Nichiren as Honbutsu

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Nichiren as Honbutsu

Post by Queequeg » Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:04 pm

I've been reflecting on this doctrine identifying Nichiren with the Honbutsu lately and am hoping to explore this idea in a sympathetic way. This subject is ordinarily inflected with harsh reactionary emotions all around. I'd like to try and discuss this without all that drama. Personally, this is an idea I was taught but have since rejected. That said, reflecting on this, I realize I don't know if I really understood this teaching and how it impacts practice.

Since the user Gohonzon has recently made an appearance and is knowledgeable on Shoshu teachings, I am hoping he could explain the teaching and answer questions that might arise.

I will be moderating this thread strictly. Any of the usual sectarian flame war shenanigans will not be tolerated. If things get emotional and out of hand, this thread will be locked.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

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Re: Nichiren as Honbutsu

Post by westcountry » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:23 pm

so what's your question about this specifically? I do love a bit of study :D

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Re: Nichiren as Honbutsu

Post by Queequeg » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:34 pm

To quote myself...
Queequeg wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:04 pm
explain the teaching
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

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