Centred, Anchored, Simply Rock Solid

The GohonzonOver the life of this blog, you will have seen that my Buddhist Practice has become, more and more, the basis of my life.

Having my Practice as the centre, as my Honzon, as my anchor is a very liberating state of affairs. At the centre of that Practice is my recently enshrined Gohonzon making it the absolute centre and the pivot, around which, my whole life now revolves.

Of course, the centre of many people’s lives are their partners, their children, their families and that is perfectly acceptable, but does mean that their anchor is not fixed, it is ever changing. These changes can be a major source of unhappiness. How often have we seen the elderly couple, totally devoted to each other, that when one of them dies, the other goes soon after.

Having Buddhism and my Practice as my Honzon doesn’t mean that my family and friends mean any less to me, but it does mean that as situations change, as problems arise, my anchor remains firm and I can cope with those challenges all the better.

Maybe that’s not for everyone, it does take a conscious effort to make the change, but for me, the effort is repaid many, many times over by the feeling of constancy in my life.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kal
    Aug 29, 2013 @ 20:07:01

    Thank you for this blog. As someone new, this is really inspiring to read. I’ve lurked here for a while now and consistently found thoughtful encouragement. I received Gohonzon in May and I’m beginning to get a sense of the change you talk about here.


    • Anupadin
      Aug 29, 2013 @ 23:56:13

      Hi Kal, I’m very pleased that you find inspiration in the post. I was inspired to take up Nichiren Buddhism by Karen and Jason Jarrett’s podcasts and the books of Edward Canfor-Dumas and William Woollard. So it is nice to be a ripple in the pond of life, carrying the message ever wider. I am sure, as your practice strengthens, that you too will make your own ripples. Enjoy the change, it will make a huge difference to your life and the lives of those around you. Namaste ~ Anupadin


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