Saturday, September 12, 2020

Has This Blog En-couraged You? Seeking Feedback

Now is our time to win! 

Here's a sunset from just a few days ago! 


First of all, I want to express my deep appreciation to you, my beloved Blog readers. We are now in our 12th year together. I know some of you started reading this blog in 2009 when I posted the determination to end my depression and take the rest of the world along with me on this journey...to inspire each person towards happiness...and introduce them to 
Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and the SGI. 
Even though I've always made it clear that I don't speak for the SGI, and that these writings are my own. 

 My determination has always been the same as Mr. Toda's to 
RID THE WORLD OF SUFFERING! 

I have pictured people sitting down at their keyboards saying : "Happiness Has to be in here somewhere!" doing a search, finding the blog, and beginning to chant. Many of you have written to me to tell me your stories. And you've written to request guidance, which you've found I don't give. I always encourage you to go to your local SGI leaders. I'm sorry to disappoint you but it really is best to have a local leader chanting alongside you!

So, if you've been connected, or reconnected to the SGI and chanting through ChantforHappiness.com could you please send me an email at chantforhappiness@gmail.com? 

Sending much love as always on this auspicious day, September 12th, the anniversary of the Tatsunokuchi persecution. Now is our time to stand up, that is for sure. 

I'm chanting to strengthen my life and truly believe in the power of my life. That's where it is at for me. And, as always, chanting for every person who encounters these words! 


Friday, August 7, 2020

What Does Nam-myoho-renge-kyo Mean, and Why Do We Chant it?


What does Nam-myoho-renge-kyo mean, 
and why do we chant it? 


By Jamie Lee Silver of ChantforHappiness.com - 
This site is not an official SGI Site. 
Now entering into its 12th 
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The literal translation of Nam-myoho-renge kyo is:


"I fuse my life 
with the mystic law of cause and effect 
through sound vibration (or sutra)." 

It is the title of the Lotus Sutra, the Buddha's highest teaching~ that declares  
ALL people possess the Buddha Nature...all people ARE Buddhas...
and we can access this nature by calling it forth in our lives using this phrase. 

Being a Buddha - 
is tapping the river of life that runs through ALL life - 
summoning the mystic law 
by realizing 
we ARE the Mystic Law. 
We chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo ~ 
we ARE Nam-myoho-renge-kyo ~the Mystic Law. 

I like to think of it as "I am one with the rhythm of all life." It is the rhythm that exists within all of life...the reason for the turning of the tides...the reason for the seasons...the atoms that exist within every single cell...from an elephant to a spec of dust...to the cells in our hearts and minds. Everything possesses this connectedness...this rhythm.  
It is all-encompassing and contains the wisdom and energy of all of life itself...the whole universe. 

When we chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo we tap into that energy and access it for our lives...directed towards our desires and for the fulfillment of happiness for all. In this practice, it's okay to have desires. More than okay! We don't have to alleviate them. Desires make us who we are and lead us to chant. 

When we chant we change the internal life within our lives. We change the core and fiber of our lives. We change our karma. And when we make that internal change, our ENVIRONMENT (meaning everything that is not within our own skin, our jobs, our relationships, our sense of self, everything we experience and think) ALL of that changes to reflect our internal change. We call this "Human Revolution."

When we chant, we harness the energy that is our birthright. We chant twice a day, every single day, to get and keep our lives in rhythm. 

When we are in rhythm we are in the right place at the right time... to find out about and get the job...or to meet the man of our dreams...or to protect our child from danger. When we are in rhythm life isn't so much of a struggle as it is a joy...we see the beauty in everything and we feel our lives overflowing with appreciation. 

We chant for something and get it or something better. We get access to internal happiness and strength that cannot be blown away by any event or obstacles. 

In fact, we view obstacles themselves as benefits, as strange as that may sound....because obstacles make us chant more, and when we chant more we draw even higher life conditions and deeper satisfaction into our lives. 

What can we chant FOR? Anything. 

We chant for others, we chant for our planet, our countries, and ourselves. 
We can chant for whatever our desire may be...even if it might not be the "right" desire for us. In the act of chanting, we will change our karma and our desires themselves will naturally begin to shift. We will open our lives to the deeper wisdom within...the deeper yearning, the REAL desires that we have forgotten or given up on. We will grow. We will prosper and we will blossom. 

We will gain the wisdom of the right action to take - because ACTION springs from wisdom. 

The challenge is...we need to DO it. We have to chant to bring all this rhythm and harmony out. And that's why we practice together as an organization, the SGI, The Soka Gakkai, our fellowship of friends who support each other, chant for each other, and create a new Soka family for each practitioner. We are so fortunate. 

I hear from people all over the world, and some have strong SGI groups in their towns and others are completely alone. I love that we can connect through the power of the internet. From the moment I began chanting 35 years ago I have had the deep desire to share this practice, this practice that WORKS, with everyone who is looking for the real, practical means of creating happiness and results in their lives. 

We are in this life together...sharing our challenges and our successes. If you are not yet connected to the SGI please go to sgi-usa.com and find your local members. You will be so glad you did. 

Some Powerful Quotes from Daisaku Ikeda from Ikedaquotes.org:

THIS moment, this instant, is important, 
not some unknown time in the future. 
Today, this very day is what matters. 
You must put your whole being 
into the time that exists now. 
For future victory rests in the present moment.

BUDDHISM holds that everything
 
is in a constant state of flux. 
Thus, the question is 
whether we are to accept change passively 
and be swept away by it, 
or whether we are to take the lead 
and create positive changes on our own initiative. 
While conservatism and self-protection
might be likened to winter, night and death, 

the spirit of pioneering and attempting to realize 
the ideals evokes the images of spring,
morning and birth.

DO gongyo and chant daimoku with a fresh spirit. 

And, filled with renewed vitality, 


Build a history of accumulating fresh benefit."

Daisaku Ikeda, from Ikedaquotes.org
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In Kauai with my son Aaron last September!

Monday, August 3, 2020

You Possess a Glorious Future, Today is a Great Day to Begin Anew!



A bad day doesn't mean a bad practice. We all have them...days when we feel we really can't connect to our source of strength via chanting and using the ultimate tool, the Gohonzon. 

Do you ever sit down with clear intention to chant, but then get interrupted, or just not be able to really give it your all? This happens to...to every single one of us. (If it NEVER happens to you, please write to me and tell me your secret.) 

And the important thing is not to think "Oh, this really doesn't work...or I should just give up...what's the use anyway? I can't chant this morning, so I won't try tonight", and suddenly tomorrow comes and it's too hard to chant that day too?

Here's the slippery slope. 

And the antidote, I believe, is to treat every gongyo as the sacred session with your own life that it truly is. If you can't do it in the morning, or you don't feel like you were able to feel that connection...well, in the evening, make another determination and don't fall off the bandwagon as they say. And if that doesn't work, make the determination to start the next day with a bright and fresh gongyo and daimoku.

Aahhhh, when you do this continually, and never concede defeat, your life will shine!

Daisaku Ikeda says, in Faith Into Action, page 146, under "Perseverance":

"No matter what the circumstances, 
you should never concede defeat. 
Never conclude that you've reached a dead end, 
that everything is finished. 
You possess a glorious future. 
Precisely because of that, 
you must persevere and study. 
Life is eternal. 
We need to focus on the two existences 
of the present and the future, 
and not get caught up in worry about the past. 
We must always have the spirit to begin anew 
"from this moment,"


to initiate a new struggle each day."

Daisaku Ikeda

Friday, July 24, 2020

Breaking Through Together!

Good Day Fellow Members! 

I hope you are joining me in chanting unprecedented levels of Daimoku for yourselves, your families, your friends, your shakubuku and to rid the world of this violence and have peace throughout the four corners of the earth! 

Together with our mentor Ikeda Sensei we have the power to change the world - through the power inside our own lives - using the lion's roar of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to bring out our fullest potential and happiness! 

Remember, we are Buddhas in the world at every single moment. We shine our Buddha Beacons whether we know it or not. And our sparkling life conditions that we get from chanting, studying and encouraging others makes a difference every single moment! If you're feeling low, chant more! 


Thank you Monika for sharing this with us: 

Monika's Realization! 

"Hello friends!! This is Monika. Just wanted to share something that I have came to the realization after attending Jamie's meetings. I have been practicing since 2.5 years now. Last month in one of Monday's meetings I have shared that I don't have so many actual proofs to encourage members but most of them are inconspicuous benefits and 

Jamie mentioned 'We are Buddhas and we are showing the actual proof at all the times" and this thing has stuck in my mind. 

Maybe I was basically looking at that one thing that I have been challenging; my relationship karma with my husband for about 2 years now and recently he has also filed the divorce since we have been living separately for 3 years now and I still don't want the divorce to happen. 

Anyways after listening to Jamie's son Aaron's experience, (I will post Aaron's experience next week), in which he talked about inconspicuous benefits and most importantly to all the questions that have come up in these meetings from the members all around the world I can definitely say, I do have so many experiences/ benefits that I could relate to my own personal life to encourage people. 

Few of them were exactly the same situations that I sometimes challenge through faith. Problems can even be the smaller ones from our day to day life and our words of encouragement to people can lift them up in every situation; be it bigger or smaller ones.  

Even in this tough situation I am staying happy always smiling, working on my own human revolution, making good causes, and creating value at all times. This is all the benefits of my practice and I know that I am on the right path. Inconspicuous benefits are even more important since those help in building our character and eventually help us in overcoming our negative tendencies. What I needed was just a realization towards this. 

So thank you everyone for making me realize this with all the questions and especially Jamie for conducting these meetings. Love you all !!! 💕"

Awesome Monika! We love you!


Friday, July 17, 2020

Benefits! Abundant Daimoku is the Key to Happiness!

Hello Friends! 
Here I am on the Crystal River in Florida. 

You never know what wonderful benefits will happen when you're chanting for two hours every day! 

I feel like the Buddha of absolute freedom. 

I AM the Buddha of Absolute Freedom - and so are YOU!

This is my first solojourney. Yes, I made that word up. 
I am amazed by how much I am loving it. You see, for some time I've thought I needed someone to travel with. and that I had to find that person first. 
Then I made a friend who prefers solo travel, and she inspired me to try it. And here I am! It is so much fun!

With all this Daimoku under my belt, I just took off to this lovely place...full of water, right on the estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico. This land is filled with fresh-water springs and boat adventures. I'm wearing my mask and social distancing.

The words of Walt Whitman touch my heart: 

"Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road. 
Healthy, free, the world before me.
The long brown path before me 
leading 
wherever I choose. 

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune. 
I myself am good-fortune.
Henceforth I whimper no more, 
postpone no more, need nothing. 
Strong and content I travel the open road."

From Song of the Open Road, by Walt Whitman

I myself AM good fortune! And so are you!

You know I live my life to inspire. That is my purpose in being alive...to show people the wonder and energy that comes from chanting the name of the Mystic Law of the Universe, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

As I am on my journey I'm filled with gratitude for the readers who have shown me monetary appreciation through the donate button on this blog. I know many of you have been reading my words for quite some time and asked me to open this channel of appreciation. Thank you! Great idea! 

Anyone who donates appreciation of $50  will receive a PDF copy of my book "Our Forever Ben, One Mom's letters to her son-in-spirit and his poetic replies." My Ben is now the World's Ben, and he has lots of insights from his expanded state. You are all part of Ben's Story!
For those of you who wish to show appreciation of $100 or more, you'll have a half-hour on zoom with me personally. (And a PDF of "Our Forever Ben") 

If my words have touched you - I am so grateful! Thank you for opening your life to me!


Friday, July 10, 2020

PowerPrayer to Transform Fear Into Power!


Now is our time! 
Now, if we succumb to the fear around us, 
if we are focused on our feelings of helplessness, 
if we give in to our reeling minds, 
we will truly suffer. 

It's so easy. I know it is. I know it is because I am a human Buddha just like you are...and I live in Florida, one of the COVID hotspots, while my son Aaron is in Arizona...the OTHER COVID hotspot! 

But even this virus is no match for the Buddha. 

I challenge all of us Buddhas, 
we who are chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, 
must not give in to despair or fear. 
We must raise our Life Conditions 
Tap into our Buddha Nature ~  
By chanting for our LIFE CONDITIONS to RISE 
so we can be above the fear, 
above the noise, 
above all the NEWS! 
If we feel powerless right now, 
I understand it. 
Last week I had my moment of feeling powerless too. 

Then I doubled my Daimoku to two hours because that's what my life needs right now to stay out of the emotional weeds. And I'm using my skills of EFT Tapping on myself too. Click here to sign up for your own Mini-Tapping session. Please make sure to come to your session on time: 


While I was chanting today (and yesterday!) 
I wrote a PowerPrayer for You: 

PowerPrayer Transform Fear into Power! 

Life! 
I hear you loud and clear! 
Now is my crucial moment. 
Now is our shared crucial moment! 
I join my voice with all my fellow Buddhas to 
DEMAND I rise above this fear. 

I AM THE BUDDHA. 
I ROAR. 
With every Nam-myoho-renge-kyo 
I change my karma 
I change my family's Karma
I change the karma of this world. 

Gohonzon, LIFE! 
Together we chant to alleviate this and every virus. 
We chant for infection rates to GO DOWN. 
We chant for our protection 
and the protection of all living things. 

My Daimoku is joined with all others right now
Resounding throughout the world.

Nam-myoho-renge-kyo! Roar! 

Life! With every Nam-myoho-renge-kyo
I change fear to power
I change criticism to appreciation
I change cowering to action
I change fear to wisdom

With this renewed awareness of my much I ROCK, and How POWERFUL I am, I know that I am the Buddha. 
I feel my Buddha emerging 
more and more and more every day. 

I am determined that I will____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________!

In love and light and determination!

Jamie 





Thursday, July 2, 2020

Universal PowerPrayer for Great Benefit for All



Today is July 2nd, 2020 it is Five Years since Benjamin Lee Silver became one of my Shoten Zenjin. Over the years you have chanted with me and shared your lives with me. I am so grateful to each and every one of you. 

Sending my love to you

For today I publish the Universal PowerPrayer for your great benefit. 

I developed PowerPrayers to keep determinations in mind while chanting. I read them before chanting to help focus my thoughts and direct my prayers while chanting the name of the Mystic Law - Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. This is my adaptation of the universal PowerPrayer...the prayer for each person who is sitting in front of their Gohonzon to realize their dream of kosen rufu and happiness. 

Universal PowerPrayer for Happiness for ALL

Every Daimoku I chant
reaches every other person who is chanting
I deepen the power of my faith by 10,000x
so that all who are chanting can also deepen their faith, spread the word of this great teaching 
to those still suffering
become absolutely happy
and create a happy and peaceful world!

I chant that every single person who is chanting 
feels the full power 
sees the full power
experiences the full power
of this faith in their lives. 

I chant for all members to have faith
receive incredible 
benefits
and to know, within their DNA itself 
within every cell in their body
that this practice works!

I chant for all who are chanting. 
May my prayer increase the power of their prayer.
May everyone, and this entire planet see benefit!