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1. Besides Nichiren Daishonin, who was ever born in this world and became the first person to propagation Nam-myoho-renge-kyo?
2. Besides Nichiren Daishonin, who had ever encountered all the persecutions as predicted in the Lotus Sutra?
Are the words in bold correctly used? If not, could you please tell what words to substitute for them?
Many thanks in advance.
Last edited by Tan Elaine; 02-Mar-2009 at 14:45.
Although it's now grammatical, I'm not sure I understand the meaning of #1.
First, all people are born, so there isn't anything remarkable about that. Second, only one person can be the first to do anything, so there isn't anything remarkable about that, either. It's like saying: "Besides Neil Armstrong, who else has been first to walk on the moon?" Obviously, there's only one first.
So what are you really trying to say?
Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 02-Mar-2009 at 20:15.
Many thanks, Charlie.
1. Besides Nichiren Daishonin, who had ever been born in this world and become the first person to propagate Nam-myoho-renge-kyo?
This sentence relates to Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism. It means that there were other religious personalities (I wonder whether this is the correct word to refer to some outstanding religious people, including prophets) who were born but none of them revealed that the chanting of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is able to eradicate a person's negative karma created during his or her present life and that accumulated in the past before he or she was reborn. Buddhism believes in reincarnation. Besides the chanting of the Nam-myoho-renge-kyo for a couple of hours each day enables one to solve one's problems.
I hope the above gives a clear explanation of what the sentence means. And I wonder whether you think it is necessary to put the sentence in another way or is the one you provided fine?
I look forward to your help. Many thanks for all the help for which I'm grateful.
Last edited by Tan Elaine; 03-Mar-2009 at 02:51.
Besides Nichiren Daishonin, who encountered all the persecutions predicted in the Lotus Sutra?
Many thanks, RonBee, for your detailed reply to my queries.
Nice to hear from you again. I've not heard from you for what seems a long period to me.