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by Queequeg
Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:55 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Dharma and long-term economic recession.
Replies: 45
Views: 10027

Re: Dharma and long-term economic recession.

No worries, PC. I think there are various degrees of seriousness in this thread. But I think this kind of sets the tone... :spy: :alien: :spy: / :sage: :buddha1: :sage: Its a "what if a zombie apocalypse wiped out 99% of mankind... what then?" kind of discussion, except its premised on Peak Oil and ...
by Queequeg
Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:16 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Dharma and long-term economic recession.
Replies: 45
Views: 10027

Re: Dharma and long-term economic recession.

Porkchop,

You might not catch the tongue in cheek over these internets.
by Queequeg
Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:50 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Nichiren Shu vs Jodo Shinshu
Replies: 14
Views: 4143

Re: Nichiren Shu vs Jodo Shinshu

There is no misrepresentation. The object of devotion for observing the mind) (note Ven Nichirens words are offensive to many,I qoute them so you can get an idea of what he thought of people who follow Buddhist sutras other than the Lotus sutra) "All the teachings other than the one chapter and two...
by Queequeg
Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Dharma and long-term economic recession.
Replies: 45
Views: 10027

Re: Dharma and long-term economic recession.

I've been perusing the blogosphere and have come across an interesting prediction that I feel holds some weight - at least for my part of the country: One of my best friends is a half grown Honduran dude. When I saw Apocalypto, I joked that it was like they had cloned him to populate the cast. Howe...
by Queequeg
Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: advice on giving up smoking
Replies: 11
Views: 3327

Re: advice on giving up smoking

I smoked for 18 years (EDIT: I just redid the math. It was 23 freaking years. Oy va voy. More years smoking than not. :facepalm:), more or less. There were a few spells, a few months to a year, when I "quit". I've now been "quit" for a year. This "quit" feels permanent. It feels different than the o...
by Queequeg
Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:02 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Nichiren Shu vs Jodo Shinshu
Replies: 14
Views: 4143

Re: Nichiren Shu vs Jodo Shinshu

I am reluctant to post in this thread, but there are misrepresentations of Nichiren's teachings that I would like to address. I disagreed with Ven Nichirens views concerning abandoning all other sutras accept the Lotus sutra. For (1)the Lotus sutra states the sutras before it are provisional,it does...
by Queequeg
Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:03 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Dharma and long-term economic recession.
Replies: 45
Views: 10027

Re: Dharma and long-term economic recession.

Not if you're a charmer . :facepalm: OK, humoring... All you need is Sandaihiho - Three Great Hidden Dharmas - 1. Gohonzon (Object of Veneration/Devotion), 2. Daimoku (August Title of the Sutra), and 3. Kaidan (Precept Platform). Depending on your interpretation of Nichiren, this can mean different...
by Queequeg
Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:29 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Dharma and long-term economic recession.
Replies: 45
Views: 10027

Re: Dharma and long-term economic recession.

Follow up... That was kind of opaque. I have to wonder whether my branch of the Buddhist community (or even the larger Buddhist community) has any long term plan for how they will go about saturating Buddhadharma into Western culture if the oil, money and lattes start to run thin and then to a halt....
by Queequeg
Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:09 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Dharma and long-term economic recession.
Replies: 45
Views: 10027

Re: Dharma and long-term economic recession.

'I am delivered, O Bhikkhus, from all fetters, human and divine. You, O Bhikkhus, are also delivered from all fetters, human and divine. Go ye now, O Bhikkhus, and wander, for the gain of the many, for the welfare of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the good, for the gain, and for the...
by Queequeg
Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Saichō's Monastic Reforms
Replies: 61
Views: 13124

Re: Saichō's Monastic Reforms

Thank you, Rory. I was not aware of that study. I will check it out. :)
by Queequeg
Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does karma decide whats good and whats bad?
Replies: 4
Views: 910

Re: How does karma decide whats good and whats bad?

Mr. Bambocha, In a way you could look at karma as neutral, in and of itself. The question of good and bad is determined by the effects - as Huseng wrote, "Good deeds lead to ease and bad deeds lead to suffering." The question gets complicated because we tend to mis-perceive the conditions and circum...
by Queequeg
Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:37 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Saichō's Monastic Reforms
Replies: 61
Views: 13124

Re: Saichō's Monastic Reforms

Hi Huseng, If humanity returns to some dark ages, that will be truly unfortunate. I don't think that is by any means certain, but at the same time I couldn't really argue against your points. To me, spreading Dharma would be a significant factor in whether we can avoid such a dark future - and I don...
by Queequeg
Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:48 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Saichō's Monastic Reforms
Replies: 61
Views: 13124

Re: Saichō's Monastic Reforms

Wow. Just spent an hour reading this thread. I suppose much of the discussion has faded off. Huseng - I don't know if its just Japanese Buddhism that is in permanent decline. I am just not sure any tradition is going to continue to maintain large rolls of renunciates. If economic development continu...
by Queequeg
Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Went to a Rissho Kosei Kai service today.
Replies: 14
Views: 3534

Re: Went to a Rissho Kosei Kai service today.

I'm a bit of a literal reader, possibly a weakness due to being a programmer. I'm not so good when things become symbolic - even Buddhist imagery gives me headaches. From a literal reading, the things described Lotus sutra can require a huge leap of faith. My ability to read into the symbolism is a...
by Queequeg
Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 14994

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

Sorry I am not a very social person so maybe my communication is not very good. I also tend to write here after I fell out of bed, that might also add to the confusion :zzz: No worries - we're just "talking" :) I have never heard of this type of razor before. According to the collective wisdom of W...
by Queequeg
Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to get rid of clinging to self
Replies: 23
Views: 4018

Re: How to get rid of clinging to self

How exactly is the concept of I an illusion?I can understand that there is no self set in stone but there is still technically a being called Red Faced Buddha.My major problem is my fear of impermanence and anatman. Well, what is a being then? What is YOUR being? Follow the question to its most abs...
by Queequeg
Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to get rid of clinging to self
Replies: 23
Views: 4018

Re: How to get rid of clinging to self

Johnny Dangerous wrote:"who am I"
The Eternal Question...

From one of the greatest movies of all time (IMHO)

http://youtu.be/THRB4bv1-mw
by Queequeg
Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:38 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Went to a Rissho Kosei Kai service today.
Replies: 14
Views: 3534

Re: Went to a Rissho Kosei Kai service today.

Hey Porkchop,

I'd be interested to hear your thoughts as you 'digest' the experience. Keep us posted.

:)
by Queequeg
Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 14994

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

Joda, I actually don't think anything you are opining is off topic. In many respects, you are standing in as a surrogate for the type of person the OP was looking for help in having a discussion/debate with. I'm observing that you make a number of arguments, but tend to conflate them, such that the ...
by Queequeg
Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 14994

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

Yea I thought that much, since you implied you see Buddha as a form of metaphysical entity. I dont think I've read the Lotus sutra myself tho; when I dont mix it up its like the Avatamsaka rather filled with gummybears falling from the sky and rainbows shooting out of peoples ears - I prefered text...

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