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by markatex
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Would this be acceptable to use in place of a Gohonzon?
Replies: 9
Views: 774

Re: Would this be acceptable to use in place of a Gohonzon?

If you’re “unaffiliated,” I guess it would be okay, but a Nichiren Shu priest would issue a new person a “temporary” mandala (I never had one of those, so I’m not sure what they look like exactly) until your jukai and then they’d give you a Shutei Mandala Gohonzon.
by markatex
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren buddhist practice
Replies: 12
Views: 1048

Re: Nichiren buddhist practice

Shakubuku and shoju would fall under the practice of expounding the Lotus Sutra. They are methods for doing so.
by markatex
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Interesting Read
Replies: 3
Views: 397

Re: Interesting Read

The divide is definitely a thing, and I've also experienced the aloofness Rev. Myokei mentions, particularly at Zen Centers. Silent meditation was not initially what attracted me to Buddhism. I was drawn in by ritual and the promise that there was some part of me that was inherently good, and not fu...
by markatex
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren's exclusivism
Replies: 28
Views: 2010

Re: Nichiren's exclusivism

i agree with you, brother. but how justify it better ? Others buddhist schools can say that their method are the best, but did not say the others will lead people to bad destinies. I mean...Dogen said that people who rejected the sutras should be beaten with iron rods and thrown into hell. A certai...
by markatex
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren's exclusivism
Replies: 28
Views: 2010

Re: Nichiren's exclusivism

Yes, by exclusivism i meant that. What looks problematic to me was his harsh way to say that the others were wrong. What do you think ? That’s the part I don’t think we necessarily need to copy. Nichiren was reacting to very harsh circumstances. There were plagues, earthquakes, famines, attempted f...
by markatex
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren's exclusivism
Replies: 28
Views: 2010

Re: Nichiren's exclusivism

I assume what is meant is the idea that the Lotus Sutra is the only path to Buddhahood in the age of mappo, and more specifically, the practice formulated by Nichiren based on it. I dont think it’s circumstantial. Nichiren’s criticisms of certain sects of his time may have been circumstantial, and a...
by markatex
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Let's Discuss - Is Nichiren Hombutsu?
Replies: 28
Views: 1719

Re: Let's Discuss - Is Nichiren Hombutsu?

Shakyamuni Buddha as revealed in the 16th chapter of the LS is regarded as the Original Buddha in all Nichiren traditions besides Nichiren Shoshu and SGI, as far as I know. I’m sure it’s explained in much greater depth in illaraza’s blog posts.
by markatex
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo recitation from memory or from book
Replies: 8
Views: 848

Re: Gongyo recitation from memory or from book

I dunno what the ABC stuff is, but I always use the book. Even after practicing for over 12 years, I have very little shindoku memorized. Sometimes you think you have something like that memorized when you really don’t.
by markatex
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Writings of Saicho
Replies: 8
Views: 1768

Re: Writings of Saicho

Thanks for the replies. What would you say are the major ideas Saicho contributed to Tendai? How is The Candle of the Latter Dharma viewed in present-day Tendai?
by markatex
Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do Nichiren Buddhists pray for others?
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: Do Nichiren Buddhists pray for others?

Yes, of course, we pray for others. One of my teachers told me that you should always offer a prayer dedicating merit after a period of practice. In Nichiren Shu, we recite a prayer after chanting the Daimoku, dedicating merit to the Eternal Buddha, the Lotus Sutra, Nichiren Shonin, protective deiti...
by markatex
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?

Nichiren lived some seven to eight centuries ago, and he was critiquing his contemporaries. Whether the objects of his critiques continue to the present in substantially the same form, I don't know. For sure, and I don’t think that can be overstated. In his writings he distinguished forms of Zen th...
by markatex
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?

I think all of Zen claims the transmission outside the scriptures thing. It’s pretty much the hallmark of the tradition.
by markatex
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 2569

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

”Thirdly, the rituals, and especially their languages, remain aesthetically beautiful but often have no communicable meaning. Sutras written in classical Chinese are chanted with Japanese pronunciations that constitute a special language of its own, being neither Japanese nor Chinese. For many (inc...
by markatex
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 2569

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

My mother actually joined Nichiren Shōshū in the 1970s, but she became frustrated when no one could explain to her what exactly it was that she was chanting. Apparently, they said to her, “It doesn’t matter what it means….” The Nichiren Shu booklet I shared in this thread was actually given to me b...
by markatex
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 2569

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

Yes, I assumed that was modern Japanese. We sometimes use that in English services, I assume because it’s somewhat shorter than the English translation of Kaikyoge, which is a bit too verbose, IMO.
by markatex
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What are the precepts in Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 10
Views: 902

Re: What are the precepts in Nichiren Shoshu?

I don’t think Nichiren Shoshu has a different idea of the precepts than other schools of Nichiren Buddhism. We don’t really address the precepts as individual vows the way other Buddhist schools do. Upholding the Lotus Sutra (the Diamond Chalice Precept referenced above) contains the merit of keepin...
by markatex
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddha nature?
Replies: 27
Views: 1635

Re: What is Buddha nature?

According to Nichiren, some of us received the seed of Buddhahood (Namu Myoho renge kyo) from Shakyamuni Buddha in the remote past and others for the first time in this very life. Either way, we are emanations of Shakyamuni Buddha and this Buddha alone. Buddha-nature is the field of Buddhahood. We ...
by markatex
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Confused after Recent Dissapointments
Replies: 10
Views: 1352

Re: Confused after Recent Dissapointments

I had been chanting hard but the results were exactly the opposite. This let to a lot of discouragement This is one problem with encouraging people to chant for specific outcomes and promising the moon, basically. It inevitably leads to disappointment and disillusionment, even if it seems to work i...
by markatex
Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 35
Views: 3148

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

My questions: 1. What can other practices provide that Nichiren Buddhism cannot? 2. What are the benefits of having a Master? 3. Can chanting provide the same benefits as meditation? 1. Nothing. As has been mentioned, silent meditation is not outside the umbrella of Nichiren Buddhist practice, alth...
by markatex
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best way to deal with family who never reaches out to you no matter how you try?
Replies: 6
Views: 644

Re: What's the best way to deal with family who never reaches out to you no matter how you try?

Choose your own family. We gay folk of a certain age learned to do this out of necessity. There’s no reason to knock yourself out trying to maintain relationships with people who are just not that into you, whether you’re related or not.

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