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by narhwal90
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Specs for shrine structure (not contents)
Replies: 8
Views: 193

Re: Specs for shrine structure (not contents)

There is a fine tradition of starter altars built out of milk crates, phone books (back in the day) and cardboard boxes in some of the Nichiren traditions. Generally they are upgraded over time as an offering to reflect gratitude for the practice. There was a machine shop where I volunteered a while...
by narhwal90
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 47
Views: 1756

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Back in the old NSA days at our community center we had a standing 6:30a weekday gongyo followed by stretches accompanied with music. It was a popular meeting, quite a few folks made it part of their morning commute.
by narhwal90
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do Buddhists make decisions?
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Re: How do Buddhists make decisions?

One possibility for the basis of making the daily decisions is how to develop and express compassion and wisdom for the benefit of all beings, or if not all, perhaps those who cross your path today. Nonexistence of self as the sole basis for practice is like a one-legged stool. The sutras abound wit...
by narhwal90
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: how do I set up an altar for worship and prayer to the Buddha?
Replies: 24
Views: 826

Re: how do I set up an altar for worship and prayer to the Buddha?

I've seen plenty of photos on altars, but never yet money fake or otherwise. Not sure what a "fake thing" is anyhow- all the stuff on an altar are real things no matter what they're made of. All exhibit the same properties of emptiness and transience. A block of cast iron would exhibit the same prop...
by narhwal90
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: how do I set up an altar for worship and prayer to the Buddha?
Replies: 24
Views: 826

Re: how do I set up an altar for worship and prayer to the Buddha?

I like the fake flowers, by now I have enough so I can change them around- those not on the altar are in a couple vases in the bedroom. I have seen real and fake fruit offered, sometimes cookies as well.

I keep hoping the cat hair will count as an offering but I don't think it works that way... :D
by narhwal90
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 47
Views: 1756

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Whoa good one.tkp!! I dont recall reading or studyimg that one ever, thanks! will.do so now 😁
by narhwal90
Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Angry and Bitter Unemployed Man-I can't continue this way
Replies: 15
Views: 624

Re: Angry and Bitter Unemployed Man-I can't continue this way

How about walking the roads and picking up litter, with the kids? I assume rural roads in Japan are pretty safe traffic-wise...
by narhwal90
Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Discovering Tree Hugging
Replies: 19
Views: 940

Re: Discovering Tree Hugging

Evergreens are my good friends, though i attend to all trees, keep the ivy off them and care as best i can. Our neighbor has a pushy tree that is putting its roots under a paver in the walkway to my shop, making the paver wobbly underfoot. I figure if the ants can live in the joints between the pave...
by narhwal90
Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Help finding sutra: those characterized by lust/anger/etc.
Replies: 3
Views: 401

Re: Help finding sutra: those characterized by lust/anger/etc.

Many thanks for posting this, going to look closely at it. 😀
by narhwal90
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Angry and Bitter Unemployed Man-I can't continue this way
Replies: 15
Views: 624

Re: Angry and Bitter Unemployed Man-I can't continue this way

I found a local catholic church that runs a food pantry and volunteer there. Its a busy place and always needs sweeping and fixing, so I help out with that as well. Not being catholic I don't attend services but getting to know those folks has been a profound lesson in what compassion in action look...
by narhwal90
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Angry and Bitter Unemployed Man-I can't continue this way
Replies: 15
Views: 624

Re: Angry and Bitter Unemployed Man-I can't continue this way

The best antidote I've found for chronic anger & frustration is volunteering; getting engaged with others in some compassion related activity. Meditation in addition to that helps me keep focus and adds dimension to service to others, but for my part, is not a substitute for it. Might be isolation f...
by narhwal90
Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Stupa Builders
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: The Stupa Builders

If my motorcycle trip next spring works out I'll visit the stupa in Massachussetts, would like to visit some sanghas up there too.
by narhwal90
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 53
Views: 1434

Re: Dream Yoga

I summarize the dreams I remember, particularly if they are a recurring theme. lol, and/or when I remember to. Maybe a paragraph if they seem especially significant in some way.
by narhwal90
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dream Yoga
Replies: 53
Views: 1434

Re: Dream Yoga

I find journalling dreams helpful as well, particularly with respect to identifying and observing changes in recurring themes. I've only managed recognizing the dream story and interrupting it with practice a couple times. Perhaps more interesting though are those occasions when its possible to resp...
by narhwal90
Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Where to purchase Shoshu liturgy book?
Replies: 14
Views: 954

Re: Where to purchase Shoshu liturgy book?

ah, that design brings back memories... 😄 minewent with me everywhere, furthest afield was a camp in backwoods Maine.. the altar table was a diy job from limbs from a local birch tree.

glad the gongyo made it safely almost sent the 1992 version but preferred the paper cover of this one
by narhwal90
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: An original Nichikan Gohonzon: anyone got a picture?
Replies: 1
Views: 330

Re: An original Nichikan Gohonzon: anyone got a picture?

Some gohonzon of this vintage from various of the schools appear on ebay occasionally. Provenance and authenticity would be of some concern for me but they are interesting to look at.
by narhwal90
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: What do you "see" when you meditate please
Replies: 14
Views: 490

Re: What do you "see" when you meditate please

Visually, if there is light in the room then I see the inside of my eyelids but am not focusing on it. Mentally, a stream of thoughts, associations, reflections, emotions, memories, perhaps fragments of imagery, all of which slowly settle down for the most part to permit a more sustained attention o...
by narhwal90
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A skeptic's musings on Buddhist practice
Replies: 15
Views: 529

Re: A skeptic's musings on Buddhist practice

OTOH if you all will pardon a Douglas Adams reference, when the various products and tendencies of the mind are occasionally revealed, perhaps the relevance of work ethic might have an analogy with the astronauts of Krikkit emerging from the dust cloud, witnessing the universe and the race collectiv...
by narhwal90
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any independent Nichiren Buddhists here?
Replies: 25
Views: 818

Re: Any independent Nichiren Buddhists here?

Speaking as a 30+ year NSA then SGI member up to now, I would hesitate to suggest them as the most honest purveyor- they have their own official interpretations and methods, some of which I'm skeptical of. Likewise with respect to some of what I understand of some of the other Nichiren schools- but ...
by narhwal90
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 47
Views: 1756

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Far as I'm concerned, his request was to the addressee of the message, so such goshos would be as open to scrutiny, discussion and study as with any other.

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