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Nichiren Buddhism and the Lotus Sutra

On Lotus Sutra Practice

  • How to be a Buddhist
  • The Three Refuges & the Threefold Training
  • Four Immeasurables : Loving Kindness | Compassion | Joy | Equanimity
  • Three Great Hidden Dharmas
  • What is the Gohonzon?
  • Who's Who on the Shutei Gohonzon?
  • On the Eye Opening Ceremony
  • Odaimoku as Hua-t'ou
  • Chanting & Desire
  • The Sole Efficacy of Odaimoku
  • Shodaigyo Meditation Instructions
  • Basic Meditation Instructions
  • Nam or Namu? Does it really matter?
  • Nichiren and the Lotus Sutra

  • Life of Nichiren Shonin
  • Living the Rissho Ankoku Ron:
    The Prophetic Call of Nichiren for Today also avail in PDF
  • Building the Treasure Tower - LS 21
  • Encouragement of Bodhisattva Universal Good - LS 28
  • History of the Hokke (Lotus Sutra) Schools

  • Nichiren Buddhism's Lineage
  • Senior Disciples of Nichiren :
    Nissho | Nichiro | Nikko | Niko | Nitcho | Nichiji
  • Hokke Shu: Mission to Kyoto 
  • Hokke Shu: The Kyoto Lineages 
  • Hokke Shu: The Machishu Culture & the Hokke Ikki 
  • Hokke Shu: The Fuju Fuse Debate 
  • Hokke Shu: Modern Reformers
  • Hokke Shu: The Fuji Lineage : Transfer Docs | DaiGohonzon | Nichiren as True Buddha?
  • Rise of the Soka Gakkai : Makiguchi | Toda | Ikeda
  • Nichiren Buddhism in the 20th Century
  • Worldwide Propagation of Nichiren Buddhism
  • Nichiren Shu Dharma Talks

  • Bodhi Day: Buddha's Awakening: One & Two 97-99
  • Does Buddhism Work? 2000 
  • Putting Joy Into Action 2000 
  • Reflections on Sunday Service & Uposatha 2000
  • Mother's Day Sermon 2000
  • God is Kwan-yin: On Israel & Palestine 2000 
  • Teaching of All Buddhas 2001 
  • True Teaching, Practice & Realization: Thoughts on Original Enlightenment 2001 
  • Clinging to the Buddha 2002 
  • Buddhism in America 2002
  • Urabon: 2003
  • The Challenge of Bringing Nichiren Buddhism to America 2003
  • Hanamatsuri: 2005
  • Ohigan 2003 - 2004 - 2005
  • Izu Exile 2003
  • Poem for Bodhi Day 2003
  • Ryuei's Path to Become a Priest

  • Pilgrimage to Mt. Minobu 1997 
  • Tokudo Ceremony at Myokaku-ji 1997 
  • Thoughts on the Priesthood 1997 
  • Docho Ceremony at Seicho-ji 1998 
  • Reflections on Being a Shami 1998 
  • My Letter to Nichiren 1999
  • The Role of the Clergy 1999 
  • Article in Nichiren Shu News 2000 
  • Going Forth Mar 2001 
  • Three Americans Ordained at Kuon-ji May 2001 
  • Shingyo Dojo May 2001
  • Zen and the Lotus Sutra

    Ryuei and Maylie at the Berkeley Zen Center

    A Series of Seminars at the
    Berkeley Zen Center in 1999

    Dedication to the memory of the late Zen Master, Kushin Seisho Maylie Scott (1935-2001)

    Session One ~ April 1

  • Opening Verse and Statement (Ch.1)
  • Zen and the Lotus Sutra (Ch.2)
  • Parables of the Lotus Sutra (Ch.3-4)
  • Overview of the Seminar
  • Q&A from Session 1
  • Session Two ~ April 8

  • Overview of the Lotus Sutra
  • Bodhicitta (Ch.3-4)
  • Parables of Encouragement (Ch.5,7)
  • Parables of Buddha-nature (Ch.8,14)
  • Absolute and Relative Bodhicitta (Ch.10,14)
  • Q&A from Session 2
  • On the Odaimoku
  • Session Three ~ April 15

  • Appearance of the Precious Stupa (Ch.11-14)
  • The Emergent Bodhisattvas of the Earth (Ch.15)
  • The Eternal Buddha (Ch.16)
  • The Merits of the Single Moment of Faith and Rejoicing (Ch.17-19)
  • The Transmission of the Wonderful Dharma (Ch.21-22)
  • Q&A from Session 3
  • Session Four ~ April 22

  • Analysis of the Lotus Sutra
  • Bodhisattva Medicine King (Ch.23)
  • Bodhisattva Wonder Sound (Ch.24)
  • Bodhisattva Regarder of the Cries of the World (Ch.25)
  • Dharanis (Ch.26)
  • King Resplendent (Ch.27)
  • Encouragement of Bodhisattva Universal Virtue (Ch.28)
  • Q&A for Session 4
  • Session Five ~ April 29

  • Q&A for Session 5 after Shodaigyo Practice

    Appendix A: Verses for Opening the Sutra
    Appendix B: Practice Questions
  • Appendix C: The Seven Parables of the Lotus Sutra
    Appendix D: Zen Masters on the Lotus Sutra
    Appendix E: Recitation Passages
    Appendix F: Shodaigyo Meditation

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