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I'm here in Cape Cod for the week.
It is lovely and I love being with my family.
We can all use this message from time to time...
because no matter how well we know it - there are times we forget!
President Ikeda's lecture from the August Living Buddhism on this Gosho includes these words:
"Though we speak of the "three obstacles and four devils" appearing, no one wishes to have to face adversity.
That is surely a natural human reaction.
But Nichiren says that
the appearance of the three obstacles and four devils
is a source of JOY.
How could that be?
It doesn't seem possible.
But it is, in fact,
by overcoming the steep hills and inclines of obstacles
we can forge our lives
and ascend the summit of Buddhahood,
where we can savor the sublime vista of
eternity, happiness, true self and purity."
"We need to "own" them (our obstacles) as something we ourselves have summoned up...we are in charge, we are the protagonists...the struggle against the three obstacles and four devils is indeed a great joy."
"As Nichiren Daishonin writes: "When a tiger roars, gales blow; when a dragon intones, clouds gather" (The Workings of Brahma and Shakra," WND-1, 799) When we adopt this attitude ~ "I summoned this storm!" ~ our hearts will be filled with the bright sense of hope and purpose." (All quotes from the 2013 August Living Buddhism, pages 21, 22)
So, we summon the exact set of obstacles we need to springboard our lives to the next level of practice and happiness.
We will be better off for them!
We summoned these storms.
Realizing THIS takes our lives from Victim to Victory! This simple change in perspective brings incredible power to our Daimoku. When we are chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, we can address our lives and roar like the lions (Buddhas!) we are. What follows is a powerprayer I offer you to reclaim your life and move from Victim to Victor. As always, I offer you my writings from my heart, not as an official SGI representative, although I love the organization and encourage everyone to participate - if you are not yet a member please use this link to connect: sgi-usa.org
For Reclaiming My Own Life
From Victim to VICTOR
Read this before you chant
and hold its spirit in your heart and mind - that's what a PowerPrayer - A Fresh Determination is...
by Jamie Lee Silver from Chantforhappiness.com.
I get it!
I SUMMONED THIS STORM and I can VANQUISH IT!
I summoned this storm and I will WIN over it !
Shoten Zenjin (protective forces of the universe within all life)
I now command you to fulfill these prayers!__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
I am a precious Votary of the Lotus Sutra
and I vow to PROVE the POWER of the MYSTIC LAW
through my own victories -
so I can encourage everyone that
the IMPOSSIBLE IS POSSIBLE!
I will NOW raise my life condition to a level I have never before experienced.
I see through the eyes of the Buddha,
I feel with the heart of the Buddha
I AM the Buddha!
The universe exists within ME!
I am CLAIMING power over my own life.
No more complaining for me!
No More "Woe is me!"
Starting today ~ with this Daimoku ~
I bring forth all the wisdom I need
to know what I need to do -
All the courage I need ~
to take the right action
All the perfect timing I need ~
to accomplish what I want
And the People and Resources I need ~
ALL appear right now!
I am a powerful being waging a powerful war against the fundamental darkness inherent in all of life and I will WIN.
I will win in:______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Write me your victories at Chantforhappiness@gmail.com!