And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

By Sandra Fizer Jones

As I stepped from my sponsor's car, I heard this vibration that was familiar and comforting, yet totally alien to me.

As I walked toward the building, it dawned on me . . . it was a room full of humans chanting Daimoku. I had been in groups of up to nine people chanting, since I began my Buddhist studies and practice. That was about 6 weeks ago at my first district meeting. But here were rows and rows of human beings of all different colors and ethnic backgrounds chanting "Nam Myoho-renge-kyo."

The vibrations that enveloped me as I entered the meeting room made me immediately understand the biblical story of Joshua and the Walls of Jericho. This exciting energy surpassed everything I had ever felt in the midst of so many diverse humans.

The chanting and prayers gave me a complete sense of "I'm finally in the right place."

Although I could only follow Gongyo with my eyes due to the fast pace, this gave me a challenge to work toward increasing the speed of my Gongyo. The meeting was filled with encouragement, creativity, laughter, reverence, sincerity, and the heartfelt emotions one gives and receives in the company of "Love."

I felt most privileged to be a part of a true manifestation of the human revolution. I was welcomed, encouraged, and continuously reassured that by practicing and studying I would grow in the ways that would not only be beneficial to me but to others.

My belief is that if the walls of suffering and violence can come tumbling down, brick by brick, it can certainly be accomplished with the rich reverent vibrational chants and prayers of the Soka Gakkai ... a portal was opened to the universe and we all stepped in.

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