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by illarraza
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Able to awaken to our innate Buddha-nature through our actual practice?
Replies: 144
Views: 2646

Re: Able to awaken to our innate Buddha-nature through our actual practice?

Thus for that brief period a person chants daimoku they actually hold the whole of this experience within their mind stream. There is no practice that takes all of the requirements to fulfill the lotus sutra so one might gain the benefits therein. Just to see if I understand you correctly. Is it th...
by illarraza
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Able to awaken to our innate Buddha-nature through our actual practice?
Replies: 144
Views: 2646

Re: Able to awaken to our innate Buddha-nature through our actual practice?

LastLegend wrote: Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:46 am Have you read other Mahayana Sutras?
Yes. I have read many of the other Sutras, the Pure Land Sutras, the Diamond and Heart Sutras, the Nirvana Sutra and others. They are all contained in Namu Myoho renge kyo.

Mark
by illarraza
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Able to awaken to our innate Buddha-nature through our actual practice?
Replies: 144
Views: 2646

Re: Able to awaken to our innate Buddha-nature through our actual practice?

It's both a teaching and a prediction i would really appreciate you telling me about what actually is provisional and how it is used in buddhism...you were fortunate enough as you say to be taught this day one... can you help me out here...maybe make a new thread.. i think the word provisional is b...
by illarraza
Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Able to awaken to our innate Buddha-nature through our actual practice?
Replies: 144
Views: 2646

Re: New to Nichiren... and my attitude is.....

In the Latter Day of the Law, us common mortals do not possess previous good causes ( honmi uzen ). Therefore, we must receive the seed of Buddhahood for the first time. Thus, when we first hear Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo -- the Daimoku of the Essential Teaching -- we are able to awaken to our innate Budd...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 259
Views: 7456

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

This is going to be overlong, sorry. First I mistake chapter 25 for 24, then I don't paste half of the section I wanted to paste. I'm not Interneting very well today. The full section should be: Very good. Here is my association of Nagarjuna's Tetralemma and Tientai's Three Truths revised. Tell me ...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 259
Views: 7456

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 Tientai the Great's Mutual Possession of the Ten Worlds and Three Truth Doctrine 1). P; that is being...A single World (being or phenomena) manifestation is equivalent to Tientai's Truth of Temporary Existen...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Response to PadmaVonSamba
Replies: 133
Views: 5118

Re: Response to PadmaVonSamba

One significant difference between the Lotus Sutra and provisional Buddhism is that not only the Dharmakaya of the Eternal Buddha has no beginning and no end but also the Saṃbhogakāya, and the Nirmāṇakāya. This is one aspect that makes the Lotus Sutra difficult to believe and difficult to understan...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra
Replies: 37
Views: 1743

Re: Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra

Ignore Dr. Tony Page. If you actually read the text, even the one Page edited, it is clear that the "True Self" is actually the "non-self", just a way to talk about it in positive terms. This was of course one of the ways of reading the sutra I tried, but even then the sutra speaks clearly against ...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 13, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What are some of the meanings of myo
Replies: 3
Views: 378

Re: What are some of the meanings of myo

"Myō is the name given to the mystic nature of life, and hō, to its manifestations. Renge, which means lotus flower, is used to symbolize the wonder of this Law. If we understand that our life at this moment is myō, then we will also understand that [all] life is the Mystic Law. This realization is ...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 13, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Response to PadmaVonSamba
Replies: 133
Views: 5118

Re: Response to PadmaVonSamba

Before predicting hell for another, one need know the causes for falling into hell and have a general idea of the various Buddhist hells: Mainly hatred and splitting the Sangha (reserved for bhikṣus like Devadatta). Then there is killing one's parents, killing an arhat, or injuring a buddha. Or mer...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:47 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What do Lay Priests do?
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: What do Lay Priests do?

I was told otherwise and that there is a difference. They're all lay priests. I think what QQ means is that most who are considered priests today are no longer celibate. There may be a few Nichiren priests who are celibate and who desire little? Nipponzan Myohoji priests uphold a vow of poverty. Mark
by illarraza
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:31 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What do Lay Priests do?
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: What do Lay Priests do?

It depends on the school I think- no priests at all in SGI, but N.Soshu, N.Shu do ordain- subject to correction. Actually Narwhal, SGI has priests where Buddhist priests are highly respected. They have priests in Ghana and Singapore for example. Italian SGI leaders are known as "Ministers of Worshi...
by illarraza
Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Response to PadmaVonSamba
Replies: 133
Views: 5118

Re: Response to PadmaVonSamba

Either way, I'm not rightly the holder of a ministry of rebuke to say that. My rebuke does not come from the mind of an Arya, is not pure and outflow-free and motivated only by what is good for Minobu. It is also me being egotistical and making a silly show of rebuke. There are tons of other ways h...
by illarraza
Mon Feb 01, 2021 3:05 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 259
Views: 7456

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

How is space, absence of impediment, an experience of meditation? How is the cessation of the series of a burnt seed an experience of meditation? Granted, cessation due to analysis is a result of insight, but that refers to the cessation of births, so how are these three uncompounded dharmas not ev...
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: 259
Views: 7456

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: 259
Views: 7456

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: 259
Views: 7456

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: 259
Views: 7456

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: 42
Views: 2227

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: 3490

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...

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