Monday, February 20, 2012

It's a Great Day to Be Alive

I was just listening to a track called "It's a Great Day to Be Alive". And even though today had elements of difficulty, sitting here now, I still think that it's a great day to be alive, regardless of the challenges that presented themselves.

Everything is a reflection. The only person you have any power to change is yourself.

Max the Medicine Man reminded me quite often that challenges are not challenges. Difficulties are not difficult. They're all just opportunities to discover our own Buddhahood.

"Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy. Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life, and continue chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. no matter what happens." - Nichiren Daishonin


  1. That passage of Nichiren reminds me of a passage from St. Paul I came across:

    "More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." - St. Paul (Romans 5:3)

    Somewhat similar to things Nichiren said? [if we replace 'God' for 'Buddha' and 'Holy Spirit' for 'Lotus Sutra/Buddha-nature']

  2. So true. I have always felt that there are fundamental teachings that can be found throughout various spiritual practices. However, it's the way that they are interpreted that can cause the problems.