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by dharmapdx
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Photographing the Gohonzon
Replies: 15
Views: 1888

Re: Photographing the Gohonzon

Is "Ken Mandara" from Instagram correct? Does the prohibition of photographing the Gohonzon actually stem from the desire to not have the Dai-Gohonzon exposed as a forgery?
by dharmapdx
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Long distance members? How does SGI connect?
Replies: 7
Views: 1566

Re: Long distance members? How does SGI connect?

In the old days, someone would make that trip to visit the person and help them set up a place to practice and teach them Gongyo. The person would be encouraged to make the effort to make the trip from Bethel to the nearest bestowal ceremony and it would be explained that their efforts to seek the ...
by dharmapdx
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Long distance members? How does SGI connect?
Replies: 7
Views: 1566

Re: Long distance members? How does SGI connect?

I’m shocked that there is a meditation class in Bethel, Alaska. 😳 Interesting response. Thank you. 🙏 Below is a picture of me as a child being held upside-down by a relative of my half-sisters in Alaska. Two of my half-sisters are registered Alaska native. I came very close to being raised in a very...
by dharmapdx
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Long distance members? How does SGI connect?
Replies: 7
Views: 1566

Long distance members? How does SGI connect?

Relatively random question, I know. But let’s say someone living in, say, Bethel, Alaska, wanted to be an SGI member. What would they do? Bethel is accessible only by air. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethel,_Alaska I doubt there are any SGI study groups in Bethel, Alaska. I know the odds of someon...
by dharmapdx
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why can't you buy a Gohonzon?
Replies: 24
Views: 15655

Re: Why can't you buy a Gohonzon?

Very interesting. thank you. 🙏 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 chan...
by dharmapdx
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 73
Views: 6583

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Sorry for being so frank and direct to you, I know, admire and even envy some aspects of your history and experiences around Buddhism and Buddhist cultures (Japanese). But many of your doubts justs shows how bad you should do a real effort to study Buddhism with some real deal serious teachers, ins...
by dharmapdx
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 73
Views: 6583

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Before she returned to Japan, Rev. Myosho Obata actually told me she believes that I was Japanese in a previous life. I can assure you that I am aware of the history and structure of Nichiren Shu. And that was actually sort of the problem. Here I was a male in his 30s sitting next to elderly Japanes...
by dharmapdx
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 73
Views: 6583

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Enclosed is a picture of me with Rev. Myosho Obata, third generation Nichiren Shu priest (from Japan) . She was often surprised by how much I knew about Buddhism. I have actually corresponded with Jacqueline Stone, professor of Japanese Buddhism at Princeton, and sometimes I even took some of her ar...
by dharmapdx
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why can't you buy a Gohonzon?
Replies: 24
Views: 15655

Re: Why can't you buy a Gohonzon?

Uh-oh. I posted too soon: http://kruby.tripod.com/Gohonzonsource.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (What I mean is, you CAN buy a Gohonzon in a shop … but in Japan. Kind of a sad display, actually.) Just to set the record straight. That Gohonzon shop is at the base of Mt. Minobu a...
by dharmapdx
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 73
Views: 6583

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. Maybe another way to put it, is to repeat something Q once said:...
by dharmapdx
Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Where are SGI Gohonzons printed?
Replies: 1
Views: 919

Re: Where are SGI Gohonzons printed?

Anyone? Anyone?
by dharmapdx
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 73
Views: 6583

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

The lion business in SGI is to suggest the practitioner adopt a fearless and strong attitude towards obstacles so as to overcome them; the lion fears nothing, and so on. As far as the youth division, I think the idea is to train courageous children to help them become courageous adults. I surely do...
by dharmapdx
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 73
Views: 6583

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

smcj wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:57 am
“All life is dissatisfying.” Still, that sounds pretty pessimistic to me….
How about, “It is impossible to find lasting satisfaction in ordinary life”?

Probably a true statement, but I wouldn’t want to build an entire religious practice around that.
by dharmapdx
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 73
Views: 6583

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

OK, here’s a new surprise: all the references to lions. I recently found this article that says, “The Omamori Gohonzon and the Gohonzon enshrined in our home have the same powers of the Buddha and the Law. The Gohonzon is inscribed with the power of an attacking lion.” http://www.sginz.org/assets/do...
by dharmapdx
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 73
Views: 6583

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Thank you. I suppose I got so hungup on that first Noble truth, that I stopped there…. I never really let it sink in that the follow-up Noble truths show how to get out of suffering. This excellent PBS documentary says that it is an inaccurate translation to say that Buddha said all life is “sufferi...
by dharmapdx
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 73
Views: 6583

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Thank you for the wonderful post. I wish I had asked this question more indepth much earlier. The four Noble truths just are no help for me. I mean, I started complaining at the age of 8 that I wanted to commit suicide. I am well acquainted with the fact that there is a lot of suffering in life. I a...
by dharmapdx
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 73
Views: 6583

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

That’s interesting. I actually remember hearing a Nichiren Shu minister refer to the Four Noble Truths as “basic Buddhism.” I’m aware of the academic distaste for Mahayana. I think Nichiren Buddhism and Pureland Buddhism would be, almost dismissively, categorized as “ethnic Buddhism.” I remember rea...
by dharmapdx
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 73
Views: 6583

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

Was recently reminded of another surprise in Buddhism…. This Buddhism (Nichiren Buddhism) doesn’t feel like “Buddhism” at all. Before people feel insulted, hear me out…. I was introduced to Buddhism in the late 1990s by way of Americanized “pop culture” Tibetan Buddhism and Thich Nhat Hanh, with thi...
by dharmapdx
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 73
Views: 6583

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

If I may resurrect this … I suppose one thing I was trying to say was: before I started attending a temple before I started chanting, I had a perception that Buddhism was about “peace.” I suppose therefore I thought that any Buddhist institution, and any Buddhist people, I encountered would be “peac...
by dharmapdx
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Is this a Nichiren Shu omamori?
Replies: 5
Views: 1360

Re: Is this a Nichiren Shu omamori?

Speaking of Nichiren Shu omamori…. Look at these great pictures from current eBay auction. https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-NICHIREN-SHU-OMAMORI-GOHONZON-TALISMAN-PENDANT-In-22K-GOLD-CHARACTERS/113025056878 Note: I am in no way affiliated with this auction and I’m not “advertising” it. Like many people...

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