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You Are Never a Victim of Your Circumstances

 Many people believe that they are the victim of one circumstance or another. Our culture teaches us that that is the case. We see it demonstrated over and over by public figures. There Are Advantages to Being a Victim When we think we are a victim we have turned over our power to something […]

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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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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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Know Why It’s Important to Master Your Mind?

 Nichiren Daishonin said, “Learn to master your mind and don’t let it master you.” What does mastering the mind mean and why is it important? Our practice, and it isn’t called practice for nothing, teaches us through different experiences, how to strengthen our faith, which then allows us to embody Buddhahood. When we chant […]

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Your Goal too Big To Believe?  What to do.

 “What do you do when your goal seems so far removed from where you are now, if you’re affirming something that simply isn’t true?” This is an important question, as this is a problem for many people. In this vlog we are going to discuss how to make a goal more believable. Script download: […]

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Know How Inconspicuous Benefits Move You Towards Happiness?

 It’s amazing when you see the inconspicuous benefits that are leading you to happiness.  In this video we will discuss an experience as an example to show how inconspicuous benefits worked to move a person’s life to happiness and undoubtedly are working for you too. Script download: Inconspicuous Benefits 1 “The real benefit of the […]

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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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