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CharmainWhy do I practise ?

Well, that's a very good question ? I ask myself this all the time.

When I first started to practise, it was because I had been bullied at school. At the time, I was a Christian. I had always gone to Sunday School, said my prayers at night and begrudgingly read the Bible. Nothing I had learned ever rang a bell with me, especially all the stuff about Heaven and Hell.

I don't know where I got it from, but I believed in re-incarnation and that Heaven and Hell were on this Earth. I started going to meetings but decided to fully embrace Buddhism when I was 20 and received Gohonzon. Since then, my reasons for practising have changed. Now I practise because I have had proof that Buddhism works. It has enabled me to understand that I and I alone am responsible for my life. The good and the bad occur to make me a stronger person - though this is hardest to believe when life feels like it's upside down! But the courage to fight through the uphill struggles is what matters the most.

I am still not the person who I want to be but I no longer believe that person is out of reach. It's easier to believe this when you focus on now and the future, instead of what you have and have not achieved. There is always another day to try again and try harder.

I would not have this conviction if I was not a Buddhist. This is why I practise.