People of Mappo & Two Maple Bars

Posted: October 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

by James Stephens

January 16, 1971 10:30PM


Tonight we went out and promoted World Tribune. Such promotion seems to be a very valuable experience. After Gongyo Jim Jay and I stopped by my cousin Tony’s. Most probably I should have called first, but the manner in which we were received was typical of people during Mappo. As I walked in, I said, Oh, you have company, and instead of being hospitable, and understanding my position they just answered, “Yes and we’re just about ready to play cards. What did you stop by for? Been doing much skiing lately?

Our second stop was at the job of a Titan member, who didn’t have the life force to answer yes or no. Then we reached a couple of other people but no World Tribune.

Afterwards, we stopped at Winchell’s, had only money for a cup of coffee, but got turned onto two maple bars.


World Tribune promotion. Each month we would be responsible for promoting the Organization’s newspaper to family, friends, members and prospective members. It was done in a competitive manner, piting district against district, chapter against chapter.

Age of Mappo: According to Wikipedia, “Traditionally, this age is supposed to begin 2000 years after Gautama Buddha‘s passing and last for “10,000 years”. The first two ages are the Age of Right Dharma (正法 Cn: zhèngfǎ; Jp: shōbō), followed by the Age of Semblance Dharma (Chinese: 像法; pinyin: xiàngfǎ, Japanese:zōbō).(Hattori 2000, p. 15, 16) During this degenerate third age, it is believed that people will be unable to attain enlightenment through the word of Sakyamuni Buddha, and society will become morally corrupt. In Buddhist thought, during the Age of Dharma Decline the teachings of the Buddha will still be correct, but people will no longer be capable of following them.”

Titan: The term for members who began to practice, but later left the organization.


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