Saturday, January 18, 2020

Strengthening Our Lives Through Chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo

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May these writings encourage you in your happiness and Buddhist practice. There are many posts in the archives that may serve to inspire you as well. Feel free to check them out. There is no subscription to this blog and I will never ask for money to learn Buddhism. 

I am a Certified EFT Practitioner (serving people worldwide via zoom) because I have found it to be the perfect accompaniment to Buddhist practice. If you're interested in learning about EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques) you may email me at TapforHappiness@gmail.com or check out TapforHappiness.com to find out more about these life-changing sessions. 

I began this twice-daily chanting of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo (meaning, I fuse my life with the mystic law of cause and effect through vibration, or I am one with the flow of life. It is the name of the rhythm of life itself) in 1985. Possibly before some of you were born. :) 

Over the years I have used this chant to get married, raise two Buddha Boys (who never fought because they chanted together) surmount many challenges in jobs and relationships, and live with vigor, determination and love and compassion for my fellow humans in the knowledge that our lives are completely intertwined, and each person is a mirror of me. 

I've changed my karma in many ways, and continue a strong practice in order to encourage you that happiness is indeed possible, and those who have been the most unhappy can be the happiest through Buddhist practice. 

My mentor is Daisaku Ikeda, the President of the Soka Gakkai International. To find out more about our practice, and get connected in your area to people who will help you learn Buddhism please visit SGI-USA.org or Sgi.org to find the SGI internationally. 

The following quotes are all from Ikedaquotes.org. It' a wonderful site with quotes arranged by category. 

A strong life is a happy life and we can be resilient no matter what obstacles we face. When I chant Nam-myo-ho-renge-kyo I chant to strengthen my life, and use my life as a conduit for peace and happiness to flow through me throughout the day. I chant to be a beacon of hope so others can become happier than they ever dreamed possible, and the world will become a place of love and light. 

Quotes on 
Strengthening Our Lives 
by Daisaku Ikeda: 

The struggle of life is, and always will be, a struggle against your own weaknesses. Will you become cowardly and think, "I can't do this. I'm certain to fail"? Or will you challenge the difficulties that lie ahead with the conviction, "I am strong. And I can become stronger still"? Your destiny in life will vary greatly depending on the spirit that you maintain.

Resolving to take action is proof that you are progressing. Even if you have the tendency to make a determination but only stick to it for two or three days, just keep renewing that determination. Then you will become the kind of person who can persevere and reach their goals.

One cannot become a starring player in life if one is easily swayed by one’s emotions over every little thing. Strength of character lies in performing the drama of life with courage and confidence, practicing self-reflection and self-control under any circumstances.

When we decide to live each instant fully, with all our might, to live true to ourselves and make the present moment shine, we discover and bring forth immense and unimagined strength.

In life when we feel we have reached a limit, that is when the true battle begins. Just when you despair and think it is impossible to go any further, will you become apathetic, or will you say it’s not over and stand up with an unyielding spirit? The battle is decided by this single determination.

Whether we regard difficulties in life as misfortunes or whether we view them as good fortune depends entirely on how much we have forged our inner determination. It all depends on our attitude or inner state of life. With a dauntless spirit, we can lead a cheerful and thoroughly enjoyable life. We can develop a “self” of such fortitude that we are able to look forward to life’s trials and tribulations with a sense of joy.

Just being good-natured is not enough. If you are good-natured but fail to stand up to injustice, you cannot protect anyone. Instead, you will tend to be taken lightly, enabling those who perpetrate injustice to only grow stronger.

Every hardship is an opportunity to strengthen ourselves, to temper our life and make it shine with greater luster.

Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.

Truly strong people are not arrogant. Cowardice on the other hand causes arrogance. Cowards hide behind their own power and authority.

Friday, January 3, 2020

A Poem by Maya Angelou for you ~ For the New Year

Happy New Year my friends! Let's not give up! As the new decade begins I am filled with hope for the next ten years. I'm chanting for the youth of the world, for all of you, for each country and the happiness of all humankind....for peace and for Kosen-Rufu. Sending much love! 

CONTINUE: a poem


Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
My wish for you
Is that you continue
         Continue
To be who and how you are
To astonish a mean world
With your acts of kindness
         Continue
To allow humor to lighten the burden
Of your tender heart
         Continue
In a society dark with cruelty
To let the people hear the grandeur
Of God in the peals of your laughter
          Continue
To let your eloquence
Elevate the people to heights
They had only imagined
         Continue
To remind the people that
Each is as good as the other
And that no one is beneath
Nor above you
        Continue
To remember your own young years
And look with favor upon the lost
And the least and the lonely
        Continue
To put the mantle of your protection
Around the bodies of
The young and defenseless
        Continue
To take the hand of the despised
And diseased and walk proudly with them
In the high street
Some might see you and
Be encouraged to do likewise
         Continue
To plant a public kiss of concern
On the cheek of the sick
And the aged and infirm
And count that as a
Natural action to be expected
         Continue
To let gratitude be the pillow
Upon which you kneel to
Say your nightly prayer
And let faith be the bridge
You build to overcome evil
And welcome good
       Continue
To ignore no vision
Which comes to enlarge your range
And increase your spirit
       Continue
To dare to love deeply
And risk everything
For the good thing
       Continue
To float
Happily in the sea of infinite substance
Which set aside riches for you
Before you had a name
       Continue
And by doing so
You and your work
Will be able to continue
Eternally

Maya Angelou
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