It’s been a long time since I have posted anything from my buddhism practice. I started chanting and practicing in December 2012 and have completed 14 months now. Every month during our Zadankai’s (monthly meetings) I have been a consistence part of the study group which has given me a chance to know the practice in deep. But there’s a lot of study material relating to the practice which I need to read. Now we ywd’s (young women’s division) are looking forward for the March 16 campaign and have started working towards it by following the guidelines provided to us. We have to chant for one hour daily, read at least 5 pages from a book called the Human Revolution Vol. 1, have at least one home visit in a week, and so on. Initially when I had joined the practice, chanting for even 2 minutes was a struggle for me. Slowly and steadily with time I kept increasing my minutes of daimoku’s (chanting). Today, I can comfortably chant for half hour or 45 minutes at a stretch and sometimes when I am in a low life condition have chanted for an hour even.
March 16, is a symbolic day for Soka Gakkai and the SGI Members, commemorating the occasion on March 16, 1958. On this day, the second president of Soka Gakkai, Mr. Josei Toda, passed the responsibility of Kosen-rufu to the youth. March 16 is now viewed within the Soka Gakkai and the SGI as a day of new departures, “of eternal beginnings and perpetual hope.” It is also an occasion for focusing on fostering capable youth. Every year around the world, SGI members celebrate March 16 by holding commemorative meetings led by youth members. This spirit is also carried on by the youth members of SGI through various peace-related initiatives and renew our vow for Kosen-rufu.
I will just share couple of beautiful quotes by our Sensei Ikeda:
– “Kosen-rufu is the path to attaining universe peace and prosperity. It is our great vow from time without beginning for the enlightenment of all people.”
– Sensei says, “No matter what bitter adversity we may face, we will never be defeated. Through the power of chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, we can transform even the most painful sorrow, transmuting it into compassion to encourage and help others who are suffering, and keep moving forward joyfully and positively.”
– Sensei says, “We have all been born into this world with our own unique mission. When we are able to deeply recognize that mission, our lives will gain greater spiritual depth. And when we earnestly devote ourselves to fulfilling our mission, we will develop greater life force.”
Have a wonderful Sunday Everyone!