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by dharmapdx
Fri May 10, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Surprises in Buddhism?
Replies: 73
Views: 9873

Re: Surprises in Buddhism?

This thread popped into my head today. It’s been a while…. Can’t believe I wasn’t able to express it this succinctly. This is all I was trying to say: * I thought Buddhism would “enlighten” people to want to relinquish social rank, only to realize that many people who practice Buddhism do so precise...
by dharmapdx
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Etsy Gohonzon store: what do y’all think?
Replies: 5
Views: 798

Re: Etsy Gohonzon store: what do y’all think?

Object to what? Just the fact that he sells them? Is he just selling them to anyone who wants one? I'm not sure I care for that, if that's the case, but there isn't much anyone can do about it. Not all of what is on his site would be suitable honzons for a Nichiren practitioner, but that's neither ...
by dharmapdx
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Etsy Gohonzon store: what do y’all think?
Replies: 5
Views: 798

Etsy Gohonzon store: what do y’all think?

I’m a neutral observer here. No judgement on my part. The only reason I ask what others think of this, is because I’ve never seen this before. The owner of this shop seems to be a nice guy, and he says he is with Nichiren Shu. I suppose I’m a little surprised that a Nichiren Shu minister wouldn’t ob...
by dharmapdx
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I want a Nittatsu gohonzon!
Replies: 33
Views: 5089

Re: I want a Nittatsu gohonzon!

Amazing. Wish I could afford this, over $2,500: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1965-RARE-SCAR ... 3601257497



I almost feel like it shouldn’t be for sale on eBay, but should be in some kind of museum.
by dharmapdx
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Quit Chanting
Replies: 10
Views: 1264

Re: Quit Chanting

The_Wonderer wrote: Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:01 pm Hi All,

I quit chanting few months back. I want to know is it OK keep Gohonzon rolled up (in a case) in a cabinet. I really do not want to dis-respect anything.

Thanks

You can send it to me if you want.
by dharmapdx
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 3419

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

Not surprisingly, given the complexity of this issue, I think there have been some misunderstandings…. 1. I am fully aware that there are translations in the liturgy book. I know what the sutra means in English. 2. I actually enjoy chanting in shindoku/onyomi/kambun https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan...
by dharmapdx
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 3419

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

I was paraphrasing what the author of this article wrote: https://www.patheos.com/resources/additional-resources/2010/07/heresy-and-the-future-of-japanese-buddhism-in-hawaii My apology. He didn’t actually refer to Shindoku as a “mutant language,” but as “mumbo-jumbo” — which actually sounds worse. I...
by dharmapdx
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 3419

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 dharmapdx
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 3419

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

"modern", in linguistics is a very vague term. Shakespeare is "modern" English, for instance. You knew what I meant though. Consider modern vernacular English vs formal English. I just got hired at a court transcriptionist office, and the difference is striking. Right down to simple differences lik...
by dharmapdx
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 3419

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

No. Not spoken Japanese. But it is modern Japanese. The Japanese language never fails to confuse me…. I remember being a little boy in Japan and being confused by the fact that apparently there were three written forms of the Japanese alphabet. May I ask … how can it be modern Japanese if it isn’t ...
by dharmapdx
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 3419

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

I think this is just another example of how Japanese Buddhism simply has not been 'translated' very well to make sense in Western culture. Linguistics is a huge part of this, but I think it goes beyond that even. And translations often seem.. "off". The priests that bring Nichiren Buddhism here (re...
by dharmapdx
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 3419

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….” My mother left shortly thereafter. Maybe some things run in the family, as I...
by dharmapdx
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 3419

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

If this is the modern Nichiren Shu standard service, it has a mix of both modern Japanese and some Shindoku (which is classical Chinese with Japanese pronunciation). Usually the prayers are done in Japanese while the actual Sutra recitation and Daimoku are in Shindoku. So is this — “Kaikyoge” from ...
by dharmapdx
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 3419

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

If this is the modern Nichiren Shu standard service, it has a mix of both modern Japanese and some Shindoku (which is classical Chinese with Japanese pronunciation). Usually the prayers are done in Japanese while the actual Sutra recitation and Daimoku are in Shindoku. So is this — “Kaikyoge” from ...
by dharmapdx
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 3419

Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?

It took me the longest time to figure out what exactly I was chanting while doing gongyo. At first I thought it was Japanese, and I was excited by the prospect of actually learning another language, hoping that maybe I would have another skill to add to my resume eventually (“languages spoken: Japan...
by dharmapdx
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Is this the Nichinyo gohonzon?
Replies: 7
Views: 1687

Re: Is this the Nichinyo gohonzon?

That is an image of the Dai Gohonzon transcribed by 67th High Priest NIKKEN Shonin. It is the 1985 Mandala version, same as the one installed in Los Angeles Myohoji Temple in 1997. The Chief priest assigned to this New York Temple is Vice-President Shinga Takikawa. That’s actually what I had assume...
by dharmapdx
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Is this the Nichinyo gohonzon?
Replies: 7
Views: 1687

Is this the Nichinyo gohonzon?

Rare recent picture of a Nichiren Shoshu service with gohonzon visible. Looks like a beautiful gohonzon. Anyone know which gohonzon this is?
by dharmapdx
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Why do some SGI members still have the Nittatsu Gohonzon?
Replies: 2
Views: 1570

Why do some SGI members still have the Nittatsu Gohonzon?

I suppose I don’t understand how it works…. For example, why did SGI members have to give back their Nikken gohonzon, but not Nittatsu? Why do some still have Nittatsu, while other SGI members have the Nickikan? :shrug:

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