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Quit Chanting

Post by The_Wonderer » Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:01 pm

Hi All,

I quit chanting few months back. I want to know is it OK keep Gohonzon rolled up (in a case) in a cabinet. I really do not want to dis-respect anything.

Thanks

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Re: Quit Chanting

Post by Queequeg » Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:06 pm

Return it to where you got it from.

If you've decided to stop practicing, unburden yourself from having to keep it respectfully.

Fare well.
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

There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are falling away because they do not hear the Dhamma. There will be those who will understand the Dhamma.
-Ayacana Sutta

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Re: Quit Chanting

Post by The_Wonderer » Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:10 pm

Already tried that. But goes onto long discussions and persuasion to not stop practicing.

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Post by narhwal90 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:14 pm

Personally I think so. Back in the old NSA days as an itinerant student I would enshrine and take down my gohonzon several times/year, with occasional short-term storage- many others did too. As long as the storage space is dry and out of harms way, perhaps in a respectable place (eg not stuffed in a shoebox up in the attic) it seems fine to me. Reminds me, back in those student days I used a steel lockbox inherited from my grandmother for storing and moving it... kind of absurd but it was a nice box. After living in my house for a number of years with the gohonzon enshrined I lost track of the box, found it again and having lost the key had to break into it; lots of old NSA/SGI memorabilia in there- a nice reminder of the old days.

A friend of mine has his gohonzon in storage for a while now, chanting to his omamori because of space issues- no room for his butsudan. Assuming this is a SGI gohonzon, if you don't want to keep it, a polite approach would be to return it to a community center. I don't know the return practices of the other schools however.

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Re: Quit Chanting

Post by Queequeg » Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:54 pm

The_Wonderer wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:10 pm
Already tried that. But goes onto long discussions and persuasion to not stop practicing.
I thought of that as a possibility as I recommended it.

Give it to a Nichiren Shu priest. Or, you can send it to me and I will make sure its taken in and retired properly.

pm me if you like.
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

There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are falling away because they do not hear the Dhamma. There will be those who will understand the Dhamma.
-Ayacana Sutta

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Re: Quit Chanting

Post by Mönlam Tharchin » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:55 am

Wherever you go in life, please don't lose the heart that seeks to benefit others.

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Re: Quit Chanting

Post by Queequeg » Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:21 am

Monlam Tharchin wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:55 am
Wherever you go in life, please don't lose the heart that seeks to benefit others.
Yes.

Wonderer, in suggesting that you relinquish your burden, underlying that is my wish that you go on to find the path that brings benefit to yourself and others. You ought not be made to feel pressured or imposed upon in practice.
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

There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are falling away because they do not hear the Dhamma. There will be those who will understand the Dhamma.
-Ayacana Sutta

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Re: Quit Chanting

Post by The_Wonderer » Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:33 pm

Thanks All for the responses.

Also, is there branch of Nichern Shoshu in India.

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Re: Quit Chanting

Post by justsomeguy » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:19 am

The_Wonderer wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:33 pm
Thanks All for the responses.

Also, is there branch of Nichern Shoshu in India.
If you mean temples, no unfortunately there is not a Shoshu temple in India. I'm pretty sure there are practitioners there, though, as our own Chief Priest Rev Sakabe spent time living in India. If you are looking for a Shoshu presence in India, he might be able to provide some guidance there.

https://nstmyoshinji.org/contact/temples-worldwide/

You can reach Rev Sakabe at cp@nstmyosenji.org.

Hope this helps! :)

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Re: Quit Chanting

Post by dharmapdx » Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:03 am

The_Wonderer wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:01 pm
Hi All,

I quit chanting few months back. I want to know is it OK keep Gohonzon rolled up (in a case) in a cabinet. I really do not want to dis-respect anything.

Thanks

You can send it to me if you want.

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Re: Quit Chanting

Post by dude » Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:55 pm

To offer my own opinion :
If you ask me, it's up to you.
To be honest, I'd say if you decide you don't want to practice (at least for the time being), keeping the gohonzon rolled up and in a safe place is probably more respectful to it than to keep it enshrined and then let the altar gather dust. I strongly recommend that you keep it in the best and safest place possible, and close to you.
You are making efforts to treat the gohonzon respectfully, which is to your benefit in any case. If your attempt to return your gohonzon met with resistance, there's a reason for that. It's your karma to "bear the burden" for the time being. As long as you protect the gohonzon, you will be protected.
If and when you decide to practice again, keep in mind that it's all up to you. Chanting nam myoho renge kyo three times in the morning and three times in the evening is still practicing.

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