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by narhwal90
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Western Monastic - reasons why she left
Replies: 40
Views: 1299

Re: Western Monastic - reasons why she left

"Ethnic" monastics and lay practitioners have a role in their respective societies, but what role do western monastics and lay clergy have in western society? I could see a general role similar to how some Christian congregations do it; service in hospitals/prisons eg chaplaincy. I was recently in ...
by narhwal90
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Western Monastic - reasons why she left
Replies: 40
Views: 1299

Re: Western Monastic - reasons why she left

In general TB is having a hard time adapting to the West. Kevin... I don't agree, actually. It is better for the west than Sutric Buddhism. Maybe. Would be interested in further detail of your thoughts on this. One thing, the concern with Books in the West might at a superficial level make what you...
by narhwal90
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1241

Re: Shodaigyo

Not a practice of Nichiren. Not found anywhere in the Gosho. Shodaigyo is Nichiren Shu practice first developed ~ 1950 ("Nichiren Shu today more often than not the practice of shikan is part of Shodaigyo meditation, though that practice only goes back to the 1950′s." - Rev. Ryuei) Mark I don't know...
by narhwal90
Sun May 27, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: SGI retention rate only 3%?
Replies: 7
Views: 534

Re: SGI retention rate only 3%?

Thats a hard question to answer in detail since the local districts where people meet don't keep attendance lists. There are many people who don't subscribe to the publications so thats not a reliable measure either. Anecdotally, in my district over the last couple years perhaps a dozen newcomers ha...
by narhwal90
Sun May 20, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why do some people find it hard to let go of the religion they grew up with?
Replies: 12
Views: 451

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

I got a lot closer and more involved with gongyo/daimoku when I took my practice off the cushion, not in a evangelical way- but it occurred to me that if I am to be a bodhisattva then I need to make suffering my business which means if I'm not busy alleviating it then I'm probably contributing to it...
by narhwal90
Mon May 14, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1241

Re: Shodaigyo

is it something similar to believing in the Dai gGhonzon or the Buddha of Kuon Ganjo ?... The Daigohonzon is purported to be a mandala inscribed by Nichiren and dedicated to humanity. Setting aside the question of whether the object is what it is purported to be, its supposed to be a mandala empowe...
by narhwal90
Mon May 14, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1241

Re: Shodaigyo

Just got my copy of the Shodaigyo book today- very technical and interesting from the brief mailbox-to-kitchen-counter walk. That tri-fold brochure suggests a combined practice well aligned to my taste at the moment, looking forward to elaborations on it that the book may offer. If you contact Sens...
by narhwal90
Sun May 13, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1241

Re: Shodaigyo

Regarding the coffeehouse, its doing fine hosted there, no plans to change that. The most popular page in the last month or so was http://www.pounceatron.dreamhosters.com/nichirenscoffeehouse.net/Gohonzon/HowTo.html Nichiren Shu shows up in the search report sometimes but most fetches seem to reach ...
by narhwal90
Sat May 12, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1241

Re: Shodaigyo

Just got my copy of the Shodaigyo book today- very technical and interesting from the brief mailbox-to-kitchen-counter walk. That tri-fold brochure suggests a combined practice well aligned to my taste at the moment, looking forward to elaborations on it that the book may offer.
by narhwal90
Wed May 09, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1241

Re: Assistance in what to chant

vipassana and samatha are distinct practices, yet clearly related. I'm quite interested in how shodaigyo correlates.
by narhwal90
Sat May 05, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 56
Views: 1241

Re: Assistance in what to chant

Just ordered a copy too, thanks Q. Should be very interesting 😀
by narhwal90
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Assistance in what to chant
Replies: 19
Views: 786

Re: Assistance in what to chant

There are plenty of people suffering badly in 3rd world conditions or worse in the US and elsewhere who find solace and strength in their SGI practice. Its easy to dispense with considerations of material benefits when one has enough, though I certainly appreciate the dubious aspects of chanting for...
by narhwal90
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: motivation to chant daimoku
Replies: 14
Views: 529

Re: motivation to chant daimoku

But what if I'm not sure of daimoku is good for me? I haven't seen much of a change in myself since I've started to practice... well, that's a lie. I've improved in many ways but I can't pin any of those effects down to chanting daimoku. I've been on drugs and special circumstances which could all ...
by narhwal90
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: motivation to chant daimoku
Replies: 14
Views: 529

Re: motivation to chant daimoku

Been there too, a lot. The regular SGI line with all the mystic power business never resonated with me at all. I don't think I've ever felt a mystic anything. I suppose everyone has to find their own reasons to do it. For my part, learning about traditions other than Nichiren helped very much. In a ...
by narhwal90
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 25
Views: 1203

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

I believe Nichiren Shu provide various empowerments or at least talismans, the history of that goes way back to Nichiren himself, IIRC he made a talisman for his mother. https://repository.wellesley.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1056&context=thesiscollection I generally view the distinction betwee...
by narhwal90
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 25
Views: 1203

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

My understanding is Nichiren schools are somewhere in the esoteric spectrum, so inapplicable here.
by narhwal90
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 30
Views: 1398

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

I was never a very good student, the profs that I responded to most generally taught more vocational topics. My work is a variety of types of engineering with a focus on implementation so I never spent a lot of time in doctoral sorts of venues, though I did enjoy some of the arts & humanities. That ...
by narhwal90
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Help Needed
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: Help Needed

Personally I have found the practice to be more about developing composure, acceptance, compassion than fixing external trouble. It may be that actions can become more skilful and constructive and so ultimately affect one's surroundings. Thats nice to say and all but maybe not a lot of help when the...
by narhwal90
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Lotus Buddhism, addiction & the 12 Steps
Replies: 12
Views: 583

Re: Lotus Buddhism, addiction & the 12 Steps

I recite the Lord's Prayer and the Serenity Prayer in AA/Alanon meetings and along with the group I volunteer with at a local church, I really appreciate the message & subtlety in both. When the volunteers get ready to start, either the group lead or the Father comes in the bless the work, I respect...
by narhwal90
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Lotus Buddhism, addiction & the 12 Steps
Replies: 12
Views: 583

Re: Lotus Buddhism, addiction & the 12 Steps

A really good recovery message in that "Dancing in the Garden" book- google books preview shows a number of pages.

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