Caring for People vs. The Idea of People

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Today we’re talking about effective activism and how chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo can allow us to tap into the internal resources we need to truly help other people. Our guest is Alex Boling, of Los Angeles, who honestly shares the insights he has gained by applying his Buddhist practice to his experiences as an activist and volunteer.

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Cheat Sheet

1:42 How Alex was inspired to start chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo

9:42 The immediate impact he saw in his life

11:18 The shift he experienced in his relationship with his father

18:00 The formula he learned to apply to all future challenges

21:06 How his Buddhist practice began to change his attitude toward volunteering

32:58 The difference between caring for people vs. the idea of people

37:44 Why Alex shares Buddhism

41:54 How his family and friends saw him change

47:32 The concept of the Ten Worlds

52:28 Learning to hear other people

58:53 Advice for anyone who is struggling in their efforts to effect positive change

References mentioned:

  • One by One: The World is Yours to Change, p. 60

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