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 […]
Know What to Do When Not Seeing Benefit?
Buddhism describes nine levels of consciousness, the ninth level being the level which science would describe as pure potentiality and Buddhism would say is the intelligent life force, the Mystic Law. Daisaku Ikeda would describe this invisible level of life as follows: “In the innermost depths of all beings, there is the primal life-force and […]
Feel as though Your Prayers Aren’t Answered?
Today I’m going to discuss six areas for reflection when you don’t feel your prayers are being answered. Are You Ready to receive the Answer to Your Prayers? If you are chanting for a big dream, there must be a change in your thought and feeling nature, You have to be willing to grow into […]
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.” […]
Know How to Chant As though Your Goal is Achieved?
“Drop the doubt. Begin to live as though your prayers have already been answered.” Daisaku Ikeda I have received this question. “How do I chant about a goal as though it’s already accomplished, when it’s still in the future?” This is an important question because we know that our thoughts are generative. They are […]
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.
Hurt by Someone? Why Should I Chant for their Happiness?
https://youtu.be/Cz2y_Zk79Po Why Should I Chant for Someone Who Has Hurt Me? I have received comments from people who have been wronged or betrayed by someone and are having a hard time chanting for their happiness. They feel that what this person did was so reprehensible that they can’t chant for their happiness. […]
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 […]