Posted by: sistermom1 | August 13, 2020

Another Encouraging Meeting

Hi friends!

Last week, after the 3-hour meditation meeting,  I participated in a phenomenal meeting for people of African descent who practice Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism with the SGI.  I have been a member of the SGI since 1984, and chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo has been one of the secrets to helping  me challenge MS over the years,  Overcoming obstacles that present themselves in life while maintaining a high life condition is one of the many things I have learned that have helped me keep moving forward in my life.

The meeting was entitled, “The Conversation We Need to Transform Our Country”, and featured several experiences, a panel discussion of 6 young people who practice Buddhism, and some additional presentations.

There is much to share, and I was deeply encouraged – first, by so many young people of color outlining their experiences and determinations toward the future, and next, by the wonderful experiences that were shared. This blog entry will focus on the former, and a future entry will share more about the experiences.

The discussions revolved around what has been happening in our country related to racism, politics, and how the practice of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism has helped each person strengthen their life and move forward with confidence and courage. They also discussed the leadership and writings of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and how they have been inspired by them. Some of my take-aways are listed below.

  1. Following the news and major storylines will leave us deflated and in a place of anger and hopelessness. If you don’t have any hope, create some, because where there is hope there is peace.
  2. We are all deeply connected in this world, so there is no need for racist or sexist beliefs.
  3. With this Buddhism, there is no problem we cannot surmount.
  4. Just like fear, hope can be contagious – How are we creating hope?
  5. There is some humanity in every person’s heart, even those people we don’t necessarily agree with.
  6. Important to recognize the divisiveness in society, and that in our own heart.
  7. Dialogue and conversation is where hearts and minds connect.

As I wrote in the beginning, I left this meeting encouraged and inspired to strengthen my own practice. There is still so much positive to share, and I will do that later. Thank you POAD for the phenomenal meeting of almost 5,000 members and 400 guests!

Striving to live my best life on this detour….

  • Linda

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