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by illarraza
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?
Replies: 16
Views: 415

Re: Did Chi-i or tendai tradition recite NMHRK or lotus sutra title?

Thank you, brother. could you point the other differences ? And i missed the answer to the question : could we say that for Nichiren NMHRK has a diferent and special meaning ? Dave confuses theoretical and actual Ichinen Sanzen Dave: “Mark, the Shakyamuni you are worshipping is not the Gautama from...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 17
Views: 630

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? From another often maligned tradition, patience. Think "such are his conditions" and return to your practice. 9 times out of 10, no good will come from engagi...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 17
Views: 630

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

There is not a point to argue or discuss to be honest. Theravadins think whole Vajrayana and probably even most of Mahayana sutras (atleast) are fake. :D You cannot really change their opinion. Either they grow into it or they dont. Easy as that. It is better to be silent and as Monlam has said dev...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: mappo-last days of the law and optimism
Replies: 4
Views: 253

Re: mappo-last days of the law and optimism

"The masses of beings see the kalpas exhausted, When they are burned by the great fires; This land of mine is peaceful and secure; Gods and humans ever fill it. Gardens and forests and various halls and pavilions, With various types of jewels adorned; On the jewelled trees many flowers and fruit, Wh...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?
Replies: 39
Views: 1380

Re: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?

"Obviously the Lotus Sūtra doesn’t have a monopoly on it (Enlightenment)." -- Krodha It does. All those who attain Enlightenment did so because the seed of Enlightenment(the Lotus Sutra) was planted in their lives in the past or present. For example, those in the Former and Middle Days of the Law, o...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?
Replies: 39
Views: 1380

Re: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?

Part 2 Dharma Jim discusses why the Lotus Sutra is superior “But I would also like to respond to the idea that a text cannot embody the ultimate teaching of the Buddha, which was implied in your suggestion regarding texts and reification. This is the standard ‘finger and the moon’ criticism. The ide...
by illarraza
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?
Replies: 39
Views: 1380

Re: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?

Dharma Jim answers the question, why is the Lotus Sutra superior? 1 Two Good Dharma Friends Discuss the Lotus Sutra by Dharma Jim Visit One I hadn’t seen my good friend Doug for several months. Both of us, like most people, have busy schedules. We had finally both found some free time for lunch on a...
by illarraza
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What do you think about while chanting?
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: What do you think about while chanting?

"Simply chant Namu Myoho renge kyo and strive to attain the way"; and "Thus he states: 'Chant the Lotus Sutra with your ordinary distracted mind. You do not have to enter into a state of mental concentration. Whether sitting, standing, or walking, just fix your whole mind on the words of the Lotus S...
by illarraza
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddhahood?
Replies: 14
Views: 697

Re: What is Buddhahood?

I think many people struggle to believe in Nichiren Buddhism because of a misunderstanding of what the word Buddhahood means. In other words, what is the point of practicing if we don't even know what we are practicing for? I wish there were some really good answers out there as to what this term m...
by illarraza
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: For the first time in a long time, I am getting serious about Nichiren Buddhism...
Replies: 5
Views: 317

Re: For the first time in a long time, I am getting serious about Nichiren Buddhism...

It has been very hard for me to deal with the fact that my family, no matter how much I try, doesn't seem to care about me. They never reach out and I take it very personally, naturally. This has held me back from my practice. I take things to heart; how ppl treat me, etc. I dwell on it. This had h...
by illarraza
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 35
Views: 1721

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. My questions: 1. What can other prac...
by illarraza
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 35
Views: 1721

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 illarraza
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 35
Views: 1721

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

The twenty-four characters of Never Disparaging (Skt. Sadaparibhuta , JP. Fukyo )and the five characters of Nichiren are different in wording, but accord with the same principle. -On the Buddha's Prophecy I just stole that quote for SuttaCentral: https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/stephen-batchel...
by illarraza
Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 35
Views: 1721

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

Practice for oneself and for others. Well thats what Buddhism is all about eh ! Please do not think or get me wrong .. Nichiren practice is very beneficial and appropriate for this time. But... He could not have produced it without the knowledge of other Buddhist teachings... the ideas of chanting ...
by illarraza
Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddha nature?
Replies: 7
Views: 507

Re: 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 illarraza
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 35
Views: 1721

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

Practice for oneself and for others. Well thats what Buddhism is all about eh ! Please do not think or get me wrong .. Nichiren practice is very beneficial and appropriate for this time. But... He could not have produced it without the knowledge of other Buddhist teachings... the ideas of chanting ...
by illarraza
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren
Replies: 26
Views: 3099

Re: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren

This is an old thread, but I’m wondering where this list comes from. It comes from Tientai's Profound Meaning. I don't remember where I found it. Mark I wrote this before reading Shingyo's fine analysis. Perhaps the Twenty Important Principles and Twenty Mystic principles are different, one from Pr...
by illarraza
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren
Replies: 26
Views: 3099

Re: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren

markatex wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:01 am
This is an old thread, but I’m wondering where this list comes from.
It comes from Tientai's Profound Meaning. I don't remember where I found it.

Mark
by illarraza
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren
Replies: 26
Views: 3099

Re: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren

you never fail to surprise me queequeg. just when i think you give me a non answer...i realize it is more than i hoped for. ta very much Actually, in the Lotus Sutra it states: He profoundly understands the signs of guilt and good fortune and illuminates the ten directions everywhere. His subtle, w...
by illarraza
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren
Replies: 26
Views: 3099

Re: The Twenty Important Principles of the Lotus Sutra acknowledged by Nichiren

Might be a reference to the benefits of a copper wheel turning king. :shrug: It is like a powerful Wheel-turning king Who bestows rewards Upon soldiers successful in battle: Elephants, horses, carriages, Personal ornaments, As well as fields, houses, Villages, cities, and countries. Or he may give ...

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