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Started by Sandra. Last reply by Leaetta May Wacker Jul 27, 2011.
also is it necessary to attend meetings?
how do i increase the time of my practice? my throat starts to hurt after awhile and i get tired. i have been trying for the past two weeks but i'm finding it difficult but i still wnat to keep at it
Jennifer DCR made a good point: ...a long time has passed since a new posting. Though many of my fellow members use social media outlets, I occasionally find myself reminding them of the special gem Dragon Falls is, in that, it's owned and maintained by SGI members vs. conditional meta-data collection, marketing, and profiteering of / by many if not most of those .coms. Regardless, the sincerity of each person who practices will always be felt and have a profound effect in whatever format or endeavor we choose. And more encouraging are based in dialogue through shared experiences, guidances, and experiences. How about you? What do you think? (not a debate).
Thanks so much Dan!
We often don't bring up certain aspects of how do we maintain or uphold the teachings of faithand practice as taught by Nichiren but there are 3 standards: the literal (writings and commentaries of Nichiren) or documentary, the theoretical (the ideas, philosophy, is it compatible with reason?), and then the actual --- experiences and testimonies of individual practitioner, positive verifiable proof that can only come from the body of 'believers' or the sangha. So it's not just the 'literary' or actual writings from Nichiren that help us determine the validity and proof of the practice. Consequently, it is also means that the 'sangha' or body of believers who themselves upon concensus can determine or judge what applies the application of the practice and doctrines of what rule or idea makes it 'buddhist' -- in other words, we also have to have the human factor involved, so therefore it maintains its dynamic quality and as time and circumstance of what we do or in the future, the sangha or body of believers themselves continually adjust how we practice Buddhism. best, Dan
Don't know it ALL Terry -- if there's a gosho passage about it. We do have to keep a balance in reading the Goshos especially for those of us who've experienced Chrstianity. IF you read the Bible with a Lutherian eyes, you'd see contradictions and problems and have to make sure you or anyone else have to try to work at 'interpreting' the gospels so that you're reading it in a correct (if limited) context. IF you read it in the 'catholic' sense, you 'see' no contradictions and 'accept' everything as true and literal and there is NO contradiction. Same thing we have to do with Writings of Nichiren.
If you've been around for years talking to long-time members chanting thru a crisis (medical or whatever), the 'hours' of daimoku they chanted did help them in the end. It's helped me through some rough spots in my life as I sometimes go through a lot of up and downs and with the depression that I live with constantly. Chanting 10 minutes 'sincerely' --- well that is pretty intense daimoku too that I've heard and spoken with members (and experienced myself) that THIS works also. I personally proscribe both means but it ultimately comes down to how sincerely and with conviction want to change our negative karma or poison to medicine. And sitting down and chanting about it is the first and imporant step. What is that famous quote: "prayer without action is idealism. Action without prayer is fruitless' (Toda, I think)
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