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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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  • Shin'ichi Endo suffered the tragic loss of his three children in the tsunami and earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. He describes how his faith has enabled him to find a way to grow stronger than his grief.

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  • Huntley Nicholas

    Huntley Nicholas talks about the shock of witnessing famine in Ethiopia soon after he began practicing Buddhism and his journey to promote food security in Japan. He is currently a founding trustee of Second Harvest Asia, a program promoting food banking in East Asia.

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  • Kenichi Kurosawa

    Kenichi Kurosawa clung to a pine tree as the tsunami triggered by the March 11, 2011, earthquake swept through his hometown of Ishinomaki, Japan, reducing it to rubble. Inspired by SGI President Ikeda's encouragement to those affected by the disaster, Kenichi found his own unique way of imparting a message of hope.

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  • Izumi Nakano, nursing care manager from Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, describes her challenges since March 11, 2011, and how her compassion for her patients has deepened.

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  • Shin'ichi Tanno

    Shin'ichi Tanno describes how his faith helped him rebuild his life and fishing business following devastating losses in the March 11, 2011, tsunami.

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  • Junko Sato from Tohoku, Japan, describes awakening to her mission in response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit her hometown in March 2011.

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  • Marc Bergman

    Marc Bergman describes how taking part in SGI activities led him to a complete change of career and how his Buddhist practice enables him to encounter challenges with joy

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  • Claire Wroblewski

    From a life troubled with financial and marital troubles, Claire Wroblewski transformed her situation and became a recognized leader in her community

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  • Mindy Milam

    From having her life literally washed away in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Mindy Milam was not defeated and determined to transform suffering into happiness

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  • Masaaki Taniai

    Maasaki Taniai talks about his work with refugees and how Buddhism has enabled him to believe in the capacity of all people

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  • Richard Perez

    Richard Perez found himself motivated by the great power of compassion after the 9/11 bombings...

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  • Ida Gbodossou- Adjevi

    Ida Gbodossou-Adjevi talks about how her Buddhist practice has guided her efforts to promote women's empowerment in Togo

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  • Andy Bastable

    Andy Bastable, an SGI member and Oxfam UK's head of water and sanitation, describes a life dedicated to providing water and sanitation in emergencies

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