Browsing Posts published in May, 2014

Emptiness (Pāli suññatā, Sanskrit śūnyatā) is a shocking word to use about the nature of all things including our own lives and yet that is the word the Buddha chose to use on several occasions. Some people have suggested that it should perhaps be translated with the gentler term “openness” or perhaps the more abstract [...]

Writings of Nichiren Shōnin Doctrine 2, pp. 137, 147-149 Two Nichiren Texts, pp. 76, 90-92 The Writings of Nichiren Daishōnin I, pp. 359-360, 366-367 In the latter half of Nichiren’s response in exchange 20 he talks again of the four kinds of lands over which preside different buddhas or aspects of Śākyamuni Buddha. When the [...]

Writings of Nichiren Shōnin Doctrine 2, pp. 137-147 Two Nichiren Texts, pp. 76-90 The Writings of Nichiren Daishōnin I, pp. 359-366   In Buddhist tradition, if a student asks a question three times it shows that inquiry is in earnest and so the teacher will feel obligated to respond. In the Lotus Sūtra this happens [...]