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WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF PRACTICE?

Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism does not seek to deny desire. Rather, it recognises it as a powerful motivation in our lives. Usually when people begin to practise they are encouraged to chant for what they want in the sense of creating order and happiness in their lives and overcoming restrictive and upsetting experiences and situations.

Daimoku, which means chanting, gives us the opportunity to trust the universe so we can achieve what we really want in life and find out who we really are. This often entails taking a jump into the unknown.

Something happens in the depths of our lives when we chant. We begin to connect with an essence so deep that it transcends mundane experience. We begin to realise what real quality of life means and take pride in our own individual life which is connected with the whole of the living universe.

Life becomes a treasure to be cherished. Many people have cured themselves of severe illness ranging from multiple sclerosis to cancer.

One man with multiple sclerosis had lost his memory for his second language and had unremitting pain in an affected weak right thigh and leg. After chanting consistently for over six months he woke one night in order to go to his kitchen to get a cup of tea. He found he could walk properly without a stick and also had regained his memory.

Other people have a sense of happiness in themselves and are confident in their abilities. Some find ways of resolving severe financial problems or find the house or flat they have been looking for.

The benefits obtained can be labelled conspicuous or inconspicuous and they underline the enigmatic quality of life itself.