Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tips on chanting


Chanting is a communication with the universe.  

When Nichiren Daishonin chanted the first Nam-myoho-renge-Kyo on April 28, 1253, he was facing east, towards the rising sun.

For us, we can't possibly do that without inviting disapproving glares from passersby.

Hence, we do our chanting in the privacy of home.  Face the wall and imagine the Gohonzon (the object of worship, specifically, the letter "妙") in front of us as we chant.

And while chanting, we do the following: 

1. Our body (身): we sit in a posture of supreme respect, putting our palms together, holding the beads, 

2. Our mouths (口): we utter the invocation "Nam-myoho-renge-Kyo" as clearly and crisply as our mouth can possibility pronounce each word, and at a suitable loudness.

3. Our mind (意): we think/visualize  the prayers we want to be answered.

The moment you feel that it is boring, check on all the numbers 1,2,3 again;  Very likely, one of the three things is amiss.  The tell-tale sign that our concentration has drifted is when our invocation becomes slurred and we end up mumbling instead of chanting.  That is when we need to refresh our determination/prayers by chanting crisply.

From my personal experience, concentrate on pronouncing each and every syllable of the chanting clearly, by exercising your entire mouth (ie. don't mumble) and you will really come to enjoy chanting, and you can even chant for long hours!


By Chang Cheng Liang

Friday, February 17, 2017

Lions, Roar! --- here's sensei's guidance to us

Sensei spoke
"we are all born into this world to attain happiness. This means in one's life is the moment of happiness more than moment of suffering. Those who experience countless moment of happiness are victors and winners with the crown of glory.
Those with countless moment of sadness and suffering are losers.
The purpose of our faith and the mystic law, is for purpose of transforming all sadness, sufferings and undesired emotions into happiness just as changing poison into medicine. There will be no purpose of embracing faith if this transformation is not possible.
This is the single crucial teaching of the Daishonin! Enabling us to transform everything, transforming, transforming and transform till the end. We will pride ourself that we had countless moment of happiness in this life and that we had countless moment of happiness in our family! Transforming suffering into happiness this is the mystic function of ichinen sanzen. Whether we can do it or not does not depend on others! It is all up to our determination! I have spoken much today shall we call it a day? Sorry for the time taken and thank you so much!"

池田先生说:
"我们出生在这个世界上是为了获得幸福,这意味着在一个人的生活中,幸福的时刻应该多于痛苦的时刻。那些经历无数幸福的时刻,是拥有荣耀冠冕的胜利者。那些拥有无数悲伤和痛苦的时刻是失败者。

我们的信仰和妙法的目的是为了将所有的悲伤,痛苦和消极的情绪转化为幸福,就像将毒变为药一样。如果这种转变是不可能的,就失去了信心的目的。

这是日莲佛法的重要教导!使我们最终能够转变和改革一切不幸。我们将为自己感到自豪,我们在这生活中有无数的幸福的时刻,我们在家庭里有无数的幸福时刻!把苦难变成幸福这是一念三千的妙法。我们能否做到这一点不取决于别人!这一切都取决于我们的决心!


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Apr 2017 gosho

5 eternal guidelines of SGI

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Buddhism --- religion of cosmos


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For Today and Tomorrow
Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Youth should not seek an easy comfortable path.No one develops in a pampered environment. Youth should instead actively seek out challenges and hardships, transforming them all into valuable assets as they strive to become individuals of outstanding character and ability.


         
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Buddhism Day by Day
Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, January 31, 2017


A higher religion does not negate rationality. No religion that suppresses human reason can earn the trust of humankind. Buddhism, the "religion of wisdom," is an extremely rational religion.  In fact, it is so rational that many Westerners even question whether it can be classified as a religion, since it does not teach the existence of a supreme being in the image of humankind.

 
 
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Daily Wisdom
From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Carry through with your faith in the Lotus Sutra.  You cannot strike fire from flint if you stop halfway.  Bring forth the great power of faith, and be spoken of by all the people of Kamakura, both high and low, or by all the people of Japan as "Shijo Kingo, Shijo Kingo of the Lotus school!"  Even a bad reputation will spread far and wide.  A good reputation will spread even farther, particularly if it is a reputation for devotion to the Lotus Sutra.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 319
Earthly Desires are Enlightenment
Written to Shijo Kingo on May 2, 1272
 
   








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Best Regards,

Have a nice day.

Leslie Chang

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Why are we born


 Daily Guidance Sat 01/28


First Day of Lunar New Year.


Have you filled up yourself today.


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For Today and Tomorrow
Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Saturday, January 28, 2017

All of you are chanting for the happiness of many members—children of the Buddha—in your respective communities; you support and encourage them and work tirelessly on their behalf as if they were your own children.  Your actions are truly those of great bodhisattvas; your state of life that of noble Buddhas.



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Buddhism Day by Day
Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Saturday, January 28, 2017


Why are human beings born? This question has posed a great challenge.  Josei Toda lucidly set forward his conclusion.  Namely, that this world is a place for people to, as the Lotus Sutra states, "enjoy themselves at ease."  We were born here in order to thoroughly savor the joys of life.  Faith in Nichiren Buddhism enables one to bring forth the great life force needed to lead such an existence.


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Daily Wisdom
From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Saturday, January 28, 2017


Let others hate you if they will.  What have you to complain of, if you are cherished by Shakyamuni Buddha, Many Treasures Buddha, and the Buddhas of the ten directions, as well as by Brahma, Shakra, and the gods of the sun and the moon?  As long as you are praised by the Lotus Sutra, what cause have you for discontent?

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 464
The Unity of Husband and Wife
Written to Nichigen-nyo on January 27, 1275
 
 
   








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Best Regards,

Have a nice day.

Leslie Chang