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Why do we Chant?


Why do we?

Why do we chant?

Why do we chant to the Gohonzon twice a day?

Sitting on a chair, on the floor, cross legged, on a pillow,

With or without candles lit?

Facing the Mandala of Light

Nirchiren Daishonin’s gift

Of Blessed Chinese characters

Looking, gazing, mesmerized

As we chant

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo


Until we

Until we awaken something in our brain,

In our psyche, in our soul,

Our being, our core

That calls out for expansion

Quick, get me to Buddhahood,

Cleanse my Karma, lift me up,

Steady my gaze

To see past the horizon

Change my vision to see clearly

Transmute to visionary,

An instrument of the Universe

To serve humanity, to serve all sentient beings,

Plants, animals, too.

Awaken us as we chant the Daimoku

To remember our origins of purity,

Our Buddhahood within,

Our visions of a world Happy and Harmonious.


Nichiren Daishonin urged us, pushed us, persuaded us in every way

From past life to this life,

We receive Help to Be Who We Really Are –

-An instrument of Peace

– A light of Happiness to Guide the Way.

We sit quietly, sometimes not so quietly, sometimes slowly

Sometimes quickly like the Big Horn Sheep running up hills,

Swiftly – we chant.. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

We transform, we transmute

We transcend

We change our inside to one that is softer,

One that can hear Divine Guidance

Even in a cluttered world

That speaks loudly in Shoulds and Should nots,

We move onward, we strive,

Our stride swift,

As we chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

As we receive the Lotus Sutra

Our brain soaks up the good vibration

So we can soar above the common world

So we can see

So we can know

So we can understand

We can right our wrongs,

We can gain access to the vast sky

Seeing with a bird’s-eye perspective

The Way to transformation

It is inside,

It takes us inside

Where we change ourselves.

Where we polish and mold

Where we let go of blame

Of all externals

And rest inside to a New View of Transcendence.

This and more…

Because we chanted this morning

And will again this evening

This and more….

Because we lifted our own selves high enough

To be able to help

Another to see…..

Spirit Heart

I gave you hands and feet
If you cannot use them or you do not have them,
Trace your veins to their origin.
They express your heart.
And if you cannot wave Hello and Goodbye
Walk around, run, catch a bus or trim your own toe nails,
Then trace those appendages up through their arteries,
I gave you a heart that wants to be expressed.
If you have not arms and legs to dance and sing your love to me
Then go straight to what is behind them:
I gave you a heart that beats.
What does it beat to?
What tempo makes it beat?
When does it sing softly to you, waking you up to a new reality?
What does it sing?
What makes it jump inside its casing, moving you to call its name?
What is its name and how does it call you?
I gave you a heart to express yourself.
If you have not arms nor legs, then go straight to the heart itself.
If you are tired and restless, anxious and hurried,
Complicated and complaining, tarnished and dried out,
Go straight to what I gave to you.
I gave you a Heart.
It has shape, it has purpose, it has reason, it has a need to express
It has all of you wrapped into it as it sends your blood out to your other parts
Sharing its essence with the rest of you.
Use it.
I gave it to you to express.
I created it inside of you to unlock its treasure
Only you hold its key.
Find it.
Find the rhythm of your heart and live it.
Let it beat into all of your parts.
Alive and sharing,
Shining and Magnetic,
Electric and Magical.
I gave you this heart
That is like a wish to uncover.
Follow any vein to it
Follow any path,
Only get there and use it,
Express it.
It is me. I hide inside of it.
I am Love wanting expression.

Complete Self-Love

I hear You call my name –

in my sleep,

beckoning me to awaken –

but not the awaken that morning brings –

rather to awaken to Complete Self-Love

which comes with understanding.

Understanding the nature of the Universe

and how it speaks to us and guides us –

even when we think we are lost.

Understanding ourselves

and the influence we have on our present moment

which colors the future.

Understanding the need to Focus on Good

and not focus on negative.

Understanding just how much we create –

with every thought/feeling/belief/knowing.

It is here, where we Surrender….

Surrender to Understanding

how things are the way they are

And how to bring ourselves back to center-


slowly sipping jasmine green tea,

calming every sense,

bringing us out of the stress of uncertainty

into the Awareness of Understanding.

Letting go of controlling a river, a stream, a brook, the ocean

that flow on their own

without the influence of a troubled mind.

Peaceful, like a pot of still tea

content to just be

content in complete self-love

to finally know oneself

Centered in Acceptance.

Do Not Hurry

Do not hurry

There will be time for everything,

At least, that is, everything that is really important.

Do not hurry,

Just sit to watch the water

falling to the next rock,

follow a drop with your eyes

and watch it.

Do not hurry.

And then you may realize

The Gratitude you feel

For having eyes to see.

Do not hurry.

And when you begin to slow

And see, and watch

Slowly, one Gratitude begets another

And having eyes to see

Now also becomes Gratitude

For legs that have gotten you this far along the road.

And though at times,

You may call this road long and lonely,

It is a good road,

When you take away

The demands you place upon it.

When you do not hurry

You make friends with those on the road

And become Grateful for them as well.

Then it is no longer a long road,

But a road long enough

But feels short when you get near the end.

Then the road is now not lonely,

But quietly serene,

As you enjoy your own company,

That sometimes gets complimented by another,

In the appropriate timing.

Then it is no longer a long and lonely road,

But dips and forks when it should

And becomes gravel and back to paved

When you are ready,

When you do not hurry,

But let life be its own experience

Without your constant input

Of how your ego mind thinks it should go.

Relax.  Surrender.  Receive.  Allow.  And Trust.

And Trust these words that you hear whispered to you

When you are quiet enough to hear Me inside,

Between your nervous breaths,

Do not hurry!

I have put enough flowers on your path

For you to be inspired.

I’ve put enough people

for you to hear the words you need

From those who have opened their ears

To hear the words I planted there

So they might speak

And share Universal Wisdom.

I’ve put enough food on the Earth

For you to be nourished by

So that you have energy to dance

When you finally feel Me in your feet.

I’ve put enough rhythm in your Soul

For you to sing your way to Heaven.

Go now, but do not hurry.

Each step leads you somewhere

And you must listen in the silence

To hear the appropriate direction.

Go now, but do not hurry,

The road is long enough

But feels short when you get near the end.