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  • Payaso
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    Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!

    BOG has spoken!

    Thomas is spreading wisdom Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!

    2013 is going to be a good year. I feel it growing...

    Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!

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  • BushyOldGrower
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    I told you guys I was a Buddha...thanks for that Tom.

    We all are...Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!

    My New Age is going well and hopefully 2013 will be a year of realizations and worldwide enlightenment. Let's Roll! BOG
    Last edited by BushyOldGrower; 01-02-2013, 16:53. Reason: Typo

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings

    translated by Burton Watson


    Chapter Sixteen: The Life Span of the Thus Come One

    Point one, concerning Chapter sixteen, The Life Span of the Thus Come One Nam-myoho-renge-kyo

    The Words and Phrases of the Lotus Sutra, volume nine, says: “Thus Come One is a general designation for the Buddha of the ten directions and the three existences, the two Buddhas,* the three Buddhas, the Buddha of the essential teaching, and the Buddha of the theoretical teaching. Specifically, it is a special designation for the three Buddhas of the original state. Juryo, or Life Span, refers to an overall reckoning. It indicates an overall reckoning of the benefits of the two Buddhas, the three Buddhas, and all the Buddhas of the ten directions and the three existences. Therefore the chapter is called the Juryo-hon, or [Reckoning of] the Life Span Chapter.”

    The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings says: The Title of this chapter deals with an important matter that concerns Nichiren himself. This is the transmission described in the “Super-natural Powers” chapter. The Thus Come One is Shakyamuni Buddha or, more generally, all the Buddhas of the ten directions and the three existences. Or, more specifically, it refers to the Buddha of the original state who is eternally endowed with the three bodies.

    Now it is the understanding of Nichiren and his followers that, generally speaking, the term “Thus Come One” refers to all the living beings. More specifically, it refers to the disciples and lay supporters of Nichiren.

    This being the case, the term “eternally endowed with three bodies” refers to the votaries of the Lotus Sutra in the Latter Day of the Law.

    The title of honor for one who is eternally endowed with the three bodies is Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. This is what the three great concerns of actuality* of the “Life Span” chapter refer to.

    Speaking in terms of the six stages of practice, the Thus Come One in this chapter is an ordinary mortal who is in the first stage, that of being a Buddha in theory. When one reverently accepts Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, one is in the next stage, that of hearing the name of the words of the truth. That is, one has for the first time heard the daimoku. When, having heard the daimoku, one proceeds to put it into practice, this is the third stage, that of perception and action. This is the stage one perceives the object of devotion that embodies the three thousand realms in a single moment of life. When one succeeds in overcoming various obstacles of illusions, this is the fourth stage, that of resemblance to enlightenment. When one sets out to convert others, this is the fifth stage, that of progressive awakening. And when one comes at last to the realization that one is a Buddha eternally endowed with the three bodies, then one is a Buddha of the sixth and highest stage, that of ultimate enlightenment.

    Speaking of the chapter as a whole, the idea of gradually overcoming illusions is not the ultimate meaning of the “Life Span” chapter. You should understand that the ultimate meaning of this chapter is that ordinary mortals, just as they are in their original state of being, are Buddhas.

    And if you ask what is the action or practice carried out by the Buddhas eternally endowed with the three bodies, it is Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

    Point Two, regarding the words “You must listen carefully and hear of the Thus Come One’s secret and his transcendental powers.”

    The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings says: This passage supports the concept of one who is eternally endowed with the three bodies. Various interpretations on these words have been transmitted.

    As for the transcendental powers, the action that are carried out instant by instant, motion by motion, by us living beings are regarded as transcendental powers. Thus the voices of the wardens of hell punishing the offenders are all to be termed transcendental powers. The countless living things in the three thousand realms that undergo the process of birth, abiding, change, and extinction, are all in themselves embodiments of transcendental powers.

    But in the view of Nichiren and his followers, the realization and understanding of the concept of the attainment of Buddhahood in one’s present form is what is meant by “the Thus Come One’s secret and his transcendental powers.” For outside of the attainment of Buddhahood, there is no “secret” and no “transcendental powers.”

    The eternally endowed three bodies mentioned here are gained through a single word. And that single word is “faith” or “to believe.” Therefore the sutra says, “We will believe and accept the Buddha’s words” (chapter sisteen). You should stop and consider the meaning of these two words “believe” and “accept.”

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  • El Bandito
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    Despite my ongoing and intensive effort to keep all cannabis away from my dog, today he managed to eat one third of a joint that I had left unattended for just a moment. He is a big guy, 90 pounds, so there is no danger of toxicity, but the poor guy is groggy and a wee bit wobbly. I feel terrible and have been keeping him company to make sure he is comfortable. I thought you all would enjoy seeing where he chose to curl up in the sun:
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  • Southern Girl
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    Good to see you all! Ready for party Tommy and sorry I missed note. I'm empty! Gordy P laid off again but diligent daily (120 and counting) and spirits here are high and hopeful. Would so hope go west young man but may be chanting against each other! Lol. We have had a grandson and granddaughter since last here. Still nursing, started my 22 year of practice and we never stop learning or growing. Love, peace and fortune to you all. Happy New Year

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  • Payaso
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    "Together, let’s confidently and cheerfully take on fresh challenges so that we can achieve fresh victories in the new year ahead!"
    Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!

    I like that line...

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    New Year's Gosho

    I have received a hundred slabs of steamed rice cake and a basket of fruit. New Year's Day marks the first day, the first month, the beginning of (1) the year, and the start of spring. A person who celebrates this day will accumulate virtue and be loved by all, just as the moon becomes full gradually, (2) moving from west to east, and as the sun shines more brightly, traveling from east to west.

    First of all, as to the question of where exactly hell and the Buddha exist, one sutra states that hell exists underground, and another sutra says that the Buddha is in the west. Closer examination, however, reveals that both exist in our five-foot body. This must be true because hell is in the heart of a person who inwardly despises his father and disregards his mother. It is like the lotus seed, which contains both blossom and fruit. In the same way, the Buddha dwells within our hearts. For example, flint has the potential to produce fire, and gems have intrinsic value. We ordinary people can see neither our own eyelashes, which are so close, nor the heavens in the distance. Likewise, we do not see that the Buddha exists in our own hearts. You may question how it is that the Buddha can reside within us when our bodies, originating from our parents' sperm and blood, are the source of the three poisons and the seat of carnal desires. But repeated consideration assures us of the truth of this matter. The pure lotus flower blooms out of the muddy pond, the fragrant sandalwood grows from the soil, the graceful cherry blossoms come forth from trees, the beautiful Yang Kuei-fei was born of a woman of low station, and the moon rises from behind the mountains to shed light on them. Misfortune comes from one's mouth and ruins one, but fortune comes from one's heart and makes one worthy of respect.

    The sincerity of making offerings to the Lotus Sutra at the beginning of the New Year is like cherry blossoms blooming from trees, a lotus unfolding in a pond, sandalwood leaves unfurling on the Snow Mountains, or the moon beginning to rise. Now Japan, in becoming an enemy of the Lotus Sutra, has invited misfortune from a thousand miles away. In light of this, it is clear that those who now believe in the Lotus Sutra will gather fortune from ten thousand miles away. The shadow is cast by the form, and just as the shadow follows the form, misfortune will befall the country whose people are hostile to the Lotus Sutra. The believers in the Lotus Sutra, on the other hand, are like the sandalwood with its fragrance. I will write you again.

    Nichiren

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    Hey Bonz!

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  • Bonzo
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    WOW!!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIENDS!!

    Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    HI FOREST!!!

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    "Even if someone gains position and wealth, it does not necessarily guarantee that they’ll be happy. At the same time, even if someone seems to be happy, there’s no telling how long that happiness will last. True happiness is something we create for ourselves from this present moment and where we are right now, irrespective of our circumstances."

    SGI Newsletter No. 8681, Encouragement for Soka Educators (2) Creating a New Age of Education Where Teacher and Student Grow Together—Part 2 [of 3], from the 2nd Feb., 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translated 30th Nov. 2012

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    "Exert yourself in the two ways of practice and study. Without practice and study, there can be no Buddhism. You must not only persevere yourself; you must also teach others. Both practice and study arise from faith. Teach others to the best of your ability, even if it is only a single sentence or phrase."

    (The True Aspect of All Phenomena - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 386)
    Selection source: "Myoji no Gen", Seikyo Shimbun, Decemeber 3rd, 2012

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

    And sincere thanks for the many birthday wishes! Thank you so much for remembering!

    Bowing in humble obeisance,

    Thomas

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    Seasonal greetings to our neighbours and friends
    are especially important at this time of the year.
    Even just a few words showing our care and concern for them
    can create heart-to-heart bonds.
    By constantly making such a sincere effort
    to cultivate good relationships with others,
    let's help as many people as possible to form a connection
    with Buddhism and its philosophy!


    Daisaku Ikeda

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    " 'Great joy [is what] one experiences when one understands for the first time that one’s mind from the very beginning has been the Buddha. Nam-myoho- renge-kyo is the greatest of all joys.' - From “The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings,” pp. 211–12.

    "When we lead our lives with a vigorous challenging spirit, we can break through all hardship and adversity and gain a state of immense joy. Through chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and dedicating ourselves to the realisation of the great vow for kosen-rufu, our lives will be imbued with unsurpassed happiness and delight.

    "This year, we again exerted ourselves heroically and won! Our joy lies in limitlessly revealing the power of the Buddha, which no trial or tribulation can vanquish; it lies in striving earnestly for people’s happiness and the welfare of society, triumphantly paving the way for the eternal and indestructible happiness for ourselves and others.

    "Together, let’s confidently and cheerfully take on fresh challenges so that we can achieve fresh victories in the new year ahead!"


    SGI NewsletterNo. 8692, Living the Gosho: Words of Encouragement from SGI President Ikeda, (100) Adorning Our Lives with Great Joy, from the 27th Dec., 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translated 27th Dec. 2012

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