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How to Comfort Ourselves and Uplift Others

</span data-mce-type=”bookmark”style=”display:inline-block; width:0px; overflow; hidden; line-height:0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”> The virus has forced us to face the impermanence of our lives and has brought death into full view. We might say that we are living in winter. When Nichiren and his disciples encountered adversity he reminded them: “Winter always turns into spring, Never from ancient times has […]

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How Do I Handle My Fear of the Pandemic?

 We are dealing with a difficult time and difficult times are part of the human journey. Such times are potent with possibilities. We can either choose to grow and discover a larger version of ourselves, or we can fall into fear, choose to contract and retreat into being a victim of the situation. It […]

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How Should We Chant About the Virus?

I had a question this week. “How should I chant about the COVID-19 ? Before I get into this topic, I just want you to know that these are my opinions. I’m not representing anyone. We all know Buddhism is reason. And I think that reason is important when looking at something as panic producing […]

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Have Financial Karma? What to Do

Before we discuss financial karma, let’s review what our relationship as humans is to the universe. As Daisaku Ikeda says, “In the innermost depths of all beings, there is the primal life- force and it causes living beings to live. This same force supports inorganic matter and works it into the harmonies and rhythms of […]

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Is It Possible to be Too Attached to a Goal?

 Is It Possible to be Too Attached to a Goal? Recently, I have had questions or comments from practitioners who have badly wanted and chanted for a relationship goal, which has not happened. In this vlog I want to examine the different areas for self-reflection, if a goal remains out of reach. Evaluating Your […]

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Do You Know That Gratitude Can Change Your Life?

 We hear a lot about gratitude at this time of year. So does gratitude have a part in transforming our lives? There was a study published by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley. Nearly 300 college students seeking mental health counseling were randomly assigned to one of three groups. The first group […]

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Why Do Some Goals Seem to Take Forever?

Have you ever chanted for a goal and it didn’t seem to be falling into place. In this vlog let’s look at why goals might seem to hang indefinitely. We all know the Buddhist concept of oneness of life and it’s environment. That means that “every environment is uniquely customized, tailored to suit each of […]

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Know what You Can do If Battling Doubts?

 I had a question this week, which is universal to anyone who is practicing at one time or another. “Do you have tips on doubt and sticking to the practice?” I think all doubts need to be taken seriously. What do Doubts Indicate? What is happening when we have doubts about the practice? Our […]

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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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Have a Spiritual Struggle When Chanting for a Goal?

 When you chant for a goal you hope to achieve it quickly, but obstacles or one sort or another usually appear. This is when we engage in a spiritual struggle, one which we wage in our hearts and minds. Fundamental Enlightenment and Fundamental Darkness At the core of our lives exist two opposing forces. […]

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