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by nichiren-123
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Buddha nature of insentient beings? How?
Replies: 6
Views: 210

Buddha nature of insentient beings? How?

Been reading 'object of devotion for observing the mind'. Which asserts that insentient beings (trees, rocks, plants) all have buddha nature. I haven't read the whole thing yet but I think the argument is that the gohonzon (an insentient object) is a manifestation of buddhahood. This all seems bonke...
by nichiren-123
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is the 'Law'?
Replies: 14
Views: 1460

What is the 'Law'?

My understanding is that 'Myoho Renge Kyo' means the Law of the beautiful lotus. That 'Nam' means to devote or align. Therefore 'Nam Myoho Renge Kyo' means to align ourselves with the natural law which governs everything in the universe. Internal and external. What I'd like to have a discussion abou...
by nichiren-123
Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is karma individual?
Replies: 35
Views: 1495

Re: How is karma individual?

My understanding was that karma is an action that you do which travels out into the world as a causal process and that somehow returns to us, as I said, like an echo. Literally, the Buddha said, "karma (action) is volition (cetana) and what proceeds from volition (derived actions of body and voice)...
by nichiren-123
Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is karma individual?
Replies: 35
Views: 1495

Re: How is karma individual?

... What I can't wrap my head around is how karma is individual and how your karma is supposed to maintain the cycle of samsara. It seems to contradict impermanence and non-self in my head. Also, how does the individual being not disperse at death? Karma is both, individual and collective. It is co...
by nichiren-123
Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is karma individual?
Replies: 35
Views: 1495

Re: How is karma individual?

Your questions are all addressed by Nāgārjuna in the Verses of Dependent Origination: https://www.lotsawahouse.org/indian-masters/nagarjuna/heart-dependent-origination Where can I go to get a introduction to the twelve nidanas? They've always confused me... The best place is chapter 2 of the Abhidh...
by nichiren-123
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is karma individual?
Replies: 35
Views: 1495

Re: How is karma individual?

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:29 pm

Your questions are all addressed by Nāgārjuna in the Verses of Dependent Origination:

https://www.lotsawahouse.org/indian-mas ... rigination
Where can I go to get a introduction to the twelve nidanas? They've always confused me...
by nichiren-123
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is karma individual?
Replies: 35
Views: 1495

How is karma individual?

I'd like to have a detailed discussion on how karma works. I can understand cause and effect. That nothing happens in a vacuum and your actions will somehow come back to you like an echo when you shout inside a large hall. What I can't wrap my head around is how karma is individual and how your karm...
by nichiren-123
Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The role of truth in Buddhism?
Replies: 278
Views: 15785

The role of truth in Buddhism?

Simple Question: I've heard it said that Enlightenment is the abolition of ignorance. Can you explain in what way ignorance is responsible for our suffering? In other words, what are the forms of ignorance and how do they perpetuate suffering? And what truth replaces the ignorance when it is displac...
by nichiren-123
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 1224

Re: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism

Well, this is a physicalist view. Spiritualism can't exist without Physicalism. It's temporary existence in the Tiantai threefold truth. Having said that, I guess the Tiantai middle way shows that you can't have Physicalism without spiritualism??? If this is your view of consciousness, you have lef...
by nichiren-123
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 1224

Re: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism

My main doubt is how something like a conscious continuum can retain it's 'flavour' or survive when everything else changes and dies? One's consciousness is a momentary, serial entity, that is, it arises and perishes every instant, supported on its causes and conditions. Hence, it is not permanent,...
by nichiren-123
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 1224

Re: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism

Even when the aggregates break up at death, because of the innate grasping to self, the mind immediately appropriates a new series of aggregates. Can you explain that in more depth? One's consciousness is a momentary, serial entity, that is, it arises and perishes every instant, supported on its ca...
by nichiren-123
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 1224

Re: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism

One's consciousness is a momentary, serial entity, that is, it arises and perishes every instant, supported on its causes and conditions. Hence, it is not permanent, not a self, and continues forever until there are no longer causes and conditions which support its arising. Not sure if we are start...
by nichiren-123
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 1224

Re: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism

This is questionable, for example, formless realm beings have no material aggregate. They posses consciousness, life force, and a very limited number of mental factors, since they only have one conceptual object for the duration fo their existence. The existence of formless realms is contentious bu...
by nichiren-123
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 1224

Re: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism

Arguably, the doctrine of rebirth is one example of error. Discard that and you have actually discarded the beating heart of the Dharma. Better to be a secular humanist than call yourself a Dharma practitioner. I'll give you my perspective and you are welcome to demolish it. In fact, I hope you do ...
by nichiren-123
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 1224

Learning the Dharma and the limits of Buddhism

This is something that I believe needs to be talked about and which I believe will be helpful for many people. I was brought up a Nichiren Buddhist by my parents before branching off and developing a strong interest in all forms of Buddhism - both Mahayana and Theravada. What’s driven me the most to...
by nichiren-123
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?
Replies: 157
Views: 6931

is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?

tathagatagarbha (more or less buddha nature) is the idea that beyond the early buddhist concepts of impermanence, suffering and non-self there is a permanent, liberated self of sorts which remains forever untainted from karma, delusion and all forms of suffering. I was brought up a Nichiren Buddhist...
by nichiren-123
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How are the 8 negations of nagarjuna derived?
Replies: 5
Views: 782

How are the 8 negations of nagarjuna derived?

I'm currently reading nagarjuna's middle way and it starts with the dedicatory verse:
"...there is neither cessation nor origination, neither anhilation nor the eternal, neither one nor many, neither coming nor going..."

I want to know the basic rundown of why these eight negations are so?
by nichiren-123
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddha nature?
Replies: 13
Views: 1038

What is Buddha nature?

As I understand it, Buddha nature is the most important feature of nichiren Buddhism. I've heard various definitions of it but I can't say I understand what it is. I've heard it is simply the potential to achieve buddhahood (which all beings, sentient and insentient, possess). I've heard it is what ...
by nichiren-123
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 26
Views: 2453

Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

I often hear and read how compassion is vital to Buddhist practice, alongside wisdom.
My question is why is compassion important and how does it relate to wisdom?
by nichiren-123
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 94
Views: 6198

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

Then read some reliable commentaries. Abhidharma is good stuff. Having a teacher guide you through this material is really indispensable. At a minimum, you save time and effort. I thought abhidharma was practically demolished by nagarjuna? I agree with Astus and Malcolm that this isn't the case. Bu...

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