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by narhwal90
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 69
Views: 2557

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

We may have, at least sort-of. Back in those days I was in the DC area, later moved to Baltimore. I did the cherry blossom parade a couple times, the big chair on the DC mall, and attended a big shindig in Atlanta IIRC in 1989. I recall mention of some large activities north of the DC metro area bei...
by narhwal90
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 69
Views: 2557

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

OTOH my friend with the R6 wants to find a decrepit old mess and fix it up, cafe it etc- so I'll pitch in. Wrenching on a bike is a great way to spend a day. A bad day in the garage is better than 95% of the other things you could be doing... Riding is better. Its a wonderful thing to hop onto a we...
by narhwal90
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 69
Views: 2557

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

I've never settled into a make... since we're sharing :smile: I have a Guzzi SP1000 that I started modding into a cafe racer... but then life got in the way. Also have a Kawasaki ZL900 - love this bike. Needs a little electrical work. Its a factory made drag bike with gear ratio packing in a lot of...
by narhwal90
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 69
Views: 2557

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

EGADS, N90! Sounds like a serious spill and that you are fortunate to be here! I'm glad to hear that you're reasonably OK and on the road to recovery. Bonten and Taishakuten, and the rest of the Shotenzenjin must have been looking out for you. Community is a wonderful thing. Beyond the high falluti...
by narhwal90
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 69
Views: 2557

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

I was laid up in the hospital for 10 days in June- SGI folks kept me busy with texts, email, phone calls... will be making my 1st meeting this week, to see all those who took the time to reach out and follow Nichiren's example on taking care of members. I hope it was just an acute condition and tha...
by narhwal90
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Long distance members? How does SGI connect?
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: Long distance members? How does SGI connect?

If I was in Bethel AK, I'd go join up with the YK fitness center http://www.ykfitness.org/fitness/ which offers a yoga program in June/July, and chat with the instructor about meditation programs, see if any of the other locals would be interested in working up some kind of scheduled vipassana/samat...
by narhwal90
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 69
Views: 2557

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

FWIW shortly after Nichiren passed away the various schools divided over what chapters of the Lotus Sutra should be studied and considered most important. The Fuji lineages were generally in the Hoben/Juryo only camp, Minobu taking the other position accepting all chapters with Hoben/Juryo most impo...
by narhwal90
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 69
Views: 2557

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

As the saying goes "Faith equals daily life", the results of the practice are to be seen here and now. The "prosperity cult" thing is a degenerate case, the win is the individual's human revolution; transformation from the inside out.
by narhwal90
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 69
Views: 2557

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

The lion business in SGI is to suggest the practitioner adopt a fearless and strong attitude towards obstacles so as to overcome them; the lion fears nothing, and so on. As far as the youth division, I think the idea is to train courageous children to help them become courageous adults. I surely don...
by narhwal90
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three Obstacles and Four Devils
Replies: 12
Views: 397

Re: Three Obstacles and Four Devils

as per the Nichiren library; The four devils are (1) the hindrance of the five components, obstructions caused by one’s physical and mental functions; (2) the hindrance of earthly desires, obstructions arising from the three poisons; (3) the hindrance of death, meaning one’s own untimely death obstr...
by narhwal90
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is it that when I chant to have better relations with others, it seems like the opposite happens?
Replies: 3
Views: 233

Re: Why is it that when I chant to have better relations with others, it seems like the opposite happens?

I've never had any noticable luck chanting for things to be one way or another, but what has had results was chanting to be of service, meaning the focus being to gain awareness for the sake of others. This sort of thing fundamentally requires the development of awareness for ones' own sake as well,...
by narhwal90
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Western Monastic - reasons why she left
Replies: 96
Views: 2711

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: 96
Views: 2711

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: 1370

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: 664

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: 503

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: 1370

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: 1370

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: 1370

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: 1370

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.

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