Tuesday, September 22, 2015

3 Keys to a Successful Daimoku Campaign

Happiness is not a life without worries or struggles. Happiness is the robust sense of fulfillment one feels when bravely confronting hardship. It is that elevation of the spirit, like an airplane gaining lift from the air resistance against its wings.
Daisaku Ikeda, Ikedaquotes.org

Hi! It's my birthday today. 
All the numbers are pretty cool. It's, of course, the 22nd, (my favorite number), and on the 20th of October I'll reach the end of my 30th year of practice. And today I turn 55. Great numbers! 

In case anyone thinks 55 is old - it's not! 
Old is a state of mind! 

Sunday I began a two hour a day Daimoku Campaign. I had to. I just got tired of feeling sad! Not only was I feeling sad, but I was yelling at myself in my head a lot, and I have to cut that out! So I said to myself "Jamie! You have a perfect target for a campaign - one month from now you'll have completed 30 years  -  what a great time to start a 2 hour campaign!" And on Saturday night one of my friends said she was ready to do a two hour a day campaign so we are doing it together. We're reporting when we chant and texting each other when we start. It's easy. And it's great to have a campaign buddy. 

3 Keys to a Successful Daimoku Campaign

1. Have a great reason to chant! 
I've found that setbacks, sadness, despair and unhappiness are GREAT motivators. Sooner or later I say "NO" and open myself to the great "YES" - the greater possibility of what my life can be. Or...a great goal is a perfect reason to begin a campaign. Or...a deadline. What a great motivator! 

2. Find a campaign buddy! 
Here's how it works:
You both set a goal of the number of hours you want to chant a day. 
You text each other in the morning when you begin to chant. 
You connect by text or phone every day to stay inspired!

3. Chant your two hours (or however many hours you have decided) every day. 
What about interruptions? What about having to use the restroom, or refreshing your drink? How about those phone calls you really have to take when you are chanting? 

Ok, for the most part, I don't take any calls while chanting, and I have my phone in the other room. Today, since it's my birthday, I kept my phone out. When I picked up the phone I noted the time, and added that much time onto the time I was going to chant. Today I was going to chant from 6:30 until 8:30, and I got a call from Aaron at 8:00. The call lasted 15 minutes, so I added 15 minutes onto my time and ended at 8:45 instead. See how that works?

I just finished a call with one of my best friends and we laughed and laughed. How nice to have such a high life condition on a day like this...a day I was thinking I would be so sad!  

Enjoy your high life condition from chanting! 


  1. Happy Birthday, Jamie! Thank you so much for your blog. You're such an inspiration!

  2. Stay blessed dear,always inspiring ,great work,

  3. I am so motivated by your guidance every single day ......thank you so much Amita from india

  4. Enjoy your day Jamie !! Happy birthday .. U r my inspiration and of so many other Buddhists :)) have a rocking day ahead

  5. Happy birthday, wish it was the most wonderful day for you

  6. Happy birthday Jamie !! I am also chanting two hours a day until 18 November and today has been the most difficult day .. Relationships are so hard .. Today I felt like I can never change it .

  7. Saw your message late. So here is wishing you a wonderful time ahead! We are comrades in faith. You are always in my prayers. So is ben. I finished 100 day campaign yesterday. Egging myself to finish 1 mn before or by 18. 11.15. Just been through an excruciating 10 days because of flare up of skin condition. But my life state was high. I would always think of you those times. Be cheerful.

  8. Have a wonderful Birthday! You are such a source of inspiration and guidance!

  9. A very very happy Birthday!
    Thanks for being such an inspiration.