I woke up around 3am and got up for a snack of fruit, cereal and coconut milk. I yelled at the terrorists in the house next door for awhile and then read my World Tribune article about the power of chanting. Here is what it said:
Chanting connects us with the protective functions of the universe and the Buddhas and bodhisattvas throughout the ten directions, and moves everything in the direction of victory. Nothing, therefore, can match the powerful sound of our voices chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. We have nothing to worry or fear. Nothing is more powerful than chanting.
Sometimes I sit around and wonder how on Earth this living nightmare could possibly drag on as endlessly as it has. What on Earth could these monstrous individuals been thinking all these years? It’s absolutely mind-numbing to conceive of what actually happened, and while I’ll never really understand their behavior, I at least have the reassurance that they will face the consequences of their own actions.
Nichiren Buddhism states that all our prayers will be answered, although not necessarily in the way we might think, hope or expect. Sometimes it really is a matter of faith.
To offer an analogy, if in spring and summer one plows the field and plants it with seed, then in autumn and winter one may reap and store away the harvest, and all will proceed as one wishes it to. It may seem like a long wait from spring to autumn, and yet within the space of a single year one’s wishes will be fulfilled. And in like manner, it may seem a long time to wait in order to enter the state of enlightenment and manifest our Buddhahood. And yet such a manifestation may be accomplished within the space of a single lifetime, and we ourselves can become Buddhas who possess the three bodies within a single body. (“On the Ten Factors,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 2, p. 79)
– World Tribune December 8, 2017