August 2008 Blog Posts (22)

21 Century...An age of Compromise, not Conflict

Many Americans see the issues that plauge our nation...Sadly others couldn't be more thrilled at what is happening in the middle east. Some Americans lash out with severe reasoning against pacifism, yet never has pacifistic philosophies or principles been studied or put into place by the American Public, or Government. Ironically, we have oppinons, and have mastered knowledge on things we have never tried nor truly understood. I believe that in the 21st century we need an age of compromise,… Continue

Added by sgi_Chris on August 31, 2008 at 11:17pm — 2 Comments

Sonnet for PEACE

Let not the winds of impermanence blow

Out the candle of determination.

Nor longing for earthly things overthrow

My quest for inner illumination.

I can't be swayed by my environment,

No matter how challenging it becomes.

I'll maintain my original intent,

Even when it becomes burdensome.

Construction takes such painstaking effort.

It must be built on solid foundation.

A destructive wind could easily thwart

Ventures based on mere… Continue

Added by KathyDelicato on August 31, 2008 at 7:06pm — 2 Comments

August Gosho

It was wonderful! Our Tina visited and offered a fantastic Gosho; it was very touching and spoke to everything that had been on my mind. Everything I chanted about seemed to flow out in our discussion. I am very grateful and honored and glad to have visited with my Buddhist friends in my district. NMRK! Much Daimoku to our Tina.

Added by Ambergriss on August 31, 2008 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Thank you to Valerie Kurita member in NYC

I was so encouraged by your article in L.B . and wanted to express my appreciation. I'm sharing it with other people and you are encouraging them as well. Thank you, Kathy Delicato

Added by KathyDelicato on August 31, 2008 at 12:38pm — No Comments

At 7:43pm on August 27th, 2008, Ambergriss said… It's been a while, but I wanted to stop by to say hello to everyone. I work long hours and miss opportunities to visit our Buddhist Community Center. …

At 7:43pm on August 27th, 2008, Ambergriss said…

It's been a while, but I wanted to stop by to say hello to everyone. I work long hours and miss opportunities to visit our Buddhist Community Center. I don't see my Buddhist friends these days. I'm too tired to visit most of the time but yesterday, I finished up early and was able to visit with a friend. She opened her home and shared her gohonzon with me. We chanted and talked. I was energrized and ready to take on the world. What a… Continue

Added by Ambergriss on August 29, 2008 at 3:31pm — 1 Comment


WORLD WIDE SGI FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!








Added by PATRICK YOUNG on August 28, 2008 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Warning!! Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)

I received this information from a friend whose mother recently passedaway.

Apparently, this was caused by a medication that is deadly.

Here are the

details and I suggest you pass it on to your loved ones and others.

Check out your medicine cabinet.

Subject: Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)

I would like to thank those of you who expressed condolences on the

recent passing of my mother.

She suffered a hemorrhagic stroke while… Continue

Added by Carol on August 28, 2008 at 9:12am — No Comments

Olympic Closing Ceremony Photos

Closing Ceremony Photos

Added by Pat on August 24, 2008 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Being Human - fascinating quotes

(Kiemlan's awesome blog brought back some memories for me. -best, Dan)

No child on earth was ever meant to be ordinary, and you can see it in them, and they know it, too, but then the times get to them, and they wear out their brains learning what folks expect, and spend their strength trying to rise over those same folks.” -Annie Dillard

"A human being is part of the whole, called by us 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his… Continue

Added by Dan on August 21, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Studying the Lotus Sutra- philosophy reconnected

Tonight, Lourens, Suzanne and me dove into the second night of reading and studying the Lotus Sutra. Swerving from the poetic flowery language and happenings on Mount Grudhrakrita to the discussions in 'Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, 1997) we went through the post-WW2 muck on this planet. It was the first time I studied philosophy again after finishing years of Violent International Political Conflicts material @ the State University of Leiden.

A great anger rose in me @ having… Continue

Added by Kiemlan on August 21, 2008 at 2:30am — 3 Comments


When I started chanting some 20 yrs ago I always heard the analogy of chanting being likened to turning on the water hose full blast! My dear mentors told me all the muck, rust and yrs of stagnant waters would come rushing out (not a pretty sight! ha!) and then the cool clean tranquil waters of fortune, peace, happiness, vitalit and bliss would start to flow...yes in essence ya gotta keep chanting a steady flow of daimoku then ya won't get all mucked up and backlogged and get this… Continue

Added by Mighty Heart on August 19, 2008 at 1:24pm — No Comments

My Olympic Award

Yesterday my website Olympic Medals was awarded the Lens of the Day out of more than 600,000 sites on

My Olympic News site reached the Top 100 list today out of more than 600,000 sites on It will take some effort to keep it in the Top 100 list. Please visit and rate it. Your visit might make the difference.

I would really appreciate help to reach my roal. It's my…


Added by Pat on August 18, 2008 at 4:21pm — 1 Comment

A Buddhist view of relationships, by Eddy Canfor-Dumas..AMAZING! READ IT! Thanx EDDY!

A Buddhist view of Relationships

by Eddy Canfor-Dumas

1990 was a bad year for divorce in Britain. Or rather, it was a good year for divorce, but not such a good year for marriage. 153,386 of them broke down ‘irretrievably’, the sole grounds for divorce in English law. Currently, that figure (the most up-to-date available) represents forty-six per cent – almost a half – of all new marriages in England and Wales (331,150).

It’s a sobering thought. Yet for many people… Continue

Added by Matilda E Pugh on August 18, 2008 at 3:45am — 5 Comments

I need to chant for SERENITY

I still have so much to work through. I guess today was a learning experience of how much I still need to grow and forgive. I celebrated my son's 6th birthday today, and I'm glad he went home with his dad because I am just an emotional wreck. I'm pissed, I'm angry, and I'm upset. His Dad's parents were there, Grandma and Grandpa, and I can't STAND them. They won't look at me, speak to me, or act like I'm even alive, and I have feelings of hate coming up within me.

When it comes down… Continue

Added by Justine Lucas on August 16, 2008 at 4:50pm — 4 Comments

Gohonzon's birthday today!!!

Yes, we've turned 3 years old today... I chose a sunny, sunny day in the midst of August (the Lion's month) to forever remind myself of the auspicious luck I've had to be in the here and now.

What have I learnt?

To be MySelf, mostly. For a long long time, I had only lived for others, serving them as best as I could with their happiness in mind. As I started to chant in 2004, I played Lady Nijo in Caryl Churchill's 'Top Girls' during the post-grad showcase of Drama Studio… Continue

Added by Kiemlan on August 14, 2008 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

The day after

Well after my first lecture in 11 years, and really my 1rst proper lecture I am feeling transformed in faith and awaiting my daily life to follow suit. I chanted to really reach into everyones life at the lecture and help them to awaken to their Buddhahood and their noble mission as Bodhisattva's of the earth. The lecture went well and many members said they were deeply moved by it and that it was just what they needed to hear, so I feel it was a success, but I am determined to do much better… Continue

Added by Krishinda on August 12, 2008 at 3:55pm — 1 Comment

Human Rexolution Play by Youth Division of NIA

The Youth division of northern Illinois area preformed the human revolution play. Last week at The Chicago Culture Center. And yesterday at Hoffman Estates High School. It was a very moving performance about the Osaka incident. I was fortunate enough to see both performances. Hip Hip Hip Hooray foer those youth division members and all of the members who supported this activity. Lets do more!

Added by Jack on August 10, 2008 at 5:49pm — No Comments


My Lecture on Heritage of the Ultimate law of life

Before we begin I want to tell you about the gifts you were given on your way in, Okay so, this study is just a taster, the real study happens in your homes when you take on this study in your life. Because I can only sit here and bring out points but real Buddhist study happens deep with in our lives when we grapple with the gosho and chant to absorb it daily. So Eddy and I wanted to really encourage everyone here to make a deep… Continue

Added by Krishinda on August 10, 2008 at 10:03am — No Comments


"For Today and Tomorrow:

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda

Friday, August 8, 2008

The present, as I am sure you all sense, is an age pervaded by great weariness and apathy. I would like you to be aware that the power and energy to serve humanity in such an enervated age can only be born from a vigorous, indomitable, noble will. Though the times may be rife with petty human conflicts, a pervading sense of hopelessness and all manner of turbulent storms, I hope that… Continue

Added by Kiemlan on August 8, 2008 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Trets- the Dutch European course, 25 er 26-29 July 2008.... my Cinderella XPOz....

first of all: X= ex, P = pe, 0 (French) = 'rien' and Z speaks for itself!!

The Cinderella XP0z led to:

- one Kiemlan not going to the ball/Trets (the losing side of administrative difficulties from the moment I said: "I'm going as a byakuren!" on January 1st, up to missing my flight and losing all the money I booked it with) and staying home to work (yeah I work my *** off doing this production, but it's F-U-N), and

- one Kiemlan who did go to the… Continue

Added by Kiemlan on August 8, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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