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by narhwal90
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian
Replies: 15
Views: 312

Re: Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian

I think the minister in question might say the meditation makes the doctrine more personally relevant. She arrived with a doctrinal student of hers and spoke about how into the breadth and scope of church doctrine the student was. We spoke briefly along those lines, I was curious if working with the...
by narhwal90
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian
Replies: 15
Views: 312

Re: Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian

This evening I attended a meditation session at a local episcopalian church for the 2nd time. Its a wonderful space in their small chapel, only marred by the noise from the heater which I expect will abate in the spring. Their practice is meditating on the word "maranatha", with a candle for focus. ...
by narhwal90
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)
Replies: 78
Views: 797

Re: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)

The thing is various schools make various interpretations. To reference Q's analogy; lights being turned on via practice vs lights were always on so no need to do anything, for example. I prefer the "lights come on via practice" interpretation myself. does sgi adhere to the hongaku original enlight...
by narhwal90
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)
Replies: 78
Views: 797

Re: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)

The thing is various schools make various interpretations. To reference Q's analogy; lights being turned on via practice vs lights were always on so no need to do anything, for example. I prefer the "lights come on via practice" interpretation myself.
by narhwal90
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)
Replies: 78
Views: 797

Re: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)

As per Stone, plenty of Tendai lineages well before Nichiren, and after, came down on various sides of the hongaku question. Tendai is way, way bigger, older and more complicated than Nichiren, probably most anything good, bad or ugly you can say about Tendai was true somewhere or somewhen.
by narhwal90
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)
Replies: 78
Views: 797

Re: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)

Stone proposes the foundations of Tendai hongaku arose from early Pure Land thought. Though the concept was prominent in Tendai it is not the only prominent concept nor the only division experienced among the schools. There are plenty of examples before and after of varying interpretations of hongak...
by narhwal90
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)
Replies: 78
Views: 797

Re: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)

He certainly accepted ichinen sanzen, I think in a orthodox sense. Hongaku was a big division within Tendai, some viewing it as license others viewing it as something expressed thru practice & precepts. lol I wonder if the hongaku dialog is putting words in Nichiren's mouth.
by narhwal90
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: The acceptable bounds of behavior - Split from discussion of Shoho Jisso Sho
Replies: 9
Views: 148

Re: The acceptable bounds of behavior - Split from discussion of Shoho Jisso Sho

Spend some time in Alanon meetings and you'll hear about the same sorts of well-meaning counseling having been offered by all kinds of people in all kinds of situations- there is nothing special about SGI in this regard. "Keep doing what you're doing and you'll keep getting what you're getting" is t...
by narhwal90
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: The acceptable bounds of behavior - Split from discussion of Shoho Jisso Sho
Replies: 9
Views: 148

Re: The acceptable bounds of behavior - Split from discussion of Shoho Jisso Sho

SGI like any community will have the same kinds of problems with addiction and violence, there's not much that a religious institution can do about the battered wife of an alcoholic other than be supportive, which it sounds like that chapter chief was trying to do. Accepting the fact of unacceptable...
by narhwal90
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)
Replies: 78
Views: 797

Re: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)

Thats an interesting quote from the Shu interpretation; we unenlightened beings "can". Is that something to be reconciled with the 10 Worlds mutual possession or perhaps the wording of the translation has unintended connotations?
by narhwal90
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: The acceptable bounds of behavior - Split from discussion of Shoho Jisso Sho
Replies: 9
Views: 148

Re: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)

don't know if i got this but it was sort of like that in the gakki....as long as you did their thing anything was forgiven/brushed under the rug... I have never yet heard a lecture in SGI saying the practice gives license or a pardon. In fact, the repeated instruction is to be an example- to demons...
by narhwal90
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)
Replies: 78
Views: 797

Re: Shoho Jisso Sho (All Phenomena as Ultimate Reality)

There were diverse opinions about hongaku within Tendai well before Nichiren and after. I'm inclined to favor the gosho as it relates to ichinen sanzen, though not so much the NSA/SGI interpretations of Nichiren as Jogyo or the Latter-Day Buddha. Thats an interesting article Q, I never much cared fo...
by narhwal90
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Why are SGI meetings necessary?
Replies: 19
Views: 553

Re: Why are SGI meetings necessary?

I'd try a different district. Around here i don't recall anyone being told anything about what might or might not be an issue to their face in a meeting, certainly since the NSA split at least. Such conversations, should you wish to have them, are usually held one-to-one with some member you trust- ...
by narhwal90
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: “Never seek this Gohonzon outside yourself,”
Replies: 8
Views: 324

Re: “Never seek this Gohonzon outside yourself,”

For my part the term means there is no outside agency empowering the gohonzon & no super-gohonzons. In a similar fashion, the practitioner is fully invested in all 10 Worlds; hell to buddha- there is nothing missing. Thus the job at hand is to train in the various practices and so express more of th...
by narhwal90
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?
Replies: 31
Views: 689

Re: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?

I volunteer at a nearby Catholic church pantry, likewise run by a core group of women including the church secretary/office manager who have been doing it for well a decade. I and 4-ish other men show up for the heavy lifting and distribution days but those ladies set the policy & standards. I have ...
by narhwal90
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?
Replies: 31
Views: 689

Re: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?

The ones I miss most are the 1st gen Japanese ladies- some lost the accent and learned english well some didn't. Not all of them were of the type to give direct guidance with a severe look, some did with with a simple kind gesture. Most are gone but there are a few left, not as mobile as they once w...
by narhwal90
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?
Replies: 31
Views: 689

Re: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?

@ Q - I was introduced via a high school friend who along with several of her extended family had been practicing for some time... but what got me coming back and doing things was the district chief I mentioned- he was all about member care for his district; he and a couple other mens division's wou...
by narhwal90
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?
Replies: 31
Views: 689

Re: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?

I find the meetings relatively superficial, too much cheering and repetition for my taste, and also indispensable. I say indispensable not because I can't do gongyo without them but the person-to-person connections with other people, though few compared to others in SGI, keep me honest and less invo...
by narhwal90
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?
Replies: 31
Views: 689

Re: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?

The SGI practice that works for me involves some organization face-time, because my default is to go out into the shop and work with the machines. I don't find the face-time always comfortable but getting connected with a few other members & helping out here and there makes the practice a lot more p...
by narhwal90
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?
Replies: 31
Views: 689

Re: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?

Don't know so much about "quasi-military" lol.. to me the value of all the groups is in the common ground; on many topics women work best with women, men with men and so forth. Similarly the youth divisions can also focus on topics of interest that the older folks may be less interested in. All thos...