>I am a member of the lay Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai, which means Society for creating value. We try to create value in our own lives and in the lives of people around us. For me it means speaking out when something is wrong and to be aware of the things I am doing and the consequences it might have in my own life. Since I joined Soka Gakkai my life has improved enormously. Most of all the quality, I feel much happier.
As a Buddhist I chant twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. This is called gongyo and is our meditation, we do sit still but we use our voice to chant. We chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo
and we believe that through chanting all our wishes will come true.
Another really great thing about SGI (Soka Gakkai International) is the meetings that we have. At least once a month we come together with a group of about 12 members who live in the neigborhood. First we chant together for about half an hour and the sound of those voices together is just beautiful, and after chanting we talk about things, like never give up or what does respect mean.
Yesterday at our meeting we looked at the wishes we had for this year and we spoke of our wishes for next year.
One of my wishes is to have more Ichinen, a Buddhist principle with several meanings but for me in this case it is the doctrine of T’ien-t’ai (538-597) – ichinen indicates the mind of an ordinary person, which at each moment is endowed with the potential of three thousand realms; its characteristics are: (a) it pervades the entire universe; (b) it includes both body and mind; (c) it includes both self and environment; (d) it gives rise to good and evil; and (e) it encompasses cause and effect simultaneously.
I will write more about this……..