A Buddhist Podcast – Part 3 of Chapter 2 Expedient Means and Earthly Desires

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April 16th, 2006

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  1. Before anything else I must tell you that what you are doing is incredibly important and useful and you must not take into consideration (even for a moment) my self doubts, hesitations, misunderstandings, whatever. Please know that I wrestled with myself over whether or not to leave this comment. I’m still not sure I made the right choice. I live in a mid-sized city in the southeast region of the United States and have studied this Buddhism and chanted for only one year. My district’s group leader experiences phases of waning interest and involvement in the practice, which results in lots of canceled meetings. A newcomer such as myself learns to become resourceful in finding guidance. The SGI publications have been very helpful and inspiring, and we have a really great community center also. I’m muddling my way through, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to find your podcast on iTunes. I’ve been working my way through the episodes one by one, learning so much and finally feeling a sense of connection. So, what’s wrong you’re wondering? Shame, embarrassment, a need to be reassured for starters. At 10 minutes 20 seconds into this particular episode my face flushed and I was suddenly very ashamed of who I was. Or, rather where I’d been unfortunate enough to have been born. And then another, horrible thought came to me. Jason, Karen, do you think President Ikeda despises Americans as much as the rest of the world does? Of course I know he doesn’t despise us, but do you think he has faith that we too are the Buddha? Does anyone, really? I want to study hard, to become an instrument of peace, to alleviate suffering and bring joy. But am I kidding myself? As despised as Americans are, should we even be entertaining notions of Buddha hood? This is a pathetic thing to ask, I know. Your voices are so soothing at the end of the day and I am nourished and encouraged by your words. So tell me that Americans are the Buddha too. Tell me that those of us over here that are chanting for peace can tip the scales against the ones here waging war.

    Comment by Suzanne — August 17, 2007 @ 6:21 am

  2. your a buddha suzanne
    a great american buddha
    welcome to being the best you can be
    vibrating at a higher rate
    so you too can transform and shine so bright
    america will literally light up
    hurray for all of us being who we were born to be
    challenging the shame and fear and uncertainty
    learning to trust that all will be well
    xx
    loving listening
    thank you so much
    xxxx

    Comment by sabrina rowan hamilton — August 24, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

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