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by illarraza
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:09 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: 398

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

bcol01 wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:04 pm
Is there a good book out there that I can read on the Lotus Sutra that is a commentary on each chapter or portion?
The Ongi Kuden or The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings... https://www.nichirenlibrary.org/en/ott/toc/

Mark
by illarraza
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Misfortune (Please Advise)
Replies: 21
Views: 1667

Re: Misfortune (Please Advise)

I am at my wit's end. I know that as Nichiren Buddhists our primary concern is not necessarily the achievement of mundane successes. Instead, we are to be focused upon the ultimate attainment of Buddhahood. That said, the practice of chanting the daimoku and revering the Lotus Sutra is touted as a ...
by illarraza
Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: karma and ichinen
Replies: 19
Views: 844

Re: karma and ichinen

"How then is it folly to seek and enjoy good fortune when it accrues? That is the way of beings - to want to be happy." -- QQ No need to seek good fortune. It is a given. Is the converse true, when misfortune arises should we lament? I think you should look again at the Eight Winds Gosho.... "Worthy...
by illarraza
Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: karma and ichinen
Replies: 19
Views: 844

Re: karma and ichinen

Nichiren explains well the cause of disasters in On Dealing with Disaster. Those SGI members swept away in the Tsunami are excellent examples. "However, whether in the Former, the Middle, or the Latter Day of the Law, one should never in any of these three periods give alms to those who slander the ...
by illarraza
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: karma and ichinen
Replies: 19
Views: 844

Re: karma and ichinen

"First, only Buddhas completely understand the workings of karma. Presuming to know the workings of karma says more about the person making pronouncements than any substantive statement they make." -- QQ Nonsense. That which only the Buddhas can understand, according to Nichiren, is how the provisio...
by illarraza
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: karma and ichinen
Replies: 19
Views: 844

Re: karma and ichinen

""Furthermore, Manjushri, after the Thus Come One has passed into extinction, in the Latter Day of the Law, if one wishes to preach this sutra, you should abide by these peaceful practices. When he opens his mouth to expound or when he reads the sutra, he should not delight in speaking of the fault...
by illarraza
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: karma and ichinen
Replies: 19
Views: 844

Re: karma and ichinen

For Narwhal: "The four peaceful practices [in the “Peaceful Practices” chapter] correspond to shōju. To carry them out in this age would be as foolish as sowing seeds in winter and expecting to reap the harvest in spring. It is natural for a rooster to crow at dawn, but strange for him to crow at du...
by illarraza
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: karma and ichinen
Replies: 19
Views: 844

Re: karma and ichinen

It is thanks to our seeds of auspicious causation, not to SGI, Ikeda,Toda, or your sponser... "The Great Teacher Miao-lo says in his commentary (Hokke Mongu Ki, seven): Therefore we know that if, in the latter age, one is able to hear the Law even briefly, and if having heard it, one then arouses fa...
by illarraza
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: karma and ichinen
Replies: 19
Views: 844

Re: karma and ichinen

narhwal90 wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:17 am
I find Chapter 14 instructive in such circumstances.
What does Nichiren say about Chapter 14 Narwhal? I hope you don't have a nose like a Narwhal or is that a pinocchio nose from long practicing with the Soka Gakkai?

Mark
by illarraza
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: karma and ichinen
Replies: 19
Views: 844

Re: karma and ichinen

"3. This is what Tokyo looked like when Toda was released from prison: Image What can you tell a person piecing their life back together in the midst of that rubble about karmic retribution?" -- QQ What could Toda say? He and his ilk were the very cause of the misfortune, having abandoned the Lotus ...
by illarraza
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: karma and ichinen
Replies: 19
Views: 844

Re: karma and ichinen

Mark, you heard the title of the Lotus Sutra because of Daisaku Ikeda, Josei Toda, and Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. It is one thing remonstrate and point out errors to those whom you have debt of gratitude. It is another to turn it into an opportunity for spectacle and mockery. Look at your life's work f...
by illarraza
Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: karma and ichinen
Replies: 19
Views: 844

karma and ichinen

Nichiren view of fame and profit differs from SGI's Nichiren teaches, "Leave such matters [worldly fame and profit] to the karma formed in your previous existences." -- Questions and Answers about Embracing the Lotus Sutra page 63 SGI, on the other hand, teaches that it is determination [Ichinen] th...
by illarraza
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 3818

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

As the saying goes "Faith equals daily life", the results of the practice are to be seen here and now. The "prosperity cult" thing is a degenerate case, the win is the individual's human revolution; transformation from the inside out. "Since childhood, I, Nichiren, have never prayed for the secular...
by illarraza
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why can't you buy a Gohonzon?
Replies: 24
Views: 12951

Re: Why can't you buy a Gohonzon?

I used to bestow Gohonzon, either framed or mounted, for example, http://markrogow.blogspot.com/2018/07/a-gohonzon-i-mounted.html . The following was my criteria for bestowing Gohonzon: Procedure for receiving and bestowing Gohonzon for traditionalists You must be chanting Namu Myoho renge kyo and t...
by illarraza
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 3818

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

I was surprised about how many Buddhist paradoxes there are, For example, referring to the equality of the Buddha and the common mortal: "Some mis-teach the principle of the equality of the Buddha and the common mortal because they misunderstand the principle of the general and the specific. They so...
by illarraza
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 3818

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Thanks for the responses, everyone. This has all given me a lot to think about…. With regard to the social hierarchy in Buddhist organizations, I suppose the deeper issue for me is I suppose I don't understand why Buddhist organizations are even necessary to begin with . Which kind of brings me to ...
by illarraza
Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Three Obstacles and Four Devils
Replies: 12
Views: 575

Re: Three Obstacles and Four Devils

Why we suffer all manner of retributions as did Nichiren "Question: How can you be certain that the exiles and sentences of death imposed on you are the result of karma created in the past? Answer: A bronze mirror will reflect color and form. The First Emperor of the Ch’in dynasty had a lie-detectin...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 71
Views: 3818

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Thanks for the responses, everyone. This has all given me a lot to think about…. With regard to the social hierarchy in Buddhist organizations, I suppose the deeper issue for me is I suppose I don't understand why Buddhist organizations are even necessary to begin with . Which kind of brings me to ...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: motivation to chant daimoku
Replies: 14
Views: 815

Re: motivation to chant daimoku

More on the Three Obstacles and Four Devils "The fifth volume of Great Concentration and Insight states, “As practice progresses and understanding grows, the three obstacles and four devils emerge in confusing form, vying with one another to interfere.” It also states, “It will only be like a boar r...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: motivation to chant daimoku
Replies: 14
Views: 815

Re: motivation to chant daimoku

You don't get sansho shima if you don't practice. this is not sansho shima...this is a daily practice of adversity and never ending hell.... this is not what i signed up for Hi. If one practices according to the preachings, one will gain the motivation to chant by being assailed by the Three Obstac...

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