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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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5 Steps to Handling Your Resistance to Moving Forward

In the last post we identified different ways we talk ourselves out of our goals when we hit our resistance to personal growth. Is Resistance to Personal Change Stopping You From Achieving Your Goals? I want to add one more way that you might talk yourself out of your goal. I Am in a Rut […]

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Is Resistance to Personal Change Stopping You From Achieving Your Goals?

Talking yourself out of moving forward with your goals?  You’ve hit your resistance to personal change. Once you can recognize your preferred form of resistance then you can move through it. We all have resistance as I discussed in 6 Steps to Making Personal Changes When Chanting for a Goal. I suspect that one of […]

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Challenging Goal? Add Leverage to Create Momentum

Have you ever found that you set a goal, one that makes you stretch,  then found yourself forgetting to chant about it or finding reasons why you don’t want it after all? You might develop doubts that you can ever achieve it. You have encountered the normal resistance we all face when we start to […]

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6 Steps to Making Personal Changes When Chanting for a Goal

Setting a Goal When we envision a goal, chant about it, and embark on it, we don’t usually know what it will require of us. We are excited. Reality Sets In It’s when we start to take action, that the reality of what it is going to take sets in. We discover what we are […]

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Can’t Chant for a Goal? What do You Do?

Overwhelming Circumstances? What do you do if your life circumstances are so overwhelming that you can’t even formulate a goal? Sometimes this can happen when you are mourning a loss of an important relationship, or your life circumstances are such that you don’t even know where to begin, Perhaps you have felt disconnected from your […]

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Challenge Yourself! Set a Drop-Dead Date for Your Goal

In one meeting where members were discussing goals, a member from Kansai spoke up. “We don’t set goals like this in Kansai.” The group turned to look at him. They knew that Kansai was a province in Japan where there had been an enormous success with an impossible goal. The Kansai member continued, “The way […]

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