About the Spoon

This is a blog about personal development, social transformation and the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin, a revolutionary thirteenth century Japanese sage whose teachings give a powerful insight into how life works. How to get the most from it. How to give your all to it. How to be happy. So… what’s with the Spoon?

Pour yourself a glass of water. Imagine it is your life. It looks clean and clear. Then along comes a Spoon and stirs up glass of water (orange)sediment from the bottom. The Spoon could be health problems, marital issues, a tricky colleague, money challenges… or any other difficulty. Will you blame the Spoon for stirring up the gunk in your life? Or will you follow the Nichiren Buddhist approach and thank the Spoon for showing you the tendencies (sometimes called ‘karma’) you need to change to become truly happy?

Whether you are spiritual or not, these posts will show you how age-old wisdom can help you turn up the volume on the good stuff in your mind, discover what you really want from life and remove the blockages that stop you achieving the breakthroughs you deserve. You might even help change the world along the way…

The book of this blog will be out on Kindle in February 2014.

Photo: Yogesh Mhatre

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sanj
    Dec 14, 2014 @ 14:49:14

    I have been a Theravada Buddhist for a long time. Even though I do not practice it properly, Buddhist principles comes in handy when difficulties arise. You are doing a great job on promoting Buddhist principles to help people. Keep up the good job.


  2. phyllis Holmes
    Aug 29, 2014 @ 14:18:39

    Hello David I have signed up but don’t seem to receive posts in e mail. perhaps they only come through a website which I don’t have?
    Phyllis…fellow sgi member


    • davidhare3000
      Aug 30, 2014 @ 09:37:30

      Hi Phyllis, sorry to hear that, I have been writing new posts only every 3 weeks in recent months, so that might be the reason but I have also had a technical glitch with the site subscriptions. Most of my readers come through Facebook.com/thankingthespoon where I am more active, so it’s probably best for us to connect there if you are on FB?
      Best wishes

  3. Shouting at the shadow – why you cannot change other people | Thanking the Spoon
    Jul 11, 2014 @ 15:44:19

  4. khaleel
    Jan 23, 2014 @ 00:27:23

    How do I subscribe please?


    • davidhare3000
      Jan 23, 2014 @ 15:18:22

      Hiya, you should be able to subscribe by clicking on the ‘Follow’ button on the right hands side of my home page, level with the title of my latest post. Best wishes, David

  5. Mary Hill
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 13:43:06

    How do I subscribe to your blog? I’m an SGI member in Portland OR USA and got much encouragement from reading the posts I found today. Thanks!


    • davidhare3000
      Nov 16, 2013 @ 22:43:50

      Hi Mary, thank you for your kind comments 🙂
      To subscribe to the blog: there should be a little field you can fill in on the homepage, on the right hand side, under the Facebook photo of me. At the moment it is level with the photo of the bridge. Please do contact me again if you need to.

  6. Leah
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 02:49:52

    Hi David ! I am also grateful to find this blog. I was very much enlightened with the topic about A BUDDHA IN THE BEDROOM.


  7. alison
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 10:59:12

    lovely to find your site ! i’ve been practising this buddhism for about 32 years ! When I discovered it , I knew it was what I had always been looking for ! … xx it is an AMAZING practice ! xx


  8. Frank
    May 26, 2013 @ 00:01:02

    I have recently came to a crossroads in my life to find enlightenment. Christianity was not doing it for me so after many years of research I have come to Buddhism. I relate more with Buddhism than I do with any other religion. My journey continues and I look to any resources for guidance. Love your blog. Glad I came across it.


    • davidhare3000
      May 26, 2013 @ 06:45:29

      Hi Frank
      Many thanks for your kind comments and I am sure you will find the right path to take you forwards. There are many ‘flavours’ of Buddhism available but I feel that Nichiren Buddhism is the one that the world most needs right now. Best, David

  9. The Buddha in the bedroom – 10 ways to create a great loving relationship « Thanking the Spoon
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 19:48:40

  10. Lisa
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 01:13:19

    I just started practicing Nichiren Buddhism this January 1st. I am embracing it whole heartedly, I have always been in search for a philosophy that I could relate to, and agree with on all aspects. My mentor has been there every step of the way to encourage and support me. All I can say is “Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo” to all that read this post 🙂


    • davidhare3000
      Feb 13, 2013 @ 11:58:24

      Hi Lisa, congratulations on starting your exciting new adventure into Buddhism and please keep us posted on your progress and also any questions you may have. Warmest wishes, David

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