happy bird day dr mark !
"Ralph Waldo Emerson says, 'Good-nature is plentiful, but we want justice with a heart of steel, to fight down the proud.' If people are merely good-natured, then those who are arrogant and highhanded will have free rein to carry on as they please. Only those who fight with hearts of steel are people of justice."- Daisaku Ikeda.too bad ikeda nor the sgi/nst practice this. if they did, they would stand up for what is right. this includes the real teachings of buddhim. instead they chase money and power. ikeda has not been seen in public for 6 years; yet they use his image. shameful!
being nice is a good quality, but not at the expense of truth.sgi teaches that buddhism teaches respect for all life. this is a provisional teaching and they should be ashamed of themselves. there is no teaching that teaches respect for thoughts and actions that deluded or hurt any forms of life...especially human life. as the sgi/nst does.... lying and taking advantage of people is not respecting life. a strong attribute of buddhahood, is honesty. whats up ikeda senseless?
Happy NEW Year Mark and Greg :-) !!!Let's determine to meet face to face this year !!Cheers!~Katie
hello mrs. higgins85, lets hope its a good one. don't do much traveling these days, but if i did....it would be a joy and an honor to meet you face to face. i don't even visit the priest shinkei who lives 2 hrs drive from me. we do talk on the phone once every few weeks. smiles.
Great thought. How about in the middle [Oklahoma]? May be heading to New York to see our land in the summer. Depends on many things. Will let you know.
Or perhaps--teleconference-- skype?? Though meeting to shoot a *mock debate* video would be excellent. Actually maybe a better term would be a dramatization of the debate SGI/NST refuses to engage in despite Mark's longstanding annual invitations??Just saying- -- maybe best not to contemplate self -gratifying social encounters -- or rather maybe should always keep the Buddha foremost in our minds?? What do you think about a dramatization of a doctrinal debate with SGI/NST top leaders-- ?~Katie