November 2009 Blog Posts (44)

Ikeda & Toda "Student, Teacher, Peacebuilders" Kids' Book Update

As much as I'd prefer to avoid this part of writing a book, promoting it, I realize it's necessary if I want anyone besides me to know about the book. I am getting the word out about my upcoming children's book biography of President Ikeda for the purpose of introducing future generations to him and to the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. Toward this end, I have created a news release and a company catalogue. You can read them at the links below. Please pass the… Continue

Added by M. LaVora Perry on November 30, 2009 at 2:36pm — No Comments

December Challange-Keeping us Pumped

When we really love ourselves everything in our life works!

Love is the miracle cure.

Loving ourselves work miracles in our lives. We are talking about having a great respect for ourselves and a gratitude for the miracles of our bodies and minds. This love is an appreciation to such a degree that it fills our hearts to bursting and overflow of the joy of being alive.

When I see people, (myself included) with a problem, I don’t care what it is-poor health, lack of money,… Continue

Added by BB BERG on November 30, 2009 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Come take the december challange with me!

“Challenge for December 2009!


I determine to awaken to my own greatness!

No matter where my life is at, I will chant with the…


Added by BB BERG on November 29, 2009 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

My life experience...

Hi, everyone here...

Today is a sunny day (although it's raining outside my house now) that make me have a good emo to write this article about my own life's experience.

Before i start to write my experience, let's me introduce who am i first. My name is Lau Yaayuen, also known as Yaya. I'm a fortune baby that i live in a family that's already had had Gohonzon since i was born.

I just like those little kids, living in a happy family, playing around, but also study in school… Continue

Added by yaayuen Lau (yaya) on November 29, 2009 at 2:31am — 6 Comments

Three types of people in the world

President Makiguchi said there are three types of people in the world: those you want to have around, those whose presence or absence doesn't make a difference and those whose presence causes problems. Please become people others appreciate having around. This is the correct way of life. Discussions on Youth - Daisaku Ikeda

Added by Aaron on November 27, 2009 at 12:15pm — 1 Comment

Visiting Malaysia

Hi Malaysian members!

I have an opportunity to go to KL for work for one week between xmas and new year. I have never been there before, but I have heard a lot about the SGI activities and Malaysian members, and am really keen to get in touch. So I wonder if anyone would be able to be a guide for me for a few days?

Woudl be lovely to hear from someone,

Thanks you!


Added by Sonia Chen on November 26, 2009 at 11:45pm — 2 Comments

Talk about changing poison into medicine (Warning it has some bad language).

I forgot all about the first few exchanges I had with this one person I'm good friends with now online (a fellow song writer). I don't even know how we first got in touch with each other. But for some reason he was on my email list for my website ( and as any of you know who might have read some of my writings, sometimes I can write a few things that can shock a few people (but some people need shock treatment).

So this guy… Continue

Added by Tim Janakos on November 26, 2009 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Author of the Fearless Puppy on the American Road reviewed my Buddhist discovery novel, Myth Shattering.

I was very happy that I received a very positive review from a student and writer of Tibetan Buddhism, the author of the true hitchhiking story, "Fearless Puppy on the American Road," a book I greatly enjoyed and recommend to everyone. Here's what he wrote about my book:

"Myth Shattering by Timothy Harada is a perfect example of just how beneficial a fearless investigation of the truth can be. This book offers enough resource materials and references to keep us all smarter and… Continue

Added by Tim Janakos on November 25, 2009 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Why Did I Really Go to Soka University of America (I'm reposting this old writing for my brother [uncle] in the mystic law, Herb Barker)

This is a very short blog I wrote a while back in response to an SGI member's questions to me about my alma matre. I published it in (hidden in the depths of) one of my recently published books, which I'll leave up to anyone who cares to discover the title. This was just one of my many "thinking out loud" exercises, which I learned from reading Gandhi's speeches, the ones for which he was booed off stage and almost killed by the hordes of people who were so shocked by his words (I hope… Continue

Added by Tim Janakos on November 24, 2009 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Thank You Gohonzon

Friends, I am pleased to inform you that I received the prestigious Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award 2009 for Social Activity on 18th November 2009. I dedicate this Award to Gohonzon, Sensei and my wife in that order.
Previous illustrious recipients of this award are Mother Teressa, Rusi Modi, Jayaprada, Miss Universe Sushmita Sen etc.

Added by Dhruba on November 23, 2009 at 9:46am — 8 Comments

Life Changes

This has been a heady week for me and my son.

Monday he assaulted me- his battering of me has been ongoing for the last 4 yrs- sometimes as often as every other day.

I stood up for myself, called the police. They arrested him and took him to Juvenile Hall. The sad thing is that he was due for probation intake assessment due to a fight with a 10 yr old over a month ago.

I know I have done my utmost, walked through 5 psychiatric hospitalizations, 15 Individualized education plans,… Continue

Added by Mimi the Snapdiva on November 19, 2009 at 7:13pm — 6 Comments

President Daisaku Ikeda Short Essay What is Happiness

What is the purpose of life? It is to become happy. Whatever country or society people live in, they all have the same deep desire: to become happy.

Yet, there are few ideals as difficult to grasp as that of happiness. In our daily life we constantly experience happiness and unhappiness, but we are still quite ignorant as to what happiness really is.

A young friend of mine once spent a long time trying to work out what happiness… Continue

Added by Jonnie Parker on November 18, 2009 at 11:58pm — 2 Comments

President Daisaku Ikeda Short Essay Staying Young

When I was younger, I thought I had nothing to do with those who were elderly. I think most young people find it hard to believe that they themselves will grow old. The reality is however, that now I am among the "elderly," and I can't move with the speed and ease that I once did.

My teacher used to say that the last years of our life are the most important. If those last few years are happy ones, we have had a happy life.

Old… Continue

Added by Jonnie Parker on November 18, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

President Daisaku Ikeda Short Essay To My Young Friends

Youth is a time of rapid change, from day to day and moment to moment. It can also be a time of confusion. You may feel as if you are standing alone in a wasteland or on a battlefield. Sometimes you may think you can't believe in anyone, that no one loves you, or even that you have no reason to live.

Grades at school or university are probably not your only worries. You may have problems at home, with money or health, with how you feel… Continue

Added by Jonnie Parker on November 18, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Excerpt of "Student, Teacher Peacebuilders: Daisaku Ikeda & Josei Toda, Buddhist Leaders"

My website has gone bezerk. I've updated web pages but I can't upload them to the Internet because, for all intents and purposes, my site is gone. Except I know it really isn't. It's just Cyber wackiness.

But I will not be deterred. I have placed an excerpt of chapter 1 of Student, Teacher Peacebuilders: Daisaku Ikeda & Josei Toda, Buddhist Leaders ("Brave Like Kiichi") online here:…


Added by M. LaVora Perry on November 18, 2009 at 1:04am — No Comments

18 November 2009- Rolling DaimokuWheels

Wednesday November 18, 2009- an occasion to celebrate!

Earlier this year, Anne O. Almeida invited me to join the "Mystical Trip into the Heart of Sensei" global daimokuwheel. So after suggesting this to my national youth leaders, I was given the green signal to organize one. I did, with gratitude and pure joy as my sole motivators. Then a friend from Zuid-Nederland, Andre de Wit, asked if we could do another one and he would help coordinate. So the second wheel rolled throughout the… Continue

Added by Kiemlan on November 18, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

My Quirks?

I know that I have many people to work with but my question is, am I that difficult to understand? Is it so bothersome that I have to ask so many questions to get the whole picture?

As a highly visual and audio learner, all I ask is that people learn to understand the many ways of learning styles. This will be a key factor when working with anyone. It is most crucial to know and understand the people with whom we work with. Respect and understand. It's really that easy.

Added by Renee Icasiano Johnson on November 17, 2009 at 6:42pm — No Comments

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