed to accept the concept of a true, distinguished, unpretentious, selfless self. He also stressed behavior in daily life -- serving others and fulfilling ...
by robby
Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:45 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren Buddhism and Anatman
Replies: 9
Views: 1871

Re: Nichiren Buddhism and Anatman

What does Nichiren Buddhism generally say about anatman? Was Nichiren opposed to it? Ven.Nichiren upheld the Tathagatagarbha doctrine was pro Atman and was a super supporter of the Nirvana Sutra qouting it extensively (note the Nirvana sutra was considered by him to be second to the Lotus sutra and...
by robby
Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:29 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Four noble truths
Replies: 51
Views: 6297

Re: Four noble truths

[quote="robby" Very interesting reading! Thank you But do nichiren ever mention in any gosho that one should live according to the 4 nt and 8fp? Sgi doesnt care much for the truths. Of all the goshos i've read i never seen writings about the 4nt. So maybe sgi have a point?! I do not know off hand o...
by robby
Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:59 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...
Replies: 23
Views: 4764

Re: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...

If one desires to be freed from the four perverse/ inverted [views - catur-viparita-drsti], one should know the Eternal, Blissful, the Self and the Pure in this manner." good stuff you read the Mahaparinirvana sutra? I have a similiar practice to most Nichiren sects my practice is found on Chapter ...
by robby
Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...
Replies: 23
Views: 4764

Re: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...

Nichiren Shoshu doesn't teach that Nichiren is the Buddha reincarnated, it's a topic that needs a thread of it's own to do justice. Nichiren is the original Buddha from Kuon Ganjo (the infinite past) whereas Shakyamuni's enlightenment was first attained in the time of Gohyaku Jindengo (an extremely...
by robby
Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Four noble truths
Replies: 51
Views: 6297

Re: Four noble truths

Jikan; I have no real clue what kind of Mahayana you are talking about that doesn't accept the Lotus sutra as the last teaching of the Buddha, of course Huayan and Yogacarya etc other schools woudn't give it primancy unless that's what you mean. I'm discussing temporal teaching and as a NIchiren bu...
by robby
Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Four noble truths
Replies: 51
Views: 6297

Re: Four noble truths

Thank you Robby, that was a beautiful explanation of the 8 fold path. :smile: Gassho, Seishin Thank you Seishin. I reread the post, and am pretty much satisfied with it for now. One thing I would change -- I misspelled altar. There are a few more points that robban might find useful. One thing, I d...
by robby
Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:54 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Four noble truths
Replies: 51
Views: 6297

Re: Four noble truths

No. :smile: I am pretty much a Nichiren influenced Buddhist. I would also not interpret the 8 fold path the same way as Illarraza. I also would not translate the terms that way. First, at least two Pali Suttas explain that the eightfold path is an expansion of the Three Trainings; Moral & Ethical T...
by robby
Tue May 14, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Etymologies. cognates, and translations
Replies: 0
Views: 640

Etymologies. cognates, and translations

This is a topic that fascinates me. I am not sure where to start. First, a caveat. From what I can gather, the Buddha did not have the Suttas and Vinaya committed to writing; even though Brahmani(?) script was available. If I understand correctly, he also instructed his disciples to preach in the Pr...
by robby
Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: adhimokka/adhimukti
Replies: 20
Views: 4206

Re: adhimokka/adhimukti

Good discussion here. I have pondered the same issues, and sort of filed them away in the back of my mind. I have tended to translate saddha / shraddha 信 as trust, a tentative belief in something without understanding, because it appears to be credible. This would be the resolution of suspicious dou...
by robby
Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Thinking
Replies: 55
Views: 6175

Re: Thinking

Another way of countering anger is to cultivate the mental states known as the 4 palaces of Brahma; loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity. There are fairly easy and powerful meditations and chants to arouse loving kindness (metta, maitri) and compassion (karuna) within ourse...
by robby
Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Thinking
Replies: 55
Views: 6175

Re: Thinking

I can defenitly see how imagining a buddha when angry can temporarily distract one from impure thoughts but how does this prevent the thoughts from arising in the future. I hope I am not butting in here. I gather the discussion is about dealing with unwholesome mental states, such as resentment, th...
by robby
Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: jhana vs silent illumination or other zen methods
Replies: 20
Views: 3406

Re: jhana vs silent illumination or other zen methods

[quote="/johnny\"]many chan/zen teachers do not recommend traditional jhana meditation and instead teach silent illumination, among others (in japanese shikantaza, although i think this is a dogen version of it and is a little different). I believe for most people jhāna is quite difficult as it dem...