What is the Laughing Daimoku?
This is a funny story of me and my friend.
Off course, he's a member of SGI.
As a matter of fact, he led me to Nichiren Buddhism.
We went to the same college and went abroad to study together.
The moment we meet us, we talk about funny stories of our student days.
Then, we are convulsed with laughter.
That's a problem, however.
We always chant Daimoku after talking.
But we fall into a fit of convulsions during Daimoku.
Once we start to laugh, we can't stop laughing.
"You! Stop laughing! Or you are punished by Nichiren Buddha! "
"Not me! You get scorched by Sensei!"
However, we cannot stop Daimoku, too.
We always make up our mind that we should not talk before Daimoku.
After laughing Daimoku, both of us have abdominal pain due to laughing too hard.
Everyone, please do not follow us.
Lets chant Daimoku seriously.

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Comment by Marga on December 23, 2011 at 2:26pm

Thank you very much !Is a way to happiness !We have the same experience with my best friend and shakubuku.We feel that happiness took over our lives !

lets enjoy our practice!Serious daimoku >Laughing daimoku Is daimoku from our heart !SOMETHING DEEP IN OUR LIVES WANTS TO CELEBRATE !

GREAT EXPERIENCE

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

MARGA

Comment by Chuck Roll on December 22, 2011 at 11:26pm

What a great blog! Thank you all.

Comment by Judy Yuuki Adkins on December 22, 2011 at 9:55am

Just one more thought on laughing while chanting.....I used to take care of a young man [20 years old] who had severe mental problems.  He loved me to come to work at the group home and chant for him.  He really liked it.  One day I got permission from his mother and the group home to take him to a YMD activity several hundred miles from home.  We SGI members all got on the bus.  So did this young man.  No smiling, no laughing....So we attended the YMD activity.  On the way home the whole bus was doing gongyo and chanting.  All of a sudden this young man just let out a howl of a laugh.  He continued to laugh and laugh.  When we got home, I relayed the story of him laughing.  His mother and the group home was very surprised....he had never laughed out loud in his whole life.  He just felt sooooo good from the activity and daimoku that he couldn't do anything else but respond and laugh, he just felt good.  So yes, we should be serious when doing gongyo and chanting, however we should never loose our sense of happiness and sharing, even while doing gongyo. 

Comment by Judy Yuuki Adkins on December 22, 2011 at 9:48am

Oh, thank you all so very much for sharing the really funny times while chanting....I think anyone who has chanted for a long period of time has experienced the tremendous joy of chanting and just can't keep it inside anymore.  My sister who has since passed, was chanting with me one day and we just couldn't keep from giggling.  She dubbed it the Gongyo Giggles.  From then on whenever we got to feeling sooooo good we would remember that day and start all over again...giggling....

Thank you for the reminder......and love to you all

Have a great day and a better holiday season.

Judy Yuuki

Comment by Linda on December 22, 2011 at 9:30am

Your laughing story made me think back when I was in 5th grade....My Mother shakubukued her best friend and was teaching her gongyo and they were chanting daimoku.  My Mother's friend kept looking to see if the incense was almost done so they would be finished....they would laugh every time she would peek.  As I look back now I think what a joyful time it was for them and what true friendship after all these years.  :o)

Comment by Deb Lang on December 18, 2011 at 11:54pm

Thank you for sharing about Laughing Daimoku.  My Sis and I are very close, and we laugh spontaneously when we are together to tears about anything that reminisce.  I remember one special time, we too, were chanting and somehow we burst out laughing, as we continued to chant.  At first I felt I was disrespecting the Gohonzon.  As we continued to chant to our heart's content,  I realized what a BENEFIT to be chanting with my Sis. What better happiness to be working for Kosen Rufu together...it was a special bonding time from a very close relationship already. Thanks for your experience!

Comment by Toshizo Saejima on January 27, 2009 at 9:40am
In Japan, there is such a proverb.
"WARAU KADO NIWA HUKU KITARU".
It means "Fortune comes in at the merry gate".
I like to laugh.
Sensei also says that we should have an optimism which can laugh away anything.
Not to be defeated and this optimism may our Kansai spirit.
But....during Daimoku, we had better not to laugh. He,he,he!
Comment by guillermo luis meque on January 26, 2009 at 7:40pm
I feel and think in the same way Brian made the comment.Laughing is happiness... in action.,,,,
how nice,
Guillermo
Comment by Brian (BA) on January 26, 2009 at 9:09am
Oh, by the way, do you goth feel more energized and have a happier stronger daily practice and life? It sure reads that you do. kepp laughing.~ brian
Comment by Brian (BA) on January 26, 2009 at 9:06am
Thank you for sharing, Toshizo. Very interesting. I was just reading some WND, then saw this posting. I smiled while reading this blog and I started to ponder this. (in simplest thoughts)

We've all heard that attitude and emotions which are present when we chant and has an impact on our self afterwards.

In conjunction with medical science, we know that smiling and laughing produces hormones in our body not unlike endorphins, affecting one's own feelings of being happy, relaxed, and less aggressive.

We also know, we affect our immediate surroundings from our radiating presence, influencing like a breeze on water, or heat from light.

In the case of happiness and joy bringing about world peace, I wonder how contagious it would be, if we all at the same time throughout the world, were to laugh for X amount of minutes.
~~ brian

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