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by nichiren-123
Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Some questions on provisional-true and theoretical-essential teachings
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Some questions on provisional-true and theoretical-essential teachings

Are the provisional teachings really to be discarded or used in light of the true teaching? Yes. Shakyamuni Buddha declares in the Hoben Chapter of the Lotus Sutra, Honestly discarding expedient means, will preach only the unsurpassed way. (Hokekyo, p. 183) Expedient teachings are partial truths an...
by nichiren-123
Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Some questions on provisional-true and theoretical-essential teachings
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Some questions on provisional-true and theoretical-essential teachings

Why do the pre-lotus and lotus sutra teachings seem so different?

How is the true teaching liberating?

Are the provisional teachings really to be discarded or used in light of the true teaching?

Why is the lotus split into theoretical and essential in the first place?
by nichiren-123
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How does Buddhism explain individual experience?
Replies: 12
Views: 985

Re: How does Buddhism explain individual experience?

Why do individuals experience different things when everything is interconnected? What is it that makes us have a unique experience? What makes you assume that 'everything is interconnected'? Unique experience is a given already. Why posit a theory that does not reflect actuality and then turn it i...
by nichiren-123
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How does Buddhism explain individual experience?
Replies: 12
Views: 985

How does Buddhism explain individual experience?

Why do individuals experience different things when everything is interconnected?

What is it that makes us have a unique experience?
by nichiren-123
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questions on consistency and validity of mahayana sutra's
Replies: 9
Views: 699

Questions on consistency and validity of mahayana sutra's

Historically, we know that the Mahayana sutra's are later creations attributed to the Buddha. I'd assume that even Buddhists in ancient times knew this since the Mahayana sutra's are full of fantastical tales - They must have known they were allegorical. What I'm interested in though is whether the ...
by nichiren-123
Tue May 12, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shingon: the Tibetan and Nichiren connection?
Replies: 27
Views: 4869

Re: Shingon: the Tibetan and Nichiren connection?

Queequeg wrote: Tue May 12, 2020 4:35 pm Nichiren is mainly non-esoteric. The Esoteric themes discussed above are things you have to dig for.
Are there any gosho's which explain why daimoku works?

hope I'm not hijacking the original thread...
by nichiren-123
Tue May 12, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shingon: the Tibetan and Nichiren connection?
Replies: 27
Views: 4869

Re: Shingon: the Tibetan and Nichiren connection?

I'd like to ask if Nichiren Buddhism makes sense from a non-esoteric viewpoint?
Or do you have to take the axioms of esotericism in order for our practice to make sense?
by nichiren-123
Sat May 02, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Reality and wisdom
Replies: 6
Views: 556

Reality and wisdom

So lately I've really been appreciating the idea that Buddhahood is the fusion of reality and wisdom. I'd like to quote two gosho's: A commentary says that the riverbed of reality is described as “infinitely profound” because it is boundless, and that the water of wisdom is described as “immeasurabl...
by nichiren-123
Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 7565

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

What I meant was that every phenomena relies on every other phenomena in existence, for it's own existence. That would be an expression of conventional truth in the context of the two truths doctrine but would it be a right expression of conventional truth? No because it isn't the case that every p...
by nichiren-123
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 7565

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

If something happens, all its causes and conditions were present, by definition. Yes, of course. I can agree with this. But nichiren-123 said "ALL", which is why I asked what he meant by that. What I meant was that every phenomena relies on every other phenomena in existence, for it's own existence...
by nichiren-123
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 7565

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

Why? Mindstreams and seperate existences are dependent on causes and conditions and lack an essential nature. What is so difficult to understand about that? That they can be perpetuated based on 1 cause. No, nothing arises from a single cause. But if a single cause is missing, a given entity will n...
by nichiren-123
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 7565

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

Emptiness is what allows reincarnation to happen. There is nothing to obstruct the process. Just the idea of mindstreams and separate existence seems to directly oppose emptiness... Why? Mindstreams and seperate existences are dependent on causes and conditions and lack an essential nature. What is...
by nichiren-123
Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 7565

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

But every wave will eventually disintegrate and merge with the rest of the ocean. Absent friction, the momentum will never cease. And actually, the energy of the wave just turns into another form of energy - ie. if there is friction, then the energy becomes heat. mass/energy is conserved. But, tryi...
by nichiren-123
Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 7565

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

Just the idea of mindstreams and separate existence seems to directly oppose emptiness... Mindstream is not a separate existence. As explained through ichinen sanzen, the thought moment (ichinen) is not a discrete thing; it encompasses the dharmadhatu. As you observed above, remove one cause/condit...
by nichiren-123
Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 7565

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

Just the idea of mindstreams and separate existence seems to directly oppose emptiness... If you go to sleep and wake up the next day there’s a continuity. You remember the previous day. What is false is the assumption your personality is the basis for the continuity. That’s no-self/emptiness. What...
by nichiren-123
Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 7565

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

smcj wrote: Mon Apr 13, 2020 3:52 pm
nichiren-123 wrote: All I'm wondering is how to reconcile rebirth with emptiness.
Emptiness is what allows reincarnation to happen. There is nothing to obstruct the process.
Just the idea of mindstreams and separate existence seems to directly oppose emptiness...
by nichiren-123
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 7565

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

All I'm wondering is how to reconcile my understanding of rebirth with emptiness. It's not something that should be taken on faith so we ought to analyse it. It is very simple: Emptiness just means that all things arise from causes and conditions. If, at death, ignorance remains, then it acts as th...
by nichiren-123
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 7565

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

All I'm wondering is how to reconcile rebirth with emptiness. Study the two truths doctrine. It's not something that should be taken on faith so we ought to analyse it. you can analyse the two truths doctrine but you can't analyse rebirth as such. I need more than that. What aspect of the two truth...
by nichiren-123
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 7565

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

OK, so this is my understanding of what has been said so far: Everything is empty with no real distinction but consciousness gives the illusion of separateness and distinction. Consciousness exists as a mindstream of karmic momentum which is perpetuated by the habit of grasping. The last two statem...
by nichiren-123
Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?
Replies: 176
Views: 7565

Re: What does Madhyamaka say about birth and death?

I'm saying that they depend on each other mutually. They affect each other. Yes, this relastionship is described as nāma-rūpa. But I'm saying that the main attribute of consciousness, (which is to act and make decisions) may survive the physical death of the body and exist as some sort of subtle fo...

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