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by dude
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 24
Views: 1138

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

because good is better than bad
Loving kindness is better than selfishness
Treating all living beings with kindness is the cause to be treated with loving kindness by all life, even the natural environment.
by dude
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Quit Chanting
Replies: 10
Views: 325

Re: Quit Chanting

To offer my own opinion : If you ask me, it's up to you. To be honest, I'd say if you decide you don't want to practice (at least for the time being), keeping the gohonzon rolled up and in a safe place is probably more respectful to it than to keep it enshrined and then let the altar gather dust. I ...
by dude
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why Ongi Kuden quotes Ongi Kuden ?
Replies: 15
Views: 277

Re: Why Ongi Kuden quotes Ongi Kuden ?

I suspect you are using understatement. Surely you know that Nichiren teaches "You must never think of the buddhas...as being outside yourself." - On Attaining Buddhahood.
by dude
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Actual proof
Replies: 18
Views: 417

Re: Actual proof

Actual proof is actually one of the three proofs on which to assess a teaching. The other two are the documentary and theoretical. Documentary proof means written evidence that what one proposes is derived from the teaching of the Buddha. Theoretical proof is holding the teaching to a test of reason...
by dude
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 17
Views: 468

Re: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?

Padma von Samba :
Excellent and logical. I agree with all.
by dude
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 17
Views: 468

Re: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?

Sonam Tashi : Thank you very much for a very interesting post.
It is an honor to meet you.
by dude
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 17
Views: 468

Re: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?

In practical terms, I think the first thing to keep in mind is that people who badmouth the teachings are to be expected. When you do this practice, they always appear. Second, as has been said above, we should have compassion for them, and some very deep compassion. The reason is that by slandering...
by dude
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?
Replies: 39
Views: 949

Re: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?

It's the best teaching because it works. Nichiren cites a number of scriptural examples stating the Lotus Sutra's superiority, such as "the Buddha has long expounded his teachings and now must reveal the truth," or "This sutra is supreme among all sutras I have preached, preached now or will preach....
by dude
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Did Nichiren believe in demons?
Replies: 7
Views: 274

Re: Did Nichiren believe in demons?

A demon or devil is a function inherent in life that serves to oppose the good and cause suffering. Nichiren instructs us not to look for them, or the Buddhas and bodhisattvas, outside our own lives. In one letter, he explains being persecuted by the authorities as an example of "The devil entering ...
by dude
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?
Replies: 18
Views: 597

Re: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?

When you say that my obstacles are all future treasures, what do you mean by that? Would love to hear your thoughts on narcissistic parents influencing us negatively and if putting distance between them is sometimes the only option. There are indeed times when only distance can really untangle you....
by dude
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?
Replies: 18
Views: 597

Re: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?

Would love to hear your thoughts on narcissistic parents influencing us negatively and if putting distance between them is sometimes the only option. There are indeed times when only distance can really untangle you. Parents are your karma, and it's even predicted in the sutras that one's parents a...
by dude
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it ok to be annoyed with someone?
Replies: 13
Views: 228

Re: Is it ok to be annoyed with someone?

President Ikeda says "Chant for the person who causes you the most trouble." The Dalai Lama once commented on karma, saying "If you are beaten with a stick, hating the one that beats you is as pointless as hating the stick." Everything that happens in this secular world is a perfectly matched record...
by dude
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?
Replies: 31
Views: 1542

Re: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?

I would recommend asking questions to anyone you can find with some knowledge of Buddhism, while studying on your own and putting what you read/hear into practice. The right tradition/teacher will appear in your environment.
This forum is a very good place to ask more questions. :namaste:
by dude
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What are the precepts in Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 10
Views: 317

Re: What are the precepts in Nichiren Shoshu?

Agreed, and I would say the reverse principle is also true: one who has not practiced right conduct in past lives cannot chant the daimoku.
by dude
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What are the precepts in Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 10
Views: 317

Re: What are the precepts in Nichiren Shoshu?

There is only one precept, the Diamond Precept.


"Once the practitioner embraces this perfectly endowed wonderful precept, he cannot break it, even if he should try. It is therefore called the precept of the diamond chalice"

From Nichiren's writing, The Teaching, Practice and Proof
by dude
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do I stop feeling drawn back to the beliefs that I grew up with?
Replies: 7
Views: 309

Re: How do I stop feeling drawn back to the beliefs that I grew up with?

Because you grew up with it, it will always be a part of your life. One friend of mine who was a devoted practitioner of Buddhism used to say "I'm 90% Catholic and 10% Buddhist." My recommendation is study. The Lotus Sutra, the Gosho or both. Carry out your practice with a seeking mind and the "true...
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: 913

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: 913

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

I'd recommend reading the Lotus Sutra

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