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    "If you want to understand the causes that existed in the past, look at the results as they are manifested in the present. And if you want to understand what results will be manifested in the future, look at the causes that exist in the present."

    (The Opening of the Eyes - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 279) Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin", Seikyo Shimbun, March 10th, 2010
    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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      Nam myoho renge kyo

      Im getting Daimoku in today ...hope some of you others are chanting along with me.
      Got Daimoku ??

      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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        Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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          Originally posted by PassTheDoobie View Post
          "If you want to understand the causes that existed in the past, look at the results as they are manifested in the present. And if you want to understand what results will be manifested in the future, look at the causes that exist in the present."

          (The Opening of the Eyes - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 279) Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin", Seikyo Shimbun, March 10th, 2010
          I really like this one PTD! Congrats on the community center! Way to go!

          Much love to you all.

          Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!!!!!!!!

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            Youthfulness

            Buddhism squarely faces the reality of the "four sufferings" of birth, aging, sickness and death, but as SGI President Daisaku Ikeda comments, "It is important to remember that aging and growing old are not necessarily the same thing . . . There are certainly many people who, as they age, become increasingly vigorous and energetic, more broad-minded and tolerant, living with a greater sense of freedom and assurance."

            Such people remain youthful by developing and holding onto hope, enthusiasm, optimism and forward motion, and they seem to have suffered no erosion of the spirit with the passing of time. Sadly, there are also younger people who have already lost hope and seem prematurely old.

            Perhaps, Ikeda suggests, in order to acquire true youthfulness, we must repeatedly make fresh determinations right up until the last moment of our lives. He draws on the message of the Lotus Sutra to show that it is in our commitment to the happiness and well-being of others that we experience this kind of "extension" or expansion of our lives.

            The Lotus Sutra is unique among Buddhist scriptures in that it promises that those who hear it can find perpetual youth and eternal life. Happiness is not found in a heaven-like afterworld, but amidst the trials and challenges of real life. By developing and deepening our compassion for others, it is possible to attain an inner state of life which touches the eternal and seems to transcend death.

            Shakyamuni describes the quality of his own enlightenment as an eternal and enduring life-state characterized by constant vitality and rejuvenation. He then stresses that it is his unchanging wish to enable all people to experience this elevated condition of life. The question, then, is just how we can attain that same eternally fresh and youthful state of life.

            The Lotus Sutra provides the model of Bodhisattva Never Disparaging who, through his deeply respectful attitude toward everyone he met, sought to awaken others to the inherent Buddhahood within their lives, even as he was mocked and vilified for this. The result of his actions and his attitude was the attainment of the enlightened life condition of a Buddha. Similarly, the way to elevate our own state of life is through a personal commitment to taking action for the happiness of both ourselves and others.

            Nichiren, the 13th-century Japanese founder of the Lotus Sutra-based school of Buddhism practiced by the members of the SGI, believed that a fundamental desire to contribute to the happiness of self and others is something already shared at the deepest level by all people, but that often our own preoccupations and problems prevent us from perceiving it.

            When we wholeheartedly commit ourselves to "remembering" or retrieving that wish or vow from our subconscious mind and living an engaged and contributive life, we can tap previously unknown resources of wisdom, courage and compassion--in other words, the Buddha state. This does not literally mean that our physical lives will necessarily become longer, but when we awaken to and attune our lives to this deeper compassionate purpose, the whole quality and experience of living will be enhanced so that a single moment can become a profound and joyful experience in which we discover limitless energy and vitality.

            Through such an awakening, people who have been overwhelmed by their own suffering can begin to live a purposeful life in which their own compassion, creativity and will determine their direction. This, rather than any counting of years or days, is what Buddhism means by a state in which we can enjoy perpetual youthfulness.

            [Courtesy October 2009 SGI Quarterly]
            Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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              Nam myoho renge kyo

              Great read T. Many times I feel like im still 20 inside.... sometimes when I look in the mirror I find it hard to beleive that 60 is right around the corner. Still lots of time to chant ... hope everyone is joining in !!!! Lets move forward and live life with a vibrant positive outlook !!!
              Polish that mirror and everything looks younger !!!
              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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                Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

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                  I was at a big sgi meeting last night and brought a guest! WOOOT WOOOT! I'm still doing shakubuku here because I can't stop and I won't stop!

                  Too much Sensei schpiel in my neck of the woods, but I'll support the SGI through thick and thin! I just wish we could focus more on the translations of The Goshos and the japanese nuances lost in translation...

                  Erin go brah!

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                    "The Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-96) wrote:

                    "Tho' losses, and crosses,
                    Be lessons right severe,
                    There's wit there, ye'll get there,
                    Ye'll find nae other where.

                    "It is important to actively seek out challenges and hard work in your youth. That is how you learn to value and support others as well as develop pride and confidence in yourself."


                    SGI Newsletter No. 7956, THE LIGHT OF THE CENTURY OF HUMANITY, The Lofty Transmission of Faith, from the Nov. 6th, 2009, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translated March 15th, 2010
                    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                      "Regard your service to your lord as the practice of the Lotus Sutra."

                      (Reply to a Believer - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 905) Selection source: "Myoji no gen", Seikyo Shimbun, March 16th, 2010
                      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                        Youth, it's your turn to take the helm! It is vital that everyone of us has the stand-alone spirit of a lion! Overflowing with a powerful new resolve, let's embark afresh upon the journey of kosen-rufu, a great expedition of courage and hope!

                        Daisaku Ikeda
                        Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                          "With the Buddhist Law
                          that enables us to infinitely
                          change poison into medicine,
                          let us triumph without fail;
                          the heavenly deities will also protect us.

                          "The American futurist and social activist Dr. Hazel Henderson remarked with a smile: 'When someone tells me, [It can't be done,] I just become all the more determined to accomplish it.' To take action based on a lofty sense of purpose or mission can often be fraught with difficulty. But the more challenging the undertaking, the more we need to rouse our courage and make an all-out effort.

                          "...Do we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by difficulties, or do we fight back and triumph over them? This is the earnest struggle that we must wage both as individuals and as a society."


                          SGI Newsletter No. 7957, The Joyous Drama of 'Changing Poison into Medicine,' from the April 2010 issue of Daibyakurenge, translated March 16th, 2010
                          Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                            "Muster your faith, and pray to this Gohonzon. Then what is there that cannot be achieved?"

                            (Reply to Kyo'o - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 412) Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin", Seikyo Shimbun, March 17th, 2010
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                            Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                              Be a person who is always appreciative of what goes on around you! Never forget the kindness of those who support you! The spirit to always repay one's debt of gratitude gives us immeasurable strength!

                              Daisaku Ikeda
                              Last edited by PassTheDoobie; 03-19-2010, 04:56.
                              Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                                Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!

                                Thanks for the insights from Robbie Burns...how appropriate indeed.

                                I also enjoyed reading about youthfulness and aging...good stuff! What a wonderful promise:
                                'that those who hear it can find perpetual youth and eternal life.'

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