“I find that if I am thinking too much of my own problems and the fact that at times things are not just like I want them to be, I do not make any progress at all. But if I look around and see what I can do, and then I do it, I move on”.
Rosa Parkes (from 'Quiet Strength')

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How to Start Practising - Buddhism - Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln  - SGI-UK East Midlands HQ - The Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin

The heart and essence of this practise is the chanting of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo (download sound file here). This simple, yet effective practise puts the attainment of Buddhahood within the reach of everyone, no matter what their level of intelligence.

Unlike some forms of Buddhism, the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin, does not require any special rules and regulations such as diet, dress etc. We come to our our decisions in life based on the wisdom gained by chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

It is also helpful to make contact with a group near to you. If you live in the East Midlands, please contact us here. If you live in the UK (but not in the East Midlands), visit the SGI-UK web site and complete the form there. If you are outside of the UK, please visit the Links page to find your country's web site.

In the meantime, to start practising all you need to do is the following:

  • Find a reasonably quiet place in your home if possible
  • Face a blank wall
  • Place your palms together
  • Chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

It is suggested that you do this for 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening. As far as possible, you should try to clear your mind and listen to the sound and the rythm of your chanting. However, in the real world, this is not always possible but you shouldn't be concerened with this as this Buddhism is not about escaping life but dealing with the problems it brings and changing yourself and the environment around you.

Also please contact your local group if you are in the East Midlands or the national SGI-UK centre for details of groups in other areas