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Get me walking again!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lora Aug 21, 2009. 19 Replies

Slower Gongyo...?

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Aloha Kakou! Malama Pono!

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About Me (tell us a little bit about yourself):
A bodhisattva for all! :-) ;-)
work in progress...
On October 12, 2004... I had a life changing experience, I had become
so wrapped up in what others thought or believed about me I forgot
the truth, so on that fateful day my coin was tossed and the doctors
gave me a 50-50 chance of survival. I was dead... they said, "If-I
survive I would probably be brain-dead and have to be hospitalized
for the rest of my life." Could you imagine what my mother must've
thought?? They were practically saying your kid is screwed :-(....
Anyway, I ended up being in a coma for five days, during which I
had an out of body experience that felt like it lasted a lot longer.
And that wasn't the first one... but I'll tell you more on that later.
Did you know that October 12 is the birthday of Gohonzon? I didn't
either until I read the Lotus Sutra. Which was quite a hard read,
but well worth it!

I remember when I first woke up from my coma. A doctor came in
and told me that I would never walk again. The first thought that
went through my mind was, you don't know me! I will walk again and
show everyone. Although at the time, I don't think I really knew what
everyone really meant. But now I do :-) ;-) and I'm sure with all of you
I can achieve my goal of walking. With your help when chanting! Please
do a little Sancho for me, E 'Olu'olu! E 'olu'olu is Hawaiian for please.
I really I'm glad that this web site finally came out. And I'd like
to continue sharing my story... but I don't wanna take up too much of
your time.

A little about myself, Determined, honest, sweet, funny, strong, imaginative
smart, excepting, willing, a little impulsive... sometimes indecisive, which
usually turns out to be a good thing. I like to listen to my Na'au or gut.
It's usually right! I love the fact that I'm Hawaiian. Proud of my language
and I love my culture, language, government, I am a citizen of the Hawaiian
Kingdom! ;-) :-)
I really like artwork... and going to the museum, and Kauai has a great one!
I Love My Parents, they are what keep me alive and just want the best for me
in every aspect of my life... which can sometimes be trouble some ;-). But,
I respect them and hold them in the highest place! I have a lot of people
in my life that truly care about me! And I just want to say Thank You to all
of them! Friends truly keep you in the right space. Most the time ;-) :-).
I love the ocean, getting to go down and enjoy the bike path. Cruising with
friends! I'm into tattoos, and have two of my own, soon to be more!
I have my left ear pierced... which was not my choice. I was born in Zürich,
Switzerland (which is exactly on the opposite side of the world). In Zürich
it was the custom, if you came from a wealthy family, to pierce the left ear.
So what are you Aukai? Hawaiian or Swiss... well both as well as a little
Italian, Portuguese with a spot of Irish. So that's where I get my temper...
;-) :-). And I love my puppy dog! His name is Kupa'a and he's a sweet boy!
Kupa'a means loyalty. Which he totally is!
I love our Buddhist practice! And try to do Gongyo everyday!NMRK! In fact
I am the YMDL for our district. And if you would like to discuss Gosho, I
would be more than happy too.
It would seem that I've taken up a little bit more of your time. If you'd
like to know a little more, why not IM me or leave me a comment.

Malama Pono!
A Hui Ho!
Aloha has three meanings, hello actually welcome, goodbye and love
Malama Pono means take good or righteous care (Maika'i is good)
A Hui Ho means until next time

you wanna learn Hawaiian,
there are only 13 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet... a very simple language, one word can have many different meanings. The first step to learning more Hawaiian is to pronounce the vowels correctly. The vowels being E pronounced like the English long a pronounced like amazing, A pronounced like the English long e sounds like hey, I pronounced like the English short i sounds like the double ee in three, O pronounced like the long vowel or like the English word OK, U pronounced like like the English word you.
More to come...
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Proud of my butsudan!

Please feel free to Sancho! ;-) :-) It's Much Appreciated! ;-)

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My thoughts on the super fairy... ;-) I mean superferry :-(

Posted on January 31, 2008 at 6:31am 0 Comments

Shame on Linda Lingle!

Wasting the taxpayers money, right now it's cheaper to fly.

Maybe she didn't waste the money but it could have been spent

on much better things, then a boat the locals can't afford.

You know how much a round trip ticket cost on the superferry?

Somewhere upwards of $500... but I guess that's the price of

luxury. So you can drive your own car on the islands.

I can understand if it was…


Slow Gongyo?! What do you think??

Posted on January 31, 2008 at 5:18am 2 Comments

What you think...

I guess it's all about personal preference, but I think, Gongyo should be

done at a slow and steady pace. Not like achingly slow..., but at a slow

enough pace so that you have to pronounce every single syllable of Gongyo!

I mean were in church because we want to be together and chant together

but let's do it at a pace that we can all follow beginners and all!

I know I always feel better going slower and thinking of happy thoughts,

things I…


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At 6:04am on June 12, 2011, Frankie T said…
At 1:27am on June 12, 2011, Dan said…
Happy Birthday, Free!
At 9:50pm on July 5, 2010, VILLEMONT RAIARII said…
Aloha ( Iaorana from Tahiti)
I from Tahiti French Polynesia I'm verry happy to see a men chanting from Hawaii.We are in Pacific .I hope you and your family are OK
At 4:22pm on March 23, 2009, Dan said…
hey, Hawaii! Haven't heard nor seen you in a while. Hope you're doing OK or great at least. Take care! Just wondering how you 'pioneers' who first joined this site are doing...

At 8:23am on January 11, 2009, Cleavie Imelda Figueroa said…
Your story is inspiring, your smile is intoxicating - you are NMRK! Write to Sensei and send him these MARVELOUS photos you have; he loves flowers. - Your friend in the fight for KOSEN RUFU, Cleavie
At 7:50pm on December 3, 2008, Stacey said…
I read your story. You're amazing and an inspiration
At 2:57pm on August 26, 2008, Dan said…
Hope you're doing ok or doing great, Hawaii! Huzzit!

At 8:38pm on August 16, 2008, Matilda E Pugh said…
Hi there, just read your have a strong faith & fighting spirit! It made me think of what I have just been reading for study this month, "On Prolonging One's Life Span", where Nichiren D writes encouragement to the lay nun Toki, who has been ill for some time, that she can transform her karma through strong faith in the Mystic Law.
The whole study is really inspiring, here's a little from Ikeda...

President Ikeda: "Life is tenacious; it is endowed with the impulse to survive and the power to heal. The 'highly effective medicine' for drawing forth these innate properties is the mystic law. Ultimately, it is we ourselves who cure our illness, while the decision to undertake the battle to do so arises from faith".

"To see illness as an opportunity to transform our karma- this strong spirit and resolve can break through all obstacles and devilish functions and open wide the path to happiness".

Cool, you seem to like most of the things I like too!

You'll be in my prayers with strong diamoku!
Nam-myoho-renge-kyo! Take it easy :0)
At 2:28am on August 12, 2008, Lora said…
Hi, it's me again. I just wanted to put my two cents to the comment about slow gongyo. Personally I like the galloping horse daimoku, as president Ikeda suggests we should recite and chant. I feel very much invigorating when I chant like that, it is a bit like the Duracell battery effect,......and going.....and going.....and going, if you know what I mean. But that is something I can do when I am chanting or doing gongyo alone. When with others, then we should consider the situation, are there new members? Or are there pioneer members who have hard time catching their breath? Since Gongyo and Daimoku should be chanted in rhythm, then we can adjust our rhythm to the situation, so everyone is on the same page. If one goes to fast, and others cannot keep up, that to me is not "unity" gongyo and daimoku. That is what I think.
At 2:21am on August 12, 2008, Lora said…
Hi Aukai,
how are you? I was just looking at all the pictures on your page, and....oh my gosh, that pup has grown sooooooo much! I can tell you love him and his love you very much. Send me a note every once in a while, if you have time of course. Always sending daimoku for my friend Aukai.

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