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Pleased to meet you.
Could you please tell me about Dragon Lady,my friend,Elizabeth?
Maybe I can dig up an apple pie recipe from some where lol. I hope all is well :).
I hope you were not too taken aback by my diatribe that I wrote yesterday; I was half way through when I considered zapping what I'd written then thought I'l keep going as I had already spent a bit of time tapping away!
Even after so many years I still need to be reminded of the basics and I wrote what I consider helpful + I hope it is.
Well congratulations for starting to practice - I have just realized that you are a true beginner + fortunate to have started young with some experience of life.
Good to see you are a writer too; the more we read Sensei's guidance we can see that he has been inspired by many a great writer - the power of the pen and all that! I have joined the Poetry group so some day you might get to see a few of mine; I should do more but my main creative concern is photography [my job] and watercolor painting as I am teaching it and need to be a few steps ahead, not just for the class but purely for my own development.
I have had enormous benefits including photographing Nelson Mandella [ an exclusive that i got six + a half years after getting back into photography; I was still painting and decorating at the time and after sending it to the national papers I rushed back to finnish a ceiling; it made the front cover and it was my first time using digital - I am still on a sharp learning curve]. Also Pele, Prince Charles and Damien Rice Band including doing 6 tours with them [merch is another string to my bow]; all over Europe,the U.S.,Canada and Iceland. They call me Captain Chaos - not without reason - ah ha.
Your open relationship sounds like what I call 'the democracy of love'.
I hope this finds you well, in friendship, regards Rob
P.S. I am also on Facebook - same picture and I have a fair few images if it interests you to have a look.
You don't know me I'm an Irish Buddhist!
I don't wish to be a buddhist nag or bore but I just read on another wall something you wrote saying something like 'things will get better when I have finished my studies.' A very normal statement to make. Last year a friend gave me some guidance ( I've been practicing since July 1983 ) and he said . . . apologies to the Gohonzon for your stupid linear western thinking . . . by thinking when I achieve this that will happen and when that happens etc etc. He then said remember when you started to practice and you were taught the simple yet profound visual of a stone being dropped in a pond and all the ripples going outwards . . . that represents our life state [going in all directions - microcosm/macrocosm] so when you chant muster your faith so that you find your purest thought. He didn't put words into my mouth but for me that means acknowledging that I am a Buddha and that I can make the cause to reveal absolute happiness in my life based on this principle . . . so the effect of our thoughts HAVE TO become manifest. It relates to the understanding that the future is now + minimum effort maximum result.
Maybe this is of use to you on the other hand as I know nothing about you this might be a totally unnecessary intrusion either way I'm not going to be this sites agony uncle etc I'm too slow a typist, for one thing + what with MySpace + Facebook my life is sliding into the internet vortex.
My life has taken many twists and turns with this practice; one thing I have learned is that it really doesn't matter how long we have practiced but how wholehearted and sincere our faith is today or at any given moment.
Keep well, regards Robbie Fry
I love your country and have a friend from there although she has been here so many years, but she has left me a beautiful memory when I just arrived USA from Korea in more than 45 years ago. Alice Toppenberg is one of my Buddhist gods! Hope that you will carry on your Bodhisattva spirit and work ever---
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