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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The mind of the Buddha and the mind of unenlightened worldlings

"In True Buddhsim we read the Sutra with Kanjin [contemplative insight'] not Kyoso [doctrinal study]. You are stuck in the Kyoso interpretation." -- Dave Cole

Tientai's method is based on contemplative insight. Kanjin in Nichiren's Lotus Sutra Buddhism is observing the mind through chanting Namu Myoho renge kyo to the Gohonzon. The Nichiren mandala is the written words of the Buddha. We read the Sutra through the eyes of faith in the words of the Buddha and Nichiren Daishonin, not through the words and conceptions that derive from our mind.

Identifying Nichiren as Original Eternal Buddha is the conception that derives from the mind of a common mortal. The Lotus Sutra and Nichiren identify Shakyamuni as the Original Eternal Buddha, the conception that derives from supremely and perfectly enlightened minds. Your rationale for altering, distorting, and misrepresenting the teaching too derives from the mind of a common mortal. 

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