Saturday, June 26, 2021

5 Ways to Really Enjoy the Silent Prayers!


Here's a beautiful Phoenix sunset!

Hello my friends! I know it's been ages since I've written. I'm living here in Phoenix where the sun shines every day. 

I moved here to be closer to my son Aaron, knowing he was going to be leaving for a year's medical fellowship in hand-held ultrasound in Portland in July. 

His next adventure is about to begin! After his fellowship, he will teach other doctors this important new skill! He and I have loved living five minutes from each other. We've chanted many mornings at 6:00 am together.

I have been loving my practice of Buddhism. These days I concentrate on getting an hour of Daimoku and luxuriate in the silent prayers. As I appreciate and love my practice, I appreciate and love my life. 

Here are 5 Ways to Really Enjoy the Silent Prayers: 

1. Slow down! What's the hurry? I remember so clearly the day I met Daisaku Ikeda. One of the things that struck me the most was how took time to take everything in. He got out of the car in front of the San Francisco Civic Center, looked up to see the SGI Flag hanging proudly and he stopped and threw his arms open as if he was taking it into his heart. 
I was surprised. I thought a man with as much to do as Sensei would be in a hurry. But he takes it IN. Let's savor and love each moment of our prayers! 

2. Feel the prayers. Really feel them. Thank the Gohonzon, your life, and your scroll. Thank Nichiren Daishonin. Think about how he traveled from temple to temple seeking true Buddhism, and how he made a vow at 16 to be the wisest man in Japan. Pick any of your favorite treasured stories of him, Tatsunokuchi, addressing Hachiman with fury...whatever you wish. 

3. Take TIME thanking Daisaku Ikeda, Josei Toda, and Mr. Makiguchi. I picture them in prison, and all they went through and solemnly thank them. Without them, I would not be chanting. 

4. After having a wonderful time praying for the SGI and your own silent prayers, savor every ring of the bell for your dear friends who are no longer here physically. I ring the bell very slowly as I let each ring of the bell carry the vibration to each of my lovies. And I pray for them, not just say their names. I offer gratitude and love. 

5. In the last prayer I encircle the globe in white light and picture a smile on the face of the world. 

Oh, what a glorious practice we have! I hope you are well and happy. And I hope you love every minute of your practice and your LIFE! 

With Love, Jamie Lee Silver,


  1. How beautiful. Thank you. I find it's a struggle with the silent prayers sometimes as I care for my three year old granddaughter all week, but come September she's at school so focus will return. My way of gongyo now is to ring the bell three times determining to be a Buddha of invincibility. I open my butsudan, ring the bell three times and offer my prayers of gratitude to the Shoten Zenjin. I have to say, I didn't like the change in prayers that felt like this was being side lined. Another change I don't like is not chanting three daimoku after our personal prayers, it makes it tricky also if leading gongyo. I chant it anyway, in my head. I do agree with what you say about the prayer for the deceased. I am going to spend more time on each of my people who have passed away, including those I don't know, I'm really working on ancestral healing. 🙏

  2. Thank you so much for your encouragement and all that you do for kosen-rufu. I came looking for your cheerfulness today.😊

  3. Very nice .Lot of people still rush.

  4. Grateful to you for great reminder 🙏💖

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with me - its encouraging /inspiring -I live in a small town in Scotland in the UK called Alloa - take safe care

  6. Hi Jamie
    Coming after a long time. Hope u are doing well... lovely write up n so encouraging..
    Thanks a ton

  7. Thank you Jamie ,this is really very encouraging

  8. Thank you Jamie. I had recently started paying more attention to my silent prayers.

  9. Dear Jamie, thank you for all you do in helping everyone stay connected. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo to everyone. Please keep posting. Positive energy, good karma, health and safety. Please, let's all have positive energy, good karma, and believe in Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.