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by narhwal90
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Why doesn’t Ikeda inscribe his own gohonzon?
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Re: Why doesn’t Ikeda inscribe his own gohonzon?

The Mandala Workshop folks propose that SG intends to update the usual gohonzon image to be a copy of Mr Ikeda's personal gohonzon. I have no info on if he inscribed it personally or not, but I'm quite sure the Mandala Workshop folks would not hesitate to call out such a novelty but they make no suc...
by narhwal90
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How does Nihilism fit into Nichiren Buddhism, or does it?
Replies: 12
Views: 124

Re: How does Nihilism fit into Nichiren Buddhism, or does it?

To start with http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Four_extremes I'm not an Aro guy but they did a nice approachable podcast on the 4 Extremes available via the link below, well suited for mobile listening. Probably about time I re-listened to it actually. Their proposition is that nihilism, bei...
by narhwal90
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Gil Fronsdal - The Bodhisattva and the Arhat: Walking Together Hand-in-Hand
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: Gil Fronsdal - The Bodhisattva and the Arhat: Walking Together Hand-in-Hand

He is a frequent contributor to the audiodharma.org podcasts. OTOH personally I tend to gravitate towards Andrea Fella talks.
by narhwal90
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Nichiren as Honbutsu
Replies: 13
Views: 586

Re: Nichiren as Honbutsu

SGI would probably say "thats what we say, but thats not the point of the practice" and then try to move the discussion into human revolution sorts of dialog eg transform yourself and thereby transform the world. If pressed, then likely the "True Buddha" proposition would be laboriously interpreted ...
by narhwal90
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Is Nichiren Shu the most traditional of all the Nichiren sects?
Replies: 20
Views: 551

Re: Is Nichiren Shu the most traditional of all the Nichiren sects?

Nichiren as true buddha is the position of the Nichiren Shoshu school, shared by related schools such as SGI & maybe others, to different degrees of emphasis. "Traditional" is an interesting perspective- its a long held position which makes it kind of traditional but still different from other schoo...
by narhwal90
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we deal with working amongst unprofessional co workers?
Replies: 13
Views: 418

Re: How do we deal with working amongst unprofessional co workers?

concur, likewise tolerance. A lot depends on what "unprofessional" means. For instance is the conduct just annoying or is it destructive. I have a coworker with quite difficult habits of personality, the grapevine suggests this behavior is not new and unlikely to change. He teaches me to not engage ...
by narhwal90
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Juzu: where can I find this style?
Replies: 1
Views: 108

Re: Juzu: where can I find this style?

I've seen similar examples in SGI community center bookstores- at least insofar as the weave on the balls. OTOH those are pretty fancy beads, don't know if they would often be found. OTOH if you can find a relatively large SGI center nearby then you might get lucky. Hours and inventory in the smalle...
by narhwal90
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?
Replies: 29
Views: 848

Re: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?

I had a look thru the Mandala Workshop books- vol 3 page 60 lists the frequencies of figures on the known gohonzon. Amida is not present on any which perhaps makes sense given the situation, OTOH Avalokitesvara is also never present- which seems a bit obscure given the presence of the Womb & Diamond...
by narhwal90
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?
Replies: 29
Views: 848

Re: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?

Nothing stopping you from reciting it as a practice in itself, but I don't think doing so to a gohonzon conforms to Nichiren's intent.
by narhwal90
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is a good book I can read on the Lotus Sutra that is a commentary on it?
Replies: 8
Views: 352

Re: What is a good book I can read on the Lotus Sutra that is a commentary on it?

Though neither is a chapter-by-chapter commentary, Dogen's "On ‘The Flowering of the Dharma Sets the Dharma’s Flowering in Motion’ takes up some of the themes, as does Wonhyo.
by narhwal90
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Hearing the Buddha's Name
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Hearing the Buddha's Name

SG in the US uses taiko drums very occasionally, only for special events & large meetings. In the community centers its microphones and PA. For example I wouldn't be surprised if the 50k Lions festivals this fall use taiko drums. SG in Japan might use them more often, but I've never been there. My l...
by narhwal90
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shobogenzo Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 799

Re: Shobogenzo Recommendations

I've been reading the Nearman translation from Shasta Abbey 2007, 1100+ pages available in pdf- its a long read, I've found it very interesting thus far :)
by narhwal90
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Hearing the Buddha's Name
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Hearing the Buddha's Name

Ah daimoku in a group is great when everyone makes the harmony and keeps pace. Other times its heavy lifting when the loud/fast guy shows up lol. I like the groups of 20-ish, with the leader on mike but only loud enough to keep the cadence. I first heard it thru a high school friend, the immediate e...
by narhwal90
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Photographing the Gohonzon
Replies: 15
Views: 1217

Re: Photographing the Gohonzon

Ah, indeed- I was wondering a bit... thanks!
by narhwal90
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Photographing the Gohonzon
Replies: 15
Views: 1217

Re: Photographing the Gohonzon

Hard to say why N.Shoshu is so strict about photography since a couple photographs are already available online, one from the early 1900's, another by presumably illicit smartphone, presumably others exist. Apparently the Dai-gohonzon is also not available for physical inspection (for instance the b...
by narhwal90
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Practicing while in hospital
Replies: 15
Views: 540

Re: Practicing while in hospital

Simple is really good, I was not capable of reciting sutra or even mustering a lot of recall of the Nichiren commentaries.. just the basic chanting and scattered vignettes. The zazen method was simplicity itself, and the effects of both motivated further practice. Good luck in there, will offer pray...
by narhwal90
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Practicing while in hospital
Replies: 15
Views: 540

Re: Practicing while in hospital

I found practice in the hospital profoundly helpful. Coming from the Nichiren side of things I chanted daimoku when fatigue and drugs permitted and used some basic zazen practices extensively when I was really out of it in the beginning. I was in for broken ribs & surgery, 5 days ICU, 5 days in reco...
by narhwal90
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?
Replies: 29
Views: 763

Re: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?

WIkipedia says the first assertions of the beginnings of the Christian Trinity proposition appeared approx 110 AD.

Not sure that its appropriate to assert equivalence because the # of elements are equal in both propositions and some of the terms are reminiscent.
by narhwal90
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How does one practice Nichiren Buddhism at home?
Replies: 11
Views: 348

Re: How does one practice Nichiren Buddhism at home?

There was an Independent Nichiren movement some years ago, I was never involved but it seemed to reach quite a few folks. Some would print and enshrine their own gohonzon and set up a DIY altar. There is lots of altar stuff available on ebay, amazon etc. The basic practice is to chant and recite cha...
by narhwal90
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Bodhisattvas of the Earth
Replies: 7
Views: 272

Re: Bodhisattvas of the Earth

SGI/NSA members as Bodhisattvas of the Earth goes way back, I don't hear about it so much nowadays but back in the NSA days the troupe didn't include any other schools, including the other deluded Nichiren schools. IIRC the reasoning went along the lines of since we were standing up to spread Nichir...

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