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I am looking for an SGI group, where I feel welcomed, supported and needed. I am currently practicing on my own. Would love the opportunity to talk with others about life, health and faith.
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Looking for a reliable, dependable, reasonably priced ghostwriter...

Posted on July 20, 2010 at 6:44pm 4 Comments

My Fellow Buddhists,

I have a story to tell...a story about my health, my determination to maintain that health, all the while, using my Buddhist practice/faith, to do just that.

I also need help in telling this story. I want to write/publish my story, so that I can educate/enlighten others about surviving Carcinoid cancer and to learn about Buddhism.

This is where you come into the picture... I am looking for a very reliable, extremely dependable and reasonably…


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According, to Nichiren Daishonin, in a reply to the lay nun, Toki, from a letter entitled, On Prolonging One’s Life Span, “You still have many years ahead of you, and moreover you have encountered the Lotus Sutra. How truly precious your life is!” How truly precious indeed….

My story actually began approximately 12 years ago, but I had no idea that there would be a story, as I went from doctor to doctor, attempting to piece together all of the elusive symptoms that I had been… Continue

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At 10:48am on August 3, 2010, Raman Arora said…
hi gayla i too have health issue
At 9:35am on March 17, 2008, BB BERG said…
oh thank you honey,
How have I kept going so long.? a good question,I believe its the effort I make everyday to be grateful.I try hard to remember how I was and how I am now.Its so easy to forget our miraculous benefits, in the midst of new obstacles but thats where the breakthroughs come.JOY AND GRATITUDE...yes thanks to this problem I will turn poison to medicine AND GO FORWARD IN MY LIFE.
And thank you for asking ,lots of love BB
At 5:44am on March 13, 2008, Martin said…
Hi Gayla and greetings from the UK. Its my opinion that leadership is about taking responsibility to support the members in our districts and chapters and we dont need to be told to do that. Doing our human revolution and determining to reach out to people in our communities is leadership, challenging our own negativity and standing up for justice is leadership and standing alone in the face of obstacles as a pioneer of Kosen Rufu is leadership.
Our constant and whole-hearted efforts enable us to grow and implant good fortune in our lives and in Buddhism, no effort is ever wasted. You are a true pioneer and your winning smile and warm heart will bring hope and reassurence to everyone you meet and Columbus Ohio is a better place for it.
I am honoured to add you to my friends list and I wish you all the best on your journey of faith. Please keep in touch and have a great time in Switzerland.
Your friend. Martin.
At 7:49am on March 12, 2008, Gayla, from Columbus Ohio said…
Regarding the essence of Columbus Ohio....I truly appreciate all of your suggestions. Great as they are, they have been and are on going here, by a few of us. Our leadership here is entrenched in the :old ways"/NSAish of doing most things, not open to new and innovative ideas. The area has had the same leaders, in the some capacity for over 20 years. It is nearly immpossible to get appointed to a leader position. I know that one does not have to be a leader, to do kosen-rufu, but we all know it sure does make the trip a lot easier. I was a WD leader, but stepped down when I became ill, plus changed districts. Now that I am on my feet, no one will even talk w/ me about resuming my position. Even though the dist that I belong to, only has 2 leaders, 1ywd and 1MdChapter leader. The MD leader is assuming all of the other positions in the district. My concern has gone up the ladder, to have fallen on deaf hears. So, I continue to chant, knowing that I am a leader for kosen-rufu and continue to introduce others and take care of my shakabuku.
Sorry so long...
At 9:23pm on March 11, 2008, James Ryan said…
Re: Oppressive Atmosphere.

The obvious answer is to chant of course. I remember a scene in the Human Revolution novel where the youth were complaining of a similar situation. Toda encouraged them to chant to make the district the way THEY wanted it. Now may be a good time to really step up the daimoku. If you are already doing a lot of sincere daimoku, then this is sansho shima trying to throw you off your game. Don't let it defeat you.

Then, shakubuku people you like. Then you get to have them at meetings too.

Also, study. I recommend the Human Revolution if you haven't read it. It shows us how Toda and Ikeda built an organization from nothing, and what it should really feel like.

With that said, there is no excuse in SGI-USA for the type of attitude you describe. Since I don't have first hand experience, I can't comment directly. But, if the problem is your district then reach out to the chapter leaders. If it's the chapter, reach out to the area leaders, etc. If you are in Central Zone, then Phyllis Goodson is the WD leader out of Chicago. If you contact the Chicago Culture Center they can probably get you in touch with her. If you need help with this, let me know.

Ultimately though, no amount of - I won't say complaining - "constructive criticism" is as valuable as daimoku, shakubuku and study.

I have been practicing for 25 years and have seen a lot of shit in SGI-USA. It is an organization of human beings after all. But I will never leave because achieving true happiness is our mission.

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