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by illarraza
Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:04 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Rissho Kosei-kai
Replies: 18
Views: 6158

Re: Rissho Kosei-kai

Hmm sorry; am I correct in thinking Rissho Kosei Kai would chant the title of the Lotus Sutra merely as the title, not as most Nichiren sects do as the essence of the practice. gassho Rory No. Chanting is the core practice of Rissho Kosei Kai. The title is not 'merely a title,' it is the embodiment...
by illarraza
Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:14 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren Buddhism and Anatman
Replies: 9
Views: 2885

Re: Nichiren Buddhism and Anatman

What does Nichiren Buddhism generally say about anatman? Was Nichiren opposed to it? I do not know that he discussed this in much detail. He seemed to accept the concept of a true, distinguished, unpretentious, selfless self. He also stressed behavior in daily life -- serving others and fulfilling ...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...
Replies: 23
Views: 6996

Re: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...

It become (to me at least) a more expansive, and less defined, idea of who/what a Buddha is. - Dharma Bum. To that I say, no kidding. The “Thus Come One” is explained clearly in T’ien-t’ai’s commentary as follows: “The Thus Come One is a general designation for the Buddhas of the ten directions and...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:24 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: A question of music appreciation
Replies: 27
Views: 6574

Re: A question of music appreciation

Sound also appears to be quite important in Tibetan Buddhism. Ref. the book Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism by Lama Anagarika Govinda, which goes into some detail on this matter. As an aside, there is quite a bit of generally instructive material in that book, to which Nichiren Buddhists can certa...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...
Replies: 23
Views: 6996

Re: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...

"Son of Buddha "So Ven.Nichiren is the original Buddha Vairocana? "robby"No. Although the Sun Goddess Amaterasu Omikami was identified by some with Mahavairochana using similar logic. Taisekiji Nichiren Shoshu identifies Nichiren Daishonin as the Eternally Existent Uncreated Triple Bodied Tathagata...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren Buddhism and Anatman
Replies: 9
Views: 2885

Re: Nichiren Buddhism and Anatman

What does Nichiren Buddhism generally say about anatman? Was Nichiren opposed to it? Ven.Nichiren upheld the Tathagatagarbha doctrine was pro Atman and was a super supporter of the Nirvana Sutra qouting it extensively (note the Nirvana sutra was considered by him to be second to the Lotus sutra and...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Four noble truths
Replies: 51
Views: 9520

Re: Four noble truths

Thank you Robby, that was a beautiful explanation of the 8 fold path. :smile: Gassho, Seishin Thank you Seishin. I reread the post, and am pretty much satisfied with it for now. One thing I would change -- I misspelled altar. There are a few more points that robban might find useful. One thing, I d...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:33 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Four noble truths
Replies: 51
Views: 9520

Re: Four noble truths

Where in the lotus sutra does it say that one should follow the 4 noble truths and the eightfold path? Only a hand full of sutras in Sanskrit and Pali say we should follow the 4noble truths & the eightfold path. Others make reference to them but aren't explicit. A great many others don't mention th...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:21 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Four noble truths
Replies: 51
Views: 9520

Re: Four noble truths

Part of the Lotus Sutra's supremacy centers around classifications of the teachings such as the Five Periods of the Teachings (五時敎判). Other traditions, such as the Tibetan schools, tend to classify the teachings from the perspective of the Three Turnings of the Wheel. The first turning would be the...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Four noble truths
Replies: 51
Views: 9520

Re: Four noble truths

Right Memory: Remembering that one's life is eternal and that we are the original disciples of the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni of the Juryo Chapter of the Lotus Sutra Sorry to intrude in this part of the forum, but I cannot help but think that the above quote would violate the Three Seals of Dharma/M...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Four noble truths
Replies: 51
Views: 9520

Re: Four noble truths

Right Memory: Remembering that one's life is eternal and that we are the original disciples of the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni of the Juryo Chapter of the Lotus Sutra Sorry to intrude in this part of the forum, but I cannot help but think that the above quote would violate the Three Seals of Dharma/M...
by illarraza
Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Four noble truths
Replies: 51
Views: 9520

Re: Four noble truths

The Eighfold Path for the cessation of suffering and its true implication in light of the highest teachings of the Buddha (the Lotus Sutra): Right Views: Viewing the Lotus Sutra as the quintessence of the Buddha's teachings. Right Thought: "By what shall I cause the masses of beings to be able to en...
by illarraza
Fri Jun 07, 2013 6:53 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...
Replies: 23
Views: 6996

Re: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...

The short answer from the Nichiren Shoshu prespective would be something like "Nichiren Daishonin is the True Buddha in the Latter Day of the Law and the Origina Buddha from the time of Kuon Ganjo ." From my own experience in both this sect and SGI it seems to be the standard doctrinal position. A ...
by illarraza
Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:20 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...
Replies: 23
Views: 6996

Re: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...

Now we can begin to examine Nichiren's view of himself: "...the Bodhisattvas (who sprang from underneath the ground), as described in the 15th chapter, are followers of the Original Buddha Shakaymuni who resides within our minds."(p.94) "The "honzon", at the scene of this transmission of "Namu Myo H...
by illarraza
Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:13 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...
Replies: 23
Views: 6996

Re: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...

Of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinion but as far as the question, was Nichiren a second Buddha or the Original Buddha?, Nichiren's own opinion should take precedence, don't you think? I will offer Nichiren's opinion. I will demonstrate how Nichiren viewed Shakyamuni Buddha and in my n...
by illarraza
Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:09 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...
Replies: 23
Views: 6996

Re: Was Nichiren a "Second Buddha"? Or...

please ignore
by illarraza
Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Independent Nichiren Buddhists?
Replies: 54
Views: 13174

Re: Independent Nichiren Buddhists?

In the USA, there are nearly as many independent Nichiren practitioners as there are members of organized groups, save for the Soka Gakkai [if you can call them Nichiren Buddhists]. You can check out and communicate with Independent "Nichiren" Buddhists at the Independent Sangha on yahoo groups. ill...
by illarraza
Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:24 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 152
Views: 48212

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Could someone please verify that the following passage comes from the Avatamsaka Sutra: It does not. It is from a book published by BDK, entitled "The Teachings of Buddha", which summarizes Buddhist doctrine. You can find the appropriate excerpt here: http://books.google.no/books?id=QFvC1w-Ef20C&pg...
by illarraza
Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:38 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 152
Views: 48212

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Could someone please verify that the following passage comes from the Avatamsaka Sutra: "In this world there are three wrong viewpoints. If one clings to these viewpoints, then all things in this world are but to be denied. First, some say that all human experience is based on destiny; second, some ...
by illarraza
Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:33 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 152
Views: 48212

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

"They also form this thought: `I should accept all sufferings for the sake of all sentient beings, and enable them to escape from the abyss of immeasurable woes of birth and death. I should accept all suffering for the sake of all sentient beings in all worlds, in all states of misery, forever and e...

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