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by narhwal90
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 120
Views: 6885

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

I'd expect the question of how to handle or view satori/kensho depends a lot on the teacher. Off the top of my head I don't think anyone would claim satori is irrelevant, but considerable variation might be seen on its importance eg is it a goal or not, and to what extent such experiences are to be ...
by narhwal90
Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Experiences with spirits
Replies: 71
Views: 1327

Re: Experiences with spirits

The point of that last instruction is that emptiness is characteristic of the dependently originated, not that there is no existence. As far as existence or not, the instruction there is that definite statements of existence vs non-existence are both incorrect.
by narhwal90
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Religious imagery in back of dharma video calls
Replies: 7
Views: 195

Re: Religious imagery in back of dharma video calls

PadmaVonSamba wrote: Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:46 am It is often said that just seeing Dharma now images brings benefit.
...even on zoom.
Definitely not on Teams, however :rolling:
by narhwal90
Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 229
Views: 3203

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

If you'll pardon a minor off-topic tangent- I notice the term "absorption" showing up here and there; eg illusory absorption, universal gateway- perhaps many others. I have the impression it is referring to awareness "absorbed" in some subject eg sense, desire, thought and so on- but am curious if t...
by narhwal90
Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Non-exclusivist independent Nichiren Buddhism
Replies: 92
Views: 1859

Re: Non-exclusivist independent Nichiren Buddhism

As per Nichiren forum posting rules, please limit or balance quotation with additional commentary.

https://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.p ... 12#p561812
by narhwal90
Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhism and missionary work
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: Buddhism and missionary work

Back in the day in Nichiren Shoshu I particpated in streetcorner campaigns introducing people to the practice, handing out leaflets, talking about how the practice helps- all the usual lines. Some of the Nichiren schools are fairly notorious for this, at least in the past. In SGI these days the stre...
by narhwal90
Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:31 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 120
Views: 6885

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

Sorry. I am not interested much in stories on the reduction of suffering. I would like to see actual evidence. Not much, so far You mean actual evidence in your life- not stories about the experience of others? If you claim you have reached the end of suffering, maybe you should be able to put your...
by narhwal90
Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:07 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 120
Views: 6885

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

Pascal2 wrote: Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:39 am
narhwal90 wrote: Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:33 pm If you're not interested in reduction of suffering, what motivates your practice?
Sorry.
I am not interested much in stories on the reduction of suffering.
I would like to see actual evidence.
Not much, so far
You mean actual evidence in your life- not stories about the experience of others?
by narhwal90
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What Is The Nature Of Thought?
Replies: 29
Views: 399

Re: What Is The Nature Of Thought?

One method that would help, I'm sure, is to go out and find a food pantry or something like, and volunteer. Anything related to "surrender" is not how I would characterize the the lady who runs the pantry where I volunteer. I would say more like "fearless" and "determined". It is a privilege to work...
by narhwal90
Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What Is The Nature Of Thought?
Replies: 29
Views: 399

Re: What Is The Nature Of Thought?

to what degree can that suffering be successfully managed by any of the philosophies, all of which are of course made of thought? It can't be, which is why Buddhism is a set of practices that you actually do and don't do, rather than a mere philosophy. I like the idea of practices, as opposed to ju...
by narhwal90
Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 120
Views: 6885

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

If you're not interested in reduction of suffering, what motivates your practice?
by narhwal90
Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How To Evaluate A Teacher?
Replies: 15
Views: 422

Re: How To Evaluate A Teacher?

It seems the ones that are doing are not inclined to be spending much time talking about it. I met those types when I started volunteering alongside them. The talkers don't tend to stay around long.
by narhwal90
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How To Evaluate A Teacher?
Replies: 15
Views: 422

Re: How To Evaluate A Teacher?

I run into a fair number of Christians of various demoninations, including some fire and brimstone types, who are all about service to others. A good friend of mine is one of the latter, he helps out quite a few people lots of different ways- asks for nothing and expects nothing in return. He sends ...
by narhwal90
Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 229
Views: 3203

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

mayhem - "violent or damaging disorder; chaos." meaning the frequent conflict raised between Nichiren schools, and its built-in judgement of superiority to other schools - all too often seen here on dharmawheel. I don't mind the classification either but I think it may be counterproductive when adop...
by narhwal90
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:46 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 229
Views: 3203

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

Removed post due to excessive quotation without discussion. Please see rules

https://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=26060

for posting in the Nichiren forum.
by narhwal90
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:07 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 229
Views: 3203

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

Yet this isn't an imposition of the three truths outside of the Nichiren forums which is why I don't see the mayhem. It also conflates the position of the sutras with the necessity to propagate the lotus based on the times and conditions of the peoples. It can be simply argued that if Japan was not...
by narhwal90
Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:53 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 229
Views: 3203

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

Point of order; the title of the topic was due to me splitting from the "Reply to Padmasambava" thread. It is due my interpretation under time crunch of the OP's posting. tk, please correct me if the title of this topic is not the question you are trying to address. I beg your pardon if you had a d...
by narhwal90
Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:45 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 229
Views: 3203

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

The comparative method of evaluating sutras is a backbone of EA Buddhism. Out of that context your statement is not only inappropriate and unreasonably disparaging to this tradition. To what end and benefit does it serve? If I understood the benefit then perhaps I would become enlightened to such. ...
by narhwal90
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:00 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 229
Views: 3203

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

:rolling:

but I thought we were doing OK.. the knives are usually out by the 3rd page
by narhwal90
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nagarjuna's tetralemma in contrast to Nichiren's interpretation of Tendai 3 Truths
Replies: 229
Views: 3203

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

Well, sure, thats what the sutra says. BND's conduct is to be modelled, no argument there. As to the LS, many sutras make many claims, not sure I am in a position to judge supremacy, or even if doing so is a good idea. Frankly I don't see why I need to adopt Nichiren's view without giving the quest...

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