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by narhwal90
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: motivation to chant daimoku
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: motivation to chant daimoku

Been there too, a lot. The regular SGI line with all the mystic power business never resonated with me at all. I don't think I've ever felt a mystic anything. I suppose everyone has to find their own reasons to do it. For my part, learning about traditions other than Nichiren helped very much. In a ...
by narhwal90
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 22
Views: 672

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

I believe Nichiren Shu provide various empowerments or at least talismans, the history of that goes way back to Nichiren himself, IIRC he made a talisman for his mother. https://repository.wellesley.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1056&context=thesiscollection I generally view the distinction betwee...
by narhwal90
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mandalas in exoteric schools
Replies: 22
Views: 672

Re: Mandalas in exoteric schools

My understanding is Nichiren schools are somewhere in the esoteric spectrum, so inapplicable here.
by narhwal90
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 21
Views: 739

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

I was never a very good student, the profs that I responded to most generally taught more vocational topics. My work is a variety of types of engineering with a focus on implementation so I never spent a lot of time in doctoral sorts of venues, though I did enjoy some of the arts & humanities. That ...
by narhwal90
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Help Needed
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: Help Needed

Personally I have found the practice to be more about developing composure, acceptance, compassion than fixing external trouble. It may be that actions can become more skilful and constructive and so ultimately affect one's surroundings. Thats nice to say and all but maybe not a lot of help when the...
by narhwal90
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Lotus Buddhism, addiction & the 12 Steps
Replies: 12
Views: 384

Re: Lotus Buddhism, addiction & the 12 Steps

I recite the Lord's Prayer and the Serenity Prayer in AA/Alanon meetings and along with the group I volunteer with at a local church, I really appreciate the message & subtlety in both. When the volunteers get ready to start, either the group lead or the Father comes in the bless the work, I respect...
by narhwal90
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Lotus Buddhism, addiction & the 12 Steps
Replies: 12
Views: 384

Re: Lotus Buddhism, addiction & the 12 Steps

A really good recovery message in that "Dancing in the Garden" book- google books preview shows a number of pages.
by narhwal90
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: How do buddhists find exercise motivation?
Replies: 21
Views: 559

Re: How do buddhists find exercise motivation?

I only do the basics a couple times/week; some running, mess around with lots of reps of relatively lighter weights, situps, pushups etc.. the increased stamina and resilience means a better & more stable job meditating (faster recovery of circulation), better control over breath. Even little incide...
by narhwal90
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Lotus Buddhism, addiction & the 12 Steps
Replies: 12
Views: 384

Re: Lotus Buddhism, addiction & the 12 Steps

I've met 2 SGI buddhists suffering from addiction issues, one in a meeting where I was sharing my Alanon experience- he came up after and shared his experience with alcohol and AA- he works a classical AA 12-step program w/ a sponsor etc and had been sober for a couple years when I met him. He story...
by narhwal90
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1
Replies: 65
Views: 2388

Re: Mohe Zhiguan Study Thread 摩訶止觀 Part 1

I'm reading too, and the commentary pdf as well... think this is well above my paygrade at present :)
by narhwal90
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: What does the Nichiren Shoshu Gohonzon look like?
Replies: 16
Views: 1484

Re: What does the Nichiren Shoshu Gohonzon look like?

The Nichiren Mandala Workshop have a paper detailing their study of the NST Dai-Gohonzon https://nichirenmandala.weebly.com/uploads/4/4/4/0/44406171/specialissue_plankmandala.pdf it includes the usual early 1900's photo, and one apparently more recent by Saikakudoppo - that one is most interesting g...
by narhwal90
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Mind
Replies: 20
Views: 574

Re: Mind

My take on it is that mind is ichinen sanzen in operation. The mind is seen equally in a raging alcoholic and a bodhisattva though the respective minds are doing very different things. The Nichiren practice (gohonzon, daimoku etc) is intended to clarify the individual's experience in it and influen...
by narhwal90
Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Mind
Replies: 20
Views: 574

Re: Mind

Well I'll give it a try- playing here on DW is like bringing a knife to a gunfight sometimes... I'll start out by noting I'm coming into this from a Nichiren standpoint, I am not yet aware of variations of ichinen sanzen within the wider Tendai community. I don't think Nichiren is idiosyncratic, a s...
by narhwal90
Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Mind
Replies: 20
Views: 574

Re: Mind

Though I don't have doctrinal support ready to hand, Nichiren tends to follow Zhiyi & Saicho, so I would expect him to accept fairly orthodox Tendai interpretation but reformulated to exhibit the concepts as subordinate to the Lotus Sutra, perhaps as expedient teachings, perhaps in terms of ichinen ...
by narhwal90
Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: online Gohonzon
Replies: 26
Views: 675

Re: online Gohonzon

I don't think a substantive discussion about gohonzon can be had without the aesthetic aspects. Some of the gohonzon documented in the Mandala Workshop books were so smoke blackened from years of incense at the altar that they are difficult to observe; consider the desperate hours of chanting by fir...
by narhwal90
Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: online Gohonzon
Replies: 26
Views: 675

Re: online Gohonzon

I don't think Nichiren's relationship to the shutei gohonzon is entirely clear- not in the sense of it not being authentic but many original gohonzons have been lost over the years, when he was older and infirm there are stories of collaborative gohonzon- he and Nikko in one case. I would hesitate t...
by narhwal90
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: online Gohonzon
Replies: 26
Views: 675

Re: online Gohonzon

There are 120-ish surviving Nichiren gohonzons, quite a few others are copies made by others or of dubious authenticity. Here is a site compiled in the 90's showing them. Many more gohonzon were incsribed by his followers who formed various lineages, those are not cataloged on the site below. http:/...
by narhwal90
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: online Gohonzon
Replies: 26
Views: 675

Re: online Gohonzon

I'm generally SGI since the late 80's- I say generally because I've never been really attracted to the organization as such. I go to a few meetings/month, share when asked but thats about it. I find the SGI focus of study is too narrow and no particular avenue for wider study within the organization...
by narhwal90
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?
Replies: 51
Views: 1574

Re: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?

Is there a diversity of position among Pure Land achools on those points, eg on the "literal rebirth" question?
by narhwal90
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?
Replies: 51
Views: 1574

Re: Are Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhisms Compatible With Each Other?

I vaguely recall a discussion of Pure Land on DW related to several interpretations about the "Pure Land", ranging from a literal rebirth there to recognition of this life itself being the Pure Land. Personally I could see the latter being a compatible practice, in the sense of using the practice to...