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SGI English speaking members in Portugal?

Started May 11, 2010 0 Replies

Hi,I took the sister of my friend to a meeting for the first time and she learned as much as was possible in a short 2 hours time about our practice. The next day she flew back to her home in…Continue

...and What About Christmas?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Aaron Oct 29, 2009. 9 Replies

I am writing about something I've always wondered about in the SGI Buddhist community, and that is the recognition and celebration of December 25 - calling it what you want. I've been practicing for…Continue

Tags: solstice, Christmas

Itai Doshin (Buddhist Unity)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Teresa Chai Sep 20, 2009. 3 Replies

This month is the start of a fiscal year. However it's not only for businesses or schools. In general, after summer has passed and the fall begins, there is a collective feeling of 'the party's over…Continue


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About Me (tell us a little bit about yourself):
I'm a full-time professional American jazz musician, born in Texas, raised in Hawaii, lived a few years in Japan, and am now based in Europe for many years now. I've been chanting since May 2007, and am still marveling at all the changes that have occurred in my life.
I haven't got my gohonzon yet, but doing a lot of shakabuku-ing anyway!' (What musician wouldn't be happy to find out how to get their 'myoho' workin'?)
My hobbies and passions are travel, reading, cooking, crocheting and knitting, walking, hanging out and jamming with dear friends and my fellow Buddhist musicians - the Vibe Team. Ok...and shopping! (But a heck of a lot less than before I started chanting!)
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The Optimist's Creed

Posted on November 16, 2009 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

This wonderful poem was mentioned in the latest Buddhist Podcast ( and I wanted to post it. It was given to me, handwritten, in a beautiful frame by a girlfriend almost 20 years ago and I think it time that I take it out of my drawer and place it in an obvious place where all can see it.

*****The Optimist's Creed*****

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of… Continue

Without the 'downs' the 'ups' are nothing!

Posted on October 23, 2009 at 3:46pm 4 Comments

That was the most inspiring thing I heard this week. I gave up, long time ago, hoping for an easy life. It's more interesting to chant for more strength and resiliance than no bumps in the road.

Cause we all know that a weight lifter never builds muscles by lifting pencils. And that a fish never appreciates his water environment until he's been on land for a minute or two gasping for his own (liquid) form of oxygen.

How do we know that we're having a good day if we've… Continue

Everything Begins with Prayer

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 2:58pm 2 Comments

'Everything Begins With Prayer' was the most important sentence that a fellow Buddhist passed on to me this month. I already knew it, but I have to post that sentence in a strategic place in my home to remind myself that before starting a project or a task of any importance I should first chant for guidance. (That even includes before packing for a work-trip, where I have tremendous stress from worrying about not bringing the right things.)

Chanting before action gives me the… Continue

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At 3:25am on December 28, 2011, Frankie T said…

New is the year, new are the hopes and aspirations,

New is the resolution,

New are the spirits and forever my warm wishes are for you.

Have a promising and fulfilling new year.



A Happy New Year 2012.ppt

At 1:43pm on August 11, 2010, Frankie T said…
Hi Deborah,
Congratulations to you for receiving the Gohonzon. I am happy for you too.

At 3:11pm on July 20, 2010, Dan said…
Re: Shakubuku suggestion (SGI Netherlands discussion posting)
Just a comment that it's wonderful to have such a wonderful person like you around who wants to make sure that the rhythm and pulse of propagation is not about numbers but the opportunity to develop great relationships and rediscovering the power and relevance of Buddhism in this day and age. Please keep shaking those trees and stirring up awareness. Districts are the front line of the organization and yes, sometimes its very leaders are NOT necessarily taking the lead in member-care as they all get too caught up in their own lives and concerns. Do not giveup. Base it on prayer & daimoku most importantly as you pray for the lives and your shakubuku as you are and could only be their one life-line that can keep them practicing until they do stand up for themselves in this practice. best, -Dan
At 4:14pm on July 4, 2010, Mary White said…
Thank you for the amazing video :) Love it!
At 1:21am on March 27, 2010, Suki said…
Hi Deborah,

I'm happy to be of help anytime. I have felt like that before, know what you mean. As you continue to practice, you will be able to handle that much better. Even President Ikeda in the book Human Revolution said that some members would be off and the reason for that is because they stray from the whole purpose of obtaining Buddhahood life condition & Kosen Rufu. Us humans...even SGI members...come with frailties of lower life conditions that can manifest intantly...not to mention all the stages of human revolution that we are going through...even long time members of 20yrs or more can struggle with certain issues. I continue polishing my mirror, to stay centered & focused no matter what kaos is going on around not let people or circumstances dictate to me which path to be in or not...especially one that really works. My advice to anyone on this matter is, once you have done all you can in dialogue, checked your motives, research/study, and hopefully its all accompanied by plenty of daimoku...if its to no avail...wash your hands, focus on elevating your life condition through practice, help those that want to be helped, keep moving towards your goals, appreciate and enjoy life. There's plenty of members that are true Bodhisattvas and those who are sincerely trying to have victory over fundamental darkness.
It's good seeing you again, hang in there's so worth it.
Do you plan on getting your Gohonzon soon?
At 9:39am on February 2, 2010, Frankie T said…
Hi Deborah,

The Value Of A Smile
by Author Unknown

A smile cost nothing, but gives much.

It enriches those who receive,
without making poorer those who give.
It takes but a moment,
but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.

None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it,
and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it.

A smile creates happiness in the home,
fosters good will in business,
and is the countersign of friendship.
It brings rest to the weary,
cheer to the discouraged,
sunshine to the sad,
and is nature's best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen,
for it is something that is of no value to anyone
until it is given away.

Some people are too tired to give you a smile.
Give them one of yours,
as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

At 1:22am on November 26, 2009, somboon-sgt said…
Hello Deborah
At 3:04am on November 22, 2009, Frankie T said…
Hi Deb,
The Gohonzon has delivered a present (gift) to you and to wish you a happy weekend.
Please open it and find out what it's inside. Please don't forget to say "thank you" to the Gohonzon.
A Present (Gift) from the Gohonzon.ppt
At 3:34am on November 21, 2009, Jouke Osinga said…
I´m starting to practice againg after such a long time. Just wanted to let you know that it´s a great inspiration to see you started practicing as well. You are a great musician and I love your voice.
Jouke Osinga

PS my favourite buddhist principle is Honinmyo (you can always determin to start again today)
At 6:11am on October 29, 2009, Suki said…
Hi Deb,

It is better to go by your endless positive changes that have occurred in your life since you begun chanting, actual proof. Than to go by contradictions that occur in any large organizations, due to many different people's perception. I truely believe that as our life condition raises so does our wisdom in understanding on what's really important in our Buddhist practice & how can we apply it in our lives & help others. I agree with your comment on it's the motives of our heart that matters, our true intentions.....but from my experience even that changed for the better once I got proof that this Buddhist practice really works. I think that your to sharp to loose the true core & essence of NMRK. Call me simple but in "The Opening of the eyes" wasn't important to Nichiren Daishonin to have more knowledge than anyone else....he was more concerned for everyone to know that they/we can have enlightment in this lifetime with the heart of the Lotus Sutra Nam- myho-renge-kyo......Kosen rufu. PEACE for all everyone, that was his vision & our mission.


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