Personal Experiences

Bianca Martinov

Bianca Martinov

Realises Her Significance I want you all to imagine that you are walking to work after a sleepless night. You’re exhausted. It’s another day living in survival mode, running on adrenaline. You see work in the distance and you start to get anxious. You’re already dreading the moment you walk through the door. Your heart starts beating faster and your breath shortens. You think to yourself, “If only I could just keep walking past.” You manage to walk in. Throughout the day your boss criticises you for everything. Everything you do is analysed, judged and dismissed.  Your anxiety rises and […]

Elwyn Lan

Personal Experiences

Turning Suffering into Joy I would like to begin my experience with a quote from President Ikeda: When I read this quote, it reminded me of my life a few years ago. Some people might recognise me as a photographer, a cricketer or just another youth member, but not many of those people had any idea what I was struggling with. While I had been studying, attending meetings and working, I was facing my biggest struggle, which was my uncontrollable gambling. For many years, since I reached the legal age, I’ve been a compulsive gambler. During these times, I experienced […]

Yeeling Chee

Yeeling-Chee

Shining like the sun SGI President Daisaku Ikeda has called on the SGI Women’s members to always shine like the sun. Be the sun of the family. I must admit that even though I have been practising Nichiren Buddhism for 41 years I have always felt daunted by this call. I mean I cannot shine like the sun all the time. I am human too and I do feel down sometimes. For example four years ago, just three years after we migrated here to Sydney from Malaysia, and about two months after my father’s passing, my husband went to work […]

Damian Kelly

Damien Kelly

Living with Persistence, Patience and Determination This experience was presented at the 50th Anniversary celebrations in Victoria, May 2014. “We acknowledge that we here celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the visit of President Ikeda to Australasia on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation. I’d like to pay my respect to the Elders of these traditional lands, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples past and present.” I just want to say how humbled I am to be asked to share some words of encouragement on this the 50th Anniversary of the SGI in Australia. They […]

Daniele

Daniele Dalbosco

Learning to Live a Life of Contribution My suffering began in my home country Italy when I was 9 years old with the separation of my parents. I remember that I saw my father as a hero and when he left I was devastated. I blamed my mother for this to the point of hating her, but being the eldest of two siblings, subconsciously I took charge of any responsibility for the future of my family and cared for everyone.
My brother and I grew up with my grandparents while my mother worked two or three different jobs to maintain us, […]

Mary Luciano

Mary Luciano

Enacting her Training in Daily Life I was fortunate enough to meet this practice in Australia almost ten years ago.  The immense benefit of coming across Nichiren Buddhism itself goes without saying, however due to the relatively ‘developing’ nature of SGIA I have been fortunate to have had many training opportunities to support the organisation – opportunities that I may not have been given elsewhere. My training began with holding a Group Meeting with my best friend Lucy when I was a relatively new member. I was most definitely the shadow to Lucy in hosting these meetings, lurking in the […]

Reiko Azuma

Reiko Azuma

A network of “friends in the Orchid room”: Spreading the happiness as you are and where you are…” In 2007 I was pregnant with my third child. My young family purchased a wonderful house in an inner west suburb. In this new suburb we knew no one; it was a difficult adjustment for me with two small children. Our new community was nothing like where we had come from. When we went to local parks we saw no children. It seemed to me that people kept to themselves in this area and the community was non-existent. I felt increasingly disconnected […]