Author Archive | Margaret Blaine

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Do You Know How Reservations Can Impact Achieving a Goal?

Transcript Download: reservations Two practitioners, Beth and Barbara, were discussing getting goals. One commented that she had had experiences where she just knew she was going to get a goal and it happened. But now she had a major goal that she had been chanting about for several years, to publish the book she is […]

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Why Is It Important to Have Faith in the Gohonzon?

    Download transcript:  Faith in the Gohonzon Recently I received a question, “Please explain our connection with the Gohonzon and why it’s important to have faith in the Gohonzon. What exactly does the Gohonson mean?. This is an important question as it goes right to the heart of our practice. Gohonzon means object of […]

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Overwhelmed? How to Develop Inner Stability

 Transcript Download: Overwhelmed? How to Develop Inner Stability 2 Many people describe feeling flung about by their feelings. Usually they are talking about despair, suffering, anxiety and depression. These can take over when faced with an obstacle or being unusually stressed by life events. These feelings are not something we can ignore, as we […]

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How Can I Change My Limited Thinking?

Transcript Download: Changing Limited Thinking Setting a goal, chanting about it and then following through with the action steps needed to accomplish it, seems very straight forward. Yet is everything Why? Because taking these steps will invariably going to ask us to address one or more of our habitual ways of thinking and ask us […]

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Feel Guilty Shifting from Christianity to Buddhism? What to Do.

I received a question this week, which, I’m told affects a lot of people. How do you deal with the guilt of leaving Christianity and becoming a Buddhist? Although this vlog referenced Christianity and Buddhism,, I think the issues would apply to most other circumstances, where a person has transferred from onr religion to another. […]

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How Does a Daily Practice of Gratitude Benefit You?

Transcript download: GratitudeI’ve noticed that the majority of the prayers in Gongyo are prayers of appreciation and gratitude. Since it is Thanksgiving I decided to look into gratitude and what it does for our lives, as I am sure those prayers are no accident. Research Project A research project at the Greater Good Science Center […]

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Know How to Use Troubles to Nourish Your Growth?

   Trouble Can Nourish Growth Our lives are planted in the murky pond of everyday life, just like a lotus flower grows in a dirty murky swamp. If the lotus flower was moved out into a clean pond, where would it get the nourishment it needs to grow. Then it wouldn’t be able to […]

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Difficult Family Karma? How to Change It.

 Transcript Upload: Difficult Family Karma One of the reasons we practice faith is to be able to change our karma when faced with a difficult situation, to correct the fundamental causes which bring about suffering. Since family and relationship issues cause many to suffer greatly, lets examine how we would change karma in that […]

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How Do You Chant if Vague About Your Goal?

 Transcript download: question This week we have a question. “I have been chanting for months now to find out what my passion is. Unfortunately I can’t seem to connect to my own prayer and I keep feeling I should chant differently, perhaps word my prayer differently ..in the past I have always had success […]

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