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Are You Sure You’re Chanting For What You Really Want?

I hear stories where people are chanting for a goal but not getting what they really want.  Without even realizing it, they might be chanting for what they don’t want. In this post I want to discuss four reasons why this happens. 1. You Don’t Believe Your Goal Is Possible Let’s say you have a […]

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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 You Are An Unlimited Being?

I don’t think we recognize what we are at our core. We say we have a Buddha nature, which possesses wisdom, vitality, compassion and absolute happiness. But what is the Buddha nature, really? President Toda’s realization in prison, was that that Buddha nature is life itself. Buddha Nature is Life, Our Unlimited Higher Self Life […]

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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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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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Conquer Overwhelming Circumstances with Buddhist Practice

When overwhelmed, too busy or in crisis, the temptation might be to chant less because of time constraints You think,”I’m so busy I don’t have time.” The net effect of this is to push the practice to the periphery of your life rather than keeping it in the center. when we do this, we’ve pulled […]

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