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by dude
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Personal Note to the Nichiren Forum
Replies: 25
Views: 1001

Re: Personal Note to the Nichiren Forum

Sorry to butt in, but the conversation is interesting. I realize Nichiren is a "closed system" in some ways...but I have to say, half the SGI people I've known over the years I know because they also did other Buddhist stuff from time to time, how that would be received in their own communities I h...
by dude
Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Personal Note to the Nichiren Forum
Replies: 25
Views: 1001

Re: Personal Note to the Nichiren Forum

These decisions can be difficult.
by dude
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Compassion for the enemy
Replies: 6
Views: 278

Re: Compassion for the enemy

Compassion is the most advantageous or "skillful" thing in the world. It creates nothing but good karma. Having compassion in these insane times is a challenge indeed. You might try contemplating loving kindness for the loved ones in your life...then move on to close friends....casual friends, peopl...
by dude
Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Death and enlightenment/emptiness
Replies: 40
Views: 1332

Re: Death and enlightenment/emptiness

If not now, when?
by dude
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Greatest Mahayana and Vajrayana teachers alive
Replies: 15
Views: 691

Re: Greatest Mahayana and Vajrayana teachers alive

Reach out and see what you find.
Finding a teacher is just as much a matter of your teacher finding you.
It's not just in this lifetime.
by dude
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 56
Views: 1880

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

speaking of Dylan and religion : Well, the rifleman's stalking the sick and the lame, Preacherman seeks the same, who'll get there first is uncertain Nightsticks and water cannons, tear gas, padlocks, Molotov cocktails and rocks behind every curtain, False-hearted judges dying in the webs that they ...
by dude
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Personal Note to the Nichiren Forum
Replies: 25
Views: 1001

Re: Personal Note to the Nichiren Forum

I too wish the extend my deep gratitude.
This community is a vital part of the "flow of kosen rufu...never allow it to cease."
by dude
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 56
Views: 1880

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

I recommend the Lotus Sutra above all.
by dude
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Death and enlightenment/emptiness
Replies: 40
Views: 1332

Re: Death and enlightenment/emptiness

Asking questions like this is a great source of good fortune and evidence of progress in practice.
I hope you are finding these answers helpful, and kudos to your seeking mind. :namaste:
by dude
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life
Replies: 11
Views: 399

Re: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life

There could be a number of reasons you're not seeing benefits. Let's work on this together until you see some results. First, keep in mind that the Gohonzon is the Buddha, and the Buddha's desire is to see all living beings become happy, starting with you. Chant with appreciation, even when things l...
by dude
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: human revolution 1973 - movie
Replies: 22
Views: 786

Re: human revolution 1973 - movie

Minobu : I'm impressed. Seriously.
by dude
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: human revolution 1973 - movie
Replies: 22
Views: 786

Re: human revolution 1973 - movie

In what way is it different now from Toda's time?
by dude
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Thank you all
Replies: 10
Views: 362

Re: Thank you all

Wonderful. I rejoice in your victory! :namaste:
by dude
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Introducing the practice of Daimoku to friends and relatives
Replies: 42
Views: 3519

Re: Introducing the practice of Daimoku to friends and relatives

It's time to dialog with those of other faiths and learn from them. A Christian teacher recently wrote about his meeting with President Ikeda and remarked that the experience had made him a better Christian.
by dude
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 2800

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

tonysharp: The Lotus Sutra is indeed unique among sutras in many ways. Nichiren said that it differs from the Theravadin sutras as heaven differs from earth. The sutra also says it is "difficult to believe..." Even Shariputra, foremost in wisdom, said "At first, when I heard the Buddha’s preaching, ...
by dude
Fri May 31, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 2800

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

tony : Your posts tell me you're advancing quickly. What you're doing, keep doing it. I'm intrigued by your antipathy to the Lotus Sutra too, which, I think, is something that might be worth observing. I share your frustration with the master-disciple thing. But fwiw, finding a bad teacher is worse ...
by dude
Fri May 24, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: SGI had to "create" a new religion after excommunication for copyright/tax reasons?
Replies: 4
Views: 1079

Re: SGI had to "create" a new religion after excommunication for copyright/tax reasons?

I have been a member since the 1970's and saw (from a distance) the schism as it happened. The practice is the same as it ever was : reciting the Lotus Sutra and chanting its title (Nam Myoho Renge Kyo). The former has been shortened significantly to make it possible for people to practice "correcct...
by dude
Fri May 24, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 41
Views: 2401

Re: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?

I suggest that you practice to the best of your ability where you are and you will naturally find a teacher or one will find you.
by dude
Fri May 24, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 2800

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

I must offer my commendation for instructing your future self to read the above.
The Diamond Sutra is a very high sutra.
Again, I think you're doing everything right on your path of discovery.
by dude
Sun May 19, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 2800

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

"Maybe the takeaway here is that we're naturally drawn, perhaps by karma, to certain rhythms."

Absolutely right

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