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by narhwal90
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?
Replies: 72
Views: 3233

Re: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?

Suggest changing your password to a long string of random stuff, copy and paste it for the confirmation then you'll never be able to log in again... :) delete your content first. I gave up on facebook 5 or 6 years ago, still feels great.
by narhwal90
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 89
Views: 1769

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Their is no interfaith in the Lotus Sutra nor in Nichiren's writings, period. We are going to end agreeing on disagreeing. Nichiren was a nationalist and he spoke on terms of what was best for the Japan of the age of Mappo. He also had a very partial understanding of Shingon so his critics towards ...
by narhwal90
Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 89
Views: 1769

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

I've no interest in cultural events or ceremonies- religious or otherwise. One big win in SGI for me is the general lack of that sort of thing. SGI Gongyo is taught as a religious ceremony. Perhaps we have very different ideas about what a ceremony is or is not. For my part it is recitation of part...
by narhwal90
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 89
Views: 1769

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

<shrugs> I've no interest in cultural events or ceremonies- religious or otherwise. One big win in SGI for me is the general lack of that sort of thing. OTOH I've never had the slightest difficulty maintaining an SGI practice while digging into others, visiting other centers as an individual on my o...
by narhwal90
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shodaigyo
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: Shodaigyo

SGI is exclusively recitation of chapters 2 and verses from 16, then daimoku and SGI suggested silent prayers. When at home or by myself I usually do that, and some silent meditation similar to the Shodaigyo booklet. THough I've never mastered the cadence I occasionally do the full chapter 16 from m...
by narhwal90
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 89
Views: 1769

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

To be fair there is a lot of recent organizational history between SGI and N.Shoshu exaggerating such divisions, but beyond those folks it pretty much looks like a typical squabble between schools and personalities. From my experience going to zen and other centers, nobody really cares beyond curios...
by narhwal90
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 89
Views: 1769

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

But then Nichiren Buddhism offers its own form of elitism: saying that it is the only correct form of Buddhism. It’s all so disappointing and disillusioning. I would suggest that the people who say these things don't actually understand the teaching. You're disappointed in a phantom. Concur. A reas...
by narhwal90
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Varying pronunciations and formats of gongyo
Replies: 19
Views: 3205

Re: Varying pronunciations and formats of gongyo

Nichiren accepted sutra recitation, and discussed the thrice repeated 10 factors from the Hoben chapter. The selection of other chapters sed in gongyo seems idiosyncratic to the various lineages. Nichiren also accepts meditation on ichinen-sanzen and other Tendai concepts, likewise contemplation of ...
by narhwal90
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 50
Views: 2257

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

lol, goats are fascinating creatures. Never knew they climbed trees... but we had a 2019 calendar featuring goats in trees. Start up a dharma center that keeps goats for the cheese and I'm in :)
by narhwal90
Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 50
Views: 2257

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

You make a fair point with respect to extensive gardening vs agriculture- it is much easier to have a "big enough" garden, we did that as well. Add to that enough woodland to produce firewood, some orchard space and you're getting somewhere. An operation like that wouldn't need much more than a smal...
by narhwal90
Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 50
Views: 2257

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

I grew up on a 10 acre family farm. Small enough for a family of 4 to work on evenings and weekends, we didn't have livestock but grew hay and corn. The former to sell to horse people the latter we sold out of the garage or by the side of the road. In winters we heated by firewood we cut and split o...
by narhwal90
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?
Replies: 72
Views: 3233

Re: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?

The general opinion in AA is people will quit drinking when they are ready to. Acceptance of the effectiveness of other methods is explicitly written into the Big Book. Some folks say AA is the only way for others to recover but that goes beyond what the book says. I know a number of alcoholics that...
by narhwal90
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Feeling lack of community, advice?
Replies: 19
Views: 535

Re: Feeling lack of community, advice?

I volunteer with the catholics. They dont really care i'm buddhist, they only ever asked me which mass i went to- that seems to be a significant thing to them. once they learned i wasnt catholic that was the end of it. i talk shop with a few of them, and i really admire their commitment to serving t...
by narhwal90
Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Feeling lack of community, advice?
Replies: 19
Views: 535

Re: Feeling lack of community, advice?

Find a food pantry or similar and volunteer- made a world of difference for my practice. Last month we supplied food for about 560 people; approx 150 families and supplied christmas gifts for about 70 children. Was 2 pretty long days of work following a couple weeks of prep, but was by far the best ...
by narhwal90
Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: New “White Lotus” Gohonzon for SGI?
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Re: New “White Lotus” Gohonzon for SGI?

Don'y know Z, for my money changing gohonzons is a lot like seeking it outside myself. I spent a while looking through the gohonzon-shu, printed a few of them that I really liked, but all told I left the prints in my butsudan file box- I have a lot of history with my current gohonzon.. it works fine...
by narhwal90
Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Does compassion mean never upsetting someone with the truth?
Replies: 13
Views: 438

Re: Does compassion mean never upsetting someone with the truth?

The things I point out to others are often more about me than they are about them. So I try to stay quiet unless asked, and sometimes even then. Maybe even this post is a perfect example... lol
by narhwal90
Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: New “White Lotus” Gohonzon for SGI?
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Re: New “White Lotus” Gohonzon for SGI?

I've not heard anything recently, but a copy of an original Nichiren gohonzon would be pretty neat. Probably would not replace mine... I wonder if this would lead to a eventual replacement of the large Joju gohonzons in the community centers- I've always liked that size, lots of scope for artistry t...
by narhwal90
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?
Replies: 17
Views: 787

Re: Could someone provide confirmation of Brunholzl?

Tiantai which is stated to be derived from Nagarjuna asserts the "3 Truths", 1 phenomena provisionally exist, 2 they are empty, 3 both assertions are simultaneously true.

Other madhyamaka schools omit #3, personally I like the reminder.
by narhwal90
Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Shurangama sutra is refered as end of time sutra?
Replies: 15
Views: 665

Re: Why Shurangama sutra is refered as end of time sutra?

The Nirvana sutra is very explicit wrt proscribing meat eating, the topic being taken up in considerable detail; including Sakyamuni discussing how he viewed eating of meat in the sangha as expedient. No misogyny. OTOH Sakyamuni also states violence in defence of dharma is permitted, which I'm still...

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