What should happen after I begin chanting?
This section is a response to a typical question received by those who begin practicing Nichiren Buddhism. I wanted to just share some insight as to my own experience and what I have shared with others.
May 07, 2022
Ten Aspects of Good Character
This lecture is based on information from the Nirvana Sutra. We talk about the classification of the aspects of a good character. They are based on the five moral precepts of not taking life, not taking what is not given, engaging in improper sexual activity, using false speech, and ingesting intoxicants. Then the additional aspects are refraining from slandering, using harsh speech, using intentionally affected speech, greed, anger, and holding right views.
April 20, 2022
Is it alright with you?
This is a wonderful teaching that was shared to me from one of my Buddhist Brothers in understanding the difference between a practitioner of Buddhism and someone who uses Buddhism for their own means. This is demonstrated by what they accept in their life and what they challenge.
March 22, 2022
"The Four Immeasurable Minds" of Buddhism.
As we can see compassion is one of the major virtues of Buddhist practice. It is important to understand how we receive situations from others and what we give to others in each moment. This teaching allows us to understand the give and take of our lives and what is our ultimate goal of practice and study.
February 28, 2022
Theravada and Mahayana Vehicles of Buddhism.
This episode is a discussion on some history and background of these two vehicles of Buddhism. Also we prepared to see how the Lotus Sutra and other sutures relate to each other, as a precedent for the five periods categorization of Grand Master Tien Tai.
February 04, 2022
The Three Poisons and Three Antidotes
In this segment we talk about the three poisons of Buddhism and their antidotes. We talk in depth as to the small and big concepts in our life that we can apply this teaching to and how I can lead us to deeper faith.
January 24, 2022
Filial Piety- an attitude of respect for parents and ancestors.
In this podcast we discussed the concept of filial piety of respecting one's parents and ancestors. It is my hope that we are able to delve into its origins both within Confucianism and Buddhism. This is an essential concept to change our karma and to influence positive change throughout the world by ending samsara.
November 30, 2021
Defending the Buddha Dharma and The Independent Buddhist movement!
In this podcast, I will share the concept of defending the Dharma, from the Nirvana Sutra. Also we discuss the context of the modern phenomenon of the independent Buddhist movement and what the Buddha directs us to understand. These are two very important aspects, that I believe this podcast will give us some clarity on.
September 16, 2021
Buddhist tradition for better sleep!
In this episode, I would like to share with you some Buddhist traditions and practices that we can incorporate into our daily life that will be able to support our practice and life in a more healthy direction. As one of the important aspects, that we must regulate in our lives, I would like to share with you some information concerning the basics of sleep practices that you can implement immediately.
September 07, 2021
Too much is just as bad as not enough!
This is a lecture concerning that in modern times, too much information can be just as bad as not enough information. I make this podcast to help my fellow practitioners on the path to realize this admonition. You may be accumulating too much information about Buddhism and missing the path completely as if you didn't have any direction.
August 18, 2021
Nichiren Shonin's concept of "Rissho Ankoku" and the causes for natural disasters.
This is simply an explanation about understanding the concept of how the "way of the correct law" is interacting with that of nature and as we see in many of Nichiren Shonin writings the cause of natural disasters. Here, I share the basic concept that was part of his culture, to help us better understand this.
August 16, 2021
What is the holiday Guru Purnima about?
In this podcast we go into the concept of this holiday, it's history, and how to observe it. In the practice of Buddhism we unite ourselves with the great nature. We become aware of how nature can also allow us to attain our goal of enlightenment. This holiday allows us to appreciate the light that we have received and how it is able to amplify that light in our lives.
July 24, 2021
Is your Buddhist practice all in your head?
During this segment we are talking about the concept of practicing Buddhism through thinking and emotional maturity. Many modern Buddhist practitioners simply get information and consider it Buddhist practice, but this is a great misunderstanding.
July 20, 2021
Veneration of the Buddha! Why?
This episode is about the veneration of the Buddha! I share how this may be a challenge for the Western & Modern mind in the practice of Buddhism. We might mistakenly discard the value and teaching found within.
June 14, 2021
Be careful of Neo-Buddhism
I made this segment because there is a large pitfall in modern interpretations of Buddhism. Actually, Buddhism in the west has been very heavily influenced by these Neo or Modern Buddhist teachings. It may be easy for modern people to believe, but it does not mean that it is providing us with the correct guidance of the Buddha. In this discussion, I share some examples and cautionary points to keep in mind, for our practice.
May 27, 2021
The three stages of life!
This episode is an explanation of the three stages of life. In this we can understand how we can be able to integrate our Buddha's practice and to be able to understand to accumulate the correct balance and equilibrium necessary for a study and practice. Through understanding these elements we can better understand our body and also be able to see what we need to accumulate and release at each aspect of our life so that we can have a correct meditation and practice. This is the way of ancient Buddhist culture.
May 20, 2021
Gaining Life 験 Testimony in Buddhism
In the section discuss the concept of 験 "gen" from shugen. Specifically this is the trial, verification, or testing of Buddhist practice through training and experimentation. This is the practical way for us, who have bought into the ideology of modern society as pain free, comfortable, and convenience civilization. Through this concept we can cultivate the teachings and generate the testimony of the ancestors.
April 27, 2021
The medicine to the "Three Kinds of Doubts."
This segment is a follow-up to the previous segment based on the three kinds of doubt. I wanted to add this segment separately so that one could understand the basic premise of the three kinds of doubt and then as Master Tien tai teaches the medicine or the remedy for these three types of doubt in our life.
April 26, 2021
The Impediment of Doubt!
In this podcast, I'm going to discuss the impediment of doubt within the practice of Buddhism. We are able to see that doubt obstructs are direct practice entertainment of concentration. Do you find yourself to doubt your body, your teacher, or the Dharma? In this segment we will talk about these aspects.
April 26, 2021
Priorities and Choices in life!
In this podcast I talk about how priorities and choices in life can be changed by ones Outlook and understanding of the Buddha Dharma. To change one's life, we must begin with the little things that we are yet not aware of, such as priority and choice. What it leads to and where we are going will be determined by these factors.
April 08, 2021
Acquiring Good Spiritual Friends
A wonderful teaching that further clarifies and awakens us to the great impact of causes and conditions around us. We are constantly being influenced by who we associate, what we eat, and what we think about. To have insight into this will support us on the path of the Buddha.
March 22, 2021
Who is Grandmaster Tien-Tai?
You may have heard me speak of Grandmaster tentai many times during my lectures. But you may also be asking, what did he create, what did he teach, why does he have such a great connection with Nichiren Buddhism? I hope through this recording that we are able to explain some of that information and give you the background of Grand Master Tien-Tai.
March 05, 2021
Is Mara, in Buddhism, the same as the Devil in the West?
In this podcast, I wanted to share some insight about how we look at the spiritual elements through Western eyes. Through my practice, I have seen that there is another dimension of understanding these concepts.
March 04, 2021
Is the study of emptiness an evil teaching?
This is something that we as Western modern Buddhists need to study and learn about. What did Nichiren Shonin mean by "Zen Devils" with mistaken views. Where did he get this idea? Here I offer some context for these statements.
March 01, 2021
What's is in a Buddhist name?
Recently, I had to honor to hold a Tokudo ceremony for my student to enter the path of becoming a novice priest. I gave him a new Dharma name (HoMyo) to him. This episode, explains what that means
February 18, 2021
How is your daily practice?
This is the most fundamental question that every practitioner should ask themselves everyday! Kihon or fundamentals are the foundation of our lives.
January 19, 2021
What does "Namu Myoho Renge Kyo" have to do with it?
We look into the Wisdom of Nichiren Shonin's understanding of the power and purpose of the Odaimoku in the Age of the Declining Dharma.
January 12, 2021
Why am I not comfortable in my practice?
This is going to be a shocker for many people who perhaps have a wrong view of what Buddhism will teach us. Only listen if you dare to challenge your idea of the purpose of Buddhist practice.
January 04, 2021
One Hour Odaimoku (Namu Myoho Renge Kyo) Chanting
Join us for chanting the Odaimoku (Namu Myoho Renge Kyo).
December 31, 2020
The Noble Eightfold Path; Right Concentration
In this episode, we finish our series with the eighth factor of the Noble Eightfold Path series, with a lecture on Right Concentration. In modern times this word concentration is everywhere, but what makes the Buddha's attainment so special?
December 30, 2020
The Eightfold Path; "Right Mindfulness"
In this episode we will cover "Right Mindfulness." The seventh of the Eightfold Path. With this word being thrown around everywhere, it is important as a Buddhist practitioner to understand its meaning as to your practice.
December 11, 2020
The Model for the Phases of Learning!
In this lecture, I will share the concept of Shu-Ha-Ri. These are the 3 phases in one learns anything and allows one to become innovative. It is important to understand this in anything that we wish to inculcate into our body...
November 23, 2020
The Noble Eightfold Path; "Right Effort" Part 2
This is the second part of "Right Effort." Where we examine more in-depth Unwholesome and Wholesome States of Mind through the "Five Impediments" and the "Seven Components of Awakening!"
November 02, 2020
The Noble Eightfold Path; "Right Effort" Part 1
This is the first part of the Noble Eightfold Path "Right Effort." Here we discuss the practical application through the "Four Mental States" that allow us to cultivate our "Right Effort."
November 02, 2020
Take it to the Mountain!
A example of bringing experiential practice to our daily study and practice. Challenging preconceived and irrational concepts to bring a balanced nature that is conducive to tranquility.
October 12, 2020
The Noble Eightfold Path; "Right Livelihood"
This the the "Right Livelihood" of "Noble Eightfold Path." What type of job should we have as a student of the Buddha and Nichiren Shonin.
October 12, 2020
The Noble Eightfold Path; "Right Action"
This is the concept of "Right Action" of the Noble Eightfold Path.
October 06, 2020
The Noble Eightfold Path; "Right Speech"
This is the third of the 8 Fold Noble Truth. In it I explain the 4 aspects and how to understand each one. This is a powerful aspect to influence and change one's direction in life.
September 14, 2020
The Noble Eightfold Path: "Right Intention"
In this podcast, I will be lecturing concerning the concept of Right Intention found in the noble Eightfold Path. With Gassho...
August 10, 2020
The Noble Eightfold Path: "Right View"
This is the beginning of a new series on the Eight-Fold Path. First we begin with the Right View. I hope that you will join us for this new series.
August 04, 2020
Continuation of Buddha-nature lecture.
This lecture is to give you a little more insight into Master Tien Tai's concept of the three-fold Buddha nature and Nichiren Shonins understanding and implementation of this concept.
July 28, 2020
The Three Aspects of Buddha-nature. What it takes to be a Buddha!
In this we discuss the "Three Aspects of Buddha-nature" as taught by Master Tien Tai and practice by Nichiren Shonin.
July 16, 2020
Loss of the Three Treasures
The true mind of the Lotus Sutra and the vow of the Eternal Buddha.
July 14, 2020
What banner are you holding up in protest or faith?
This is a lecture on a deeper understanding of the Six paramita in our lives.
July 02, 2020
The Way of Self-Training
This is a lecture of the importance of Self-Training stemming from true Gratitude...
June 26, 2020
6th Paramita Wisdom (Prajna)
This is the last section of the Six Paramitas. Sorry, at 11:28 my phone rang, just so that you are not startled.
June 08, 2020
5th Paramita Concentration (Meditation)
This is the 5th Paramita of Mahayana Buddhism... True concentration and insight...
June 04, 2020
4th Paramita (Ceaseless Effort)
Today we lecture on the teaching of the 4th Paramita of "ceaseless effort" which includes energy, Vigor, endurance, diligence and enthusiasm.
June 01, 2020
Third Paramita (Patience)
Patience the practice if Jofukyo Bodhisattva.
May 29, 2020
Second Paramita (Discipline)
In this segment, I discuss the second Paramita of Discipline.
May 27, 2020
Six Paramitas (Perfections) First Generosity
In this episode, we share the concept of the Six Paramitas in continuation of the guide and student concept introduced in the last segment. In this particular segment we introduce Dana (generosity) the first of the six Perfections.
May 26, 2020
There is a difference between a teacher and a guide.
In this segment I go further into the realization of what a true guide is. I hope that you enjoy. Direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. thank you for your sponsorship and support.
May 22, 2020
Teacher- Student RelationshipPart 2
This is a follow-up to our last segment...
May 20, 2020
Teacher- Student Relationship
What is it and why? Is it necessary, can't I do it on my own.
May 18, 2020
Misunderstandings of what the practice of Buddhism is!
In this episode I share the misunderstandings that have been promoted in the modern marketing of Buddhism. It may surprise you to know that emptiness is not the true goal or simply feeling positive and mellow.
May 17, 2020
What does the Pandemic mean?
At this time such a life challenge can bring about the correct mindset towards change from ego to heart. Don't waste the opportunity...
May 14, 2020
A new way to approach Buddhism!
A new awakening to Buddhist practice. Come join me and change your life!
May 13, 2020
Abstaining from False Speech
This is a short episode on False Speech.
August 27, 2019
What does sexual misconduct mean?
This is the third precept of "Sexual Misconduct".
February 10, 2019
The basics of Social Interaction (Precepts)
The first and second precepts in the building blocks of correct meditation.
February 05, 2019
Are you in a Sangha?
January 29, 2019
What's Patience got to do with it?
Preparatory practices for correct concentration and insight.
January 09, 2019
Inspiration that is needed to inspire one's practice!
As in the previous lecture I spoke on the most important question that is needed to practice. Now, I speak on the inspiration that is needed to sustain a practice.
January 07, 2019
This is the most Important Question of Your Life!
This is a lecture on the most important aspect needed to study a spiritual path.
December 27, 2018
The basic building blocks of Buddhist Practice.
The human concept of empathy and shame. With Gassho...
September 19, 2018
The Essence of Practice (The fragrance of the Lotus)
This is concerning the essence of Practice that is found in many of the different paths such as Tea Ceremony or the Martial Arts. This is known as experiencing "The Fragrance of the Lotus."
September 05, 2018