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What’s the point of chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo?

1 Aug



NMRK0731A few people have asked me this week what “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” means, why I often say it, or close out emails with it. So I though it would be fun and informative to post the answer on my Health & Wellness page… the Holistic Voyage community. I’ll post it below 🙂

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo means “Devotion to the mystic law of cause and effect through sound and teaching.” Basically when I chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo I am affirming to the universe that I am open to receiving protection, inspiration, healing, wisdom, divine support and love.

Buddhists also chant to have absolute happiness that is unbroken, indestructible and unshakable by obstacles or circumstances, to have good mind, body, spirit health (karmic and physical), longevity, harmonious families and purpose/mission-filled lives. It’s also a verbal commitment with the universe to take kind and compassionate action for one’s self and others and to treat all living beings with respect and dignity. This is all centered on our vow to advance world peace (Kosen Rufu).

I’m also affirming my understanding that karma is real, and anything I put out, will come back. Good causes manifest good circumstances. Bad causes equal consequences earned. Chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo (NMRK) allows me to tap into the universal protection and healing from the universe so that I am shielded by safety, led and aligned with synchronicity, and co-creating my dreams, desires, wishes and goals. It’s a prayer…affirming to myself and universe that I know my prayers will be answered, and I’m ready for assistance from my higher self and the universe to make it happen.

NMRK also is a prayer for happiness, healing and protection for others. (I chant for my family, friends, classmates, fellow Buddhist practitioners, mentors and Holistic Voyage community, and for the happiness and peace of all living beings.) NMRK is often a Buddhist or Japanese greeting too, kinda like saying Namaste or wishing someone well. I also chant to dissolve fear and gain confidence. (For example, I can’t swim and I’m afraid of water, but it was my dad’s birthday on July 28th and he wanted to go kayaking in 30 FEET of water. I didn’t want my fear to get in the way, so I chanted for courage, to eradicate fear and trust the universe that we would be protected and that the water was as safe as taking a shower. Guess what? I suddenly forgot all about my fear and had one of the best days of this summer.)

My mom has ESRD (Kidney failure) and has had it since September 2011. She’s been hospitalized 20 times since then, has been on hemo-dialysis and peritoneal dialysis and will soon receive a kidney transplant. Her battle with this disease could have been lost MANY times, but I know chanting for her to receive the best doctors & treatments, and chanting for her to live a long, healthy, happy life has made a HUGE difference and extended her life and gave her hope. I’m confident my mom WILL have a total health victory and receive the best kidney and be restored to perfect health (by the way, we’re both Buddhist and so is my life partner Tiffany.) I’ve also had major financial obstacles at certain points and have almost lost my home several times, but every time I chant with determination and faith, the money seems to magically appear in the nick of time.

When I first started practicing Buddhism 4 years ago, I was told to chant 5 minutes per day for 30 days for something specific and watch my prayers be answered, and my life transform and enhance. I chanted for 3 things, and all 3 were answered within 25 days. It was incredible. More over, it was the way I felt after chanting that made a difference. I felt calm, peaceful, alive, joyful and confident. I felt my life was truly designed to be happy, and that I deserved to have a wonderful life. I felt capable of improving the lives of my family members and changing the world for the better, and I became connected to a wonderful community of friends through the Buddhist organization and I finally felt supported, loved and inspired.

It’s said that the real meaning of NMRK can only be understood by those who chant it, as it’s power is boundless. I am living proof of this wonderful mystic law of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. That’s why I’m honored to speak this foreign words. However for more info about NMRK or Buddhism…check out the grass roots Buddhist organization that I practice with.


Soka Gakkai International: Buddhist Association for Peace, Culture and Education (Nichiren Buddhism)

Got happiness?

11 Dec


A worldwide movement has been started to heal the world, heal the planet and uplift humanity. Many organizations, groups, families and individuals have made a conscious decision to recognize the interconnected of all life. To that end, people world-wide have joined forces and coined 12/12/12 at 9:30pm EST, 9:30pm JST as “Global Shift day”. On December 12, 2012 at exactly the same moment, the entire world will be uniting as many in body, one in mind to uplift humanity and bring about a positive shift. The entire world will slow down for a moment to share in love and peace for the planet and each other.  Anyone can participate.  There’s no special discipline required nor is any specific religious belief or philosophy.  I am encouraging as many people as I can to join in.

On 12/12/12 at 9:30pm EST, I vow to unite as a global citizen to uplift humanity. I will be chanting daimoku (Nam Myoho Renge Kyo) for the happiness and victorious lives of ALL living beings and for the sake of kosen-rufu (world peace). As a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism with the Soka Gakkai International ( this is apart of our daily practice. Close to 13 million people in 192 countries and territories chant DAILY for world peace, happiness, victory, healing for themselves and others, long lives, wisdom, protection prosperity for all, and respect for our great planet.

Please feel free to join me in chanting daimoku on 12/12/12 at 9:30pm EST. Visit the SGI website to learn more about the organization, and it’s mission. Here’s a short video for you, to hear how to chant. (The great news, is daimoku is available 24/7 and is being chanted somewhere in the world each minute of the day. So no matter when you join in chanting, you’ll be in rhythm. I am just spreading the message to increase it from 13 million people chanting on 12/12/12 so we can expedite world peace 🙂

Here’s a great article I read once called “10 Good Reasons to Chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo” If you’d like a video introduction to SGI instead of reading the SGI website here’s a good one.

If you’d like to find an SGI-USA center near you, just enter your zipcode.

If you’re like me and love YouTube videos and love to watch real people, with real results who you can relate to, SGI has a YouTube Channel.

To your happiness,



16 Jul

“Our lives inherently possess a boundless energy. Summoning this forth, we can break through the shell of the small self that constrains our lives. The process of revolutionizing our own lives and helping others to do the same, can transform society and ultimately elevate the state of humanity.”  Daisaku Ikeda

“When we change, the world changes. The key to all change is in our inner transformation—a change of our hearts and minds. This is human revolution. We all have the power to change. When we realize this truth, we can bring forth that power anywhere, anytime, and in any situation.” Daisaku Ikeda

Ok, so I promised I would post my determinations and prayers so you can all witness Nam Myoho Renge Kyo in action and the proof of this powerful practice of Nichiren Buddhism. To make sense of this, see my original post at

To learn more about Nichiren Buddhism, please visit

***Warning- Some of the determinations may not make sense to a non-Buddhist/non SGI member, as some of the terms are in Japanese or Sanskrit (Nichiren Buddhism originated in Japan and the sutras written by Shakyamuni Buddha were in Sanskrit).***

I have 2 separate list. One is for determinations, one is for prayers. In Buddhism, prayers and determinations are essentially the same thing, but I’m weird so I like to separate mine lol. For me, my determinations are things more so related to me and what I’d like to personally do. They are also the bridge that will help me actualize my prayers. These determinations are congruent with my Bodhisattva vow also. Prayers are also things related to me, but it’s also wishes for others, personal victories and goals. I can’t properly explain it, but there is a difference, I’ll post both, but for now, JUST the determinations. (plus no one feels like reading all that in one post lol. This post is long enough as is).

For the Sake of Kosen-Rufu, I must show the actual proof of ALL my prayers being answered. Victory is my only option. Kosen-rufu depends on me having the courage of the Lion King, the determination of my mentors and strong faith that wells forth easily and is like flowing water. I am determined to unite with my Kayo-Kai sisterhood, and reply to my mentor Soka Gakkai President Daisaku Ikeda, so here’s my determinations:

  • I will always follow the “Strategy of the Lotus Sutra”.
  • I will live the Gosho and become a great disciple of Nichiren Daishonin and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda.
  • My ichinen will infuse with the Gohonzon,  and I will ALWAYS trust the Gohonzon 100% with my whole life and be confident that all of my prayers will be answered.
  • I will always be dedicated to advancing kosen-rufu in America and will show actual proof of the mystic law of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.
  • I will uphold and propagate the mystic law and the Lotus Sutra, and introduce thousands of people to Nichiren Buddhism for the sake of their happiness.
  • I will master my mind.
  • I will have a positive attitude and optimistic view of life.
  • I will take responsibility and understand that I need to be the change I want to see.
  • I will always seek and maintain good friends in faith and will myself become a good friend.
  • I will help my chapter flourish daily.
  • I will sincerely recognize, acknowledge and repay my debts of gratitude and always be appreciative.
  • Each day I will muster more faith, encourage others to do the same and encourage members in their practice.
  • I will win in all of my struggles & obstacles, no matter what the circumstance. I will defeat internal and external devilish functions (Sansho Shima) and remain steadfast, consistent, focused and victorious in my Buddhist practice, so I can demonstrate the greatness of Nichiren Buddhism and work freely for kosen-rufu.
  • I will have break-throughs, benefits and will grow & advance daily  to encourage others.
  • I will have clear targets, determined prayer and will take action.
  • I will develop a powerful life condition that is unswayed by others’ behavior or my environment and manifest the supreme state of the Buddha.
  • I will break through my limitations. turn the impossible into possible, poison into medicine, obstacles into opportunities and suffering into joy.
  • I will eradicate and cease all acts of slander and onshitsu (complaining, criticizing and negative thoughts, words, actions and feelings.)
  • I will let go of all resentments and practice forgiveness.
  • I will chant for the happiness, growth and victories of others, especially those who give me a hard time.
  • I will have sincere, compassionate, heart-to-heart dialogues daily (verbally by phone or in person, instead of just through technology).
  • I will be the best, most compassionate wife, daughter, granddaughter, sister, friend, SGI youth leader and business professional.
  • I will manage my time better, be more punctual, and have a well-balanced life.
  • I will continue to polish my character, reveal & bring forth my Buddha Nature/Buddhahood and remember & carry out my Bodhisattva vow.
  • I will treat every human being as a Buddha, always be respectful, honest, compassionate and speak all the good I know of that person.
  • I will respect the precious sanctity of all life.
  • I will always have the courage, confidence and wisdom to think, say and do what’s right.
  • I will enjoy and appreciate my life daily and cease begrudging my life.
  • I will always respect, appreciate, be in harmony with, have a good relationship with, and be regret-free with my parents, grandparents, my wife, my friends, Buddhist organization, Buddhist mentors, and my country.
  • I will make many great causes to positively transform my karma & the karma of my family 7 generations back, 7 generations forward.
  • I will attain Buddhahood to bring happiness to everyone around me and positively contribute to the world.
  • I will joyfully do gongyo twice daily, and chant abundant, sincere, focused, determined daimoku like the roar of a lion.
  • I will exert myself in practice and study daily and apply what is learned.
  • I will participate in and contribute to abundant SGI activities.
  • I will establish and maintain absolute, unshakable and indestructible happiness.
  • I will make the right causes and take care of myself so I can happily and healthily live to be 100 years old in this lifetime.
  • I will take education, knowledge and wisdom seriously and learn and grow daily.
  • I will develop more compassion each day.
  • I will eradicate and cease doubt, worry, fear, confusion, delusion, anger, greed and foolishness.
  • I will trust Shoten-Zenjin and have confidence that my wife, our families and I are always protected.
  • I will recognize my fundamental darkness and eliminate it from my life.
  • I will manage stress well and be undefeated by it.
  • I will awaken to my mission and joyfully fulfill my mission in this lifetime.
  • I will do my “Human Revolution” and be the best person I can be and create value in whatever I do.
  • I vow to create victory in every aspect of my life! I will build a bridge towards my happiness and the happiness of others, by using the supreme wisdom of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!

In all honesty, I have often been guilty of breaking some of the above mentioned. That’s why now, it’s very important to me that I fulfill these determinations. This is my “mirror work.” I have to change ME, in order to fulfill any prayer,  to truly fulfill my Bodhisattva vow and in order to contribute to a peaceful society. Each day I will chant to fulfill my determinations.

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