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Goal Setting: Know What Works and What Doesn’t?

   I’ve had a number of questions about setting goals for various types of problems. So today I want to go through the basics of goal setting, how to set effective goals and then cover ways of setting goals that don’t work so well. People have asked me, “Why do I need to set […]

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Know the Difference Between the Mystic Law and the Law of Attraction?

“I had a question this week: why do we need to chant in front of the Gohonzon if the law of Attraction works on its own. A friend of mine told me, ‘You don’t need the Gohonzon, just think positive.’ She made me feel confused.” I have a full discussion of this question in my […]

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Can I Change Someone Else by Chanting?

Can I change someone else by chanting? I have received this question over and over. Today I want to address this topic as it has come up several times in the last month. It is a concept, if not understood, can result in chanting without results. Oneness of Self and the Environment We have a […]

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Just How Responsible Are We for Our Problems?

 Transcript download: Just-How-Responsible-Are-We-For-Our-Problems-2-4 The Buddhist concept oneness of life and its environment teaches us that everything in our lives comes from the inside out to manifest in the world. That sounds fine when life is going well but we tend not to believe this when we come up against a problem with another person. […]

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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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Do You Know Why You Should be Grateful for Adversity?

 Transcript download: Adversity When you have come up against adversity and go to an experienced practitioner for guidance, they will say “Congratulations you have something to chant about.” Why would they say this? They know that no one is out to get you, that adversity is a normal part of the path to enlightenment. […]

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Do You Know How You Set Up Barriers to What You Want?

 Transcript download: How we get in our way I think one of the important Buddhist concepts is the oneness of self and environment. This means that we and our environment are not separate but rather our outer life circumstances arise from internal causes, our thoughts, and then manifest in the outer world. . This, […]

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What is “Being in Rhythm” With the Universe?

Buddhism teaches philosophical concepts, which, when you really study them, I believe are teaching us universal laws, or how the universe works. For example, one of them is the simultaneity of cause and effect. We are taught that when we create a cause through thinking, speaking or acting we have set a seed in our […]

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Did You Know There Are Ten Internal Hindrances to Buddhist Practice?

When we become practitioners of Nichiren Buddhism, we take on the task of liberating ourselves from suffering. We also commit to helping others do the same. In this way we align ourselves with the positive forces of the universe. Both fundamental darkness and fundamental enlightenment reside in every persons life.  Fundamental darkness, negativity, it is […]

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