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by narhwal90
Sat Feb 13, 2016 4:36 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: SGI home study program?
Replies: 19
Views: 3009

Re: SGI home study program?

Meh.. I did an institutional AA/Alanon meeting in a psych ward on Monday- those people have problems. The stuff with SGI doesn't raise much in the way of red flags for me... its a human organization with human problems, I don't see a reason I should expect it to be anything other than that. My job i...
by narhwal90
Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:41 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: SGI home study program?
Replies: 19
Views: 3009

Re: SGI home study program?

Man that blogspot guy sure is grinding his axe :) if I tried to keep up that level of outrage I would surely burst into flame.... I do see the "Ikeda-ism" vibe which is prominent but by no means universal. I have a couple of his Daily Guidance books and keep the bric-a-brac sorts of things like book...
by narhwal90
Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: SGI home study program?
Replies: 19
Views: 3009

Re: SGI home study program?

illarraza wrote:When I think of going it alone, I think of Shakyamuni Buddha and Nichiren Daishonn.

Illarraza
Took me a little while to understand what you meant.. thanks :)
by narhwal90
Wed Feb 10, 2016 12:22 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: SGI home study program?
Replies: 19
Views: 3009

Re: SGI home study program?

All true, yet I find I feel closer to my practice when I'm socializing with other members. Not always in meetings, but one-on-one and doing shifts at the community center. Sharing face-to-face how my I'm really feeling with my practice instead of it being "fine" helps me feel honest about it, which ...
by narhwal90
Tue Feb 09, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: SGI home study program?
Replies: 19
Views: 3009

Re: SGI home study program?

I was always cautioned about "going it alone", but there was always encouragement to study the gosho or whatever. Naturally the SGI puts their publications at the top of the list of suggested materials, but the lesson has always been faith, practice, study which can (should) be done everywhere in on...
by narhwal90
Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: "Flirting" with SGI: any suggestions/guidance?
Replies: 137
Views: 22452

Re: "Flirting" with SGI: any suggestions/guidance?

Ugh- what an awful meeting, some bad stuff going on there for sure- a real shame. I know what you mean about talking to someone under the influence, I'm in recovery from family members with alcohol issues; relating to them involves a lot of learned pathologies on my part. If I'm ever in that situati...
by narhwal90
Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:32 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: "Flirting" with SGI: any suggestions/guidance?
Replies: 137
Views: 22452

Re: "Flirting" with SGI: any suggestions/guidance?

A drugged out group leader is not cool- I wouldn't go back to a group like that either, and that phone call of his was entirely inappropriate. Its a real shame but not representative of SGI as a whole- some leader in the organization blew it by leaving members in the hands of somebody like that. The...
by narhwal90
Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: "Flirting" with SGI: any suggestions/guidance?
Replies: 137
Views: 22452

Re: "Flirting" with SGI: any suggestions/guidance?

I started with NSA back in the 80's, went out on my own for a while and now back. I've seen and see a lot of the Ikeda "worship" too, and plenty of the prosperity cult stuff... but a lot of other more profound examples of the practice too. Where I practiced the idea of the "prosperity" thing was to ...
by narhwal90
Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nihilism and Materialism
Replies: 16
Views: 2629

Re: Nihilism and Materialism

I like this Aro take on it. THe link is not a teaching but there are some related lectures on the arobuddhism site- most interesting. http://approachingaro.org/aro-gter-emptiness Off the top of my head nilihism vs materialism are two of the 4 Extremes so insufficient by themselves as general specifi...
by narhwal90
Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Ask A Monk about Pornography and Masturbation and Addiction
Replies: 2
Views: 1199

Re: Ask A Monk about Pornography and Masturbation and Addict

Likewise.. I've seen how mindfulness acts to decrease obsession and craving in my own life. I wish he had addressed chemical addiction more deeply though- situations where abstinence is necessary for recovery to begin at least appears to add another dimension to the problem. Consider an alcoholic dr...
by narhwal90
Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:25 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How to use juzu?
Replies: 3
Views: 1456

Re: How to use juzu?

I use the SGI procedure (I presume still the same as Shoshu). For me the sensation of the beads between my hands helps me focus a bit more closely on the daimoku. If I start getting fixated I tend to press my hands together so the increased intensity of the sensation of the beads is sometimes an ear...
by narhwal90
Thu Jan 28, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 12 Step recovery in Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 2960

Re: 12 Step recovery in Buddhism

Thank you so much for that link! I've been on that site before but totally missed that material... will download and read. Have you looked at the Saparshana sourcebook? It may be worth a look and is available for free. http://www.buddhistrecovery.org/media/name/SarpashanaSourcebook.htm “The spiritua...
by narhwal90
Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 12 Step recovery in Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 2960

Re: 12 Step recovery in Buddhism

Ok, so if I understand correctly, the first prerequisite for the 12 Steps is complete loss of self-confidence. And presumably, if there is still some self-confidence and/or hope lingering, it is part of the 1st step to crush that aswell. Thats actually a very important point- AA suggests that some ...
by narhwal90
Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:11 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai lay butsudan
Replies: 6
Views: 6418

Re: Tendai lay butsudan

Apologies for bringing in Nicherin Shosu, but its related. In the late 80's my district would get together and set up free "starter" butsudans for new members, one of the members had a wood shop and made simple panel & hot-glue butsudans, the idea being one would upgrade to a fancier setup when one ...
by narhwal90
Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: unjustified
Replies: 7
Views: 1363

Re: unjustified

Justified anger is more insidious in a way than unjustified- because "I'm right & here's why!!!" Either way holding onto it poison. What the other person did is their karma, your response is yours. Personally if I hold onto a resentment I easily end up pissed off all day, spreading it all around. Pr...
by narhwal90
Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 12 Step recovery in Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 2960

Re: 12 Step recovery in Buddhism

Though I didn't come in with the chemical addiction, I identified quite a lot with some of the mental/emotional/spiritual addict attitudes, which strengthened my resolve considerably to practice the 12 Step work for realsies. In retrospect I can see quite a lot of the negative karma I was generating...
by narhwal90
Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Tendai Juzu (prayer beads)
Replies: 11
Views: 6697

Re: Tendai Juzu (prayer beads)

Thanks for posting this... it would be cool if the knowledgeable of other sects/branches might create similar threads... A minor kalpa ago I had some basic lay instruction on the meaning of the Nicherin Shosho beads. Google shows lots of hits but not a lot of guidance. There are many variations and ...
by narhwal90
Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:10 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Role of Seiza
Replies: 32
Views: 6229

Re: The Role of Seiza

Well I'll tell you. Its what we did in NSA when I started practicing in 1987. Its what we did in the local meetings and at home. Those who couldn't or weren't inclined to were freely offered chairs. Some would stick the toes of their shoes under their ankles to ease the pressure, others had little s...
by narhwal90
Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Role of Seiza
Replies: 32
Views: 6229

Re: The Role of Seiza

Thought this topic was about how one sits in practice & meditation, not an opinion piece where we take inventory of other's practice. Personally, I had a fun time at a Vipassana meditation group- the leader sat in lotus, me in seiza- everybody else was in chairs or on big comfy cushions. I fancied t...
by narhwal90
Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 12 Step recovery in Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 2960

Re: 12 Step recovery in Buddhism

Thanks all.. even as early as 1939 the 2nd edition of the Big Book mentioned a list of other religions represented in AA, including Buddhism (not that anyone is required to mention their religion). Just a couple weeks ago I was on travel and went to an out-fo-town Alanon meeting and spent a while ch...

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