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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.

  • 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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  • Nitin Upadhye

    Nitin Upadhye describes how, as a result of his Buddhist practice, he was motivated to use his skills as a filmmaker and photographer to improve the lives of girls displaced by conflict in Kashimir.

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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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  • 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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  • Josh Joffee

    Josh Joffee talks about how practicing Buddhism inspired him to actively seek out new challenges and realize his dream of becoming a music teacher.  

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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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  • Milton Lopes

    Thanks to his Buddhist practice, Milton Lopes found a way to create respectful relationships and performed in the 2012 London Paralympics Opening Ceremony.

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  • Patti Heckman

    Patti Heckman describes how she was able to achieve a complete turnaround in her work situation through changing her own attitude from resentment to appreciation.

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  • Lesley Butler

    Lesley Butler describes how her practice of Buddhism has enabled her to give full play to her talents and abilities as a puppeteer, clown, storyteller and Punch and Judy "Professor," helping others express themselves through art.

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  • Akruti Choksi

    Akruti Choksi describes how she managed to create a unique role for herself by combining her passion for animals with her profession as a dentist. She became the first dentist trained in human dentistry to practice equine dentistry in India.

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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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  • 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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