Thursday, 15 December 2016

There Are Two Paths Out of Suffering.

There are two paths out of suffering.
The first is ownership and transformation, the second is defeat and regret.

Neither path is right or wrong, each depends on your own unique situation and life state.
Whatever cards life has dealt you, we must stand and fight.
And through that suffering and pain, a beautiful lotus flower will blossom.

You are the flower, and the mud is your suffering.

No matter how dark the night the dawn will always come.
We must battle with everything within us that holds back the potential for the beauty to blossom within this life.

All human beings are born with infinite potential, however seldom is that potential realised.

Forgiveness is our most powerful tool and the antidote to even the greatest of poisons. These poisons act like a cancer on our spirit crushing us from the inside out. Like a black hole pulling all the light from our lives to it's centre.

Each of us has the capacity to offer unconditional love, and with this capacity we can transcend even the greatest of all suffering.

What has been done, can not be undone, but we have the power within us to turn poison in to medicine and realise our potential as beings of light and love.

You are a gift to this universe and no matter how dark the sky gets, remember there is so much love in this world.


For all my friends and family who have experienced physical or emotional abuse in this life.
You are loved.

Robbie x

Thursday, 25 August 2016

What is the purpose of our lives?

Listen to me, please.
You're like me, a homo sapiens,
a wise human.

a miracle in the universe, appeared around 4 billion years ago.
And we humans only 200,000 years ago.

Yet we have succeeded in disrupting the balance so essential to life.

Today, your life, our life,
is just a link in a chain of innumerable living beings that have succeeded one another on Earth over nearly 4 billion years.

This is all we have. A tiny little blue sphere, floating like a feather on the wind. Alone, in the vastness of space.
Everyone, and everything that we have ever known. Existed here.
7.4 billion of us all alive

We are seemingly lost in a sea of a trillion stars, in a not so special galaxy. In a not so special quadrant of a not so special section of the universe.

Who are you? Why are you here? What are we doing?
What is the point to all this? What is your reason for being alive?
Think about it. If you never think about it, you should.

The Earth is HOME to Earthlings. That is you, me and every other form of life.
In comparison to the Universe, we are a tiny tiny spec, so small, seemingly so insignificant.
Yet each of our lives are filled with wonder and infinite potential. We are each a wonder of the Universe, a living entity. Our lives beautiful microcosms reflecting the macrocosm.

But what are we doing with these lives?
Wasting them? On hatred, judgment or fear?
Or are we building wondrous worlds within worlds?

Are we living our dreams and lifting others from their nightmares?
Human beings are capable of so much more.
More than war, than poverty, than endless suffering.

We have the tools to solve all these problems.

When are we going to become what we were meant to be?
Creators, and not destroyers.

We have the potential to create new worlds, to travel the stars and be incredible beings of light and not darkness.

Honour the light that you were born with.

Awaken to who you were born to be.

A remarkable and wondrous expression of life and this incredible Universe.

#life #death #earth #humanity #change #transformation #human #lifeanddeath #environmetnalism #veganism #vegan #compassion #protection

This writing was inspired in part by the film HOME. We must protect this world, it is all we have. Once it is all gone it is gone. Forever.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Why did Nichiren start chanting Nam myoho renge kyo?

In all the years I have practiced, I have yet to find an honest and direct reason for why Nichiren Daishonin chose 'nam myoho renge kyo' as the mantra for his spiritual practice.

Nichiren believed that by chanting nam(u) myoho renge kyo - to Devote my life to the wonderful lotus flower sutra, that we would invoke all the wisdom from within it, it's intent.

In the letter On the Four Stages of Faith, he states "The profound meaning indicates the heart of the text, and the heart of the text encompasses the whole of the theoretical and essential teachings.” And Miao-lo writes, “On the basis of the heart of the text of the Lotus Sutra, one can evaluate all the other various teachings of the Buddha."

He goes on to say: 

"Though muddy water has no mind, it can catch the moon’s reflection and so naturally becomes clear. When plants and trees receive the rainfall, they can hardly be aware of what they are doing, and yet do they not proceed to put forth blossoms? The five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo do not represent the sutra text, nor are they its meaning. They are nothing other than the intent of the entire sutra. So, even though the beginners in Buddhist practice may not understand their significance, by practicing these five characters, they will naturally conform to the sutra’s intent."

So specifically it is ALL about intent, as he very clearly states above the words do not represent the sutra text, nor its meaning. What we are doing when we chant is making a declaration of intent based on the entire sutra and what it stands for.

Specifically it was his belief that through chanting and having faith in nam(u) myoho renge kyo, we can activate the wisdom of the entire Lotus Sutra simply by chanting its title.

It has always confused me, because if I chanted Wikipedia, Wikipedia, Wikipedia am I really invoking all the wisdom within Wikipedia. But I do not think this is what he means.

So as you can see in the final paragraph he specifically states "The five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo do not represent the sutra text, nor are they its meaning." and then "They are nothing other than the intent of the entire sutra. "

All this aside I do believe Nichiren was potentially listening to a deep intuition, from his many years of meditation. Others have chanted nam(u) myoho renge kyo before Nichiren did, but he was the first to base an entire spiritual practice around this specific mantra.

In the letter; "The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra" there is a clue as to what he felt when he first began to chant. The words chosen are quite interesting as many who have begun practicing this form of Buddhism likely feel the same, they chant as if in a dream not knowing what they were doing, if it was right or wrong or if it mattered.

Read of the passage below and then follow the link to study the letter in depth.

"I, Nichiren, am not the founder of any school, nor am I a latter-day follower of any older school. I am a priest without precepts, neither keeping the precepts nor breaking them. I am an ordinary creature like an ox or a sheep, who is neither particularly wise nor ignorant.

Why did I first begin to chant as I do? Bodhisattva Superior Practices is the one destined to make his advent in this world to propagate the five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo. But before he had even appeared, I began, as though speaking in a dream, hardly aware of what I was doing, to utter the words Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, and so I chant them now.

In the end, is this a good thing I do, or a bad thing? I do not know, nor can anyone else tell for certain."
You can read the rest of the letter here.

How did you feel when you first started chanting this mantra? Tell me in the comments below.


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