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by narhwal90
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Thematic interpretation of NMRK (thought exercise for deeper study)
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: Thematic interpretation of NMRK (thought exercise for deeper study)

I generally find thought exercises quickly become a trap. Which is not to say I'd suggest they are inappropriate, since such efforts move towards clarity, but that the trouble comes with attempts to refine and redefine to be a better understanding- it turns into more grasping at views. The goal seem...
by narhwal90
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's Parinirvana
Replies: 12
Views: 507

Re: Buddha's Parinirvana

As shown in BDK, the ending is definitely abrupt considering the length & detail of text preceeding it. 1st time through I was expecting a subsequent chapter with more detailed events and commentary. OTOH as stated, I can only imagine how distraught Kasyapa and Ananda would have been having arrived ...
by narhwal90
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Religious institutions responding to coronavirus
Replies: 9
Views: 827

Re: Religious institutions responding to coronavirus

Today was the food pantry day at the catholic church where I volunteer- inner city Baltimore. The Maryland Food Bank, various state agencies and a lot of the individual pantry operations have been in consultation for a while, to figure out how to open and operate safely and reach the most people. Th...
by narhwal90
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Hidden Zen
Replies: 3
Views: 249

Re: Hidden Zen

Ordered from powell's- many thanks Meido!
by narhwal90
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Soka Gakkai yesterday and today
Replies: 18
Views: 379

Re: Soka Gakkai yesterday and today

"Actual proof" is still very much the metric, though these days its not about getting the car but keeping the family together, overcoming illness and so on. Material success as a consequence is accepted, and is praised for newcomers- but even then its never presented as a goal. The lack of study out...
by narhwal90
Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's Parinirvana
Replies: 12
Views: 507

Re: Buddha's Parinirvana

The BDK translation concludes with; "Good men, cultivate your minds, be conscientious, and avoid indolence. Now my back hurts, my whole body aches, and I want to lie down like a small infant or someone who is chronically ill. You, Mañjuśrī, shall expound the great teaching to the four groups of foll...
by narhwal90
Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Soka Gakkai yesterday and today
Replies: 18
Views: 379

Re: Soka Gakkai yesterday and today

It sure would be nice to see some material on this topic thats not 20+ years old. That said I think its a fairly accurate summary of the seamy underside of Soka Gakki and NSA as it was 30 years ago. Believe it or not the same 30yr old Human Revolution story continues to be retold today in SGI- its w...
by narhwal90
Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?
Replies: 75
Views: 3673

Re: Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?

Mark, I get that you are rebuking a variety of other Nichiren schools, to correct their (mine among them) behavior, but for clarity's sake could you detail the correct practices and attitudes? ie what is the profile of the correctly practicing Nichiren practitioner, activities, beliefs and so on? Greg
by narhwal90
Sat Mar 21, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?
Replies: 75
Views: 3673

Re: Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?

Personally I admire Mark's steadfast determination to practice and demonstration of how it can be done outside the usual schools.
by narhwal90
Sat Mar 21, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Religious institutions responding to coronavirus
Replies: 9
Views: 827

Re: Religious institutions responding to coronavirus

The catholic church where I volunteer at the food pantry is closed for regular services, the pastor is making a lot of phone calls and the congregation is trying to stay in touch. He is emphasizing expanded practice and study at home. The pantry is probably going to open on its regular day and hours...
by narhwal90
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why do we have to do continuous daimoku?
Replies: 25
Views: 2273

Re: Why do we have to do continuous daimoku?

Helps me fall asleep sometimes. I have used it to stay free of fear when on the motorcycle and things start getting dicey. And other times to open up and accept a while later they got dicey and I didn't get away with it :)
by narhwal90
Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?
Replies: 75
Views: 3673

Re: Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?

Your previous posts, and the title are replete with judgement based on a few meetings over 2 months. Dysfunctional and marginalized are the words you used.

I have made no metaphysical argument, only that these judgements are hasty.
by narhwal90
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer for Bruce
Replies: 6
Views: 926

Re: Prayer for Bruce

My favorite Bruce memory; there was a packing tape dispenser in the basement, I looked at it and saw a "daddy longlegs" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opiliones) with half of his legs stuck to the tape, trying in vain to escape. I got a razor blade and slowly ran it between the stuck legs and the ta...
by narhwal90
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?
Replies: 75
Views: 3673

Re: Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?

I find it entertaining that SGI receives so much judgement as to its constituency from folks that have spent so little time in it. A couple months ago an area leader who works as a microbiologist came to a home visit- he likes doing that for folks in his area- as he is of Chinese descent we spent a ...
by narhwal90
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Purpose of the Omamori Gohonzon.
Replies: 13
Views: 4241

Re: Purpose of the Omamori Gohonzon.

As far as I've seen, but I know next to nothing about the omamori process in SGI. I've seen references to them being loaned eg if you're on travel you can obtain a loaner for some fixed interval. If my district chief's was a loaner he had it for probably decades... so it might be that there are vari...
by narhwal90
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Is world domination SGI’s goal?
Replies: 14
Views: 1257

Re: Is world domination SGI’s goal?

In SGI "shakabuku" means talking to people about the practice and what its done for oneself, asking if they'd like to attend some meetings and if not, leaving them be and allowing your example to make the statement. Its been that way since the early 90's. I thought that “Shakubuku” meant something ...
by narhwal90
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Purpose of the Omamori Gohonzon.
Replies: 13
Views: 4241

Re: Purpose of the Omamori Gohonzon.

I see a few around, generally kept in little cases on the altars of folks who have been fully engaged in SGI leadership for some time. Back in the old NSA days my district chief was given one- he being a very old-timer in the area since the beginning- he often wore his on a chain around his neck. SG...
by narhwal90
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The role of truth in Buddhism?
Replies: 278
Views: 15844

Re: The role of truth in Buddhism?

Threefold Truth has nothing to do with Indian model of two truths. It has its own meaning and intention; it shows Zhiyi's deeper understanding of the Dharma. What if I told you there was 75 truths? That would logically make me greater than either venerables Zhiyi or Nichiren. It only works if the k...
by narhwal90
Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?
Replies: 75
Views: 3673

Re: Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?

Sounds like you only went to a few meetings. I think you gave up way too easily. I practiced by myself for about 10 years.. it didn't amount to much. SGI is a mixed bag, but I want the good parts so I participate and pursue it.
by narhwal90
Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Is world domination SGI’s goal?
Replies: 14
Views: 1257

Re: Is world domination SGI’s goal?

Perhaps, but that is what SGI does and shakabuku is what they call it. Before circa 1990, shakabuku meant streetcorner conversion campaigns where success was measured in the #'s of guests and #'s of gohonzons conferred.

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