|Life is full of surprises.|
Sometimes simply by being a good person & leading by example is enough.
Cross-words are not always necessary.
I have learned in my short life that arguments and debate can sometimes be wasted words, as well as wasted time. Our lives on this earth are so short and time is so precious, why would you waste it trying to convince someone else you are right and they are wrong?
There are times in our lives when people will disagree with us and it isn't always possible to win these people over, sometimes it is just better to accept the things we can not change and focus on changing our lives for the better.
In my short time practicing the Buddhism of Nichiren Dishonan, I have met many people who have had various opinions on SGI, and chanting Nam myoho renge kyo.
There have been a few people who have had comments, stories, claims about how one person did this, and another person did that.
Each time I ask my self, have I ever experienced any of this? Have I ever experienced these kinds of things? And each time the answer is no.
I practice Nichiren Buddhism and I am part of the SGI, because it has brought great support to my life, it has connected me with a group of people who seem to really care about the future of our world, and about the future happiness of all humanity.
I feel sometimes that many people in this world, spend so much time trying to convience others that they are wrong, that they miss the whole point to why we are alive.
I believe deeply within my heart that we are put on this planet to love and be loved. To dance, and sing, to cry and hurt. We were put here to share life and loose life. To feel love and to loose love.
We chant nam myoho renge kyo every day becuase we want things to be better.
We want our lives to change and transform, and we want happiness for all humanity.
I want to be VERY CLEAR ABOUT THIS.....
This isnt about BEING PART OF A CLUB or BEING BUDDHIST or BEING A MEMBER OF SGI, this is about being a HUMAN BEING.
This is what it is about. About sharing life, about sharing suffering together and supporting the people around us who need it most.
Through chanting Nam myoho renge kyo daily, it gives us the reminder of who and what we are.
We are creators, we are inventors, we are beings of love. Not hate. Or War.
The suffering, the war and the disease we see in our lives are all the forces we are fighting against.
We have to keep fighting and one day, I believe we will win.
So being part of SGI isnt about being in a club, where you HAVE TO CONVINCE other people to join and that you way is the correct way.
Being part of SGI is about doing your human revolution, becoming more then what you were yesterday.
We are not an exclusive club, we are a family of people who believe that the world can be a better place.
We happen to have been blessed with the writings and teachings of many great men (Shakyamuni Buddha, Nichiren Dishion, Josei Toda, Disaku Ikeda, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi etc)
So you see, it doesnt matter what religion you practice and what you believe, if you are part of the SGI or not.
What matters is what is in your heart and what you want for the world, your country, your community, your family and ultimatly for your own life.
One day we will all stand side by side and look back at our difficult past, and realise that it was all part of the growing pains a young race like Humanity had to go through to learn the important lessons of life.
As far as the universe goes, the existance of Humanity is a blink of the eye.
One thing you can be sure of though is that no matter what happens here on Earth, the Universe will go on spinning, the stars will continue to be born and die.
Just realise that your very very short appearance on this cosmic stage is unique, and it should be treasured like a priceless jewel.
The next time you try to convience someone that your path is the correct way, spare a thought for what I have said and simply be.
Be the person you are and maybe through that, if they are so compelled, they might try walk the same path as you.
And should they choose not to, I would hope you would offer them respect and wave goodbye as you part ways on the golden road back to the center of all that is.