A Little Further Along The Road

Buddhist PracticeMy Buddhist Practice has become, over the years, my way of life. The routine of chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and of prayer, that I go through every day, a routine that also involves me writing this blog. But routine is also another word for boring, mundane or even hum-drum, so it’s important to keep in mind why we Practice.

We Practice for several reasons …

  • To give a stable anchor to our lives …

  • To raise our life-energy levels …

  • To chant for certain outcomes …

  • To move us along the road towards Buddhahood …

and there are many others, often different for every individual.

As a mere novice, I find that I can learn a little more each day Let’s face it, Buddhism has been around for well over two thousand years, so there’s plenty to learn about. I can improve or seek to perfect my Practice and to maintain a more focussed attention to the subject of my chanting. I look forward to the feeling I get during and after Gongyo. I often find that I am quite warm when I finish chanting and in a really good mood, despite any problems I am facing.

I never cease to be amazed by the effectiveness of chanting either. To start with, the word coincidence came into my mind to explain the results I saw, but not any more. But I do get surprised by the way the Universe solves the problems with which I have asked it to help. Not always the way I expected, and often in better, more subtle ways than I could have ever imagined.

So my Practice is a pleasure, not a chore. It’s something I enjoy and never something I feel I have to do. As Nichiren Daishonin said, ‘If you practice something, you must test it’s validity with the results you see’. In other words, if it doesn’t work, stop doing it. For me, it is still working wonders almost daily, and I truly believe the World would be a better place if more people were to discover those wonders.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Frank
    May 15, 2013 @ 14:50:08

    I may have researched religions over the years trying to find where my heart and soul belongs. When I first started my research I looked into a lot of religions. When I came upon Buddhism it intrigued me and the more I read about it the more I am interested in it. But I have a lot of questions. Where would be a good place to start? I have tried to find local Buddhist organizations but not sure which is which because there is many different sects or denominations: Zen, Nichiren, etc. How do I decide which to get involved in?
    Peace!!!

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  2. Anupadin
    May 15, 2013 @ 17:08:57

    In my experience, having tried Zen and NKT briefly, Nichiren Buddhism is the most down to earth, western lifestyle compatible of the Buddhist traditions. If you do nothing else, read, or listen to, The Buddha, Geoff and Me. Search my blog, it’s everywhere. Namaste ~ Anupadin

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  3. Indrajit Rathore
    May 15, 2013 @ 19:02:38

    the universe knows better and so solves problembs for us better than we ever imagined – so try not to ask too specifically – so nice

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