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by markatex
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Re: buddhas achieve enlightenment through LS (Was "Which has primacy, Buddha or Dharma"?)
Replies: 268
Views: 5227

Re: "Which has primacy, Buddha or Dharma"?

narhwal90 wrote: Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:53 am Since the context of the discussion relates to Nichiren this seems as good a place as any, though general Mahayana might be more appropriate.
That’s fine, but since it’s here now, I’ll present the Nichiren view and expect that to be respected here.
by markatex
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Re: buddhas achieve enlightenment through LS (Was "Which has primacy, Buddha or Dharma"?)
Replies: 268
Views: 5227

Re: "Which has primacy, Buddha or Dharma"?

In Nichiren Buddhism, the Lotus Sutra is regarded as the Sutra by which all Buddhas attain enlightenment. You can disagree all you like, but that is our position. Ekayana in Nichiren Buddhism is understood in a very different way than it is in other traditions. Our understanding is that the upaya of...
by markatex
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Re: buddhas achieve enlightenment through LS (Was "Which has primacy, Buddha or Dharma"?)
Replies: 268
Views: 5227

Re: "Which has primacy, Buddha or Dharma"?

I understand that (although I’m not sure why that was done) but beyond this thread, I’ve noticed a disregard for the idea that in tradition-specific sub forums, that tradition’s teachings are given respect. I’d be willing to bet money this is only happening in the Nichiren forum.
by markatex
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Re: buddhas achieve enlightenment through LS (Was "Which has primacy, Buddha or Dharma"?)
Replies: 268
Views: 5227

Re: "Which has primacy, Buddha or Dharma"?

This is still the Nichiren forum, isn’t it? Has there been a rule change that allows anyone to go to any tradition’s sub forum and argue that said tradition is wrong?
by markatex
Sat Jun 05, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Vajrayana as an aspect of Nichiren practice
Replies: 104
Views: 2842

Re: Vajrayana as an aspect of Nichiren practice

No, not that early. It’s from 1259, I think…before Rissho Ankoku-Ron. There’s a NOPPA translation from the early ‘90s and one from the University of Hawaii Press series.
by markatex
Fri Jun 04, 2021 2:11 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Vajrayana as an aspect of Nichiren practice
Replies: 104
Views: 2842

Re: Vajrayana as an aspect of Nichiren practice

My personal opinion, and this is all it is, I think Nichiren had a much deeper interest in Shingon than he admits. Other than Kukai's judgment that in terms of profundity of teaching the Lotus ranks third (Avatamsaka second), he doesn't have much criticism to offer. It's been a long time since I've...
by markatex
Thu May 06, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How Nichiren Shonin could be the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 144
Views: 2951

Re: How Nichiren Shonin could be the Eternal Buddha

I suppose I should read the whole thread before I post…
by markatex
Thu May 06, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How Nichiren Shonin could be the Eternal Buddha
Replies: 144
Views: 2951

Re: How Nichiren Shonin could be the Eternal Buddha

What book are you referring to? I don’t think I’m familiar with it.

There’s a sense in which we are all emanations of the Eternal Buddha. That doesn’t point to Nichiren being a Buddha that subsumes Shakyamuni, as Nichiren Shoshu teaches.
by markatex
Wed May 05, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Life Span of the Tathagata: Before and after Gaya.
Replies: 135
Views: 3390

Re: The Life Span of the Tathagata: Before and after Gaya.

Yeah, that’s a god-awful interpretation.
by markatex
Sat Apr 24, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Life Span of the Tathagata: Before and after Gaya.
Replies: 135
Views: 3390

Re: The Life Span of the Tathagata: Before and after Gaya.

The Eternal Shakyamuni Buddha was enlightened all along. His enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, as well as his previous lives, were all expedients, teaching devices. He says in the Lotus Sutra that he is always considering how to lead all beings to Buddhahood. That’s what he’s been doing since the remotest...
by markatex
Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: lockdowns on Nichiren site .
Replies: 26
Views: 1300

Re: lockdowns on Nichiren site .

If y’all wouldn’t be so hostile and argumentative, they wouldn’t need to lock the threads. And I might be more inclined to visit this forum more often. 🤷‍♂️
by markatex
Fri Dec 25, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren Buddhism and the "4 criticisms"
Replies: 23
Views: 1490

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: 1490

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: 1607

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: 1607

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: 2342

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: 2342

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: 1181

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...

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