It hardly scatches the surface Mark. Youll have to dig much deeper to prove your case but thanks anyway for your effortsJust in case you didn't know I sometimes chant Namu myoho rengeKyo with 6 beats and not because Nam doesnt work. Its because I have free choice on this one as no one can prove that mu has to be pronounced Namu myoho renge kyo while using 6 beats
You cannot prove we cant pronounce the written Namu as Nam with 6 beats. If we were talking about Na mu myo ho ren ge kyo with 7 beats then we would both have ample proof and would be in agreement The romanji for Soka Gakkai is Souka Gakkai the u is silent as it almost always inaudible in Japanese language
The only real proof is what we experience in our lives and that is a subjective experience that no one can take from us
Preponderance of the evidence.
I have presented evidence on this issue now its up you to back up your assumption that we shouldn't pronounce Namu myoho renge kyo as Nam myoho renge kyo when we are chanting with 6 beatsBecause of the emphasis that pronouncing Namu as Namu is so essential it appears that you have become a Namu worshipper. You may as well be chantingNamu Namu myoho renge kyo
So, I did win the debate 😄Maybe a straight forward concise definition of the term " literal interpretation " would suffice ? Just saying -- Nichiren did not spend a minute on phonetics- etc. He *wrote* his mind - so to speak . Excellent post - very profound . Cheers!~Katie