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Hi my name is Alicia and am in need of something to put my ghonzon in, but don't have money is anybody willing to donate one their not using!?

Added by Alicia DeSantiago on June 27, 2015 at 7:37pm — No Comments

June 25, 2015 Encouragement

Nichiren Daishonin writes "Doesn't a fire burn more briskly when logs are added?... Were it not for the flowing rivers, there would be no sea" (A Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering WND - 1, 33) Just like these examples, Practitioners of the Mystic Law grow STRONGER and more resilient with each obstacle they encounter. Those who advance with such POWERFUL energy and LIFE FORCE are our history's Victors, are WINNERS in life. The…

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Added by Deb Lang on June 25, 2015 at 4:03pm — 2 Comments

June 24, 2015 Encouragement

SGI Vice Study Department Leader Shinji Shimizu's guidance is timeless based on Nichiren Buddhism.

At a Study Conference held at FNCC, he spoke of the importance of making a Profound Vow in our Hearts to continue to fight for Kosen Rufu (World Peace) until the last moment of our lives. He explained that this determination and life condition is itself Buddhahood and supreme victory. Mr Shimizu mentioned, at the…

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Added by Deb Lang on June 24, 2015 at 7:48pm — 1 Comment

June 23, 2015 Encouragement

SGI President Ikeda gave the following guidance "Don't worry! The times when you are suffering and struggling..., chanting, taking action and working hard, are the greatest opportunities for you to do your Human Revolution and make headway in changing your karma. There is no need to be anxious or impatient. This is the time to SURELY and steadily create the causes for your future victory - to sow seeds that will bear fruit later...…

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Added by Deb Lang on June 24, 2015 at 7:47pm — No Comments

June 22, 2015 Encouragement

More often than not, devilish functions cause people to clutch at some SEEMINGLY reasonable conclusion that VINDICATES (excuses) their weaknesses and emotional needs. NICHIREN warns of this, citing the "The devil will watch over him like a parent" (The Actions of the Votary of the Lotus Sutra," WND-1, 770). Shakyamuni saw these devilish functions for what they were and summoned a POWERFUL life force, sweeping away all the disruptive…

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Added by Deb Lang on June 22, 2015 at 11:24pm — No Comments

June 21, 2015 Encouragement

When we have deep faith in the Mystic Law within our lives and EARNESTLY continue our Buddhist practice of chanting Nam myoho renge kyo before the Gohonzon, something will DEFINITELY begin to change inside of us. Our Buddha nature will manifest, joy and confidence will fill our hearts,  and the courage to challenge  ourselves will surge within us. The limitless wisdom…

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Added by Deb Lang on June 21, 2015 at 9:51pm — No Comments

June 20, 2015 Encouragement

Buddhist study is ABSOLUTELY vital. It is the very HEART of the Soka Gakkai. Some have suggested that the fundamental spiritual decay afflicting the priesthood can be attributed to their failure to study Buddhist doctrine. Shakyamuni's final words were ,"Rely on the Law and not upon persons" ,(Conversation between a Sage and an Unenlightened Man (WND_1 p 109) In the Soka Gakkai the LAW is always our center, and the Writings of…

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Added by Deb Lang on June 21, 2015 at 9:47pm — No Comments

June 19, 2015 Encouragement

We, who uphold the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin, base our lives on the great and fundamental law of the Universe, that is, the Mystic Law.  In addition, through STUDYING the Daishonin's writings, we can CONFIRM its significance. Nothing is more rewarding then DIRECTLY connecting with the Mystic Law by following the path of faith, practice and study. It is the only way to establish the ETERNAL happiness…

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Added by Deb Lang on June 19, 2015 at 9:04pm — No Comments

June 18, 2015 Encouragement

In "Letter to Konichi-bo," Nichiren wrote "Those who believe in the Lotus Sutra should beware of and guard themselves against the Sutra's enemies" (WND-1 664). Faith is a struggle between the Buddha and devilish functions, between good and evil. Consequently, if we relax our guard even a little, devilish functions will quickly enter our lives. President Toda always told leaders "Keep out devilish functions! Dispatch them with the SHARP SWORD of Faith!"...the crucial thing is to be able to… Continue

Added by Deb Lang on June 18, 2015 at 11:29am — No Comments

Any Scottish members out there?

Looking for like minded friends/SGI members in Scotland to discuss Buddhism and link together

Added by Tanya Duncan on June 17, 2015 at 4:56pm — No Comments

June 17, 2015 Encouragement

President Ikeda encourages, "We were born to become I HAPPY, and to help others do the same. Crucial to this goal is WINNING over our weaknesses. We practice Nichiren Buddhism so that we can triumph over ignorance, over our karma, over obstacles and devilish functions, and over the three powerful enemies. Buddhism teaches that we each inherently possess the WISDOM and power to win in ALL areas…

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Added by Deb Lang on June 17, 2015 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

June 16, 2015 Encouragement

"A Buddha is not a super human being. One who has attained this state continues to experience problems, suffering and pain, and is STILL subject to illness and to temptation by devilish forces. For that reason a Buddha is a person of COURAGE, tenacity and continuous action who struggles ceaselessly against devilish functions. No matter how lofty a state we may achieve, without PERSISTENT efforts to advance and improve, our faith can be destroyed in a moment".(Daisaku Ikeda - Living Buddhism… Continue

Added by Deb Lang on June 16, 2015 at 11:01am — No Comments

June 15, 2015 Encouragement

If Buddhism is about winning, then how do we win? It is with our HEARTS and minds. The reason Nichiren emphasizes that "Buddhism is about winning" is to drive home the importance of HAVING the inner strength and fortitude to stand up to every obstacle and difficulty that arise in life. If we are faint-hearted and timid, we cannot win over the negative functions in our own lives or in society. [Nichiren] writes "A coward cannot have any of his prayers answered" (The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra… Continue

Added by Deb Lang on June 15, 2015 at 7:12am — No Comments

June 14, 2015 Encouragement

When we chant Nam myoho renge kyo, we activate our Inherent Buddha nature - the ULTIMATE power within us. This in turn activates the Buddha nature in everything in our environment, including people around us. These life affirming functions spring into action in response to the POWERFUL life force of Buddhahood emerging from deep within our lives. (LB July 2015 p. 8) Sending 2 hours of joyful daimoku, Smiles, Debbie

Added by Deb Lang on June 14, 2015 at 8:52pm — No Comments

June 13, 2015 Encouragement

The Daishonin says "Even common mortals can attain Buddhahood if they cherish: Earnest Faith" (MW-1 268) We need to direct our Spirit, our Hearts, toward Kosen Rufu (World Peace). Attaining Buddhahood depends on cherishing such RESOLVE. When we have such a spirit our lives SPARKLE with jewels of good fortune and happiness. We undertake a WONDERFUL journey through life in which our dreams, one after another are accomplished. (Daisaku Ikeda-Learning from the Gosho P. 131) Sending 2 hours Dynamic… Continue

Added by Deb Lang on June 13, 2015 at 9:04pm — No Comments

June 12, 2015 Encouragement

"Since we are HUMAN, there will be times when we want to cry, times when we want to laugh, times when we want to be angry, as well as, times when we are confused. Though we are ordinary people subject to such frailties, when we make KOSEN-RUFU our PRIME focus, the world of
Buddhahood becomes our BASIC life tendency."(President Ikeda, July 2015 LB) Sending 2 hours of joyful daimoku, Smiles, Debbie

Added by Deb Lang on June 13, 2015 at 1:23am — No Comments

June 11 2015 Encouragement

"Chanting daimoku is a teaching that is "easy to embrace and easy to practice". ANYONE can perform it. It can be done anytime and anywhere. It is the most_ HIGHLY refined and simplified method of practice... The practice of chanting daimoku embodies the Buddha's ardent and heartfelt wish to lead all people to happiness"...The SGI makes the Gohonzon and the Gosho it's eternal foundation. It is VITAL that we always practice in direct accord with Nichiren Daishonin's teachings" (Daisaku Ikeda… Continue

Added by Deb Lang on June 11, 2015 at 6:42pm — No Comments

June 10 2015 Encouragement

PRAYER in Nichiren Buddhism consists of chanting Nam myoho renge kyo with a STRONG resolve to create value or positive change from WITHIN. It is NOT a petition or request to an outside power to grant us favors. Each time we sit before the Gohonzon and pray, we ACTIVATE our Buddha Nature and make a cause for LASTING happiness" (Dec LB 2011 Q&A on the Basics p.4) Sending you 1 hour of DYNAMIC Daimoku. Smiles, Debbie

Added by Deb Lang on June 10, 2015 at 2:36pm — No Comments

June 9, 2015 Encouragement

When we do Gongyo and chant Nam myoho renge kyo  to the Gohonzon , which consists of written characters, we come into contact with the IMMENSE life of Nichiren Daishonin, the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law. Nothing INFUSES our lives with GREATER joy. This is all the more reason for us to sit in front of the Gohonzon and chant Daimoku both when we are happy and when facing painful struggles. Then just as…

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Added by Deb Lang on June 9, 2015 at 12:18pm — No Comments

June 8, 2015 Encouragement

Hi Everyone,

I send daily encouragement to my dear friends who practice, along with DYNAMIC daimoku that I chant.  I wanted to share with you, too, as I am sooo encouraged by the dialogue that happens here.  Thanks and take care.

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"There is a saying, "a small heart gets used to misery and becomes docile, while a GREAT heart Towers ABOVE misfortune." TRUE happiness is not the absence of suffering. You cannot…

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Added by Deb Lang on June 8, 2015 at 11:26pm — No Comments

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