memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner

The girl on the steps

The little girl sitting on the steps

While her dad is communing with the Lord Buddha

Is wondering what comes next.

Last year a school friend whom I hadn’t seen for over 40 years sent me this mail:

I’ve now been practicing Nichiren Buddhism since 1991.

I’m part of a lay organization called Soka Gakkai International (SGI) which has members in 195 countries throughout the world and is dedicated to establishing the principles of human dignity and human rights throughout society. I see it as the ultimate revolution but this time the revolution starts within the individual and spreads peacefully throughout society and throughout the world.

 We don’t meditate but we chant NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO. You may have come across it. Basically it raises your life-state and with practice one develops great strength to overcome anything life can throw at you.

I like this idea – that peace and harmony starts within oneself and spreads outwards (rather than being indoctrinated with, thrust at or dumped on by Priests or Imans, Bishops or Mulhas).

Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

John 8:32

Comments on: "The girl on the steps" (2)

  1. Yes, I like that peaceful idea. If everyone had peace within and it radiated from each of us, imagine what a kinder world it might be.
    There was a song when I was a little girl, from school or church I cannot recall, with lyrics: “let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” Sounds saccharine maybe, but that is a sweetness I can take.
    I meditate sometimes with a manta given to me in strictest confidence from a friend. I can’t say if strength comes to me because of it, but I certainly don’t feel weaker from sharing and centering, and although I have my moments of weakness, I am strong. You seem to be. What are your secrets? : ) ~ Lily


    • Hi Lily, I’m not really strong but full of uncertainty & doubt – still casting about for some plausible reason for being; a spiritualist in the vacuum – God, how pretentious that sounds!


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