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    Dancing is Good! I'm with you MyohoD!!!

    "You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life. This is not an easy struggle. Indeed, it may be the most difficult task in the world, for opening the door to your own life is, in the end, more difficult than opening the doors to the mysteries of the universe."

    Daisaku Ikeda
    SoCal

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      You may come from a poor family and feel frustrated because you can’t buy the things you want. Maybe your parents struggle just to pay the rent much less provide extras for you. These are not uncommon situations many young people are in the same boat as you. Often they think that money equals to happiness. But they are making a grave mistake.

      Being born in a stately mansion is no guarantee of happiness, any more than being born in a shack dooms one to misery. Whether a person is happy or unhappy has nothing to do with how many material possessions he or she has. Even an affluent and seemingly enviable family can be struggling with some serious problem that may not be apparent. Often people may appear happy, but underneath they may be hiding some personal agony. No matter how together people might appear on the outside, it’s difficult to see what’s inside their hearts. So never be ashamed over you economics status. What’s disgraceful is to have an impoverished hear, to live dishonestly.

      A world-renowned businessman once told me: “Even though I have achieved fame and fortunes, I felt a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment when I was poor. I had goals, and life was filled with challenge. To regain that sense of fulfillment, I realize now that I have to create a new goal: to contribute to the well-being and happiness of others.”

      We often see people embroiled in bitter battles over money; people plunged into misery and depression if their popularity should fade; people ruining their lives when they let fame and power go to their heads, and people living in luxurious homes where family members can’t stand one another. Too often those who live in seemingly ideal, well-o-do, distinguished families are bound by formality, tradition and appearances. They have difficulty setting goals and achieving them since their every need is taken care of. So when you get right down to it, do wealth, fame or luxury assure happiness? The answer is an emphatic “No.

      Everything depends on your viewpoint. Instead of thinking you are unfortunate just because your parents don’t have a lot of money or lack of education, adopt the view that this is a common situation. You will see that this perspective will allow you to develop into a truly humane person. You’ll realize that your hardships are the very material that will enable you to develop a big heart and become an individual of depth and substance.

      The face is, it’s only by experiencing difficulties that you can become the kind of person who can understand others’ feelings. Your pain and sorrow will cultivate the earth of your inner being. And from here, you can bring forth the beautiful flower of compassion and a desire to work for people’s happiness.

      Money, fame and material possessions offer only fleeting satisfaction, something that can be called “relative” happiness. Buddhist practitioners learn, however, to establish absolute happiness by transforming their lives from within. When we develop a state of mind as vast and resplendent as a magnificent palace, then nothing – no matter where we go or what we may encounter in life – can undermine or destroy our happiness.


      Adapted from The Way of Youth by Daisaku Ikeda
      SoCal

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        Greetings all...THANK YOU ALL for for your birthday well wishes I received them in which they were given; completely from the heart and to the heart! I just came in from shoveling snow which doesn't seem to stop falling! I think there will be snow tunnels if it doesn't slow down and we have how many more months of this??
        Congratulations Easy about your mother! What a benefit! Those words seem rather light in your circumstances but what a freakin' victory! I am sure your soul feels at ease and I will continue to send her, you and your family daimoku. "What sickness can therefore be an obstacle?" Victory is yours savor it and keep it flowing.
        Congrats southerngrl my mother in law went thru many of those glad you are doing good and recupping nicely. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
        OKay here's what's funny about writing that. I started writing this last night and I went into a full blown panic attack with vomitting and everything! So there "what sickness can therefore be an obstacle." ha ha ha ha what a sense of humor the universe has!

        I won't lie I am having a hard f*cking time; and it's okay that I am having a hard f*cking time; my twenty year relationship/marriage with dharma dawg is ending; we have three children and its f*cking hard. Am I saying that I am giving up? that I am not chanting? that is all that I know how to do and believe me I have been practicing long enough to know that if I wasn't practicing this buddhism and ALL THE CAUSES(GOOD) ones( we tend to focus on the negative it's almost llike we are addicted to suffering; quick to point out our bad causes but never quick to point out our good ones; always willing to talk about our bad karma but not our good; karma is neither bad or good KARMA MEANS MISSION Anyway I digress....so as far as realizing that because of all my/our good causes how this is all going down is a direct result of all my/our; my/our daimoku we would be in such a place... that well I am sure we all know people with divorce horror stories. The deep dark karma in my family would justify it to be so but because my children are now third generation buddhist they will not have to go through what I did, what my mother did, and on down the line. Remember I am speaking my truth and my experience I am trying not to represent or classify dds karma or his family karma.
        It hurts like hell but I have been able to stay neutral until lately and I got my ass kicked but did I get knocked out??!! Hell no! But being fully aware that this thread is mostly men with women popping in once in awhile; which I have been always to be one of the "guys" ;I wasn't feeling that this would be a neutral environment for me for awhile. (Wrong I know but you know how the mind f*ck can be.) And if nothing that I have learned from practicing that is that if we are not neutral with ourselves and our fellow members our fellow humans then how can we connect if we are coming from a place of sides or of judgement. Nichiren already did all the refuting; Toda, and Makiguchi already went to jail ; Ikeda is expanded this practice worldwide; each with its mission each necessary to happen for this time to happen. I know things come to a completion and that brighter days will come and this all happens for a reason; I know this all but after twenty years please do not expect to me not grieve and be the good little girl and just move on because I know its my karma. It is a flu that is running through me but its okay if my heart is aching thank goodness it is; I much rather feel it; I am really good at not feeling it; yet another benefit from my practice whereas before I would not allow myself to feel it and let myself get completely immobilzed by it; you know the ole anger turned inward...depression. Also quite root in the tree of my family karma.
        I got this email a few days ago
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        the healing you are doing is not just for you. you have no solid evidence that the pain belongs to you personally. in other words, i am suggesting that it is collective in the sense of transforming generations worth of funk and that it is inherently service work in that regard. don't forget that part or else you can start to make it about you, that you are somehow flawed and the darkness LOVES to get people believing that garbage. "

        this is someone i know through someone else and isnt a member but I wanted to share.

        I know this is been very long! Guess I had much to say...but I have one more thing:

        BIG PROPS AND BIG LOVE AND BIG HUGS AND KISSES AND MUCH DAIMOKU TO THE BABBAS! THANK YOU FOR AL THE HELP We've got a great organic group and its not going anywhere! Trust that...

        Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

        GeorgialouWho

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          SoCal Hippy "You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life. This is not an easy struggle. Indeed, it may be the most difficult task in the world, for opening the door to your own life is, in the end, more difficult than opening the doors to the mysteries of the universe."

          Daisaku Ikeda

          i will put this by my butsi thank you socal....oxox GeorgialouWho

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            Glad to read your post today G! Thank you so much! I've really been pumping out more daimoku and practicing more focused by doing as many activities as possible, thats why my words have been abbreviated lately, and also I've been realizing alot and dealing with alot of good fortune so, all in all, I'm just putting out the vibe of support and count my daimoku towards your goals, tonight I'll get another hour in and go for 7 hours this week. Its not going to be easy, but who needs TV at a crucial time like the one we're in right now.

            I'm off to school in a bit and just wanted to check in and say thank you, to both you and Socal and PTD for the recent posts, they have been so inspiring and positively brain food! THANK YOU!

            Today i called the Ivy League school that wrote me a letter looking for me to be a transfer student and it seems very promising and the counselor at the school is from my area and is also going to help me as best he can to try and get into the school. This is going to change my life and Gohonzon is going to give me something that I'm ready to handle and use to the best of my advantage! Doing so will only make me more effective in my personal opinion of doing great shakubuku and really do better than I can right now for kosen-rufu. Its the oppurtunity of a lifetime and it began by enshrining Gohonzon, thanks to my dear family on this thread.

            Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!
            Last edited by EasyMyohoDisco; 02-04-2008, 19:43.

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              go easy go easy go! My prayers are with you also....


              Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

              GeorgialouWho

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                woohoo for more posts and I get to read my private messages!

                From World Tribune, December 21, 2007. Study material for January Discussion meetings. We will be discussing this at the Dist(another district)., January 19th New Year's kickoff meeting. It is called "How Do You Define Yourself?

                When you look at those of superior capacity, do not disparage yourself. The Buddha's true intention was that no one, even those of inferior capacity, be denied enlightenment. Conversely, when you compare yourself with persons of inferior capacity, do not be arrogant and overproud. Even persons of superior capacity may be excluded from enlightenment if they do not devote themselves wholeheartedly" (WND, vol 1, p. 62 Questions and Answers about Embracing the Lotus Sutra.)


                NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO

                georgialouWho

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                  Originally posted by GeorgialouWho


                  I wanted to share this from Danny Nagashima from 2005:

                  You can analyze your situation all you want. You have to get to the root of why "I don't believe in the greatness of my life." You have to grab it by the roots and yank it out of your life. You must chant to awaken your own greatness. Chant to appreciate and value your life. The answer is probably so simple, but since we tend to over-analyze, it gets complicated and the solution seems far away. Your mission as a Buddhist is to become happy--not to master suffering. We have the negative and positive parts of us--one says 'who are you kidding', the other 'you can do it'. You have to fight to not give into your negativity. This is not about being a writer, artist, actor, etc., it's about becoming the man/woman you always wanted to become, a man/woman who really values his/her life.

                  THE OBSTACLES YOU FACE ARE THE ANSWER TO YOUR PRAYER

                  Those feelinsg of self-doubt, those feelings that 'I'm a failure' those are the feelings that I have to face and address. How you feel about yourself, that feeling of self-loathing of not being good enough, of being a sham... Those are the feelings that you have to face. Your talent is not being questioned; It's about how you feel about yourself. That is the karma. You have to value your own life, to appreciate that it has NOTHING to do with some one else validating you. Follow your heart, follow your Buddhahood, and the effect from that, the benefit from that, will be MASSIVE.

                  You need to follow your heart, truly treasure your life. When Nicheren Daishonin inscribed the Dai-Gohonzon, he was already chanting daimoku and out of the greatness of his life his Buddhahood, his enlightened state, he inscribed the Dai-Gohonzon for all humanity so that everyone could relieve his or her suffering. When you sit in front of the Gohonzon, and chant, you have to have the most reverence for your life. The Gohonzon is the embodiment of your enlightened life, the same as his, therefore your life deserves that kind of reverence.

                  If you chant for two weeks, to really be a man/woman of unimited self-esteem and to really, truly appreciate your life including your flaws, your accomplishments, your defeats, your losses, your victories, all you have created and truly APPRECIATE YOUR TALENT as (whatever you are) for two weeks, then EVERYTHING WILL CHANGE.

                  Forget about all the past 'garbage', put it away, that will only make you feel impotent. From today on really chant about being that man/woman of unlimited self-esteem. Really appreciate everything about your life; all the things about you that make you incredibly unique and wonderful. All your sufferings, problems, heartaches, will be the stuff you need, in order to share your experience, to encourage and inspire others with. Focus on really, truly awakening to your greatness. This is the opportunity (suffering, obstacles, lack of self-esteem) you needed to go through in order to become outrageously successful--so you can fulfill your dream. If you focus on this-really valuing your life now, then everything will fall into place and in a much bigger way. This is something no one can give you; the universe is showing you what you need to tackle. When you first chant this way, a lot of 'garbage' may come out of your life, a lot of negativity, awful feelings may surface, let it pass through you like flu, and transform the darkness. See the enlightened side of your fear. We always bring into our lives what matches our life condition. Chant to feel incredible joy about your worth. You will feel and know your self worth and greatness.

                  Your not being able to do whatever you determined to do is a manifestation deep down of your feeling of fear, that you are not good enough, that you do not have it in you. You must get yourself to a place where there is the greatness of your life, then everything will be transformed. We have to believe in our Buddhahood. When we face the Gohonzon, we should say, 'I'm going to praise my wonderful life.' It is important to awaken to your own greatness, your life is the Gohonzon, now is the time for you to start over.

                  When you pray to a deity, your prayer becomes passive, our life is the MYSTIC LAW. This law is not outside you. When you get a benefit, it was you who created it. You must awaken to your greatness, appreciate and value your own life. It is no different to the enlightened life of Nicheren Daishonin, embodied in the Gohonzon.


                  NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO

                  GeorgialouWho
                  Dear sister, please re-read your post from before. It's about winning or losing. In my experience, when one rationalizes what one is experiencing, one loses. No matter what may have occurred in the physical world, the reality expressed by our philosophy says that based on the truth of dependent origination, you both share the karma for whatever you two have experienced that has precipitated this event. As I know you’ll agree, there are no “victims” in Buddhism.

                  We all make karma, we all reflect karma, and everything around us is a medium of conveyance of this truth and reality of our lives that is of our own creation. Many of your friends here, while not expressing it outwardly in their posts, are going though equally difficult times. Trust that you are not the lone ranger in terms of magnitude of difficulty.

                  I also trust you will go out of your way to make your husband feel as equally comfortable here as you are, since you found it necessary to specifically qualify what his screen name is and what the two of you are going through. This isn’t the place to discuss your personal issues between one another, as I’m sure you’ll both agree. Unless ALL of the facts are discussed, it isn’t fair to reveal bits and pieces. I appreciate in advance the two of you respecting that point, and if you both want to bear it ALL do so, but not in bits and pieces as that leads to innuendo and prejudice.

                  And I also want to thank you for confirming to me that you somehow had access to my email! Gohonzon had been vibing me on that since your ‘outta here’ post. I had been worried about whether you had had a chance to read it after all. Trust that I never knowingly get in the middle of issues I view as circumstances of co-dependence without it having been able to be acknowledged by both parties in advance. In my experience, it never works.

                  I care so much for both of you! At a minimum, please know that I have chanted A LOT for BOTH of you and have every confidence that the course of events that transpire in your futures will lead you to the happiness you both deserve. Don’t accept what you are experiencing, if that experience is suffering! That’s BULLSHIT!

                  Don’t be sad, get mad! Get mad at your own fundamental darkness! If you take for granted that you are fundamentally light, and therefore this is all just a challenge to your happiness (a situation to endure) rather than a reflection of your faith and practice (a situation to change), then I think you risk missing the huge opportunity for personal growth that all of this crap is really there for you to do.

                  In other words, your children and everyone else around you need you to be on your game. YOU need to be on your game. It’s winning or losing, right? I hope at some point you can understand that this is where I am truly, from the bottom of my heart, coming from. Been there, done that.

                  It always ends up being, “It’s up to you!” Much love and deep respect,

                  Thomas
                  Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                    The Daishonin states,
                    "Myo means to revive, (that is, to return to life.)"*
                    Let's live out our lives based on the Mystic Law,
                    and draw forth the power and strength to live from the very depth of our lives.
                    Let's be absolutely determined to play out
                    great victorious dramas of human life!


                    Daisaku Ikeda

                    * "The Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra" - WND-I, page 149
                    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                      Originally posted by Babbabud
                      Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
                      Ok I have a question... lets see where this discussion takes us ? ... Just wondering is there any slander involved in having Nam Myoho Renge Kyo tattooed in like a band around my leg ? Would love to have it writtin in sanscript, japanese , and english bands. All three bands one above the other on my leg. Thoughts ??
                      Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
                      Since your Body is nothing more than a manifestation of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, I don't see how having it inked on, in itself, is a slander. The slander comes from intent and/or carelessness. Is it to be cool or is it because of genuine devotion to the Law? I would suggest against the leg because it is basically a lower part of the body. Would it be a slander to have your piss accidently run over words you put there? In my opinion, yes. One has a responsibility to honor the Law by one's actions.

                      This is just my personal opinion, but if I was going to tattoo myself, as I have considered exactly what you are, I wouldn't go below the bottom of my heart. That gives you plenty of space and keeps the words from bodily functions and the body parts that facilitate them. As far as the words are concerned, if you go with Sanskrit, it is no longer going to say 'Nam-myoho-renge-kyo' as far as sound is concerned. May I suggest instead the three lines of the Sutra Book. The top tiny row is Japanese, next is classical Chinese, and of course we read from the line of transliterated English letters. Did that help?

                      T
                      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                        Hello!

                        Good morning, I was just singing this song in my head a little while ago and wanted to share it with everyone, its the theme song from the hit 90s comedy show "In Living Color" just an excerpt-
                        "You could Doooooo whatcha wanna do in Living Color"
                        Baritone Voice "In Living Color".... I feel great I feel colorful We are going to really do well in February, I'm launching myself with a strong determination to focus on faith, practice and study more consistently and live free.

                        Yes, Its refreshing to chant every morning, its better if you chanted at night too because you goto sleep refreshed and wake up refreshed only to freshen up your spirit even more, The mirror gleams light like Georgia says! It just amazing to me to be able to convey my energy in a script translated by energy driven computers! I must admit dependence upon Gohonzon now in my life because I'm putting it all out there and just doing the best I can to work on kosen-rufu everyday. Someone told me in school last night I looked exhausted, but today I feel great and that's what matters to me, a good present and an amazing future. Birth and Death are not suffering but celebrations seems like the refreshment of Morning and evening Gongyo now that I think about it, lol. Anyway, truth be told I'm here with you now.... Let's keep Babbas next victory within the crosshairs, Socals amazing posts flowing, Bonzos amazing encouragement cascading on icmag, Scegy's latest experience towards having a Gohonzon enshrined in his home and SouthernGirl and GordyP's next experiences and a big hello from Dutchgrown as well as the truth told by Hitman one of the original members from PAGE 1 POST 1! Plus more from recent participants and old including Mr.Wags, Baccas125, Bartender187, AlwaystotheLeft, LeonardodaVinci, Sleepy, Treehuggers, Desi, Chris (Payaso), and everyone else that slips my mind like Capt.Crip and everyone.

                        I'm proud to be a part of this Group, we are really a 24/7 meeting and keeping my ass in check, gotta keep whooping the devil everytime he attacks! Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!!!
                        Last edited by EasyMyohoDisco; 02-05-2008, 11:45.

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                          Wow T much apologies for offending you in anyway; you obviously didn't really read my heart. President Ikeda is always talking about the heart. I know how you didn't really read my posts because I have always gone out of my way to make my husband feel comfortable and here would be no different. YOu are not the only one with intuition or vibe from the gohonzon. I am very well aware that this is an open to all thread but lets not kid ourselves there are mostly men in here and I have been already feeling the gender divide in our lives; which i find bs. I already apologized before for projecting that onto this thread. I don't have access to your email and wouldn't know how to. YOu also didn't get the fact that because of our practice we have been able to get along and be compassionate with each other and still be able to be at meetings together, go to our son's (who is type 1 diabetic) doctors appointments which are far away and we travel together; we celebrated my birthday together. When the Babas come over we all hang out together. We truly love and respect each other and know this is karma we are finishing out from previous lives. I am not justifying anything. I never have NOT gotten it from the beginning that this is my karma...from the beginning.
                          I get it is all me and do you get that what comes up in this thread is all YOU?
                          YOu don't get to berate me then tell me that you are chanting for me and my family that is NOT the SGI way that is the priesthood way....President Ikeda is always talking about the heart......from my heart to yours
                          Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
                          GeorgialouWho

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                            Okay one quick question for you PTB: what would be be the difference between me sharing at an actual meeting and sharing here. I would be using dd's real name and there is nothing wrong with me sharing MY experience; if I gave details then there would be judgement,etc, I was sharing MY experience and I have in no way slandered him in anyway; I was sharing what I am going through and believe me our kids our first and foremost in our minds and our hearts. Trying re reading my post....happy new moon!

                            Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

                            GeorgialouWho

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                              This isn't a district meeting. It has never been conveyed as one and will never be one. That's the difference.

                              Originally posted by GeorgialouWho

                              I get it is all me and do you get that what comes up in this thread is all YOU?
                              YOu don't get to berate me then tell me that you are chanting for me and my family that is NOT the SGI way that is the priesthood way....President Ikeda is always talking about the heart......from my heart to yours
                              Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
                              GeorgialouWho
                              How have I berated you??? And when did I say anything about you offending me? Did I somehow imply that you didn't know that this was your own karma? I don't think in anyway that is what I said. But I'm sorry if I did, I sure didn't mean to.

                              My point is that a lot of your posts are about your divorce and all the pain it is causing you rather than your goals for the future and your determination to change things. You can rationalize yourself anyway you want to sweetie. There is no gender divide here. That is not the case at all.

                              I was also not saying that you were making your husband feel uncomfortable here. I was asking that you not say things to make him feel uncomfortable. Continuously bringing up what you two are going through is making ME uncomfortable! I think by now we all get the picture. And we have all expressed sincerely, our support for you.

                              I can and have chanted a LOT for you, especially in the last week. If you don't believe that, there is nothing I can do about it. And by the way, the email I was referring to was the first one I sent to D and I think you know that. You used the word 'neutral' way too many times and I chanted too much about it to not believe that, no matter what you say.

                              The heart can also be used as a tool of manipulation. Do you know how many times you have posted that you have a child that is a type1 diabetic? I don't have much time for that. That's just me, but I've been like that here for going on four years. Sorry!

                              I am trying to help, not hurt. Believe that or don't. I've reread your post several times.

                              T
                              Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                                ITS ALL GOOD IN THE 'HOOD!

                                NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO

                                GeorgialouWho

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