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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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Atsuma Ueda

    "The older I become, the more my horizons expand” says Atsuma Ueda, now 91 years old and living in Hiroshima, Japan. Mr. Ueda describes how when his company was about to go bankrupt, embracing Nichiren Buddhism helped him to hold onto appreciation and transform his struggles into fuel for success.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Erendro Leichombam Singh

    From complete despair, Erendro Leichombam Singh from India finds the courage and strength to achieve his dream of attending university. A recent Masters graduate of Harvard University, Erendro is now the founder of the nonprofit The Manipur International Centre.

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  • Ater Malath

    After surviving the horrors of civil war in South Sudan, Ater Malath encounters Nichiren Buddhism, and finds the power of faith and hope.

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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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  • Jennifer Isidore

    Jennifer Isidore from London describes how an encounter on her way home led her to draw on her Buddhist faith and take action to build bonds of trust and understanding with young people in her community.

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