Saturday, December 31, 2011

Oh Happy New Year!




First I just want to take a moment to thank whomever left this comment on my blog a few moments ago. I copied it here for you all to read: 
"I read some guidance recently that said, and this very loose, that when an aspect of our karma is about to be completely changed/burnt out, it will often flare up for one last time....I've been re-reading your blog from 2009, and you have fought like crazy, I just know you are nearly there!

I'm so very inspired by the sharing of your experiences...it puts rocket fuel in my daimoku!

Thank you Jamie, you are in my prayers. "

I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for noticing, thank you for caring, and thank you for posting such a lovely, uplifting message to me. 


I have indeed been going through what I really believe is the last spurt of this karma...and I believe with this last gasp I have changed it forever!


Tomorrow the entire ALI family will be getting their Gohonzon at New Year's Gongyo at 2:00 Chicago time. This is a huge cause for their lives and a major big deal!!!!


I will write more as soon as I can, probably tomorrow!


I am about to be whisked off to wonderful party tonight!

When You're Really Hurting, part 2

Study Hard! 


Study the Gosho...read it with your life. 
My favorite book is "On Attaining Buddhahood." 


It contains the Gosho and the complete commentary of Daisaku Ikeda. 


I am reading it with new eyes. 


When you are suffering:
Study and chant and do shakubuku. 


That's what I'm doing right now....studying...chanting till I am hoarse...
determining to  turn poison into medicine RIGHT NOW and forever change my karma. 


I am more determined than ever. 


Remember you prayer is a vow not a request. You are the Buddha and you are entitled to be happy. Seriously. You are the Buddha and you are doing the Buddha's work. Your life should be overflowing with happiness. Don't let yourself and those you love down. Chant harder, stronger, and more vibrantly than ever...especially when you are in pain. Don't doubt in the slightest. DO NOT give in to the negative voices in your head that tell you it's no use. 
I am familiar with those voices...they say "I have suffered from this particular suffering for so long...it is just who I am it will never change" DO NOT LISTEN TO THAT VOICE. It is only the cry of the innate darkness in your life trying to hold you back. 


You HAVE THE GOHONZON (and if you don't, for heaven's sake chant for one and get it!) You are the votary of the Lotus Sutra. YOU DESERVE TO BE HAPPY!!! 


Determine to change poison into medicine, to forever change your suffering, to raise your life-condition so high that you will not suffer. 


Times of suffering are your crucial moment. Will you give in to your own negativity or will you wield the sword of faith? 


It is up to you.


It is entirely up to you!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

When you're really Hurting

Isn't life interesting? How easily you can go from being on top of the world...to holding your breath and wondering if you can make it through one more moment...one more hour...one more day...


What do you do when you're really in pain? Of course you know what I'm going to say....you chant...but HOW do you chant


The real answer is so easy...ANY WAY YOU CAN. 


Chant from your heart. Tell the Gohonzon (your life) what you feel....and chant as long and as hard as you can...Chant that you will SOMEHOW be able to realize the power of your own life....that you will SOMEHOW reach deep into your life...and find the strength you know is there and turn POISON INTO MEDICINE even if, at the time you don't truly believe it is possible. 


When you are really struggling, really in pain...sometimes even one daimoku, one Nam Myoho Renge Kyo feels impossible. But don't give up! That's the important thing! Even if you don't see the result right away...even if you feel NO RELIEF, don't give up. All those prayers are going deep into your life so that the true benefit (which you can't see now...and maybe don't even know what it is)...will emerge. 


And remember...chant for what you want. The most powerful prayer you have it based on your true desire....don't worry whether it is right or wrong...just chant from your heart!!! As long and as hard as you can. And there's nothing wrong with sounding the Buddhist alarm and asking your Buddha Buddies to chant for you too. Sometimes that is just what we need...that extra pillow of support. 


Above all DO NOT GIVE UP>>>>>>> Keep Chanting!!! Do Not Give UP !!! And your life will shine!!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Living the Life of my Dreams! And You can too!!!

This practice WORKS!!!!


I am living the life of my dreams!!!!


It's the holiday season...I just bought a dress for a party that I just can't even believe I can wear...and I have party after party to go to....and wonderful people to share my life with....


And every morning...every single morning...no matter where I am on the planet I sit down, chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and connect with the force of the universe I possess. 


It is amazing. 


I hope you are experiencing the same excitement and happiness in your life....each moment effortlessly flows from one to another....and anytime there is a snag...a painful thought...or something I see that I don't like in the world...well, I sit and chant about that too...because I know my prayers make a difference. 


In times like this, when I am happy beyond measure...I chant to fully open and appreciate each and every moment....I chant to savor every single person I am with. I chant to be the appreciative spirit I already am! 


And I know that I am at this wonderful place in my life because I have chanted through every kind of suffering you can imagine. I have chanted to be the victor in my life. I have chanted to WIN so that every person reading my blog, and every person I meet every day...and all the people in my district can be inspired. My life HAS to be happy I tell the Gohonzon (which is, of course, my Buddhist scroll, but more importantly, it is my life itself) that I HAVE to be happy so that I can inspire others that this kind of happiness is possible. 


And I am here to tell you that it is possible. I don't envy ANYONE!!!! I HAVE the life of my dreams and it is getting better every single day. 


Come along with me. Chant to join prayers with your mentor Daisaku Ikeda. Chant to make the difference on this planet that you want to see. 


Don't give up!!!!! Enjoy your life !!!! Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!!!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Chanting to Expand My Capacity

You know what happens when you introduce someone to Buddhism? You end up learning so much from them!!!
I have talked before about my friends Danielle and Julia in Northern California who've been chanting just over a year. They are incredibly wise Buddhas. 


Julia has changed her life in so many ways. When she started chanting she was literally dying. Her body suffered from many ailments and her spark was seeping day by day from her life. 


The minute she started chanting she understood the profundity of this prayer, and has dedicated herself to fully exploring the power of chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo across the three existences...past, present, futures...changing her life and the lives of so many others. She studies Buddhism with a depth of understanding that illuminates the practice for me as well. We go back and forth encouraging each other with our lives. That is how it works. That is why friends in faith are so crucial. 


The other day I was experiencing suffering anew about something I've written about in here many times...the world of hunger...longing... 


Here is the wise guidance she gave me:


Chant to expand your capacity. 


She said chanting for capacity had enabled her to release a certain suffering that had seared into her life recently....and that BECAUSE of that suffering she had changed her relationship with her wonderful husband in a really incredible way. She had changed on the INSIDE, which is the whole point of this practice. And when you change on the INSIDE,  your environment HAS TO CHANGE. THAT IS THE POWER OF CHANTING NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO. THAT IS WHY IT WORKS. 


So I am sitting here this morning chanting to expand my capacity. As I chant my brain is filling with determination to expand my capacity for JOY, expand my capacity for HAPPINESS, expand for capacity for WISDOM, and for every other thing I want. What would this mean to my life? I don't know yet. I have already strengthened my life quite a bit...what else is possible??? What if I expand my capacity for suffering? Does that mean I actually will not suffer as much? I can't wait to see. 


Oh how I appreciate this fabulous practice I embrace! How hopeful I feel at every turn! How I am chanting in appreciation! 
I am chanting for you and sending joy into your heart too.....may you embrace this practice and use it to bring a level of happiness...unshakable happiness...the lifeforce of the BUDDHA YOU ARE into your life forever!!!!!