Why Meditate? What is the Difference between what Meditation and what Chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo Each Accomplishes?

Chanting is my only meditation. Life is meditation if you can psyche yourself into it. You gotta not let the things of life shake you. It’s much easier to isolate yourself in a room and meditate. There the only devils are your thoughts. But to live life itself as a meditation–that is infinitely harder. To achieve that which is called in Buddhism samyak samadhi, or the Buddha’s state of non-regression, only chanting Nam myoho renge kyo with powerful determination will work. Then you can sail through life like a calm breeze at all times. It just takes a lot of daily practice.

There are no perfect Buddhas

​We are all imperfect. To try to pretend to be a perfect, flawless Buddha who is always smiling and compassionate so that others will take up this religion is both unrealistic and incorrect practice as well as a cop-out. Those who see us every day see real us. They see right through the pretense. However, what separates a genuine Buddhist practitioner from others is that a genuine Buddhist practitioner understands that he or she is far from a perfect Buddha yet makes efforts every day to live with greater self-awareness, greater compassion and a genuine self that can communicate in a real and natural way the greatness of Buddhist practice and the infinite reasons taking it up will greatly improve one’s life by seeing the real connections between the reality they experience, the causes they are making and the ways they are interpreting them and thinking about them. Rather than try to be a superior being, I am trying to be a better person than I was or even habitually am being up to this moment and I invite you to join me and see how much together we can accomplish so much more as our individual selves im our individual lives and thereby contribute to improving the world we live in that, if people stay as they are, will result in either nuclear annihilation or climate change annihilation, whichever ticking time bomb goes off first, more likely in our own lifetime than that of the yet unborn.
Some people have many harsh and unrelenting standards which they impose on themselves and others, or worse, only on others, and most of us have one or more of these people in our lives. Such arise from ignorance of our true wonderful nature which can never be dispossesed and the resulting fear of loss of self or possessions, these 3 being the 3 poisons of ignorance, anger and greed, or the fear of death. Because these fears and poisons are innate in all our lives, we incorporate the voices of such people in our heads and hold ourselves and others to harsh standards. If we try to practice or come into contact with people who practice Buddhism (Nichiren, SGI Buddhism, that is), unless we see the true nature of our thinking, we will have inrealstic expectations and often sink, in the face of such pressure, to giving up and finding whatever temporary fix or comfort we can to further mask the pain, an inevitably fruitless and pointless endeavor. So the first step is to recognize and be kinder to ourselves and others while bravely walking the path of Buddhist practice and becoming not a perfect Buddha (which doesn’t exist) but a better Buddha with each day and allow people to see natural growth and change as we continually share these great principles that truly work for anyone courageous enough to really try.

“Nichiren Daishonin states in ‘Letter to Akimoto”, ‘All the Buddhas of the three existences and the ten directions have attained Buddhahood through the seed of the Mystic Law. The Daishonin clarifies that the same principle, not any other special means, equally enables all people to attain enlightenment.

“Now all of us have had this same seed of the Mystic Law planted in our lives. How wonderful! When we exert the powers of faith and practice to tap the powers of the Buddha and the Law inherent in the Gohonzon, we can definitely show proof of having attained Buddhahood in this lifetime. This is a promise made by the original Buddha and absolutely never fails to materialize.

“You must never be deceived by someone who does not embrace the Mystic Law, no matter how extraordinary that person may appear. Both the Great Teacher Dengyo and Nichiren Daishonin state that in the Latter day of the Law, there will be no ‘saints’ or ‘sages’…”

“All of us are ordinary human beings. When ordinary people embrace the Gohonzon completely, we can enjoy our lives from moment to moment just as we are, savoring an inexhaustible taste of Buddhahood. In the eyes of Buddhism, therefore, all of us…dedicated to the cause of kosen-rufu [the wide spread of the Law, i.e. the principles of absolute respect for the dignity and unlimited capability of each person, which will of course lead to peace and save us all–these are my words] are indescribably precious”

These last 3 paragraphs were from “My Dear Friends in America”, p. 72. This is from a speech given by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. It happens to the very first speech of his I attended (via videoconference) and the very first time I saw him live and heard the sound of his voice. I could hear and sense the outrage in his voice toward those who give sincere people who are trying their best a hard time for “not measuring up” as he clarified what Buddhism really is all about and what religion should always be about, to help us grow to be better people in a human way while strictly embracing and supporting others while never saying or doing things to cut them down and make them feel bad. I can’t iterate this enough.

You are who want to be, not who you think you are or must be

​We tend thing we have to define ourselves the way we have defined ourselves based on the way other people have defined us in the past. But to think like that is functioj of pure evil. We don’t have to keep being who or what we were. It is not easy to change our self and to proceed being whoever we want to be and do whatever we truly want to do. But that is precisely what true freedom and independence is. It means taking the harder path. It means giving hope, faith, goodness, optimism and self possibility a chance. It means taking sharp focus of ourselves at every moment and seeing what we believe os impossible because it hasn’t happened till now and seeing what we are continuing to do even now even now to sabotage ourselves, to recognize that everytime we fuck up we think we have to keep fucking up in order to be consistent. And it means changing that pattern and daring to get it right, to go for what we believed impossible. We don’t chant Nam myoho renge kyo to get benefits. We chant Nam myoho renge kyo because it makes it so much easier to make that hard choice at each and every moment to consciously be the self we truly want to be, unfettered and throwing off the chains we shackled ourselves in for eons, to believe not in our falling short selves but in our true happy, completely winning selves and to make this our lives work, to be the person who makes so many others around us happy along with ourselves and thereby build the world of peace the human race has failed at no matter how educated or wealthy people were. They failed because they didn’t have the unsurpassed powerful teaching of Nam myoho renge kyo whereas we will succeed because we do and because we will use it from this moment on and never compromise ourselves again. I know it sounds strict and hard but it is too amazing and fulfilling to pass up in favor of life of compromise and never ending conflict in this world.

Why Trump is doomed from the start and Nam Myoho Renge Kyo is SUPREME!

​I use Nam myoho renge kyo to stand up to the powerful because I don’t have any of the manipulation tools they have. All I can harnass is the even more powerful force of aligned nature and integrity. No army or empire have withstood integrity when harnassed by an aligned and clear minded group of people no matter how small. In fact, all armies and empires have been brought down by such. Today, because the world and society is moving and changing at such a frighteningly fast speed, the law of Nam myoho renge kyo is the one and only thing that can enable humans of truth and integrity to stay strong and integrated and bring the forces of evil. Trump’s very clever ability to brilliantly manipulate the corporate/Wall Street induced stupidity of more formerly cultured and intelligent people than ever through mainstream and social media–even that! is no match for those aligned and strengthened by Nam myoho renge kyo, the universe itself! Because the stupidity Trump and the corporatocracy depend on desperately needs people who cling to outdated thought and cultural paradigms and patterns that are ill matched for the tidal wave of present reality and change, his reign is doomed from the start and great Wall that is a Street is going to fall and crumble fast soon. We must brave and never give in. Fear makes you lose your integrity in a heartbeat and fall into hell together with the manipulated and stupidified.

March 16

​Q: I have a question. I have heard and experienced that if you a cause toward someone, the absolute strict law of cause and effect will automatically cause them to return the cause as an effect in your life. But does that mean I have drink their poison and pray in their religion in order to open them up to trying my health beneficial drink and chanting Nam myoho renge kyo?

A: Yes it is true that the law of cause and effect is strict and absolute. But you also have to look at the motivation for your cause because that is where the law of cause and effect operates. If your motivation for giving is to get something in return, that is very different from giving to increase the good causes in your life and attain enlightenment. Even though your mouth may not say you expect quid pro quo (something in return), it is what is in your heart that will be communicated to the other person and they will feel your pressure on them and that is what you will get back despite the fact that you want their happiness and good health. So it is not a good idea to drink an unenlightened man’s poison in order to get them to drink your life saving potion. Rather it is enough to talk to them with sincerity about what you know to be true and communicate your sincere concern for their life. That is all they will feel, not the particulars of what you are saying. When President Ikeda met his mentor, Josei Toda, Buddhism was the last thing he was interested in and he did not like religion at all. But he felt Sensei Toda’s concern for his life which was communicated through his sincere and always honest words. As a result, 11 years later, March 16, our Sensei inherited his Sensei’s mission, along with several thousand youth, to spread the amazing teaching, practice and philosophy of enlightened living throughout the world and show that as dire as things may be, there is a true alternative to how to live happily amd sustain our fragile world. You don’t have trade a church visit to get back your friend to an SGI meeting. That will only sew confusion in your heart and their heart. You just have to speak sincerely and with conviction and joy about Buddhism and let them do what they want. People are definitely listening up now to those who befriend them with sincerity and conviction. The desperate clinging to old ways that they were brought up in that has prevailed until recently has given way to a feeling on the part of so many people, especially young people, that the old and established ways are not working and fully satisfying their thirst for something meaningful. The fields for shakubuku are now ripe and fertile for planting. But a jihadist suicide killing terrorist has the same chance to win the hearts of these seeking people as we life loving Buddhists do. Therefore, if we hold back, we are potentially responsible for mass violence and mega-death. We must bravely and boldly speak out as much as we can and leave no stone unturned. We must find these young people ripe to receive answers to the troubled slate of reality they’ve been presented. Let us use this 59th anniversary of our Sensei’s receiving the mission of happiness spreading to firmly grasp this weighty yet so fulfilling baton in our own hands and pass it on to so many youth who are hungry for it. Come on, don’t be stingy with your life. The world is a Titantic moving ever closer and more quickly to that iceberg of climate change and nuclear armaggedon than we can even imagine. This is no time to relax.

i am very young

As long as I’m alive, I will stay young. Whether it’s nurturing the next generation, fighting for equal justice for all or awakening people to the beauty of their lives, I will be totally vibrant and alive. What I was too scared, too sick and too overwhelmed to do for too long, I will be doing 3-fold for a very long time ahead. I dare all you 20-year, 30-year olds, to try to keep up with me.

Marc Ginsburg