In the practice of chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo , the more human connections we make, the more easy it becomes to bring happiness into the lives of people we meet, by introducing them to The Mystic Law.

Zadankai, the Japanese word for discussion meetings, are one such platform to bring together not just practising members but also inviting new friends who can gain awareness about this life-changing philosophy & bring abundance and good fortune into their lives. These are basically community-based meetings that are held at neighbourhood “district” or “zone” levels, wherein the participants share their personal stories about how their chanting of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo has improved their daily lives. It is the grassroots activity of the Soka Gakkai members.

From my own practice and experience from these meetings, I would like to share 5 reasons you should never say NO to a Zadankai !

  1. Real-life experiences:

Zadankai brings to you real-life experiences from “real” people, there and then in front of you! It is so encouraging to hear the success stories of people on how they overcame challenges/obstacles in their lives, employing the strategy of faith, “Daimoku First”. According to this, whether you are happy or sad, always chant Daimoku first, and dwell forth from within yourself the unlimited potential to win over any obstacle. I have always and still do personally gather lots of strength & courage to face my own life challenges when I listen to the real-life experiences shared during a Zadankai.

  1. Motivation & Fighting Spirit:

Related to the first point, these experiences help gather that motivation & fighting spirit needed to win over one’s life challenges. When you get to see smiles on the faces of those who are still fighting through their challenges as well those who have successfully overcome them, it is a true example of the fighting spirit one develops when they chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo with all their heart and soul. That in itself is the biggest motivation one gathers from a Zadankai and that, I feel, is really a priced possession.

  1. Inspiration:

I have always found immense inspiration from all the Zadankai that I have attended till date, with my district members in Singapore (SSA), to the extent that I have always come back home with a renewed determination & courage to really exert my entire potential, chant even more Daimoku, to finally overcome my life’s existing challenges, achieve my goals & increase my good fortune. The inspiration comes not just from the testimonials shared during the Zadankai but also from the presence of the senior members who have exerted themselves in this faith for more than three-four decades. Just by looking at their smiling and glowing faces, one gets a glimpse of the immense power of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo in their lives. They are a living proof of the good fortune and abundance one can accumulate in this life by chanting The Mystic Law.

  1. Community Spirit:

Zadankai give us a very important opportunity to connect with the community, share our struggles & challenges with each other & help overcome difficulties & through abundant Daimoku, share our own victories with each other. One of the real strengths of this practice is the community spirit with which we make human connections & help each other lead lives with supreme happiness, always chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo!

Zadankai is one such platform to help strengthen this community spirit. For me, my district is like Family & I always look forward to connecting with all of them once again, every month, during the Zadankai. I am very grateful to this family for accepting me, encouraging me, showering upon me immense love & affection & allowing me to participate in the district activities .

  1. Awareness:

Zadankai also creates awareness of the events, activities planned by the SGI, for that particular district or zone. These are mainly aimed at promoting peace, culture & education, throughout the country as well as contributing to worldwide Kosenrufu. So the Zadankai provides a wonderful opportunity to participate & pay gratitude to the Mystic Law, our mentors, our seniors in the practice as well as to contribute to the efforts for worldwide Kosenrufu.

So do make it a goal to “never say no to the Zadankai” in your district/zone & accumulate abundance and good fortune in your lives. If you feel there’s always some obstacle that prevents you from attending the Zadankai, I would suggest you to chant abundant Daimoku with the determination to win this time!

Remember, Nothing is Impossible for Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo!


This article is my own interpretation of the experience I have had with attending Zadankai in my own district as well as others, in Singapore (SSA). It is not a replica of any information available online on this subject.

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Shiti Gautam

Shiti Gautam is a member of Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) and an ex-member of Singapore Soka Association (SSA, an affiliate of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), Japan) since Dec 2013. Through this website, an Android app, TogetherWeChant (SGI Buddhism, NamMyohoRengeKyo) and social media handles, she aims to contribute to Worldwide Kosenrufu through the Online platform. With a Mission of "1M.1M", which aims to help 1 Million people connect globally & chant 1 Million Daimoku each, not only for their own victory but for the victory of others too!
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