If I Doubt the Practice, Can I Get Benefit?
https://youtu.be/q3yWdFwtaNY I received a question this week “A while back I read in the World Tribune, ’you must[...]
Does How You Chant for a Goal, Matter?
https://youtu.be/cbGB5TWktlA I have had a question this week. What is the difference between visualizing a goal as already accomplished and[...]
How Should I Chant to Change Another’s Behavior?
https://youtu.be/rMFszFos0Sw I have received a number of questions in this last month which have had to do with changing[...]
Know How Your Thoughts Influence Your Results?
“In case you haven’t noticed, you have a mental dialogue going on inside your head that never stops. It just[...]
Are You Getting the Results You Want From Chanting?
https://youtube.com/embed/s_WXqwsqSMk If we are getting the results we want with our chanting, then we are mostly in alignment with what[...]
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,[...]
Did You Know That Your Life is Your Curriculum?
This week I had a question. “How do I deal with or overcome office politics? It seems I have bad[...]
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[...]
Do You Know How to Overcome Fear?
Fear comes up when we have made a decision to expand our lives by focusing on a challenging goal.[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Know the Difference Between the Mystic Law and the Law of Attraction?
"I had a question this week: why do we need to chant in front of the Gohonzon if the law[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Recognize When You’re Veering off the Path of Faith?
Today we are going to look at ways we might be veering off the path of faith and become[...]
10 Steps to Overcoming Illness
Some of you are suffering from illness and have asked me to discuss it. So in this video we[...]
Know Why Your Attitude is Important While Chanting?
In order to achieve the results we want, it’s important to understand how the mind works on a subtle[...]
Chanting But Feel You Aren’t Receiving Answers from the Universe?
Many people feel as though they are chanting for a goal but they aren’t receiving answers. If this is[...]
Have You Fallen Into Fundamental Darkness?
Script download: Have you Fallen into Fundamental Darkness 1 Download: Table of Contents latest According to Daisaku Ikeda in The[...]
Stalled? Is Your Goal Just a Hope or A Decision?
Make a Decision1 We think we make decisions all the time. We say, “I am going to buy a house.[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Do You Know Why You Should be Grateful for Adversity?
Transcript download: Adversity When you have come up against adversity and go to an experienced practitioner for guidance, they[...]
6 Things to Do If You’re Forcing Yourself to Chant
Transcript download: Forcing myself to Chant I have received questions from some of you who are concerned with not[...]
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[...]
How to Master Barriers to Human Revolution
In this vlog, I am going to define human revolution. Then we’ll discuss ways you might be blocking yourself[...]
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[...]
Chanting Difficulties? 4 Ways to Turn Difficulties Around
If you are chanting but not getting the results you want, I am going to show you 4 ways to[...]
Difficult Problem? 5 Steps to Nailing It.
When we first start to chant we are taught to set a goal and chant for it. It seems as[...]
Feel Undeserving of Your Goal? What You Can do.
In this video, we discuss how to overcome feelings of being undeserving of your goal. Then talk about how to[...]
Faith Slipped? 6 Ways to get Back on Track
In this video you will learn how to recognize the signs your faith is slipping. Then we're going to cover[...]
8 Warning Signs You Are Manifesting What You don’t Want
In this vlog, we are going to be looking at the 8 warning signs that indicate you are chanting for[...]
7 Ways We Block Ourselves When Chanting for a Goal
I received a question this week. "How do we get in our own way when chanting for a goal?" In[...]
3 Steps to Stopping Vengeful thoughts
This week we are going to look at a question, "How would a Buddhist handle a desire for vengence?" This[...]
What’s Stopping You From Moving Forward?
Have you ever had the experience that even though you are chanting for a goal, you aren't moving forward? In[...]
Know the Difference Between a Determination and Forcing Through a Goal?
Do you know the difference between making a determination and forcing through a goal? Since knowing this can make the[...]
Here’s a Method to Handle Fears that Arise While Chanting
In this video we are going to discuss three main issues, Why fears show up when chanting for a goal,[...]
Know Why a Determination is Important When Chanting for a Goal?
Many people wonder why setting a determination is important when chanting for a goal. In this post you'll learn why[...]
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[...]
Why Chanting is Not Magic
Chanting is not Magic Some people talk about this practice as if it is magic. Chanting is not magic. Our[...]
8 Steps to Master The Way You Think
Why is It Important to Master Negative Thinking? We are one with the Mystic Law, that creative, unlimited life force,[...]
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[...]
Do You Know Why Your Thoughts Are So Important?
We’re taught that our thoughts don‘t really matter unless we act on them. Nothing could be farther from the truth.[...]
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[...]
Know Why You Don’t Always Get What You Want?
Let’s say you’ve set a goal for a new house. You've begun to chant about it. Do you find your[...]
Do You Know Why You Shouldn’t Chant About Your Fears?
As a Nichiren Buddhist, you hear that you should chant for what you want. But what if you have a[...]
Do You Know How to Refresh Your Practice?
Have you ever had a time when you felt unmotivated, study seemed like platitudes, doubts have shown up, and you[...]
I’ve Been chanting a Lot! Why Isn’t something Happening?
Question: I’ve been chanting two hours a day about my goal but nothing seems to be happening. I don’t have[...]
Did You Know There Are Ten Internal Hindrances to Buddhist Practice?
When we become practitioners of Nichiren Buddhism, we take on the task of liberating ourselves from suffering. We also commit[...]
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[...]
Challenging Goal? Add Leverage to Create Momentum
Have you ever found that you set a goal, one that makes you stretch, then found yourself forgetting to chant[...]
6 Steps to Making Personal Changes When Chanting for a Goal
Setting a Goal When we envision a goal, chant about it, and embark on it, we don’t usually know what[...]
Facing a Difficult Obstacle? Make Good Causes.
What Does Compassion In Action Look Like? If you want the universe to fully support you, then take the time[...]
Can’t Chant for a Goal? What do You Do?
Overwhelming Circumstances? What do you do if your life circumstances are so overwhelming that you can’t even formulate a goal?[...]
Big Challenge? Get Guidance From Your Mentor
A member from Kansai was discussing goals in a meeting. Everyone there knew that Kansai members have had tremendous victories[...]
Challenge Yourself! Set a Drop-Dead Date for Your Goal
In one meeting where members were discussing goals, a member from Kansai spoke up. "We don’t set goals like this[...]
How to Use Your Mind, When Trying to Achieve a Goal
We have to handle our minds a certain way when trying to bring a goal to fruition. In this post[...]
Proven Steps to Human revolution
Not quite sure about how to accomplish human revolution in your own life? Let’s look at what human revolution is,[...]
Having Trouble Establishing a Consistent Practice?
Some people struggle with becoming consistent with their practice. This is not unusual, particularly when you are new. But, if[...]
Are You Chanting for Benefit or to Change Karma?
There comes a time in our practice, probably after chanting for a number of years, when we are faced with[...]
Guaranteed: 12 Steps to Break Through Deadlock
When deadlocked, we are in a struggle between negative and positive forces. We don’t see the path forward: we feel[...]
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[...]
The Truth is, You are Not Alone Facing a Difficult Obstacle
When we chant about a challenge or an obstacle we are taking on negative forces which we must encounter on[...]
Remarkable News! Faith is More Powerful than Control
Believe it or not, chanting with faith produces more benefit than trying to control the process. What Does Control Look[...]
Surprising News: Complacency Is the Biggest Threat to Buddhist Practice
Complacency is one of the biggest obstacles to our Buddhist practice and it is a hard obstacle to recognize. It[...]
How to Bring About Behaviors Which Lead to Happiness: A Guest Experience
Certain behaviors lead to happiness, others to unhappiness. Buddhist writings have many suggestions on how to improve behavior, so we[...]
5 Steps to a Successful Life Transition: A Guest Experience
Katy had run a successful consulting business in the high-tech industry where her clients were all in another state. She[...]
Startling Lessons on How to Create a Good Life:
I was really excited to see a Ted talk by psychiatrist Robert Waldinger on a 75 year long Harvard Study[...]
Do You Stop Chanting After Achieving a Goal?
Have you ever had this experience? You are facing a problem so you set a goal and chant very hard[...]
How are You Chanting, With Faith or Trying to Force a Result?
When you are chanting for a goal, are you chanting with great intensity trying to force it to happen? Or[...]
Are You chanting While Focusing on Obstacles or the End goal?
When chanting for a goal, we often focus on the obstacles to reaching it. This happens because we are worried[...]
4 Steps to Finding Your Life Path
When we are young we often think that we are not as good as other people because of inclinations or[...]
What Are You Really Doing when You Chant for a Goal?
The immediate answer would be that we want to achieve this or that specific goal. But looking at the immediate[...]
5 Steps to Develop Inner Stability
You can learn how to navigate agitated feelings, when blindsided by life, to maintain stability in the face of shocks.[...]
Why is My Goal Taking so Long? (2)
Sometimes we may have set a goal which might limit us, but we don’t know that. While we keep our[...]
How to Unlock Your Mental Limits
When we run up against a mental limit we think we are going to do something, and then we don’t[...]
Chanting But Doubting Results? Problem or Opportunity
When confronting a difficult obstacle, we may have doubts that we can ever overcome it. “Can I really overcome this[...]
4 Steps to Establish A Consistent Practice When Feeling Breathless
Are you in the position of putting everything else in life before your practice? We’re trained to do that in[...]
Why is my Goal Taking so Long?
It is said that with Nichiren Buddhism no prayer goes unanswered. But this doesn’t mean every prayer will be answered[...]
How to Chant if Perplexed
Over the last few posts, I’ve discussed how to achieve goals successfully. But what if you don’t know what your[...]
Kick Depression to the Curb
Many people suffer from depression. Depression can leach all joy out of life, leaving you without zest. One of the[...]
Chanting + Action Leads to Success
Chanting Alone is Not Enough In my last post we discussed how important it is to take action on ideas[...]
Three Steps to Finding Courage
To achieve a goal successfully requires you to chant about it and then take action. When you take a step[...]
Are You Chanting With Mixed Feelings or Determination?
Are You Chanting with Mixed Feelings? If you are struggling to surmount an obstacle, little adjustments in the way you[...]
Chanting Plus Action Manifests Our Goals (3)
When you set a goal and chant about it, action will be required to bring it about. Chanting Isn’t Magic[...]
5 Things to Consider When Chanting for a Goal (2)
President Ikeda, author of many books on Buddhism and the leader of the Nichiren Buddhist movement for 60 years, points[...]
The Secret to the Successful Realization of Your Goals
I’m going to discuss something which you may never have considered as a powerful way to realize a goal. I[...]
How Some People Find Great Answers to Problems And Others Don’t
Do you have a problem which seems unsolvable? Have you felt as though you’ve been beating your head against a[...]
Faith Like Fire: Faith Like Running Water
When first starting to chant, most people are excited and hopeful. This was what they were looking for, something to[...]
Steps to Win the Spiritual Struggle When Confronting an Obstacle
Everyone faces problems and obstacles. So what do you do when a tough problem, arises? What’s Your Reaction? Do you[...]
The Secret to Winning Over Negative Temptations
Can a religion that doesn’t have rules and commandments keep practitioners on the straight and narrow? The purpose of Buddhism[...]
How to Use Problems in Daily Life to Generate Happiness
Problems, Suffering or Opportunity Experienced Nichiren Buddhist practitioners tell you that when you are confronting a problem, you have an[...]
At Last, A Surefire Way to Make Your Life Easier
Your life will become much easier when you start chanting about your problems and challenges. I can’t tell you exactly [...]
What Controls Your Life? You or Outside Forces?
Do you believe you can direct your life as you wish it, or do you secretly believe that outside forces[...]
You Can Change Your Life Condition Easily
In the last post I discussed the Ten Worlds so you could have an overview of the different internal life[...]
The Ten Worlds
Last week we talked about ten conditions of life, which we experience each day. These are important to us because[...]
Conquer Your Fears: Find Courage
Have fears kept you from moving forward in some area of your life? This can happen to anyone. In this[...]
Should You Expect Religion to Change Your Life?
Have you ever asked yourself, why practice a religion? Does your religion address your everyday problems? In this post I’m[...]
How to Gain Control of Your Life: The Stories of Two Men Who Succeeded
Do you know how to regain control of your life when overwhelmed by negative circumstances? Sometimes life seems too much[...]
6 Ways to Grow a Consistent Practice
Establishing a consistent daily chanting practice is the key to achieving the benefits of practice. It is never easy to[...]
Through Buddhism, Change Your Karma
What is karma? Karma represents tendencies present in the inner, unconscious realm of life. They have been created through one's[...]
Develop Deep Wisdom Through Buddhism
Develop a Mind of Faith When you chant, Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, you connect with the Buddha Nature within you. A mind of[...]
Change Your Destiny, Through Buddhism
What is Karma? We all are born with karma. The popular belief about it is that karma is negative but[...]
What is Compassion Anyway?
What is Compassion? Compassion, according to Buddhism, embodies altruistic action that tries to relieve people from suffering and bring them[...]
How Do We Want to Live?
How Do We Want To Live? It seems as though profit has become the dominant value in the U.S. to[...]
A Cure for Anxiety
Why So Much Anxiety? Why is there so much anxiety in the world today? Technology has transformed every aspect of[...]
What is Faith,Exactly?
The Question Exactly, what is faith and how do you find it? In Nichiren Buddhism, faith doesn't just appear from[...]
Chanting for Goals Develops Faith
Goals Develop Faith When you are new, you may be encouraged to chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo for goal that is a stretch,[...]
Running a Marathon in Life
Most of us admire marathoners, even if we don't run ourselves. We love them because they are such a triumph[...]
Chanting for Goals Develops Spiritual Attributes in the Practitioner
Learning to Trust the Wisdom Within Post#2 By Margaret Blaine, The Practical Buddhist Usually when you start to practice[...]
Chanting for Goals Develops Spiritual Attributes
Mastering Your Mind: Post #1 I have been practicing Nichiren Buddhism for eighteen years. During that time I have heard[...]
Manifesting What You Want is a Skill
Thoughts are Potential Realities Many people think our thoughts are just thoughts, fleeting energies that don't do anything.This is far[...]
Believe it or not, Chanting is Practical
Some people think that the idea of chanting is woo-woo and won't try it. In my experience it is the[...]
Practical Buddhism & Handling Obstacles
Do you have an obstacle, or more than one, which is keeping you from moving forward in your life? We[...]
Practical Buddhism: Handling Anger
Some people have a problem with anger. It tends to come up at inappropriate times or simmers underneath the surface[...]
Pull Out of Negative Emotional States
I have said that Nichiren Buddhism is practical and I'd like to give you an example of what I mean.[...]