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    anyone still around???

    PTB must be flying over the Pacific right now. I'm thinking alot abt SouthGirl and hoping Ivan limited damage to her and her loved ones. When u get a chance SouthGirl, let us know how you are.

    Got to get to work, hope everyone out there has a great day!

    SoCal
    SoCal

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      Well hello again from parts far to the west

      By the time I get back to LA, I will have traveled farther than around the world (approx 30,000 miles) in a little more than two weeks. Had a wonderful ride over; slept well, showed up at home just before anyone was waking up. Played like a crazy person with the kids. My little girl was totally jazzed that Daddy was home. Her mother, my other "little girl" did the things she does like no other and made Daddy totally jazzed that Daddy was home. I am in a synergistic groove and don't want it to ever stop.

      That fucker, Ivan thought better of it and decided not to take on Southern Girl head-on. Hoping for her usual stories of mystic revealation, and karmic changing life propositions and opportunity. She is a master at having what seems to be difficult turn into something better; and more often than not, the best. I have confidence she will be OK.

      SoCal, congrats on changing your karma through steadfast determination! I am sure you will do well with the new gig. Way to go Bodhisattva! I expect to hear dem special kinda bells, ringing soon.

      NattyGurrl, what up? Amsterdame! Did you flame? Out on your B-day; how was the movie? Anyone want to bitch me out that Pat ain't back? FYI, it's cause someone was sending him viruses.?!.?!

      Thomas
      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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          a cryptic msg???

          hey PTD,

          I know you are having a great time there with the family but I can't decipher ur last post!!!???
          Thought u would like to know, Howard hd a great breakthru this week when he met a reporter in the OC and she is going to do a story on his company in the newspaper. Lot's of good exposure and truly actual proof of his chanting and efforts.

          anyone else getting benefits from chanting? I just got an awesome job offer from a great company and its everything I am wanting from a position.

          "Convert opportunity into success" (my current motto)

          Take care everyone.

          SoCal
          SoCal

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            nice Bazeado....

            Glad u like checking out this thread, Bazeado as i am sure others do also.

            I love your words, 'celebrate difference'! So simple but many of the worlds sufferings could be solved with this. What if everyone was the same in this world? or what if all you eat everyday is say, spagetti.......I believe there are far more good ppl but somehow the bad ones are the ones that touch us most. This thread invites everyone with all thoughts and ideals to converse about life and its workings.

            I just finished reading another letter from Nichiren, "The Three Kinds of Treasure" (WND, pg 848) would like to quote something that touched me greatly.

            "It is rare to be born a human being. The number of those endowed with human life is as small as the amount of earth one can place on a fingernail. Life as a human being is hard to sustain-as hard as it is for the dew to remain on the grass. But it is better to live a single day with honor than to live to 120 and die in disgrace........

            " .....more valuable than treasures in the storehouse are the treasures of the body, and the treasures of the heart are the most valuable of all. From the time you read this letter on, strive to accumulate the treasures of the heart"

            Keep chanting.
            SoCal

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              A Salute to women...

              Where would the world be without you girls? I just finished my morning prayers and realized the quotation from Nichiren Daishonin is still on the Butsudan. I have come home to the House of Those with Wombs. Ha! Thank God they are so capable. What in the fuck would I do if I had to suck up the responsibility of this baby train. Could I survive it; let alone actually delivering the level of care that these kids get?

              They are poised to have their cake and eat it too, as fortune babies straddling the cultural and lingual divide. My daughter, as a matter of environmetal influence as well as elective stimulis is fluent in five languages. What an advantage in life. And to be able to go east or west, depending on which direction offers the greatest opportunity, as well as peace and security; they will have choices that are crucial to the lives they will live as adults.

              All because of women. The women in their lives; and their mother, grandmothers, and great grandmothers. The genes they have that will serve them best are from the women in their bloodlines. My greatest responsibility is to make sure as best I can, that they understand and respect that with their lives, for their whole lives.

              When world peace is achieved, it will be because of the women.

              The gosho reminds us what a great philosophy Buddhism is, in that it understood, and gave acknowledgement of the equality of incarnate men and women as karmic temporary gatherings of the five components. As a legacy of it's highest teaching, the Lotus Stura, the fundamental equality of men and women was declared for the first time, that I am aware of, in the history of mankind.

              And so the Gosho on the butsudan reads:

              Daimoku of the Lotus Stutra

              Women, whether they live in the time of the Buddha or in the Former, Middle or Latter Day of the Law cannot attain Buddhahood through any teaching but the Lotus Sutra. None of the other sutras expounded by any of the Buddhas anywhere can help them. The Great Teacher T'ien-t'ai, who heard the Buddha's teaching at Eagle Peak and later attained an awakening in the place of meditation, has stated unequivocally: "The other sutras predict buddhahood for men only and not for women. Only this sutra predicts Buddhahood for all."

              "This letter was written in the first month, 1266, for a woman of advanced years. nothing is known about her other than she was a new believer in Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism and lived in Amatsu of Awa Province. this letter explains in plain terms the rewards of the simple practice of Nam Myoho Rege Kyo by saying that this phrase and its components contain all of the powers of the Buddha, and one who chants it can tap all of the benefits of Buddhism and thus revitalize one's life."

              This has been sitting on the alter for six months now. My whole world has done a complete 180 in that time. My blessings are many.

              Send Southern Girl your prayers. She went through hell to get back to Texas. Prognosis not good for where her stuff was on the gulf. Just stuff. She is alright and everything is going to be OK.

              Gurrl! Watch that movie! Ha! I can't wait to hear your reaction!

              Bazeado, dude! To have the compassion to express yourself to Natty, as the moment you would go from reader to post, is quite telling. Welcome fellow Bodhisattva! Feel free to speak up whenever there is something to say. I wish more people would post. I think I'll PM Babbabud and request another poem.

              (I have come home to around six oz of wonderful bud. The wife keeps saying, "Why don't you go take a hit!" This world is so delightful!)


              Thomas
              Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                High Friends

                All things pass

                A sunrise does not last all morning

                All things pass

                A cloudburst does not last all day

                All things pass

                Nor a sunset all night



                But Earth.......sky........thunder ....

                ..wind......fire......lake.... .

                ..mountain.......water

                These always change



                And if these do not last

                Do man's visions last ?

                Do man's illusions ?


                Take things as they come

                All things pass




                Taken from the
                Tao Te Ching


                your bud
                babba
                (Medical Patient In Compliance)

                Nam myoho renge kyo !! Mugi wasshin
                your bud
                babba

                Peace/ Be here now

                Babba's Farm L.L.C.


                The political views, or conspiracy theories, of icmag ownership, do not reflect my own views and are sole property of the participants

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                  IVAN

                  Hello Everyone!
                  Just a brief moment on someones computer. Will start out by asking all to pray for all my friends and roommate in Pensacola, Florida. The city is a almost a total loss. The hospital I worked at was hit not just by the hurricane but a tornado with everyone that I love in that state in it. I lived in Perdido Key. My ENTIRE neighborhood is gone. EXCEPT MY HOUSE! It is not liveable,but not one window is gone nor door and all my belongings are safe. Some say untill looters come but Gohonzon got me this far, I will get the rest of the way. The ceilings are full of water and dumped in one area of the house where there was no furniture. The front doors did blow open but everything sitting on the mantel place was still there. My house was on CNN, they enterviewed Kevin, my roommate who had finally gotten down there and he said The reason our house is there is because of my Roomate Mate. She is a Texan with a constitution of a bull and she is a member of SGI-a buddhist organization, which is has tremendous faith in and told all of us it would be ok. But I must tell you all that after me and the kids got in the evacuation that took 22 hours to drive. Kevin went back to the house in the storm and retrieved my butsudan. The breaks were bad in the motor home and really couldn't handle anymore weight. He said if there was a video camera it would be good for a meeting. He said "I talked to "GO" and said I know I'm not picking up stuff right but you have to pay attention to my heart condition. He picked up the water dish that fell into 3 pieces because he didn't know and was apologizing chasing it across the room. Most all cars at the hospital were damaged except the motorhome, his car and my sons car. There is noone here that could argue the power of NAMMYOHORENGEKYO with me. Myself, my kids and my roommate as well as my roommate were protected beyond. Ivan entered at Orange Beach which is 10 miles from my home. Perdido Key is in total devastation. I will be making my way back next week as soon as I can get a truck. I will occasionally acess when I can. Please send prayer to all those in Pensacola. They have been without water, power, food, gas for a week now. They are living below the basics of life. Living in what appears to be a war zone. Please Please help me pray for my friends. Love to you and appreciate LIFE!!!! Cindy

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                    Can You imagine how broadly I am beaming?

                    I just scared the hell out of everyone with my instantaneous clapping and crying out with tears flowing down my face. What a display of Buddha powers young lady! I am so grateful, yet so proud of you as well! And so proud of Kev! Wow! Wow! Wow!

                    Keep your shit tight! Don't relax! The pressure is beginning, not coming to an end. More Daimoku! You get an hour from me today, just for you! SoCal! Did you read what she wrote? Please call Pat and give him the news of this incredible Gohonzon blessing!

                    This is why we practice Buddhism, everyone. It is this kind of stuff that makes the hair on your arms stand on end, and for tears to form in your eyes, and joy to form in your heart. It is the feeling you get everytime your prayers are answered, no matter how impossible the situation. Over and over and over again.

                    If your (anyone else's) higher power performs to this level of consistency, then continue. If it doesn't; try chanting!

                    BABBABUD! THAT WAS THE BEST ONE YET! PLEASE LAY THOSE ON US TIME YOU GET THE CHANCE! THANK YOU!!!

                    Adame! Where are you? Was the movie as good as you hoped it would be?

                    Hello to all and PEACE on EARTH!

                    Thomas
                    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                      Attention: PassTheDoobie!!

                      Attention PassTheDoobie!

                      So glad you turned me on to I.C.Mag!! Got myself registrered with the user name GordyP. Not sure if this is the "screen name" you mentioned in your reguar Email, but figured you'd read this and get me straightened out. Glad to hear you're doin' great and still chanting your ass off and passing on the magic. Learned a lot from catching up on the Chanting Growers Group news. Sounds like there's chanters from all walks of life out there, but bound tightly together by the power of the Buddah.
                      This probably isn't the right place to talk to you exclusively about the materials, techniques, and TLC that I'll need to get myself on the road to growing some of those bodacious buds shown in the galleries of I.C.mag. Send me a message to let me know the right thread, forum, whatever, to reach you and catch up on old times, as well as get some growing lessons. Looks like I'm about 30 years behind super seeds, soils, fertilizers, lighting, atmosphere, etc... Your eager pupil awaits!

                      p.s. To all you faithful members writing in to this thread, you all seem like a rightious and loving group of guys and "gurls"!! Keep loving each other and listen close to the messages from PTD. He's been through some amazing experiences and really knows his shit. His devotion to his practice has brought a lot of good things to his life that I sure as Hell can't explain any other way.
                      I'm wishing you all things good.
                      GordyP in Indiana.
                      Find the good, and praise it

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                        And my OLDEST friend joins the frey....

                        Ha! Hey dude! What took you so long? Well I can tell you to just read everything you see posted by I.M. Boggled, and you'll learn how to be a rocket scientist. Oh! I forgot! You are!

                        GordyP? My daughter is screaming for me. Gotta go!
                        Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                          The Lesson of Seed

                          The soft overcomes the hard

                          The small overcomes the large

                          The gentle survives the strong

                          The invisible survives the visible


                          Fish should be left in deep water

                          Fire and iron should be left under ground

                          Seed should be left free

                          To grow in the rhythm of life



                          taken from the Tao Te Ching


                          your bud
                          babba
                          (Medical Patient In Compliance)

                          Nam myoho renge kyo !! Mugi wasshin
                          your bud
                          babba

                          Peace/ Be here now

                          Babba's Farm L.L.C.


                          The political views, or conspiracy theories, of icmag ownership, do not reflect my own views and are sole property of the participants

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                            SouthGirl...Im blown away

                            WOW! could actual proof not show more in someone's life as it has for you, SouthGirl. I am just blown away and so incredibly happy for you. I know you have experienced 'HELL' from Ivan but you have trully shown how Buddhahood manifests at a crucial moment. I am more encouraged and determined to help you thru this with more chanting as your life is so busy you can't possibly find the time. Count on me SouthGirl and blow me away again.

                            Lessening One's Karmic Retribution:

                            The principle that, through one's faith and practice of the True Law, he can experience the effects of bad karma from the past to a lesser degree. In general, Buddhism attributes one's present sufferings to his past karma, asserting that one must suffer retribution for every negative cause he has made in the past. In contrast, the Hatsunaion Sutra states, "It is due to the blessings obtained by protecting the Law that one can diminish in this lifetime his suffering and retribution." As this passage shows, due to the fortune accumulated through faith and practice, one can experience to a lesser degree the effects of his bad karma from the past which would otherwise cause him great suffering, or one can diminish in a shorter period his negative karmic retribution which would otherwise torment him over a longer period of time, perhaps several lifetimes. Nichiren Daishonin states in his "Tenju Kyoju Honmon" (Lessening One's Karmic Retribution), "If one's heavy karma from the past is not expiated within this lifetime, he must undergo the sufferings of hell in the future, but if he experiences extreme hardship in this life, the sufferings of hell will vanish instantly. When he dies, he will obtain the blessings of Rapture and Tranquility, as well as those of the three vehicles and the supreme vehicle."
                            (Source: Dictionary of Buddhist Terms and Concepts )
                            SoCal

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                              Since I now know you will see this!

                              Hey Yoda!
                              Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                                Am I in the right place and the right mind? SB
                                Find the good, and praise it

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