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I've been practicing Nichiren Buddhism since November 24, 1987, although I received my Gohonzon in 1986 on Nichiren's birthday--February 16. I'm an SGI-USA district women's leader.
My personal website address is www.mlavoraperry.com.
For almost 40 years, I've struggled with depression and a nagging feeling that something was “wrong” with me.
In 1983, at age 21, I'd dropped out of college because I had been too depressed to get out of bed and attend class. A few months later, I spent seven weeks in a mental hospital because I’d abused LSD and other drugs, including the bottle of antidepressant medication I’d tried to overdose on. The drugs had made me manic and psychotic. I didn't sleep, I had…Continue
I originally wrote this in response to someone who felt it was wrong to consider President Ikeda to be Bodhisattva Superior Practices. He was upset with the way certain SGI-USA leaders had responded to him and had decided to join Nichiren Shoshu, feeling that President Ikeda had led him astray.
My response to him includes my understanding of an "AHA!" revelation I had last year regarding the mentor and disciple relationship…Continue