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by narhwal90
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?
Replies: 7
Views: 265

Re: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?

I may be imagining things but in one of the gosho I think Nichiren was opposed to koan practices as an example of departure from the sutras, but I dont' recall the details.
by narhwal90
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 542

Re: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?

I've visited and participated in Soto and Tendai services where various sutra chapters were recited in a similar fashion to SGI and NSA before. Since they were reciting different sutras the words where all new but the cadence and pronunciation were familiar. OTOH breaths during the recitation were s...
by narhwal90
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 542

Re: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?

OTOH very often when a newcomer asks what it is that we're reciting or chanting they often get the same old "in tune with the vibrations of the universe" type of answer. I would seriously walk the F out of any meeting that started talking about vibrations of the universe. I've read some 'interestin...
by narhwal90
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 542

Re: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?

I was bothered by the same thing back in the NSA days. Eventually the Watson translation of the Lotus Sutra came out which was a big improvement, but before that I met with similar explanations. Its somewhat better now with a number of translations available, and SGI gongyo books now include a trans...
by narhwal90
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Opinion about ethicality from a buddhist point of view
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: Opinion about ethicality from a buddhist point of view

I suggest going to a few Al-Anon meetings- they are for friends/family of addicts (generally alcohol but drugs as well). They go into a lot of detail about how addiction affects people around the addict, how addiction can come to dominate a situation, and the healthy and unhealthy ways that people a...
by narhwal90
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is the significance of the crane symbol for Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 4
Views: 144

Re: What is the significance of the crane symbol for Nichiren Shoshu?

I think Q can speak more extensively on this but as I understand it the crane is related to Nikko's family- he being the founder of the Fuji lineage. Back in the old days NSA used the crane symbol also, after the schism, SGI replaced those with a swirly thingie which is fine I guess... I kept my old...
by narhwal90
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Is this the Nichinyo gohonzon?
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: Is this the Nichinyo gohonzon?

lol yes, the old NSA reflex stirs for me from time to time.

The Nichiren Mandala Workship folks have some articles on plank gohonzons;

https://nichirenmandala.weebly.com/plank-mandala.html

and

https://nichirenmandala.weebly.com/uplo ... andala.pdf
by narhwal90
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Confused after Recent Dissapointments
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: Confused after Recent Dissapointments

The usual SGI response "chant harder" has never resonated with me either, even after 30 years of practice both closer in and farther away from the organization. What did help was to diversify my practice, to continue the chanting and gongyo but also reach out for other methods. One thing SGI does no...
by narhwal90
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Why do some SGI members still have the Nittatsu Gohonzon?
Replies: 1
Views: 232

Re: Why do some SGI members still have the Nittatsu Gohonzon?

I can't answer all those, but when the schism with N.Shoshu happened in ~1990 all the members were encouraged to exchange their Shoshu gohonzon with the SGI issued one- which is what they distribute now. It was a voluntary but "encouraged" exchange- I put quotes around encourage because back in thos...
by narhwal90
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddha nature?
Replies: 7
Views: 371

Re: What is Buddha nature?

The biggest slander of the Lotus Sutra, at this time and in this place, is the Soka Gakkai's claim that only through one's relationship with Daisaku Ikeda can one become enlightened, thus causing the believers to doubt the beneficense and efficacy of the Law of Myoho renge kyo. This is what I mean,...
by narhwal90
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Lecture by Ryoei Tyler, 2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1408

Re: Lecture by Ryoei Tyler, 2013

On the subject of environmentalism, it seems to me, the conventional observation that what we do individually has a real connection to the (in this case, literally) global circumstance is a critical expedient - until we intuitively understand that our personal conduct and choices impacts the planet...
by narhwal90
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Lecture by Ryoei Tyler, 2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1408

Re: Lecture by Ryoei Tyler, 2013

I raised the Gauss-Bonnet question with a mathmetician/physicist here at work, he gave me a basic primer on what it does and why we care. Essentially it, among a number of other mathmatical propositions, permit a precise description of shape in various dimensions; for example, from a topological sta...
by narhwal90
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Article: Self-obsession is a new addiction (Ontological Addiction Theory)
Replies: 8
Views: 407

Re: Article: Self-obsession is a new addiction (Ontological Addiction Theory)

As a general rule I find that use of the word "ontology" outside of a Scrabble context means all useful dialog is over.
by narhwal90
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land - Some Doubts and Weak Faith
Replies: 14
Views: 457

Re: Pure Land - Some Doubts and Weak Faith

Admin_PC wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:36 pm
Nosta wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:17 pm
In fact, I am doing little to none recitations, but that cannot be the point. Its just my rational mind working a lot...
Recitation helps solidify faith and quiet doubt.
+1

Getting caught up in the rational mind stuff was perhaps the biggest impediment to practice I've experienced.
by narhwal90
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: New Lotus Sutra translation
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Re: New Lotus Sutra translation

That is possibly the clumsiest and slowest document format I've ever seen- couldn't see a link to download the file- is it available in pdf etc?
by narhwal90
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are good deeds useless except for creating merit?
Replies: 6
Views: 246

Re: Are good deeds useless except for creating merit?

I suggest volunteering in a soup kitchen or food pantry to gain perspective on good deeds vs merit and their utility.
by narhwal90
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do I stop feeling drawn back to the beliefs that I grew up with?
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: How do I stop feeling drawn back to the beliefs that I grew up with?

Nichiren fully accepts the 4NT, N.Shu incorporates the Bodhisattva Vow in their shogaigyo practice.
by narhwal90
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 31
Views: 1084

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

I've been in SGI for almost 2 years and it's been very beneficial to me. I've also read most of this forum and have learned a lot from you all. I was a little surprised and very curious about the admissions of QQ, Minobu and Narwhal that they do other practices. My questions: 1. What can other prac...
by narhwal90
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation timer app?
Replies: 18
Views: 1054

Re: Meditation timer app?

Medigong here. Nothing but a timer and a gong. Adjustable and persistent settings for screen brilliance, volume, enable start/interval/end gongs and intervals. Hit the button and close your eyes, no ads no stats, no "social" features OTOH one does have to remember to turn off the phone ringer and vi...
by narhwal90
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1731

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

I don't mind the five-fold categorization of Dharma teachings that Zhiyi put together as the Five Periods. If you understand the Five Periods metaphorically and not temporally, then I probably agree with you except on one other point: I think it was a consequential error on Zhiyi's part to identify...

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