Culture Department Forum


Culture Department Forum

This is a forum for those who are engaged in the areas of the healing arts, education, academia, and law to share with each other and to discuss how to create value through their work in the larger community.

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The interplay between work and practice

Started by TC. Last reply by rhonda ward Dec 27, 2010. 8 Replies

Work and Practice

Started by rhonda ward Apr 7, 2010. 0 Replies

Painting and practice

Started by Tom Henderson Smith. Last reply by Tom Henderson Smith Mar 30, 2009. 12 Replies

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Comment by Judy Yuuki Adkins on June 5, 2011 at 8:25am

good morning.  I will have the privilege to be the medical support the the Cultural Department Conference this month. 

Judy Yuuki

Comment by Kelly McGowan on June 5, 2011 at 6:38am


 Anyone going to the FNCC conference for the culture department on June 24-27?

Comment by Philip Claude Andermann on October 26, 2010 at 3:00pm
For the youth you can lead to victory dance,
nothing can stop them now from their dance onward.
The tears in the hurtling wind carry them forward
in joytears as they race toward unity of peace.
They become the Rock that nothing can destroy
because it dances.
Those youth shall be the Era
that shall revive life 4 billion years old.
Their arms shall be never for war, only for hugging the Buddha
within all, for exercising a practice that never ends
its joy.
For the passion and power of youth
is a portion of the soul itself,
and is of the same nature as it.
Like it, it is the divine spark;
like it, it is a point of fire within us,
which is immortal and infinite;
which nothing can limit, and nothing can extinguish;
we feel it burning even in the marrow of our bones,
and we see its flashing in the depths of the heavens.
The song born in their heart
will become a world symphony of voices
if they speak the language of the echoing mountains
of hope in one other's heart
if their melody torrents to earth on song and light
that deep seed-sky linking
all fields, of endeavor with triumph -
feeding a world united in one heart - even just one person's heart.
For then
will their body be that wind instrument perfect playing, for that wind irresistibly rushing
from the future
and then their dance become
a vast range, a mountain wave of life approaching,
a wind from within the bodies of countless youths
billowing their limbs with growth,
a tumult of harmonies resonating even through corridors of
flooding in as to cleanse this planet.
For youth to sing their Ode to Freedom, to burst their Berlin Wall,
to grow Democracy like forests of greatness,
to kaleidoscope to neighbor all those distant hopes:
by YOUR conduct in turn TRULY touch even ONE other person,
and GROW:
for his or her skin contains the tallest sky.
This is the meaning of the song of your opportunity.
You are presented - not a magic song, but a conductor's wand -
Comment by rhonda ward on October 26, 2010 at 2:24pm
The culture department is undergoing revolution as we speak. it is growing and as members we need to make it our own and not be limited. The ROCK THE ERA's festivals we a great experience and through great effort will come great reward....NICHIREN andd PRES. IKEDA have that determined spirit and i am determined to grow our culture department, so here is a call for all those nurses, teachers, scientist, lawyers, academis, paramedics, aides, ect ect, lets not limit ourselves...
Comment by Philip Claude Andermann on January 24, 2010 at 7:38pm
An SGI member, I am not officially engaged in one of these areas (though I have published 140 poems inspired by this practice). However, I am a member of "The International Society for Philosophical Enquiry" (website "Its goals focus on the harnessing of intellect for the betterment of society and on providing a forum for discourse and exchange intended to foster the intellectual development of its members." It seeks to be "the modernday equivalent of Plato's Academy." The only entrance requirement is a score in the 99.9th percentile on a standardized aptitude test like the GREs or a recognized IQ test. IQs at least up to 197. One of my first benefits from chanting was scoring well into the 99.9th percentile on the GREs (Graduate Record Exams), so I got in. I was a member from 1993-199, and published a number of poems and essays in their official journal, "Telicom," in which I referred to Nichiren Buddhism, President Ikeda, Soka Education, etc. One ISPE member, a Professor Emeritus with ideas along the lines of Makiguchi, was receiving the World Tribune and getting some of his poetry published there. I have just rejoined this society, submitted 30 new poems and am communicating with ISPE members online, seeking to do shakubuku through dialogue. I was wondering if there are any Culture Dept members who would like to join me in trying to shakubuku these intellectuals. In the past, I was proud to mention in the journal that President Ikeda had received 27 Honorary PhDs. Now that number has increased tenfold. I hope that someone will be able to join me in doing shakubuku. You can chant and find a way to get in. My email is (SGI-NJ). Thank you!
Comment by Deborah Carter on October 5, 2009 at 7:24pm
“As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never produce good fruit.”
Seneca (Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD)
Comment by CHRISTOS EKONOMOPOULOS on September 8, 2009 at 1:17pm
Comment by Risong Tarkong on August 30, 2009 at 9:45pm
Alii everyone! I am new at this site. I have been practicing for 25 yrs. I hope i can be part of this Forum as the field of Culture is one of those inherent areas i am passionate and interested in. My own culture is matriarchal and has many traditional aspects regarding healing, our body and relations to nature. I currently work for our national govt with the president of the Republic of Palau as one of his special assists. We hosted recently in July 1st -3rd. the firstPacific World Heritage conference in the Pacific Region. It was sponsored by UNESCO, Australia University, World Archeolgy Congress and as well as Ministry of Community & Cultural Affairs of Palau and I was one of its Organizing Committee Chairs. Almost 100 reps from the Pacific attended and it was very academic as well as relevent since most experts in archeology, anthrogology, ethnography and other fields made their presentations and exchanges. Now the lectures are being processed for publication by Australia University and will be on website as well.... in any case, i am involved in our community and aspects of culture in healings and so would like to learn and have exchanges among you all...and if anything... FNCC???? when is the next event for next year? look forward to hear from you all.

Comment by Patrick on May 31, 2009 at 10:04am
Hi all,
I am not an official culture department member, but I did stay at a holiday inn once. I am a long time practitioner; forty-five years, and a practicing architect.

Comment by Patti Shaw on May 25, 2009 at 6:04pm
Hi all - I too am new to this site and the whole idea of blogging, etc. I teach yoga and have been a Buddhist for 30 years. Could someone share their experience in following your passion - overcoming obsticles, etc.

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