Author: buddhajim

Moon Viewing on Fuji Mountain

Moon Viewing on Fuji Mountain

Moon Viewing on Fuji Mountain. We had been travelling for almost 24 hours when we arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.  Flying over the ocean with a large group of pilgrims from Los Angeles, the natural fatigue of jet lag air travel had caught up with me.  My weeks of preparation ahead of our journey had …

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The Bodhisattva

The Bodhisattva

  To be willing to risk everything,To awaken even in the darkest hours,To be fearless – even reckless,To pursue adventure with illumination,To abide in faith for eons. To seek my mentor over lifetimes,To polish my character,To give encouragement and hope,To boldly carve a path for others,To attract fortune from afar. To be Buddha I AM,To …

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Depictions of the Awakened

Depictions of the Awakened

Wheels, Footprints, Empty Cushions, Statues, Mandalas, Metaphors of the Mind – All Experiences of the imagination In the world of transient, non-substantial, nothing. Molded armors match our bodies –Protect and define our mortal ego. Without them we vaporize Into forever. The everlasting dreams of our existence disappear with Awakening.    

I Wish to Work Miracles

I Wish to Work Miracles

I wish to work miracles; – it may be that I shall possess less than other men of more peaceful lives, or than those who want to grow rich in a day.  I may live for a long time in great poverty, as always happens, and to all eternity will happen, to alchemists, the would-be …

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The Region of the Unfathomable.

The Region of the Unfathomable.

I. We youthful warriors walk into the mountains to conquer the highest peak, determined to challenge the world, .  We climb ever higher along  clear mountain streams, rapidly tumbling along the boulders in a never-ending flow behind and ahead – up and up to the tree-line of the high-sierra and beyond, far above the distant …

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Tears to the National Anthem

Tears to the National Anthem

The following is the story of my first encounter with the Iranian Revolution of the late 1970’s.  The events depicted are true.  Prior to these events  I had no association or knowledge of Iran or its people.  Since that day, I am surrounded by the history and human drama stemming from this watershed moment. Watching …

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What Is This Man Thinking?

What Is This Man Thinking?

We had been fishing that morning, on a clear winter day in Southern California, at a beach near Malibu, 1975. I had caught a fish, and Sensei * helped me to reel it in. Our fishing group consisted of about fifteen people including Mrs. Ikeda and several Soka Gakkai leaders, all gathered together on the …

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Courage Smiles

Courage Smiles

For my friends in Iran: Your unbearable sorrow touches God’s heart. Your supreme joy makes God smile back at You. The savages hate this; their fear betrays them. Your courage smiles with infinite joy.