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by dude
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 69
Views: 2616

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: 399

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...
by dude
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three Obstacles and Four Devils
Replies: 12
Views: 399

Re: Three Obstacles and Four Devils

...Something uncommon also occurs when an ordinary person attains Buddhahood. At such a time, the three obstacles and four devils will invariably appear, and the wise will rejoice while the foolish will retreat. - The Three Obstacles and Four Devils ....(The Maka Shikan says ) “[As practice progress...
by dude
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 69
Views: 2616

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

And yet buddhism is for others as well...
So once all cleaned up and enlightened one still does for others...so is it really over?

It's up to you.
by dude
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: motivation to chant daimoku
Replies: 14
Views: 604

Re: motivation to chant daimoku

You don't get sansho shima if you don't practice.
by dude
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Arrogance
Replies: 28
Views: 908

Re: Arrogance

by annihilating consciousness and reducing the body to ashes
by dude
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why do some people find it hard to let go of the religion they grew up with?
Replies: 12
Views: 507

Re: Why do some people find it hard to let go of the religion they grew up with?

Yes, that's exactly what you should do : just keep up with daily gongyo and study. There's no need to worry much about ties to a previous faith. One senior leader I know used to tell guests at meetings " You don't have to give up your current religion, just add this one to it." Christianity and Budd...
by dude
Fri May 18, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?

Yes. Chanting is the way in this muddied age to gain good fortune and reduce bad karma. It's a good idea to do it every day, but you don't suddenly lose all you have gained if you miss gongyo ( practice) once. Observing the practice is a right, not an obligation. On the other hand, it's very much to...
by dude
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Relationship between provisional and true
Replies: 12
Views: 661

Re: Relationship between provisional and true

...honestly discarding the provisional teachings, the Thus Come One must now reveal the truth. - Lotus Sutra, chapter two I'm gonna review the preceding posts several times before I comment further. My 2 cents: Discarding of the provisional teachings should only be done when one has progressed far ...
by dude
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Relationship between provisional and true
Replies: 12
Views: 661

Re: Relationship between provisional and true

...honestly discarding the provisional teachings, the Thus Come One must now reveal the truth.

- Lotus Sutra, chapter two

I'm gonna review the preceding posts several times before I comment further.
by dude
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we deal with a loved one who is selfish, narcissistic and insensitive to our feelings?
Replies: 13
Views: 905

Re: How do we deal with a loved one who is selfish, narcissistic and insensitive to our feelings?

bcol01 wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:00 pm
I'm just seeking advise here from a Nichiren Buddhist perspective.
First of all, I'm worried about your safety. Are you being physically abused? Mentally?
Please let me know asap, I care.
by dude
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Re : Guidance on karma and domestic abuse
Replies: 3
Views: 498

Re: Re : Guidance on karma and domestic abuse

You've been around for a while. Maybe almost as long as I. I remember those days with mixed feelings. I totally agree with you on the near-automatic response : "It's your karma, you have to change it" and "oh your life fell apart? congratulations." I had a lot of district leaders and group leaders g...
by dude
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is dependant origination eternal?
Replies: 56
Views: 1845

Re: Is dependant origination eternal?

Yes everything is evetything but everything is empty. Emptiness is form. Form is. Emptiness.
by dude
Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is dependant origination eternal?
Replies: 56
Views: 1845

Re: Is dependant origination eternal?

:rules: :popcorn: :ugeek: Too much head tfipping. Of course it s etetnal. You were never born. You willl never die. And you don,t really exist at all
by dude
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness Meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 701

Re: Mindfulness Meditation

Yes.
I like it very much.
by dude
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?
Replies: 102
Views: 4464

Re: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?

That was my understanding, too. I was surprised to see that this observation was rejected in another thread, so I thought I'd crowdsource some wisdom on it. Thanks. What other practices would be involved viz. NMRK apart from chanting? I recognize this may be a stupid question, but I'm trying to com...
by dude
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?
Replies: 102
Views: 4464

Re: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?

Bristol
You are indeed correct.

I. omitted the qualifying details for the sake of simplicity.
by dude
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?
Replies: 102
Views: 4464

Re: Is NMRK the definitive Buddhist path?

I'll dispense with the turf wars and cut to the original question from DGA. The answer is yes. Let's look at what the Daishonin himself had to say about this : If you wish to free yourself from the sufferings of birth and death you have endured since time without beginning and to attain without fail...
by dude
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Re : Guidance on karma and domestic abuse
Replies: 3
Views: 498

Re : Guidance on karma and domestic abuse

I decided to give this issue its own thread : When I was a new member, the guy I took as my mentor once observed that a lot of the guidance he got from his mentor seemed more like Japanese cultural tradition talking than Buddhism. I was so young in faith that I had never considered this, but my ment...
by dude
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Why are SGI meetings necessary?
Replies: 20
Views: 1423

Re: Why are SGI meetings necessary?

I don't find anything wrong with your comments about feeling put off by your experience at your local district meeting. One of my members once moved about 30 miles away and had a similar experience; she just couldn't relate to the members in her district and didn't find them to be all that supportiv...

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