"I have some sad news. My best friend and fellow Buddhist, Craig Betts, who was a chapter leader in Indiana passed away on July 12th after an unexpected short illness. He was a member of Courageous Freedom and attended the LGBT conference at FNCC…"
"Top of the day, hope everyone is happy and healthy and looking forward to turkey day............I don"t generally celebrate any holidays, but I do have my football treats on standby and ready to enjoy some deep couch sitting, eating chili dogs…"
I never really know what to put on these things. After all, you have to admit that there's a fine line between telling people about yourself and making it clear that you are your own favourite subject of discussion. Am I right? Well, let's see . . . I was "shakubuku'd" in 2003, began practicing in earnest in 2004 and I received Gohonzon on May 7th, 2005. I'm a relatively easy-going guy. I've worked hard to get where I am in life and overcome a lot of obstacles, but doing that is something that I know is achievable through my practice.
OK, I had my meeting with my SGI-USA Central Territory leader. He has confirmed with me SGI's definite interest in sponsoring and making SGIBuddhism.ning.com officially an affiliate of SGI.
This all new territory for SGI themselves and in the coming weeks they'll be working closely with me, and sometime in the near future after some paperwork is approved, hope to have a direct 'link' of our SGIBuddhism.ning.com site to the SGI-USA and Soka Gakkai websites itself.
So no more declarations on our site that it is NOT an official 'site' of the SGI, and you can tell your members & leaders that this IS an SGI site itself.
I didn't think this would happen so soon but it was my main goal when i (after I joined Chris Tinney's social network group which he created 3-4 yrs ago) first became its unofficial moderator to protect the site from anti-SGI members and make it an oasis safe for both members & their friends & family alike. So mission accomplished!...so far...eagerly looking forward to new developments as word of this site get around and our 7,000 plus members will be joined by so many more in the far & distant future.
I like knowing people from all over the state. I get calls from other parts of the country asking if I know anyone if different locations. This is a great way to help do shakabuku!!! Thanks for accepting me as a friend!!