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by Bois de Santal
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I want a Nittatsu gohonzon!
Replies: 31
Views: 1891

Re: I want a Nittatsu gohonzon!

The date of the inscription of this gohonzon is the 1st jan, 41st year of Showa, which is the date on all the nittatsu okutagi gohonzon. This is a regular gohonzon, but with a special/better mounting than those generally issued, at least compared to the ones sent overseas. Perhaps it was standard pr...
by Bois de Santal
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: the Entity of the Mystic Law
Replies: 17
Views: 875

Re: the Entity of the Mystic Law

The Entity of the Mystic Law is this gosho authentic? i cannot find the name in japanese in order to compare with sites that tell us if they are fake. been at it for awhile and cannot see it on the authentic sites the background is sketchy ... if it is real i think there could be real merit in disc...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 310
Views: 11725

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

Some Buddhisms, not naming any in particular, not even the Buddhism of this subforum necessarily, seem to insist that ordinary beings are already completely enlightenment Buddhas & that there is no progress to be made, no afflictions to be lost, the radical thing is when this is believed of both th...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How to overcome family estrangement?
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Re: How to overcome family estrangement?

I know from my own experience that attempting to make things better will more likely exacerbate the existing problem rather than resolve it. After all, neither of you can stop being who you are. My strategy nowadays is to strengthen my own faith and practice, with the aim that as circumstances evolv...
by Bois de Santal
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 310
Views: 11725

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

I would necessarily not call Étienne Lamotte a qualified person to speak on the matter on account of his profession alone, I have no clue who he is, I just happen to have his translation and notes on the Śūraṅgamasamādhisūtra. I do, though, believe that he is speaking in a tradition that he has inh...
by Bois de Santal
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why do hundreds of people view postings here for new threads but only few respond?
Replies: 53
Views: 2692

Re: Why do hundreds of people view postings here for new threads but only few respond?

Every time the same person visits a thread it is counted as a new view, so the majority of views could be from the people posting. Indeed, the algorithm itself is probably not too clever. And how can it be? It probably detects that the same person has already clicked on a page within the same sessi...
by Bois de Santal
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Sensations While Chanting
Replies: 6
Views: 663

Re: Sensations While Chanting

That doesn't happen to me. My problem is that mucous often seems to build up in my throuat, thus blocking a clean pure sound emanating. My immediate thought is that you might have a tendency to stress yourself and your body unnecessarily. That is certainly my tendency, anyway, and it is something th...
by Bois de Santal
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Tiantai Zhiyi Magnum Opus Translated: "Clear Serenity, Quiet Insight" (Mo-ho chih-kuan) 3vol
Replies: 49
Views: 3720

Re: Tiantai Zhiyi Magnum Opus Translated: "Clear Serenity, Quiet Insight" (Mo-ho chih-kuan) 3vol

Has anyone actually got a copy yet? I placed my order with amazon back in July. They promised delivery 18-20 November. They've just emailed me to say they haven't got a clue when they are going to have it in stock. Sigh. We have already waited 1500 years for a translation so I guess a few more days ...
by Bois de Santal
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Gohonzon in copied and produced form
Replies: 43
Views: 2928

Re: The Gohonzon in copied and produced form

A note on Nichiren's title. Nichiren is called shonin - 聖人 meaning "Sage". It is the equivalent of the Sanskrit title acharya. Priests of the Nichiren tradition are given the title shonin - 上人 meaning "Superior Person". The two words are pronounced the same way. In some cases the two terms are trea...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Josei Toda
Replies: 13
Views: 2045

Re: Josei Toda

Provide the almost 12000 who are interested and deeply studying The Debate on Gongyo as Practiced by Nichiren Buddhism Sects proof of your unsubstantiated statements concerning The Gosho Zenshu and The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin which are available online and in bookstores! Just as a point of p...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Gohonzon in copied and produced form
Replies: 43
Views: 2928

Re: The Gohonzon in copied and produced form

I must admit my opinion on this subject is still evolving. Like many ex-gakkai/shoshu the idea even of photographing a gohonzon was sacrilegious, never mind the idea of just printing one off on a handy laser printer. But the reality is that we can see pretty much all of the extant gohonzon inscribed...
by Bois de Santal
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Independent movement thread/all things related
Replies: 64
Views: 3864

Re: The Independent movement thread/all things related

You make many valid points. I was wondering recently about how to go about creating a way of reviewing books, such that others can be encouraged to buy or to avoid. For example, I followed one of Queequeg's links recently and purchased Haiyan Shen's 'The Profound Meaning of the Lotus Sutra.' (It is ...
by Bois de Santal
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Independent movement thread/all things related
Replies: 64
Views: 3864

Re: The Independent movement thread/all things related

I meant quality of the physical publication. I've never bought anything printed by lulu. It is a platform for self-publication so the EUR 26 they are charging for Vol. 1 might be over-priced for the content. I'm not sure what you mean by authenticity. I'm fairly sure from looking at their web-site t...
by Bois de Santal
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any ex Catholics here?
Replies: 1
Views: 285

Re: Any ex Catholics here?

Interesting question. Is your question directed to people like me who WERE at one point in their lives 'Catholic' (through indoctrination) or is it more specifically aimed at people who changed from Catholicism directly to Buddhism? I was raised catholic, but decided that God didn't exist when I was...
by Bois de Santal
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Independent movement thread/all things related
Replies: 64
Views: 3864

Re: The Independent movement thread/all things related

Their web site is here...
http://thenichirenmandala.yolasite.com/

I bookmarked it a while ago but haven't had time to invesitage further.

In any case, their books don't seem too expensive. No idea of the quality though.
It would be great if someone could report back.
by Bois de Santal
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Basics - NMRK and the mystic law
Replies: 11
Views: 987

Re: Basics - NMRK and the mystic law

1) I'm gonna use mystic law and NMRK as synonyms but I'd like to know if there is any distinction between the two? Maybe I'm just being pedantic, but I think you mean MRK is a synonym of the mystic law. When we add Nam(u) we fuse ourselves (subject) with the eternal reality (object). 2) I find that...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How seriously do you take Nichiren's writings?
Replies: 23
Views: 3427

Re: How seriously do you take Nichiren's writings?

WhIle I think Nichiren's understanding of the importance of the Lotus Sutra and the mantra he came up with amazes me, I found him to be pretty overzealous and a bit mad at times. There was a lot of anger in his writings despite them being offset with gratitude for his followers. I've even questione...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: nail in coffin for independents
Replies: 27
Views: 1796

Re: nail in coffin for independents

I wouldn't say it has all come to nothing. Everything in this world is transient and suffers from the cycle of birth and death. Keeping web-sites up and properly maintained is a full time job nowadays so we shoouldn't be surprised that amateurs have trouble keeping on top of it all. But I must admit...
by Bois de Santal
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: nail in coffin for independents
Replies: 27
Views: 1796

Re: nail in coffin for independents

Most of the site is available at the wayback machine https://web.archive.org/web/20170712175521/http://nichirenscoffeehouse.net It is not very pretty but neither was the original :smile: I pulled the entire archive via a little tool called the wayback-machine-downloader. I haven't had time to examin...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: What does the Nichiren Shoshu Gohonzon look like?
Replies: 16
Views: 2376

Re: What does the Nichiren Shoshu Gohonzon look like?

getting hung up on styles of inscribing the characters is quite common...it detracts from what is really happening.. I wouldn't call it 'hung up'. The calligraphy is a large part of the gohonzon. And it communicates the life condition of the person who inscribed it. The difference in calligraphic s...

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