“In Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism we do not remove ourselves from the difficult realities of ordinary life. On the contrary we plunge into them as a source of nutrition for our growth, just as the swamp nourishes the flower. Enlightenment means that we are united with the rhythm of the entire universe, able to live with freedom and joy, whatever the uncertainties of our daily lives. ”.

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Hannah ...

HannahMy name is Hannah, and I have been chanting for 20 years, I started when I was 16 years old. My boyfriend at the time was a Buddhist, he told me all about it and it all made such a lot of good sense to me that I gave it a go. Initially I chanted a bit like it was magic and that I would receive benefits without taking any kind of action towards my goals, such as chanting for money but always squandering what I had, or chanting to pass my studies with flying colours but quite often skiving classes. Eventually, however, I learnt through studying this Buddhism, that to gain what I wanted I would have to change how I lived my life. The chanting has given me the power to do this, the energy to keep on going and the studying has helped me learn that every time I feel I have failed, in order to gain victory I just have to pick myself up and try again.

I have been through many life changing times with this practice and I now feel that anything life throws at me can be not only endured, but turned around and made into something positive.

My challenge at the moment is bringing up a little boy, when he is ill I chant, when I don't know how to help him sleep through the night I chant and when he wont eat anything but yoghurt I chant. I chant to bring out the wisdom, compassion and courage I need to be the best mother I can be. So far (he is 1 year old) he now sleeps through the night and eats really well, I am sure there will be many more challenges, but with this practice I feel confident that we will meet them head on and will enjoy this life to the full.