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Posted by Whittier on July 22, 2002 15:43:03 UTC

You quoted:

"In Buddhism, faith is based on experience. Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism emphasizes obtaining "actual proof" of the teaching's power. Faith begins as an expectation or hope that something will happen. At the start of our journey, if we are willing to try the practice and anticipate some result, we will then develop our faith brick by brick as examples of actual proof accrue..."

These are also true in "western" philosophies and faiths.

"Actual proof" of personal benefit is the same thing that motivated corporate greed.
They built it brick by brick too.
What would distinguish the seeking of power gained by chanting from the seeking of worldly power generally? It is more a life strategy than
a deep contemplation of life's truths.
I chant in my mind sometimes again lately but agree with you it is fun to chant aloud.
Mike

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