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by dude
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?
Replies: 18
Views: 769

Re: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?

passel :
nichiren's writings are the primary reference, those two sources are very good too.
I think the way to learn most is both read and ask questions.
by dude
Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?
Replies: 18
Views: 769

Re: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?

I'd recommend reading the Lotus Sutra
by dude
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?
Replies: 18
Views: 769

Re: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?

"The Human Revolution" volume 1 and 2 might be a good place to start.
It's a "novel" about the second president of SGI, who was the first to lead a massive shakubuku campaign in postwar Japan.
by dude
Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 17
Views: 595

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

One thing the last year or so has taught me, that the more sutras/commentaries I read, the more I practice shikantaza/vipassana/samatha, the more meaningful and transformative I find chanting to be. Yes indeed, I heartily agree. They didn't teach that back in the pioneer days. I imagine that's beca...
by dude
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 896

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

AFAIK, the Buddha never polemicized against or for the Cārvāka. Do they postdate him?

Apparently not; I recall a passage in the Lotus Sutra admonishing disciples not to hang with them.
by dude
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: superstition and Nichiren's Teachings
Replies: 10
Views: 478

Re: superstition and Nichiren's Teachings

Very good question. Did Hachiman really protect Nichiren from the ronin executioners on the beach? I'd say it only made sense that the light in the sky was a natural phenomenon, like a comet. But why did it appear at just that instant? Your call. Was the Divine wind that swept away the mongols reall...
by dude
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Bodhisattvas of the Earth
Replies: 12
Views: 588

Re: Bodhisattvas of the Earth

It's not the least bit stupid. The Bodhisattvas of Earth commit grave offenses against the Mystic Law for the purpose of being born into a world where everyone has slandered the law in a past lifetime. If they didn't create the karma to be born in this world, they could not be born here. It's like g...
by dude
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 896

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

Queequeg and just, spot on.
President Toda said it's up to you whether you consider the gods, buddhas, etc. as real or fairy tales. I took that to heart.
by dude
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 30
Views: 896

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

for my first three years of practice I was still an atheist, but I didn't tell anybody.
I was doing it only because it works.
by dude
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?
Replies: 49
Views: 1311

Re: Is it an oxymoron for a Nichiren Buddhist to be Republican?

I've only heard two things about political issues from President Ikeda :
1) The SGI will always be on the side of the people, and
2) Nuclear weapons are an absolute evil, and their existence cannot be tolerated
by dude
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is the best way to deal with narcissistic slander?
Replies: 2
Views: 244

Re: What is the best way to deal with narcissistic slander?

well, the most effective thing is to chant for their happiness. The horrific karma they receive for slandering you is guaranteed.
This is a very very good question to ask the gohonzon. it turns poison into medicine. I mean it.
by dude
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we deal with friends who make assumptions about us that are not true?
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: How do we deal with friends who make assumptions about us that are not true?

Sounds like a good chance to develop your debating and interpersonal skills, both of which the Gohonzon can be a great help with.
Chant slowly and carefully as you pick out the logical fallacies involved. Most of all, rely on faith.
by dude
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: End of suffering
Replies: 27
Views: 1625

Re: End of suffering

You have suffered greatly, my friend. You have been thru a nightmarish experience; uncontrollable emotions, forcibly taken to the hospital. There is no suffering, however great, that Buddhism cannot heal. If you want to practice, you'll find good friends here willing to share what they know. The res...
by dude
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How does one practice Nichiren Buddhism at home?
Replies: 11
Views: 435

Re: How does one practice Nichiren Buddhism at home?

I agree with markatex, "you work with what you got.
The important thing, as the Gosho says, is "strong and steadfast faith."
Maintain a steady practice and study...when the time is right, other bodhasattvas will naturally appear in your environment.
by dude
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?
Replies: 29
Views: 938

Re: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?

I think I remember a passage from the Gosho noting "some people believe in no gods, some think there are many gods...." without , if I recall correctly, making a judgment on which is best.
by dude
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 3944

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Some good (and quite valid) observations, pdx. On the "life is suffering angle, I once read a commentary that said The Four Noble Truths and other teachings are like a medical diagnosis and prescription.... "suffering," states the condition "caused by craving" identifies cause "There is a way to end...
by dude
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three Obstacles and Four Devils
Replies: 12
Views: 609

Re: Three Obstacles and Four Devils

Quite right, markatex. I think one of those quotes I cited was a letter to the brothers. Thinking about this thread earlier, it struck me that one theme that runs through all the gosho is the Daishonin's conviction that all the suffering in his life was big time sansho shima and a cause for him to r...

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