An Uncle's Life Lessons
M. LaVora Perry
East Cleveland, Ohio
August 31, 2010
Last summer, my husband, children and I visited my then 77 year old Uncle James and his wife Gladys at their house. We told them about chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.
Like all my relatives, Uncle James knew I was Buddhist. At my wedding in 1992, he listened as people chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.
Since Uncle James had lung cancer that had spread to… Continue
Added by M. LaVora Perry on August 31, 2010 at 4:00pm —
On March 11, 2010 I had an annual blood tests and my Doctor sent me a letter in the mail with the results of the blood test the following week saying that I had low kidney function. After that blood test results set things in motion and I had 2 more test on my kidneys such as Ultrasound and Cat Scan. My Doctor referred me to the Kidney Doctor and I seen the Kidney Doctor May 6, 2010 and the Kidney Doctor referred to the Urologist. I seen the Urologist Doctor June 30, 2010 he look at my… Continue
Added by Jonnie Parker on August 30, 2010 at 9:00pm —
SGM 600 youth will perform Gymnastic for the 53 anniversary of independence of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur Putra indoor stadium, Bukit Jalil on 31 August 2010 7.00am (Malaysia Timezone GMT+08:00). We will perform in segment 5 in the overall performance of that day.
Please pray for:
1. All working committee & performers in good health.
2. Good weather, all performing well, no accidents & great success! & Victory!
We all hope that through our united prayer… Continue
Added by KOI on August 30, 2010 at 1:59am —
Added by Mark A. Davis on August 29, 2010 at 11:00am —
How to get shakabuku spirit.
Setting in front of Gohonzon chanting for all the members, all the people who have problems, cancer, no jobs, relationships and I realize I must shakabuku people so that they can change their karma and together we can change the world. This is the heart of the mentor. How do you get your mentor's heart?
Added by Leaetta May Wacker on August 27, 2010 at 12:14pm —
Hi i would like to know if in our Buddhism we have any besides the Gonhonzon that we were like a bracelet or something of that source for protection. For exampel : the Catholic wear a cross. And i do know that our Gonhonzon is our main protection for all things, thank you to anyone that can help out.
Peace to all
Added by Lotus on August 27, 2010 at 4:08am —
Most people wish to lead a peaceful and secure existence, living free of problems and worries. Often they live in a future of "whens": "When I retire, I'll start enjoying life," "When I own my house, I'll feel secure," "When I find my soul-mate, I'll be a complete person" and so forth. It is one thing to work toward goals and dreams, but it is quite another to escape into future fantasies and become absent from the present.
One of the negative effects of such an attitude is we deny… Continue
Added by Jonnie Parker on August 25, 2010 at 3:13pm —
This photo is about Obasute mountain that I took on 10FEB2008.
photo: the "Shinano" limited express climing mountain (seen from Obasute station [a switchback station])
Obasute station is located on JR Shinonoi line (about 30 minutes from Nagano station). And it is in Nagano prefecture. Obasute station is called one of the 3 greatest train views.
other person's photo (summer):… Continue
Added by Yatchan on August 22, 2010 at 11:30am —
Ultimately, we are responsible for our own destiny. It may seem to us that our fate is predetermined, wether by our genes or our environment. What really matters, however, is how we can improve ourselves from this moment forward, how we can change the circumstances that we find ourselves in. This enormous transformative force is what Buddhism is all about. In this struggle lies the source of never-ending youth and vitality.
Added by Mary White on August 19, 2010 at 7:30pm —
When one meets adversity, obsticles or unpleasantness what are we practicing?
Are we practicing Fear in front of Adversity?
Are we practicing Doubt in front of Obsticles?
Are we practicing Unhappiness in front of Unpleasantness?
When these happen you come a cross road in our practice. We can choose to practice Negation OR we can choose to practice Positive Strength.
Chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo helps center our minds on Postive… Continue
Added by Tom Steele on August 19, 2010 at 10:00am —
Apparently a supersonic aircraft does not travel at the speed of sound. Instead it transitions through it, because if it persists in the region it breaks up from the vibration.
Same with lightspeed. To spend any time at lightspeed is to spend eternity. Instead spacetime breaks down and allows the jump across the barrier. A quantum leap if you wish to call it.
Added by Matt Campbell (me at left) on August 11, 2010 at 12:12am —
Any mass that moves by accelerating in an arc does not so smoothly. Instead it is one speed, then another, without any intervening transition. This is observable at very small scales where the resolution approaches the Plank unit. However in our world these sudden changes are so vanishingly small as to be unnoticeable.
Added by Matt Campbell (me at left) on August 9, 2010 at 6:23pm —
This was forwarded to me by a friend and SGI member from Seattle:
Last month, Erica Goldson graduated as valedictorian of Coxsackie-Athens High School. She de-constructed the logic of a… Continue
Added by Dan on August 9, 2010 at 5:17pm —
My first reply was reflexive. I usually do better with a day to think it over, and best with a week. These are not easy concepts, notable minds had trouble with it in Maxwell's day. But once under your belt it sticks to your ribs.
c = sq.rt. ue should read c = 1/sq.rt. ue Continue
Where u is the Greek letter mu and describes…
Added by Matt Campbell (me at left) on August 7, 2010 at 1:33am —
When the fields are unified under say the strong nuclear force, then we build multi billion dollar accelerators, draw charts of convergence at the GeV range, and start our hunt for Unobtanium.
But when the fields are unified under the electromagnetic, suddenly convergence takes place in garages. And there is no need for:
Added by Matt Campbell (me at left) on August 6, 2010 at 9:43pm —
photo: Hiroshima Castle (I took this photo.)
Outside Japan, Hiroshima & Nagasaki remind us of places of A-bomb. Especially in August.
Japanese people think we want to visit there and other places, and try to eat local foods.
The followings are sightseeing info I edited.
Added by Yatchan on August 6, 2010 at 3:57am —
When I was on duty of Gajokai in the beginning of this year, I read a taking over article. A suspecious man called a police station in my city, and he said he would blast stairs of SG Kaikan. So a police officer visited my Kaikan, and he informed this incident.
When we go to Kaikan for Gajokai duty, we chant Daimoku for 1 hour the day before.
Unfortunately a Gajokai member felt easy, and 3 right wing men shot BB at my Kaikan. When I heard this accident, I thought any evil… Continue
Added by Yatchan on August 5, 2010 at 1:30pm —
Thanks be to the Pauli exclusion principle our universe is not a giant black hole.
Added by Matt Campbell (me at left) on August 5, 2010 at 11:06am —
University of Malaya (UM), the oldest and most established university in Malaysia, confer upon SGI President Dr. Daisaku Ikeda the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities in recognition of SGI President Dr Daisaku Ikeda’s outstanding contribution as a world peace builder.
The conferment ceremony was presided by His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah, The Chancellor of University of Malaya, at the Dewan Tunku Canselor, University Malaya, on August 2, 2010.
Added by Roger PKS on August 4, 2010 at 6:30pm —
One of my children is pursuing a highly desired job, and I've offered encouragement to chant. I seem to recall that there was an SGI guidance that in these types of situations, one can chant for the other party to truly see the value and potential of the other person and the value of what this second party would bring to the organization. Does anyone recall this particular guidance? Any feedback is appreciated.
Added by Carrie on August 4, 2010 at 2:22pm —