Archive | February, 2014

#Encouragement – tidy up one’s life… life begins to shine, too… ( #WorldPeace through Personal/Individual Reformation )

27 Feb

The Daily Encouragement:

"Originally, every person’s life is a brilliantly shining mirror.

Differences arise depending on whether one polishes this mirror: A polished mirror is the Buddha’s life, whereas a tarnished mirror is that of a common mortal.

Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is what polishes our lives."

Daisaku Ikeda

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#Encouragement: To reach and seek out like-minded people in our community, as way for #WorldPeace a path to pave.

26 Feb

The Daily Encouragement:

"Buddhism teaches that life at each moment embraces all phenomena.

This is the doctrine of a life-moment possessing 3,000 realms [Jpn: Ichinen Sanzen] which is the Lotus Sutra’s ultimate teaching and Buddhism’s essence.

Because of the profound way our lives interact with people around us, it is vital that we reach out to others, that we be engaged with our environment and with our local community.

*** A self-absorbed practice or theory without action is definitely not Buddhism.***"

Dr. Daisaku Ikeda
President
SGI.Org

(Me? Encouraged to continue reaching out through engaged volunteerism and yes, continuing education – both laden with like-mindedness, yes)

#Encouragement: Eleanor Roosevelt on Struggles & Suffering ( #WorldPeace #WorldView through #Buddhism )

15 Feb

The Daily Encouragement:

"Life is full of unexpected suffering.

Even so, as Eleanor Roosevelt says: "If you can live through that [a difficult situation] you can live through anything…

…You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face…

You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’"

That’s exactly right. Struggling against great difficulty enables us to develop ourselves tremendously.

We can call forth and manifest those abilities lying dormant within us.

Difficulty can be a source of dynamic new growth and positive progress."

Dr. Daisaku Ikeda

http://DaisakuIkeda.Org

The Daily #Encouragement – by Dr. Daisaku Ikeda

6 Feb

Today’s The Daily Encouragement mentions…

"Unless we live fully right now, not sometime in the future, true fulfillment in life will forever elude us.

Rather than putting things off till the future, we should find meaning in life, thinking and doing what is most important right now, right where we are – setting our hearts aflame and igniting our lives.

Otherwise, we cannot lead an inspired existence."

Dr. Daisaku Ikeda
http://SGI-USA.Org

(Me? Just look at the hues on this one illustration… ‘aflame’ indeed!)

Systems Sociology – a Manifesto? (#SystemsSociology)

2 Feb

(I’m about to finish school as I’m about to turn fifty, a lifetime spent around computers, which nowadays aligns with an incredible new post whereby most everything discussed is mirrored in daily realities, so if I dare to push myself forward by emitting – and narrowcasting – a refined observation, well…)

—- BSA 412 Class, Week One… an ‘Optional’ Question and a reply from a peer (teammate) as to the nuances of Joint/Rapid Application Development