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by bcol01
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?
Replies: 30
Views: 2442

Re: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?

No.
Grigoris wrote: Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:10 am
bcol01 wrote: Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:48 pm Today actually. Not sure how to respond to someone who tells me that I should be ashamed for being white.
Out of interest: was it a white person that shamed you?
by bcol01
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?
Replies: 30
Views: 2442

Re: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?

Today actually. Not sure how to respond to someone who tells me that I should be ashamed for being white. You know, all the white privilege/shaming stuff going on these days. Should I be ashamed for choosing my own skin color? Taking advantage of your privilege for self gain/profit is "shameful", us...
by bcol01
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?
Replies: 30
Views: 2442

When people shame me for being white, what should I do?

You know, all the white privilege/shaming stuff going on these days. Should I be ashamed for choosing my own skin color?
by bcol01
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any independent Nichiren Buddhists here?
Replies: 25
Views: 2769

Re: Any independent Nichiren Buddhists here?

Ty Que Gassho Independent of what? I, Nichiren, am not the founder of any school, nor am I a latter-day follower of any older school. I am a priest without precepts, neither keeping the precepts nor breaking them. I am an ordinary creature like an ox or a sheep, who is neither particularly wise nor ...
by bcol01
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Any independent Nichiren Buddhists here?
Replies: 25
Views: 2769

Any independent Nichiren Buddhists here?

How do you practice and what materials or books do you read? Who do you look up to?
by bcol01
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 9
Views: 1487

Do you practice with Nichiren Shu, SGI or Nichiren Shoshu?

May I ask, why you follow the teachings of your particular sect? The intention of my post is to learn more about the different sects of Nichiren Buddhism.

Also, if you are an independent practitioner, what led you to be one?

Thank you all for everything and I hope you are all well.

- Gassho
by bcol01
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: How do we deal with desires?
Replies: 11
Views: 1995

How do we deal with desires?

And, how do we know which desires are ok?
by bcol01
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life
Replies: 11
Views: 1198

Re: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life

I agree, the aspiration is the beginning. It's very true! I am deeply grateful for all of the encouragement and support. I know that things will take time and determination. It's so easy to become discouraged but having the right perspective will help too. Thank you, really. Some things take longer ...
by bcol01
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life
Replies: 11
Views: 1198

Re: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life

Thank you for this. I completely agree. Reminds me of a book by William Woolard. I think his way of viewing the daimoku is quite similar in terms of "benefits". Thanks again my friend. The way I was encouraged was that chanting is not going to be a magic fix, that the chanting gradually leads to mor...
by bcol01
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life
Replies: 11
Views: 1198

Re: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life

Ty for your help and your encouragement. This is a very supportive community. There could be a number of reasons you're not seeing benefits. Let's work on this together until you see some results. First, keep in mind that the Gohonzon is the Buddha, and the Buddha's desire is to see all living being...
by bcol01
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life
Replies: 11
Views: 1198

Re: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life

I'm not sure I understand what you are saying exactly. In other words, say you're looking for employment but you don't put in applications. We can't expect the power of Daimoku to just grant us a job if we're not also focusing on making good causes. Right? Why would you question about getting employ...
by bcol01
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life
Replies: 11
Views: 1198

Re: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life

"This is the practice at work opening your eyes". You hit the nail on the head. I concur. Ty for your encouragement. It is most greatly appreciated. I found the notion of poison to medicine is very powerful. There was no change in external circumstance but rather I was able to perceive the challenge...
by bcol01
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life
Replies: 11
Views: 1198

I'm finding it hard to make positive changes in my life

I chant but it seems like I keep throwing myself in my own way. Is this because I just expect chanting to make my life better rather than also taking concrete steps to move in a positive direction? In other words, say you're looking for employment but you don't put in applications. We can't expect t...
by bcol01
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Is the Pure Land an actual place?
Replies: 21
Views: 3223

Re: Is the Pure Land an actual place?

Thank you for your help. I hear that chanting the Nembutsu is good for your health, good luck, etc too. Yes it is a definite place like our Earth. Buddhist sutras describe planets and worlds system apart from our Earth where different types of living beings exist. Our Earth is one such planet where ...
by bcol01
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Is the Pure Land an actual place?
Replies: 21
Views: 3223

Is the Pure Land an actual place?

I'm new to Pure Land.
by bcol01
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Are there precepts in Nichiren Shu?
Replies: 6
Views: 5129

Re: Are there precepts in Nichiren Shu?

According to Nichiren there is only one precept, NMRK. Following the 5 precepts is a supplementary practice, strictly speaking, and it can be encouraged. Because its really basically good advice on living an ethical life, and basically derives from the one precept. Supplementary? How so and, how do...
by bcol01
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shu
Topic: Are there precepts in Nichiren Shu?
Replies: 6
Views: 5129

Are there precepts in Nichiren Shu?

It seems like Lotus Seeds (a Nichiren Shu primer) teaches that in Nichiren Shu, the precepts are followed, at least the 5. Can anyone confirm this?
by bcol01
Sun May 05, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best way to relate to the ageing process?
Replies: 15
Views: 1361

What's the best way to relate to the ageing process?

It's so sad that beauty fades and we get older. How do you all view getting older and losing your looks, etc?
by bcol01
Sun May 05, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Something I'm missing....
Replies: 7
Views: 958

Re: Something I'm missing....

I really appreciate your kind words of encouragement and your insight. Ty If i may address the whole gay thing and religion. The universe produced gay people for a reason....diversity... what men write and say is true in the name of the universe is usually for control and to bolster their own warped...

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