Saturday, October 5, 2019

More Benefits from Chanting to Praise My Life! Check this out!

 I just have to report these wonderful benefits to you so you can have them yourselves!

You know I just came back from a week with my son Aaron, who is a resident doctor and strong Gakkai member in Phoenix, right? And on our trip, we chanted a solid hour of amazingly energetic Daimoku every day but one when we had to race out to catch the sun. 

On Wednesday the weather report said it would rain the rest of the week. And in my Daimoku I chanted "Oh NO! Not this week. It is not going to rain the rest of the week Aaron and I have in Kauai!" And, SURE ENOUGH, the week gave us perfect weather! 

But what I really want to tell you is how chanting to praise my life (and, of course, continuing with an energetic hour of Daimoku EVERY day this week) has affected my life. 

As many of you know, I have my own business where I help women blossom into self-love through EFT Tapping where they can lift the weight of the world off their shoulders so it can come off their bodies and they can get to their perfect weight and stay there FOREVER! Right now I'm launcing "New You for the New Year!" and there are still a few spaces available. 

I've been a bit bogged down with wording for my business. And I've had the kind of self-doubt that has plagued me my whole life, despite seeing evidence of my effective work with every one of my clients. Can you relate to that? 

But this week, chanting to praise my life elevated everything to an entirely different level! Suddenly, I was able to master what I needed to master in my own life and self-care in an effortless way. I walked every day, drank water, ate wonderful salads, AND felt APPRECIATION all day long. And ALL The words and energy I needed for my new program launched just exploded with certainty, energy and fun! How great is that! My confidence has soared and I'm easily attracting my soul tribe to work with me...the people I am most meant to help. 

SO...Chanting to praise my life 
gave me appreciation all day long! 

What does feeling appreciation all day long get you? EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED. 
Happiness inside your heart all day. 
Strength of body and mind and heart.
That singing feeling when you know you are just unstoppable. 

And it comes from your prayer. It came from my prayer to PRAISE MY LIFE because when we praise our lives, we praise ALL of life at the same time...everyone we meet...every car on the road...every cloud in the sky. 

GO for it, my friends!!! 

As always, sent with all my love! 




And, if you're interested in the work that I do, you can email me at TapforHappiness@gmail.com with two times you're available to talk (I'm GMT-4, Eastern Time). Or join my new Facebook group 
EFT: Freedom from Emotional Eating 
for Weight Loss Now! 
where I'll be posting videos and tips, and all kinds of inspiring things regarding my weight loss program "New You for the New Year!" 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Praising Your Life through Chanting - Elevate your Life Condition and Vibration Now!

Greetings from Kauai!

While in Kauai last week, my son Aaron and I began almost every day with a strong hour of daimoku. Except for that one morning when we raced out to see Waimea Canyon before the clouds came in. That was another thrilling day! Our chanting kept our life conditions high. 

Sometimes, while on vacation you hit a low spot, a time of disagreement or some other malaise. This vacation had none of that because of our strong, united Daimoku. 

Coming back to Florida with a 6 hour time difference is another thing. And this morning I hit on the way to chant to bring me out of my doldrums of leaving Kauai and my brilliant, incredible son. 

THIS MORNING I chanted an hour of daimoku praising my life, and the time flew. As I was chanting, I praised my life as a Bodhisattva of the earth, as the beautiful being I am. (Trust me, I don't always feel this way, but I know what to do when I don't: chant!) 

Daisaku Ikeda talks about Praise in "To My American Friends, Collected U.S. Addresses. In the essay 'Leading a Sublime Life in Accord with the Gosho' page 431, he states:

"In ''Letter to Myomitsu Shonin," Nichiren Daishonin writes: "The more gold is heated in the flames, the brighter will be its color; the more a sword is whetted, the sharper it will become. And the more one praises the blessings of the Lotus Sutra, the more one's blessings will increase" (WND, 673)

So, praise, praise, praise! If it's been a while since you sat down and chanted in appreciation for your Gohonzon (your life!), give it a try and see how it elevates your life condition. 

We have this incredible Gohonzon and mentor. From him, and from Nichiren Daishonin we learn that we are inseparable from our environment. When we raise our life condition our environment changes. We can do this every day!

And I'm here to remind you that you are an incredible Bodhisattva of the earth. Every moment. Whether you feel good or not. Whether you feel strong or not. You're a Bodhisattva and you possess the tools to feel like one whenever you choose to use them: The Gohonzon and your Daimoku!

Of course, just having a Gohonzon isn't enough. We must chant to it to elevate our life condition and experience life as the Buddhas we ARE! 

Join me, and Aaron, as we chant an hour a day for the rest of the year. We have set goals and dreams in our end of year daimoku campaign. Join us! 

On another more personal note, in my business, I'm offering a "New Year, New You" program. If you're ready to launch your life, be healthier, free yourself from excess weight, stress or grief, chant and learn a new modality called EFT Tapping that produces profound results and frees you from core beliefs that you are still living with after chanting (as I was), come join me! Send me an email at TapforHappiness.com and say you'd like an EMotional Freedom NOW Discovery session. Send me two times you're available to talk, and whether you'd like to talk via zoom, or by some other means. Together, we'll see if you are a candidate for this program. (It's entirely separate from the SGI. I'm a certified EFT Tapping Professional, It's a form of Energy Therapy where I teach you to free stuck emotions. It rocks!)




Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Three Keys to Building Good Fortune and being the Buddha of Absolute Happiness





Hello, my friends. 

What does it mean to build a life of good fortune? 

Here I am living my dream in Florida. I'm enjoying my friends, the sunshine, my new loving relationship, my health and my profession that enables me to teach people a method of releasing their emotions so they can be happy. I am the Buddha of Absolute Happiness and you can be too! 

Sometimes I get the question "Is it ok to chant for money?" And the answer I have always heard as a 35 year practitioner of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism in the SGI is chant for exactly what you want. 
If you need money chant for money~! 

Note to my friends: if you are stuck in some area of your life, please get encouragement from your Soka Gakkai seniors in faith. They are there to help you. They will chant with you and bear your burdens with you. The SGI is truly a noble organization I am proud to be part of. 

(I get guidance requests from time to time, but going to your own senior leaders is the best way to build good fortune in your life, grow as a human being and do your Human Revolution. I do not give guidance in the SGI. I do have a private practice as a Certified Emotional Freedom Techniques professional which is separate and apart from my Gakkai Activities. It is an energy healing modality that has had a profound effect on my life and is now greatly helping the people I serve through this work. You can email me at TapforHappiness if you are interested in learning more about this Energy Psychology modality which has been called The Fourth Wave of Psychotherapy) 

If you need a job, chant for the BEST job for Kosen Rufu, where you can be the happiest, and make your life shine as a beacon for other's happiness.

You deserve to have what you need. There are many, many examples of people chanting for money and getting it.  

AND underlying the need for money, there is a deeper and more exciting benefit that we can access within our lives. We can access and build TRUE FORTUNE in our lives.  

What is FORTUNE? How do we build it for ourselves?

No matter what our levels of fortune may be before we begin practicing Buddhism, once we begin chanting the name of the Law of Cause and Effect, the Mystic Law itself, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, our lives begin to move in the direction of fortune. 

With each day of chanting, studying, encouraging others and introducing people to this practice our fortune grows and grows.

Fortune :

Daisaku Ikeda states: 
"Governments come and go, 
economies rise and fall, 
and society changes constantly. 
Only the good fortune 
we accumulate during our lives 
lasts forever. 
True victors are those 
who cultivate the tree of Buddhahood 
in the vast earth of their lives 
while achieving success 
both in society and in their personal lives 
through true faith and a true way of living. 
(Faith in Action page 110)

18 Types of Fortune 
By Jamie Lee Silver from Chantforhappiness.com 

Fortune is being in rhythm so that we KNOW what to do, and have the spirit, conviction and courage to make the best possible causes at all times. 

Fortune is being in the right place at the right time. 

Fortune is happiness and the ability to overcome any suffering and turn poison into medicine through chanting strong daimoku and taking the wise action that arises through our prayer. 

Fortune is strength and resiliency. 

Fortune is getting a call from an associate about a job opportunity that is perfect for you. 

Fortune is having the courage and wisdom to say what must be said and do what must be done at the crucial moment. 

Fortune is always having what you need when you need it. 

Fortune is having the time to chant to our heart's content and encourage others, too. 

Fortune is doing our human revolution and joining harmoniously with our fellow SGI members creating a new family for us all. 

Fortune is being born at the same time as Daisaku Ikeda and engraving the mentor disciple relationship into our lives so that it is a living, powerful source of energy and wisdom in our lives.  

Fortune is finding solace and peace even when we have lost a loved one. 

Fortune is experiencing the true depth of friendship... knowing how to be a friend, attracting, keeping and appreciating quality people in our lives.  

Fortune is experiencing how to love and be loved in return. 

Fortune is friendship.

Fortune is health. 

Fortune is the ability to laugh.  

Fortune is the ability to sit in front of our Gohonzons and carry out a meaningful dialogue within our own lives that makes the impossible possible,and brings happiness to ourselves and our families, friends and world.

Fortune is being accident free.

There is much more to fortune.
You can add to this list...send me your ideas of fortune at chantforhappiness@gmail.com 

How do we build fortune for ourselves?

1. First we must build a strong practice.  
The more "work" we put into building our practice...the less "work" we have to put into our lives...the less struggling we have to do. We can use all the resources at our disposal to CREATE the discipline to be able to chant twice a day every day and participate in activities. Focusing our prayer on others is a powerful way to build a strong practice. Yes, it's great to chant for ourselves, and we need to do that, but chanting for others has a profound effect on their lives, and ours. Chanting, and uniting with others is the foundation of our faith. 

Being a part of the SGI is crucial. Go to SGI-USA.org to learn more.  

Having a seeking mind to understand how and why the Mystic law has such a profound effect on our lives is important. Studying our SGI publications is important. Reading the Gosho of Nichiren Daishonin is important! We call this having a seeking spirit. You can  find what is holding you back in your own nature. We all have a fatal flaw...something we can't see. We gain the most when we chant to see our OWN flaws...and chant to change them!

Fortune Comes from Having the spirit and the prayer: 

"I will WIN because my life is important. I will use my life as a shining example that this practice works!! My winning will be a real "win/win" because I will inspire others to the greatness of their own lives! And I will help them bring out the Buddhahood in their own lives by introducing them to chanting! I will win for kosen-rufu. I will win over my own negativity. I will absolutely do this!" 

2. Determine and believe we DESERVE what we want fuels our fortune. Every action we take all day long is a cause for our happiness. What do we want? Why do we want it? What can we do to fuel that desire? 
Remember the Buddhist concept Hon Nim Myo - "from this moment forth". Every time we chant we begin life anew. From this moment forth I will win. From this moment forth is EVERY MOMENT. We have the power to change. NOW. We chant the MYSTIC LAW underlying all of life. Wow. We are filled with fortune!

3. Chant for what we want, and Chant for STRENGTH of practice and strength of mind and heart! If we want money, we chant for money. If we want to NEVER WORRY ABOUT MONEY AGAIN - we chant with this in mind. If we want a job we chant for it. The world is OURS. We chant for exactly what we want!

What does fortune mean for you? Write to me at chantforhappiness@gmail.com with your experiences and comments! 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The 8 Keys for Making Your Dreams Come True!

Emotional Freedom Feels Like THIS! 

Hello my Buddha-Full friends! Thank you for your notes of thanks! Thank you for letting me know that my words on this blog are inspiring you. Thank you for sharing this lifetime with me, sharing your heart and your determinations. 

As a matter of fact, if you have a fresh determination towards your life send me an email at ChantforHappiness@gmail.com and I'll share it on the blog. 

This is the perfect time for fresh determinations. September, time for new beginnings is almost upon us. 

Because of this practice, and basing my life every single day on Nam-myoho-renge-kyo I've successfully launched my new life as a Certified Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner. 

After many months of chanting to MASTER EFT, guided by the best (and most difficult) instructers in the world, and becoming a member of the two most respected organizations dedicated to EFT in the World, I have won! 

I am naturally attracting the people I am meant to serve through my work!

When I am serving my clients in an EFT session (whether in person or via ZOOM worldwide - how I love the power of the internet!) 

I see the relief in their eyes in each moment. With every session, I see and feel the weight of the world being taken off their shoulders. 

Those wonderful women who've come to me for weight loss are losing weight. 

Those lovely souls who've come to me for stress relief are walking lighter, smiling more, and not getting upset as often. 

And those who've come for grief relief are forgiving themselves, and the loved ones they grieve. EFT is such a great tool for forgiveness. 

And, when appropriate, we end our sessions with Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. 

I wake up every morning filled with gratitude towards the Gohonzon (my life). I joyfully participate in SGI activities. 

I do shakubuku every single day. I have another friend almost ready to receive her Gohonzon. 

I know where my inner fire comes from and how to flame it. With fresh determination! Every morning. 

My New Determination:

I'm determined to continue to excel in my work, and to earn way more than I need to survive so I can continue to fund the Kosen-rufu movement to the best of my ability! 

I'm determined to be visible to the people who need me most...to be on Facebook...doing public speaking...being at networking events...so that those who need my services can easily find me, know that I'm the right guide for them, and start receiving the emotional freedom I offer through my work. 

I always wanted to be a therapist, but I think this is so much more fun. I'm not a therapist. As a Certified EFT Professional, I'm a guide to teaching people to release emotions that are no longer serving people. 

It's a new profession. And my practice brought me here. 

Thank you, Gohonzon! Thank you Nichiren Daishonin! 

Thank you, Daisaku Ikeda and Tsunesaburu Makiguchi and Josei Toda. 
Without you, I never would have found out about this practice. 

And Thank you Kate Randolph, my dear, dear friend and mentor. Throughout my life I will continue to shine in reflection of YOU, and all the good your eternal life brings.

Being an entrepreneur was a dream of mine my entire life. And here I am. 

Whatever you are dreaming, you know what to do: 

Dream Success Formula: 
1. Chant every day morning and evening.
2. TAKE ACTION stemming from that Daimoku.  
3. Don't complain. 
4. Make a fresh determination! 
5. Seek guidance from your senior leaders, and chant to be able to hear and receive the guidance before you go.  
6. Do shakubuku whenever you can. 
7. Chant for your fellow members, the youth, the planet, and your family!
8. Study the words of Nichiren Daishonin and Daisaku Ikeda with all your heart! 

That's a formula for success! 

Monday, August 5, 2019

How to get Back on Track in Daimoku and Really Connect to Our Prayer


I spoke with a member today who had a great question. 

She asked: "Jamie, do you feel like it's gotten harder to concentrate these days while chanting? I used to be able to really focus and now, with all the news and everything that's going on, it feels harder and harder to chant."

And I said, Yes, I know just what you're talking about! But there's hope. Here's what I do when I'm feeling scattered in front of the Gohonzon. First of all, I take my phone and put it in the other room. I don't use it to time my chanting. I use a clock. I get that phone out of my space. 

And, start in small increments. Say to yourself "I'm going to chant this 5 minutes of absolutely uninterrupted daimoku. I'm not going to get up for water, I'm not going to use the bathroom, or check Facebook. No. For this 5 minutes, I will be glued to the Gohonzon! And when I do that 5 minutes I go for another, and another, and then I can reach my goals. Start small. And go for it! 

I told her about the umpteen BILLIONS OF BUDDHAS who are joining us when we chant. The first prayer I have in the morning is to greet those Buddhas with my life, Buddha to Buddha. It feels so good. 

And refresh your goals. It always helps. 

Let's get our MOJO back. For ourselves. For the Youth. For the world! Peace! 



Thursday, July 25, 2019

What Does Nam-myoho-renge-kyo Mean?



So glad you asked!

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo means:

"I fuse my life with the mystic law of cause and effect through sound vibration".

I like to think of it as "I am one with the flow of life" because that's what it does...it puts us in rhythm with our own lives and everything around us. 
We are all Buddhas. 
We possess the power of the entire universe in our lives. Chanting this phrase brings it out. 

Aligning our energies with our mentor Daisaku Ikeda, and chanting these words every morning and evening, 
studying the writings of Nichiren Daishonin and Daisaku Ikeda and introducing others to this practice 
are the keys to living vibrant, happy and victorious lives! 

It's a law. It works whether you believe in it or not.

People all over the world chant this phrase with the Sokka Gakkai International. The Website link is sgi-usa.org. I encourage you to go there. Call the center nearest you and get the name of someone who practices near you. Go to a meeting and make new friends. You'll be starting on a whole new journey of happiness. 

It doesn't cost anything...you don't have to "do" anything to chant. Just try!

It's truly a practice for anyone...no rules...no dues...no eating restrictions...just chant!
And practice. Chant every morning and evening...then you'll be writing me to tell me your results!  

Remember...dream big...go for the impossible!

In a few days this blog will be ten years old. That's right. There are well over 2,000 posts here, and 2,500,000 people have viewed it. Thank you for chanting and introducing others. Thank you for sharing, and above all else, I greet you my Buddha friends, in this Buddha Land! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Powerful Guidance from Kate Randolph



The one and only Kate Randolph
Hello friends, 
Recently I spoke at Kate Randolph's Life Celebration in LA. My charge from her daughter Sarah was to encapsulate Kate's guidance. What an honor. Truly. Kate and I spoke almost every other week for 34 years. I took notes. 

Here's how Kate introduced me to this glorious 
practice: 

It was August of 1985 when we met. 
Kate told me a story that changed my life. In Kate's work for the Great Peace March Across America, she needed to work with the megastar Paul Newman. The first day she was so flustered in his presence she couldn’t even form sentences. That night she chanted for one hour, and came back the next day and could talk to him like he was anyone else on the planet. 
I knew right I’d finally found what I’d been searching for my whole life. A tool that I could use to channel my energy in the direction I wanted it to go. A practical tool for happiness! And she told me I did not have to release my attachment to my desires. I could keep them, and chant for my desires! And my prayers would make the world a better place, and me happy, too.
DONE. I was hooked.
Kate and I became fast friends. We had our babies around the same time, First my son Aaron, then Kate and Hal's daughter Sarah, then my Ben. We vacationed together and raised our children together.
I would call her to get guidance about my challenges and she'd congratulate me for having these problems. She'd assure me that THESE problems were exactly what I needed to get me to the next level of my happiness. They were a benefit. 
Kate put my life in perspective by reminding me that I am a powerful Buddha, by winning in my life others could be inspired by my example and win in theirs. She taught me to turn poison into medicine. 
Basing her life on the Gosho by Nichiren Daishonin and the
words of Daisaku Ikeda she taught me victory:

She taught me to live a life of Victory. The key to Victory 
is making a strong determination to win over our 
problems 
Once we make a determination we may have doubts arise, 
but doubts are not real:
SHe said: 
You have to expect doubts to arrive in your mind. Now is the time to realize they are not real...they are only thoughts in your mind. They are not reality. They are just thoughts and you just pop them out with your prayer  ~ with your eye on the outcomedo battle in your mind and say No No No that is not my reality, that is not reality, that will not be my reality. 
These obstacles and doubts are NOT my reality, these negative thoughts are NOT my reality. Envision your outcome and say YES YES YES YES with each Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. And tell the Shoten Zenjin: YOU will get my back...you have my back...what I envision...my perfect outcome...THAT is my reality and then you add to it: For the sake of all people, I will show actual proof! 

Kate says: Once we decide we will win no matter what
we need only to continue. 
We've already won. 
The battle is with the negative function within. 

All you need to do is make a fresh determination! Live with hope

One of my favorite quotes of Kate's is:

We Breathe Rarified AIR!
By chanting we can ROOT OUT the causes of our suffering!

Faith is Envisioning the outcome exactly as you want it to be as if there were no obstacles and then challenging the doubt in your mind with your Daimoku and send it like arrows through each obstacle, shooting them down as they arrive in your mind. 

That's why I say be FUELED BY YOUR OBSTACLES, not FOOLED BY THEM!

Battling Depression:
In Kate's own battle over depression, she won by focusing on this thought while chanting: I don’t CARE how many times you rear your ugly head. Depression! I will defeat you. I will root the causes and effects of this depression straight out of my life….and she did just that. 

Based on her guidance I wrote this 
PowerPrayer to Defeat Despair:
Written by Jamie Lee Silver, from the blog ChantforHappiness.com


While chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo I would focus on these thoughts and TELL my life who is BOSS:

No way Unhappiness! You will NOT WIN TODAY!
No way anxiety~I am the Buddha!
I don't CARE how many times I have to chant to defeat you. I WILL WIN! For Myself and for all! 
I am a noble, brilliant Buddha! 
I DEMAND a life free from sadness and fear! 
I root the karmic cause of my sadness and fear
right out of my life now!   
I DEMAND that my environment reflects who I really am, 
not my fears or doubts about who I am. 
I DEMAND that I have the courage 
to do Human Revolution 
and to FOREVER break 
those ties to my own unhappiness. 
I am determined to stop making causes that bring me pain! 
I am determined to make causes that bring me happiness! 
Not just for me, but for everyone!
I MUST succeed 
LIFE 
No matter what! 
I choose to be happy!
I choose happiness now! 

With every new obstacle think:  


"This is just another opportunity for your life to stand up and tell your fundamental darkness who is BOSS. This is just another WAVE, just another WAVE. You MUST stand up to it. You must chant with the conviction that there is no other way than your victory. You must summon that conviction from within your heart." 

Kate said: 
Chant for absolute and total conviction
 in your Buddha Nature
and know that you are changing karma 
for your self, 
for your family 
 for your descendants 
and for the world by this prayer

Pray that THIS Daimoku makes the difference!  
Pray that THIS PRAYER changes your karma forever.


Facing death, Kate said to me:

"NOW is the time to wake up to joy. 
Now, more than ever, 
SGI members need to summon joy, 
forget complaining about anything, 
and wear a radiant smile on our faces. 
She says our smiles must radiate so brightly 
that light comes out of our fingertips 
and we glow as beacons 
so people can learn of the mystic law, 
Nam-myoho-renge-kyo from us, 
and be moved to happiness 
just by being in our presence.
Kate said we must have Joy 
to show the possibilities of life...
JOY is a REQUIREMENT, 
not an afterthought, 
and it comes from our determination 
to summon it from within our lives 
and express it in our smiles, 
the pep in our step, 
and our lives themselves. 
We can do this! 
We can do this for ourselves, 
and by doing this we change the world." 

"Our smile is a cause, not an effect." we can't sit around waiting for joy to come into our lives. We must be joyful, and invite more. That's how it works! 

She said: "Joy's the leading edge. Wake up and be joyful, smile at the person next to you in bed, smile at the person next to you at the store, in the elevator, and at other drivers. BE Kosen rufu in action!" 

"It's gotta be real, but you can also fake it till you make it. Put that smile on your face and you will spark your happiness. Try to be sad with a huge grin. It doesn't work so well!

"We have to go deeper into our own lives, and into the Buddha we are every day. We've gotta do this NOW. This is it. This is our time. We're ALIVE! whether we are 17 or 95. Grab the moment for all it's got and say "I am creating the deepest value that's ever been created. NOW. Right this moment. There's no other moment. There's no other person. How are we influencing the person next to us...it is our SMILE...beaming with joy...Joy!"

STOP complaining. NOW. It must be replaced, even if it's phony at first. It may feel phony but it will cause a shift inside your life.  And we have to keep going deeper and deeper into joy. There can't be a place at which we stop. we need constant movement...constantly going deeper." 

Thank you for a lifetime of WISDOM and DETERMINATION Kate. Thank you for showing us Buddhahood by example. Thank you for walking this world as a Buddha with strength and determination alongside your magnificent family, Hal and Sarah. Thank you for always leading the way. Thank you for your grace. And thank you for your poetry and for bringing us closer to Emma Dickinson. (She performed the one-woman-show The Belle of Amherst like none other)
Thank you for always leading with Daimoku and Shakubuku - the spirit and action to lead others. 

And, if we want to continue Kate's marvelous legacy, let's all be joyful right now! Beaming JOY from our fingertips!
Thank you Kate!  


One more note from Jamie: 
I know Kate's guidance lead me to a new status in my professional life.
I recently earned my Certification and Accreditation in Emotional Freedom Techniques through the largest accrediting body in the world, EFT International. I work with people worldwide via the internet. I get a thrill every session when someone comes in with a memory tied to sadness, guilt, shame, grief or some other emotion and leaves with peace of mind and a whole new outlook on life in only one session! Once we free up our emotions from a memory, we are left with wisdom. To find out more go to TapforHappiness.com, or email me at Tapforhappiness@gmail.com