Tag: buddhism

I Am the Dragon King’s Daughter

In the Buddha’s highest teaching, the Lotus Sutra, the Dragon King’s daughter appears before the Buddha while he is preaching the Lotus Sutra. The Dragon King is Sagara, one of the eight great dragon kings said to dwell in a palace at the bottom of the sea. Sagara is the Sanskrit word for ocean. The Flower […]

Making the Most of Each Day

While waiting impatiently for this seemingly endless nightmare to conclude, I try to use my time productively and appreciate everything in my life. In Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, we learn to appreciate our struggles, although this is often much more difficult than it sounds. The Living Buddhism encouragement I read this morning offers good advice: “make […]

Courage Is the Very Essence of Buddhism

I read an article in the SGI-USA’s World Tribune publication yesterday titled “Courage Is the Very Essence of Buddhism.” Most people don’t associate Buddhism with courage. Especially in the U.S., people tend to associate Buddhism with Zen, meditation, peace, quiet and solitude. In Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, the approach is slightly different.  Second Soka Gakkai President Josei […]

The Benefits of Responding with Joy

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President Ikeda writes, “Through faith we can establish a state of life, where no matter what happens, we experience joy, hope and confidence in the depth of our being.” Throughout his writings, Nichiren Daishonin expresses great joy despite the intense challenges and circumstances he faces. “The Benefits of Responding with Joy,” Living Buddhism, Jan 2016 […]

The Interconnectedness of All Life

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When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything in the universe. – John Muir, “My First Summer in the Sierra,” 1911. The last walk I took with Savannah was along the Bay Trails off San Antonio Road in Mountain View, California. I stopped to read one of the […]