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by nichiren-123
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: motivation to chant daimoku
Replies: 14
Views: 706

Re: motivation to chant daimoku

Do I feel motivated to chant? Do I feel motivated to go to the gym? Do I feel motivated to floss? Generally, no to all that. If I were to analogize my practice to an iceberg, Daimoku is only the visible part, and maybe then only part of the visible part. Most of my practice is study, reflection, co...
by nichiren-123
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: motivation to chant daimoku
Replies: 14
Views: 706

motivation to chant daimoku

OK guys, I'm struggling to find the motivation to chant regularly. Mostly because of doubt and because I can't see how chanting could even work. I was brought up Buddhist but stopped practicing around 10-11 yrs old. I came back to the practice at the start of 2017 because the theory of Buddhism make...
by nichiren-123
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Relationship between provisional and true
Replies: 12
Views: 737

Re: Relationship between provisional and true

Isn't the whole of Buddhism encapsulated in the mystic law of Myoho Renge Kyo? Are the provisional teachings not part of the one vehicle? If so, then surely you can study the provisional to learn more about the true? "No expedient or provisional teaching lead directly to enlightenment" So surely yo...
by nichiren-123
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Relationship between provisional and true
Replies: 12
Views: 737

Re: Relationship between provisional and true

What I'm interested in is how the provisional teaching relates to the true teaching. The lotus sutra teaches the one vehicle but from what I've read I can't see how all the 'lesser' (i.e. partial/expedient) teachings fit into the one vehicle? Here's an example: When my young son resists brushing hi...
by nichiren-123
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Relationship between provisional and true
Replies: 12
Views: 737

Relationship between provisional and true

The provisional teachings, which include Hinayana and provisional Mahayana, were set forth according to the people’s capacity, as a means to lead them to the true teaching of the Lotus Sutra. What I'm interested in is how the provisional teaching relates to the true teaching. The lotus sutra teaches...
by nichiren-123
Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: nagarjuna two truths to tientai threefold truth. How?
Replies: 3
Views: 348

nagarjuna two truths to tientai threefold truth. How?

So I get the two truths theory formulated by Nagarjuna. There is ultimate truth (i.e. insight into emptiness) and then there is conventional truth, which, which useful, is ultimately false. So there is a sort of hierarchy: ultimate truth > conventional truth But then in in tientai there are three tr...
by nichiren-123
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: “Never seek this Gohonzon outside yourself,”
Replies: 8
Views: 669

“Never seek this Gohonzon outside yourself,”

In On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime nichiren says the following: You must never think that any of the eighty thousand sacred teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha’s lifetime or any of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas of the ten directions and three existences are outside yourself. Your practice of the ...
by nichiren-123
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Physiological suffering and implications for Buddhist path?
Replies: 22
Views: 1216

Physiological suffering and implications for Buddhist path?

I've been thinking about this for a while: if suffering is related to physiological structures in the brain then how can suffering end without the destruction of these components? How does the acknowledgement of these structures effect the solution for the end of suffering? My immediate thought is t...
by nichiren-123
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: huayan vs tiantai metaphysics?
Replies: 1
Views: 254

huayan vs tiantai metaphysics?

So I've been reading tiantai and huayan and can't see much of a distinction in their metaphysics? namely, they both subscribe to the idea of interpenetration of all dharma's. So what are the actual metaphysical differences between the two? Also, how are they distinguished in terms of their liberatin...
by nichiren-123
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 10448

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

maybe the cause contains within it the effect, whether you look at it linearly or any other way, dropping a hammer on your toe is still dropping a hammer on your toe, modelling it after some linear or non linear "law" may feel like an explanation, but to some perhaps not, but its still dropping a h...
by nichiren-123
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: can someone explain the entity of the mystic law?
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: can someone explain the entity of the mystic law?

I've been reading nichiren's gosho 'the entity of the mystic law' and in it nichiren begins by saying that QUESTION: What is the entity of Myoho-renge-kyo? Answer: All beings and their environments in any of the Ten Worlds are themselves entities of Myoho-renge-kyo. Question: If so, then is it poss...
by nichiren-123
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: can someone explain the entity of the mystic law?
Replies: 6
Views: 420

can someone explain the entity of the mystic law?

I've been reading nichiren's gosho 'the entity of the mystic law' and in it nichiren begins by saying that QUESTION: What is the entity of Myoho-renge-kyo? Answer: All beings and their environments in any of the Ten Worlds are themselves entities of Myoho-renge-kyo. Question: If so, then is it possi...
by nichiren-123
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: logic behind NMRK?
Replies: 17
Views: 1003

Re: logic behind NMRK?

Bumping this thread as I've thought of more questions which might move the conversation forward: 1) If you lack faith in NMRK then will it work? The way I understand it, the first time you hear the dharma (i.e. NMRK or LS) then you have a connection that can never be broken. you may not believe in N...
by nichiren-123
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 10448

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:20 pm
As ridiculous as this may sound, in a way, there is nothing that exists
do you mean no-thing?
by nichiren-123
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: nagarjuna basics?
Replies: 31
Views: 2049

nagarjuna basics?

So I'm a nichiren buddhist (hence username) but am interested in the historical lineage which nichiren is a part of. I've read about tiantai but I know nothing about nagarjuna. I tried reading commentaries on 'the fundamental wisdom of the middle way' but found them way too difficult to understand. ...
by nichiren-123
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 10448

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Its pretty straight forward. There actually are no causes - because whatever is past does not presently exist. There are no effect of present actions, because the future has not come. There is only this moment - what we conceive as past causes is nothing other than the present moment. What we think...
by nichiren-123
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 10448

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Found a relevant quote which explains it for me: http://ichinensanzen.ca/dependent-origination-the-doctrine-of-interdependence/ ... ‘oneself’ and the ‘environment’ are a mutually co-arising phenomena of causes and conditions that simultaneously give rise each other. This transforms our basic underst...
by nichiren-123
Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 10448

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

For me I view the simultaneity of cause & effect from a 10 Factors standpoint “The true aspect of all phenomena can only be understood and shared between Buddhas. This reality consists of appearance, nature, entity, power, influence, internal cause, relation, latent effect, manifest effect and thei...
by nichiren-123
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 10448

simultaneity of cause and effect

I tried using the search function to look this up but it wouldn't work, so my apologies if there is already a thread for this... I've heard people mention the simultaneity of cause and effect but it seems very complicated. it would be nice if someone could explain this for me as opposed to linear ca...
by nichiren-123
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Buddhas only see other Buddhas
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: Buddhas only see other Buddhas

As I see it, everyone is inherently good. We want to do good and never cause harm. But because of confusion, ignorance and delusions we are tricked into causing harm. for instance a parent might smack a child thinking that it is necessary thing to do. Or someone might think their angry behaviour is ...

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