I was introduced to Nichiren Buddhism in 1996 during my final year at university, when I was going through a very difficult period. My friend was diagnosed with a brain disease and eventually passed away amid my preparation for the final examination. My sisters encouraged me to chant the daimoku of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to overcome my sorrow and the warm encouragement from numerous Soka Gakkai members and leaders helped me to continue with the Buddhist practice.
“All people have a unique mission that only they can fulfil. But that doesn’t mean you should simply wait for someone to tell you what yours is. It is important that you discover your mission on your own.” Since I took faith in Nichiren Buddhism during my secondary school days, I have always engraved these words of Ikeda Sensei in my heart.