rory wrote:Lotus Sutra Chapter 22:
" I have cultivated and practiced the rare Dharmas of anuttarasamyaksambodhi I now entrust them to all of you. You should receive, uphold, read, recite, and vastly proclaim this Dharma, causing all living beings to hear and understand it.
In the future, if there is a good man or a good woman who believes in the Thus Come One's wisdom, you should expound the Dharma Flower Sutra to that person, causing the person to hear and understand and obtain the Buddha's wisdom."
http://www.buddhistdoor.com/oldweb/reso ... otus22.htm
ps: I suggest you return to the Pure Land forum & leave the rest of us to intelligent & respectful discussion.
Jikan wrote:Son of Buddha and all, a friendly reminder:
please pay particular attention to the emphasis on "mutual respect and friendliness"
dsaly1969 wrote:Basically if one accepts Nichiren's writings in the Gosho / Goibun as inerrant which is the position of the Nichiren sects then one would accept Nichiren's interpretation of the Pure Land. This issue is primarily the reason that Rissho Kosei-kai identifies itself as a Lotus Sutra sect of Buddhism rather than a Nichiren sect. While we honor Nichiren for popularizing and propagating the Lotus Sutra in Japan, we do not elevate him to that kind of status of being infallible or inerrant so RKK uses the Lotus Sutra but does not accept Gosho as infallible or generally refer to it. (This is the main reason why RKK did not become a lay organization for Nichiren Shu, for example, as our practice is very similar but the outlook can be different although we still respect the Nichiren sects.)
But that being said, RKK like many other newer post-Tendai Japanese Buddhist sects is primarily a "single practice" school where our primary practice is recitation of portions of the Lotus Sutra (and sutra study) and Odaimoku so you generally would not see a lot of blending of traditions and practices from other sects like you may see in Tendai or Chinese Buddhism for example.
I understand dsaly. The original poster asked for Nichiren's interpretation of Pure Land. Do you consider Nikkyo Niwano inerrant? I have never heard anyone in the RKK criticizing him or pointing out his errors. I, on the other hand, have no compunction about criticizing Niwano, Hoza, or the RKK neo-Buddhist prosperity cult in general. Comparing Nikkyo Niwano to Nichiren Daishonin is comparing a firefly to the sun. Just my humble opinion, of course. I have saved several dialogues with members of the RKK, if you care to see them. I'll make a deal with you. Don't enter into a Nichiren forum criticizing or even diminishing Nichiren and I won't enter into a RKK forum criticizing Niwano. As far as the errors of Nichiren Daishonin, a child today knows more science than did Nichiren Daishonin. That having been said, the Buddhist masters of India, China, Japan, and Tibet of yesterday and today [save for Shakyamuni Buddha] can not hold a candle to him as far as leading the masses of beings to the Land of Eternal Quiescent Light.
illarraza wrote:That having been said, the Buddhist masters of India, China, Japan, and Tibet of yesterday and today [save for Shakyamuni Buddha] can not hold a candle to him as far as leading the masses of beings to the Land of Eternal Quiescent Light.
UniversalWorthy wrote:Nichiren was a Mahayana buddhist reformer. His life and, moreso, his actions and persecutions for the sake of the Dharma are truly inspiring and he should never be disparaged for what, at times, could seem like an overbearing commitment to the single practice of daimoku. Daimoku is a lifetime of practice, to be sure.
However, in the tradition of Buddhism, over so many centuries, debates have occurred, ideas were discarded, ideas were adopted, and this still goes on. Buddhism is a living tradition and we should not stick so closely to our own views on the matter not on the views of just priests or monks, even Nichiren. We should rely on the Law, not on the Person.
the poor sad Kalu rinpoche
rory wrote:JIkan; I was very careful with my words as this young man has all my sympathy, pity and compassion. In his own words he was molested, a drug addict and not happy and warned about idealizing figures who wear red robes.
I respect his truthfulness
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