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Real Life: “I Get Easily Distracted When I’m Chanting. What Should I Do?”

Q. I get easily distracted when I’m chanting. What should I do? A. SGI President Ikeda responds to this question, saying: “Because we are human, it’s natural for our minds to wander, for all sorts of thoughts and…

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Buddhist Compassion

Most of us can admit to being selfcentered at times—thinking first of ourselves and only then of others. Self-concern, of course, is an important part of living—we need to feed, clothe and obtain shelter for ourselves, and be…

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Study Concept: Faith for Overcoming Obstacles

When we exercise with weights, the resistance strengthens our muscles and helps them grow. Similarly, the difficulties and challenges we encounter along the journey of life enable us to strengthen and improve our lives and our character. By…

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Buddhist Concept: Faith is Found in Daily Life

The purpose of religion should be to enable people to lead happy, fulfilling lives. Buddhism exists for this very reason. While many tend to view Buddhism as a reclusive practice of contemplation aimed at freeing the mind from…

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Hardship can be our Teacher

The semester has begun, and many students have cracked open new textbooks, opened boxes of pens and put the finishing touches on dorm rooms. It’s an exciting time on college campuses, bustling with the chatter of philosophy or…

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