July 11, 2014
arrogance, Buddhahood, Buddhism, Compassion, Gratitude, LOVE, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, SGI
Buddhism, chanting to change others, conflict resolution, Daisaku Ikeda, Happiness, marriage problems, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, SGI
One of the questions I get most often from readers is this: Should I chant to change other people? The short and simple answer is ‘No. Change your own karma first.’ But before exploring this in more detail, here are the kinds of comments people send me:
Q: When you know that the other person is wrong and ill-treating you, why should I change? Shouldn’t they change instead?
Q: I am chanting for my husband to stop being so lazy. When will he?
Q: I want my daughter to change for the better so that she respects me and treats me with equality in front of my in-laws. How do I chant about this?
October 26, 2013
arrogance, Buddhahood, Compassion, Determination, Happiness, hope, Life, LOVE, Soka Gakkai
determination, Duncan Pow, Duncan Pow 24: Live Another Day, Fundamental Darkness, In Between Jobs, Nichiren Buddhism, SGI
I have just read a mesmerising novel called In Between Jobs. Written by Buddhist actor Duncan Pow. It is about a man called Harry Caldwell. The cover blurb says: ‘Harry is 26 years old. He is an actor. He is a son. He is a brother. He is a nephew. He is a drug addict. He is a sexual deviant. He is a lover. He is a fighter. He is good. He is bad. He is a Buddhist.’
The journey from first to final page is captivating. It is raw and enlightening. It is often explicit, sometimes disturbing; in places it is laugh out loud. Most of all it is lyrical and entrancing and hypnotic. The most hypnotic stream of consciousness I have experienced in a very long time. Think Trainspotting meets Ulysses meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
Duncan Pow’s novel
March 2, 2013
Buddhism, Happiness, Life, LOVE, Nichiren, SGI, Soka Gakkai, Wisdom
are we compatible?, Buddhism, Happiness, how to express love, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, Nichiren Buddhist blog, relationship compatibility, types of love
[8 mins to read]
After my recent Valentine’s Day post (‘The Buddha in the Bedroom’) I received quite a few messages and questions about Love and relationships. One of the most common issues was around couples ‘growing apart’. So I want to address these questions here and write about six different types of Love. For the Nichiren Buddhists reading this, please note that I am writing today wearing my ‘Life Coach Hat’ rather than as a Buddhist quoting from the Gosho or citing guidance about meeting a Kosen Rufu partner.
My experience of coaching people to make big decisions about their love life is that the question: “How do you want to love and be loved?” is one of the most powerful ones I can ask. It can produce tears, joy, gratitude, relief or doubt in equal measure, depending on who I am talking to and how much they are able to give and receive the kind of love they most value. Often it can produce quite a long silence, because people haven’t stopped to think about it before.
February 13, 2013
Buddhism, Happiness, JOY, Law of Attraction, Life, LOVE, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, Nichiren, Self-esteem, SGI, Soka Gakkai
Buddhism + relationships, Buddhist Love, co-dependency, EQ, Life, Love, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, Nichiren Buddhist blog, respect, secrets of happy marriage, winter always turns to spring
[Takes 7 mins to read]
With Valentine’s Day celebrated on 14 Feb in many countries across the world, here’s a Buddhist perspective on Love. Firstly, Nichiren Daishonin did not set any moral rules about anything in life so there are no ‘do’s and don’ts’ at all about things like sex before marriage, contraception, fidelity, sexual orientation or divorce.
Perhaps the other big difference from the traditional romantic Western view is that real Love in Buddhism is not about walking ‘into the sunset’ with ‘The Man/Woman’ of your dreams; even though a whole advertising industry has developed over decades to make us believe that meeting ‘The One’ is the answer to all our problems.