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    Originally posted by GeorgialouWho
    VICTORY!much to say little keyboard haha perhaps a sign from the universe big victory little victory the key word is victory...we shall keep the momentum going WASHOI! thats old school right there, although i dont know if i spelled it right loving u supporting u chanting by u always Babbas!
    Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
    WASHOI IS HERE IN THE THREAD MANY TIMES! That's the way I spelled it too. My kids teachers get the bigggest kick out me urging them and all of their classmates on during school events with big Washoi, Washoi, Washoi's!

    What's the literal translation? Ask Hitman's mom!


      Thanks so much for the encouragement everyone! Pretty much came home and chanted then passed out in the chair. Was a long tiring day. Woke up feeling great today. Got some early morning Daimoku in and ready to rock the day. Hope everyone wakes feeling great and ready to face the world with a smile
      Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
      (Medical Patient In Compliance)

      Nam myoho renge kyo !! Mugi wasshin
      your bud

      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


        Greetings everyone.Glad to hear the news Babbas. more opportunity to build up that daimoku. we will be right there chanting with you. so what does Washoi translate to. I came in at the end of the washoi era and never got the meaning. i was only fortunate enough to get a taste of the old ways before things began to change. Washoi has a nice ring to it. maybe we should bring it back!


          A A OH!!!
          A A OH!!!
          A A OH!!!


          Great to hear Mr n Mrs B and thanks for allowing us to change our karma along with you doing so.

          (I don't believe there is a translation for Washoi; the closest equivalent in english I would say is when people are working in unison and they start yelling together ......Heave Hoh! Heave Hoh!....Heave Hoh!)


            It is the way of ordinary people that, even though they spur themselves
            on to arouse the aspiration for enlightenment and wish for happiness in
            the next life, they exert themselves no more than one or two out of all
            the hours of the day, and this only after reminding themselves to do
            so. As for myself, I read the Lotus Sutra without having to remember
            to, and practice it even when I do not read its words aloud.

            (WND, 43)
            The Four Debts of Gratitude
            Written to Kudo Sakon-no-jo Yoshitaka on January 16, 1262


              "What is defeat in life? It is not merely making mistakes. Defeat means giving up on yourself in the midst of difficulty. What is true success in life? True success means winning your battle with yourself. Those who persist in the pursuit of their dreams, no matter what the hurddles, are winners in life. For they have won over their weaknesses."

              Daisaku Ikeda


                "It is important to take a long-range view. No great achievement is
                accomplished overnight or without difficulty. Should benefit be
                obtained easily without making any efforts in Buddhist practice, we'd
                probably just as easily abandon our faith and end up miserable as a
                consequence. Because it isn't easy to get into a highly ranked school,
                students study with all their might, gaining an abundance of knowledge
                and ability. Faith follows basically the same formula: Practice is
                essential to attaining Buddhahood."

                Daisaku Ikeda
                Last edited by SoCal Hippy; 01-17-2008, 19:04.


                  We are so fortunate to be practicing Nichiren Buddhism

                  I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the lower animals
                  (so-called), and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of
                  man. I find the result humiliating to me. For it obliges me to
                  renounce my allegiance to the Darwinian theory of the Ascent of Man
                  from the Lower Animals; since it now seems plain to me that the
                  theory ought to be vacated in favor of a new and truer one, this new
                  and truer one to be named the Descent of Man from the Higher Animals.

                  In proceeding toward this unpleasant conclusion I have not guessed or speculated or conjectured, but have used what is com*monly called the scientific method. That is to say, I have sub*jected every postulate that presented itself to the crucial test of actual experiment, and have adopted it or rejected it according to the result. Thus I verified and established each step of my course in its turn before advancing to the next. These
                  experiments were made in the London Zoological Gardens, and covered
                  many months of painstaking and fatiguing work.

                  Before particularizing any of the experiments, I wish to
                  state one or two things which seem to more properly belong in this
                  place than further along. This, in the interest of clearness. The
                  massed experiments established to my satisfaction certain gener*
                  alizations, to wit:

                  1. That the human race is of one distinct species. It
                  exhibits slight variations (in color, stature, mental caliber, and so
                  on) due to climate, environment, and so forth; but it is a species by
                  itself, and not to be confounded with any other.

                  2. That the quadrupeds are a distinct family, also. This fam*
                  ily exhibits variations (in color, size, food preferences, and so on;
                  but it is a family by itself).

                  3. That the other families (the birds, the fishes, the
                  insects, the reptiles, etc.) are more or less distinct, also. They
                  are in the procession. They are links in the chain which stretches
                  down from the higher animals to man at the bottom.

                  Some of my experiments were quite curious.
                  In the course of my reading I had come across a case where, many
                  years ago, some hunters on our Great Plains organized a buffalo hunt
                  for the entertainment of an English earl. They had charming sport.
                  They killed seventy-two of those great animals; and ate part of one
                  of them and left the seventy-one to rot. In order to determine the
                  differ*ence between an anaconda and an earl (if any) I caused seven
                  young calves to be turned into the anacondas cage. The grateful
                  reptile immediately crushed one of them and swallowed it, then lay
                  back satisfied. It showed no further interest in the calves, and no
                  disposition to harm them. I tried this experiment with other
                  anacondas; always with the same result. The fact stood proven that
                  the difference between an earl and an anaconda is that the earl is
                  cruel and the anaconda isnt; and that the earl wantonly destroys what
                  he has no use for, but the anaconda doesnt. This seemed to suggest
                  that the anaconda was not descended from the earl. It also seemed to
                  suggest that the earl was descended from the anaconda, and had lost a
                  good deal in the transition.

                  I was aware that many men who have accumulated more millions of money
                  than they can ever use have shown a rabid hunger for more, and have
                  not scrupled to cheat the ignorant and the helpless out of their poor
                  servings in order to partially appease that appetite. I furnished a
                  hundred different kinds of wild and tame animals the opportunity to
                  accumulate vast stores of food, but none of them would do it. The
                  squirrels and bees and certain birds made accumulations, but stopped
                  when they had gathered a winter s supply, and could not be persuaded
                  to add to it either honestly or by chicane. In order to bolster up a
                  tottering reputa*tion the ant pretended to store up supplies, but I
                  was not de*ceived. I know the ant. These experiments convinced me
                  that there is this difference between man and the higher animals: he
                  is avaricious and miserly; they are not.

                  In the course of my experiments I convinced myself that among
                  the animals man is the only one that harbors insults and injuries,
                  broods over them, waits till a chance offers, then takes revenge.
                  The passion of revenge is unknown to the higher animals.

                  Roosters keep harems, but it is by consent of their concu*bines;
                  therefore no wrong is done. Men keep harems but it is by brute
                  force, privileged by atrocious laws which the other sex were allowed
                  no hand in making. In this matter man occupies a far lower place
                  than the rooster.

                  Cats are loose in their morals, but not consciously so. Man, in his
                  descent from the cat, has brought the cats looseness with him but has
                  left the unconsciousness behind (the saving grace which excuses the
                  cat). The cat is innocent, man is not.

                  Indecency, vulgarity, obscenity (these are strictly confined to man);
                  he invented them. Among the higher animals there is no trace of
                  them. They hide nothing; they are not ashamed. Man, with his soiled
                  mind, covers himself. He will not even enter a drawing room with his
                  breast and back naked, so alive are he and his mates to indecent
                  suggestion. Man is The Animal that Laughs. But so does the monkey,
                  as Mr. Darwin pointed out; and so does the Australian bird that is
                  called the laughing jackass. No! Man is the Animal that Blushes.
                  He is the only one that does itor has occasion to.

                  At the head of this article we see how three monks were burnt to
                  death a few days ago, and a prior put to death with atrocious
                  cruelty. Do we inquire into the details? No; or we should find out
                  that the prior was subjected to unprintable muti*lations. Man (when
                  he is a North American Indian) gouges out his prisoners eyes; when he
                  is King John, with a nephew to render untroublesome, he uses a red-
                  hot iron; when he is a reli*gious zealot dealing with heretics in the
                  Middle Ages, he skins his captive alive and scatters salt on his
                  back; in the first Richards time he shuts up a multitude of Jew
                  families in a tower and sets fire to it; in Columbuss time he
                  captures a family of Spanish Jews and (but that is not printable; in
                  our day in England a man is fined ten shillings for beating his
                  mother nearly to death with a chair, and another man is fined forty
                  shillings for having four pheasant eggs in his possession without
                  being able to satisfacto*rily explain how he got them). Of all the
                  animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that
                  inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it. It is a trait that is
                  not known to the higher animals. The cat plays with the frightened
                  mouse; but she has this excuse, that she does not know that the mouse
                  is suffering. The cat is moderate (unhumanly moderate: she only
                  scares the mouse, she does not hurt it; she doesnt dig out its eyes,
                  or tear off its skin, or drive splinters under its nails) man-
                  fashion; when she is done playing with it she makes a sudden meal of
                  it and puts it out of its trouble. Man is the Cruel Animal. He is
                  alone in that distinction.

                  The higher animals engage in individual fights, but never in
                  organized masses. Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity
                  of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren
                  about him and goes forth in cold blood and with calm pulse to
                  exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages
                  will march out, as the Hessians did in our Revolu*tion, and as the
                  boyish Prince Napoleon did in the Zulu war, and help to slaughter
                  strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom
                  he has no quarrel.

                  Man is the only animal that robs his helpless fellow of his
                  countrytakes possession of it and drives him out of it or destroys
                  him. Man has done this in all the ages. There is not an acre of
                  ground on the globe that is in possession of its rightful owner, or
                  that has not been taken away from owner after owner, cycle after
                  cycle, by force and bloodshed.

                  Man is the only Slave. And he is the only animal who en*slaves. He
                  has always been a slave in one form or another, and has always held
                  other slaves in bondage under him in one way or another. In our day
                  he is always some mans slave for wages, and does that mans work; and
                  this slave has other slaves under him for minor wages, and they do
                  his work. The higher animals are the only ones who exclusively do
                  their own work and provide their own living.

                  Man is the only Patriot. He sets himself apart in his own country,
                  under his own flag, and sneers at the other nations, and keeps
                  multitudinous uniformed assassins on hand at heavy ex*pense to grab
                  slices of other peoples countries, and keep them from grabbing slices
                  of his. And in the intervals between cam*paigns, he washes the blood
                  off his hands and works for the universal brotherhood of man, with
                  his mouth.

                  Man is the Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Ani*mal. He is
                  the only animal that has the True Religion, several of them. He is
                  the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself, and cuts his
                  throat if his theology isnt straight. He has made a graveyard of the
                  globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brothers path to
                  happiness and heaven. He was at it in the time of the Caesars, he
                  was at it in Mahomets time, he was at it in the time of the
                  Inquisition, he was at it in France a couple of cen*turies, he was at
                  it in England in Marys day, he has been at it ever since he first saw
                  the light, he is at it today in Crete (as per the telegrams quoted
                  above) he will be at it somewhere else tomor*row. The higher animals
                  have no religion. And we are told that they are going to be left
                  out, in the Hereafter. I wonder why? It seems questionable taste.

                  Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open
                  to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the
                  Unreasoning Animal. Note his history, as sketched above. It seems
                  plain to me that whatever he is he is not a reasoning animal. His
                  record is the fantastic record of a maniac. I consider that the
                  strongest count against his intelligence is the fact that with that
                  record back of him he blandly sets himself up as the head animal of
                  the lot: whereas by his own standards he is the bottom one.

                  In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which
                  the other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among
                  my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be
                  friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be
                  friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a
                  fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They
                  lived together in peace; even affectionately.

                  Next, in another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from
                  Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch
                  Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek
                  Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of
                  Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a
                  Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away two whole
                  days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals
                  was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds
                  and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and fleshnot a
                  specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a
                  theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court.

                  One is obliged to concede that in true loftiness of
                  character, Man cannot claim to approach even the meanest of the
                  Higher Animals. It is plain that he is constitutionally incapable of
                  ap*proaching that altitude; that he is constitutionally afflicted with
                  a Defect which must make such approach forever impossible, for it is
                  manifest that this defect is permanent in him, indestructible,

                  I find this Defect to be the Moral Sense. He is the only
                  animal that has it. It is the secret of his degradation. It is the
                  quality which enables him to do wrong. It has no other office. It
                  is in capable of performing any other function. It could never hate
                  been intended to perform any other. Without it, man could do no
                  wrong. He would rise at once to the level of the Higher Animals.

                  Since the Moral Sense has but the one office, the one
                  capacity (to enable man to do wrong) it is plainly without value to
                  him. It is as valueless to him as is disease. In fact, it
                  manifestly is a disease. Rabies is bad, but it is not so bad as this
                  disease. Rabies enables a man to do a thing, which he could not do
                  when in a healthy state: kill his neighbor with a poisonous bite.
                  NC) one is the better man for having rabies: The Moral Sense enables
                  a man to do wrong. It enables him to do wrong in a thousand ways.
                  Rabies is an innocent disease, compared to the Moral Sense. No one,
                  then, can be the better man for having the Moral Sense. What now, do
                  we find the Primal Curse to have been? Plainly what it was in the
                  beginning: the infliction upon man of the Moral Sense; the ability to
                  distinguish good from evil; and with it, necessarily, the ability to
                  do evil; for there can be no evil act without the presence of
                  consciousness of it in the doer of it.

                  And so I find that we have descended and degenerated, from some
                  far ancestor (some microscopic atom wandering at its pleasure between
                  the mighty horizons of a drop of water perchance) insect by insect,
                  animal by animal, reptile by reptile, down the long highway of smirch
                  less innocence, till we have reached the bottom stage of development
                  (namable as the Human Being). Below us, nothing.

                  Mark Twain

                  Nam Myoho Renge Kyo


                    After reading the above, I now know why I really, really love animals. (I know PTD does too!) I have a dog and cat; would love to have more.

                    The dignity of Human Life is one of the many things that is really captured when practicing this Buddhism.

                    Nam Myoho Renge Kyo


                      "True friendship is embodied in the sincerity and commitment of one's empathy for others."

                      SGI Newsletter No. 7438, The New Human Revolution--Vol. 20: Chap. 3, Ties of Trust 19, translated Dec. 21st, 2007


                        "And yet, though one might point at the earth and miss it, though one might bind up the sky, though the tides might cease to ebb and flow and the sun rise in the west, it could never come about that the prayers of the practitioner of the Lotus Sutra would go unanswered."

                        (On Prayer - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 345) Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin", Seikyo Shimbun, December 28th, 2007


                          "At the start of his Regulations for Students of the Mountain School, the Great Teacher Dengyo of Japan wrote: 'What is a treasure? A mind that seeks the way is a treasure; those who possess this seeking mind are the treasure of the nation.' The real 'national treasures' are not Buddhist images or temples but those who seek the truth of Buddhism and courageously practice it. Quoting the words of a sage of former times, Dengyo further declared that those who exert themselves in a single corner of the land and illuminate a thousand miles are the 'treasure of the nation.' The same can also be said of those who are 'capable in speech and action,' he added. In contrast, he asserted, individuals who fail to speak out and take action for the sake of the people, no matter how much power they may wield, are no more than 'betrayers of the nation.'

                          "Soka Gakkai members, who strive valiantly to fulfil their precious missions in their own 'corner of the land,' day after day, year after year, illuminating all around them with the light of the Mystic Law, are the supreme treasures of the nation. There is no more noble treasure in the world than a person of strong faith. Those who are striving hard on the front lines of our movement for kosen-rufu are unsurpassed treasures of humankind. I hope each of you will take pride in this as you diligently polish the mirror of your life day and night (cf. WND-1, 4)."

                          SGI Newsletter No. 7441, SGI President Ikeda’s Editorial, Capable People Dedicated to Kosen-rufu Are the Most Precious Treasures, translated from the January 2008 issue of the Daibyakurenge, the Soka Gakkai monthly study journal, Dec. 27th, 2007


                            Originally posted by SoCal Hippy

                            And so I find that we have descended and degenerated, from some far ancestor (some microscopic atom wandering at its pleasure between the mighty horizons of a drop of water perchance) insect by insect, animal by animal, reptile by reptile, down the long highway of smirch less innocence, till we have reached the bottom stage of development (namable as the Human Being). Below us, nothing.

                            Mark Twain

                            Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
                            I hope Mark finds the Gohonzon is some lifetime. One can see ichinen sanzen at work in everything he writes. He expresses his innate Buddha Nature but has no way to understand it. I felt empathy for his frustration!

                            As stupid as it sounds I think I'll chant for Mark Twain!

                            (along with my continuing daimoku for all of you)



                              Hey guys! It's only your own fundamental darkness! By now, we knew it was coming! The only way to defeat it is sincere Daimoku! How long we suffer these situations is up to us!



                                Well I think Ill continue very sincere Daimoku as I would love to defeat my fundamental darkness asap.
                                Nam myoho renge kyo
                                Nam myoho renge kyo
                                Nam myoho renge kyo
                                (Medical Patient In Compliance)

                                Nam myoho renge kyo !! Mugi wasshin
                                your bud

                                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