April 2009 Blog Posts (51)

Funny experiences

Funny thing happened today. I woke up completed my morning Gonyo then prepared to leave out for the day. I could not open the door to my room. It did not make how much I turned the door knob and pulled on the door. I tried prying the door open. I even removed the pins in the hinges. Then the door knob fell off. Normally, I would have started to freak out.....but, NO not this time. It occurred to me to start chanting NMRK...so I did. Having a strong desire to leave to begin my day, I continued… Continue

Added by Bold Lion on April 30, 2009 at 2:05pm — 1 Comment

Raising Young Children In the SGI

I wanted to add something to this blog. please read the second paragraph.

Do you have any suggestions on what SGI material to use for mother/fathers of children ages 1yr-11yrs. old?
SGI-USA have many story books for children, including the SGI-USA World Tribune.

I would love to hear your stories in raising your child in the SGI, whether it be your child or youth in your area.
this year is especially important "The Year of Youth and Victory".

Added by kumi on April 29, 2009 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Karma

There was a time when I was buck wild and party was all I wanted to do. As I look back on that life, I realize I caused a lot of hurt and pain to g/f......I think my loneliness today is a direct cause of that.....My life has been a total mess and I hope by applying myself to this practice my daily life and attending the meetings will help me.

Added by Kelly Walters on April 28, 2009 at 9:50pm — 1 Comment

Chourus, Vocolist, and Musicians Coference at the F.N.C.C.

Well it's morning now, the day after and the high of the Chorus, Vocalist, and Musicians conference still lingers in my head. I didn't sleep much. Thoughts of the conference and what lies ahead running through my mind all night. I don't even know where to begin. Well let's start at the beginning. We were greeted with warm hearts and opened arms. The staff did all they could to ease weary travelers and get them quickly and smoothly into their rooms. Some had come from as far as Switzerland and… Continue

Added by Spider on April 28, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

crying over my Gohonzon

Dear firends,

yesterday, as i mentionned, I received my new and first Gohonzon. It was an happy day and I felt full of joy!

but today, as soon as I get in front of my Gohonzon, trying to chant, I'm starting to cry, and cry, and cry....

what's the matter with me?

I feel so grateful, but I express sadness.

As if I found somebody whom I had lost...it's difficult to explain.....

Has anybody already experimented of kind of crazy situation?



thanks for your… Continue

Added by Anne TREPANIER on April 27, 2009 at 9:35am — 9 Comments

Humboldt County Cities Restrict Military - 04/26/09 "A patriot must be ready to defend his country against his government." - Edward Abbey quote

Humboldt County cities restrict military

Matthew B. Stannard, Chronicle Staff Writer



Sunday, April 26, 2009



(04-26) 04:00 PDT Arcata, Humboldt County --



This picturesque community among the redwoods, once dubbed "the Berkeley of the north" for its reputation for unabashed liberalism, has repeatedly thumbed its nose at the federal government.



Over the years, its civic leaders have declared this city a… Continue

Added by James King on April 26, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Friendly Kosen Rufu

I pull into a parking lot and they see me. I push my cart toward the 99cent store and there they are. Some times I meet anxious new talkers who have a grocery cart full of stories. Other times I'll meet Audry. She's usually in between a Chevy Capri and the blue Buick she drives squeezing her big pocket book between her bosom and the steering wheel. "Oh, hey" she yells. By the time I spot her she has her eyes back on the wheel tugging her purse.



"Hello" I yell back, you going… Continue

Added by Danielle Love on April 26, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

politics from the inside out

My political perspective has mightily changed since my last blog. I am now thoroughly convinced that the grassroots movement is the only real movement for the people. I respect many people in office, and I'm happy with the efforts of our present adminstration, but I know how the real changes are going to happen in my community. This Buddhist practice brings it home to me every day. People helping, listening to, respecting each other. I used to feel so powerless, because I felt that so much of… Continue

Added by Lydia Hills on April 25, 2009 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Word Blog Friday 24th April edited Sat 25 a bit!

I am beginning my blog this time in word so that I don’t write for ages and then loose what I’ve written as I have done the two previous times I wrote. Yesterday in the evening I think and last night oh and there was another time before, just after the day I got myself to Taplow Court Maidenhead on my own, I got on the right trains, and two buses got off at the correct station and, all by myself! It is so strange that I got to Australia and back and to Australia and back again all by my self… Continue

Added by lorraine claire Hudson on April 25, 2009 at 4:54pm — 2 Comments

The Mystical Trip into Sensei's heart: 24 hours of daimoku to celebrate the 756th birthday of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

As a response to Brazil's Annie O. Almeida's call, I asked members from all over the Netherlands to participate in a chanting estafette, and they readily answered! The 24 hours are filled up... now to start this adventure tomorrow at 8! Banzai!

Thanks Annie!

Added by Kiemlan on April 24, 2009 at 5:18pm — 5 Comments

Official SGI English Publication in Hong Kong looking for experiences

Hi,



For a number of years now the members of the International Headquarters (HQ10) in Hong Kong have been taking the lead in producing an official SGI English Magazine called Harmony. It started over 20 years ago as a 3 page newsletter for the non Chinese members of Hong Kong to stay in touch and study (pre-internet). President Ikeda approved it to be an official SGI publication in 2004, and has been growing ever since.



We have subscribers from all over the… Continue

Added by Robert "Skip" Williams on April 24, 2009 at 10:46am — 6 Comments

Study Today

I read an experience in the Living Buddhism. A new member overcame a life-threatening illness which encouraged

him to share his experience with others.



This Buddhism is about awareness. The awareness to get to the root cause of suffering, and the strength, wisdom, and ability to overcome a problem and become encouraging to others.



When I overcame an injury to my knee, it was about noticing my diet, how I exercised, what supplements I took, and having the wisdom to… Continue

Added by DGoldberg on April 24, 2009 at 8:43am — No Comments

....Thank You Nichiren, Thank You....

In my blog post titled “The Aspiration for Enlightenment” I stated that “Every one of us, now or in the future, will have a prayer that needs to be answered. This was that day for me.



I don't know what to call this experience. Maybe the power of prayer would do. Maybe the benefits of faith, or something altogether different like, thank you Nichiren, thank you.



Of all the benefits I have ever received, the challenges and obstacles overcome, this is the most supreme,… Continue

Added by Bob Mann on April 24, 2009 at 6:00am — 11 Comments

Actual Proof

ND Buddism is unique in that it does not require blind faith. Rather is developed through practice and study. When I first started chanting like many people was open to trying out Buddism. It seem to me odd, but really the natural course of things. By nature it is hard believe in something, especially something new with no "actual proof that it works. This had been my struggle with other religions that I had explored/was exposed to in the past. Believers were required to accept what was taught… Continue

Added by Bold Lion on April 23, 2009 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Never thought of having a one stop center to get all of SGI study materials

Just found this great website from my dear friend Jerellyn (Hopefully I spelt your name correctly) via email. I thought it was just "another" social networking site...but voila...its better than Facebook haha however I would like to take note that some how the engine of this site seems to have some similarities with Facebook or maybe not what do I know..



There are many ways in which I think could come beneficial to people like me whom juggles a demanding working schedule and playing… Continue

Added by Ong Hean Loong on April 23, 2009 at 3:06am — 2 Comments

Bye Bye Paper

As those know who practice Nichiren Buddhism, we have used paper daimoku charts for years. Those who don’t even know what a daimoku chart is well:

It is a chart used to count your amount of the Daimoku, and to chant Daimoku with delight.



Basically in a nutshell its a paper that has a bunch of squares on it and put a check in each square for every lets say 15 minutes of daimoku we chant. It’s a way of keeping track. Anyhow;… Continue

Added by Dan Swatik on April 22, 2009 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

I AM "We". (A reposting of a blog I wrote for the SendaiVoice.com a while ago.)

I decided to repost this blog here, because I hoped it would answer a recent email I got on this site?



I Am We!

Written by Timothy Harada

Published at http://sendaivoice.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=76&Itemid=1

Monday, 26 November 2007



Who am I?

I am Irish.

I am German.

I am Greek.

I am Italian.

I am Native American-Seminole Indian.



Though I tend to think I am all of these things,

At the… Continue

Added by Tim Janakos on April 20, 2009 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Texas faith question in April

President Barack Obama’s speech at Georgetown University this week included at least two religion-related elements. One was his quoting from the New Testament to support his economic policies:



“There is a parable at the end of the Sermon on the Mount that tells the story of two men. The first built his house on a pile of sand, and it was destroyed as soon as the storm hit. But the second is known as the wise man, for when "...the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds… Continue

Added by Ric Dexter on April 20, 2009 at 6:02pm — No Comments

rain is not rain

rain is not rain:

it is life itself.



light is not light:

it is life itself.



children are not children:

they are life itself.



storms are not storms:

they are life itself.



paper is not paper:

it is life itself.



a photograph is not a photograph:

it is life itself.



a steady hand is not a steady hand:

it is life itself.



a word is not a word:

it is life itself.



study is not… Continue

Added by Yvonne on April 19, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Looking for a mtg

Visiting family in Charlotte N.C. this week, if anyone knows of a mtg I'd like to attend. Thanks, Dina (Women's Div.)

Added by fredenna j drummond on April 17, 2009 at 7:46pm — No Comments

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