No_Mind wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 07, 2019 7:04 am
These middle aged women chant "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" at top of their voice and believe in manifestation. Nothing like the monks.
I detest public display of foolish behavior.
Someone I knew in the 1980s worked with a woman who was a member of Nichiren Shoshu, and told a great story about her.
They worked with mentally ill people in London, and he regarded her as a harmless middle-aged eccentric who did this odd chanting in her tea breaks.
One day they were driving a minibus full of mentally ill clients through South London when they got a flat tyre. Not a big problem, as my friend is practically-minded; he got the minibus out of the traffic flow and looked for the spare and the jack. He found the spare, but someone had forgotten to put the jack in. This was getting a bit more serious. The clients were getting restless, it was a very hot day, and the traffic was very busy. He was working out a plan, when his colleague just sat down on the pavement and started chanting.
Silently cursing her for being a useless hippie, he set off looking for a public phone so he could call a garage, and their workplace. Maybe the police if he felt the situation required it.
Before he got far, a workman's van pulled up at the minibus. Without being asked, a complete stranger jumped out and asked the clients to get off the minibus while he jacked it up. Together, they changed the wheel and the stranger drove off without waiting to be thanked. All returned safely.
All a coincidence, probably, but a rare event for that busy part of London. My friend wasn't as scathing afterwards, though.