Thematic interpretation of NMRK (thought exercise for deeper study)

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Thematic interpretation of NMRK (thought exercise for deeper study)

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Funnily enough, I'm in the midst of a solitary VajraSattva signs retreat organized by my refuge preceptor, and I began thinking about how I would personally condense the message of the Lotus Sutra's exhortation in my own words/language.

Here's what I came up with, so that anyone interested in picking me apart may do so...

Reformers of all stripes fulfill the spirit of the original non-sectarian law/vow/proclamation.

* Note that I'm both interested in gaining as full/rigorous an understanding as possible, and that I'm seeking the spirit of Ekayana. I know next to nothing, and ideally I want to develop this idea with the aid of my fellow members' expertise in this area.
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I generally find thought exercises quickly become a trap. Which is not to say I'd suggest they are inappropriate, since such efforts move towards clarity, but that the trouble comes with attempts to refine and redefine to be a better understanding- it turns into more grasping at views. The goal seems to be to practice with understanding as a consequence.
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narhwal90 wrote: Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:35 pm I generally find thought exercises quickly become a trap. Which is not to say I'd suggest they are inappropriate, since such efforts move towards clarity, but that the trouble comes with attempts to refine and redefine to be a better understanding- it turns into more grasping at views. The goal seems to be to practice with understanding as a consequence.
Precisely the answer I was looking for at this time, thanks for helping me liberate my misconceptions this way.
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narhwal90 wrote: Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:35 pm I generally find thought exercises quickly become a trap. Which is not to say I'd suggest they are inappropriate, since such efforts move towards clarity, but that the trouble comes with attempts to refine and redefine to be a better understanding- it turns into more grasping at views. The goal seems to be to practice with understanding as a consequence.
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kausalya wrote: Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:41 am Funnily enough, I'm in the midst of a solitary VajraSattva signs retreat organized by my refuge preceptor,
two things
1)
i loved doing Vajrasattva cleansing through a sadhana , but one must realize the very nature of the ODaimoku is about dealing with cause and effect on many different levels. It is said , by some, the one hundred syllable Vajrasattva mantra is the only one left by the Historic Buddha Lord Sakyamuni Buddha.. I think Nichiren's practice does the cleansing job more effectively during Mappo..

2)

can you elaborate on the retreat and what you mean by ,
organized by my refuge preceptor
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