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by Bois de Santal
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?
Replies: 17
Views: 1838

Re: How do we respond to people who discredit Nichiren Buddhism?

I'm trying to figure out how to respond to their objections. Like, why should I believe that the Lotus Sutra is the teachings of the Buddha? As Miroku indicated there has long been discussion within buddhism as to the correctness of different parts of the canon (to put it delicately.) What is undis...
by Bois de Santal
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?
Replies: 89
Views: 12035

Re: What will happen when Daisaku Ikeda dies?

The antecedents of workshop folks are obscure though. Despite the fact that no one is quite sure just who they are, they don't come across as sectarian to me. Overall, I trust them. I think my main criticism of the NMSW is that their site(s) are badly organised. There are two main sites, and it is ...
by Bois de Santal
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why didn't the Daimoku save Nichiren from illness?
Replies: 4
Views: 694

Re: Why didn't the Daimoku save Nichiren from illness?

How do we know that it didn't? He may well have already prolonged his life by overcoming illness but just didn't write about it much. He certainly prolonged his life in the face of great persecution. I've never had the feeling that if only he had lived a bit longer he could have completed his missio...
by Bois de Santal
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?
Replies: 35
Views: 3633

Re: Gongyo in Japanese (not shindoku/onyomi)?

Reciting sutras in shindoku is comparable to Latin Mass in a Catholic Church. I took Latin in grade school. I have a feeling my teacher was not pronouncing Latin in any form that an ancient Roman would. He was pronouncing it like a New Yorker. I can't imagine that some of those Latin portions of ma...
by Bois de Santal
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 35
Views: 4097

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

I've been in SGI for almost 2 years and it's been very beneficial to me. I've also read most of this forum and have learned a lot from you all. I was a little surprised and very curious about the admissions of QQ, Minobu and Narwhal that they do other practices. It is probably worth bearing in mind...
by Bois de Santal
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 35
Views: 4097

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

The French Nichiren Buddhists also have amazing resources, and French is close enough to English that GoogleTranslate handles it with minimal scrambling. I presume this is one site you must be referring to: https://www.nichiren-etudes.net/ Although much of the material has been translated from engl...
by Bois de Santal
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?
Replies: 18
Views: 2434

Re: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?

What about the Yampolsky edited volume of Nichiren Letters? Any good? Or the Burton Watson Selected Letters? Aren't they the same thing? At least, the Yampolsky edited volume is just a small collection of Watson's translations of the gosho that he did for the SGI. It is not a book on Nichiren Buddh...
by Bois de Santal
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?
Replies: 18
Views: 2434

Re: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?

I've never read it, and it's long out of print (so probably a bit outdated), but I've heard good things about Daniel Montgomery's Fire in the Lotus. Yes, it is an excellent book. Much better than I thought it would be for a cheap paperback. It gives a good explanation of how mahayana developed into...
by Bois de Santal
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Opinions on this BBC documentary?
Replies: 8
Views: 2637

Re: Opinions on this BBC documentary?

Probably the strangest thing about this documentary is when the woman is asked her if she felt Ikeda was a spiritual man. She responds, “He seemed to be the least spiritual person I have ever met.” How exactly do you qualify that? How do you … “seem spiritual”? If any one needs help on how to seem ...
by Bois de Santal
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Reading more widely
Replies: 19
Views: 2106

Re: Reading more widely

Try this: https://www.urbandharma.org/udharma14/budtea.html]The Buddha and His Teachings It gives a good outline of the fundamentals of Buddhism from the Theravada perspective, which is where it all started really. It is also available in paperback from Amazon. (Worth it, imo, if you can get a copy....
by Bois de Santal
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Opinions on this BBC documentary?
Replies: 8
Views: 2637

Re: Opinions on this BBC documentary?

I'm not surprised by the Polly Toynbee segment, given that she was a former vice-president of the British Humanist Association (now called Humanists UK) - which aims to "...work to enhance the public understanding and appreciation of secularism as the best strategy for achieving freedom, equality, ...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: On honorifics: "o" "go" "dai" "sama"
Replies: 20
Views: 2116

Re: Why doesn’t Ikeda inscribe his own gohonzon?

According to the doctrines of Nichiren Shoshu, the Daishonin is the calligraphic embodiment of the Nichiren Shoshu Gohonzon that is legitimately transcribed by each and every successive High Priest of the Head Temple I presume you meant to say: "According to the doctrines of Nichiren Shoshu, the Ni...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Nichiren as Honbutsu
Replies: 36
Views: 5877

Re: Nichiren as Honbutsu

Well, that would depend on who you ask. If you ask Nichiren Shoshu or SGI they would say yes. Actually I'm not sure they would say yes. Ultimately their argument is that if Shakyamuni attained enlightenment in the distant past then he must have had a teacher, and that teacher must be the original (...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Nichiren Shoshu
Topic: Nichiren as Honbutsu
Replies: 36
Views: 5877

Re: Is Nichiren Shu the most traditional of all the Nichiren sects?

is Nichiren the True Buddha of our age? Well, that would depend on who you ask. If you ask Nichiren Shoshu or SGI they would say yes. Actually I'm not sure they would say yes. Ultimately their argument is that if Shakyamuni attained enlightenment in the distant past then he must have had a teacher,...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?
Replies: 31
Views: 3876

Re: Can Nichiren Buddhists chant "Om mani padme hum" to the Gohonzon?

Nichiren actually proscribed even circumambulating and prostrations.
Interesting. Do you have a link for that?
by Bois de Santal
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is anyone familiar with Honmon Butsuryo Shu?
Replies: 4
Views: 766

Re: Is anyone familiar with Honmon Butsuryo Shu?

Just to be sure - we are talking about Honmon Butsuryu Shu aren't we?
Or is there also a Honmon Butsuryo Shu?

Do you have a link to the site you were looking at?
by Bois de Santal
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Yampolsky's Selected Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 6
Views: 961

Re: Yampolsky's Selected Writings of Nichiren

You should be alright then. I don't think anyone has every considered Watson comprised because of his work for the soka gakkai. But he was never credited as the sole translator. I believe he did the heavy lifting and then an editorial committed tidied things up for the NSIC translations. (The seven ...
by Bois de Santal
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Yampolsky's Selected Writings of Nichiren
Replies: 6
Views: 961

Re: Yampolsky's Selected Writings of Nichiren

I believe the translations are largely the work of Burton Watson so I wouldn't expect anything hugely different to the official SGI/NSIC translations. That said, maybe there are subtle differences? It is highly probable that the Watson translations would have been tweaked slightly to support NS orth...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?
Replies: 29
Views: 3344

Re: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?

the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being. It is interesting that you have taken what I would call a very simplistic and fundamentalist definition of god. To me it conjures up the stern wrathful god of the old testament. I have met some Christian thi...
by Bois de Santal
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?
Replies: 29
Views: 3344

Re: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?

It is not easy to get all the various buddhist schools to agree with one another, but this is one such subject.

See item three here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_poi ... 1y%C4%81na

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