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by illarraza
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 232
Views: 3441

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

涅槃與世間  無有少分別 世間與涅槃  亦無少分別 涅槃之實際  及與世間際 如是二際者  無毫釐差別 From the true apex of nirvāṇa to the apex of the world, like this, there are two apices with not a sliver of difference between them. (T1564.35c27) First I mistake chapter 25 for 24, then I don't paste half of the section I wanted to paste. I'm no...
by illarraza
Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 232
Views: 3441

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

I take "they knew it in their hearts but did not teach it" (paraphrase) as "they did not write a commentary on the Lotus despite knowing it." That however is purely subjective. Is Ven Vasubandhu included when Ven Nichiren says that? Nichiren stated that Nagarjuna and Vasubhandu did indeed comment o...
by illarraza
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 232
Views: 3441

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

I actually mean it in the sense that Ven Zhiyi uses it, since I don't see a significant difference in how Vens Zhiyi, Jizang, etc. use the term. The elaboration on the two 妙's is another thing shared between those two. I personally don't see it as opened by the honmon of the lotus alone, the lotus ...
by illarraza
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 232
Views: 3441

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

Nagarjuna's Tetralemma can be understood through the concept of latency, manifestation, and the Mutual Possession of the Ten Worlds.. P; that is being...A single World (being or phenomena) manifest is equivalent to Tientai's Truth of Temporary Existence. not P; that is not being...Nine Worlds (being...
by illarraza
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why refer to MyoHo RenGe Kyo as an entity ?
Replies: 40
Views: 1315

Re: why refer to MyoHo RenGe Kyo as an entity ?

Stop looking for the source. It will never end. It is merely thus. As for Buddha - "Enough, Vakkali! What is there to see in this vile body? He who sees Dhamma, Vakkali, sees me; he who sees me sees Dhamma. Truly seeing Dhamma, one sees me; seeing me one sees Dhamma." -Vakkali Sutta Myohorengekyo i...
by illarraza
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Non-exclusivist independent Nichiren Buddhism
Replies: 92
Views: 1891

Re: Non-exclusivist independent Nichiren Buddhism

Response to Tkp67: Of course Nichiren was a great Bodhisattva Mahasattva and from the most profound perspective, he was a Buddha. Yet, Nichiren always gave his gratitude to Shakyamuni Buddha of the Juryo Chapter who transferred the Law directly to him in the remotest past. Nichiren is the teacher fo...
by illarraza
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Non-exclusivist independent Nichiren Buddhism
Replies: 92
Views: 1891

Re: Non-exclusivist independent Nichiren Buddhism

Here's a reason to preach the entire Buddha Dharma to all, from the very words of the Lotus Sutra: “In future ages if there are good men and good women who have faith in the wisdom of the thus come one, you should preach and expound the Lotus Sutra for them, so that others may hear and understand i...
by illarraza
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What are some of the meanings of myo
Replies: 2
Views: 162

Re: What are some of the meanings of myo

What’s with being born in the pure land ? I thought this is the pure land. Something we are to awaken to. Before Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the Earth return to this Pure Land, according to the Buddha and Nichiren, we go to the "intermediate" (or latent) Pure Land of Eagle Peak for 49 days before r...
by illarraza
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Non-exclusivist independent Nichiren Buddhism
Replies: 92
Views: 1891

Re: Non-exclusivist independent Nichiren Buddhism

Japanese have a specific mindset. Authorities won’t listen to you because you are wise. Monks can have deep sectarism. When a « prophet » needs to change everything, he will makes a lot of enemies. In this « samurai anger », many words are said and idea expressed. Words in anger are always excessiv...
by illarraza
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:20 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 232
Views: 3441

Re: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths

The Three Properties of the Buddha's life corresponds also to the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, the Three Truths, to common mortals, "unenlightened worldlings" (Bombu in Lotus Sutra Jiga-ge, Ch. 16) The Three Truths correspond to the Three Properties of the Buddha specifically and we, the Bodhisattvas ...
by illarraza
Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What are some of the meanings of myo
Replies: 2
Views: 162

What are some of the meanings of myo

In the Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra we read that Myo means: "To open"; "to revive"; and "fully endowed". "...Coming now to the character myō, the Lotus Sutra says, “This sutra opens the gate of expedient means and shows the form of true reality.” The Great Teacher Chang-an states, “Myō means to reveal...
by illarraza
Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:55 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Kempon Hokke Regulations 1451
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: Kempon Hokke Regulations 1451

Does that include (by extension) participation in web forums where other sects are represented? :rolling: # 10 answers your questions: 10. While we may listen to sermons preached by monks of other branches of the Lotus sect, do not join their congregations in reading the scripture or reciting the d...
by illarraza
Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:37 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Response to PadmaVonSamba
Replies: 128
Views: 2560

Re: Response to PadmaVonSamba

"[...] Now Ashvaghosha and Nāgārjuna insist that it is permanent, joyful, endowed with self, and pure. This being so, we must suppose that, since both the Buddha and Mahākāshyapa have passed away from the world, the devil king of the sixth heaven has taken possession of these two men and is trying ...
by illarraza
Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:35 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Response to PadmaVonSamba
Replies: 128
Views: 2560

Re: Response to PadmaVonSamba

No-self and not-self are an integral attribute of phenomena, including human beings. So is self or Atman. Although humans demonstrate temporality and non-substantiality, they also possess the truth of the Middle Way (Tientai) which means that the true nature of phenomena is that they are neither non...
by illarraza
Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:10 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why refer to MyoHo RenGe Kyo as an entity ?
Replies: 40
Views: 1315

Re: why refer to MyoHo RenGe Kyo as an entity ?

I don't know what you mean, sorry. But "essence/entity" and "function" are generally in a pair, even when it is not so clear and the writer doesn't spell it out completely obviously. Therefore, the two Buddhas, Shakyamuni and Many Treasures, are Buddhas who are functions [of Myoho-renge-kyo]. It is...
by illarraza
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Non-exclusivist independent Nichiren Buddhism
Replies: 92
Views: 1891

Re: Non-exclusivist independent Nichiren Buddhism

Some people read "three vehicles" and "one vehicle" in such a way that they make statements like this: Those that interpret Mahayana as that vehicle are making a large mistake. The single Vehicle encompasses all three Expedient Teachings, as well as many more. Buddha preached about this in the Lotu...
by illarraza
Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Non-exclusivist independent Nichiren Buddhism
Replies: 92
Views: 1891

Re: Non-exclusivist independent Nichiren Buddhism

I don't think he was angry, I think that a votary of the lotus sutra acts as a mirror to the minds who interpret his words. Our age is an age of anger and hunger so the words of the votary will be seen as such at face value yet plants a deeper seed which is why one might be drawn back to the same t...
by illarraza
Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why refer to MyoHo RenGe Kyo as an entity ?
Replies: 40
Views: 1315

Re: why refer to MyoHo RenGe Kyo as an entity ?

Also from the same dictionary true Buddha [本仏] ( hombutsu): ---> http://www.nichirenlibrary.org/en/dic/Content/T/ A Buddha in his true identity, in contrast to his transient or provisional identity. This term is applied in two specific ways: (1) To Shakyamuni Buddha as he describes himself in the ...
by illarraza
Sat Jan 02, 2021 5:30 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Kempon Hokke Regulations 1451
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Kempon Hokke Regulations 1451

Translated by Jeffrey Hunter, Ph.D. 1. Do not go to temples and shrines of other sects; likewise, do not worship their Buddhas and gods or offer your alms, not even a single coin. 2. Do not request the services of shrine maidens (miko) or others in the service of shrines, likewise, do not depend on ...
by illarraza
Sat Jan 02, 2021 5:24 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: An attempt to unify the Nichiren sects, the Kansho Accords (1466) and the Petition to the Emperor (1596)..
Replies: 0
Views: 82

An attempt to unify the Nichiren sects, the Kansho Accords (1466) and the Petition to the Emperor (1596)..

The Kansho Accords 1446: 1. Our sect's founder taught the identity of the essential and theoretical teachings; yet one or the other can be regarded as superior depending upon a person's capacities and level of understanding. [Ed note: this refers to the then ongoing issues of the itsu/shoretsu debat...

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