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by nichiren-123
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How are the 8 negations of nagarjuna derived?
Replies: 4
Views: 212

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: 7
Views: 351

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: 4
Views: 258

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: 2251

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...
by nichiren-123
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 94
Views: 2251

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

How am I supposed to understand a 2000 year old text, written in an ancient language, full of Buddhist cosmology I don't understand? Commentaries have been written on these sutra's that get to the heart of the matter in a much easier format to digest... Then read some reliable commentaries. Abhidha...
by nichiren-123
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 94
Views: 2251

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

No, the Lotus Sutra teaches that Shakyamuni Buddha has a really, really, really long (but finite) lifespan. There are some traditions that interpret this long but finite lifespan as eternal. Interpretations are debatable. What's the difference between emptiness and interpenetration? Depends who you...
by nichiren-123
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 94
Views: 2251

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

Ok, I'm confused about the different worldviews in the three sutra's of lotus, diamond (i.e. wisdom) and flower garland sutra's? My understanding is that: So the lotus sutra teaches the Buddha is eternal No, the Lotus Sutra teaches that Shakyamuni Buddha has a really, really, really long (but finit...
by nichiren-123
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 94
Views: 2251

Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

Ok, I'm confused about the different worldviews in the three sutra's of lotus, diamond (i.e. wisdom) and flower garland sutra's? My understanding is that: So the lotus sutra teaches the Buddha is eternal The wisdom sutra teaches emptiness and non-duality Flower garland sutra teaches interpenetration...
by nichiren-123
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3485

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

So I've come across the work of J.G. Jennings and his book 'the vendantic Buddhism of the Buddha' who argues that the idea of rebirth is incompatible with Anatta (non-self) and that rebirth is an idea which was accomodated by Buddhists under pressure from Hinduism. It is the opposite actually, rebi...
by nichiren-123
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 3485

Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

So I've come across the work of J.G. Jennings and his book 'the vendantic Buddhism of the Buddha' who argues that the idea of rebirth is incompatible with Anatta (non-self) and that rebirth is an idea which was accomodated by Buddhists under pressure from Hinduism. He argues that the earliest and pr...
by nichiren-123
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1699

How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

So I've been reading about nagarjuna and emptiness and see that he is always trying to negate the systems of his contemporaries whilst offering no system of his own. My question is: did nagarjuna ever categorically offer a positive means or ANYTHING at all about what enlightenment is or how to get t...
by nichiren-123
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?
Replies: 24
Views: 1145

Re: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:36 pm
I wear glasses, but I can manage some tasks without them. Some tasks, like driving without glasses, can be dangerous for me, my passengers, and others on the road.

Seeing clearly and correctly really matters sometimes.
Like when?



Sorry I'm being blunt...
by nichiren-123
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?
Replies: 24
Views: 1145

Re: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?

I understand the need to see myself as empty but what is the point of seeing, say, inanimate objects as empty? Why does seeing the coffee cup as empty help me - if at all? That is like asking 'I am having hallucinations, why does seeing that they are hallucinations and not real help me?' Seeing a c...
by nichiren-123
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?
Replies: 24
Views: 1145

Re: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?

In Buddhism, sunyata, often translated into English as "emptiness" just means that there are no irreducible things. All things are nothing more than the confluence of other things. In other words, the coffee mug on my desk has nothing intrinsically "coffee mug" about it. It is baked clay and glaze ...
by nichiren-123
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?
Replies: 24
Views: 1145

What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?

Does emptiness mean that distinctions are all wrong and/or bad and/or illusory? I.e. what is wrong (if anything) with distinctions?

If so then how is the negation of distinctions liberating?
by nichiren-123
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: motivation to chant daimoku
Replies: 14
Views: 907

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: 907

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: 950

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: 950

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: 950

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...

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