Thursday, May 14, 2015

Embracing Buddhism = Banishing Fear!

Embracing Buddhism 
gives us access to living a fearless life. 
I can personally say that chanting the name of the mystic law - Nam-myoho-renge-kyo has been my key to tapping into the vital life resources that has sprung me depression and unhappiness into a life of never-ending wonder and happiness. 

As Daisaku Ikeda writes in Faith into Action, page 110:(available through the SGI website - see the link to the right) 

People who have strong faith are fearless,
they can overcome anything. 
There is no obstacle or adversity 
that they cannot surmount. 
In the very depths of their lives, 
no matter what happens 
they lead lives of "the greatest of all joys." (6/10/96) 

When I first started this blog - almost 6 years ago, I was frequently crushingly depressed. There were days I had to just put one foot in front of the other and struggle not to cry all day. I would feel it upon awakening...a heaviness I could not shake. And I would tell myself "I just have to get through this day." And I would chant to defeat this feeling forever...and root depression out of my life.
I began writing this blog with the determination to practice harder than I ever had before, and to prove through my efforts and results - through my life itself that ANYTHING was possible. If I could free myself from the depression I'd had my whole life, and that my mother also experienced...I would show that the impossible is possible, and be able to inspire countless others. Now the depression is gone and close to 60,000 people see this blog every month! 

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And now, this year I enter my 31st year of practice and I see this fearlessness blooming in my life like never before. 

We talk about conspicuous and inconspicuous benefits. We can SEE conspicuous benefits. They are all around us. We get the job, we make the money, we fall in love etc. But inconspicuous benefits are the treasures of the heart we build day after day after day as we sit in front of the Gohonzon (the scroll that is the mirror of our lives) and chant to bring forth our Buddha nature, chant to do our human revolution, chant to strengthen our lives. 

THAT is where the true fortune lies. For what is a new house, a new car, a new job or a new relationship when we are cowering in fear...we are afraid it is ephemeral...we're afraid we'll lose it, we're afraid of death, of life, of rejection etc. 

This practice gives us the keys to the inner kingdom where the real treasure lies. 
Fresh Determination

Today, and every day is a day of great benefits! Ben moves into a new place from the hospital. Thank you for all your Daimoku. There is still a long road ahead. 

Whatever is troubling you, 
whatever you are desiring, 
whatever you do 
KEEP CHANTING every day twice a day, 
KEEP STUDYING Daisaku Ikeda and the Gosho 
with your life!
and your life will unfold 
into a beautiful chapter you have written...
with every tear...with every smile...and with every effort you've made to sit down, face your life and chant!


  1. Thank you so much truly an inspiring thoughts

  2. I love your blogs!They give me so much inspiration, strength, encouragement and help me so much! Love the way you write with so much compassion and combining personal and study material,showing that all of us have difficult times and struggles but that we can overcome all. Thanks soooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And I share your blogs with others! You are fantastic!

  3. Thank you so much. It's so encouraging to hear your experience. That you can still win even if you are chanting for a long time already (you 25 years than, am I right? and myself for 27 years now