Empowering women and girls

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As the father of two wonderful girls I am always excited to find another way to help empower them and others as well. Today I stumbled across an ebook called “I Am More Than “Just A Girl” written by blogger Impower You. Please take a moment, visit the blog and support the effort. The more we can empower the more society will benefit

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

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      • One is 18 now. She entered college at 12 and is soon starting on her PhD. The other one is 7. She has belts in Aikido, taekwondo and is now working on her belt in kungfu at the Shaolin temple. They both play multiple instruments, speak various languages and are ready to rule the world.

        I retired at 35 to stay home with them, homeschool and raise them and mom worked on her PhD. We hope that by our example we showed them what is possible.

  1. I think this is absolutely wonderful. When I was growing up I had no such encouragement–hence my awakening now at such a late date in life. 🙂 Blessings to your lovely family!

  2. It sounds like you are doing a great job. I like that your younger daughter is in marital arts. My goal this year is to become a certified self defense instructor.

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