Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Inspiring Victory of Dr. Aaron Michael Silver

Dr. Aaron Michael Silver, 
Chief Resident Banner University Medical Center Phoenix. 

One day, when he's not saving the world, Aaron will write his own story, but for now, as Aaron's proud Mom, I want to fill you in with my version! 

I've been practicing for 36 years. When I was pregnant with Aaron 30 years ago I did a million Daimoku for him. I chanted to impact his karma BEFORE he was physically born. I chanted for financial security, a beautiful home, the maturity to be a good mother, and for Aaron's karma to be changed BEFORE birth. I chanted for him to easily make friends, and to be happy, and to have a dream and pursue it. We read "On Attaining Buddhahood" to him in the womb. 

Aaron was amazing from the git-go...happy, engaged, and super active. He bounced off the walls and his father and I bounced right with him  ~ enjoying every moment of our high-energy child! He excelled at everything he did, from acting to baseball, to academics to running. He was elected to lead almost everything he did. He's a natural leader. 

He began chanting as soon as he could talk, and chanted along with me often as a child. His Eight-year-old experience was printed in the World Tribune. He brought his baseball team from the last place to the Championship through Daimoku. Through his wisdom, he took action to host his own extra practices for the team, and that was just what they needed!  

Together, we chanted for the BEST Schools for his life. He got his Omamori Gohonzon when he headed off to the University of Illinois as a PreMed major. In Loyola Medical School (his first choice school) he got his large Gohonzon.

During his first year of Medical School tragedy struck when his best friend, his brother Ben, began losing his mind to Schizophrenia. The next two and a half years were truly terrifying as we did everything, and chanted countless hours of Daimoku to help Ben stay alive. 

Five years ago this Thursday, July 2nd, Ben became eternal. Throughout this challenge, Aaron studied, worked hard, took on leadership in Medical School, and graduated Summa Cum Laud. He won the "Hardship" Award for extraordinary hardship during medical school, then headed out to Phoenix for Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. 

Today, while serving as SGI YMD District Leader, he challenges himself to chant an hour a day. 

He is Chief Resident at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix where the rise of COVID is slamming his hospital. He is chanting that the staff does not get sick. Please join me in chanting for his staff! And in chanting for this virus to go away! I am so proud of this Buddha! 


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Four Ways to Summon the Heart of the Lion King for Absolute Happiness

Greeting my friends! 

Today I'd like to share a passage from The New Human Revolution by Daisaku Ikeda:

'Lion' in "lion king" is written with the Chinese characters for teacher and child, representing mentor and disciple. In other words, when disciples align their spirit with their mentor and stand up with the same commitment, they can summon forth the bold and fearless heart of the lion king within them. 

"Each day I tell myself: "As a disciple of President Toda I will respond to his aspirations! I will create a record of kosen-rufu that would make him proud!" By doing so, no matter what difficulty I may encounter, I can bring forth the courage to never be disheartened. 

"Those who always remember their mentor's spirit in their heart, who always are living together with their mentor, will never stray from the correct path in life, the path to happiness. When we live with our mentor in our heart we cannot allow ourselves to be cowardly or lazy; we are spurred to be courageous, challenge ourselves and cast aside our arrogance. We may be able to deceive others, but not the mentor in our hearts. 

...It is important, therefore, that when we are facing a challenging situation, we always think deeply about what our mentor would have done or said."

From the New Human Revolution, By Daisaku Ikeda, Volume 26, Chapter 4, installments 51-67, as written in the April 2015 Living Buddhism, page 39.

As I am here, in my new chosen home of Florida I continually ask myself "What would President Ikeda do?"

I chant to see the world through Daisaku Ikeda's eyes, and to feel with his heart....and most of all...to chant with his same strength...to somehow reach into the lives of all beings suffering anywhere ...anywhere...and have my daimoku touch the entire fabric of life. I don't know if that is what Sensei has in mind when he chants, but one day, if I ever have the chance to sit and chat with him, that is what I would ask him. "When you chant, what do you think about? How do you encompass the whole world in your prayers? And how can I do the same?" In the meantime, I chant to align my prayer with his. 

Here are 3 Ways to Summon the Heart of the Lion King: 
By Jamie Lee Silver from Chantforhappiness.com

1. Practice consistently  - every morning and evening. I know, I know, I say this all the time, and there's a reason for it. When you're chanting consistently, your life condition is higher and more resilient. You'll still have challenges but you'll greet them with an invigorated heart! 
Please don't believe me when I say this - if you aren't already doing this, try it. 

2. Study Daisaku Ikeda's writings and the Gosho every day...even a single line. Early in my practice, I engraved the phrase "Suffer what there is to suffer and enjoy what there is to enjoy" into my life from the Gosho "Happiness in this World."

3. As you are chanting express your determination. Tell your life what you want. Do not beg! Draw the power of your own life through your prayer. I picture all the power of the universe behind me...coming through my back, into my hands, into the Gohonzon, and channeled to fulfill my prayers, for myself and for others...my family...my friends...my fellow members...my colleagues...and YOU! 
Chant in appreciation. Dedicate your life to Kosen-rufu! 

4. Be part of our incredible Soka Gakkai organization. There are such riches there...so many friendships...such inspiration and strong determination. Whenever you go to a meeting you get encouragement and encourage others by sharing your own struggles and victories. We are all building the heart of the lion king together! Go to SGI-USA.org

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Transforming Grief to Gratitude!

Well, friends, I know, I can hardly believe it myself, but the 5 year anniversary of when my precious Ben became my beloved angel at 22 is coming up July 2nd. Two weeks from today. And it's a Thursday full moon day. Just like then. 

On Tuesday, when I looked at a calendar and realized this, I started getting emotional about it. 

I'm here on the beach working out my next living arrangement because the owners of my apartment want it back (and who could blame them?) and it's Covid, and there are a lot of reasons I could give in to the sadness, and the feelings of "Woe is me." 

But I'm a Buddhist. And even if I have my moments where I feel very, very human, I have spent my life gathering the tools I need to bring back my superpowered self. And I know the spirit of complaint erodes my happiness and the happiness of those I serve.  

So, after chanting abundant Daimoku, and writing in my gratitude journal I picked up my pen to connect with my son in his expanded state of being. 

The picture above is the book Ben and I wrote together during the first year after he became eternal. It's available on Amazon. Ben gives incredible insights into non-physical existence. 

Yesterday, I wrote to Ben asking his insights about this major anniversary. 

I kept the pen in my hand and wrote as I listened to my Ben:  

I know somehow, 
at least for today, 
to you, 
this day seems to matter. 
And it's okay Mom. 
It can matter. 
Let it matter. 
Make it count. 
But not in the beating yourself up, 
gotta suffer kind of way.
No, not like that. 
Make it in the deadline, 
fresh determination way. 
The life-changing way. 
THAT way.
The amazing way, 
the proud to be Jamie Lee Silver way. 
You know you can do it. 
You ARE that way! 

You got this, 

Your Forever, and EVER, Ben

Let that sink in. 
What great Buddhist wisdom. 
My Buddha-full boy. 
Thank you for chanting for him over the years! 

And I made a fresh determination to make some major decisions in my life by the 2nd. I've been contemplating hitting the open road in an RV or camper van. I'm also looking at apartments across town, and I really want to own something. So I have some decisions to make. I'm grateful to still feel so young as I approach a major birthday on September 22nd, and want to make the most of my time! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

How Buddhists are Breaking Through!

Olga Geidane Interviewed me, 
and the energy here is amazing! 

Click the Link for this Interview Below! 

Hello friends! 

In only two weeks (July 2nd) it will be 5 years since my son 

Ben became Forever 22. 

In this short (43 minutes) I tell my story of turning Poison into Medicine with a glowing smile upon my face. I am actual proof of this practice and our shared determination. 

I filmed this interview for YOU, 

 as you create Absolute Happiness 

each and every day!

Have a listen, or watch the video: 

Click on the link below: 

Thursday, June 4, 2020

PowerPrayer for Human Revolution!

This is it! 
This is the time we were born for. 
We chose to be born for THIS TIME so we could be a part of setting the world right and building a world of respect for all. 
Kosen Rufu. 
Respect for ALL. 

PowerPrayer for Human Revolution 

June 4th, 2020
(While chanting this is my determination. Change it to make it fit your determination.) 
Jamie Lee Silver, Chantforhappiness.com

I was born for this! 
USE MY LIFE to polish the wisdom for all. 
Use my determination to CHANGE THIS WORLD
To make it fair
to make a loving world. 
Change any part of me that's judgemental, critical and unkind in any way so the world can be changed. 
make this world a better place! 
Give me the wisdom to make the right choices...say the right things...act in a way that serves the greater good. 
Let me not feel defeated. 
Let me reach out to help. 
Let me be generous in my spirit and my love! 
Nam-myoho-renge-kyp flows through me 
to the peaceful protesters. 
As Ikeda Sensei says repeatedly:
No one is more powerful than the PEOPLE. 
Protect them. 
CHANGE THIS WORLD to a world of respect. 
Now and forever. 


My heart has been sore this week, as I know so many of us have been angered, saddened, and sickened by watching a cold-blooded murder. 
The great Boddhisatva George Floyd's funeral is today in Minnesota. 
As Boddhisatvas ~ 
We vow to live in a world with respect for all. 
We vow to fulfill our vows as Boddhisatvas, 
as BUDDHAS to turn this land into the Land of Tranquil Light through our chanting, through our written words, and even through our tears. 

It is time, it has always been time. 
BUT NOW is the crucial moment. 
How do we greet this moment and make the best of it? 
How do we create change? 

A few years ago, while I was living in Chicago I got invited to an SGI symposium on Peace at the University of Chicago. Many who have made peace their mission spoke at this event and the message that kept repeating was: The Power of the People is stronger than anything, and one day we may have to stand up together once again. The time for the people to rise up is at hand." 
And I thought, well, I always want to live in the sixties (I was born in 1960 - way too young to protest), and here it is 2020, and we've come full circle. 

I stand with every young black person who has had a gun pointed at them by an officer of the law for no reason. 
I stand with those who have been mistreated because of their color. 
I stand in opposition to all the atrocities that have taken place that never made the national news, but we know that happened. 
I stand in love with my fellow human beings, aligned in love, not aligned in hatred. 

I'm chanting nam-myoho-renge-kyo for the safety of the peaceful protesters, and for a world of respect for all living beings. I'm renewing my vow as a Boddhisatva of the earth to BE KIND. TO BE A FORCE FOR GOOD. TO PURIFY MY Nature and rid myself of greed, anger, and stupidity so the world can rid itself of the same three poisons. 
I know it all begins with me, with each of us as the Buddhas we are. 

I've upped my Daimoku to at least two hours a day. 

We need high life conditions. We need lives infused with wisdom. 
I'm also doing my EFT Tapping on myself when the emotions get heightened for me. 

My clients are amazed by the way my sessions are lifting their anxiety, grief, fear, and sadness.