This section contains experiences
that I personally heard — either at an SGI meeting or in personal conversation
with the people involved. In all cases, permission was granted to share
these stories or (if that was impossible to obtain) names were changed.
I couldn't resist typing these inspiring
experiences and now sharing them with other SGI members!
Storm Part 1 ... Nothing is impossible with daimoku!
Storm Part 2 ... Even difficult people can gain benefit
Letter ... Elderly member faces the Temple Issue
Sullivan ... Pioneer African American member
Dream ... Marching to a different drummer
Cargo ... An alcoholic abusive family becomes happy
House ... Member who began practicing without a Gohonzon
Song ... American dream goes sour — or does it?
Sick Brother ... Overcoming severe health problems
in a Horse Stall ... Making a difference
Friend Dave ... Daimoku in a strange place
and Joe's Wedding ... A mixed marriage that works
Osaki Part 1 ... Skeptic is won over
Osaki Part 2 ... Member grows into leadership position
Osaki and the first Washington DC Brass Band ... He picked the
least musical person to be in charge
Sadness ... Overcoming depression
Landlady ... Shakubuku is contagious
Complaint ... Seeing your own faults in another
First Tozan ... Encounter with a priest at Taisekiji
Saves Life ... Suicide thwarted by garbageman
Goes On ... And so does love
from Mother's Back ... How children really learn
Job Interview ... Getting a job through Daimoku-power
Mona, and India ... A family's joy
Wounds ... Sometimes the solution is inside you
Prison Depression ... A guy everyone gave up on
Racist Boss ... Changing someone's heart
Friend ... Something good was happening to her
Tears ... Learning what is really important
Begins With Me ... World peace begins with each of us
Victory ... They won for themselves and their country
Pencil ... A lesson in passive violence
Goes to the Movies ... And learns about "Truth Force"
Chemistry of Peace ... Chemical bonds and human relationships
the Battleship with James ... The sound of gongyo can be heard
in the battleship's chapel
and the Great Mandala ... He wasn't just reading it, he was
Turner and the Battered Women ... Nam moho must work for everyone
Honor Roll ... The atmosphere of the cafeteria line has changed
in China ... The answer is blowin' in the wind
and Grandma Ikeda ... Remarkable grandparents
in China ... Just for you
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgenered Conference at the FNCC ...
Cherry, plum, peach or apricot — each of us is different in our own way.
Radishes to Riches ... The ability to care about others is my
is the Wisdom of the Universe ... I woke up at 2 AM and I knew
exactly what to do
God and the Gohonzon ... Life is good
I Have To Go!" ... Compassion in the classroom
Buddhism ... Sometimes being happy is frightening
and the Mysterious Law ... A benefit while traveling
That and a Bag of Chips ... Using Buddhist skills to achieve
Response to 9-11 ... Acting as a bodhisattva in the midst of
of a Bodhisattva ... Never stop listening and never say no
a Fundamentalist Became a Buddhist ... He took the teachings
Breakthrough Practice ... Breaking through that fundamental
Write the Songs ... Getting the courage to write them down
Out My True Identity ... And changing her karma too!
James finds his real benefit