A Ship to cross the Sea of Suffering

"Real happiness is found in the struggles we undergo to realise our goals, in our efforts to move forward." Daisaku Ikeda


OK so I have just finished an hour chanting session with another local leader. Chanting for an hour is just such an amazing experience, and a great time to wade through those invading thoughts, hopes and dreams for the day ahead.

Then to open my emails, and find the daily encouragement from Sensei.

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, March 5, 2013:

“Our individual lives are each infinite treasure houses. Our lives are clusters of blessings. Lasting happiness never comes from the outside. Everything of value emanates from within our own being. Faith in Buddhism means establishing one’s true self. It is the recognition that the infinite horizon of the cosmos exists right here within the self. One’s life opens out toward the cosmos and is enfolded in it; at the same time, one’s life encompasses the entire cosmos.” Daisaku Ikeda.

I just felt like it really fits with where my head is, at the moment. Really trying to understand that I must really open up, and get to know my true self. That my journey through this Buddhist practice is about opening my eyes, my heart, and my soul up to what the universe/Mystic law has in store for me. For us ALL. Without begrudging what needs to be done, I have to keep pushing through each tiny step towards my personal human revolution.

It’s funny how we can wake each day, thinking we know who we are. Thinking maybe we know what we want. But for in an instance all of that can change, through the power of thought. Through the power of determining to be better, to be different, to keep growing, keep learning… we keep building upon the foundation that holds us. Every day… We change. Everyday we grow…

Indeed it is true, that the only constant in life that we can count on: Is Change.

Change from within, change from our environment, change from our wider society, change from within our cosmos: Our universe.

Challenging my thoughts and fears of change. I aim to Greet them with joy and excitement, for the growth that they instill.

As we were sitting in front of Gohonzon today, I opened up a page in the leaders study manual which really helps to focus on the crux of What Nichiren Buddhism is all about. So I’d like to share that with you. It has helped me in terms of explaining to people who don’t practice, but are into the philosophy of peace.

“Action is the essence of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism. As it’s practitioners, we turn our problems and suffering into a source of compassion and wisdom with which to encourage others. We change karma into mission. We pursue the path of human revolution – the most difficult and fundamental challenge of inner transformation – and seek to inspire others to do the same.

Based on this spirit, we respect and value each person. We place importance on one-on-one dialogue and on small group meetings where we study Buddhism and encourage one another. By doing so, we are building an egalitarian community that transcends differences of race, ethnicity, gender and age. Engaging in dialogue in small groups, Dr Lou Marinoff notes, is the “philosophical way.” He adds that this kind of dialogue, by permitting meaningful interchange to take place, can help forge mutual trust and foster greater awareness.”  From SGI president Daisaku Ikeda’s New Years message.

I have been asked to focus on writing, and giving an experience of my journey through the Choose project! Which I am delighted to do, and will no doubt share here once completed. I must overcome my fear of sharing my thoughts and words with people, just as this blog is a stepping stone to empowered writing and reflection. So I look forward to completing this request, and hopefully producing something of inspiration to other fellow young women and men in the wider community.


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