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by Bois de Santal
Thu Dec 10, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: how changes affect us in Nichiren Shonin's denominations
Replies: 89
Views: 1925

Re: how changes affect us in Nichiren Shonin's denominations

Once namu is placed it becomes something other than title. Firstly, don't forget that Namu is really just a corruption of Namas. And 'chinese' variants use other 'corrupted' pronunciations. (I don't use corrupted in a negative or pejorative sense here. And by chinese I mean the dozens of variations...
by Bois de Santal
Thu Dec 10, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: how changes affect us in Nichiren Shonin's denominations
Replies: 89
Views: 1925

Re: how changes affect us in Nichiren Shonin's denominations

the Title is chant Daimoku properly...never mentions Namu...it seems he drops one of ideograms in his lecture...albeit it is translation but why not use the 2 ideograms as Nichiren did. Ideograms are just a form of writing. Their pronunciation is fixed neither in time nor place. And nowhere outside...
by Bois de Santal
Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: how changes affect us in Nichiren Shonin's denominations
Replies: 89
Views: 1925

Re: how changes affect us in Nichiren Shonin's denominations

I can assure you that the characters for Nam Mu do not have huge meaning. They were chosen for the approximation of their sound to the sanskrit Namas. They evidently do have some meaning but I have never yet heard any explanation of why those two in particular were chosen. Suffice to say that many c...
by Bois de Santal
Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Rissho Kosei Kai - what are the differences with Nichiren Shu?
Replies: 54
Views: 1017

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

:roll: How do they chant. Do they use Namu or Nam :roll: From their Sutra Recitation book , they appear to use 'Namu'. Which makes sense since they originate from Nichiren Shu. You should probably bear in mind that Nichiren Shu is an amalgam of most but not all the Nichiren lineages. Perhaps more l...
by Bois de Santal
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Offerings to the Buddha
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Re: Offerings to the Buddha

Fortyeightvows wrote: Sat Aug 15, 2020 10:29 am
Bois de Santal wrote: Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:19 am
Fortyeightvows wrote: Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:56 am Isn't it weird to use white candles ?
I dunno - what colour do you use?
Usually red.
Now that IS weird :smile:
by Bois de Santal
Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Offerings to the Buddha
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Re: Offerings to the Buddha

Fortyeightvows wrote: Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:56 am Isn't it weird to use white candles ?
I dunno - what colour do you use?
by Bois de Santal
Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Are heaven and hell actual places?
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Re: Are heaven and hell actual places?

bcol01 wrote: Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:13 pm Nichiren seemed to believe they were.
Where in the gosho have you read that?
by Bois de Santal
Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is the history of the daimoku?
Replies: 26
Views: 1033

Re: What is the history of the daimoku?

I would be careful to check the sources that are listed as some of them are not listed correctly. Also it seems that it is written with a rather anti shoshu tilt. Gassho hi , you are new here so hi... what anti shoshu tilt..i could not see any. and wiki is a bit bent at times I don't see an anti-sh...
by Bois de Santal
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: NMHRK is a mantra or not
Replies: 49
Views: 2147

Re: NMHRK is a mantra or not

The Sanskrit word, “mantra” actually has the same etymological root as the words “mental” and “mind”. The meaning of “mantra” is that which focuses the mind. If you chant NMHRK to focus the mind, then it is a mantra. In fact, you could simply chant the letters, “N-M-H-R-K” and if doing that helped ...
by Bois de Santal
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Soka Gakkai yesterday and today
Replies: 18
Views: 1464

Re: Soka Gakkai yesterday and today

I must admit that I found it strange that the thesis by Levi McLaughlin stopped before the schism, even though it appears to have been published about 10 years later. That doesn't undermine the thesis but as you say, but we are talking about history now. The past, as they say, really is another coun...
by Bois de Santal
Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: false goshos and true goshos?
Replies: 7
Views: 911

Re: false goshos and true goshos?

This link should take you to the definitive text in english on the subject:
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q ... qOIgKasJyc
by Bois de Santal
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Is world domination SGI’s goal?
Replies: 55
Views: 4119

Re: Is world domination SGI’s goal?

I mean it is called the holy Roman empire. Slightly off-topic but the Holy Roman Empire was a long time after the fall of the roman empire. A quick look at Wikipedia indicates that it didn't have much to do with Rome, either. It was basically a germanic empire. Rather ironic, really, considering th...
by Bois de Santal
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 200
Views: 21421

Re: The Writings of Nichiren

My take on it is that such ideas were open to being misunderstood and misinterpreted - both by his followers and his enemies. Back then communication and flow of information was a lot more restricted. Sharing such ideas without fully understanding risked doing more harm than good. And from the writi...
by Bois de Santal
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Where to purchase Butsugu accessories.
Replies: 5
Views: 1025

Re: Where to purchase Butsugu accessories.

A lot of the NS stuff that the soka gakkai used to sell back in the day was either cheap plastic or gaudy brass and was branded in its own way. I must admit I never really cared much for it. I've always used hand made butsugu where possible/practical. Recently, after my water cup developed a crack I...
by Bois de Santal
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any independent Nichiren Buddhists here?
Replies: 25
Views: 2959

Re: Any independent Nichiren Buddhists here?

He calls that everyone. Don't worry. :D It's his way of saying it does not have to be as it seems, but it might. Even his own students. I did wonder if something like that might be the case. Especially as I myself don't like the term 'buddhist' at all. It just puts people into a little box. Unfortu...
by Bois de Santal
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any independent Nichiren Buddhists here?
Replies: 25
Views: 2959

Re: Any independent Nichiren Buddhists here?

Not a nichiren buddhist, but my guess would be lotus sutra and nichiren's own writing? There is a really nice translation of lotus sutra at 84000 project. I didn't get as far as reading the translation but this caught my eye in the introduction by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche: The Japanese ch...
by Bois de Santal
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 89
Views: 12933

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

I get the gist of what Minobu is saying here and I'm largely in agreement. I know it was always argued that one of Ikeda's roles was to schmooze the rich and powerful but it just came across as a bit needy to me. And buying up chateaux (don't forget Taplow Court in the UK) amongst other major proper...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why do we have to do continuous daimoku?
Replies: 25
Views: 3408

Re: Why do we have to do continuous daimoku?

Hmm - I looked but couldn't find it. If anything, Niwano did not believe in the merits of chanting too much daimoku because the mind will start to wander. He seems to have been a 'little but often' kind of guy.
by Bois de Santal
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why do we have to do continuous daimoku?
Replies: 25
Views: 3408

Re: Why do we have to do continuous daimoku?

I pretty sure I've read that quote in an article by Niwano - but i'm not sure of it's ultimate provenance.
by Bois de Santal
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Sanskrit Daimoku
Replies: 34
Views: 3427

Re: Sanskrit Daimoku

Thanks for that detailed reply Coemgemu. I was wondering whether the modern mandarin had any more than a passing resemblance to the classic chinese pronunciation. And it is interesting to see how the pronunciation differs between modern and middle japanese. Kyo and ching/jing seem so far apart now, ...

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