Turning It Around

KyoTrying to use the Buddhist principle of Poison into Medicine is easier with some things than others.

Emotional upsets are pretty straightforward, it’s a matter of seeing the bigger picture and realigning hopes, expectations and life in general to fit the situation.

ChiThis back pain is a different matter. Compared to some, my pain is a mere trifle, but I am still trying to work out how to use it to my benefit.

At times during the day, it is so painful that it makes me feel physically sick, the result of my bodies endorphins apparently.

GyoI suppose the lesson is that I should take better care of my body, lose some weight maybe, and I am starting to do that. But the results are slower in coming than I would like, so I suppose it is teaching me patience too.

IMy chanting, although it doesn’t make the pain go way completely, makes me feel energised and that is what is getting me through.

So I will persist. The alternatives are few and far between anyway, so patience, persistence and Practice will be the tools that help me reach my goal. Another case of Kyo Chi Gyo I, being focussed on the goal, rather than the pain free status I will gain once I reach it.

Two Steps Forward

InfinityOur current web project is nearing it’s fruition, but the progress seems to be slowing as we near completion. Two steps forward and one step back.

It’s a little like trying to reach a point almost at infinity. If you half the distance to that point every day, you make rapid progress to start with. But as the distance to go to your destination gets smaller, the distance you travel gets smaller proportionally.

In fact, in this model, you would never reach the point, because the distance you have left to travel is still half of that from the previous day. The journey would take you an infinite time, which non of us have.

Now we will finish our web project, and on time given a fair wind, but the only way to achieve it is to use the principles of Kyo Chi Gyo I.

Set those goals, use that wisdom, put in the effort and the rest will follow.

Setting A Goal

LotusIt’s amazing what a day of spring cleaning and mind clearing can do.

Gone is the fog of yesterday and back is the 20-20 vision that comes with taking control and setting yourself goals.

If you remember, Nichiren Buddhism has a clear set of rules to get you what you want, anything you want, you just need to set the wheels in motion.

So these are the details you have to quantify …

Kyo – the goal you wish to achieve.

Chi – is the wisdom needed to reach that goal.

Gyo – is the action you need to take to reach the goal.

I – the status you will attain when the goal is reached.

Don’t get Kyo and I mixed up, let’s give you an example to help stop that …

You say ‘I want to be a traveller’ that’s I, the goal, Kyo would be ‘I want to travel’, subtle difference there, so don’t be fooled.

So today I’ve set my goal (Kyo), I’ve determined the wisdom I need (Chi), I know what I need to do (Gyo) and I’m looking forward to attaining the status (I) when the goal is reached.

You didn’t expect me to tell you what the goal is, did you ???

Click here if you want to find out more.

A Day Of Learning

The World of eLearningMy day has been a spent in the world of learning, though not as you might expect, about Buddhism.

We are using a new software package at work, to build and support a brand new website. As webmaster I will be responsible, to some extent, for the performance, stability and content of the new site, and today was a very pleasurable learning session.

Ok, it’s not rocket science, though they do say that even rocket science isn’t rocket science. Learning of any kind, is a process of personal growth, and I find it very stimulating. As with so much software, is has it’s little quirks and problems, but that almost makes it more fun.

I look on it as a game of mental chess, the software taking the role of a very capable opponent. I want it to lay out a page in a certain manner, it lays it out in the way I tell it, and the two are not always a convergent point. So I have had to exercise the grey matter and, so far, progress has been good.

A project as large as this requires the skills of a dedicated team. My colleagues have, and continue to do, a fantastic job. Some have designed data structures and management processes that will never be visible to our visitors. Others have been concentrating on the look and feel of the new site and have been honing the copy that will appear on the web pages. Everyone has done their bit, and the result is far more than the sum of the parts.

So the learning goes on tomorrow and the pleasure of working in a close kit team continues.

As a slight aside, I have continued to listen to the podcasts of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, so my Buddhist learning has not taken a back seat, and that gives me a great deal of satisfaction too. Chapter 3 of this great book is about Ichinen and Kyo Chi Gyo I. Click on the links to learn more for yourself.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

Making Your Dreams Come True

There are some things in life that are worth the suffering involved in attaining them. Your dreams are included, if not top of that list.

Wisdom, Courage and CompassionIt has been said that the things that come easily are never worth as much as those that take time and effort. Think back to your own achievements, I’m sure you will see that the things that bring the most pride and enjoyment are the ones that took the most work to come to fruition.

So let’s examine just what qualities we will need in order to succeed.

In the first place it may well take a great deal of Courage. The Courage to persist under difficult conditions, to make difficult decisions. Often we have to make sacrifices to achieve the greater goal and that also takes Courage. Sometimes we might be tempted to give in, when the pain seems to be too great. The Courage to go on, to reach that goal, will repay us many times over when we succeed.

To ensure that you are making the right decisions along the way will take Wisdom. Maybe we make mistakes and Wisdom is exhibited in the way we learn from those mistakes. At other times the Wisdom is apparent in the way we take the hardest option for the right reason.

Finally we need to have Compassion. There will be times when we have to live through short term pain for long term gain, and Compassion for ourselves and for the others involved will make the process so much easier for everyone to bear.

I don’t need to cite any examples, we have all got life experiences that illuminate the process very clearly. I wish you all the Wisdom, Courage and Compassion to aim for, and attain your own dreams. Remember it can all be made easier by following the Buddhist principle of Kyo Chi Gyo I, it is the recipe for success.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

Kyo Chi Gyo I –The Route To Everything

So many of us strive for a personal goal, something that will make us happy.

That may be money, status, property, love or anything else you would like to cite.

Often, however, we fail in our efforts because we focus on the wrong thing en-route, but kyo chi gyo i (pronounced kyo chee gyo ee) can help put that right.

No, it’s not another chant, it’s a tried and trusted method for achieving anything your heart desires.

Let’s find out what it means …

Kyo – the goal you wish to achieve.

Chi – is the wisdom needed to reach that goal.

Gyo – is the action you need to take to reach the goal.

I – the status you will attain when the goal is reached.

So having set kyo (our goal) firmly in our heart, we chant for chi, the wisdom to achieve our goal. Of course, this wisdom doesn’t simply appear, we have to get ourselves into a learning life-state and use every avenue to gather that wisdom. Once the wisdom has been attained we can use it to guide our actions (gyo).

The trick is to concentrate on kyo at all times. So many people fall short of their desired status because they take their eye off kyo, their goal.

The rational behind this is that by focussing on your goal, you concentrate on something concrete. Your status, i, is about you and is not a physical entity, making it an ethereal target and your task so very much more difficult.

Let’s give you real world example …

It’s the last minute of the World Cup Final, it’s 1-1, but incredibly one team has been awarded a penalty. One player has been given the ball and is going to take the penalty.

In this example kyo is successfully converting the penalty, chi is the skill needed to kick the ball accurately and maybe knowing which way the keeper tends to dive. Gyo is accurately kicking the ball, in the desired direction with enough force and i is being the player who scored the winning goal in the World Cup final.

Let’s assume that the player is the regular penalty taker for his team, and that he’s really good at scoring from them. He has practiced for hours, kicking the ball exactly where he wants it to go, so his chi is near perfect. He may have taken dozens of penalty kicks during his playing career, so he has the correct action, and gyo well defined.

If he concentrates on kyo, scoring the goal, he has a good chance of success. If, however, he lets i, his status control his thoughts, he has much more chance of missing.

So it’s all about reaching your goal, kyo. The status, i, whatever that may be, will look after itself.

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