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Do You Know How Reservations Can Impact Achieving a Goal?

Transcript Download: reservations Two practitioners, Beth and Barbara, were discussing getting goals. One commented that she had had experiences where she just knew she was going to get a goal and it happened. But now she had a major goal that she had been chanting about for several years, to publish the book she is […]

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Feel Guilty Shifting from Christianity to Buddhism? What to Do.

I received a question this week, which, I’m told affects a lot of people. How do you deal with the guilt of leaving Christianity and becoming a Buddhist? Although this vlog referenced Christianity and Buddhism,, I think the issues would apply to most other circumstances, where a person has transferred from onr religion to another. […]

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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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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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Are Science and Religion in Conflict or Supporting One Another?

 Transcript download: science and Religion “In this vlog I have been talking about how to use Buddhist philosophy and practice to deal with the concerns of everyday life. The longer I have been writing about this topic, the more curious I’ve become about what science has learned about how we humans create our reality […]

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Do You Know How the Universe Communicates With You?

 Transcript download:universe communicates       When we chant in front of the Gohonzon with a prayer need for something or a need to know something, we have opened a dialogue with the universe. As President Ikeda says in Faith into Action, “To offer prayers is to conduct a dialogue, an exchange with the […]

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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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Are You Trying to Avoid a Difficult Problem?

Transcript download:  Are You Trying to Avoid a Difficult Problem Have you heard this or thought it to yourself? “I hate this problem. I just want to get away. then I wouldn’t have to deal with it.. It would be so much easier just to leave.” Many people do this. It’s called the geographical solution. […]

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Is There Any Right Way to Chant?

Many questions come up about chanting and to day we are going to discuss two of them. Transcript download: Is There Any Right Way to Chant I’ve received two questions about chanting which I am going to address. Starting with these questions, we are going to discuss the different issues that can come up as […]

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