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by RengeReciter
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Happy New Year!
Replies: 11
Views: 884

Re: Happy New Year!

Happy (belated) New Year to you all!

May you always abide in the bliss of the dharma!
by RengeReciter
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Occult & Arcane!
Replies: 54
Views: 3320

Re: Occult & Arcane!

I don't think those are really working with prana besides the Middle Pillar. Not sure about wicca, I was never interested in it, but in e.g. Golden Dawn rituals, you are calling the archangels in the pentagram rituals. It is spirit magic, somewhat similar to outer tantra in Buddhism. Besides that t...
by RengeReciter
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Occult & Arcane!
Replies: 54
Views: 3320

Re: Occult & Arcane!

Vajrayana has a lot of in-depth practices surrounding the channeling of esoteric power through the body's meridians, channels, and vessels. Wiccans have much less sophisticated techniques that they employ during their ritual work. Ceremonial magicians do as well. Hope this helps! Plenty on here hav...
by RengeReciter
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Occult & Arcane!
Replies: 54
Views: 3320

Re: Occult & Arcane!

When Buddhism came to Tibet, it merged with the indigenous shamanic system, Bon, and took on characteristics and practices from that tradition. This is basically nonsense. Not your fault for repeating it, but it is bullshit. This is like calling Japanese Buddhism shamanic because many customs from ...
by RengeReciter
Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Occult & Arcane!
Replies: 54
Views: 3320

Re: Occult & Arcane!

This is similar to the shamanic elements that you see in Tibetan Buddhism. What shamanic elements? You mean like the "Shamanic" elements in Nichiren Buddhism? A Shaman is to my understanding one who serves as an intercessor between mankind and the constellation of spiritual beings associated with n...
by RengeReciter
Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Occult & Arcane!
Replies: 54
Views: 3320

Re: Occult & Arcane!

There's a good deal of overlap between Buddhist practice and the activities that one would find in occult circles. The aims are, of course, very removed from one another (in most cases), but there is most certainly shared space. Off the top of my head: 1. Communication with non-corporeal beings. A l...
by RengeReciter
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Misfortune (Please Advise)
Replies: 21
Views: 2598

Re: Misfortune (Please Advise)

There is a fresh post in this section of the forum that speaks to debts of gratitude. Nichiren explained that we must remain cognizant of four debts that we have incurred through the conditions of our births: the debts owed to all living beings, to our parents, to our sovereign, and to the Triple Ge...
by RengeReciter
Tue Dec 26, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Misfortune (Please Advise)
Replies: 21
Views: 2598

Misfortune (Please Advise)

I am at my wit's end. I know that as Nichiren Buddhists our primary concern is not necessarily the achievement of mundane successes. Instead, we are to be focused upon the ultimate attainment of Buddhahood. That said, the practice of chanting the daimoku and revering the Lotus Sutra is touted as a u...
by RengeReciter
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Sensations While Chanting
Replies: 6
Views: 1018

Sensations While Chanting

Do any of you experience tension in your head when reciting daimoku? It is an intermittent issue whose cause I've not yet been able to locate. I am usually able to do about 15 to 20 minutes of chanting before the tension becomes severe enough to impact the quality of my experience. Worse still, the ...
by RengeReciter
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakabuku Woes
Replies: 104
Views: 7460

Shakabuku Woes

We as Nichiren Buddhists have an explicit duty to share our practice with other sentient beings. I was first introduced to this school of Buddhism through the Soka Gakkai. As one who had been exposed to more normative Mahayana prior to my contact with the organization, it was inevitable that I would...
by RengeReciter
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni: A Narrative of Faith
Replies: 26
Views: 2315

Re: Shakyamuni: A Narrative of Faith

I find it endlessly ironic that my Catholic upbringing provided me with something of a "Lotus-sized" space in my mind's eye through which I could better grasp the inseparability of Myohorengekyo and Shakyamuni. If I may draw the analogy without inadvertently subscribing to a wholly wrong view, it s...
by RengeReciter
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni: A Narrative of Faith
Replies: 26
Views: 2315

Re: Shakyamuni: A Narrative of Faith

Myohorengekyo=Shakyamuni... A lot of ink spilled because people either want to distinguish those two, say they're the same, that one is REALLY the other, that one or the other is the real identity... The best advice I read a few years ago on the tusker sangha newsgroup which I rebelled against at t...
by RengeReciter
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni: A Narrative of Faith
Replies: 26
Views: 2315

Re: Shakyamuni: A Narrative of Faith

Something just clicked, Queequeg, after reading through your initial response again. The true Buddha is in fact that ever-abiding principle of reality itself, Myoho Renge Kyo. Because the Buddha is therefore eternal, it is only logical to assert that the function of the Buddha--that is, to rescue li...
by RengeReciter
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni: A Narrative of Faith
Replies: 26
Views: 2315

Re: Shakyamuni: A Narrative of Faith

There is quite a bit to unpack here, and I will be able to comment further after digesting more thoroughly. One question, however, immediately comes to mind: If the Eternal Buddha, described more accurately as a function rather than a personage, transcends our common notions of self, has sectarian e...
by RengeReciter
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni: A Narrative of Faith
Replies: 26
Views: 2315

Shakyamuni: A Narrative of Faith

I think I get it. When we really grasp the tenets of religion, we become capable of explaining it to ourselves and to others through an accessible, easily understood narrative that touches upon the salient points rationally and without meandering. This is a test that one of my professors in college ...
by RengeReciter
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Object of Worship: Personal Experience
Replies: 32
Views: 2322

Re: The Object of Worship: Personal Experience

A primary point of dissent between the myriad sects of Nichiren Buddhism that exist in the world today is found in the identity of the Eternal Buddha. While disagreement concerning a mere doctrinal point may seem superficial, the implications of the stance that one adopts are profound. The identity...
by RengeReciter
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Object of Worship: Personal Experience
Replies: 32
Views: 2322

Re: The Object of Worship: Personal Experience

A primary point of dissent between the myriad sects of Nichiren Buddhism that exist in the world today is found in the identity of the Eternal Buddha. While disagreement concerning a mere doctrinal point may seem superficial, the implications of the stance that one adopts are profound. The identity...
by RengeReciter
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Object of Worship: Personal Experience
Replies: 32
Views: 2322

Re: The Object of Worship: Personal Experience

That is a very personal question... I will share generalities, but I can't discuss specifics. For me, the question has been one of context. My problem as a sentient being are the various ways I find myself limited and alienated from the world that I am interdependent with, that I am of the same qua...
by RengeReciter
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Object of Worship: Personal Experience
Replies: 32
Views: 2322

The Object of Worship: Personal Experience

A primary point of dissent between the myriad sects of Nichiren Buddhism that exist in the world today is found in the identity of the Eternal Buddha. While disagreement concerning a mere doctrinal point may seem superficial, the implications of the stance that one adopts are profound. The identity ...
by RengeReciter
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 192
Views: 14081

Re: Shakyamuni as the Eternal Buddha

At the time, the various sects taught different Buddhas as the primary honzon. Pure Land taught Amida (a Sambhogakaya? a Nirmanakaya? a Dharmakaya?); Kegon taught Vairocana of the Avatamsaka (Sambhogakaya); Shingon taught Mahavairocana (dharmakaya); others taught the 5 ft tall Shakyamuni (of the Ag...

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