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Members' Stories

Practicing Buddhism yields tangible effects within an individual’s daily life.

One person’s experiences of overcoming problems or achieving their goals can serve as inspiration for another to positively challenge his or her own circumstances.

This selection of experiences illustrates the process of "human revolution" in action--how an individual's inner-motivated transformation sparks changes in their life and circumstances.

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Lulu McLennan, U.K.

“I want to make even more of a difference with my life from this moment onwards.”

Lulu McLennan, U.K.

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  • Blandina Happiness Sembu

    As a single mother who had lost her right arm in an accident, Blandina Happiness Sembu faced severe challenges. She describes how her Buddhist practice has given her the confidence and courage to tackle all her problems as well as her work as a spokesperson for women with disabilities in Tanzania.

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  • Brandon Nicholson

    Brandon Nicholson describes how Buddhism helped him to overcome health challenges in his childhood, enabling him to pursue higher education and develop the spirit to work for the happiness of others and contribute to social justice.  

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  • Fredrik Hultman

    Fredrik Hultman from Sweden began practicing Buddhism in an effort to overcome anorexia. He soon developed the desire to share with others the joy he discovered through his practice and now plays a leading role in SGI-Sweden.

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  • Carmen Díaz Prensa

    Facing serious illness and partial sight loss, Carmen Díaz Prensa decided not to be defeated by her suffering and transform her situation into something positive. She returned to work and now has increased appreciation for life. 

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  • Meri Everitt

    Meri Everitt describes how her Buddhist practice enables her to hold onto determination and hope and make wise choices as she lives with a health condition that causes chronic pain and fatigue.

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  • In response to a letter from her son, Eiko Usubuchi recounts how her Buddhist practice has enabled her to engage in an all-out struggle to triumph over her physical limitations caused by a muscular disease, be a mother her son cherishes and follow her life-path as a professional counselor and trainer.

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  • Greg Johns

    Greg Johns from Australia shares how he used his experience of depression to help others battling with problems

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  • Luo Sheng-tang

    Luo Sheng-tang lost his hearing when he was one year old. He describes how support from hisparents and his Buddhist faith have enabled him not to give up or let any barriers stand in his way.

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  • Nicki James

    Through fighting to change a genetically inherited illness, Nicki James received extraordinary proof of the power of deep prayer.

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  • Janaía Cristina Bandettini

    Janaía Cristina Bandettini, from Brazil, shares how practicing Buddhism helped her open her heart to others

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  • Paola Ciuffoletti Furunovic

    Paola Ciuffoletti Furunovic describes how her Buddhist practice gives her strength not to be defeated by depression

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  • Shohei Yasuda

    Shohei Yasuda, a graphic designer from Japan, talks about how his Buddhist practice helped him transcend his physical disabilities and lead a life of purpose

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  • Aiko Matsumura

    Through the experience of losing her son and overcoming the grief through her Buddhist practice, Aiko Matsumura set up a group to support other mothers in the same situation

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  • Charles Byrne

    Charles Byrne talks about how his Buddhist practice enhances his work as a professional psychiatrist

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  • Shin'ichi Yoshida

    Overcoming the prejudices of society towards deaf people, then gaining inspiration from taking part in SGI activities, Shinichi Yoshida describes how he now contributes back to society

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