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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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  • Leslie Mancillas describes how, on her journey to become the mother her daughter needed her to be, she learned the true meaning of prayer.

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  • Fern Brown describes how her Buddhist practice has helped her to come to terms with an unhappy childhood and become a stronger person and a campaigner for pedestrian rights.

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  • Ricky Ng

    Ricky Ng describes how, through his Buddhist practice, he was able to find the answers he was looking for and lead his family from resignation to hope.  

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  • Kyoko Muramatsu

    Kyoko Muramatsu, a survivor of the 1995 Kobe Earthquake in which she lost her entire family and her home, recalls her long struggle to cope with bereavement, and how she regained the courage to live through the help of her local Soka Gakkai community.

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  • Gwen Harris

    Through her 12-year struggle of caring for her father, grandmother and mother, who all passed away within 18 months of each other, Gwen Harris determined to create value from this experience through becoming a gerontologist. She now helps other families face the aging and dying process.

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  • Edmund Lam

    Edmund Lam explains how practicing Buddhism helped him to rise out of poverty and fundamentally transform his difficult and painful relationship with his mother that had troubled him since childhood.

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  • Dohee Kim

    Dohee Kim from Korea found the courage to overcome her problems through her practice of Nichiren Buddhism. As well as finding her life path as a musician and instructor, she was able to deepen her relationship with her family.

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  • Paul Makwati

    Paul Makwati from Zambia talks about how practicing Buddhism helped him develop more self-confidence and respect for his life

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  • Hisako Nojo

    Using her experience of her mother's battle with Alzheimer's disease, Hisako Nojo developed the compassion to help others in similar situations

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  • Andreja Nolan

    Through her Buddhist practice Andreja Nolan was able to transform her relationship with her father and discover how to build true friendships with the people around her

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  • As her relationship with her husband deteriorated, Barbara E. Jenkins learned to never give up on herself and that with a strong Buddhist practice, she held her destiny in her own hands...

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  • Donna Snyder describes how she overcame the pain and sufferings of her childhood and came to realize the true meaning of being part of a family

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  • Neil Butterfield

    After receiving some chance encouragement from a fellow SGI member, Neil Butterfield used prayer to confront his own relationship with his father and transform his relationship with his son

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  • Angie Ng Choy Hong

    Angie Ng Choy Hong was able to confront difficult family relationships and serious illness by practicing Buddhism and deepening her understanding of the mentor-disciple relationship, a key tenet of Nichiren Buddhism

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