13th April 21:51
17.8 Father Thomas Merton: Christian Zen != (movements entity sage mysticism enlightenment)
Toxic Zen Story #17.8: Christian Zen: D.T. Suzuki and Father Thomas
| 'Seeing parallels between Oriental mysticism
| and Western tradition, Merton gained permission
| to attend an e***enical conference of Buddhist
| and Christian monks held in Bangkok, Thailand.
| While attending that meeting, he was accidentally
| electrocuted. '
| - from Merton's biography, by D. Phillip
____ Preface: Zen Founder _________________________________
Zen is the snake that bites it's own tail. If you embrace the void and
acausality, you will find yourself later in the midst of catastrophic
emptiness saying "how'd that happen?".
Under Prajnatara (Perfect Wisdom Shining Star) of India, there was a
disciple named Bodhidharma (Buddha Law). Under these grandiose names,
they studied the Buddha's teachings, after Buddhism had traveled East
to China. The Buddha foretold that Buddhism would fall into a Hellish
path in India, after the Buddha's highest teachings had moved on.
Bodhidharma was a native of Conjeeveram, near Madras in India. He
traveled from India and arrived at Ching-Ling (now Nanking), or
perhaps at Guangzhou (Canton), perhaps both. There, Bodhidharma met
with the Emperor's emissary (some say Emperor Wu of the Liang Dynasty,
see footnote), where they discussed the Sutras.
As Bodhidharma (also called Da Mo, or Ta Mo in China, and Daruma in
Japan) believed in dhyana or meditation upon the nothingness at the
heart of life, and as the Lotus Sutra had been translated into Chinese
by Kumarajiva who traveled from India a century earlier and had served
the Liang Dynasty well, the lesser and distorted teaching of
dhyana/ch'an/zen was rejected by practitioners of the highest
teaching, and Bodhidharma was banished from Imperial territory.
As an icchantika, or incorrigible disbeliever in the Lotus Sutra, he
could not be allowed to spread his teachings in the Emperor's domain
(they wished to live happily, you see). But by banishing him, they did
not act as bodhisattvas, to thoroughly correct his errors and not let
him slip away to corrupt others, and thusly fall into the hell of
incessant sufferings (Aviichi Hell) for countless lifetimes. Out of
this single uncompassionate act, much of the suffering of the world
After he was banished, Bodhidharma went to the Shaolin Monastery at
Loyang, West of Kaifeng in the Henan (Honan) Province of Western China,
where the Huang He (Yangtze or Yellow River) tumbles out of the break
between Zhongtiao Shan (2367m) on the North and Quanbao Shan (2094m) on
the South, to flood the rest of China. At the Shaolin Monastery, he
widely disseminated his distorted views of Buddhism, corrupting first
the Shaolin Monks and ultimately the rest of the world.
Bodhidharma's school was known as Dhyana (from the Mahayana source),
or as Ch'an in China, and eventually as Zen in Japan. It comes to
flower in many different forms, in many different places down through
Bodhidharma's very existence is denied by the Zen community, rendering
the life of their founder as itself a void. This allows no one to be
responsible, and the Zen community to walk away from the train wreck.
So let's assume that the history is true, and hold Bodhidharma and Zen
accountable, just this once. There was surely a founder who brought
Dhyana from India, however many names he is called.
Footnotes on Wu-Ti:
Concerning Emperor Wu: from "The Selection of the Time - Nichiren,
disciple of Shakyamuni Buddha", Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, p. 544:
.. 'Those concerned about their next life would
.. do better to be common people in this, the Latter
.. Day of the Law, than be mighty rulers during the
.. two thousand years of the Former and Middle Days
.. of the Law. Why won't people believe this? Rather
.. than be the chief priest of the Tendai school, it
.. is better to be a leper who chants Nam-myoho-
.. renge-kyo! As Emperor Wu of the Liang dynasty said
.. in his vow, "I would rather be Devadatta and sink
.. into the hell of incessant suffering than be the
.. non-Buddhist sage Udraka Ramaputra."'
This reference is to a do***ent in which Emperor Wu (464--549), the
first ruler of the Liang dynasty, pledged not to follow the way of
Taoism. It actually says that he would rather sink into the evil paths
for a long period of time for going against Buddhism (yet nevertheless
forming a bond with it) than be reborn in heaven by embracing the
non-Buddhist teachings. This story appears in The Annotations on "Great
Concentration and Insight." Udraka Ramaputra was a hermit and master of
yogic meditation, the second teacher under whom Shakyamuni practiced.
He is said to have been reborn in the highest of the four realms in the
world of formlessness.
.. Wu-Ti: Born 464 , China. Died 549 , China
.. Pinyin Wudi (posthumous name, or shih), personal
.. name (hsing-ming) Hsiao Yen , temple name (miao-
.. hao) (nan-liang) Kao-tsu founder and first emperor
.. of the Southern Liang dynasty (502-557), which
.. briefly held sway over South China. A great patron
.. of Buddhism , he helped establish that religion in
.. the south of China.
.. Wu-ti was a relative of the emperor of the
.. Southern Ch'i dynasty (479-502), one of the
.. numerous dynasties that existed in South China in
.. the turbulent period between the Han (206 BC-AD
.. 220) and T'ang (618-907) dynasties. He led a
.. successful revolt against the Southern Ch'i after
.. his elder brother was put to death by the emperor.
.. He proclaimed himself first emperor of the Liang
.. dynasty in 502, and his reign proved to be longer
.. and more stable than that of any other southern
.. emperor in this period.
.. A devout believer, Wu-ti diligently promoted
.. Buddhism, preparing the first Chinese Tripitaka,
.. or collection of all Buddhist scripts. In 527 and
.. again in 529 he renounced the world and entered a
.. monastery. He was persuaded to reassume office
.. only with great difficulty. In 549 the capital was
.. captured by a "barbarian" general, and Wu-ti died
.. of starvation in a monastery.
____ Preface: Types of Zen _______________________________
There is a hierarchy of Zen, in power and toxicity. The lesser forms of
Zen pave the way in societies and cultures for the more powerful forms.
Once a society or culture is corrupted, in even the tiniest way, by any
form of Zen, the tendency will be to move inevitably towards greater
corruption by the more powerful and toxic variants. In this way, Zen
undermines everything that can be undermined in the world, leaving only
that which is incorruptible (the correct practice of the Lotus Sutra).
The hierarchy of Zen is as follows, in general terms:
Physical Zen: All of the martial arts are based on Zen, starting
.. with Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Karate, Aikido, JiuJitsu,
.. Judo, Kendo, Bushido, Ninjitsu, etc. Tai Chi came from
.. Shaolin Qigong, which also led to Acupuncture,
.. Acupressure and Falun Gong. As the chaos in society
.. grows, people need to feel they can protect themselves and
.. their loved ones, and in this way they are corrupted further.
Christian Zen, Jewish Zen, Hindu Zen, Islamic Zen: These are
.. basically mixtures, wherein the monotheist believer in a
.. deity, feels they can practice Zen meditation without a
.. problem, since it is not theistic. While this reasoning is true,
.. it ignores the absolutely overwhelming corruption produced
.. by Zen, which will ultimately undermine their belief system
.. and every facet of their life, by bringing all of the negatives
.. in the Zen adherent's's daily life and environment to the
.. forefront, with increasing amplification and psychotic
Nuremberg Zen: The widespread belief by a population, that
.. the purpose of the Buddha's advent in the world was to
.. teach Zen: that Zen is Buddhism. This is, of course, an
.. absolutely distorted view of the Buddha's life and teachings.
.. Shakyamuni made it transparently clear, at the very end of
.. his life in the Nirvana Sutra, wherein he states that the Lotus
.. Sutra is his highest teaching in the past, present and future,
.. and is the purpose of his advent on this Earth, and that his
.. followers should honestly discard provisional teachings
.. (teachings other than the Lotus Sutra).
.. Nuremberg Zen was promulgated first by D.T. Suzuki's
.. work with Paul Carus, then by Eugen Herrigel's Zen in the
.. Art of Archery (and the many who copies: Zen in the Art
.. of Marketing, Sales, Bakery, etc.) and finally by Alan Watts,
.. the Norman Vincent Peale of Zen. Nuremberg Zen creates
.. the environment of chaos and widespread misery that are
.. the preconditions for the spread of more toxic forms of
Stanford Zen: This is the Lay organization of Zen. It was
.. developed in conjunction with the activities of Frederic
.. Spiegelberg, a Lutheran who taught theology at the
.. University of Dresden, and fleeing the effects of Nuremberg
.. Zen in Germany, came to teach at Stanford, and founded
.. the American Academy of Asian Studies with Alan Watts
.. and others, which became the California Institute of Integral
.. Studies, after it spawned Esalen with Richard Price and
.. Michael Murphy. Esalen was the proving ground for the
.. Large Group Awareness Therapy organizations, of which
.. Werner Erhard's EST was most prominent. EST morphed
.. into a business school executive training seminar
.. organization called the Landmark Forum, or Landmark
.. Education, which has now become the de facto Lay
.. organization for Zen, projecting itself onto Wall Street and
.. the Fortune 500.
Green Dragon Zen: In this category I place Soto, which is the
.. parent of the Green Dragon Society, Rinzai, Fuke, Northern
.. and Southern Chinese Ch'an sects, Vietnamese and Korean
.. sects, and all the variant sects which practice the most toxic
.. forms of Zen: those which actually use the Lotus Sutra as a
.. means to promulgate their distorted views of Buddhism.
.. This is the greatest slander of the Lotus Sutra which is
.. possible. I lump them all under the Green Dragon banner
.. (I'm sure they do not appreciate this, but that is not a
.. concern), because Green Dragon has had a tradition of
.. secret propagation, and penetration of new areas with the
.. most aggressive intent to build a lasting foothold in every
.. society it touches. All of the other sects in any locale, will
.. orient themselves to the Green Dragon.
Nuremberg Zen, Physical Zen and the monotheist Zen mixtures will all
eventually pave the way for Stanford Zen and the Green Dragon, if they
are not themselves undercut by the king of sutras, the Lotus Sutra.
(Zen believers cannot resist the allure of greater power. When they try
the Lotus Sutra and find that it fills the void inside, they will find
they like it.)
Finally, there is the enabling group for all of the worst religious and
social movements in history:
Fellowship of Evil Friends: This loosely collected group of
.. Occultists,Theology professors and educators, is at the
.. branching point for most of corrupt religious movements
.. of the world. This grandfather of this group is the occultist
.. Meister Eckart, and it includes: Dietrich Eckart (Thule
.. Society), Paul Carus (Open Court Publishing), Frederic
.. Spiegelberg (Stanford, AAAS), Michael Murphy (Esalen),
.. and a host of powerful media people, pundits, gurus and
.. self-help authors. They are all quite happy to connect you
.. up with some form of evil, but step back from
.. commitment themselves, always stopping at the door, as
.. you foolishly, trustingly pass through. In this way they
.. catalyze the evil transformation, but survive its effects to
.. spread further evil, later on.
____ Preface: Powers of Zen ______________________________
Variations upon Zen which have evolved into new strains and then major
branches of Zen, have increased their toxic power by piling slander
upon slander over hundreds of years. The greatest slanders are attached
to the most powerfully evil forms of Zen, which are those that have
attacked the Lotus Sutra directly or the votaries (devotees) of the
Lotus Sutra, the Sangha, directly. One can think of this with the
mathematical ****ogy of a powers of a variable, that Zen becomes
exponentially more powerful and evil as slanders are piled upon
[Zen] Bodhidharma discards the Lotus Sutra, seeking wisdom that is from
transmissions outside the sutras, transmitted from person to person
(ishin denshin). The families of Chinese Zen under Bodhidharma's
influence include: Dhyana, Ch'an, Western Ch'an, Qigong, Tai-Chi,
Acupuncture, and the Chinese and Korean Martial Arts up to 1200 CE.
[Zen Squared] Dogen uses the Lotus Sutra as a means to teach and
propagate Zen. The families of Japanese Zen under Dogen's influence
are: Soto Zen, Rinzai Zen, Green Dragon Zen, Bushido and the Japanese
Martial Arts up to 1500 CE.
[Zen Cubed] Nobunaga, Hideyoshi and the Tokugawa Shogunate use various
Samurai and Daimyo tactics, which are based on Zen, to subjugate and
crush Nichiren Buddhism of the Lotus Sutra in the 1500s and 1600s. The
families of Japanese Zen under the Tokugawa influence are: Soto Zen,
Rinzai Zen, Green Dragon Zen, Bushido and the Japanese Martial Arts up
to 1867 CE.
[Zen Squared Squared] After the Meiji regime's overthrow of the
Tokugawa Shogunate, the militarization and buildup of Japanese society
into an armed camp, forces all of Buddhism under Shinto, and Zen
becomes Imperial Way Zen. This ultimately leads to the crushing of the
Lay organization of Nikko's School of Nichiren Buddhism, the Soka
Kyoiku Gakkai and the imprisonment of their leaders during the war, and
the death of their President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. The families of
Imperial Way Zen are: Soto Zen, Rinzai Zen, Green Dragon Zen, Bushido
and the Japanese Martial Arts up to 1945 CE.
[Zen to the 5th] American Lay Zen from George Leonard's [Esalen]
influence: the Large Group Awareness Therapy or Training sessions,
Werner Erhard's EST, Landmark Forum, Landmark Education Seminars.
____ Preface: Zen Offends the Law ________________________
There is a principle which is central to the Buddhism of the Lotus
Sutra: Oneness of Person and Law, known as Nimpo-ikka in Japanese.
It is eternally true that the Law and the Buddha are fused, to make
life as we know it.
Since, according to Nichiren in the Ongi Kuden (The Oral Teachings, or
class notes from his lectures on the Lotus Sutra, taken by Nikko), one
meaning of "Myoho" is that delusion and enlightenment are fused (this
is also explained in the essential teachings of the Lotus Sutra, in the
Juryo or Life Span chapter) ...
This means that even for deluded mortals, there is always a condition
of oneness of person and Law.
The implication of this, is that wherever there is a slander of the
Law, then nearby and coincident with it, there is a slander of
humanity, by the principle of the simultaneity of cause and effect.
Hence, wherever Zen is propagated widely, there will be in each and
every instance, Toxic Zen Stories to tell.
What follows is one of these ...
____ Introduction ________________________________________
We know the basic story of D.T. Suzuki, and the fact that he had one
face showing towards Japan's Imperial Way Zen, and a different face
showing towards the West. And that, for obvious reasons, never the
twain would meet.
We know that he went to America as a young man, to accompany his
master, the Rinzai priest Soyen Shaku, to LaSalle-Peru, Illinois, at
the behest of Dr. Paul Carus, a German who was the managing editor of
Open Court Publishing, which was owned by Zinc magnate Edward Hegeler.
We know that he had a variety of collaborators, a flock of followers,
and influenced many others:
Collaborators in the propagation of Soyen Shaku (D.T.'s Master)-D.T.
Beatrice Lane (wife), Paul Carus, Edward Hegeler, Martin Heidegger,
Frederic Spiegelberg, Father Thomas Merton, Alan Watts, Eric Fromm,
Carl G. Jung, Richard de Martino, Karen Horney, and a grant from the
Rockefeller Foundation to lecture extensively at Columbia University
and other East Coast schools in the 1950's.
Followers of Shaku-Suzuki Zen:
John Cage, Jack Kerouac, Alan Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Philip Whalen.
Those strongly affected by the Shaku-Suzuki Zen Influence:
Aldous Huxley, Karl Jaspers, Arnold Toynbee, Gabriel Marcel, Herbert
Read, and Lynn White Jr.
____ Toxic Zen Story ______________________________
Father Thomas Merton was a fine person, with a humanism which presages
the philosophy of Pope John Paul II, which attempts to derive ethical
value based upon the definition of a "person". This creates a joining
point, where those who feel that a "person" is from the source of the
ultimate and divine, and those who do not. The qualities and definition
of divinity, per se, also becomes less the focus, which is the enabler
for the modern e***enical movement.
His biography states (http://edge.net/~dphillip/Merton.html):
| 'A monk and a prominent writer, Thomas Merton,
| b. Prades, France, Jan. 31, 1915, d. Dec. 10,
| 1968, became one of the most famous American
| Roman Catholics of the 20th century. As a young
| man Merton traveled with his artist parents (his
| father was a New Zealander, his mother an
| American) in France and studied briefly at
| Cambridge University, England, before he went to
| the United States and earned (1939) a master's
| degree from Columbia University. During those
| years he gradually changed from an agnostic to a
| devout Roman Catholic. '
| 'After teaching English for a while and
| working in a Harlem settlement house, Merton
| decided (1941) to become a monk, choosing the
| Trappist order for its discipline of silence and
| solitude. Within the monastery he served for
| years as master of students and novices. Outside
| it, his writing, which included poetry,
| meditations, and works of social criticism,
| brought him prominence in American letters. '
| 'His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain
| (1948), became a bestseller. Merton's social
| criticisms burned deeply into public awareness of
| racism, economic injustice, and militarism. '
Father Thomas had a tough life filled with loss, and after much
accomplishment in overcoming that loss, he had the ill fortune to gain
inspiration from D.T. Suzuki and Zen. As his biography finishes the
next year after meeting Dr. Suzuki:
| 'Seeing parallels between Oriental mysticism
| and Western tradition, Merton gained permission
| to attend an e***enical conference of Buddhist
| and Christian monks held in Bangkok, Thailand.
| While attending that meeting, he was accidentally
| electrocuted. '
Even though there are many instances of the corruption of Christianity
by Zen, it must be noted that the "Christian Zen" movement traces its
origin to Father Thomas Merton in 1967.
Here is a chronology of Father Thomas Merton's life
1915 - January 31-born at Prades, France, son of Owen Merton (artist
from New Zealand) and of Ruth Jenkins (artist from USA)
1916 - moved to USA, lived at Douglaston, L.I. (with his mother's
1921 - his mother dies-from cancer
1922 - in Bermuda with his father who went there to paint
1925 - to France with his father, lived at St. Antonin
1926 - entered Lycee Ingres, Montauban, France
1928 - to England-Ripley Court school, then to Oakham (1929)
1931 - his father dies of a brain tumor
1932 - at Oakham School he acquired a scholarship to Clare College,
1933 - visited Italy, spent summer in USA, entered Cambridge in the
fall - study of modern languages (French and Italian)
1934 - left Cambridge and returned to USA
1935 - entered Columbia University
1937 - at Columbia - editor of the 1937 Yearbook and art editor of the
1938 - graduated from Columbia, began work on M.A.
1938 - November 16 - received into the Catholic Church at Corpus
1940 - 1941 - taught English at St. Bonaventure College
1941 - December 10-entered the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani,
1944 - March 19-made simple vows, published Thirty Poems
1946 - A Man in the Divided Sea
1947 - March 19-solemn vows, published Exile Ends in Glory
1948 - Publication of best-seller autobiography, The Seven Storey
Mountain and What Are These Wounds?
1949 - May 26-ordained priest; Seeds of Contemplation; The Tears of the
Blind Lions; The Waters of Siloe
1951 - 1955 - Master of Scholastics (students for priesthood)
1951 - The Ascent to Truth
1953 - The Sign of Jonas
1955 - No Man Is an Island
1955 - 1965 - Master of Novices
1956 - The Living Bread
1957 - The Silent Life; The Strange Islands
1958 - Thoughts in Solitude
1959 - The Secular Journal of Thomas Merton; Selected Poems
1960 - Disputed Questions; The Wisdom of the Desert
1961 - The New Man; The Behavior of Titans
1961 -Emblems of a Season of Fury; Life and Holiness; The Last of the
1964 - Seeds of Destruction
1965 - Gandhi on Non-Violence; The Way of Chuang Tzu; Seasons of
1965 - 1968 - lived as a hermit on the grounds of the monastery
1966 - Raids on the Unspeakable; Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
1967 - Mystics and Zen Masters
1968 - Monks Pond; Cables to the Ace; Faith and Violence; Zen and the
Birds of Appetite
1968 - December 10-died at Bangkok, Thailand, where he had spoken at a
meeting of Asian Benedictines and Cistercians.
I believe that many people were misled by Merton, to believe that Zen
was now sanctified by the Church. E.G., it was OK for Christians to Zen
People like Phil Jackson the basketball coach (Toxic Zen Story #3), and
the Jesuits, Franciscans, Dominicans and Catholic priests around the
world. Men who were charged with the protection of children, and
without being able to control themselves, after centuries of a
successful tradition, were now abusing children at a catastrophic rate.
Seemingly competing with each other to outdo in perversion, and
covering up for perversion and abuse at the expense of the victims.
The change since Merton is an astonishing one.
____ Epilog _______________________________________
The Buddha's highest teachings were the purpose of the Buddha's advent
on this earth.
The Buddha did not appear on this earth to drain people's compassion
with discussions of the emptiness and meaninglessness of life which is
just a void.
The Buddha did not appear on this earth to teach people to live in such
a narrow and momentary way, that there would be no context for
self-examination and conscience.
The Buddha did not appear on this earth to possess people's minds with
such illogic as to befuddle their ability to choose correctly between
what is good and what is evil.
The Buddha did not appear on this earth to teach people how to commit
atrocities and genocide, in the exploration of their "infinite
possibilities", or "new states of being".
The Buddha did not appear on this earth to teach people how to maim and
kill with their hands efficiently, quietly, loudly, with increased
terror inflicted, or to maximize their subjugation to control the
public sentiments for political ends.
These are all profoundly evil distortions of the Buddha's true
teachings, which introduce infinities in the variables holding good and
evil, removing all shades of gray in the propositional calculus of
Simply stated, the Buddha made his advent on this earth with the
purpose of teaching the compassionate way of the bodhisattva, which is
at the heart of the true entity of all phenomena, which is the eternal
Buddha at one with the eternal Law. Which is how to navigate the sea of
sufferings of birth, aging, sickness and death. He originally set out
on his path, because of his observation of the sufferings of common
people and wanting to understand the source of those sufferings
(enlightened wisdom) and how to transform those sufferings into
unshakable happiness (enlightened action).
When you embrace the void, your initial intent to bring tranquility and
enlightenment to your life doesn't matter ... the result is always the
same: chaos and misery, and utter ruination and emptiness to you, your
family, and your country.
But things don't have to be that way ...
Nichiren Daishonin writes (Encouragement to a Sick Person, WND p. 78):
.. "During the Former and Middle Days of the Law, the
.. five impurities began to appear, and in the Latter
.. Day, they are rampant. They give rise to the great
.. waves of a gale, which not only beat against the
.. shore, but strike each other. The impurity of
.. thought has been such that, as the Former and
.. Middle Days of the Law gradually passed, people
.. transmitted insignificant erroneous teachings
.. while destroying the unfathomable correct
.. teaching. It therefore appears that more people
.. have fallen into the evil paths because of errors
.. with respect to Buddhism than because of secular
Because Bodhidharma discarded the Buddha's highest teaching (the Lotus
Sutra), and due to his lazy nature turned to shortcuts to
enlightenment, he came to the distorted view that life is acausal and
empty, that the true entity is the void.
This erroneous view really comes from a misunderstanding of the Sutra
of Immeasurable Meanings, where the True Entity is described by
negation (the only way it can be): "... neither square, nor round,
neither short, nor long, ..."
The description of the True Entity is logically voidal, but the True
Entity itself is not. Bodhidharma was simply confused, due to the
slander of negligence (laziness), and false confidence. The truth of
life is that at the heart of the True Entity is the compassion of a
bodhisattva for others.
Non-substantiality does not mean empty. Life has value. Humans are
respectworthy. There is a purpose to everything. And every cause has an
effect, so we are responsible for our thoughts, words and deeds. Zen is
acausal. Zen is the greatest poison, which compares to the even greater
medicine of the Lotus Sutra.
Suffice it to say: the purpose of Zen in the world is to corrupt and
undermine everything that is not based upon the truth and the true
teaching. All religions, disciplines, institutions and organizations
which are undermined by Zen will eventually fall after glaring
revelation of their worst defects, sooner rather than later.
If there is some good in your family, locality, society and culture, or
country that you would like to retain, then cease the Zen, and begin to
apply the medicine of the Lotus Sutra to heal the Zen wound in your
"Zen is the work of devilish minds." - Nichiren
.. a prescription for the poisoned ones:
.. The only antidote for the toxic effects of Zen in your life ...
.. be that from Zen meditation, or the variant forms: physical
.. Zen in the martial arts, Qigong, Acupuncture, Falun Gong,
.. Copenhagen Convention of Quantum Mechanics, EST,
.. Landmark Education, Nazism, Bushido, the Jesuits,
.. Al Qaeda, or merely from having the distorted view that life
.. is acausal, and that the true entity of all phenomena
.. is the void ...
.. with the effects of the loss of loved ones, detachment,
.. isolation or various forms of emptiness in your life ...
.. is the Lotus Sutra: chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo
.. at least 3 times, twice a day, for the rest of your life,
.. in at least a whisper ...
.. and if you can, chant abundantly in a resonant voice !!!
.. The full 28 Chapters of the Lotus Sutra (and many other
.. wonderful things) are online at the SGI website:
.. To find an SGI Community Center:
LS Chap. 2
"At that time the World-Honored One, wishing to state his meaning once
more, spoke in verse form, saying:
There are monks and nuns
who behave with overbearing arrogance,
laymen full of self-esteem,
laywomen who are lacking in faith.
Among the four kinds of believers, the likes of these
number five thousand.
They fail to see their own errors,
are heedless and remiss with regard to the precepts,
clinging to their shortcomings, unwilling to change.
But these persons of small wisdom have already left;
the chaff among this assembly
has departed in the face of the Buddha's authority.
These persons were of paltry merit and virtue,
incapable of receiving this Law.
This assembly is now free of branches and leaves,
made up only of those steadfast and truthful.