BUDDHIST IN AMERICA
As a Nichiren Buddhist practitioner, my greatest joy has been to share the philosophy of practicing wisdom, courage and compassion with my friends. This photo story is a glimpse of ordinary people coming together to make an extraordinary cause. Happiness that is unbreakable and the joy that is life!! From a block party in the city to a picnic filled with young and capable people, we unite to awaken each individual to their own dignity of life and to see the same in others. Nichiren Buddhist's chant to their own Gohonzon* everyday to awaken their Buddha nature. * A scroll practitioners chant to, was inscribed by Nichiren Daishonin and is depicted in Chinese characters embodying the law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, the life of Nichiren, as well as protective functions of the universe. Sitting in front of the Gohonzon and chanting enables a person to recognize and reveal his or her own Buddha nature, the unlimited potential and happiness of their life.
GAUCHO CULTURE OF ARGENTINA
Gauchos are the nomadic and colorful horsemen and cowhands of the Argentine and Uruguayan Pampas (grasslands). They flourished from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century and have remained folk heroes. In modern times, Gaucho's have transformed into a more contemporary version but still remain adept at horse riding and farming. I had the privilege of spending a day with Lucas and other Gauchos in South Patagonia, Argentina.