• Persian Myth,  Turkey

    Ingrates and Bathtubs

    The White Rose of Turkey The Turkish mystery series on Netflix, Shahmaran (2023), is based partly on the Persian myth of the same name. [1] “Shah” is a title used for Persian kings, and “mar” or “maran” means “snake(s).” The Netflix series title refers to the ancient Iranian/Kurdish myth of the…

  • Buddhism,  Courage

    Where Hope Still Lives

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season…

  • Buddhism,  Enlightenment,  Happiness

    Happiness

    It is like the case of a poor man who spends night and day counting his neighbor’s wealth but gains not even half a coin. – On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime [Writings of Nichiren Daishonin Vol 1 p. 3]…

  • Actual Proof,  Buddhism,  Kosen Rufu

    World Peace

    True joy is found in working for world peace, in taking action for our own and others’ happiness. The term kosen rufu, often used interchangeably with world peace has its origins in the Lotus Sutra. The concept comes from a passage…

  • Buddhism,  Courage,  Faith

    Becoming Fearless

    What is fear? It is an illusion created by one’s own mind. Cowards tremble with fear at shadows of their own making. “Do not fear!” Shakyamuni Buddha taught long ago. In our own age, Gandhi also called on the people…

  • Buddhism,  Dedication,  Faith

    Stones Into Jewels

    Just as poison can be changed into medicine, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo can change evil into good. The Spring of Jewels is so called because, in this spring, stones are changed into jewels. The Daishonin likens the power of the…