I don’t think Nichiren Buddhism will survive. Very few people on this planet know anything of Nichiren. Why are the Nichiren sects declining in membership? My daughter was listening to a song with the lyric “It’s always darkest before the dawn,” but it should have been “Winter never fails to turn to Spring.” The song was about not giving up. Then I thought about the lame SGI songs we have. And then… no one writes songs about Nichiren. Do we not have passion? Do we not care enough? Wouldn’t songs or good poetry or a great novel be a way to introduce people to Nichiren?

Question — Why don’t we write songs or poetry about Nichiren Buddhism?


NPR is doing stories on the theme “Losing my Religion.” I posted one on my blog last week about how faith plays in or out when a tragedy occurs. The latest installment has to do with young people and their doubts about organized religion.

Part 1    http://www.npr.org/2013/01/15/169342349/more-young-people-are-moving-away-from-religion-but-why

“One-fifth of Americans are religiously unaffiliated — higher than at any time in recent U.S. history — and those younger than 30 especially seem to be drifting from organized religion. A third of young Americans say they don’t belong to any religion.”

Part 2    http://www.npr.org/2013/01/17/169450811/on-religion-some-young-people-show-both-doubt-and-respect

“During their conversation, no one in the group speaks of having feelings of emptiness without religion, but some of them feel conflicted and all recognize that religion fills certain needs. They also talk about having respect for religion but feeling like it’s not something they can identify with right now.”

And here is an article about the Nones. Those who do not affiliate with any religion (they answer “none).


In a nutshell, the group:

  • comprises atheists and agnostics as well as those who ally themselves with “nothing in particular”
  • includes many who say they are spiritual or religious in some way and pray every day
  • overwhelmingly says they are not looking to find an organized religion that would be right for them
  • is socially liberal, with three-quarters favoring same-sex marriage and legal abortion
What do you think of this?




November 2012


This is an update on a few of our writers:

Yesterday would have been Greg’s 53rd birthday. I baked a cake and passed out candy for Halloween. He is missed.

Charles is doing well and writing a bit on Facebook. I will try to get him to update us on FWP.

Last night I watched the end of The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC. I like him. Then I was dozing and Hardball with Chris Matthews came on. When I fully woke up, Chris was talking about Mitt Romney, a candidate for President of the United States. He was making a point that the man lies (his opinion). How did he decide to make that point? Joe Izuzu. He showed one of the old commercials where Joe Izuzu lies about everything. Then Chris shows a video of Mr. Romney and then Mr. Romney turns into Joe Izuzu mugging for the camera. Our own Joe Izuzu. He was great. Then Chris gave him a great endorsement, too. Way to go, Joe.

A few weeks ago Ryuei went to Japan. I’ll let him tell you about it, but he met at least one infamous Buddhist character.