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    Three Poisons--the Source of the Problem

    As the problems of our planet grow deeper and more complex, the possibility of humanity untangling the destructive web that we have woven can seem less and less easy to believe in. The hope that Buddhism offers to this pervasive sense of uncertainty is the perspective that since the ills of our world have been created by human beings, it is within our power to solve them. Both the problem and the solution lie with us.

    Buddhism began as a bold, humane confrontation with the fact of suffering. Its original impulse is not one of retreat or escape from life's challenges and contradictions. Rather, Buddhist practice could be broadly characterized as the struggle to draw forth and shine the light of human wisdom on life and society. A thorough understanding of the causes of human misery is a departure point for this philosophy. Thus Nichiren writes, "One who is thoroughly awakened to the nature of good and evil from their roots to their branches and leaves is called a Buddha."

    At the root of human misery, Buddhism sees three destructive impulses: greed, anger and foolishness, which it terms the "three poisons." These are the essence of all the delusions and negative workings of life that impede the realization of our full potential for happiness and creativity.

    Of the three, foolishness is most fundamental, as it facilitates greed and anger. Foolishness here means ignorance (passive or willful) of the true nature of life. It is blindness to the reality of our interrelatedness--not merely our connectedness to and dependence on each other, but the connectedness of the unfolding of each of our lives to the unfolding of the very life of the universe; the fact that each of us is a vital component of life itself and a nexus of immense possibilities. Because it obscures life's true, enlightened nature, this ignorance is also referred to as "fundamental darkness."

    Our deepest sense of fulfillment lies in the experience of this connectedness and in actions that uphold it. Under the influence of such ignorance, however, we look for fulfillment through acquisition and possession (of objects, fame, power, and so on). Greed is the uncontrolled impulse to fulfill these desires, even at the cost of the unhappiness of others. Inevitably, such pursuits lead only to a sense of frustration.

    Anger is the violent impulses that spring from the same egocentric orientation. It is not only explosive rage, but also resentment, envy-all the insidious, ultimately self-destructive emotions of the wounded ego.

    These poisons thus undermine our individual happiness, impede our relationships and hinder the unfolding of our unique creative potential. Their influence, however, goes beyond this. On a social level they well forth from the inner lives of individuals and become the cause of conflict, oppression, environmental destruction and gross inequalities among people. One Buddhist text expresses it this way: "Because anger increases in intensity, armed strife occurs. Because greed increases in intensity, famine arises. Because foolishness increases in intensity, pestilence breaks out. And because these three calamities occur, earthly desires [delusions] grow more numerous and powerful than ever, and false views increasingly flourish."

    From the perspective of Nichiren Buddhism, the three poisons are an inherent aspect of life and can never be completely eradicated. In fact, a religious approach based on eliminating these poisons from one's life may simply breed hypocrisy. Buddhist practice in the Nichiren tradition can be described as a process of continually transforming the energy of these deluded impulses and redirecting it toward the creation of value. In a more general sense it is through the spiritual struggle to continually orient our lives toward respecting others and working for the broader good of all that we are able to transcend and transform these poisons. In this process, the destructive energy of anger, for example, is sublimated into a protective force that can counteract injustice, preventing us and others from merely being swept along by outside forces or being taken advantage of by those with ill intent.

    Dialogue based on a will to genuinely connect with people in an attitude of respect and mutual encouragement is a powerful key in this transformative process.

    Ultimately, establishing peace and security on our planet relies on an inner transformation within the lives of individuals. As the UNESCO constitution states, "Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed." The sense of responsibility to continually seek to develop our potential for creative good is the crux of personal empowerment and beginning of the broader transformation of the planet.

    [ Courtesy October 2005 SGI Quarterly]
    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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      "The heart of strategy and swordsmanship derives from the Mystic Law. Have profound faith. A coward cannot have any of his prayers answered."

      (The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 1001)Selection source: "Myoji no gen", Seikyo Shimbun, March 21st, 2010
      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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        "Let's always advance with joy, come what may! When we base our lives on the Mystic Law, we can change even hardships into something enjoyable. Let's all live wonderful lives!"

        SGI Newsletter No. 7960, 38th SOKA GAKKAI HEADQUARTERS LEADERS MEETING—PART 1 [OF 2] Confidently Sharing Our Ideals and Convictions with Others, from the March 15th, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translated March 19th, 2010
        Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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          Originally posted by Babbabud View Post
          Nam myoho renge kyo

          Staying on track ....

          Nam myoho renge kyo !!
          The key is day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. Be strict with yourself to always chant enough Daimoku! Be mindfull of all the things that will obstruct that from being the case in your life. Seek the Law from the bottom of your heart. The dividends of doing so are beyond measure!

          It says on the Gohonzon: "Those who make offerings will gain good fortune surpassing the ten honorable titles of the Buddha." LIVE IT!!!

          Much love and deepest respect,

          T
          Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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            Nam myoho renge kyo
            We go day by day which hopefully turns into week by week then on to month by month and year by years. It all starts from this moment on. Gotta keep getting these days in so they can turn into years !!! Hope you all are joining in !
            Nam myoho renge kyo Lets Chant for a Brighter Tomorrow
            Nam myoho renge kyo
            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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              "Let's keep fostering solid ties of friendship and trust! In order to do so, we each must first grow into a person who can be a friend and support to those in their immediate environment."

              SGI Newsletter No. 7880, THE LIGHT OF THE CENTURY OF HUMANITY, Fostering Friendship in the Community—Part 1 [of 2], from the Sep. 20th, 2009, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translated Oct 27th, 2009
              Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                "Those who believe in the Lotus Sutra are as if in winter, but winter always turns to spring."

                (Winter Always Turns to Spring - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 536) Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin", Seikyo Shimbun, October 28th, 2009
                Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                  From Words of Wisdom, by President Daisaku Ikeda, on "Interconnectedness". www.ikedaquotes.org.

                  When people perceive their lives as being at one with nature and the planet, their views of society, nationality and race will naturally be transformed. As long as the window of the human heart remains battened closed, no great future lies in store for humanity. People have to throw open the window of the heart. When they do so, there will be no more hindrance to peace

                  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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                    Originally posted by Babbabud View Post
                    From Words of Wisdom, by President Daisaku Ikeda, on "Interconnectedness". www.ikedaquotes.org.

                    When people perceive their lives as being at one with nature and the planet, their views of society, nationality and race will naturally be transformed. As long as the window of the human heart remains battened closed, no great future lies in store for humanity. People have to throw open the window of the heart. When they do so, there will be no more hindrance to peace

                    Nam myoho renge kyo
                    thx Babba. That is just simply beautifful.
                    Wilson!
                    Nam myoho renge kyo

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                      Hey guys! Hold down the fort for a couple of days! I'm off on a short Holiday with the wife and kids. Stay happy everyone!

                      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

                      Thomas
                      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                        Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

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                          The Gohonzon has Unlimited Mercy!

                          I'm so fortunate that the Gohonzon has unlimited Mercy for me. I forgave myself for that shameful event and consider it good karma to have dealt with such a shitstorm to now be able to go forward. I sure did suffer through this one, but I'm back on track. Good gongyo and good posts to read give me strength and remind me of my focus.

                          I'm gonna voluntarily cease a few things for a year and readjust a few others just to make sure the Gohonzon is my #1 focus of my attention for the next Gohonzon birthday then for a year straight to the next!

                          I won't quit.

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                            Nam myoho renge kyo

                            From "Brothers One in Mind", in The Writings Of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. II, page 914.

                            Should you fail to act in harmony, you will be like the snipe and the shellfish who, because they were locked in combat with one another, fell prey to the fisherman.

                            Recite Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and take care how you behave! Take care how you behave!

                            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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                              I did gongyo last night again and today I got a call from my broker ..... Next week I should be signing the contract for our new home to move in this summer!!!!! Nam-myoho-renge-kyo works and I've documented boku proof on this thread.

                              Chanting Growers are invincible!

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                                Congrats Easy!!! Very happy for you!

                                Here's a pic I took in Cambodia, one of my favorites and I'd like to share it here. When I get a bit stressed, or feeling
                                negative stimuli, I flip through my travel photos and let my mind reflect on a peaceful and harmonious setting.....and
                                continue chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!!!



                                Love to you all!
                                Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!!!!

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