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

WHY IT’S URGENT THE WORLD UNITE (tentative title)

 

 

This world is now in great trouble. Our minds have become deluded and crazed by the disconnect our industrial and technological advances have created severing us from nature and the earth that is struggling to try to support our very lives. Unless we change our priorities, our attention and our actions virtually immediately, we will soon go through unimaginable hell and then no longer exist. I sound this warning not because I’m a naysayer but because everything I am saying is true and more and more people are coming to realize this with each passing moment.

 

There are many things we all need to do right now as you read this and one of the most if not the most important is to eliminate national governments, national militaries, currency exchanges and wage discrepancies.

(to be continued)

Why I refuse to be “realistic” and kill hope

If you ask me what is my philosophy, I reply I am a man of extreme idealistic positive view of what is possible but I am also a man beset by emotional winds of the reality of life. Therein lies the dilemma. I am everyman. But unlike the person unable to live without a definite view about everything, a definite answer for everything, who invariably gives in to an adverse, pessimistic outlook because it is so much easier and more definitive, I would rather err on the side of believing in what has been less proven yet makes one come alive and the undying and undefeated hope that is possible in everyone, as long as they’re willing to be courageous and challenge reality.

Marc Ginsburg

February 3, 2017

Republicans are mean-spirited

#Republicans are so mean-spirited and negative. They appeal to the worst, most destructive aspects of human beings.😬😡🤢👎
Glad even Speaker Paul Ryan is not even going along with their latest “overflow the swamp” legislation to gut accountability and oversight.

For my film, “Confessions Of A Writer”

​”You can feel the palpable loneliness as a writer when you stop hearing people say ‘You’re a good writer’, when they read the first few lines, decide it’s boring and either like the status because they like you or simply just move on…. when they respond to some word or phrase in what you said that’s a hot button word or phrase to them but has nothing to do with the idea you were trying to convey. Has it perhaps become the time that this great poet needs to reflect on his communication skills? Has he gotten too old for the people alive today, too out of touch? Have the times changed so fast that decades have become centuries, years decades, days years, such that it is like entering an entirely new planet, an undiscovered universe, to converse with the people today?”

-For my film, “Confessions Of A Writer”. Any producers interested?