Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Silver’

by James C. Stephens


Monday, December 19, 1977

Played ping pong for several hours with Danny, Brent (Wilson), Koichi and I. Attended Christmas party til late at Vicki Pierce’s. Liz ill, caught my flu.

Talked to Jeff Silver. He called. We talked for about an hour. I was really encouraged and so happy to hear his improvement in his faith. He really brought me out of a dark lonely spot that evening.

Tuesday, December 20, 1977

Danny (Nagashima) ill-caught same flu as I. Attended West L.A. planning meeting. I was so elated and surprised at the change in the spirit of their district in the past 3 months.

Talked to Terry Steinhardt about Jason and YMD in general.

Wednesday, December 21, 1977

Woke up at 10:50 to rain. Benefit. Library committee. Bruce and I met at Liz’s. Listened to tape. Left at 10:30PM picked up Bill Evans and visited Ira Zahler in the valley. I feel among the three of us, we left him in an encouraged state. One by one!

Thursday, December 22, 1977

YMD planned January schedule and new goals for 1978.

Friday, December 23, 1977

Rain. Liz and I visited Scott and had take out Chinese dinner with him. Very nice evening.

Saturday, December 24, 1977

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My Mother Alice and her cousin Tony Dow at traditional Christmas Eve Party

Family Xmas eve. Tony, Carol, Dion, Juice, Muriel, Johnny Dow, Mom, Sully, Liz and I. Nice evening.

Sunday, December 25, 1977

Xmas Day.

Lazy holiday. ug. Liz, Mom, Adrianne and I saw movie Choirboys and had pleasant dinner at Benihana’s Japanese Restaurant. Had fun. Liz and I had a couple small differences, but were able to discuss them.

Monday, December 26, 1977

Merry Christmas Scrabble

Lazy holiday. Watched football, played Scrabble, enjoyed each other’s company. 6 pm met Tracy regarding invitations for wedding. 7-8 pm got names for invites from No. Hollywood and Valley.

Tuesday, December 27, 1977

Raining. Stayed at Liz’s, washed dishes, poor feeling inside, somewhat disconnected. Must renew my determination! Called Danny, Mrs. Bell. I called Russ Dilando tonight re: Wedding best man. I received a strange feeling from him. I sincerely am worried about his practice. I felt very lonely as if I carried a great responsibility.

It’s raining hard. I feel 1978 is bringing with it a winter of struggle, but with the promise of great growth and victory. Fresh start. Never forget. Honnin’myo!

Wednesday, December 28, 1977

My life is so hard to get going! But to start a train with many cars requires great effort. I must try harder, only victory, only suffering, only human revolution. I’m discovering weaknesses which until now I have avoided.

ATTACK!

Friday, December 30, 1977

Raining. Determined to chant six hours today. Only chanted four.

Saturday, December 31, 1977

Yesterday I figured I would have to chant four hours per day to reach a million daimoku by February 18, the date of my wedding. Only chanted one and a half today.

Wednesday after discussion meeting I had volunteered to help clean the World Culture Center on New Year’s Evening Day, today. I arrived a few minutes late. Mr. Williams had done a special ABC Gongyo with the cleaners. He gave us a special name. He called us the “Gold Mine Group.” He elaborated on the principles of helping clean the center and said we should carry the same spirit with us everywhere. After you clean here, let’s make our home shine, too. Honnin’myo. Consistent from beginning to end.

Our group was in charge of cleaning basement and outside. We are foundation group (we called ourself). After we did the outside windows, I worked for awhile cleaning up the garden indoors.

Liz and I had a small disagreement and both went through several changes after I had decided to clean my house in correspondence with Mr. Williams’ guidance.

She left me off at home. I felt regretful of my attitude. I determined to never again be so selfish, and to be considerate. I should be strong. This is my human revolution!

We did evening gongyo together and went to two parties for New Year’s, West Hollywood Chapter.

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by James C. Stephens


Tuesday, August 10, 1976

Had breakfast with dad, planned when I would start to work with him. The next two weeks must work on portfolio for landscaping.

 

Wednesday, August 11, 1976

Drove in West L.A. to Hollywood area to check out landscape design and basically check out the area. One place I’ve wanted to see was the Pacific Design Center. Very nice. Met one of my old art teachers in there. She, Robin owns the Art Source.

http://www.pacificdesigncenter.com/

Later, I checked out a barrel yard. Talked to an interesting man who explained many things to me about barrels and containers…very, very interesting. Got some great ideas for landscaping. Coming back through Beverly Hills I just stumbled into what must be the grandest mansion in Los Angeles–The Greystone Mansion. Roman Gardens, a panorama to beat panoramas, and the home–wow! It was bought as a park by the City of Beverly Hills for $1,000,000.

https://www.greystonemansion.org/

Thursday, August 12, 1976

Slept late. Terrible feeling. Drove to Jeff’s, talked to him for awhile. We drove down and looked at the new Fox Hills Shopping Plaza. Not too impressive. Rather reeked of the indoor shopping plaza’s so commonplace today. Okay, but not on my menu.

Got home to pick up Tom for Band. Didn’t want to go. Told him let’s talk to Shibucho. Couldn’t get ahold of. Just as I was ready to leave, Chikabucho called and talked to Tom. I was going to give Tom a ride over to the chiku. Just then, Shibucho called. Yelled at Tom. Woke him up. Rejicho was coming to band tonight to watch the Band and Special Group called Energy Crisis. Wow! He freaked didn’t know. We drove down. He’d been titan for four days. We heard Mr. Williams talk. Afterwards I was volunteered as TCD for Koteketai practice at the beach. Many wierdo’s. I almost got punched out by a drunk guy from Santa Cruz. Weird night. Obnoxious Koteketai leader Shelly Blumberg. Women are strange.

(No offense Shelly. I later grew to like Shelly, but ended up marrying Liz Lascar, a Koteketai member-I was probably protecting her from that drunk that night and didn’t even know it! We just celebrated our fortieth anniversary and are very happily married).

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Friday, August 13, 1976

Today, Jeff Silver and I did a vigorous morning gongyo and visited many places. Downtown Arco Plaza, L.A. City Library, Biltmore Hotel, International Trade Center and Huntington Library. Very interesting and educational day. I’m in the process of writing a special article for the World Tribune. Maybe they might be interested, all I can do is try. Meeting tonight with Fujimbucho–0 Guests. Tom is chanting again. Had an interesting talk over diner with Fujimbucho after the meeting. Chanted two and a half hours.


Huntington Library and Gardens:

http://www.huntington.org/

Arco Plaza, renamed City National Plaza:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_National_Plaza

Los Angeles City Library

https://www.lapl.org/collections-resources

Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel

https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/los-angeles/millennium-biltmore-hotel-los-angeles/

World Trade Center Los Angeles

https://www.wtcla.org/

by James C. Stephens


Tuesday, September 9, 1975

I really see this after my time at the convention. I didn’t freak out, but I couldn’t take going back to what I had. The district chief I had, was not what I needed to develop my life. Nonetheless, I told myself not to complain about it. Strangely I could not bring myself to attend discussion meetings or even promote a World Tribune. I was it seemed caught in between. Then the change my old chikabucho said to be a the Headquarters at 10 for new leaders appointments. He said I must go. I though I was being appointed. Inside I said, well if I’m appointed I’ll have to stay. I realized when I wasn’t appointed what a conceited attitude I had.  So many people are working hard for Kosenrufu and here I am expecting an appointment.

Well, I returned home and plotted my trip to Montana, or should I say, escape. I say it would have been the suicide of my practice. Inside I realized that the value I wanted to create was here not somewhere else, but my life was so weak I could only turn to what I thought would make me happy. It took only a call from my new Chickabucho Eric Bruck and I decided to stay for “100 days.”

My new determination started to bear fruit. At a leaders meeting on Tuesday we started a three han system. In my han I have Linda Cook, Scott Ferguson, Jeff Silver, Grant Sorge, Dr. Gary Stevens, Utana, and Deborah Syril.

Last week I moved to Santa Monica. I live at our Chiku. I got a car for $150 and today I got a job right across the street at a Ski Shop called Summit Sports full time.Jean Claude Killy

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When I was in High School, I was part of a southern California Ski Race Team from Kratka Ridge. Our coaches, Robin Morning was part of the US Olympic Race Team and Pia Riva McIssacs, three time Italian Olympic Gold medalist in the Women’s downhill. One summer when we were training at Mammoth Mountain, we were able to see our hero Jean Claude Killy on a practice downhill run. Working at Summit Sports was a lot of fun. Met Adam West who played Batman and gave a ride home to Peter, from Peter, Paul and Mary after his car broke down.

by James C. Stephens


February 20, 1975

Tuesday I got up early did a couple of things. I read for awhile and finally decided to take a shower. All of a sudden I heard some knocking on the window. It was ________.

We were both nervous, but happy to see each other.

I really feel something that I feel I can define now. I love her as a human being, we have something really deep in common. She sees me as a Bodhisattva and knows I’m true to her and concerned about her life. I vow to my Gohonzon to see her enlightened in this lifetime and with 3 happy boys.

One million daimoku for _______ to go to the Hawaii Convention and for a strong practice.

Today, no in fact last night I went by Mr. Mitchells and told him I’d be unable to take the job just part-time. This morning Mr. Mitchell woke me and told me I was hired and that I’d be using his Datsun station wagon.

So now I have it. I think I’m going to wash it. Bye.

April 10, 1975-Wednesday 2:30AM

President Ikeda’s guidance.

“A swan seems to swim calmly, but under the water and invisible to us, it paddles unceasingly. For this reason, it can glide smoothly. The leaders may be compared to the webbed feet. Through their strenuous efforts behind the scenes, the whole organization can advance with reassurance.

The new leaders of the future should not be here types who deal with matters merely through their own abilities. A good leader is one who harmonizes all the people in a group,be it a company or home, so that they can put into use their full individuality and potential and work smoothly.”

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April 11, 1975 2:35 AM

In about one month I will of had the Gohonzon five years. I can not tell you how happy I am at this moment to realize my fortune of meeting this practice.

This evening we did Brass Band gongyo with Mr. Bond. Each day I’m realizing so much more about my life. I just read over my diary about my experience with ___________.

Now I see it with a much deeper perspective. It brings tears to my eyes and it affects my heart, but in  a much different way than two weeks ago. Of course its natural to be horny and feel you’re God’s Gift to women, that’s a male’s nature. But now I feel a bit more hesitation about the sex end. Sure it goes through my mind, but now I think much more about others happiness and constantly remind myself of my unfortunate experience. Sure its hard sometimes to women off your mind, but now I’m thinking much more about the serious campaign we are engaged in now. The Blue Hawaii Pre-Bicentennial Convention. I’m nervous. I have made a new resolution for the past month or more to develop the YMD in our district. For awhile some new YMD were coming around. Now they have titaned strongly. They don’t hate NSA, they love it, but are just too lazy to practice this philosophy. Now before I would have been depressed, but instead I have resolved not to give up. I know that the Gohonzon’s benefit is there but I have but to struggle and develop through the obstacle to obtain the great benefit.

Even though the Shakubuku result does not show at the moment, I am confident that we will very definitely shoot up very soon.  I feel that the YMD movement is taking on new power. I have seen Jeff Silver take on new interest, even make some suggestions about the Shakubuku campaign. This is my benefit, knowing this is from trying to capture some of Soshibucho’s YMD spirit. Shibucho is letting me help with the YMD report. Also I’m back in Brass Band. Last week I had to lead a major portion of a drum section practice. Definite steps to increased human revolution. I have also assumed the responsibility through Shibucho of being the Chapter representative of the University Club. I got a raise at my job of $25.

Three days ago Scott and I started a 2 hour toso every night until May 15 or later. This is a great benefit to me because I need this daimoku fortune to develop myself.

I’m finally starting to think of the person I want to become. Soshibucho is a great encouragement. Another benefit is the Shakubuku Shockwave I was able to go on to Santa Barbara recently. Shoshibucho was there. I shakubukued a girl and she joined. Sunday night I got a huge benefit. I had sort of blown Sunday, but nevertheless I felt like going to Santa Monica to get recharged. I dropped off some cards from the UC at the JHQ. No one seemed to be around. I talked to Jim Jay in the phone box for awhile and as I was about to leave he said Homencho was in the office talking to some people. Why don’t you try to get in. So I did and ended up listening to guidance for about 2 hours on various subjects from the Hawaii Convention to YMD spirit. Well time to chant some daimoku.