Move In Day 

There are a lot of boxes in every room. I am thankful that there are fewer than ever before. If the boxes there are the majority are books and about half will go into various temple libraries soon. Of the remaining books they are primarily art related, museum exhibition catalogs, various fine artists mostly of the Bauhaus era and many from the DaDa. Oh what a visual delight they are. In there are some out…

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Deep Conversations: Three Themes to Guide Me – February 21, 2017

As I was preparing to move from Charlotte to Syracuse there were many goodbyes to be said.  Some people asked me if I was going to have a going away party or if I wanted to have one.  I had thought about the notion of a going away party before it was brought up so I already knew what my answer was going to be.  In all cases I politely declined and tried to offer…

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Lectures on the Historical Background of Standards and Rituals in Nichiren Shu

Historical Background of Standards and Rituals in Nichiren Shu This will be the first in a series of lectures on how the standards for conducting services in Nichiren Shu came about.  The process was not always smooth nor was it fast.  It was a joint project between a few Nichiren sects and took much longer than originally anticipated.  There were many obstacles along the way until a book was published to standardize and codify the…

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Increasing Online Offerings for Viewing: Rebroadcast Setsubun Service

I’ve been think about how to develop the virtual  Myosho-ji Sangha and better support those who currently participate as well as being more valuable and relevant to others wishing to practice Nichiren Shu and unable to attend a temple.  One idea that came to mind was to rebroadcast services.   By doing this I am hoping it will be of benefit to those who may be unable to join in for the actual service live…

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Along the Way – January 28, 2017 

Technically I am less than seven hours from Syracuse, my final destination. If I did not need gas for the car, bathroom breaks for the dog and I, or food or to unfold then sure no problem.  What most likely will happen is I’ll get close to Syracuse by tomorrow evening sunset or when too exhausted to drive. Then I’ll stream the service on Sunday morning and finish up the final leg that afternoon.  I…

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Three Themes to Guide Me in 2017 – January 22, 2017

Each year the subject of resolutions and goals comes up around the beginning of the new year. Most years I do list things I would like to accomplish during the year, these would be the goals for the year. And then the list of things I determine I will work on to achieve a particular goal which may represent a different way of living. This year I have several huge tasks I’ve taken on which…

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Moving to Syracuse: The Why’s – January 8, 2017

By now most, if not all, know that I am leaving Charlotte, NC and moving to Syracuse, NY.  While it may seem sudden to many it is something that I have been planning on doing for several years, though I may not have shared it openly.  Many have asked me why Syracuse and why now.  I would like to take this time to provide some answers. When I returned to Charlotte after graduating from Portland…

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“Investing Energy in Face-to-Face Solidarity” – December 3, 2016

I hesitate to post this, so much has been said, written, and transmitted regarding events past and pending in the US especially after the election of our next president.  Noteworthy is virtually everyone has an opinion yet when tallied next to votes cast there is a surplus of opinions compared to total votes.  I did vote, I worked at the polls on election day.   In my opinion what first needs to happen is to…

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Sakyo and Shabutsu Dharma Talk – 23 October 2016

Thoughts on why we do this, how you might do it as part of your daily life, what you might do with the finished item. Let us combine both Shakyo and ShaButsu all together here to simplify the response.  Also I would like to set aside any discussion of the highly ritualized and formal practice. There is value in the formalized practice and there is value in a less formal practice.  It difficult to do…

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A Holiday Message and Plea – 17 October 2016

A Holiday Message and Plea for Financial Support for All Nichiren Order of North America Temples – October 17, 2016 It is the season that time of year when we think about gratitude and giving.  Hopefully that does not translate as grateful the stores are open late or Black Friday begins on Thursday. I am writing this post solely for the purpose of reminding you of the importance of your financial support for the spread of…

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