Our Thoughts Influence Everything President Ikeda, the foremost proponent of this form of Buddhism in the world, says in his book Faith into Action that positive thoughts take form in reality, creating positive results, where pessimistic thoughts take form and produce negative results. This principle doesn’t apply to an isolated thought here or there, but […]
The purpose of this post is to give you some idea of where you are heading when you start to practice this Buddhism. Traditional Beliefs People tend to look at statues of a plump Buddha with hands in a meditation position and think that is the Buddha, as if there is only one. Some traditions […]
Do you believe you can direct your life as you wish it, or do you secretly believe that outside forces determine what happens in your life? In the Western world, there is a common belief that something outside of ourselves controls what happens in our lives. You see this when you hear such comments as, […]
What is karma? Karma represents tendencies present in the inner, unconscious realm of life. They have been created through one’s past actions, which include ways of thinking, ways of speaking and physical actions. Karma, or actions, can be either good or bad, positive or negative. Popular thinking views karma as negative but Buddhism says that […]
The Question Exactly, what is faith and how do you find it? In Nichiren Buddhism, faith doesn’t just appear from nowhere. It is built step-by-step. If you decide to practice, I can tell you that chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo will enable your life to work, but you’ll need to prove to yourself. You can start by sitting […]
Chanting for goals develops faith in the practitioner
Buddhism shows you how to have a longer life.
Chanting through major obstacles and running a marathon are similar.
Learning to Trust the Wisdom Within Post#2 By Margaret Blaine, The Practical Buddhist Usually when you start to practice you don’t yet believe you have a Buddha nature within, a deeper source of wisdom, courage and happiness. In the past you have relied on your intellectual understanding. Experience teaches all of us that sometimes […]
The purpose of life is happiness. Does that mean accumulating the most toys? No – that would be considered temporary happiness. Haven’t you had the experience where you have achieved something, for example bought a new house, and then find a year down the line that you are restless and want something else. This would […]