Chanting for wisdom and strength,
for wisdom and strength -
then I read this quote below today.
I love it when my chanting and the guidance just dovetails.
I love being in rhythm!
I've been keeping my two hour a day daimoku campaign going...and along with that I'm working out every day and eating on a healthy plan...I feel my life changing...the ground beneath me shifting.
I made it through Thanksgiving, my first Thanksgiving without Ben and for the most part just kept my life condition sky high. You know, dealing with grief is similar to overcoming any emotional storm. I let it out when I need to, and I soar above it with Daimoku by my determined prayer to turn poison into medicine and create value from his life and death.
With every Daimoku I chant "I am changing my karma with this Daimoku right thus very second. THIS Daimoku. THIS Daimoku!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "In the course of his inquiry into the kind of religion that might best serve humankind's future, Dr. Toynbee became deeply interested in Mahayana Buddhism. He strongly asserted that the role religion should be to teach self-mastery, stating as one of his reasons that "to master oneself is the essence of religion as I see it, and...this precept is, I believe, the only effective response to the challenge of being human."
developing wisdom and strength through responding courageously
to the challenges posed by unbridled desires
and negative emotions
such as hatred that arise within oneself.
It means to overcome
the limitations of one's present self
to grow into a better and stronger person."
From the December 2015 Living Buddhism, SGI president Ikeda's Lecture Series based on the Gosho
"The Great Battle" - "Those With Steadfast Faith Enjoy Immeasurable Good Fortune and Benefit"