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by bcol01
Sun May 20, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why do some people find it hard to let go of the religion they grew up with?
Replies: 12
Views: 1801

Why do some people find it hard to let go of the religion they grew up with?

While I do have faith in Nichiren Buddhism, I am finding it incredibly hard to let go of the faith that I grew up with. I'm sure there is some psychological reason for this but I'm wondering what to do. Do I just continue to chant everyday and hope that the instinctual pull towards my faith that I g...
by bcol01
Sat May 19, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?
Replies: 8
Views: 1340

Re: Is it true that chanting brings us blessings and if so, is this dependent on daily, consistent practice?

Thank you for your insight. :namaste: Also, just because something in your life doesn't go the way you hoped it would, doesn't indicate that your practice isn't generating merit. Nor does it mean that bad things won't happen to you. Often, what we are given are opportunities to practice perseverance...
by bcol01
Sat May 19, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: If you had to explain what Buddhahood is....
Replies: 11
Views: 1666

If you had to explain what Buddhahood is....

What does it mean to you?
by bcol01
Fri May 18, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Can you describe any situation since you have started chanting where you have been protected?
Replies: 7
Views: 1107

Re: Can you describe any situation since you have started chanting where you have been protected?

Interesting. Nothing quite like that happened to me. A friend was being mugged by two men. One grabbed him from behind and started choking him out. He chanted daimoku. One of the men heard it and said, "Yo, that's the shit my sister says. Let's get out of here." They let him go and ran. Later at the...
by bcol01
Fri May 18, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Can you describe any situation since you have started chanting where you have been protected?
Replies: 7
Views: 1107

Can you describe any situation since you have started chanting where you have been protected?

In other words, what ways has chanting protected you during different times in your life?
by bcol01
Thu May 17, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What did Nichiren think of Confucianism and Shintoism?
Replies: 9
Views: 1290

Re: What did Nichiren think of Confucianism and Shintoism?

Thank you! Gassho Thank you for that insight! Would there be anything wrong with practicing Confucian ideals or incorporating Confucian advice into daily life, as a Nichiren Buddhist? Not at all. Jen and Li are wonderful ideals, IMHO. There is a lot of great advice in the Analects . There's nothing ...
by bcol01
Thu May 17, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What did Nichiren think of Confucianism and Shintoism?
Replies: 9
Views: 1290

Re: What did Nichiren think of Confucianism and Shintoism?

Thank you for that insight! Would there be anything wrong with practicing Confucian ideals or incorporating Confucian advice into daily life, as a Nichiren Buddhist? "Cofucianism" for Nichiren was more expansive than just the teachings of Confucius. It also included Mencius as well as Daoism. He con...
by bcol01
Thu May 17, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How did your life improve after converting to Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 9
Views: 1690

How did your life improve after converting to Nichiren Buddhism?

I have been struggling to let go of Christianity because I have so many doubts and because I feel like it doesn't allow me to be myself and live my life. I'm also gay and I tend to look at the gay culture and see the problems within it through the lens of the religion that I grew up in. I'm in a rea...
by bcol01
Sun May 06, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Should a mother who is emotionally neglectful and indifferent be honored on Mother's day?
Replies: 38
Views: 4948

Should a mother who is emotionally neglectful and indifferent be honored on Mother's day?

So my mother has just never really been there for me throughout my life in the way that I needed her to be. She has always been indifferent and distant and also abusive and/or allowed my step father to abuse me. Yet, she wonders why I haven't seen her in over 15 years. She doesn't want to talk about...
by bcol01
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we deal with a loved one who is selfish, narcissistic and insensitive to our feelings?
Replies: 13
Views: 2350

Re: How do we deal with a loved one who is selfish, narcissistic and insensitive to our feelings?

That's all I needed was a face value reply lol I appreciate that. You've given me much to chew on. But what if reaching out to this person is harmful to us? I don't know for sure. It's something you need to figure out. You may need to consult a mental health professional to help sort your feelings. ...
by bcol01
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we deal with a loved one who is selfish, narcissistic and insensitive to our feelings?
Replies: 13
Views: 2350

Re: How do we deal with a loved one who is selfish, narcissistic and insensitive to our feelings?

No I'm ok, thank you.
dude wrote: Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:39 pm
bcol01 wrote: Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:00 pm I'm just seeking advise here from a Nichiren Buddhist perspective.
First of all, I'm worried about your safety. Are you being physically abused? Mentally?
Please let me know asap, I care.
by bcol01
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we deal with a loved one who is selfish, narcissistic and insensitive to our feelings?
Replies: 13
Views: 2350

Re: How do we deal with a loved one who is selfish, narcissistic and insensitive to our feelings?

I appreciate that. You've given me much to chew on. But what if reaching out to this person is harmful to us? One of the core teachings of ichinen sanzen is our deep connection to the beings and environment around us. When we change at the deepest aspect of our lives, our mind (ichinen), we are tran...
by bcol01
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Happy Birthday Nichiren! How do we celebrate?
Replies: 2
Views: 834

Happy Birthday Nichiren! How do we celebrate?

How do Nichiren Buddhists (maybe specifically Nichiren Shu) celebrate Nichiren's bday?
by bcol01
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What are the rules or moral teachings in Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 1
Views: 769

What are the rules or moral teachings in Nichiren Buddhism?

It is my understanding that the morality or ethical teachings in Nichiren Buddhism center around the Law of Cause and Effect.
by bcol01
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we know when it is time to separate ties from certain people in our lives?
Replies: 3
Views: 778

How do we know when it is time to separate ties from certain people in our lives?

I recently stopped reaching out to two members of my family who've made no efforts to have much to do with me. They insist on giving me a litany of excuses as to why we're not close, putting it all on me. Nothing I say is heard and in fact, I feel like i'm constantly being gaslighted. So that's why ...

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