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Encouragement for Tough Times…

I have just read through my feed reader with an AideRSS widget

This is a sample of what I get in my inbox everyday…Real Gems of Wisdom for Daily Life c”,
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
All problems or challenges that we may be facing right now
are the very missions for us to fulfill.
Let’s earnestly try to overcome each one of them.
Let’s cheerfully challenge ourselves to elevate our life
condition and victoriously achieve a great human

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
“It is rare to be born a human being. The number of those
endowed with human life is as small as the amount of earth
one can place on a fingernail. Life as a human being is
hard to sustain–as hard as it is for the dew to remain on
the grass.”

(The Three Kinds of Treasure – The Writings of Nichiren
Daishonin, Vol.1, page 851) Selection source: “Kyo no
Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, August 26th, 2008

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
Mr. Toda stressed: “No matter what situation you find
yourself in, when you base yourself on deep and powerful
faith, you’ll be able to overcome everything. When you
yourself change, grow, and take responsibility, you can
win in all things. It all comes down to you. Be
responsible for your own life.”

Everything depends on us ourselves. Everything rests upon
whether we have the strong determination in faith to fight
and win. Do our lives brim with fighting spirit? Do we
shine with an undefeatable spirit? This is what decides
victory in any endeavor.

SGI Newsletter No. 7601, SGI President Ikeda’s Speech at
the Nationwide Executive Conference in Japan, on July 29,
2008. Translated on August 15, 2008

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August 27, 2008 Posted by | Davao City, Davao City Bloggers, Soka Gakkai International, Soka Gakkai International-Philippines | , , , , | Leave a comment

Encouragement from a Dear Friend c”,

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
When we revere Myoho-renge- kyo inherent in our own life
as the object of devotion, the Buddha nature within us is
summoned forth and manifested by our chanting of
Nam-myoho-renge- kyo. This is what is meant by ‘Buddha.’

(How Those Initially Aspiring to the Way Can Attain
Buddhahood through the Lotus Sutra – The Writings of
Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 887) Selection source:
“Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, August 20th, 2008

Thursday, August 21st, 2008
There is no such thing as a life that is free of
hardships. We experience adversity precisely so that we
can achieve true peace in life. But unless we are aware of
our inner strength to withstand hardships, we will find
ourselves in a situation where one difficulty gives rise
to another, and we will ultimately be crushed by their
weight. The Latter Day is a time when people’s lives are
shrouded in darkness or ignorance, and destructive
influences prevail. People are drawn into a downward
spiral of negative causes and misery. Therefore, if we
hope to guide people to happiness in the Latter Day of the
Law, it is of utmost importance to teach them about the
power they possess within to triumph over suffering. This
is the teaching of the Daishonin’s Buddhism.

SGI Newsletter No. 7595, SGI President Ikeda’s Study
Karmic Retribution” . Translated on August 7th, 2008.

Thanks Mitsuko Ornauer at sgi-to-myfriends-wagatomo@yahoogroups.co.uk

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August 21, 2008 Posted by | Soka Gakkai International, Soka Gakkai International-Philippines | Leave a comment

Short Clips about the SGI (Soka Gakkai International)

Here are video clips that are a great introduction to the SGI or Soka Gakkai International

Part 1 to Part 4

August 20, 2008 Posted by | Soka Gakkai International, Soka Gakkai International-Philippines | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Buddhism: The long and short of it, Part 1

I’m back;)Nicheren Daishonin, thanks to website

Thanks for browsing through my blog, you might have heard of Buddhism…

Were you attracted by its principles?…

Probably from readings and articles of the Dalai Lama

Hmmm, or probably for the reason that it is the life philosophy of famous people like

Richard Gere?

Orlando Bloom?

or the legendary pop/rock/blues superstar Tina Turner? (Grammy ’08 video)

As a matter of fact, it started as philosophy (it became a religion with all its attendant rituals and philosophical foundations) expounded by a prince whose kingdom was located what is around present-day Nepal and Northern India (he has purported distant blood relatives to this day, surnamed Sakya)…

Prince Siddharta Gautama of the Shakya clan or dynasty (hence referred to as Shakyamuni or Sage of the Shakyas) is said to have first perceived the Ultimate Law of Life through austerities around the age of 30 under a Bodhi tree …When he achieved Enlightenment, he was named a Buddha by his followers(meaning:one who is Enlightened). After his Enlightenment, he preached far and wide; spreading his teachings throughout the Sakya kingdom, along the trade routes (such as the Silk Road to the West), and through his disciples of legend and renown after his death to the Indian Subcontinent, China, and Japan…

He was considered by many modern thinkers as a true revolutionary and if not, an exemplary Sage. He was born into privilege, yet he renounced his “high” life (he was next king-in-line) to be a wandering wise man (homeless sage), after being shocked to realize that human life as we know it was really one of mind-numbing suffering. He always was very, very modest about introducing his self; he never saw himself as a god, (The God) or Omniscient. He referred to himself as a Tathagatha (Thus Come One), or He who Has Arrived (my rough translation). It was during the schism of the two major schools of thought (Hinayana; Teaching of the Elders or Lesser Vehicle vs. Mahayana; the Greater Vehicle) of Buddhism after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha some estimate around 300 BCE  when differing schools had varied philosophical arguments on he was (and was not) and what was his ultimate reason for appearing in our world.

What was really Shakyamuni Buddha’s mission?. For one thing, any inquirer would be befuddled with the various accounts of his life, mission, and goals. But even with varying opinions and philosophical arguments put forth by different schools or sects, they agree on one thing: His mission was to put a stop to what made people suffer; he had A solution to human suffering. His varied teachings were  recorded and collated from oral history (parables and sermons) by monk-scholars in a Buddhist Council (considered to be the very first) sponsored by King Ashoka of the Mauryan Dynasty (located in present-day India) held around 2 BCE in some estimates , all point to The Solution he propounded.

To this day, the various schools or sects, that arose and that are based on His Teachings, have advocated and developed methods to attain what he, Shakyamuni Buddha, has attained under that Bodhi Tree: Enlightenment, Buddhahood; to becoming One Who has Awakened to the Law of Life. Since there is one Goal; why are there so many schools of Buddhism (often competing, even antagonistic)? Which one is best suited for our modern times?

That would be the subject of my next post…Hope that stoked your interest ;)

June 2, 2008 Posted by | Buddhism: Unenlightened View, Davao City, Davao City Bloggers, Soka Gakkai International-Philippines | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Here I Go! Ready, Set, BLOG!

Crazy people with powerful toys….What a combination!

Anyway, I am Mike Sasuman from Davao City, Philippines. I am definitely a greenhorn when it comes to blogging but I do have a sense of what this is all about (I do have a myspace blog). My future blogs would be about my life, work, my take on the Philippine situation, and activities of the local Soka Gakkai International-Philippines Davao General Chapter.

I am definetely abuzz with excitement. BUT the mere fact that I do have MUCH to learn about technical stuff of WordPress blogging sobers me quite a bit. Yes, I am a non-techie BUT I do know how to cut and paste (will that qualify me as an amateur? hehehe:))

But, on another hand, this would be a journey worth taking and I do hope that YOU, the viewers of this blog and other future blogs, would drop comments.(No expletives puhlease, it would just show your very LOW vocabulary). I WOULD try as much as possible to update my posts weekly. I definitely would want YOU to disagree with my views…Especially, on this blog, where my views would be contrarian, could rock the status-quo, and libertarian in essence.

So comment me soon and WATCH out world , here I come!!!

May 19, 2008 Posted by | Davao City, Davao City Bloggers, Soka Gakkai International-Philippines | , , , , , , | Leave a comment



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