I’m reluctant to call myself a Buddhist, even though I practice Nicherin Buddhism on a daily basis. Having being part of a few different religions and practiced various forms of spirituality, I am reluctant to put a label on it. I have to admit though that out of everything I’ve done, practicing Buddhism with Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has had the most profound effect on my life.
Since I’ve been practicing Buddhism I have found it easier to achieve my goals and solve my problems. I believe this is for two reasons: 1. Chanting Nam-Myho-Renge-Kyo on a regular basis helps me to get in rhythm with the Universe, invoke my Buddhahood and activate the mystic law of cause and effect and 2. Nicherin Buddhism is a religion of action. When we take one baby step toward our goal, the Universe meets us with a giant step.
When I first encountered Buddhism, there was a lot of talk about setting determinations. Previously I’d called this setting intentions. I’d set the intention and let it out to the Universe and to be honest I wasn’t always hopeful about the outcome. Changing my language from intention to determination felt very different. I felt empowered. I was taking responsibility.
Immediately I started seeing the value in my life and my best benefit so far and by far was getting into a happy relationship with Mr Sexy Pants (MSP) after being single for the best part of ten years.
The main aim of the SGI is to achieve Kosen Rufu, which simply put is world peace. We believe this can be achieved by learning to achieve absolute happiness and inspiring others to do the same. I love this ideal. Absolute happiness is being happy no matter what, irrespective of external people and things. One of my personal determinations is to achieve unlimited self-esteem and absolute happiness and help others do the same.
Earlier this year I came off my anti-depressants after being on them for 26 years and I had a relapse of depression. Being worried about money didn’t help. I was also concerned about how I was going to cope when MSP went away for two and a half weeks on holiday. I became even more determined to achieve absolute happiness no matter what and I started chanting for that. MSP is currently away on that holiday. I haven’t managed to be absolutely happy about it. I spent a lot of time crying on the two days before he left, but I do feel happier and stronger and I’m confident that this is part of the refining process as I move closer to achieving my goal.
I also love SGI’s commitment to world peace and human rights. As well as chanting for Kosen Rufu, Mr Ikeda, President of the SGI, writes a yearly peace proposal for the UN and last year ICAN, which SGI is part of, won a Nobel Peace Prize. There are numerous other examples of President Ikeda and the SGI striving for world peace and human rights.
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