The Undefeated Mind - On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self


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A weird and different way about buddhism. Chanting instead of meditating?
To know with the intellect is different to know with the heart.
I like the start of chapter 1: we crave for meaning.


INTRODUCTION

If we can’t change our emotional reactions by force of will, we can at least increase the likelihood that our reactions are constructive by cultivating something psychologists call personality hardiness: the capacity to survive and even thrive under difficult conditions—what in Buddhist terms would be considered a strong life force.
is something we can all create. Hardiness of a kind I’ve come to call an undefeated mind.

The practice of Nichiren Buddhism doesn’t involve meditation, mindfulness, centering oneself, or learning to live in the moment as do most other forms of Buddhism, but rather something even more foreign and discomforting to those of us raised in the traditions of the West: chanting. Every morning and every night I chant the phrase Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with a focused determination to challenge my negativity in an effort to bring forth wisdom.

Nichiren Buddhism teaches, doesn’t come from the experience of adversity itself but from the wisdom that the experience of adversity has the potential to impart.
the development of strength through the acquisition of wisdom.
to stop hoping for easy lives and instead to focus on cultivating the inner strength we need to enjoy the difficult lives we all have.

We know it with our intellects, but not with our hearts. Not, as we say in Nichiren Buddhism, with our lives. For we can only be said to really understand a principle when we actually live by it.

1 - The Meaning of Victory

We are, all of us, meaning-seeking creatures. We may begin life as pleasure seekers and pain avoiders, but as our brains develop and language begins flowing from our mouths, we soon begin demanding to know the why of things.
when children ask why something is, they’re actually asking to know its purpose.