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by Yavana
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Ex SGI members and Itai Dosshin
Replies: 54
Views: 5712

Re: Ex SGI members and Itai Dosshin

I attended a Tendai service a few months ago, and was made entirely welcome as an SGI member. I spent a while talking shop with the Reverend, he mentioned he knew of quite a few Nichiren independents out in California. Perhaps some gravitate towards Tendai/Shingon rather than other Nichiren schools...
by Yavana
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Ex SGI members and Itai Dosshin
Replies: 54
Views: 5712

Ex SGI members and Itai Dosshin

19149116_1561111063962667_371307782827164042_n.jpg A pic from Hsongcai Nichiren Ministries, Singapore. A lot has changed since Soka Gakkai's heyday back in the 80's and late 90's. What was once a significant movement in Western culture has fizzled into a small group of adherents focused on their ow...
by Yavana
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Links and references
Replies: 12
Views: 5298

Links and references

I would like to propose a sticky thread for this subforum where we can post links and references pertinent to the study of Nichiren Buddhism.
by Yavana
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra
Replies: 88
Views: 7281

Re: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra

DGA wrote:Rhetorical question: do you want a palliative or a cure?
I want you to subsidize my healthcare.



Otherwise, could you elaborate?
by Yavana
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2447
Views: 206430

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by Yavana
Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra
Replies: 88
Views: 7281

Re: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra

So in the thread we have a worry about a tale we know is a parable about being lied to...and then of course other parts of the Sutra that I'm sure in the former and middle days of the Law people believed with all their heart and soul that it happened. I'm sure Nichiren Daishonin even believed the S...
by Yavana
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra
Replies: 88
Views: 7281

Re: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra

If someone asked, "why to asteroids always land in craters," upaya would be responding, "because the movement of bodies in space causes each asteroid to align with their respective craters." This is technically true, but it answers the question without dealing with the underlying misconceptions that...
by Yavana
Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Resistance goes live-fire... Really?
Replies: 75
Views: 4635

Re: The Resistance goes live-fire... Really?

If anything, as a Mexican-American, I'm highly dangerous. So dangerous​ I think I would be afraid of myself if I could feel fear. I'm serious about this. Ask Queequeg. He's completely freaked out by me. Alas.. There is also much animosity, and anger coming from many left-wing groups, that is like d...
by Yavana
Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Resistance goes live-fire... Really?
Replies: 75
Views: 4635

Re: The Resistance goes live-fire... Really?

Most news these days is either extremely slanted our outright false. I've actually been meaning to get around to getting a person on the phone at the French consulate about Macron's supposed "refugee" offer for Americans upset with Trump. If I can get actual refugee status, I plan to go to France an...
by Yavana
Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Japanese Fascism
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Japanese Fascism

I haven't done any extensive research into the ideologies of the WWII Axis powers, but I've been wondering for some time just what the differences were between the fascist ideologies of each Axis power, particularly between the German Nazism we're all so familiar with thanks to Godwin's law, and Jap...
by Yavana
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2447
Views: 206430

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by Yavana
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Respect for the cultural differences of Western Muslims
Replies: 82
Views: 5771

Re: Respect for the cultural differences of Western Muslims

Self immolation is an act of terror. But then, why choose a method of "terrorism" that only inflicts physical violence on oneself in lieu of one that also harms one's antagonizers, as suicide bombers do? In fact a truly Machiavellian terrorist with no doctrinal rubric to cast an act of suicidal ter...
by Yavana
Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2447
Views: 206430

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by Yavana
Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2447
Views: 206430

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by Yavana
Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Respect for the cultural differences of Western Muslims
Replies: 82
Views: 5771

Re: Respect for the cultural differences of Western Muslims

By your argument, we should expect Tibetans to be terrorizing cities in China with suicide bombing and other acts of terror. Perfect example. Because the Tibetan people and their culture is deeply immersed in Buddhadharma, they do not commit acts of terror against the Chinese, and because their hea...
by Yavana
Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Respect for the cultural differences of Western Muslims
Replies: 82
Views: 5771

Re: Respect for the cultural differences of Western Muslims

Indeed...though I wonder how much of our aggression is driven by fundamentalist ideology, and how much fundamentalist ideology is a cover story for materialist greed and thirst for power. Both seem to be stemming from an authoritarian impulse. In the case of the Christian evangelicals? All of it. P...
by Yavana
Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Respect for the cultural differences of Western Muslims
Replies: 82
Views: 5771

Re: Respect for the cultural differences of Western Muslims

I can't say I buy into this this "average Joe" conception of the world that posits that people will somehow naturally find their way to mindset similar to that theoretically based in the modern, secular worldview. It's like saying that the atrocities that the "average Rolf" of Nazi Germany was compl...
by Yavana
Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 121
Views: 24572

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by Yavana
Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Respect for the cultural differences of Western Muslims
Replies: 82
Views: 5771

Re: Respect for the cultural differences of Western Muslims

That said, I tend to disagree that many people act on religious motives at all, be they fundamentalists or moderates of any religion. In my experience, there are simply very few authentically "religious" or "spiritual" people out there. It's my (entirely anecdotal of course) observation that most p...
by Yavana
Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2447
Views: 206430

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