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Essays and articles on Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism at Ryuei.net by the Rev. Michael McCormick, an American Buddhist minister who was ordained at Mount Minobu Kuon-ji in Japan and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family.

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   The Seven Parables in the Lotus Sutra Preview Go
(1) Parable of the Burning House - Ch.3, (2) Parable of a Poor Son - Ch.4, (3) Parable of the Herbs - Ch.5, (4) Parable of the Magic City - Ch.7, (5) Parable of the Hidden Gem - Ch.8, (6) Parable of the Gem in the Topknot - Ch.14, and (7) Parable of the Excellent Physician - Ch.16.
   The Vedic Cosmology Preview Go
Ancient Indian views of the Universe through a medieval Japanese lens....
   The Wizard of Oz as a Buddhist Parable Preview Go
I had this flash of inspiration the other day (back in '96), whereupon I realized that T'ien T'ai's teaching concerning the Five Periods of Shakyamuni Buddha's teaching and the Three Ages of the Law are clearly illustrated in the Wizard of Oz. I hope that others will find this helpful in their practice of Buddhism....

   Does Buddhism Work? Preview Go
"This is from a Dharma talk I gave at the temple in March 2000. Before and since giving this talk I have heard stories about the actual practical effects of Odaimoku which were very encouraging and even deeply moving. So I do not discount the 'benefits' of chanting Odaimoku, far from it. Whether they are miracles or not, they are wonderful examples of the Buddha Dharma at work in our lives. However...."
   Dragons & Demons in Buddhism Preview Go
Learn about the Dragon King & his Daughter who attained Enlightenment in the Lotus Sutra, and the Demon Mother Kishimo-jin & her rakshasa daughters: all protective deities who are present on the Great Mandala of the Nichiren School.
   Who's Who on the Gohonzon? Preview Go
Perhaps the most extensive online character-by-character explanation of the Great Mandala of the Nichiren School by the Rev Ryuei. Buddhists of all persuasions are likely to enjoy & learn from this comprehensive series of webpages on the buddhas, bodhisattvas, devas, men, women & non-human beings in Nichiren's Lotus Sutra Mandala & in their roles in the broader Buddhist Canon.
   On the Life of Nichiren Shonin 1222-1282 Preview Go
An essay by Rev Ryuei, includes a brief history of each of his major disciples and their various lineages; also includes links to online temples associated with Nichiren's life and the Hokke-shu.
   An Overview of Buddhism Preview Go
Many people who want to learn about Buddhism get very confused by the terminology and different points of view presented by various schools of Buddhism. In order to clear up some of this confusion, Ryuei offers this brief overview, beginning with the Buddhist canon, which is the source for the Buddha’s actual teachings and therefore the inspiration for all of the various schools and lineages.
   What's New in the Coffeehouse? Preview Go
A chronological listing of new additions to Nichiren's Interfaith Coffeehouse, one of the largest Buddhist archives on the internet: including LotusSutra.net, BuddhistInmates.net, Ryuei.net, CampRoss.net, Dharma-House.org and much more!
   The Challenge of Bringing Nichiren Buddhism to America Preview Go
The talk I gave at the American Academy of Religions in September 2003. It was given on a panel whose theme was The Challenge of Asian Religions in America.

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