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3 Steps to Stopping Vengeful thoughts

This week we are going to look at a question,  “How would a Buddhist handle a desire for vengence?”  This video will show how a person can use their Buddhist practice to resolve a relationship with others, that has been difficult and antagonistic. Video Transcript Download: 3 Steps to Stop Vengeful Thoughts

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Get the Results in Life You Want

Do you feel sometimes that the results you get in your life aren’t what you expected?  And, you don’t know why?  When this happens its almost as though we are living by accident rather than on purpose. What if you knew how to make use of one of the Buddhist laws, the simultaneity of cause […]

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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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Do You Know Why You Shouldn’t Chant About Your Fears?

As a Nichiren Buddhist, you hear that you should chant for what you want. But what if you have a fear, or feel threatened by something. Shouldn’t you chant for what you want to change? The answer is no, not if you are looking at the problem. Think about it carefully. If you are holding […]

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Are You Aware of External Hindrances to Buddhist Practice?

Buddhism is the practice and philosophy for transforming all of our lives, providing the path to becoming absolutely happy. Because of this it deals with the impulses which can either assist or hinder our attainment of unshakeable happiness.  Both the impulses which assist, arising from fundamental enlightenment, and the forces which impede our progress, originating […]

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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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When I Chant, My Mind Goes to My Fears. What Should I Do?

I received an email with this question. I try to focus properly but my mind goes to my fears. What should I do?” Since we all have fears from time to time, this is an important question. President Ikeda points out that there is nothing wrong with having an active mind while chanting. That that […]

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