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My Favorite Gosho

"This is similar to a tarnished mirror that will shine like a jewel when polished. A mind now clouded by the illusions of the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but when polished, it is sure to become like a clear mirror, reflecting the essential nature of phenomena and the true aspect of reality."

On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime

Dámaso Francisco Vergara Magallón, Panama

I was moved when I read the above passage and learned the Buddhist life philosophy that teaches us to polish our lives so that we can achieve happiness for ourselves and others. Whenever I encounter difficulties, this passage gives me hope and passion to move forward.

When I was five years old, I joined SGI with my family. Though I was very shy in my childhood, my character started to change, and I became optimistic and active through my Buddhist practice together with my parents. As I grew older, I was often inspired by SGI President Ikeda's speeches. I came to believe in my dreams and mission and to speak up in public. The SGI leader's words that we must change cowardice into courage, and idleness into an adventurous spirit, serve as a guideline for my life.

My mother passed away when I was 22 years old. I was lost in sadness when my seniors and friends encouraged me to be strong. I had been thinking of what job I would take, but finally I decided to become a musician. Now I work during the day at an American data processing company and at night as a professional pianist. I like the music of Herbie Hancock, an SGI-USA member, and I hope to one day become a musician of his level and a dedicated Buddhist as he is. One of my big goals is to contribute to the improvement of society through music. I will continue to develop myself and to give others a better understanding of SGI.

[Courtesy of SGI Graphic, February 2010]

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