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    "One who climbs a high mountain must eventually descend. One who slights another will in turn be despised. One who deprecates those of handsome appearance will be born ugly. One who robs another of food and clothing is sure to fall into the world of hungry spirits. One who mocks a person who observes the precepts and is worthy of respect will be born to an impoverished and lowly family. One who slanders a family that embraces the correct teaching will be born to a family that holds erroneous views. One who laughs at those who cherish the precepts faithfully will be born a commoner and meet with persecution from one’s sovereign. This is the general law of cause and effect."
    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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      Greetings to all my buddhist brothers and sisters. I finally received my long anticipated approval to place my posts with you all. I couldn't ask to be in better company. I have been enjoying catching up a little on the thread and look forward to all your encouraging thoughts. I'll be on the road until Friday, but will be checking in and sending much daimoku to both of you mr and mrs B for tomorrow. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!

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        Welcome D!!! It's about time! We are happy to finally have you here!

        Much love and deep respect,

        Thomas
        Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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          Therefore, when you chant the daimoku of this sutra, you should be
          aware that it is a more joyful thing than for one who was born blind to
          gain sight and see one's father and mother, and a rarer thing than for
          a man who has been seized by a powerful enemy to be released and
          reunited with his wife and children.


          (WND, 143)
          The Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra
          Recipient unknown; written on January 6, 1266
          SoCal

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            "Everyone at some time suffers from illness in one form or another. The
            power of the Mystic Law enables us to bring forth strength to overcome
            the pain and suffering of sickness with courage and determination. The
            Daishonin writes: 'Nam-myo-renge-kyo is like the roar of a lion. What
            sickness can therefore be an obstacle?' "(MW-1, 119).


            Daisaku Ikeda
            SoCal

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              Human Revolution

              What is the "human revolution"?

              The "human revolution" is a term used by Josei Toda, second president of the Soka Gakkai, to describe the process by which an individual gradually expands his life, conquers his negative and destructive tendencies, and ultimately makes the state of Buddhahood his dominant life condition. The idea of revolution as most people understand it usually refers to a political or economic revolution. Such a revolution usually imposes new ideas upon people at large, and thereby effects change. The idea and the goal of human revolution is very different.

              Rather than changing society directly, through improving or reforming social or political systems, the object of change lies deep within the life of each individual. As Josei Toda states: "The human revolution' I am talking about...refers to the establishment of one's ultimate purpose in life and working towards the perfection of self. We carry out our daily lives according to our own views on life and society. However, "human revolution" refers to the change that we bring about in the way we view life, society and the world. A fundamental change occurs in the way one has led his or her life up until that point. The "human revolution" of an individual becomes apparent when he or she establishes an unwavering and absolute conviction in the eternity of life. Rather than focusing on short term goals which apply only to one's present lifetime, this conviction becomes the basis for the pursuit of loftier goals and greater good, in contrast to one's previous satisfaction with the accomplishment of lesser goals and good.

              SGI Presiden Daisaku Ikeda wrote these words in the foreword to this novel the Human Revolution; "A great revolution of character in just a single man(woman) will help achieve a change in the destiny of a nation and, further, will cause a change in the destiny of all humankind."
              SoCal

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                Originally posted by PassTheDoobie
                "In the same way, the renegade disciples say, “Though the priest Nichiren is our teacher, he is too forceful. We will spread the Lotus Sutra in a more peaceful way.” In so asserting, they are being as ridiculous as fireflies laughing at the sun and moon, an anthill belittling Mount Hua, wells and brooks despising the river and the ocean, or a magpie mocking a phoenix. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo."
                In my best Wayne and Garth (from Wayne's Word) voice:

                "WE ARE NOT WORTHY! WE ARE NOT WORTHY! SCHWWWWWWING!"

                But Wayne and Garth, YES WE ARE WORTHY! When we have such positive encouragement backing us up, Amazing posts by Socal (much love to you brother!) GLW, Babba, Bonz,HIT,Sceg, PTD, its helping me over here too! Gohonzon is so totally merciful, and I'm so totally just full it if I'm not chanting and filling up my coffers of faith, I need a lot of faith to get by the day and not be put down.

                Whats up DD, welcome to the thread- glad you finally got access to saddle up, thats how I felt too when I came here posting. Your the right place with Bodhisattvas of the Earth representing from all the corners of the world. Enjoy!

                My friends, I had a great introduction meeting last night, two new youth division attended and I was able to give them some "realer" more relavent encouragement. We had a few members talking about the theoretical Buddha and alot of quantum physics but when I had my turn I felt like I connected with them by telling them to chant for things right off the bat, these dudes already know gongyo from their mothers whom practice and they are just getting involved and its great because I want this to progress and them to help me meet some more seeking spirits.

                I was thinking last night, we gotta rest well as Bodhisattvas. Its hard work and we need to recouperate and just heal up from the rigors of your movements, lets make sure we keep sleeping well and resting well.

                Tomorrow smells like a victorious day! Let's keep focused on kosen-rufu in our prayers, I know I'm very grateful and fortunate to be aware of all your thoughts. Continue to convey your sincere dailouge, this thread protects us all.

                Cheers my friends,
                MyohoDisco

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                  Originally posted by Babbabud
                  Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
                  Up very early today and enjoyed two very awesome reads.. Thanks so much guys. Just what i needed.
                  Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
                  From a President Ikeda lecture: To practice just as the Daishonin instructs is the fundamental spirit of the SGI. We are advancing in strict accord with the Gosho's teachings. As long as we remember this point, we can definitely achieve great victory in life and our efforts for kosen-rufu.

                  The Gosho is truly an eternal teaching, which we should be most grateful to have. Thanks to our having encountered this teaching, we can lead wonderful lives of eternal victory.
                  I'm in this daimoku pool too and heavily invested, lets walk hard together and keep studying and keep learning correctly. I'm looking forward to our next time chanting at the center Babba, helping me get the books (The Goshos Yolume 1 and Buddhist Dictionary) I have read more than anything else I've ever read and just pushed my practice for real. We encourage and derive the encouragement in different ways since we're all different, I like hearing it instead of reading it personally but I tell you what, This right here is as real as real gets and we're just rolling with the punches like everyone else but our purpose is our very life. I'm a Bodhisattva your a Bodhisattva we hang with Bodhisattvas we are totally protected. I have no doubts of this and I'm just me but I have alot of love and appreciation for everyone here with us, we're just jamming away in our lives with the same intent, thats awesome because bud we're not hero's for hire, we're just making the impossible possible, that's all!
                  Congratulations once again to all of us presented with struggles, enjoy your fresh opportunities for dynamic personal growth and prepare for some awesome karma! This is our year folks!

                  Yes it is!

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

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                    The magic that our struggle has brought is just amazing. Ive seen things happen through my chants that seem so much bigger then I could imagine I could bring about. Im sure our chants have caused this and soon I will begin to tell the story of this challenge. Faith is an amazing thing my friends. "Muster your faith, and pray to the Gohonzon. Then what is there that cannot be achieved?" Thankyou all so much for the love and Daimoku. I bow in obiesance to you all. Lots of Daimoku tonight Thanks so much my chanting brothers and sisters, you are all truly Bodhisattvas of the Earth!! We are so blessed to continue being born together !! 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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                      Just finished 15 minutes concentrated daimoku and gongyo dedicated to you and yours, Bubbabud. I am anxious, and on edge. They are going to postpone and postpone again and again. They'll drag it out to it's last dying breath and I promise to chant for you and with you for the whole ride. You are already indestructable so as they say and we all know is that bad things happen to good, good people. This is poison and you will create the best medicine there ever could be. Na Mu Myoho Renge Kyo. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo....

                      In Search of Earth's finest nuggets.

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                        Thank you very much, I love you all!!
                        Nam Myoho renge Kyo
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                        Be Good Humans.....


                        "If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they are." --Will Rogers





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                          On the Treasure Tower / WND Pg. 299

                          I have read your letter with great care. I have also received your offering to the treasure tower of one thousand coins, polished rice, and other articles. This I have respectfully reported to the Gohonzon and to the Lotus Sutra. Please rest assured.

                          In your letter you ask, “What is signified by the Thus Come One Many Treasures and his treasure tower, which appeared from beneath the earth?” The teaching on the treasure tower is of great importance. In the eighth volume of his Words and Phrases of the Lotus Sutra, the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai explains the appearance of the treasure tower. He states that it has two distinct functions: to lend credence to the preceding chapters and to pave the way for the revelation to come. Thus the treasure tower appeared in order to verify the theoretical teaching and to introduce the essential teaching. To put it another way, the closed tower symbolizes the theoretical teaching, and the open tower, the essential teaching. The open tower reveals the two elements of reality and wisdom (1). This is extremely complex, however, so I will not go into further detail now.

                          In essence, the appearance of the treasure tower indicates that on hearing the Lotus Sutra the three groups of voice-hearers perceived for the first time the treasure tower within their own lives. Now Nichiren’s disciples and lay supporters are also doing this. In the Latter Day of the Law, no treasure tower exists other than the figures of the men and women who embrace the Lotus Sutra. It follows, therefore, that whether eminent or humble, high or low, those who chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo are themselves the treasure tower, and, likewise, are themselves the Thus Come One Many Treasures. No treasure tower exists other than Myoho-renge-kyo. The daimoku of the Lotus Sutra is the treasure tower, and the treasure tower is Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

                          At present the entire body of the Honorable Abutsu is composed of the five elements of earth, water, fire, wind, and space. These five elements are also the five characters of the daimoku. Abutsu-bo is therefore the treasure tower itself, and the treasure tower is Abutsu-bo himself. No other knowledge is purposeful. It is the treasure tower adorned with the seven kinds of treasures— hearing the correct teaching, believing it, keeping the precepts, engaging in meditation, practicing assiduously, renouncing one’s attachments, and reflecting on oneself. You may think you offered gifts to the treasure tower of the Thus Come One Many Treasures, but that is not so. You offered them to yourself. You, yourself, are a Thus Come One who is originally enlightened and endowed with the three bodies. You should chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with this conviction. Then the place where you chant daimoku will become the dwelling place of the treasure tower. The sutra reads, “If there is any place where the Lotus Sutra is preached, then my treasure tower will come forth and appear in that spot (2).” Faith like yours is so extremely rare that I will inscribe the treasure tower especially for you. You must never transfer it to anyone but your son. You must never show it to others unless they have steadfast faith. This is the reason for my advent in this world.

                          Abutsu-bo, you deserve to be called a leader of this northern province. Could it be that Bodhisattva Pure Practices has been reborn into this world as Abutsu-bo and visited me? How wonderful! How marvelous! I do not understand how it is that you have such faith. I will leave it to Bodhisattva Superior Practices when he appears, as he has the power to know these things. I am not saying all this without good reason. You and your wife should worship this treasure tower privately. I will explain more later.

                          With my deep respect,

                          Nichiren

                          The thirteenth day of the third month in the ninth year of Bun’ei (1272), cyclical sign mizunoe-saru

                          To the Honorable Abutsu-bo


                          Background

                          Nichiren Daishonin sent this letter in the third month of 1272 to his disciple Abutsu-bo Nittoku. One story has it that Abutsu-bo was a samurai who had accompanied the Retired Emperor Juntoku to Sado when he was exiled there as a result of the Jokyu Disturbance of 1221. It is more likely, however, that he was a native of Sado Island. In either case, he was a longtime resident of the island. He went to Tsukahara to debate with the Daishonin and was converted to the Daishonin’s teaching. He and his wife became loyal supporters of the Daishonin and brought him food and other necessities for much of the time he was on the island. After the Daishonin took up residence at Mount Minobu, Abutsu-bo made at least three visits there, despite his advanced age. He died in 1279 at the age of ninety-one.

                          The treasure tower described in the Lotus Sutra is of awesome proportions, and its meaning puzzled Abutsu-bo. In this letter the Daishonin gives his aged disciple a striking glimpse into the reality of life. The ceremony depicted in the Lotus Sutra is not a historical event during which a colossal jewel encrusted stupa actually emerged from the ground. Rather, the appearance of the treasure tower symbolizes a ceremony of life; it is a metaphor for the emergence from deep within the human being of the highest state of life.

                          Notes

                          1. Reference is to the ultimate reality of Buddhahood innate in life and the wisdom to perceive that reality. These are represented, respectively, by the Buddhas Many Treasures and Shakyamuni seated together within the open treasure tower.
                          2. A rephrasing of a passage in chapter of the Lotus Sutra.
                          Last edited by PassTheDoobie; 01-16-2008, 06:42.
                          Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                            "How wonderful! How marvelous! I do not understand how it is that you have such faith. I will leave it to Bodhisattva Superior Practices when he appears, as he has the power to know these things. I am not saying all this without good reason."
                            Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                              "Abutsu-bo is therefore the treasure tower itself, and the treasure tower is Abutsu-bo himself. No other knowledge is purposeful.....You may think you offered gifts to the treasure tower of the Thus Come One Many Treasures, but that is not so. You offered them to yourself. You, yourself, are a Thus Come One who is originally enlightened and endowed with the three bodies. You should chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with this conviction."
                              Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                                "It follows, therefore, that whether eminent or humble, high or low, those who chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo are themselves the treasure tower, and, likewise, are themselves the Thus Come One Many Treasures. No treasure tower exists other than Myoho-renge-kyo. The daimoku of the Lotus Sutra is the treasure tower, and the treasure tower is Nam-myoho-renge-kyo."
                                Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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