Archive | January, 2014

#Encouragement – Become a Master of your Voice… (#WorldPeace at the most #Granular / Relevant Level)

27 Jan

Jan 24th – The Daily Encouragement ‘says’

"We use our voices not only to chant daimoku but to guide, encourage and introduce others to the Daishonin’s Buddhism.

Our voice, therefore, is very important. An angry voice, a coarse voice, a cold voice, an imperious voice – none of these will communicate how wonderful Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism is.

I would like you to be humanistic leaders who can encourage others with bright warm voices, so that they will say, "What a lovely voice!" and "I’m always so inspired when I hear you speak." Becoming this kind of leader is one actual proof of your human revolution."

Daisaku Ikeda, PhD
SGI.Org
SGI-USA.Org
DaisakuIkeda.Org

(Me? Speechless – at the acuity level of what actually triggers a lot of the … wait. Let’s keep it a speechless, shall we?)

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#Jubilant -ly yours…

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#Groundhog #Burrow v/ @Tumblr

27 Jan

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#Encouragement – Surmounting Difficulties & #Bodhisattva Behavior (#WorldPeace – #Buddhism – #WorldView)

19 Jan

– The Daily Encouragement

(Jan. 19th)

"Suffering and undergoing hardships for the sake of friends and for spreading the Law shows the sense of responsibility of a genuine leader and is the behavior of a bodhisattva.

There is no suffering or hardship that a Bodhisattva of the Earth cannot surmount.

So no matter what happens, I would like you to steadily advance one step at a time, always chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with a vibrant voice."

Dr. Daisaku Ikeda
President
SGI.Org

(…Me? Inasmuch as my current behavior may be light-years from what some have achieved (in terms of being a true Bodhisattva) at least the persistent thought of what it could eventually require makes me enjoy the introspection of assiduous meditation… which is the only reason why I chose to put the ‘title’ somewhere where others could see it – as ultimately Propagation appears to be an arduous, yet requisite portion of the whole endeavor…)

In other words, this being #MLK Weekend, one may argue that the first few sentences may fit/apply to his life – would they ever remotely apply to mine?

#Encouragement: Mission, Shifts, Purposes…. (#WorldViews on #WorldPeace – #Nichiren #Buddhism)

13 Jan

The Daily Encouragement with – and for? – you…

"A life lived without purpose or value, the kind in which one doesn’t know the reason why one was born, is joyless and lackluster.

To just live, eat and die without any real sense of purpose surely represents a life pervaded by the world of Animality.

On the other hand, to do, create or contribute something that benefits others, society and ourselves and to dedicate ourselves as long as we live to that challenge – that is a life of true satisfaction, a life of value. It is a humanistic and lofty way to live."

Daisaku Ikeda, President
SGI
http://sgi.org

(Me? Thinkin’ of that scene where Freeman and Nicholson discuss Heavenly Gateways – in terms of ‘other-centeredness’, perhaps?… "has your life made others happy"… loosely paraphrased)

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Illustration? Believe there’s a wheel with eight spokes that illustrates it – and yes, that’s a @Pinterest #Repost – not mine – so the source? "Sages & Typefaces" look it up!

#Encouragement – Introspective Leadership (#WorldViews on #WorldPeace, #Buddhism)

11 Jan

The Daily Encouragement for January 11th states…

"The role of leaders is important.

Everything is determined by the leaders behavior.

There is a passage in The Romance of the Three Kingdoms that says only those who possess genuine wisdom and virtue win the highest regard from people.

It all comes down to you. You have to polish and develop yourselves.

Should there be a leader or leaders in faith whom you do not like, all you have to do is determine not to become like them.

All you have to do is decide that you will become leaders who will make everyone feel comfortable and at ease."

Daisaku Ikeda, PhD
http:\www.DaisakuIkeda.Org

(Me? attending a session right now on "Leading to Serve and Serving to Lead" from a like-minded organization/educational program, so yes, polish, determine, move on!)

#Encouragement: Unseen Virtue, Inconspicuous Benefit… (#WorldPeace #Buddhism #Benefit)

9 Jan

The Daily Encouragement for January 8th:

"The real benefit of the Mystic Law is inconspicuous. Just as trees grow taller and stronger year after year, adding growth rings that are imperceptible to the human eye, we too will grow toward a victorious existence. For this reason it is important that we lead tenacious and balanced lives based on faith."

Dr. Daisaku Ikeda
President
SGI.Org

(Me? Usually leverage above analogy when encouraging those seeking to master a second language – as trees take so long to grow, yet the care given on an assiduous, daily, relentless basis tends to allow them to eventually give one either shelter, food – or just the joy of sheer beauty… and yes, even applies to a well trained Bonsai, as sometimes past a few conversational phrases, may lie the joy of breaking the ice and starting a conversation in a language both parties may equally share)

(Photo is mine, of a local park with well catalogued deciduous forest)

Five Ways to Transcend the School Mindset

3 Jan

One word summation? Legos!

Laura Grace Weldon

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School-like instruction has been around less than a fraction of one percent of the time we humans have been on earth. Yet humanity has thrived. That’s because we’re all born to be free range learners. We are born motivated to explore, play, emulate role models, challenge ourselves, make mistakes and try again—continually gaining mastery. That’s how everyone learns to walk and talk. That’s how young people have become capable adults throughout history. And that’s how we have advanced the arts, sciences, and technology. In the long view, school is the experiment.

But it’s hard to see beyond the school mindset because most of us went to school in our formative years. So when we think of education, we tend to view school as the standard even if we simultaneously realize that many parts of that model (found also in daycare, preschool, kids’ clubs, and enrichment programs) aren’t necessarily beneficial. Narrowing…

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