I began practicing Nichiren Buddhism Buddhism about about 7 months ago, and joined SGI in November of 2008. It's kind of a long story, but I'd be glad to tell you some time. Rich and Janice are accidentally, not accidentally, essentially how I found the practice. Thanks you guys. I'm 30 years old and I currently live in Sarasota, FL. I'm working full-time, have a cool Japanese roommate, named TK and have made a lot of good friends for the 6 short months I've been here.
I was introduced to the practice through a girl named Chloe that I had met. We stopped over to her mom and step-dad's to say hello (Rich and Janice), and they happened to be chanting that evening. So Rich and Terry gave me the introduction, which blew me away and then we started Gongyo and chanting. I think somehow that I remember it from a previous life, because I caught on and understood so quickly the potential of what I had accidentally found. So it's about months later now, and I'm fully devoted to my human revolution. I have a "good friend", that always offers me advice and some guidance when I need it. I've attended BSG training, tried to step up as a YMD in the Sarasota area, memorized Gongyo, and chant on average 30 minutes a day.
I have a lot of different interests and I've been told that I'm a very different person than a lot people out there. I like to think that is a good thing. I enjoy nature, music, learning new things, people, the ocean and the beach, sunsets, sunrises, photography, reading, biking, long walks and so much more. I'm trying to tune myself in with the universe, because I've learned that... the universe is me. I love to help people, so Buddhism fits in very well.
I have a very seeking spirit and a pure soul, and I'm learning a lot about that. I have a lot of determinations and am immersed in learning more about Buddhism, and how I can support others in the practice. To me, it's the only thing out there, that is all encompassing as it is. There is nothing else out there, that can compare to the impact that Nichiren Buddhism has on a person, people and much more.
I won't continue to go on and on, but if you would like to chat, share determinations or whatever, give me a shout. This is cool, because I think I'm a much better writer than a speaker. Something about writing that allows me to easily say what I'm thinking.
It enriches those who receive,
without making poorer those who give.
It takes but a moment,
but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it,
and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it.
A smile creates happiness in the home,
fosters good will in business,
and is the countersign of friendship.
It brings rest to the weary,
cheer to the discouraged,
sunshine to the sad,
and is nature's best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen,
for it is something that is of no value to anyone
until it is given away.
Some people are too tired to give you a smile.
Give them one of yours,
as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.