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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.

Sustainability

  • Christine Voelker

    Christine Voelker describes how, through her Buddhist practice, she has transformed feelings of powerlessness and anger at environmental degradation into hope and now takes practical steps to lead a sustainable life. 

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  • Shin Won-suk

    Through engaging in Buddhist activities, Shin Won-suk from Korea began to search for a way to put his landscaping background to greater use, eventually becoming an ecological "restorer" of the polluted Taehwa River which runs through his city.

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  • Aurélie Neame Koueli

    Aurélie Neame Koueli describes how her Buddhist practice helped her to become the protagonist of her own life and to pursue her passion for environmental protection.

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  • Fernanda Baumhardt

    After meeting Buddhism, Fernanda Baumhardt decided to go in search of her life purpose and switched from a high-level career in advertising to one focused on humanitarian and planetary needs.

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  • Amy Yomiko Vittor

    Amy Yomiko Vittor, USA, inspired by Buddhist philosophy, studied the link between human health and the environment and followed her dream of making a truly lasting contribution

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  • Enid Trevett

    Enid Trevett, Scotland, was able to find her unique purpose in life, becoming an advocate for the Earth Charter and contributing to the development of her community

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  • Elizabeth Penioso Pernites

    Elizabeth Penioso Pernites talks about how her Buddhist practice has enabled her to uncover great potential in the midst of challenges at work

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  • Barbara Paterson

    After Barbara Paterson moved to Nambia, she was able to revive her dream of conducting research into marine conservation as a way to directly contribute to Nambian society

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  • Julie Bygraves

    Julie Bygraves, an environmental policymaker in the UK, describes how her Buddhist practice helped her take a more proactive approach to life

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  • Yongjie Yon

    Yongjie Yon describes how practicing Buddhism enabled him to transform his shyness and lack of confidence into conviction and contribution to society

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  • Two experiences from Japanese farmers about gaining inspiration and a deep sense of mission to contribute to society through reading SGI President Ikeda's writings

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  • As a town planner in Hong Kong, Fung Ling talks about how the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism has influenced her work

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  • Hisashi Fujii explains how dedicating his life for the sake of his community and for the sake of others enriches his life

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  • Peter Morris

    After meeting Buddhism, Pete Morris felt encouraged to aim higher. This is his story of how he achieved his dream job

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  • Sophie Theven

    Struggling with serious visual impairment from birth, Sophie Theven met Buddhism and determined to contribute to people's happiness through research into sustainable development

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