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by Bois de Santal
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 89
Views: 3503

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

I get the gist of what Minobu is saying here and I'm largely in agreement. I know it was always argued that one of Ikeda's roles was to schmooze the rich and powerful but it just came across as a bit needy to me. And buying up chateaux (don't forget Taplow Court in the UK) amongst other major proper...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why do we have to do continuous daimoku?
Replies: 13
Views: 418

Re: Why do we have to do continuous daimoku?

Hmm - I looked but couldn't find it. If anything, Niwano did not believe in the merits of chanting too much daimoku because the mind will start to wander. He seems to have been a 'little but often' kind of guy.
by Bois de Santal
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why do we have to do continuous daimoku?
Replies: 13
Views: 418

Re: Why do we have to do continuous daimoku?

I pretty sure I've read that quote in an article by Niwano - but i'm not sure of it's ultimate provenance.
by Bois de Santal
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Sanskrit Daimoku
Replies: 34
Views: 1061

Re: Sanskrit Daimoku

Thanks for that detailed reply Coemgemu. I was wondering whether the modern mandarin had any more than a passing resemblance to the classic chinese pronunciation. And it is interesting to see how the pronunciation differs between modern and middle japanese. Kyo and ching/jing seem so far apart now, ...
by Bois de Santal
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the deal with King Ashoka?
Replies: 16
Views: 520

Re: What's the deal with King Ashoka?

And what does King Ashoka say?
by Bois de Santal
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Can I mix Nichiren with Shinto? Isn't mixing practices bad?
Replies: 48
Views: 1546

Re: Can I mix Nichiren with Shinto? Isn't mixing practices bad?

I'd just like to thank both you guys for your contributions to this thread.

I, for one, have learnt a lot.
by Bois de Santal
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Can I mix Nichiren with Shinto? Isn't mixing practices bad?
Replies: 48
Views: 1546

Re: Can I mix Nichiren with Shinto? Isn't mixing practices bad?

bcol01 wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:47 am
Thoughts?
:ugeek:
What do you think? Why are you asking the question?
by Bois de Santal
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Can I mix Nichiren with Shinto? Isn't mixing practices bad?
Replies: 48
Views: 1546

Re: Can I mix Nichiren with Shinto? Isn't mixing practices bad?

mechashivaz wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:17 pm
How would one practice Shinto outside of religious structure in Japan? (Assuming you're not living in Japan) Wouldn't one have to train with Shinto Priests?
This would seem to be one of the starting points: https://www.reddit.com/r/Shinto/
by Bois de Santal
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 17
Views: 696

Re: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?

I'm trying to figure out how to respond to their objections. Like, why should I believe that the Lotus Sutra is the teachings of the Buddha? As Miroku indicated there has long been discussion within buddhism as to the correctness of different parts of the canon (to put it delicately.) What is undis...
by Bois de Santal
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 89
Views: 3503

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

The antecedents of workshop folks are obscure though. Despite the fact that no one is quite sure just who they are, they don't come across as sectarian to me. Overall, I trust them. I think my main criticism of the NMSW is that their site(s) are badly organised. There are two main sites, and it is ...
by Bois de Santal
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why didn't the Daimoku save Nichiren from illness?
Replies: 4
Views: 297

Re: Why didn't the Daimoku save Nichiren from illness?

How do we know that it didn't? He may well have already prolonged his life by overcoming illness but just didn't write about it much. He certainly prolonged his life in the face of great persecution. I've never had the feeling that if only he had lived a bit longer he could have completed his missio...
by Bois de Santal
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 1189

Re: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?

Reciting sutras in shindoku is comparable to Latin Mass in a Catholic Church. I took Latin in grade school. I have a feeling my teacher was not pronouncing Latin in any form that an ancient Roman would. He was pronouncing it like a New Yorker. I can't imagine that some of those Latin portions of ma...
by Bois de Santal
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 35
Views: 1850

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

I've been in SGI for almost 2 years and it's been very beneficial to me. I've also read most of this forum and have learned a lot from you all. I was a little surprised and very curious about the admissions of QQ, Minobu and Narwhal that they do other practices. It is probably worth bearing in mind...
by Bois de Santal
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 35
Views: 1850

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

The French Nichiren Buddhists also have amazing resources, and French is close enough to English that GoogleTranslate handles it with minimal scrambling. I presume this is one site you must be referring to: https://www.nichiren-etudes.net/ Although much of the material has been translated from engl...
by Bois de Santal
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?
Replies: 18
Views: 1149

Re: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?

What about the Yampolsky edited volume of Nichiren Letters? Any good? Or the Burton Watson Selected Letters? Aren't they the same thing? At least, the Yampolsky edited volume is just a small collection of Watson's translations of the gosho that he did for the SGI. It is not a book on Nichiren Buddh...
by Bois de Santal
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?
Replies: 18
Views: 1149

Re: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?

I've never read it, and it's long out of print (so probably a bit outdated), but I've heard good things about Daniel Montgomery's Fire in the Lotus. Yes, it is an excellent book. Much better than I thought it would be for a cheap paperback. It gives a good explanation of how mahayana developed into...
by Bois de Santal
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Opinions on this BBC documentary?
Replies: 8
Views: 1173

Re: Opinions on this BBC documentary?

Probably the strangest thing about this documentary is when the woman is asked her if she felt Ikeda was a spiritual man. She responds, “He seemed to be the least spiritual person I have ever met.” How exactly do you qualify that? How do you … “seem spiritual”? If any one needs help on how to seem ...
by Bois de Santal
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Reading more widely
Replies: 19
Views: 1031

Re: Reading more widely

Try this: https://www.urbandharma.org/udharma14/budtea.html]The Buddha and His Teachings It gives a good outline of the fundamentals of Buddhism from the Theravada perspective, which is where it all started really. It is also available in paperback from Amazon. (Worth it, imo, if you can get a copy....
by Bois de Santal
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Opinions on this BBC documentary?
Replies: 8
Views: 1173

Re: Opinions on this BBC documentary?

I'm not surprised by the Polly Toynbee segment, given that she was a former vice-president of the British Humanist Association (now called Humanists UK) - which aims to "...work to enhance the public understanding and appreciation of secularism as the best strategy for achieving freedom, equality, ...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: On honorifics: "o" "go" "dai" "sama"
Replies: 20
Views: 840

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

According to the doctrines of Nichiren Shoshu, the Daishonin is the calligraphic embodiment of the Nichiren Shoshu Gohonzon that is legitimately transcribed by each and every successive High Priest of the Head Temple I presume you meant to say: "According to the doctrines of Nichiren Shoshu, the Ni...

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