I just found this site by accident! :) I was working on some research for my own personal writings. I have seen you all have been asking a lot of great questions on Buddhism. Well, you need first of all to have an open mind and explore the possibilities of what it offers to you. Happiness is inside of you not on the outer core of one self. I have been a Buddhist since 1980. There was always been something about the BIBLE that didn’t stand up with all of my research on it and I am still learning new things that the public is not supposed to know or to be aware of. Thank goodness for the History channel! It makes the more reasons to do more research and learn more.
That is what I did into Buddhism. It was something about it what was so calm an abdued that I needed to be in this inner circle of my own one self and to experience it. so I known deep down this is what I wanted in my own life. And it was. After I have studied and then did research then practice it wow it was pretty amazing! I had this wonderful rush of something that I have never experience before. I have meditate even that is called Shodaigyo! It helps with my angry nature that I do have and try to calm myself down. When you work around a lot of people an I am the boss its really hard to get people motivated at times and my temper would flare up so bad! After I have mastered the Meditations and my faith, practice and studied then my angry nature has left its not almost left lol But I can go through life with out being so angry anymore I am so calm now if and Tornado comes I would look at it say ok need to go and hide and not to get upset ova it and then deplauded myself cause I was being ignorant in all and not using common sense. It takes many eons to have the knowledge to master Buddhism. Its about learning the Lotus Sutra. And to have faith into the practice and study. There is a lot to learn and to learn about ones self.
Here is some info if you wish to continued on with Buddhism and learn more. And you can also contact me at MMHR4733@aol.com as well. If you have any questions please do by all means contact me by emails. Here is your info you need to pursued on. Hugs… Mary
Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Buddhist Stories these are my favorite parables great reading and print them out for your pleasures!
Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Texas : Contact Us this is and temple if u are in that state or close to it.
Nichiren Buddhist Temple of Portland Oregon here is another temple if u are in that state or close to it.
Nichiren-shu: Books & Supplies this is where you can buy books and beads etc.,
On Los Angeles temples and other temples in the California area.
Cultures and Beliefs this is my own site on my own writings on Buddhism and the tags you seen there is also mine I made those.
The Teaching of Buddha this is the whole book online, http://www.amidabuddha.org/nobots/theteaching.html
This is the whole book you guys online awesome reading I use this in my daily practice!
OK here is the link to read on his site to answer all of your questions OK.
http://nichirenscoffeehouse.net/Ryuei/ this is his site to read.
Here is his email address: SRyuei@aol.com This person is Priest in San Jose in Calif. He has a temple there you can write to him and tell him that Mary Johnson send you and he will help you out. I have also have a yahoo Buddhist egroups as well if you want to join. If you need anything please let me know and I can help you if I do not know the answer I will get a hold of Michael and ask him and then get back with you!
Scroll to bottom you see a book called the Sacred Services of Nichiren Shu that is at the bottom of page and the Lotus Seed bk too, to ordered as well.
Nichiren Buddhist Temple %The Rev. Ryuei Michael McCormick
of San Jose
3570 Mona Way
San Jose, CA 95130
SRyuei@aol.com or email him.
This is the address you send for your things when you ordered OK and ask for the Teaching Of Buddha book too that is a free book he will send to you as well.
You see his little altar too everyone has bigger or smaller altars all the same pretty much mine is a big altar. The scroll you see is the last writings of Nichiren when he died. That is called the Omandala. I will get into that more into details later on.
You can order the CDs on gongyo if you wish. Its not necessary but you kinda of get the feel of what it sounds like in English and in Japanese.
OK I think this is it for now any questions please call me or email me on it OK. Talk to you later and hope to hear from you soon.
Hopes this helps out any one who wants to know on Buddhism!
P. S. Hope the links works this time! lol Have fun researching!