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Mappo is the age of decline of the dharma, marked by heightened duality –passionate delusion and inter/intra-personal conflict. However, the greater the ice of blind passions produces deeper the waters of our enlightenment.

 

--Janine Janaki

 

 

It creates a sense of powerlessness. People experience an inner oppression in the form of despair, frustration, anger or aimlessness which, in response, inspires opposition ans sometimes organized resistance. Mappo obstructs deep, personal insights through its many lures of material success or sensual pleasures. Each seduction gives a false sense of meaning and inner worth on externals of wealth and possessions. Many people are suffering from anxiety, both personal and social. Aloneness, individualism and apathy are widespread.

 

--Tammy Vuksinic

 

 

Mappo reflects my inner reality in that I am always trying to get ahead in the world for ME. I think many people feel this way, every man for himself (or herself). There is very little “community” left anywhere.

 

--Gina Vezzola

 

 

For many years, I felt alienated from my spiritual roots. I have felt fragmented and lonely. This filled me with anxiety about life and death. I felt like a boat drifting in the ocean with a broken rudder.

 

---John Waligorski

 

 

Mappo  reflects my inner reality because I had gone through a very difficult situation in my life where I was at a decline of all spirit but at the same time it was a huge transformation in my life., it made me more grateful, appreciated and humble; all I saw was a black abyss yet I was able to see Amida’s light and life eventually after many, many years when I became ready.

 

--- Yvette Law

 

 

Mappo reflects my inner reality because my thoughts of excessive material gain and pleasure are manifested in my relation to the outer world/reality if they are not obscured and kept in some semblance of check.

 

--John Brooks

Namu Amida Butsu!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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