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Archive for September, 2010

and on the 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th day i rested

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

grains of paradise – foto by Smith

I read Zen in book.
Cat stares out open window,
scents Zen in the air.

Lady is getting stressed out — too much world for her to save, too little time for her to tune. Her stress frequently makes her heart hurt in psychic indigestion.

I tried to share my stress-reducing daily plan with her which works remarkably well.

Every day I get up from bed and resolve to do nothing that day. Then the next day I arise and plan to do nothing again. Day after day I do nothing, and day after day I accomplish my dreams and goals of doing nothing, and each night I go to bed satisfied I’ve met my goals.

And I’ve found my daily nothings eventually add up to a big something — less stress and unhappiness with far fewer disappointments.

I’m trying to refine my philosophy to daily expect nothing from others as well, because a great portion of my remaining stress arises from expecting the same courteousness and thoughtfulness from others that I extend to them.

Once I unite my own daily nothings with my daily expectations of nothing from others, I’ll be halfway home to happiness.

The remaining half that is the hardest to work on is not the nothings I receive from others but the aggressive somethings where they actually attack my nothingness by demanding I do their somethings, believe in their somethings, accept that their somethings are more important than my own nothing and that their somethings must be acted upon immediately by me no matter what negligible nothings I have lined up not to do at the time.

So I’m starting two new churches that are the obverse side of the same philosophical coin: The New Church of the Know No Way, and The New Church of the No Know Way. Together they are sometimes referred to as the New Knews or the Know Nos.

I’d explain their spiritual and philosophical precepts, but that’d be doing something and today is one of my seven weekly days where I have promised to do absolutely nothing. If I ever come across the Beatles’ famous Eight Days a Week, I’ll be able to use that 8th day to promulgate our precepts since I’ll have already satisfied the requirements of my seven days of nothingness.

But for helpful hints, you could always read Sartre’s Being and Nothingness, which I myself have read only the title of because it told me all I needed to know to know no and to no something and thus know nothing.

After all, God in six days created Something out of Nothing and the seventh day was so tired She had to rest. I figure She’s a lot stronger than I, so it seems only fair it takes me seven days of rest to accomplish my new nothings.

Remember, to know nothing you cannot no nothing — it’s just not done.


mad happy – foto by Smith

 

Optimized News and Weather Report – 9/15/2010

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Global Hunger, Pakistan, etc.

U.N. sees global hunger easing in 2010

“About 925 million people are undernourished in 2010, down from a record 1.02 billion last year, which was the highest number in four decades, the FAO said in its report.”

Commondreams is less optimistic–I hope they are incorrect. They have been incorrect many times in the past. I do appreciate their conscientiousness, but not their demonization of the right, and not their despair.

I hope the World Health Organization’s warning about the flooding in Pakistan & Russia’s drought negatively impacting the world food supply is not true. I wish people were not killed by the 2010 floods in Pakistan. I am hoping something can be done to help alleviate this situation.

I really like this article about using satellites to identify locations that need help.

The UN needs more money to help people affected by the flood. I hope they get it.

Wrote a letter to Obama this morning asking for more $ for the UN for the flooding. You can write letters to Obama here.

You can find your senators here.

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I’m hoping that the 1/10 of the Cuban population who has just been laid off is as optimistic about this article.

I hope we can start visiting Cuba and boost the tourist trade there so that these new forced entrepreneurs can make a living.

I had seen Cuba as a model of a sustainable economy in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse. I’m hoping we can pick up on some of the lessons in sustainable agriculture and humanitarian opportunities for education that Cuba has traditionally supported, and that Cuba can maintain a mixed economy and that these newly laid off workers can survive.

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I don’t feel like diving in to the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I’m hoping we can stop attacking and start helping.

Record level of US airstrikes hit Afghan militants

7 people die in raid in Iraqi city of Fallujah

Speaking of the Mideast, I’m hopeful that Clinton is right:
Clinton: Israel, Palestinians serious about peace

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Glad that the unemployment rate is falling in the UK.

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Liking some of the less volatile headlines on Alternet today.

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Foxnews.com: I do not know what to make about the tea party, but I hope that some of the really fringy scary stuff stops, or is just an example of overblown hype of the extremes of the movement.

I find some the headlines on rightist media distasteful, but I think we need to start reading more rightist media in order to find common ground. Because there is common ground. I find the headlines on leftist media outlets even more disturbing than the headlines on rightist media. I’d encourage rightists to read leftist media as well. There is an amazing amount of common ground.

Yahoo news seems pretty moderate, but not very in-depth.

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World Weather Report:

Europe looks OK.

New tropical storm near central America. Tropical Storm Karl. I hope it goes away or doesn’t cause damage. Hurricane Igor and Julia are still heading towards Cuba. I hope they lost strength and just kinda fizzle out. New typhoon still pretty far away from the Phillipines and Taiwan. I hope it fizzles out.

 

now and when

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

old view of living room- foto by Smith

Here are new and old shots of the studio I lived in for 21 years just seven blocks down the street from where we live now.

Things change. Times change. But what a difference these particular four years and seven blocks make.

Oddly enough, this studio we sold in June of 2006 so we could travel the world just before the bottom collapsed out of the housing market is now back on the market with a 64% markup.

Back then we had it on the market for less than a week, had three viewers, and all three wanted it. Now due to the bad economy and worse housing market, it’s currently been for sale for over six months.

I don’t miss the place. My 21 years there was a good run. Once we left the States, I left it behind in my mind. And now that it’s been Art & Homed decorized, it’s just done more gone in my mind.

Of course no normal person could have lived there in the chaos clutter and floor to ceiling wall to wall art heart I’d created. I figure that old studio was my second greatest art assemblage. My best art assemblage is me/myself/my life; my third best is 21 issues of ArtCrimes; and my fourth best art assemblage is (as one of my friends said) my interactions over the years with my friends and acquaintances.

An interesting side blurt – a day after we verbally agreed to sell it to its current owner, one of the two other viewers came by and said he had to have it and would offer us extra money under the table if we’d cancel our agreement and sell to him instead. We said no due to moral principle – we’d already given our word. He said it could be a substantial secret payment, but we kept our word anyway. Now that we’re poor, we could use that under the table money, but I guess we feel better about ourselves because we did the ethical thing. I’ve done enough shitty things in my life, so it’s good to walk the higher path for once, even though all that crap is mostly artificial B.S. anyway.


new view of living room- foto by Smith

old view of living room – foto by Smith

new view of kitchen- foto by Smith

old view of kitchen – foto by Smith

new view of bathroom – foto by Smith

old view of bathroom – foto by Smith

 

OPTIFACT News and Weather Report – 9/14/2010

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The News

I hope Clinton is right about the time being ripe for Mideast talks, although I think time is always ripe for candid, loving, respectful talk.

I am hoping that people can rebuild the infrastructure in the US to something more sustainable–not sure natural gas is the best way to go. Hoping for more electric, geothermal energy, whatever Tesla envisioned, etc. But rebuilding part of the infrastructure seems like it would be a good jobs program.

I’m hoping criminal charges are NOT filed against the man who inadvertantly started a fire in Colorado. Rather, I am hoping for an education program to be implemented, and perhaps this man can help testify part-time for the education program in compensation, although I hope they pay him for his time.

I believe we are composed of information which is visualized as seemingly tangible material which is receptive to psychological suggestion, so I believe this man was healed by Newman in concert with his physician’s help.

I am hoping for a soft landing for the 500,000 (1/10th of their population) who are being laid off in Cuba – I believe the Cuban system was pretty good other than being too constrictive of personal freedoms. There’s got to be a better middle ground for all of us.

I am hoping for reconciliation in Kashmir, and for people to never just shoot people on site.

On to the more difficult sites:

I really like this headline: “We Need a (Green) Jobs Program”
makes complete sense to me.

I like the positive outlook of this story “The Good Food Evolution.”

In Detroit, for example, African American elders raised in the South saw the vacant lots in our deteriorating neighborhoods not as blight but as opportunities to plant community gardens that would also give city kids a sense of the time and patience that are a normal part of country life and that human beings now need for our continuing evolution.

I like the evolving tone of this perspective–seems like a good thing to recognize good insights on the ‘right’ – “Too Bad Newt Gingrich is Nuttier than a Fruitcake Because a “Kenyan Anti-Colonial” Worldview Would be Good” I’d like to remind people on the left that Dennis Kucinich, who I admire greatly, also believes in aliens–which could be decried as pretty nutty.

So much skepticism and condemnation and vitriol on commondreams. How can we ever come together if we can’t forgive each other? I believe we must forgive.

Foxnews:

I’ve been largely ignoring the tea party as I do not want to get too emotionally involved. I am hoping that conservative movements can blend with liberal movements and find areas of common ground. I know there are areas of common ground. I am hoping for less emotional demonization from the extreme elements on the fringes of movements.

I have read about people on the border going out and shooting immigrants like its a party–I wish this was covered more on foxnews, and condemned. As it is, they are focusing on border agent patrols and drug busting.

Hoping for more understanding from the right about the consequences of treating other countries as places to plunder – 1,000,000+ iraqis killed as a result of our actions. We lost, what, a couple thousand in the twin tower incident? I do not think this t-shirt was purposefully designed to cause grief.

Can’t take any more this morning. I am hoping that people can reconcile their differences. I have friends from all over the spectrum, and they all have good hearts. A better reality is possible, and is in the making, I am sure of it.

The Weather

World weather report: Looks like the tropical storms are still safely out at sea. Weather.com says they are something to be concerns about, but I hope not.

I am hoping for a more even distribution of precipitation so that the arid regions of the world, the ones that are suffering from drought, have adequate precipitation.

European weather looks OK.

Hoping the risk of fires can be reduced in the west. I think this can happen if they get a bit more precipitation.

Heart hurts.

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Dears,

I believe schitzophrenics and affectives and manics have antennae to Gaia and the Sun. I believe they can go crazy from not understanding the signals they are syncing into. We used to have roles for these people. We called them shamans.

Fly is buzzing around my head, trying to tell me something. Cricket’s chirping outside. Mandycat is interested in the fly.

I believe in an afterlife–probably of one’s conception, but I am not sure. I believe the signals I have received is from my conception of a possible afterlife, which is good.

Love,

Lady

 

mania’s mountain

Monday, September 13th, 2010

social chaos – foto by Smith

My Mania Ma’am

Things on her mind not bringing her pleasure
Things on her mind not easing her load
My lifeline needs a lifeline
To lighten her road

Even God the seventh day rested

And all who know religion know
God loves a good joke


comfort, one level down – foto by Smith

 

Movie 001

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Weirdness.

 

OPTIFACT World News and Weather Report – 9/13/2010

Monday, September 13th, 2010

World News Report–Mainstream Media:

Oprah Winfrey, Eminem, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama are trending on Yahoo. Seems mighty fine to me.

I wish the Christian workers were not attacked in Indonesia. We need to be more tolerant and loving of one anothers faiths. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

I’m hoping North Korea has fewer floods. Glad South Korea is helping North Korea with rice.

I’m glad this newborn baby, who was abandoned, was found alive.

I’m hoping for even more cooperation between China and Japan. “Japan frees 14 crew members of Chinese ship

I’m hoping Israel opens up its borders again and reintegrates its economy with Palestinians, and that it acts compassionately with the consequences of the immigrants it has accepted from Asia and Africa. I’m hoping the Palestinians can forgive the Israelis.

I was amazed at the amount of openness in Mexico–there is a lot of repression, but also a lot of openness. I’m hoping NAFTA is repealed or made more fair so that small farmers in Mexico can return to their livelihoods and that our subsidized corn stops undermining their corn farming:

Checking commondreams.org and hoping for positive stories:

I don’t like the fearful/hopeless tone of much of this site today, although I understand the anguish. I like this David Michael Green article title:
“I Have A Dream, 2010 Version” and the assertions of John Nichols, although I am hoping for a soft landing for rich people, one that creates meaningful lives for them and helps them gainfully employ and fund people who have less money.
“Bring the Troops Home, Bust the Banksters, Democratize the Economy”

I definitely do not agree with this article about entropy: IMO, things are getting more and more integrated as life evolves. We sentients are the eyes and hands of God examining itself for integration before dispersal.

I have no wind in my sails this morning for more vitriol and despair. Hoping for some positive headlines on alternet.org. Oy. After checking this site, I suggest its readers examine this material with a grain of salt & stop despairing & try to work on seeing the ‘other’ side as the same side. We must work together.

Checking foxnews. Bleck. Seems pretty realistic but too pragmatic in terms of benefiting our culture at the expense of dominating other cultures. I definitely am not delighted about Fox News calling itself “Fair & Balanced.”

I am wishing for the elimination of the words ‘undermine,’ ‘insurgent,’ and ‘execute’ on foxnews.com. Also not sure Elie Wiesel should be a prime example of humanitarianism given the current nature of the Israeli state, but I’m willing to listen. Glad he’s hoping for Mideast peace, though.

(FYI, I my maternal grandmother is Jewish.)

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World Weather Report:

New tropical storm Julia is following behind Igor, but it looks like they’ll die out at sea.

Lots of heavy rain in southeast Asia and parts of Africa, and I’m hoping it’s all OK.

Wishing for more blue dots where they are needed to alleviate drought, and fewer blue dots where they are not needed. The eastern mediterranean is in need of blue dots, which I hope it gets. Europe looks fine.

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Glad to hear about the improvement in Guyatu Bagaja’s life. Her family is now located near water in the Horn of Africa. I hope they can find means to employment and good living. I’m hoping for more precipitation in Kenya to alleviate the livestock situation. I’m hoping for less conflict as well. I like the Disaster Risk Reduction programme and I hope it can continue to do good work and expand its influence and that some day it will no longer be necessary.

Adembe & Love,

K

 

OPTIFACT News and Weather Report 9/12/2010

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

The rains in Greece have been alleviated somewhat.

I’m hoping that the rains in Syria can be fostered, that the droughts can be eliminated there.

I really like what Schwarzengger is doing lately re hi-speed rail.

Relieved that it looks like Igor is going to stay in the ocean and away from land.

Not sure I like what is happening in Sweden, because I really like their graduated penalty system for motor violations and I hope this doesn’t indicate a turn away from this civilized approach.

I can’t figure out the stock markets yet. I’m not sure everything should be as monetized as it has been. I’ll leave this up to God-concept for now to figure out. But I’m hoping that we can try to focus on real benefits for all people and real standards of living for all people rather than these exorbitant profits that rich people seem to be so good at reaping at the expense of poor people.

Excellent news for Iranian/US relations, I think. Fox News also has the story.

I have no idea why the Saudi diplomats would want asylum here (although maybe I do). Whatever works for the world.

Commonnightmares (commondreams.org) is as ever skeptical about the situation.
I’m hoping for less vitriol from commondreams, but I’m glad for the conscientiousness. Oy.

Hoping Obama makes good on the symbol of Guantánamo, and campaign promises & visions of hope. I’m sorry I doubted Obama, because it looks like his heart is in the right place. I am sure that if anyone can find a way through this, it’s him. I’m hoping for a second term for him.

Wishing Clinton luck on the mideast talks, although I never believe that talks are a “last chance.” Hoping the Republicans can pick up on the idea of diplomacy; I know this is possible, especially if Ahnold can run as president. There are always chances for more talks.

Weird news about cancer, and I don’t agree with its headline (The 10 Deadliest Cancers and Why There’s No Cure) I’ve read that smoking grass can help prevent and heal lung cancer, and that a raw food diet also can help turn it around. I’ve also met casualties and survivors of breast cancer, survivors of leukemia, survivors of brain cancer, survivors of cancer of the larynx.

Feeling hopeful about this environmental organization, and wishing I could do something about it, but not sure I should be so panicked. I think making as many changes as possible to one’s carbon footprint is a good idea. But also, I think it’s important to focus on the possibilities for spontaneous evolution of species. I recently read that the coral colonies are not all as susceptable to ph and warming changes as was thought. And there are some 15 new species of bees, and that they are hardier. I am hoping they are good pollinators and have tasty honey!

Love,

K

 

PARADISE STEW (recipe and food magic)

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

PARADISE STEW

1/2 C saved fat, skimmed off a curry.
1 t sesame oil
dollop peanut oil
More fat if you are adventuresome.

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pot until ready for this blend (chopped):

1 shallot
1.5 old onions
2 large cloves garlic

Put these aromatics in the oil on low flame and tend to when you think of it.

Meanwhile, chop:

5 stalks celery, chopped with leaves. While you are chopping the celery, throw some celery seed into the aromatics (onions/shallots/garlic) to prepare them for the celery.

Next, chop:

2 carrots
1 sweet potato (skinned)
1 potato

I like to chop into shapes of all sizes. Add to pot.

You might be baking a birthday cake for your grandma at this point. I was for mine. So I kinda let these ingredients caramelize on low flame, although interspersed with periods of supervised high flame, while I worked on the batter for her cake. I imagine, oh, 10-20 minutes of caramelization is good.

Next:

Put in two thighs and two breasts. Chicken. Put them on the bottom of the pan under the vegetables to sear.

(While chicken is searing but not too hot, work on the rest of Grandma’s birthday cake and get that in the oven.)

Now the chicken should be pleasantly seared on one side. Cover the contents of the pot with water, probably about a half inch above the material ingredients. Add 1/2 cup dried lentils (green or brown) to the stew.

Next:

1 very liberal dash of Balsamic vinegar
liberal shakes of Adobo powder (all purpose seasoning)
1 t (use your own discretion) of Berbere.
10 grains of paradise
20 grains of cardamom

Bring to a boil, then reduce to low flame and cover. Let stew for a while. Once it has turned into a nice stew but still has lots of liquid and the lentils are soft (probably 30-45 minutes?), add:

Raisins – 1/2 C
Israeli couscous – 1/3 C
1/2 stick cinnamon

Cook until the couscous is done. Eat & enjoy.

 

the lotus sutra and life on planet ours

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

looking up – foto by Smith

I bought a six dollar Buddhist chant in San Francisco in 1966 and have used it off and on but more often than not ever since. That was 44 years ago, so that’s about 14 cents a year so far. Not a bad deal as far as spiritual transactions go.

I’ve meandered a mite in my spiritual life.

I started off as we all do, a happy new-born pagan seeking life and love in the magic now.

But guilt soon crept in through being poor and different, and at the age of nine after a couple years of a small country church and reading way too much of the bible on my own I got down on my knees and prayed to God and Jesus to be saved and made clean and good and pure and whole. I did all this by the book as far as I could tell but I felt no answer, no burdens were lifted, and nothing seemed to change inside or out.

But still I felt I was technically a saved Christian because I had bent the knee and said the words so just in case I tried to do as good as possible as a pre-teen could, which meant essentially I lied, I cheated, I stole, and I thought about the naughty bits of females.

(I knew what a female breast looked like back then but hadn’t the foggiest idea what lay below the belt woman-wise. I even had one weird dream in which a relative was going to initiate me into the secrets of sex — she and I were in the barn and she was naked from the waist up but from her belly button down wore a wooden barrel because my mind had no vaginal images to supply.)

Eventually we moved back to the city and at the age of 14 I tried to convert a heathen friend to Christianity. He gave me Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” to read, and together they turned me atheist.

Atheist slowly downsized to agnostic, and in the mid-60’s with psychedelic drugs and books like The Tao of Physics, The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Castenada’s Don Juan, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and especially Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception my agnosticism morphed more into a seeker of the mystic.

Later life left me skeptic, then realist, until finally I just learned to endure, — but a wisp of mysticism still overhung it all.

And yet no matter how far down or off I got or how wrong it eventually went, I always pop back positive whatever my current state and think some day some way it’ll be better if I just get back to work on it.

Your know, your basic endless cycle of yes no maybe do it again Zen when.

These days I’m more weary puppet not sure who’s pulling my strings but still have this sense that it’s going to get better down the line if I just get a little better at dancing on my end of the string.

If I had to choose a spiritual label, it’d be animist – everything has a spirit, be it human, animal, plant, rock, mountain, thunder, air – even machines, computers, ideas — and life seems to flow better when we respect the spirit of all, of each, of it.

And I still at least two days out of three use my Buddhist “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” chant. I say it as a form of thanks to the universe, to calm myself down when I get angry, to try and make things go better when creaking bad, to align myself with the flow, or just because it’s a cool sound and it makes me feel a wee bit better.

But I’m chanting to an aware, conscious universe, not a she’he’it god person dressed in robes and rules.

I don’t believe in Heaven, don’t believe in Hell — unless like the Gnostics and Mom who believed Hell is our current life on Earth.

Anyway after all these years I became curious again just what my Nam myoho renge kyo chant meant, so looked it up. If I’m parsing it right, it basically means more or less to devote oneself to correct action and attitude of the mystic law governing invisible life manifesting itself in tangible form via the Lotus flower lesson of birthing and seeding cause and effect simultaneously as we learn to rise unblemished from the muddy swamp around us as we each manifest our own Buddhahood within.

This of course is an extremely simplistic and perhaps incorrect summation of the online information listed below – but hey, I’m doing the best I can here.

So though I don’t pray or believe in a God Person, I do talk to a Conscious Universe and give thanks and ask for its help, direction and suggestions.

Even though my actual words and beliefs differ from the churches and temples and cults and witches and pagans around me, my actions may look awfully similar to anyone watching.

Guess I’m a non-believing believer, or a believing non-believer.

All I know is the universe is interactive, a belief reinforced by my own life experience and what I’ve learned of Quantum Mechanics. How you act helps decide how reality reacts. Sometimes a good attitude and a sense of humor and maybe a chant of thanks help the flow glow rather than growl.

But there ain’t no guarantees, because there are other times Life and the Universe and the All Around just plain ignores you or even decides to stomp the living it out of you.

Life’s a Quantum Wave of Possibility, and what you think and see and perceive and act and ask and expect can alter it in your favor, while what others see and hear and say can help collapse it all against you, so we’re all in a collaborative war to create this current heaven hell hologram of happenstance called life on Earth.

And we need to be doing a better job of it because things are getting sticky wicket icky and we need to start being nicer to ourselves, each other, and the planet.

~ ~ ~

(from the internet)

Nam-myoho-renge-kyo

The invocation of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo was established by Nichiren Daishonin on April 28, 1253. Having studied widely among all the Buddhist sutras, he had concluded that the Lotus Sutra contains the ultimate truth of Buddhism: that everyone without exception has the potential to attain Buddhahood. The title of the Lotus Sutra in its Japanese translation is Myoho-renge-kyo. But to Nichiren, Myoho-renge-kyo was far more than the title of a Buddhist text, it was the expression, in words, of the Law of life which all Buddhist teachings in one way or another seek to clarify. What follows is a brief and unavoidably limited explanation of some of the key concepts expressed by this phrase.

Nam

The word nam derives from Sanskrit. A close translation of its meaning is “to devote oneself.” Nichiren established the practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo as a means to enable all people to put their lives in harmony or rhythm with the law of life, or Dharma. In the original Sanskrit, nam indicates the elements of action and attitude, and refers therefore to the correct action one needs to take and the attitude one needs to develop in order to attain Buddhahood in this lifetime.

Myoho

Myoho literally means the Mystic Law, and expresses the relationship between the life inherent in the universe and the many different ways this life expresses itself. Myo refers to the very essence of life, which is “invisible” and beyond intellectual understanding. This essence always expresses itself in a tangible form (ho) that can be apprehended by the senses. Phenomena (ho) are changeable, but pervading all such phenomena is a constant reality known as myo.

Renge

Renge means lotus flower. The lotus blooms and produces seeds at the same time, and thus represents the simultaneity of cause and effect. The circumstances and quality of our individual lives are determined by the causes and effects, both good and bad, that we accumulate (through our thoughts, words and actions) at each moment. This is called our “karma.” The law of cause and effect explains that we each have personal responsibility for our own destiny. We create our destiny and we can change it. The most powerful cause we can make is to chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo; the effect of Buddhahood is simultaneously created in the depths of our life and will definitely manifest in time.

The lotus flower grows and blooms in a muddy pond, and yet remains pristine and free from any defilement, symbolizing the emergence of Buddhahood from within the life of an ordinary person.

Kyo

Kyo literally means sutra, the voice or teaching of a Buddha. In this sense, it also means sound, rhythm or vibration. Also, the Chinese character for kyo originally meant the warp in a piece of woven cloth, symbolizing the continuity of life throughout past, present and future. In a broad sense, kyo conveys the concept that all things in the universe are a manifestation of the Mystic Law.

The definitions above come from the SGI-USA Buddhist Association for Peace, Culture, and Education at http://www.sgi-usa.org/buddhism/nam-myoho-renge-kyo.php


Beware of – foto by Smith

 

 
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