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by narhwal90
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you PERSONALLY doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 8
Views: 163

Re: What are you PERSONALLY doing about the coronavirus?

Still doubling down on practice and volunteering at the food pantries, otherwise staying home and only going out for groceries or a walk or a bike/motorcycle ride. We wear masks and distance outside the house and infrequently visit other family members- no large groups regardless. Work is sending me...
by narhwal90
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: personal meeting with Sensei Ikeda
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: personal meeting with Sensei Ikeda

I met Mr Williams in the old NSA days- he was in the community center for several days of meetings, my toban shift was on one of them. We had all spent a few days before sharpening the place up so things were on-point- he thanked us and looked pleased as he left so I think things had gone well. More...
by narhwal90
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:39 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Bullworker and isometrics.
Replies: 5
Views: 236

Re: Bullworker and isometrics.

Long duration planks facing down, and also facing up. Facing up noticeably helps me maintain posture on the motorcycle which is much appreciated. Also pushups and leg raises. I'm not much into equipment but I do mess around with a pair of barbells. I had to give up flys with the 20lb+ barbells, tend...
by narhwal90
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Could Ikeda "become" a tulku?
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: Could Ikeda "become" a tulku?

Personally I think he's already been "icon-ified"- note the decades long repetitions of the Human Revolution story- mostly eclipsing Makaguchi & Toda, but my guess everything is on hold until he passes away. I'm sure there are latent factions on a variety of sides that could start things changing. T...
by narhwal90
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 228
Views: 5594

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

Don't know if they are awakened or not, I'm good as long as they are more awake than I. Circumstances vary thus I have to pay attention and choose appropriately.
by narhwal90
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: The meaning of Gongyo
Replies: 7
Views: 167

Re: The meaning of Gongyo

Even though I'll be blind and Deaf Gongyo will remain a saving hand in the thick darkness. Having Nichiren Daishonin a guest in my apt as the gohonzon both gives me strength and reassurance I'm not alone. No longer do I fear the encroaching dark. No longer do I weep grasping at sunlight fast fading...
by narhwal90
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: The life of the true Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin
Replies: 4
Views: 140

Re: The life of the true Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin

Those watercolors are really cool- thanks for posting the link :)
by narhwal90
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?
Replies: 172
Views: 4026

Re: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?

... These are the two ways in which icchantikas can be saved, and it is never by its own power, it is always dependent on another. Nichiren, however, refuses to take the Pure Land path because Amida's own Hongan (original vote) excludes those who slander Myoho (Saddharma), and it is not really a un...
by narhwal90
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do you have to believe in spirits, deities, etc to be a Nichiren Buddhist?
Replies: 22
Views: 482

Re: Do you have to believe in spirits, deities, etc to be a Nichiren Buddhist?

I'd say you can if you want to- not what I'm interested in so I don't take a position.
by narhwal90
Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?
Replies: 172
Views: 4026

Re: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?

I prefer to take Sakyamuni at his word- its in the sutra- icchantikas remain in that state until the causes that put them there are exhausted, and they also have buddha-nature. I would heartily agree if you proposed Nichiren's practice as one method that can help them exhaust the causes of their st...
by narhwal90
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?
Replies: 172
Views: 4026

Re: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?

The fate of icchantikas is discussed elsewhere- the Nirvana sutra takes it up for one; Sakyamuni states the view that icchantikas will never be shaken from their state of mind is unfounded, and that when the causes of their state are exhausted they may proceed to awakening. Later in the sutra he cl...
by narhwal90
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?
Replies: 172
Views: 4026

Re: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?

The fate of icchantikas is discussed elsewhere- the Nirvana sutra takes it up for one; Sakyamuni states the view that icchantikas will never be shaken from their state of mind is unfounded, and that when the causes of their state are exhausted they may proceed to awakening. Later in the sutra he cla...
by narhwal90
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?
Replies: 172
Views: 4026

Re: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?

Presence of jargon is not the only criteria for evaluating authenticity of gosho- style, provenance, materials also apply. Similarly it seems hasty to conclude ichinen sanzen is in question because the factors are only seen in the Kumarijiva translation; the 3000 world idea is not given literally i...
by narhwal90
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?
Replies: 172
Views: 4026

Re: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?

Presence of jargon is not the only criteria for evaluating authenticity of gosho- style, provenance, materials also apply. Similarly it seems hasty to conclude ichinen sanzen is in question because the factors are only seen in the Kumarijiva translation; the 3000 world idea is not given literally in...
by narhwal90
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?
Replies: 172
Views: 4026

Re: Ichinen Sanzen/Mahavairocana /Gohonzon/?Rigpa?

I've not run across claims relating to distinctions between N.Shu vs N.Shoshu being related to revisionism or Tibetan foms, but instead to divisions between Nichiren's senior disciple after he died- could you elaborate on that a bit?
by narhwal90
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Kosen Rufu Prayer
Replies: 13
Views: 245

Re: Kosen Rufu Prayer

I use this form for the vows I picked up from a zen center brochure; Beings are numberless, I vow to save them. Dharma Gates are everywhere, I vow to enter them. Delusion is infinite, I vow to transform. The Buddha way is unsurpassed, I vow to attain it. and the 4 Immeasurables prayer variation; May...
by narhwal90
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests
Replies: 23
Views: 467

Re: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests

It is very much a mess, but a lot better than 10yrs ago which gives an indication of the magnitude.
by narhwal90
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Kosen Rufu Prayer
Replies: 13
Views: 245

Re: Kosen Rufu Prayer

Doesn't seem unreasonable to me. I recite the 4 Vows, and a variation of the Tibetan 4 Immeasurables prayer below I picked up somewhere...
by narhwal90
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Kosen Rufu Prayer
Replies: 13
Views: 245

Re: Kosen Rufu Prayer

What have you tried?
by narhwal90
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 170
Views: 15840

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

The coffeehouse has page on authentic/forged gosho, though I don't know how correct it is- or how current for that matter;

https://pounceatron.dreamhosters.com/ni ... gosho.html

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