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Started this discussion. Last reply by Shikha Apr 1, 2010. 12 Replies


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About Me (tell us a little bit about yourself):
I joined in Seattle in 1986 because of an illness. Over the years I faced many struggles and have somehow triumphed in faith. I have been living in Japan since 1993.
Here, why don't you have a seat. Have some virtual herbal tea. Sorry, don't drink coffee around here, makes me sleepless, and I don't even live in Seattle anymore. Let me share some things with you.

"Any person, before being defeated by an enemy, is first defeated by himself. A weak-spirited or cowardly person, before hesitating at the wall of an obstacle, will shrink before his own shadow, frightened by his own imagination, and will be ultimately beaten by the traitor in his own heart."

Wow, ok, that one from Sensei is a little strict. I find myself sometimes defeated by own imagination. Have you ever experienced that? Then, I start thinking....Am I just seeking the easy way out? Am I just justifying myself? Have I given up before I have even tried? Which way should I advance based on faith? I think I think too much..haha! Faith is not a brain.

"In general, the greater people are, the less likely those near them will understand their greatness. Knowing this should help you become truly humble and seek to walk the road to further improvement."

ohhhh, gotta be more humble, big time! Open your eyes! Open your ears! Damn, gotta get that earwax out first :-)

"Every obstacle you meet in the course of your Buddhist practice is directly connected with your change of destiny."

Remind me of this please! Like every few minutes. Do I have ADD? :-)

"A defeat is rather the time to buildup your energies; you must make defeat the stepping off point for the victories that will follow. Being able to do this is the secret of life."

This is so positive. Of course, Sensei also said a victory could also be the seed of future defeat. Recently, I had a crushing defeat. I almost didn't make it out the other end. Change poison into medicine as the Gosho teachers. That is such a profound and liberating concept.

"Though repeatedly stepped on,
still it blossoms--
the smiling dandelion."

That is a great poem that sensei gave a women's division member. Have you ever experienced waves that just keep crashing on you? Maybe you thought you overcame something, but surprise....Maybe the reason why life keeps pounding us with the same thing is cuz for some of us, it just takes more time to really learn something. Read: stubborn? Anyway,get up and smile: "Buddhahood lies in continuing faith."

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At 4:42pm on December 28, 2011, Frankie T said…

New is the year, new are the hopes and aspirations,

New is the resolution,

New are the spirits and forever my warm wishes are for you.

Have a promising and fulfilling new year.



A Happy New Year 2012.ppt

At 10:26am on March 23, 2011, Jinja Cales said…

Hi, Louis, it has been a long while since you are on this site.  but I want to know how you are doing in Japan after all that tragedy hit in Sendai area.

I sure do hope that you are fine.  If you don't mind, please let us know how you are doing now in Japan.  Thanks a bunch!

Here in cincinnati, Ohio we are sending lots of daimoku for you all there!   Ginger

At 12:10am on March 14, 2010, James Ling O.H. said…
wow Louis, this is a piece of powerful article. It's strict and I feel the fundamental darkness are as strict and powerful too. So this the only way to win.
Thank you for sharing.
At 8:36pm on May 28, 2009, Nora P. Augustine said…
i get up at night sometimes wondering around my apartment.restless...searching....and then i remember .."your music" in the midst of madness...uncertainty...and even hunger(the ultimate peanut butter and jelly sandwich!) i listen to you.. read your share...and feel centered.
At 5:48pm on May 17, 2009, Nora P. Augustine said…
Louis~to have chosen the above "words" accompanied my this elegant,mult idementional piece of music show's to me debth and feelings...."it takes what it takes" is one of my favorite AA "sayings"meaning to me the ebb and flows of our life are not to be ashamed of.....i used to tell my daughters "not all flowers bloom at the same time"...I wish you good fortune and care...nora
At 7:27am on April 21, 2009, Tim Janakos said…
I'm in for it. I went to the TIG training course in Itoh, twice, but I wonder if they will let me go to the KIG course. I live in Niigata and before that in Sendai, which both weren't in Tokyo, but they some how consider me part of Tokyo. We're not significate to have our own official IG I guess.
At 9:54am on March 29, 2009, Kimiyo said…
Hi louis,
Nice to meet you and thank you for the comment.
I am happy to know that some members from overseas are living in Japan
because I always wonder if SGI members are really here in Japan?
I have never had a chance to contact them. I didn't even know
this site exists.
By the way I just realized that you put "Paris,Texas" (music)on this.
That is my favorite movie (by Wim Wenders) so I was impressed.

Take care.
At 6:11am on January 22, 2009, jhana said…
Hi Louis.. I left a small experience in response to your insights on living in balance. I am still very much a beginners mind..Spiritual practice is a challenge for me.. can struggle somewhat with service and creating value, and personal autonomy its that either or.. Stay warm.
At 5:42am on January 18, 2009, Rhiannon said…
Thank you for sharing thoughts, quotes, music and photos. I feel stirred, moved, inspired...
At 1:48am on January 10, 2009, Leaetta May Wacker said…
Thank you for starting Sensei guidance group. And for your wonderful encouragement from Toda.

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