It has come
to my attention from online and offline interactions that
my website may be confusing people in that some may
read articles that present Buddhism from the perspective of the
Pali Canon, others deal with specific Buddhist topics in a scholarlsy
way and other are on general Buddhism, or specific to Nichiren
Buddhism, or good for beginners, or only for advanced study or practice.
There is nothing to indicate which is which other than the general
tone of the articles and some but not all of the intros to them.
The site needs to be redesigned and there are people working on
that, but we haven't gotten to it quite yet.
Until then, I'd like to suggest which articles would
be good for beginners and for Nichiren Buddhists, and in what
order I would recommend people read them:
The Life of the Buddha
is Buddha Dharma
Deer Park Sermon
Overview of Buddhism
of Nichiren Shonin (a more complete version than the one in Lotus Seeds
which was pared down a bit)
to be a Buddhist
Three Refuges & Threefold Training
Great Hidden Dharmas
For those who are concerned
about the difference between Buddhism and Christianity and/or other monotheistic
religions I would like to offer my FAQ for
For those who are wondering
about the difference between the SGI, Nichiren Shoshu and Nichiren Shu, I would
recommend reading the articles in the section entitled History of the Hokke
Schools, esp. the articles on the Senior
Disciples of Nichiren, the Fuji Lineage
articles, and the Rise of the Soka Gakkai
articles. For those who are not wondering about the differences, continue to not
Finally, the article Buddhism
in America might also be of interest in that it covers the general state of
Buddhism in the U.S. and particularly the position of Nichiren Shu within the
general trend of American Buddhism.
Namu Myoho Renge Kyo, Ryuei.