So You’ve started chanting Daimoku … Now What?

 

It is undoubtedly a blessing that you started chanting Daimoku either because of your life’s challenges or because you were inspired to see some extraordinary changes happening in your friend’s life after he/she started chanting. The reasons could be many but the good news is “You chose to believe in The Mystic Law and made it an inseparable part of your life” such that you’ve started chanting Daimoku for yourself. Congratulations for this wisdom! But now what?

There are millions of people in this world who are still struggling with their life’s challenges but have no means to overcome them to reach a state of supreme happiness. So that’s where people like you and me have to step in and introduce them to this wonderful life-changing philosophy of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, showcasing the power of The Mystic Law, helping them overcome life’s challenges by chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo!

                           The act of introducing others to this philosophy is called Shakubuku. In Soka Gakkai, it means “to teach others about Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo”.

When we chant the Daimoku for ourselves and recite Gongyo (morning & evening prayers) regularly, we are “Practising for ourselves”.

                   But the other aspect of Practice in this Buddhism is to “Practice for others”. And this is how we share the key principles of this philosophy with others, thereby contributing to worldwide Kosenrufu efforts, aimed at world peace. I would like to quote Nichiren Daishonin here, who said, “Exert yourself in the two ways of Practice & Study. Without these, there can be no Buddhism.

Each effort to introduce others to the practice helps us accumulate good fortune for several lifetimes. As we strive to share this Faith with others, we enable them to gain the same benefits that we have experienced and accumulated overtime.

                     We share this Buddhism with them not by forcing them to pray or by promising that the prayers will “save” them. Instead, we share it by having a “dialogue” with others introducing them to this Buddhism, through our own success story as well as our own conviction in Faith.

Our heart is full of compassion for the other person and our conviction gives rise to joy and courage, inspiring us to have dialogues with a positive and optimistic attitude, aimed at bringing supreme happiness into each and every life that we shakubuku.

So it’s not enough just to chant Daimoku for oneself. The next step is to reach out to others, as the purpose of Nichiren Buddhism is to enable people to believe in and awaken to the great, unrealized potential of their lives and become absolutely happy!

     

                                     Let’s make it our goal to shakubuku a fixed minimum number of people every month and contribute to world peace through this Kosenrufu effort!

 

 This article is inspired by, but not a replica, of the information available in the book, Basics of Buddhism 2014. It is my interpretation of the concept through my own experience of shakubuku over the last few years.

 

Shiti Gautam

Shiti Gautam is a member of Singapore Soka Association (an affiliate of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), Japan) since Dec 2013. Through this website & an Android app, TogetherWeChant(SGI Buddhism), she & her friend aim to contribute to Worldwide Kosenrufu through the Online platform. These two have 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 !
To know more about chanting of The Mystic Law, read Shiti Gautam's articles on her website, http://www.togetherwechant.com under the blogs & explore sections. Testimonials are the actual proof of victories achieved for others by chanting for them. Contribute yours too!

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7 thoughts on “So You’ve started chanting Daimoku … Now What?

  1. JHIMLI Reply

    Recently I am shifting to Guwahati ,Assam. as I got admission in TISS. Can anybody pls. Tell me in Guwahati where is the Chapter of SGI.

  2. Ashoke Ghosh Reply

    We always feel motivated and inspired by the way you express your views and feelings with conviction and indomitable spirit loaded with compassion and strong faith in Nichiren’s Buddhism.

  3. Meena gupta Reply

    I was introduced by this chanting by my family member. I have lot of anxiety and stress in my family life . I need to focus in some peaceful chanting which will help me to lift up and show me the path of happiness . Just started chanting, hoping it will work for me and my loved ones .

    • Shiti Gautam Post authorReply

      Welcome to this wonderful practice. Surely you will overcome your stress and bring happiness not just into your own life but also into those of your near and dear ones. Keep chanting,Together with us as well as get connected to an SGI district in your vicinity. Together We Chant to create beautiful victories for each other.

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