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by narhwal90
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What does it mean, "All other Buddhas are followers of Shakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 141
Views: 8212

Re: What does it mean, "All other Buddhas are followers of Shakyamuni Buddha?

"Works" for me, means the practice helps separate me from anger, judgement, fear, attachment, occupies my attention & interest, keeps me focused on the Lotus Sutra and gets me more involved with other people and isolation is reduced. Zen study & practice does too. I meet weekly with a meditation gro...
by narhwal90
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Quit Chanting
Replies: 10
Views: 323

Re: Quit Chanting

Personally I think so. Back in the old NSA days as an itinerant student I would enshrine and take down my gohonzon several times/year, with occasional short-term storage- many others did too. As long as the storage space is dry and out of harms way, perhaps in a respectable place (eg not stuffed in ...
by narhwal90
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What does it mean, "All other Buddhas are followers of Shakyamuni Buddha?
Replies: 141
Views: 8212

Re: What does it mean, "All other Buddhas are followers of Shakyamuni Buddha?

IMHO Gakkai has departed from many things related to Shoshu. One question to the ones who says that Nichiren was a bodhisatva is: why so follow a practice established from an bodhisatva and not a buddha ? Because it works? Many traditions are founded by bodhisattvas of varying vintage, from account...
by narhwal90
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?
Replies: 16
Views: 238

Re: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?

I found the practice in the Los Angeles Zen Center instructions for sewing Okesa garments, though there are a number of different mantras that can be used for the purpose. I don't know its heritage beyond that, but it looks like there is a lot of history related to the sewing practice. I think the i...
by narhwal90
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?
Replies: 16
Views: 238

Re: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?

NMHRK is also recited in some Soto Zen practice, though my impression its auxiliary. Perhaps thats related its Tendai heritage.
by narhwal90
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?
Replies: 39
Views: 949

Re: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?

If there is Cold Mountain cosplay, I wonder what Nichiren cosplay looks like?
by narhwal90
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Actual proof
Replies: 18
Views: 416

Re: Actual proof

I would say actual proof is how the practice changes you. What happens with the fear, anger, judgement- how is wisdom & compassion manifest. I don't know what enlightenment is, I suppose I have buddha nature, but its really not the point, what is the point is that I need to be able to be comfortable...
by narhwal90
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?
Replies: 39
Views: 949

Re: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?

Dharmajim articles from the coffeehouse;

http://pounceatron.dreamhosters.com/nic ... index.html

see the 1st item in the Commentaries section.
by narhwal90
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why care about future if there is no I? If There is no I what will rebirth?
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Re: Why care about future if there is no I? If There is no I what will rebirth?

Even if there is no rebirth of anything, heedless behavior uncaring about the future is likely to run afoul of the Precepts, Jewels, and Vows, increasing the suffering of those around you.
by narhwal90
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: mappo-last days of the law and optimism
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: mappo-last days of the law and optimism

I know a number of catholics and protestants, some have apocalyptic views others feel redeemed, some are tied up in knots over other folks behavior others gratefully live each day in the Presence. Perhaps its one of those things where just about anything you can say about it is true somewhere.
by narhwal90
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?
Replies: 39
Views: 949

Re: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?

NIchiren adopted Zhiyi's view of the 5 Periods/8 Teachings, which as I understand it, was widely accepted in Tendai at the time- which makes the Lotus Sutra pre-eminent. In various of the gosho Nichiren discusses how daimoku is equivalent to reciting the sutra, and presents it as an ultimately effec...
by narhwal90
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 15
Views: 587

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

I know a number of SGI people who write to him regularly, similarly getting letters in return. The idea never appealed to me either. There is an undercurrent of concern about him around here also, to me it seems like uncertainty and fear. I wholeheartedly offer my prayers for him, but I'm also looki...
by narhwal90
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 15
Views: 587

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

http://thenichirenmandala.yolasite.com/ the index of Nichiren gohonzon is very interesting, they have a number of pdf's available freely available on a variety of topics that suggest independent and organized scholarship. The antecedents of workshop folks are obscure though. It would be very interes...
by narhwal90
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 15
Views: 587

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

lol, its been kind of creepy for me too, pretty much since day 1 in NSA back in the 80's. The mentor/disciple proposition was strong back then also, it seems more prominent in the last 20 years along with a decreased emphasis on detailed study of technical subjects; gosho, etc. The focus on Mr Ikeda...
by narhwal90
Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddhahood?
Replies: 14
Views: 551

Re: What is Buddhahood?

In SGI at least the game is "Human Revolution" ie the individual transforming him/herself, changing afflictions into strength and healing and thereby affecting the world. Enlightenment as a "goal" is not the point- the win is here and now, in this body and in this life. Accordingly the exemplars are...
by narhwal90
Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: NMHRK-5 principles of name, essence, quality, function, and teaching
Replies: 11
Views: 195

Re: NMHRK-5 principles of name, essence, quality, function, and teaching

Cool, thanks Seishin- I think I was imprecise above. Given Nichiren is quoting Zhiyi, I think I'd rather propose that recitation of daimoku as a efficacious practice was known but not taught by Zhiyi, Nagarjuna et al because the time for such a practice had not yet arrived.
by narhwal90
Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: NMHRK-5 principles of name, essence, quality, function, and teaching
Replies: 11
Views: 195

Re: NMHRK-5 principles of name, essence, quality, function, and teaching

Subject to Q's expert correction, Nichiren gave the characters the significance & expounded the principle. He asserts that prior to this notables such as Nagarjuna and Tien'tai also understood the significance but did not expound since it was not yet the time for such a teaching. I've always wondere...
by narhwal90
Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gohonzon for sale at Walmart?
Replies: 12
Views: 437

Re: Gohonzon for sale at Walmart?

Thats an unusual design, on the left somewhat reminiscent of the daimoku carved in stone. Can anyone more cognizant than I comment on the design/layout? Perhaps it has associations with one of the more obscure schools... Given that the Independents are known for DIY gohonzon, this might be an upgrad...

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