I’ve had a question about how to handle doubt. Why does doubt come up and often remain persistent? We have two sides. Our human side and our spiritual side. Our human side is taught from babyhood to use the rational mind and use our senses to look to our circumstances to determine what we believe […]
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Do You Know How the Mind Works to Create Results?
We have learned a great deal about how the mind works since Nichiren’s time. I think it helps to understand how the mind works to create the kinds of results we want to create through chanting. Conscious Mind There are three different major levels of the mind. The first is the rational mind. The […]
A Buddhist View on How to Handle a Difficult Person
As Bill Aiken, former SGI-USA Vice General director said in his World Tribune article, The Oneness of Life and Its Environment, “Rather than there being one static “environment” that we living beings are all born into, every environment is uniquely customized, tailored to suit each of us according to the state of our inner lives.” […]
Why Do Some Goals Take So Long?
I have received a number of questions about why goals haven’t been achieved quickly and easily, and sometimes not at all. In this video I am going to explore some of the reasons. The first thing to realize is that chanting is not magic. If chant for something but then take no action towards it, […]
Reasons Why You Might Not Be Receiving Benefit
I have received questions about why someone might not be receiving benefit. In this video I covered a number of reasons this could be happening.
Do You Know the Power of Thought?
To download the transcript, click here. If you look at the nine levels of consciousness in the Buddhist literature the 9th is the fundamental ground of consciousness that is in all things. That level embodies the generative, intelligent power of the universe and we are one with it. That sounds esoteric until you look into […]
If I Doubt the Practice, Can I Get Benefit?
To download the transcript, click here. I received a question this week “A while back I read in the World Tribune, ’you must trust the Gohonzon wholeheartedly, or you will not gain benefits no matter how much you chant.’ Can you please explain? Let’s first discuss what the Gohonzon is. The Gohonzon was created by […]
How Does Buddhism Look at Relationship Issues?
To download the transcript, click here I’ve had a number of questions regarding how to chant about relationship issues. Sometimes these issues are some of the hardest ones, since everyone’s emotions run very high, whether it being falling in love with someone who is in a relationship with someone else, to divorcing when there are […]
Does How You Chant for a Goal, Matter?
I have had a question this week. What is the difference between visualizing a goal as already accomplished and forcing a goal? When we envision a goal we can visualize it with a light touch, trusting the infinite to work it out. When you do this you envision the goal as already done, thereby telling […]
Know That Slandering Can Influence Your Results?
To download the transcript, click here I have been asked to discuss on shitsu, the word for slander. I looked up the definition for slander and saw this. Vilify, defame, libel, defile, detract, depreciate disparage, belittle backbite, speak evil. The Fourteen Slanders In The Fourteen Slanders, Nichiren says there is no difference when a […]