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I Choose Buddhism

By on April 17, 2011

I am a practicing Buddhist and this is the story of my journey.  

I began practicing Buddhism about five years ago in 2006 and my life has dramatically improved for the better. When I chant nam-myoho-renge-kyo, I know that I am working towards eliminating stress from my life. No matter what the problem; whether it be financial woes, difficulties with a superior at work, or even the rigors of interpersonal relationships-I know I have an effective means of dealing and coping with the world around me. Chanting nam-myoho-renge-kyo, to me, means that for every problem there is a solution. When we acknowledge our problems and the need for a solution we also may realize that there is no “Angel” waiting to save us. The work begins with us to successfully achieve resolution of a conflict.

Chanting nam-myoho-renge-kyo doesn’t mean all of life’s problems disappear but it does motivate one to look to themselves to be the change they wish to see.

Buddhism also tells practitioners of the faith to pray for your enemies. This may sound odd to some people but try it and you too will see the great benefit that can be derived from wishing others well, despite their negative treatment of you. There is a great Buddhist saying that perfectly illustrates the logic of this tenet;

“Wishing others harm is like you drinking poison and expecting someone else to die”.

Think about it people. No matter what problems life brings to you; start where you are. People will walk around and say that “If I was just 20lbs lighter I could exercise more, or if I was better looking I could be in a relationship with so-and-so”. Wrong answer folks. Use the wonderful things about yourself to gain the things you want in life. Stop and really absorb this message.

I personally, have also found Buddhism to be a wonderful faith that is respectful of all of it’s followers. Buddhist are largely open-minded, inclusive people of faith. There is a men’s division, a women’s division, an LGBT division, an Artist’s division, a division for students…pretty much if you can name it they have a division for everyone to benefit from the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism.  My journey continues and the path hasn’t always been smooth but my faith has enriched my life and continues to carry me through and inspire me.

If you are interested in learning more about Buddhism, I invite you to see if there is an SGI-USA center in your area, simply go to www.SGI-USA.org for more details.

This article was submitted by Healthyblackmen.org Contributor, Mr. L.C. Curtis.


  1. lark1

    April 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Great Article. Chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo can improve confidence and hope. In addition to chanting one must take action toward their goal. If one is searching for improved relationships, in addition to chanting they should also take action to find the best relationship for them, this may include learning from past mistakes and gaining wisdom through chanting and self examination to identify why past relationships were not fulfilling.

  2. beccay

    April 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    If it doesn’t rectify all of your problems, but only helps you to find other solutions, then why do so many Nichiren Buddhists (particularly women) claim that you get exactly what you want? This is especially so when it comes to relationships. I have personally heard from many women who chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo that by doing so you get the man you specify you want despite any current struggle, be it his involvement with another woman, or his mere lack of contact with you.

    Give me the clear cut answer without the frills of enlightenment!

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