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by markatex
Fri Dec 25, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren Buddhism and the "4 criticisms"
Replies: 23
Views: 596

Re: Nichiren Buddhism and the "4 criticisms"

QQ's view is the one generally accepted by the Nichiren Shu practitioners and teachers I know. I'm somewhat inclined to Q's proposal, where Nichiren's language was directed at specific people and practices of the era rather than instruction for the ages. But doing that seems to require accepting Nic...
by markatex
Fri Dec 25, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren Buddhism and the "4 criticisms"
Replies: 23
Views: 596

Re: Nichiren Buddhism and the "4 criticisms"

I would love to see Nichiren Buddhists of every stripe move to a more ecumenical stance, personally. I believe all Mahayana practioners are Dharma brothers and sisters, and the Theravadins are our cousins. (For the record, Honin and Shinran's respective forms of Amidist exclusivism are no less both...
by markatex
Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokiteshvara) in Nichiren Shu
Replies: 3
Views: 440

Re: Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokiteshvara) in Nichiren Shu

Like I said, that is not the Nichiren Buddhist interpretation.
by markatex
Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokiteshvara) in Nichiren Shu
Replies: 3
Views: 440

Re: Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokiteshvara) in Nichiren Shu

What is the general Nichiren Shu view of Kannon Bosatsu? Kannon veneration is not part of any Nichiren school as far as I'm aware. The understanding in Nichiren Shu is that Kannon's vow to hear the cries of the world is something practitioners should seek to emulate, but the kind of veneration that...
by markatex
Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Rissho Kosei Kai - what are the differences with Nichiren Shu?
Replies: 54
Views: 1038

Re: Rissho Kosei Kai - what are the differences with Nichiren Shu?

Something else I’ll say about this is that even in Nichiren Shu, if we’re chanting fast, you can hardly hear the “u” at all and it basically sounds like “Nam” anyway. I imagine this is why it ended up being transliterated that way to begin with. It’s ridiculous that some people (who don’t know what ...
by markatex
Sun Dec 06, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Rissho Kosei Kai - what are the differences with Nichiren Shu?
Replies: 54
Views: 1038

Re: Rissho Kosei Kai - what are the differences with Nichiren Shu?

It might seem like nitpicking, but the Fuji lineage is not entirely synonymous with Nichiren Shoshu. There are Fuji lineage temples in Nichiren Shu and always have been. And being Nichiren Shu, they do not accept the Dai-gohonzon or Nichiren as the Honbutsu. They do chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo in the ...
by markatex
Sun Dec 06, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Rebirth and the Ten Worlds in the different Nichiren traditions
Replies: 22
Views: 600

Re: Rebirth and the Ten Worlds in the different Nichiren traditions

Since the majority of my involvement with Nichiren Buddhism has been with SGI, I'm curious what the views of Nichiren Shu and Shoshu are with regards to rebirth and the Ten Worlds. SGI teaches that each of the worlds are states of mind. What is the Nichiren Shu view on rebirth? Are the first six wo...
by markatex
Sun Dec 06, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Rissho Kosei Kai - what are the differences with Nichiren Shu?
Replies: 54
Views: 1038

Re: Rissho Kosei Kai - what are the differences with Nichiren Shu?

RKK used to be fairly identical to Nichiren Shu doctrinally, but I think they've moved away in recent years. I went to one of their meetings once several years ago. First, it is a lay organization like SGI - there are no priests/ministers. The meetings are centered around something called hoza, whic...
by markatex
Sun Dec 06, 2020 4:28 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Rissho Kosei Kai - what are the differences with Nichiren Shu?
Replies: 54
Views: 1038

Re: Rissho Kosei Kai - what are the differences with Nichiren Shu?

One question. Why just this school. Fuji. I’m going out on a limb here but I think it’s origins on people wanting to destroy Nichiren and his teachings. He made a lot of high up people pissed at him. I think it is all there to cause confusion. And all the changes are coming from this Fuji thing Thi...
by markatex
Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Questions from a newcomer
Replies: 23
Views: 866

Re: Questions from a newcomer

I’m not sure if most lay people do. Some definitely do. I have a mokugyo that I use sometimes. It definitely helps to stay on beat and it helps the chanting to not be sluggish.
by markatex
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Questions from a newcomer
Replies: 23
Views: 866

Re: Questions from a newcomer

Oh, so the standard morning and evening gongyo the first part of Chapter 2 (Hoben) and the verse section of Chapter 16 (starting 自我得佛來 ji ga toku bu rai)? Yeah, more or less. The verse section of Chapter 21 is also sometimes added. What other prayers do you chant? Generally, the format I use is: Ka...
by markatex
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Questions from a newcomer
Replies: 23
Views: 866

Re: Questions from a newcomer

In Nichiren Shu, we typically only chant the verse section of Chapter 16 (called "Jigage," or "Verses of Eternity"). The full chapter is chanted on "special occasions."
by markatex
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Questions from a newcomer
Replies: 23
Views: 866

Re: Questions from a newcomer

So Shoshu teaches that the Dai-Gohonzon has some sort of power that the regular Gohonzon don't? I don't fully understand, but I don't think that's quite it. I think they believe that the Dai-Gohonzon "powers" other Gohonzons. It ties into the idea that Nichiren is somehow spiritually embodied in th...
by markatex
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: is Kempon Hokke responsible for Buddha of Kuon Ganjo concept ?
Replies: 25
Views: 855

Re: is Kempon Hokke responsible for Buddha of Kuon Ganjo concept ?

who is the authority on this? Who says so...it certainly doesn't adhere to the rules of comprehension . It's pretty standard across all schools of Nichiren Buddhism, except for Shoshu and SGI. I imagine that it comes from Tiantai, but I'm not 100% sure. I've said it far too many times...That is not...
by markatex
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: is Kempon Hokke responsible for Buddha of Kuon Ganjo concept ?
Replies: 25
Views: 855

Re: is Kempon Hokke responsible for Buddha of Kuon Ganjo concept ?

Which for me is something other than the Buddha described in the Lotus Sutra. The period of time is when He attained. Attained. attained Buddhahood Then there are the stories pre Buddhahood. You’re reading it too literally. It’s just a manner of speaking. The understanding has always been that “att...
by markatex
Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Questions from a newcomer
Replies: 23
Views: 866

Re: Questions from a newcomer

But I have a few questions. Does Nichiren Shu teach that you can chant Odaimoku for material things the way SGI does? Yes, to an extent, but not nearly to the degree that SGI does. Most Buddhists have practices for lay people that include chanting or praying for "worldly" things like having an easy...
by markatex
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren explains the Twelve-linked Chain of Causation
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: Nichiren explains the Twelve-linked Chain of Causation

What writing is this from?
by markatex
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: what do the three treasures and three great secret laws mean to you
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: what do the three treasures and three great secret laws mean to you

The official line is that the Three Great Hidden Dharmas (Kanjin Cederman prefers the term "hidden," as "secret" implies some kind of esoteric transmission; it simply means that they are "hidden" within the text of the Lotus Sutra) line up with the Three Treasures like this: Honzon= Buddha Daimoku= ...
by markatex
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Tathagatagarbha
Replies: 98
Views: 3178

Re: Tathagatagarbha

I’ve kinda just skimmed through this thread, so I might not be addressing the question, but I had a couple of thoughts. The teaching that we need to receive the seed of Buddhahood because we’ve lost the ability to awaken in the age of mappo is not specific to Nichiren Shoshu; this is taught in Nichi...

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