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by narhwal90
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation
Replies: 46
Views: 1636

Re: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation

I don't know yet how to correlate the Mandala Workshop catalog #'s to the coffeehouse gohonzon-shu, but here is another example showing dots clearly associated with his signature;

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by narhwal90
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation
Replies: 46
Views: 1636

Re: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation

Who says it should not be spoken about? I ran through the Mandala Workshop books, the 1st one I found with the 3 dots (on Nichiren's signature btw) is Catalog 30, circa December 1275, so about 4 years into his gohonzon production. Other contemporaneous ones have a single dot near his signature, or p...
by narhwal90
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Korean Zen Kwan Um, only center available.
Replies: 4
Views: 484

Re: Korean Zen Kwan Um, only center available.

The soto guy I work with likes The Compass of Zen from them- seems a good, clear book so far, its surely an important voice on the topic. Sahn likes to beat up on the Nichirens which I get a good laugh out of since I'm in SGI, so am very much enjoying it. The scandals associated with them don't seem...
by narhwal90
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation
Replies: 46
Views: 1636

Re: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation

The mandala folks did do a brief calligraphic study of Nichiren's production of the "Kyo" graphic- they identify 4 different styles, loosely correlated to the evolution of the gohonzon design. None of them have 3 isolated dots in association. SImilar evolution of style is seen in the Aizen and Fudo ...
by narhwal90
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation
Replies: 46
Views: 1636

Re: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation

I'm not sure how important it is. There are gohonzons painted on silk, other originals done by Nichiren's 1st disciples which look radically different than Nichiren's. There are the engraved wooden ones as well. Is there a functional difference? One thing I find interesting is the wide variety of no...
by narhwal90
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation
Replies: 46
Views: 1636

Re: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation

Apparently stroke order is a big deal in gohonzon production, there being advantages to overlapping strokes for painting vs engraving. Meaning nuance in composition is easier when painting vs engraving. You can't layer engraving the way you can with a brush.
by narhwal90
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation
Replies: 46
Views: 1636

Re: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation

I looked more extensively in the workshop photos- the "3 dots" appear on a minority of examples in the 1280's, none I've found on those created by his disciples- though comparatively fewer of them are documented. At least a few of the early gohonzons (mid 1270's) have the dots, but many others do no...
by narhwal90
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation
Replies: 46
Views: 1636

Re: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation

I looked through a number of examples in the workshop books, the 3 dots are common but not universally present. My guess is its part of Nichiren's signature, or the "Kao seal"- whatever that is...
by narhwal90
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation
Replies: 46
Views: 1636

Re: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation

I'm stuck working on this beautiful sunday, so figured I'd look up this gohonzon as well in between the events... ;) The Mandala Workshop folks list it as catalog number 8. Interestingly the original is very age-darkened, I expect modern prints have had a lot of work done cleaning up the image. Thou...
by narhwal90
Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation
Replies: 46
Views: 1636

Re: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation

ok, looked it up :) The Mandala Workshop folks list it as catalog number 81, among a number of gohonzons painted that month. They concur it was placed at Nichiren's deathbed but dont' attribute any significance to to the composition itself, instead they provide an account of its bestowal and subsequ...
by narhwal90
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation
Replies: 46
Views: 1636

Re: Shutei Honzon/character interpretation

Its a lovely gohonzon :) The Mandala Workshop folks document a number of smears, marks, corrections and variations in original gohonzon by Nichiren- so thats always possible too. I'll have to dig a bit to see what they think about this one. At the bottom of the page note the link "at Saikakudoppo's ...
by narhwal90
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Properly Exchanging and Debating Ideas Between Various schools
Replies: 4
Views: 484

Re: Properly Exchanging and Debating Ideas Between Various schools

I think its great to have N.Shoshu folks on the forum. I think you're exactly right that delicacy on this topic is so vitally important- a brief review of such exchanges on the Nichiren forum finds so many which degenerate into wrangling. Given the histories its such an easy trap to fall into- sadly...
by narhwal90
Sat May 30, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 200
Views: 19592

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

Good one tk, I've not looked into that one in a long time- many thanks!
by narhwal90
Wed May 27, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 165
Views: 8102

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

There are also technical terms in Buddhism that are confused when poetic license is applied to turn it into a demonstration of emptiness, or whatever - a lot of the time it just looks like an egotistical demonstration of one's cleverness. I suspect the teachers who apply these methods effectively c...
by narhwal90
Tue May 26, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 165
Views: 8102

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

Since I'm working with a for-realsies zen guy, perhaps I can play here for a bit. Sometimes I wonder if all thats needed to practice Zen is to occasionally say paradoxical stuff that sounds like it should mean something. While I think such stuff can turn into fetish or at least a lifestyle accessory...
by narhwal90
Fri May 22, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?
Replies: 54
Views: 2766

Re: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?

I thought Nichiren taught to revere the Lotus sutra and follow specific trainings and chants? He did view the Lotus Sutra as pre-eminent, but that is not a radical departure from some doctrines from within Tendai, from which he came before starting his own school. The basic practice is the recitati...
by narhwal90
Tue May 19, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Advice for young buddhists
Replies: 30
Views: 1428

Re: Advice for young buddhists

the Brahma Viharas - metta, mudita, karuna, uppeccka. I've known about these for a long time, but as I'm sure you know, each time we come across a teaching anew, even one we've heard over and over, the really profound teachings just keep revealing further depths. The profound simplicity of those te...
by narhwal90
Tue May 19, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Advice for young buddhists
Replies: 30
Views: 1428

Re: Advice for young buddhists

Thanks Q, you said it better than I, as usual. I'm all about getting outside the SGI walled garden but surely don't want to suggest leaving it and hopping from practice to practice looking for a magic fix. For my part, the practices you suggest that are not practice, are the better part of practice....
by narhwal90
Mon May 18, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Advice for young buddhists
Replies: 30
Views: 1428

Re: Advice for young buddhists

Nichiren touches on accepting contemplative forms besides daimoku. N.Shu formally employs them- so I'd say its worth pursing, to observe effects and find out what works for you. Its quite easy to go visit other centers and see what happens, and a great change of pace. I found a zen guy I like and am...
by narhwal90
Wed May 13, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shingon: the Tibetan and Nichiren connection?
Replies: 27
Views: 4431

Re: Shingon: the Tibetan and Nichiren connection?

Nichiren had a complicated relationship with contemporary esoteric buddhism; to wit his frequent criticism of esoteric rituals used for protection of the nation and his views related to pre-eminence of the Lotus Sutra within Tendai and elsewhere. Simultaneously, he used esoteric concepts, perspectiv...

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