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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Chance, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. tree

    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    Sabrina Gentle & brave earthling

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    @Chance , what you wrote is very inspiring :).

    Today I was extra worried about something and I remembered a dear friend that died due to cancer at 35.

    When she passed away, it affected me deeply. I remember watching at the high rise city I was living in at the moment, at night, from my also very high apartment, and a thought crossed my mind, as if she were talking to me, from whatever she was.

    It said: “We are all already dead”.

    In the eternal calendar of time, What is 35 years, or a 100 years in contrast to the millions of years that the universe has existed?

    Who is going to remember us in fifty years after our death? Probably no one. If we are lucky, we will become a memory, a fantastic creation in the minds of others.

    In other words, in a few years, we will be just a fantasy in the mind of somebody else.

    Hence... our life is a big dream, a fantasy.

    I started laughing in my car, and I talked out loud, as if I were talking to my deceased friend: “LOL! You are right! We are all already dead!”:)
     
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  3. Sabrina

    Sabrina Gentle & brave earthling

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    :oops:Ok, maybe I exploded the weird- thermometer:eek: with that comment, :D:DLOL!!!
     
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  4. Chance

    Chance "all who wander are not lost" - Tolkien V.I.P Member

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    Ummm monk language... I like it a lot... : )
     
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    LucyPurrs NT, INFJ V.I.P Member

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    If you chant it over and over, I think it sets up a frequency in your brain. I had a friend who did it for years. She once came with me to Disneyworld and we went on the Space Mountain roller coaster together. It had single seats so she was sitting behind me. The whole ride she was chanting "nam nyoho renge kyo" in this loud voice. I was laughing so hard I thought I'd fall out. Will never forget that ride. :D
     
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    The Meaning of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo | Soka Gakkai International (SGI)

    The essence of Buddhism is the conviction that we have within us at each moment the ability to overcome any problem or difficulty that we may encounter in life; a capacity to transform any suffering. Our lives possess this power because they are inseparable from the fundamental law that underlies the workings of all life and the universe.

    Several hundred years after Shakyamuni, amidst the turbulence of 13th-century Japan, Nichiren similarly began a quest to recover the essence of Buddhism for the sake of the suffering masses. Awakening to the law of life himself, Nichiren was able to discern that this fundamental law is contained within Shakyamuni’s Lotus Sutra and that it is encapsulated and concisely expressed in the sutra’s title—Myoho-renge-kyo. Nichiren designated the title of the sutra as the name of the law and established the practice of reciting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo as a practical way for all people to focus their hearts and minds upon this law and manifest its transformative power in reality.
    Nam comes from the Sanskrit namas, meaning to devote or dedicate oneself.

    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is thus a vow, an expression of determination, to embrace and manifest our Buddha nature. It is a pledge to oneself to never yield to difficulties and to win over one’s suffering. At the same time, it is a vow to help others reveal this law in their own lives and achieve happiness.

    The individual characters that make up Myoho-renge-kyo express key characteristics of this law. Myo can be translated as mystic or wonderful, and ho means law. This law is called mystic because it is difficult to comprehend. What exactly is it that is difficult to comprehend? It is the wonder of ordinary people, beset by delusion and suffering, awakening to the fundamental law in their own lives, bringing forth wisdom and compassion and realizing that they are inherently Buddhas able to solve their own problems and those of others. The Mystic Law transforms the life of anyone—even the unhappiest person, at any time and in any circumstances—into a life of supreme happiness.

    Renge, meaning lotus blossom, is a metaphor that offers further insight into the qualities of this Mystic Law. The lotus flower is pure and fragrant, unsullied by the muddy water in which it grows. Similarly, the beauty and dignity of our humanity is brought forth amidst the sufferings of daily reality.
    Further, unlike other plants, the lotus puts forth flowers and fruit at the same time. In most plants, the fruit develops after the flower has bloomed and the petals of the flower have fallen away. The fruit of the lotus plant, however, develops simultaneously with the flower, and when the flower opens, the fruit is there within it. This illustrates the principle of the simultaneity of cause and effect; we do not have to wait to become someone perfect in the future, we can bring forth the power of the Mystic Law from within our lives at any time.

    Kyo
    literally means sutra and here indicates the Mystic Law likened to a lotus flower, the fundamental law that permeates life and the universe, the eternal truth. The Chinese character kyo also implies the idea of a “thread.” When a fabric is woven, first, the vertical threads are put in place. These represent the basic reality of life. They are the stable framework through which the horizontal threads are woven. These horizontal threads, representing the varied activities of our daily lives, make up the pattern of the fabric, imparting color and variation. The fabric of our lives is comprised of both a fundamental and enduring truth as well as the busy reality of our daily existence with its uniqueness and variety. A life that is only horizontal threads quickly unravels.

    Forgot kyo the first time!

    Sound like @Chance has found a mantra.
     
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    Thanks for that informative post Fridge!!!

    I hope Chance has found his mantra- that would be fabulous:D
     
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    Start the movement with nam.
    Relax the body , breathing out saying name in your head.
    Slowly breathing in,watching the breath, tensing the abdomen,following the breath within.
    Reflecting on the meaning of the words.

    myoho-renge-kyo

    Kyo, the thread of life. Becomes nam as the out breath begins and the body relaxes.
     
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    @Fridge, maybe your mantra also!!! :D
     
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  10. Chance

    Chance "all who wander are not lost" - Tolkien V.I.P Member

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    So in Canadian/American redneck this might translate...
    my-mystic law-brings fourth pure power-to the thread of all that is.

    Well on second thought... Nam-Ho-Renge-Kyo sounds a lot easier, and much more Monk like. : )
    Thanks for the great explanation. Pure and simple if there is no explanation and or logic behind it I would just pass it by and never think twice of it... BUT now you got me thinking.

    Thanks Lucy, Fridge, and Tree ... : )
     
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    BTW, it's pronounced :
    nam me yo ho ren gay k'yo
     
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    Suiseiseki I can't feel the back of my eyes

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    You can't make any promises like that. And frankly I find it insulting that you would.
    I don't hate myself, life is what it is, most of the time simply dull.
    I certainly don't think I am some sort of amazing, unique being, because I'm not.
    At this point I don't really want anything, because what I want I can't logically have (like not having aspergers for one).
    Just because you found peace in yourself and all that nonsense is no guarantee I will.
    Life is dull, I have a crappy job and no education, reaching 30 and the girl I fell for didn't like me back.
    I just exist, go to work, come home, do my stupid hobbies. That's not fun.
    I don't want new hobbies, they're boring.
    I don't want this sort of life, that's why I just exist, I don't like having special interests or being a weirdo.
    I always just wanted to be a run of the mill person.
     
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    The only time I ever heard that was from Randy Quaid in "The Last Detail".

    LOL...admittedly probably not the best of sources. But Jack Nicholson at his finest. ;) :p
     
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    Chance "all who wander are not lost" - Tolkien V.I.P Member

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    Well I certainly had that all messed up... I may have been chanting for something awful or really weird... : )

    So maybe thats why we nearly blew away in the nigt... I’m only kidding about the chant, but the winds were insane at about 2 am last night from a thunderstorm collapsing. I love weather until it scares the wits out of me unexpectedly and it did.

    Thanks for the proper pronunciation... : )
     
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    Chance "all who wander are not lost" - Tolkien V.I.P Member

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    I never meant to offend you... Please know that. If you are content in your awareness then thats perfectly fine. I guess I’m confused because you mention things being rotten, but you want nothing... So in my logic it screams out lots of internal conflicts (which I openly have also).

    I’m by no means at peace with my situations. I openly battle with lots of problems (on here)... Situations that no one knows about me out in the real world.

    I simply strive, and believe, that there are areas I can fix or improve on... I was the silent, hand flapping kid, that pulled his ears, and today (as long as I have enough energy) no one knows my internal battles, nor do I want them too because I don’t want people feeling sorry for me, pitying me, or making fun of me.

    I only want the same opportunity that others have... and if I fail then so be it. I have failed and messed up a lot, but in that I have learned a lot also.

    I respect your place in life even though I cant really understand it, and thats okay. I’m not suppose to understand everything.
    I do hope you find something that you can enjoy. : )
     
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    Suiseiseki I can't feel the back of my eyes

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    Well the things I wanted aren't exactly in reach. I know I don't gel well with other people, it's how I think, I am a loner and generally nowadays prefer that.
    I don't have any other aspirations since, the biggest ones I wanted I realized I cannot do.
    I am not going to pathetically pretend devoting myself to my crappy hobbies is a good life.