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    "Attaining enlightenment is not about embarking on some inconcievably long journey to become a resplendent godlike Buddha; it is about accomplishing a transformation in the depths of one's being.

    In other words, it is not a matter of practicing in order to scale the highest summit of enlightenment at some point in the distant future. Rather, it is a constant, moment-to-moment, inner struggle between the opposing courses of revealing our innate Buddha nature or allowing ourselves to be ruled by our fundamental negativity and delusion.

    This unceasing effort to polish our lives is the heart and essence of Buddhist practice."

    - Daisaku Ikeda -
    SoCal

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      Great post SoCal it really is about a day to day moment to moment awareness of who we are and what we are doing. Its waking up each day with a great attitude and a desire to go forward with a smile on our face and love in our hearts. Much love to you all.
      Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
      (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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        "One of the greatest shortcoming of modern society is the lack of a sense of purpose. What do human beings live for - or rather, what do we live for? For example, in our daily lives, if we know our destination, we can go and ask for directions at the nearest police station. But if we don't know the name of our direction and ask the police officer, "Where should I go?" we'll be laughed at. Therefore, in the journey of life, it is strange and incomprehensible that people are living without purpose. It is here indeed that we find the root cause of the confusion and malaise confounding society." -- Josei Toda, Soka Gakkai 2nd president
        SoCal

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          Hey southwind glad you stopped by. Please come back and read some more. So glad you seeking spirit has brought you here. Hope that same beautiful spirit will bring you back again!!
          Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
          (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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            AWESOME post So Cal especilally for me personally cause i can let that funamental darkness in so easy if im not diligent in my entire practice. Faith , Practice, Study, it just creeps in and turns that strait pathinto an unnegotiable twisted road telling me i cant do this and i cant do that. Well i have learned in the past couple days that i may have a purpose that will along with continued chanting sraighten out that path. Im excited and of course hesitant, HHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, notice i didnt use the word SCARED. Time will tell and of course i will tell all of you.

            love you all so much, more than you know...................maybe, you guys are pretty heavy and know a thing or two about a thing or two.

            WOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

            How blessed am i to be in such company? More than i could have ever imagined.

            peace my friends, lets go out and make some people smile today

            bonz







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            "When one objectively acknowledges, accepts, and embraces one's weaknesses; they in fact, no longer continue to be that."(PTD)

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              Hi everyone!!...hope everyone is doing great reading daily and enjoying all the posts...Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
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              Be Good Humans.....


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                oh my Bonzo Babba PTD and everybody.. glad to be here with you guys!
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                "If I had a dime for every grower in the world with 10+ years experience that's pumping out crap cannabis, I'd be a millionaire. Very large differences between plants that are fed to harvest and ones that are leached of their nutrients for a period of time. Differences even a noob can detect." Quote by VertNwb

                "Most soil growers don't have EC meters. I've TASTED my runoff before to determine salt buildup- it definitely has a flavor all its own- salty, yet metallic! A fine vintage! "Quote by Stinkyattic

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                  WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                  YES!!!!

                  ENERGY!!!!

                  Hi Mrs Babba!!! Nam myoho renge kyo

                  Hi WAMEN!!! Nam myoho renge kyo

                  Wecome Southwind!!!!!!!! Nam myoho renge kyo!!!!
                  Nam myoho renge kyo!!!!
                  Nam myoho renge kyo!!!!


                  WoooooooooooooHooooooooooooooo oooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                  VICTORY IS OURS!!!!!

                  PEACE AND ALL MY LOVE!!

                  BONZ






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                    Thomas, where are you man,i bow in obiesence to you.

                    peace and all my love to you and yours

                    bonz








                    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Nam myoho renge kyo>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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                    "When one objectively acknowledges, accepts, and embraces one's weaknesses; they in fact, no longer continue to be that."(PTD)

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                      Buddhism in Daily Life

                      Rissho Ankoku--Securing Peace for the People

                      Buddhism takes a fundamentally positive view of human life. Its core message is that every individual has infinite dignity and potential.

                      In the Lotus Sutra, the scripture which is recognized in the Nichiren tradition as the highest, most complete teaching of Shakyamuni, the image of a massive jewel-decked treasure tower is used to illustrate the beauty, dignity and preciousness of life.

                      If we truly understand that human life is the most precious of all treasures, we will value our own lives and those of others. From this perspective it is clear that war, as the ultimate abuse and cruelty to human beings, is to be absolutely and totally rejected, and peace should be our constant goal.

                      If society embraced this view of life's value, preventing violence and addressing all forms of suffering would become the highest priorities of humankind, as opposed to the accumulation of material wealth and power. Those who nurture and care for life--parents, nurses, doctors and teachers--would be treated with the greatest respect.

                      But humanity's common curse is an inability to fully believe in or appreciate the value of our own lives and those of others. And even if we do accept this in theory, to act on it on a day-to-day basis is extremely difficult. When faced with a bitter interpersonal conflict we may still experience poisonous thoughts of jealousy and hatred, and wish to harm another person or wish that they could somehow be "got out of the way."
                      Inner Transformation
                      The UNESCO Constitution states that "since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed." Likewise, Buddhism stresses that only an inner transformation of our lives, from the deepest level, can make our compassion stronger than our egotistical desire to win over or use others. It offers us teachings and tools which enable us to effect this kind of core transformation.

                      Buddhism views life as a struggle between the forces of good and evil. Good is defined as the creative, compassionate nature inherent in people, the desire to be happy oneself and aid others in their quest for happiness. Evil is defined as that which divides and breaks down our sense of connection, propelling us into a fear-driven competition to use and dominate others before they can do this to us. .

                      During the lifetime of Nichiren, 13th-century Japan, a series of natural disasters--earthquakes, floods, pestilence and fire--had devastated the country. The sufferings of ordinary people were enormous. Nichiren's determination to uncover the fundamental cause of this misery drove him to study and analyze the underlying belief structures of society. Specifically, he was aware that although the country was filled with Buddhist temples and priests, somehow their prayers and actions were failing to produce results in the form of peace or security for the people.

                      He felt that the disorder evident in the world reflected disorder within human beings. As he wrote, "In a country where the three poisons [of greed, anger and foolishness] prevail to such a degree, how can there be peace and stability? ...Famine occurs as a result of greed, pestilence as a result of foolishness, and warfare as a result of anger." He was convinced that only Buddhism could give people the strength to overcome these spiritual poisons in their lives, but as a result of wide-ranging study, he concluded that Buddhism as it was being practiced in his time was encouraging a passivity that left people vulnerable to the sway of these poisons rather than empowering them to overcome them.
                      Happiness Now
                      Nichiren specifically rejected the prevailing belief that all Buddhism could offer was the hope of comfort after death, and that the best attitude to take toward life was one of patient enduring. He passionately believed that Buddhism as originally taught had something much better to offer: the possibility of happiness and fulfillment in this present life, and that it could give people the strength to transform human society itself into an ideal and peaceful land.

                      Nichiren's most important treatise, entitled "Rissho Ankoku Ron," literally "On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land," presented to the political ruler of the day in July 1260, was a passionate cry for a return to the original purpose of Buddhism--securing the peace and happiness of the people. A key function of Buddhist priests at that time was to pray for the protection of the rulers of the nation. In contrast, Nichiren's focus was the ordinary citizens. In the "Rissho Ankoku Ron," for instance, the Chinese character he chose when he wrote "land" has at its center the character for "common people," rather than more frequently used characters that show the king within his domain or armed protection of the domain.

                      Lotus flowers by Fang Zhaoling
                      In a sense Nichiren's concern can be said to be what is now defined as "human security." As SGI President Ikeda said in a recent discussion on this treatise, "In the past, 'security' has solely implied national security ... But what kind of security is it if, while the state is protected, the lives and dignity of each citizen are threatened? Currently, the prevailing view of security is steadily being altered from one that focuses on the state to one that focuses on the human being."

                      Nichiren starts his treatise by describing the turmoil he saw around him. "Over half the population has already been carried off by death, and there is hardly a single person who does not grieve." His prime motivation was a wrenching sense of empathy for the people's plight. He had taken a vow to lead himself and others to happiness, and this meant struggling to awaken and empower people to challenge their own destiny. His outspoken determination earned him a controversial reputation which persists to this day. "I cannot keep silent on this matter," he wrote. "I cannot suppress my fears."

                      In terms of concrete action, Nichiren urged the political leaders of the day to cease official patronage of favored sects and for open public debate on the merits of the different schools of Buddhism. On a personal level, he called on the leaders to "reform the tenets that you hold in your heart." In today's terms this means transforming ourselves and our most deeply held beliefs about the nature of life.
                      Philosophy of Peace
                      Commenting on the nature of that transformation, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda says, "What matters is that the spirit of the great philosophy of peace expounded in the Lotus Sutra [with its teaching that all people are Buddhas] be given full play in society as a whole. On a societal level, 'establishing the correct teaching' means establishing the concepts of human dignity and the sanctity of life as principles that support and move society."

                      Many people today live with a sense of confusion, emptiness and despair. They feel powerless to effect change either within their own lives or society as a whole. Idealism is equated with naïveté and cynicism serves a cover for the failure of hope. Disrespect for human life fuels violence and exploitation.

                      The function of any religion or philosophy should be to give people the courage and hope needed to transform their sufferings. We need to develop the strength to engage successfully in a struggle against the forces of division and destruction within our own lives and the larger social realm. Unless empowerment for ourselves and others is our goal, we will be unable to resist and overcome the negative influences within our own lives and their environment.

                      To create an age of peace, one in which life is given supreme value, it is vital for us to have a philosophy that reveals the wonder, dignity and infinite potential of life. When we base our actions on this belief and take action out of compassion for others, the result is a pure joy which in turn motivates us to further action. Empowering ourselves from within, our sphere of compassion becomes wider and wider, encompassing not only ourselves, our own families and nations, but the whole of humanity. We develop the wisdom and compassion to reject and resist all acts that harm or denigrate life. In this way, both an inner sense of security and a peaceful society which prioritizes protection for the vulnerable can be assured.
                      [ Courtesy July 2003 SGI Quarterly ]

                      Daily Encouragement by President Ikeda:

                      Doing gongyo every day is a challenge. Introducing others to the practice is a challenge. Getting people to subscribe to our organ paper is a challenge. Attending meetings is a challenge. Sometimes it can all become too much and leave one feeling negative and wanting to take a break! Since we are human beings, it's only natural that we might feel this way on occasion. The important thing, however, is not to spin out of the orbit of faith. I hope you will continue to pursue the path of Buddhahood steadily and patiently, encouraging one another on your journey.

                      Lectures and articles about Nichiren Buddhism: http://sgi-usa.org/buddhism/
                      Last edited by EasyMyohoDisco; 01-15-2007, 19:17.

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                        Well look what the cat drug in Welcome back to the "Chanting Growers" thread Easy
                        Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
                        (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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                          I second that! Welcome back easy!!!! You have been missed!!

                          peace

                          bonz









                          >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Nam myoho renge kyo>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                          Bonzo BoUnCeS back...

                          FREEDOM for BONZ

                          "When one objectively acknowledges, accepts, and embraces one's weaknesses; they in fact, no longer continue to be that."(PTD)

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                            These words make me feel really silly about me complaining for my weedless situation.. i got my life..my health.. my family and i got a strong circle of friends where all the good vibes keep flowing constantly.
                            Its good.. Its all good :smile:

                            Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
                            Non bombardatemi di messaggi privati per i vostri problemi di coltivazione, rispondo solo nei threads

                            ______________________________ __________F.U.C.K.E.M. Crew
                            ___________________________Fiesty Underground Cannabis Kultivators European Movement

                            ______________________________ _Broadcasting my Seed 'n Serious Weed

                            "If I had a dime for every grower in the world with 10+ years experience that's pumping out crap cannabis, I'd be a millionaire. Very large differences between plants that are fed to harvest and ones that are leached of their nutrients for a period of time. Differences even a noob can detect." Quote by VertNwb

                            "Most soil growers don't have EC meters. I've TASTED my runoff before to determine salt buildup- it definitely has a flavor all its own- salty, yet metallic! A fine vintage! "Quote by Stinkyattic

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                              HUGE CONGRATS TO LEO!!!! THANK YOU LEONARDODAVINCI! Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

                              I came back for PersonalMeds, Fallen, Respect & Smile, Scegy, Tree, Dutchgrown, Capt. Crip, Eagle, mr. wags, WAMEN (forza!) and everyone else whom did not receive Gohonzon yet.

                              Babba, Bonzo, Socal, Hitman, Alwaystotheleft
                              ; Your all in my daily prayers and essentially part of my practice, CONTINUE TO SPREAD THE LAW!

                              PasstheDoobie, I couldn't resist anymore (You know I read the thread everyday) even returning in a limited capacity (I am very busy with SGI activities outside the thread everyday) is totally impromtu at this point in lieu of private messages to my friends here whom I also miss very much. Whenever I read your posts to me expressing your feelings I also could totally empathize.

                              We are at a critical juncture in our lives, its a win or lose struggle and the Mission is to Spread The Mystic Law and encourage the World to Chant Daimoku and help others find their Happiness as well.

                              I have had the good Fortune (with less than 1 year since recieving Gohonzon) of shakubukuing 4 people and have lined up 3 others to join me in Kosen-rufu. This year I plan on going forward and shakubukuing over 40 people (my New Year's Determination). As a result my life is drastically changing for the better, everyday more and more. My life is Proof of The Mystic Law and my heart rejoices every morning singing appreciation Daimoku and "shining my mirror"! Live courageously and Live Free!

                              Nam-myoho-renge-kyo Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

                              Don't be Afriad. Don't be Defeated. Victory. Heart of Gold!
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                                the curving corridors of the instants

                                Greetings;

                                Hello again,

                                Godd to see you Babba

                                I was reading the reply by SoCal and I have to agree adamantly, it is the day to day practice, it is looking at myself TODAY and at the end of my day reviewing what I have done and seeing where I can improve my inner self, because when my inner self is harmonious and accepting of what is happening NOW I can respond to what is happening NOW in a way that will benefit others.


                                When I am most disturbed and "things" are not going "my way" or rather the way I want them to go, I have relief by doing something for someone else, by getting out of my trouble and helping you in yours ....................paradoxica lly helps me in mine.

                                And yet "not naming" the force and not "expecting" to be helped from helping you, is how the help comes.

                                My force seemed to say to me"expect no help"...not that I would be GIVEN NONE.

                                Only to EXPECT NONE.

                                All these things are visible and graspable and yet they are only "one degree off" of how I usually envision the world.


                                The vision that sees past the world of Maya and into the moment that is the only moment.

                                The Oceanic moment of All-Time.

                                And I can easily shift my vision to the "left" and lose that vision.

                                It is a strange act of balance for me.

                                I wish I could live so far in the vision that it would be almost impossible to lose it

                                and
                                yet the world cries out : "money, bills, sex, illness, look at me LOOK AT ME!!!"


                                I wonder if I would know I am past the world vision if I lived in the Oceanic moment all the time having nothing to compare it too,

                                for I forget so easily.

                                I am ungrateful so easily, I can envy so easily.


                                I am human and sometimes trapped by the dust and the rust of Maya
                                she is so seductive! and not to be trusted.
                                Last edited by southwind; 01-16-2007, 02:39. Reason: speggling
                                I wish you Peace and a Warm Southwind blowing gently through the leaves. :smile:

                                :wink: my kindness does not equate to weakness.

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                                [Official Test Grower]

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