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    "Entering into the relation of teacher and lay supporter is the result of a bond that bridges the three existences."

    (On the Five Seasonal Festivals - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.2, page 375) Selection source: Soka Gakkai Young Men's Division leader's determination, Seikyo Shimbun, Jan. 12th, 2010
    Last edited by PassTheDoobie; 01-13-2010, 13:09.
    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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      "I am definitely going to win." "And, I'm going to create history!" To have such unshakable resolve is the iron-clad principle for absolute victory. My dear friends, I hope that each of you resolutely determine to courageously stand up alone!

      Daisaku Ikeda
      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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        My wife and myself have decided to take a leap of faith and stare the unknown in the face. We are going to pack up and move to another city. Alone. Leaving family behind and stepping way out of our comfort zone. Neither of us have really been far apart from family. But we have dreams to chase. As my 30th birthday passed and with the loss of my brother, I have a new ambition. Our goals have been written and we are working hard toward them. Now I have only her and myself to depend on. We need this though. For personal strength. But with the ammunition I have recieved I have an intense feeling we will be ok. I am grateful for all of you. I am taking with me the jewel I have recieved and feel incredible. It is finally my time. I think. I hope.

        Nam myoho renge kyo!
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        R.i.P Spaceman... We will miss you brother.

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          swampdank: That's WONDERFUL! I did the same thing many years ago....but, across the ocean to another continent....with 3 cats in tow....to a foreign language speaking country...one of the high points in my life (so far) and although there were pitfalls, I wouldn't change the experience for anything. You and your wife will be JUST FINE!!!!! Believe it.....have faith....and keep chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo! Dreams to chase.....I love it!

          Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!!!!!

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            Swampy, way to go man! You guys will be just fine.

            I wanted to mention that I have finally quit smoking tobacco cigarettes. Starting a little before the new year, quitting smoking was one of the things I had been chanting for, and now I have it. It is such great encouragement.

            Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo!
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            Pictures of the Pot I Grow

            Recycling Dirt Is Ridiculously Easy

            The LEDs That Are Changing the Game
            You can't stop me. I'm like a weed. I might disappear for a moment or two, but I will pop up somewhere else and will never stop growing.

            Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!




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              Nam myoho renge kyo

              So awesome to hear that so many of you are being so successful with your challenges and goals. So happy for everyone!!

              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.


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                oneness of the Person and the Law
                [人法一箇] (Jpn nimpo-ikka )


                A principle established by Nichikan (1665-1726), the twenty-sixth chief priest of Taiseki-ji temple in Japan, with regard to Nichiren's (1222-1282) teaching, indicating that the object of devotion in terms of the Person and the object of devotion in terms of the Law are one in their essence. The Law is inseparable from the Person and vice versa. The "Treasure Tower" (eleventh) chapter of the Lotus Sutra states, "If one upholds this [sutra], one will be upholding the Buddha's body." This means that the Lotus Sutra is the Buddha's body; that is, the Buddha (Person) and the teaching (Law) he expounded are one and inseparable. Nichiren revealed and spread the Law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and inscribed it in the form of a mandala, known as the Gohonzon, to enable all people in the Latter Day of the Law to attain Buddhahood; for this reason he is regarded as the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law. This is the object of devotion in terms of the Law, or the physical embodiment of the eternal and intrinsic Law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo that Nichiren realized and manifested within his own life. Hence Nichiren is the object of devotion in terms of the Person. In his Reply to Kyo'o, Nichiren writes, "The soul of Nichiren is nothing other than Nam-myoho-renge-kyo" (WND/412). This means that Nichiren realized Nam-myoho-renge-kyo as the origin and basis of his life and embodied it as a mandala. Nichiren also writes in the same reply, "I, Nichiren, have inscribed my life in sumi ink, so believe in the Gohonzon with your whole heart" (WND/412). Ultimately, Nichiren's life embodied the principle of the oneness of the Person and the Law, as does the Gohonzon, the object of devotion he established.
                Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                  I'm laughing my ass off Asita! Didn't you know that Nichikan Shonin formulated the principle of the oneness of the Person and the Law? How could it possibly have anything to do with what you say it does then? Do you just make shit up as you go along?

                  It sure seems like you do!
                  Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                    Congrats to SD and Lapides! Keep it going guys!

                    Please keep Lola in your prayers!

                    Much love and deep respect to all!

                    Thomas
                    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                      And a big shout-out to Stevius! Where are you Brother?

                      Easy, I hope the pain is subsiding.

                      Wilson! Pick the next Gosho and I'll post it if you don't have the time.

                      I hope everyone else is fine and that we are all keeping up with our abundant Daimoku! The life condition you elevate may be your own! HA!

                      T
                      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                        Originally posted by PassTheDoobie View Post

                        DG! I love scalp tingling! I still get it too. And rush is the appropriate word, for sure. I'm sure I speak for all Chanting Growers in acknowledging your great new line of beans! You are looking totally top-shelf--as anyone who knows you would expect it to be. Well done Sister! Keep chanting the Daimoku that I can see and feel that you are!~


                        Much love and deepest respect!

                        T
                        So it's not in my imagination....cool! Thank you T for all your encouragement over the years...I could not have gotten where I am now without chanting, that's a FACT, and I am so thankful you never gave up on me!

                        Wishing you all a positive day!

                        Much love.........
                        Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!

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                          "This word 'belief' is a sharp sword that cuts off fundamental darkness or ignorance."

                          (Ongi kuden - Gosho Zenshu, page 725, The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, page 54) Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin", Seikyo Shimbun, January 13th, 2010
                          Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                            Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!

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                              Originally posted by PassTheDoobie View Post
                              "This word 'belief' is a sharp sword that cuts off fundamental darkness or ignorance."

                              (Ongi kuden - Gosho Zenshu, page 725, The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, page 54) Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin", Seikyo Shimbun, January 13th, 2010
                              Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!

                              Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!!

                              DG

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                                Originally posted by PassTheDoobie View Post

                                Wilson! Pick the next Gosho and I'll post it if you don't have the time.


                                T
                                How's The Dragon Gate?



                                140
                                The Dragon Gate

                                A WATERFALL called the Dragon Gate exists in China. Its waters plunge a hundred feet, swifter than an arrow shot by a strong warrior. It is said that a great many carp gather in the basin below, hoping to climb the falls, and that any that succeeds will turn into a dragon. Not a single carp, however, out of a hundred, a thousand, or even ten thousand, can climb the falls, not even after ten or twenty years. Some are swept away by the strong currents, some fall prey to eagles, hawks, kites, and owls, and others are netted, scooped up, or even shot with arrows by fishermen who line both banks of the falls ten cho wide. Such is the difficulty a carp faces in becoming a dragon.

                                There were once two major warrior clans in Japan, the Minamoto and the Taira. They were like two faithful watchdogs at the gates of the imperial palace. They were as eager to guard the emperor as humble mountain folk are to admire the full moon on the fifteenth night of the eighth month as it rises from behind the mountains. They marveled at the elegant parties of the court nobles and their ladies, just as monkeys in the trees are enraptured by the sight of the moon and the stars glittering in the sky. Though of low rank, they longed to find some way to mingle in court circles. But even
                                though Sadamori of the Taira clan1 crushed the rebellion of Masakado, he was still not admitted to court. Nor were any of his descendants, including Masamori. Not until the time of Masamori’s son, Tadamori, were any of the Taira clan granted permission to enter the court. The next in line, Kiyomori, and his son Shigemori, not only enjoyed life among court nobles, but saw the moon rise when Kiyomori’s daughter became the emperor’s consort, and the sun appear when his grandson became emperor.

                                Attaining Buddhahood is no easier than for men of low status to enter court circles, or for carp to climb the Dragon Gate. Shariputra, for example, practiced bodhisattva austerities for sixty kalpas in order to attain Buddhahood, but finally could persevere no longer and slipped back into the paths of the two vehicles.2 Even some of those who formed ties with the Lotus Sutra in the days of the Buddha Great Universal Wisdom Excellence sank into the sufferings of birth and death for the duration of major world system dust particle kalpas. Some others who received the seeds of Buddhahood in the even more remote past suffered for the length of numberless major world system dust particle kalpas. All these people practiced the Lotus Sutra, but when harassed in one way or another by the devil king of the sixth heaven, who had taken possession of their rulers and other authorities, they backslid and forsook their faith, and thus wandered among the six paths for countless kalpas.

                                Until recently these events seemed to have had no bearing on us, but now we find ourselves facing the same kind of ordeal. My wish is that all my disciples make a great vow.3 We are very fortunate to be alive after the widespread epidemics that occurred last year and the year before. But now with the impending Mongol invasion it appears that few will survive. In the end, no one can escape death. The sufferings at that time will be exactly like what we are experiencing now. Since death is the same in either case, you should be
                                willing to offer your life for the Lotus Sutra. Think of this offering as a drop of dew rejoining the ocean, or a speck of dust returning to the earth. A passage from the third volume of the Lotus Sutra reads, “We beg that the merit gained through these gifts may be spread far and wide to everyone, so that we and other living beings all together may attain the Buddha way.”4

                                BR>

                                With my deep respect,
                                Nichiren

                                The sixth day of the eleventh month

                                Reply to Ueno the WorthyI write this letter in deep gratitude for your dedication throughout the events at Atsuhara.



                                Background
                                This letter was written at Minobu in the eleventh month of the second year of Koan (1279) to young Nanjo Tokimitsu, the steward of Ueno Village in Suruga Province. Tokimitsu embraced the Daishonin’s teaching quite early in life and revered Nikko Shonin as his personal teacher.

                                It is a reply to a report by Tokimitsu about his role in protecting the Daishonin’s followers in the Atsuhara area, who were being persecuted by authorities associated with the Kamakura government. Tokimitsu used his influence to protect other believers, sheltering some in his own home and negotiating for the release of others who had been imprisoned. The Daishonin honored him for his courage by calling him “Ueno the Worthy.” In the ninth
                                month of 1279, the government arrested on false charges twenty farmer believers, who all refused to recant their allegiance to the Daishonin, and on the fifteenth of the tenth month three of these farmers were beheaded.

                                The last paragraph of this letter hints at the anxiety gripping Japan in the wake of epidemics and rumors of war. The Daishonin emphasizes that, since death is inevitable, life should be devoted only to the loftiest ambition— enlightenment.

                                The Dragon Gate mentioned in this letter appears in Chinese folklore and, though it has not been conclusively identified, is thought to refer to a waterfall or rapids on the middle reaches of the Yellow River.
                                Wilson!
                                Nam myoho renge kyo

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