The Great Treasure that Can Change an Unchangeable Destiny

Stephen Lim from Malaysia has been practising Nichiren Buddhism for 36 years. During this time, he has shown actual proof of his practice by overcoming his family karma. He faced financial hardship, including bankruptcy, a few times (there was a time when he and his wife did not have enough money to buy diapers and milk for their baby daughter), and also suffered from collapsed lungs at a young age. Stephen fought his battles and triumphed through strong faith in the Gohonzon, abundant daimoku and actively contributing kosen-rufu. He shakubuku many people, including his mother and siblings. For his never-give-up attitude in faith and fighting the situations he and his family were in, Stephen received many benefits and in the end, “change an unchangeable destiny”.

“Basing on happiness outside ourselves, even our most precious treasure achieved can easily becomes a dream of yesterday. The Daishonin taught that “earthly desires are enlightenment “. Sufferings… the greater the better, it is only with such obstacles that we can truly apply an earnest resolve in our prayer to over come and fulfilled our desire and transformed our lives to a higher state of condition Buddhahood. This happiness is the Treasure of our Heart, and it is indestructible.”

This is my experience in cherishing the Gohonzon deep in my heart.

I first heart of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo in 1969 (age 11) when my father enshrined the Gohonzon. We were told that all our prayers would be answered if we just chant, and found this hard to believe. But now, I can say it’s all really true.

My parents worshipped all kinds of deities and our house was like a temple. To my dad, who did not truly understand the practice then, the Gohonzon was an addition to the many deities by means of the more the merrier.

My family situation got from bad to worse.

In 1973, my eldest brother, who was 27 got married. When his son was three months old, he met an accident and bled to death with no one helping to send him to hospital. My mother knocked her forehead against the floor in front of all her Gods and Deities and asked what have she done wrong.  Since then, she became very ill. About three months later, my father passed away.

During this time, some members came with the Gohonzon and we were asked to chant together for 30 minutes. After this, we were asked to have a look on my dad’s face, to my surprised he looked so calm and relax.

This was the first time I felt there is some kind of power in chanting.

After this, my second brother was at the verge of bankruptcy. With debts all around our waists, we decided to move away to as far as possible to avoid the creditors. While clearing out the things, we found the black box with the Gohonzon inside, full of dust and cobwebs. We decided to return the Gohonzon to my dad’s friend and ask him to send it back to Japan.

The Greatest Treasure of All

We were told that this Gohonzon left by my dad for us is the greatest of all treasures in the entire universe. He told us with great conviction, “Take it home and chant for two weeks, and if nothing happen I will cut off my head for you.”

With nothing to lose, my brother and I enshrined the Gohonzon in my room. Our initial experience with chanting was comical. When we started to chant for about two minutes, we broke into laughter and both of us were rolling on the floor.

We told each other to be serious and started to chant again, and then the same thing happen again.  In fact, this was the first time in a long while that we had felt this kind of happiness. Like Ikeda Sensei said, when one begins to chant with an earnest resolve, the sun of Hope will rise in our heart and the darkness of our life will be dispelled.

From here on with this feeling of hope and courage, we never look back and begin chanting daimoku everyday without fail.

We started to participate in our SGM (Soka Gakkai Malaysia) activities. The journey to each meeting and back would take us six hours. After reaching home each time, I would relate whatever I have learned to my mum who was then very very ill, both mentally and physically.

Whether she listened or not, I would just go on talking to her. I told her that all our sufferings were due to the causes we made in our past lives, and all this can be changed through our strong faith in the Gohonzon. All poison will become medicine, sufferings will become happiness and misfortune will be followed by great good fortune.

After three months of shakubuku, my mother finally agreed to chant. I was so happy and lead her to my room to chant together. After about a week her health begin to improve and six months later she was like normal again.

With her belief and understanding, she chanted six to seven hours of daimoku each day. In fact, she prolonged her life for another 30 happy years. During this time, my three sisters also took faith.

Understanding and accepting this to be our karma, we made a vow and determined to change it no matter what. With the confident, courage and unity, we sent away all the statues and deities and decided to move back to our hometown and start all over again. It was tough though as we were still in debts and were buffeted like a small boat on a rough sea.

To Change an Unchangeable Destiny

A fortune teller once told us that our family had an extremely bad fate or karma and we would “vanish” one after another and nothing, not even god can save us.

As for me, he said that I would not live pass the age of 21 – I would either die in an accident, a fight or sickness.

Fortunately, I had the Gohonzon.  With my belief and understanding, I determined not be defeated. Defeat for a Buddhist lies not in encountering difficulties, but rather in not challenging them.

Difficulties only truly become our karma or destiny if we run away from them without a struggle. We must fight for as long as we live. We must live and struggle with great determination to the end said Ikeda Sensei.

When I was 17, while racing on my motorbike, I suddenly blacked out and rammed into a wall below a flyover. I saw my body lying there and how I was sent to hospital. As the light in the operating room light shone on me, I went into total darkness, feeling extremely cold and the only sound I heard was Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

My mother was chanting for me non-stop. After three days and three nights, I regained conscious with all my memory intact. The doctors had predicted otherwise.

At 19, I started my first interior design and furnishing company only for about six months. One night when I was alone at my office, a family debtor and a heavily tattooed guy came and demanded for repayment.

When I said I could not pay them at that moment, they started to smash everything in my office and threw anything they could lay their hands on at me. Strangely, I was calm and could control my temper, fervently chanting daimoku in my heart.

And when he took a piece of sharp wood and wanted to poke my eyes, I lost my patience. Just as I was about to react, strangely the debtor’s friend pulled him out and after a while, they left.

Later, when I went to make my report at the police station, he was there too but with bandages on head and face as he was involved in another fight. I told the police what happened when he was at my company and he was arrested.

A year later, I was admitted to hospital with a collapsed lung that was filled with fluid and blood.  The doctors immediately drilled a hole into my chest, inserted a tube and pumped out the fluid.

I was x-rayed almost everyday and after a few days, my skin become yellowish. The exterior of my lungs began to be filled with fluid again. The doctors ordered an extraction to begin immediately from my back. I have to be seated with my hands rested on a table while they inserted a long needle into my back.

After it was removed, and I asked, “Doc. Is it done?”  He replied it was not as the insertion was not at the right spot. The process was repeated and fortunately, this time was right but after half way through, I nearly fainted and the process had to stop.

The amount of fluid removed was more then half a jug and the doctors said there was still about the same amount inside my lung that needed to be removed the next day. I was very weak by then and when my mum visited me that evening, I told her, “Mum, I don’t think I can make through again tomorrow”.

With tears in eyes she said,”Son, you were the one who said everything can be transformed with Faith, how can you give up?”

With those words, I felt a strong hope and courage within me.  I said to myself, “I must win in this no matter what “. With all my breath, I chanted daimoku.

The next morning arrived and I was brought to the same room. This time was very “strange”. As I sat down and the process began, it was just like I had just chanted one Nam-myoho-renge-kyo when the doctor removed the needle and I ask him if it was inserted at the wrong spot again. He replied that that was not the case as the process was completed in about half an hour, showing me the jug that was filled to the same amount extracted yesterday. After two days, the X-ray showed that my lungs had returned to the normal size.

I would need to go for an operation if this did not happen. I recovered in three months, in half the predicted time by the doctor.

Mission in Sabah

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah is two and a half hour flight by air from my hometown Klang, Selangor. After my recovery, I was offered a job in Sabah.

With the guidance from my SGM leaders that this is the place to fulfill my mission and propagate Buddhism, I accepted it. I went with only RM170 in my pocket and celebrated my 21st birthday there. It was just like being reborn in a new place.

I worked there for 11 months. In 1981, I started an interior design and furnishing business again but with two partners. At the same time, I also initiated our first discussion meeting in Kota Kinabalu with only four people. The number of members grew very fast, and so did our business. In 1983, we had 135 new members who received their Gohonzon from the priest who came to Sabah.

In 1984, I got married and ventured out into my own business with a RM1 million project in hand.  Unfortunately, recession hit in our country at the same time. Shortly after, my wife became pregnant. However, my business started to shrank.

Finally when my daughter was born after a 20-hour labour and by C-section, I was on the verge of bankruptcy. The court sealed my office and factory and the bank gave us notice to move out of our first house.

I recalled a quote from Ikeda Sensei: “The practice of Daishonin Buddhism means living with the unshakeable conviction that the most painful and suffering times, are opportunity for changing our karma, for doing our human revolution and that no matter how difficult the situation… We will ultimately be able to transform them into something positive and benefits for our lives without fail.”

With the belief and understanding and with six hours of daimoku, I began to feel joy and courage in my heart. Despite all that, cradling my baby girl in my arms left me speechless with even greater joy.

I was so poor then that I could only pay the doctor with a post dated cheque. Left with only RM5, I could not even buy my wife post-natal food. When the clearance date of the cheque approached, my financial state did not improve, so we had to sell off all our wedding jewellery.

For about four months, we could only have instant noodles for our meals. Things got so bad that I even sold off my wife’s last most precious thing – her wedding ring. Despite these tough times, joy and laughter never left us.

We were confident that with our strong faith, everything is possible and all misfortune will be followed by great good fortune. I vowed to prove the power of this Mystic Law by standing up from where I fell without borrowing a single cent from anyone. And as the Gosho reads, “The colder the winter, the nearer to spring and the darker the night the nearer to dawn.”

One afternoon, I met a debtor and told him of my impoverished state – we not only had run out of food but the milk for our daughter too. Along our discussion, I even talked to him about Nichiren Buddhism.

He chided me, saying, “Look what this practice has done to you. Yet, you are still telling people to chant!”

I told him that is the reason why I am practicing so hard to change my karma. When I reach home, the first thing my wife reminded me was the milk for our baby was the last. Then I said, laughing, “Feed her with yours.” Then she replied, “Where I got anymore”, and broke into laughter.

I told her not to worry and to let me finish my two hours of daimoku first. That very evening, this debtor I met earlier unexpectedly came to my house just after my chanting, gave me RM100 and left. It was as if I was dreaming.

The Daishonin taught us that we can definitely defeat the devilish functions and Buddhist gods will definitely appeared right at the moment when we needed most even if he is from 10,000 miles away. That is why we must be firmly resolved in our faith with the spirit of our mentor.

It was also at this time that our first SGM’s contribution for building our main gaikan in Kuala Lumpur approached. I had pledged to contribute RM10,000 a year earlier. But now, I did not even have RM10.

Understanding the significance of this, I told my wife that no matter what I must repay my debts of gratitude. We decided to sell the last “valuable” thing at home – our refrigerator for RM1,000 and contributed that amount.

I was the YMD chief in-charge at that time, and the whole ceremony went very successfully. On my way home, I was pursued and stopped by a staff of the finance company that was suing me.

However, I was in for a huge surprise. Instead of being chased for payment, I was given a job to furnish a house within 14 days with a budget of RM40,000. I was given RM20,000 cash in advance and later, another 16 units of semi-detached houses to furnish.

Within a year, I was back in good business. Strangely, I had also renovated four goldsmith shops which landed me with more then RM100,000 of bad debts, which the owners repaid with jewellery instead. So, as a great benefit, my wife’s wedding jewellery were replaced 10 times and with a bigger diamond ring.

To Be Fearless No Matter What with a Spirit of Never Giving Up with even Greater Hope and Courage

In 1987 when my son was born, my business was again on the verge of bankruptcy. I had lost almost everything and had to move to a rural area.

With even greater determination to start all over again, this time with my most earnest resolve to strive and change once and for all this karma and carry out the mission in my life to propagate this Nichiren Buddhism for the happiness of all humanity.

As taught by our mentor to apply the strategy of the Lotus Sutra before any other, I made this great vow to achieve kosen-rufu. When we unite our hearts with our mentor and chant with firm resolve, we can summon forth unimaginable power and strength from within our own life.

I strengthened my faith even deeper with more daimoku and do more shakubuku. From small single jobs of a few thousand ringgits, my business began to increase each month and grew till I was able to secure projects worth over RM2 million.

From within five to eight years, I was able to clear all my debts, buy lands, build my own factory and even my million-ringgit dream house on a hill.

Now after 36 years of earnest practice in this faith, I truly believe and understand that there is no path to attaining Buddhahood apart from struggling for kosen-rufu together with our mentor Ikeda Sensei, and practice with his spirit.

With our faith in this attitude, our lives will fuse with our mentor and his state of Buddhahood will act to manifest ours. This joy is the greatest joy of the world of Buddhahood that can defeat even the fundamental darkness and overcome any adversity.

It has proven to me the truth of our Nichiren Buddhism practice, that all our prayers will definitely be answered.

More importantly, nothing is more valuable then the happiness of my heart. Thanks to daimoku and sufferings, it is truly the mother of realization, the “raw materials” with which to construct our happiness.

“Fundamentally, with faith in the Gohonzon, everything that happens is a benefit.”

I have all I wanted. Most of all, I have a very happy family with my daughter a practicing lawyer now and my son soon to be an architect. Both are also very active in SGM.

My only desire now is to share Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism with as many people as possible, contributing the rest of my life for Kosen-rufu.

With my best regards to all of you. Thank you.

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28 thoughts on “The Great Treasure that Can Change an Unchangeable Destiny

  1. I am chanting to change my destiny. Fortune teller and divination lot have told me that my relationship with my ex-bf will not last. But I love him too much, I desire him to come back to me after we broke up (he cheated on me and is not with the girl he cheated on me with). I had been chanting and studying for a couple of months since I broke up with him. I hope, like you, I can change my destiny and be even happier than before. I have faith that my ex-bf is not those nasty names people have called him. My heart still yearns for him to come back despite how much he has disappointed me. And I wish that he come back a better and changed person, which in turn would help him to change his own career karma. Not just for me.

    Your experience tells me that destiny can really be changed. If life can be extended and become so much better, why can’t my relationship karma with him be changed from poison to medicine?

    I’m not giving up even when my friends are telling to give up for my own good. It is not looking good at the moment because he told me that he would never break up with his existing gf for any other reasons (for other girls) other than problems between them. Fair enough, he’s trying not to repeat his mistake again. But this would mean that I would have to wait for unknown period of time, while not knowing what would happen in future (positive or negative to me). So far his relationship with her is well and not unhappy, despite some quarrels that are normal.

    NMHRGK NMHRGK NMHRGK~

  2. Hi..True happiness comes from within our hearts, not be others…it is first from within ourself and others come to make it even better. Happiness outside is relative and if we live be it, our lives will forever be suffering.

    In time of sufferings a wish is always in our heart, it’s more of a great hope to resolve this problem as soon as possible. I started with many plans while chanting like A, B, C,to Z, none seems to work! Then I realize what I am going through has a lot to do with me and not others….it is a sum of all my choices added together. This is my karma… I begin to pray with an earnest resolve, a vow that I must change myself, to be able to make the right choices, to have great good fortune, wisdom, life-force, courage and patience to change this karma and to proof the power of the Mystic Law. 

    Strangely as it goes with lots of daimoku…things begins to fall at the right place and at the right time, it’s unbelievable but true. People I never thought off starts to appear…things that never cross my mind happens, this are the function of the Buddhist Gods who have Vow to protect those who practice the Mystic Law correctly, as to now I can truly belief and understand. I can’t say enough… Chanting Nam myoho renge kyo is truly the greatest joy of all, it can change all our sufferings into great mission for kosen rufu, that is happiness for oneself and others…  

    Unless we Change!.. Nothing Will!!
    The Gohonzon is kanjin no honzon, or the true object of worship for observing the truth about our own life from within, where is our weakness and what must we change! When we chant daimoku seeking the truth, we will become aware of our self, which takes great courage and a strong seeking spirit. We will also be able, at the sametime discover that we possess the Buddha nature.

    The Daishonin teaches on how important it is not to look outside ourself or be influence by it! Don’t try to get power or solution from outside ourself.  Seek the solution to the problem within ourself. We are the problem!…and we are also the solution!…that’s why Wisdom is most important in Buddhist practice.
     
    The Daishonin’s strict point here is that if you are going to chant daimoku, don’t waste your time trying to solve problem outside yourself.  The Gohonzon has almost no power in the outer realm, but the Gohonzon has a universe of unlimited power to change you and reform your life….Open your life and see your true nature.  Deal with your true nature…..It is characterised by one of the three poisons:  greed, anger or stupidity…..To find out which it is, just ask yourself, “Am I greedy, am I angry, or am I stupid?”  It’s one of those three! This is the great Wisdom we need, when we do…. We change!… We become a great human being… We begin to show great actual proof…. This is Kosen-rufu!!… This is what ” Happiness in this World ” means….. Thank you.. Stephen Lim.

  3. Thank you Stephen for the encouragement. I am working very hard to change myself. Have realised my weaknesses and putting in effort to change them one by one. :)

  4. I have been chanting for many years now. Guess the thing that cause me the most pain has been my relationship karma. My last relationship ended after 3 years and i felt like i fell into a deep black hole i thought i couldnt get out of. I chanted to do my human revolution and change the things that i needed to change.

    Life got better and i met someone about 6 months ago. I chanted about the person that i wanted to meet and surprisingly he meets some of the specific criteria that i chanted about. Of late we seem to be having disagreements and problems again, some of it from his selfish attitude and behaviour as well as anger issues. I e been crying and then determine through prayer not to be defeated.

    How or what should i be chanting to break this realtionship karma once and for all. im feeling so depress and crying about it. I just want to show actual proof for kosen rufu.

  5. Hi.. Sensei says;In the course of Buddhist practice, various things arise on account of the negative causes and tendencies in our lives. There maybe times when we think, what did I do to deserve this? But we should not be swayed every time such phenomena arise; for it is already certain that we will become happy in the end. We should regard everything that happens as a training for us in our practice to reach the destination of true happiness. 
    Resolve to the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu and we’ll live our lives to a total Victory! Best regards and thanks!

  6. Hi Snow….

    Karma is not something we can change over night, it is like a journey to decide Where and When you want to start. When you do, you have to be prepared to face all the obstacles along the way. It will never be one straight and smooth road. The important thing here is you must stay Strong to your chosen path and strive to reach your destination no matter what.

    This is what Buddhist terms as Human Revolution. A change in single person can lead to a change of a whole nation. That is why we must make an earnest resolve to have this “great Vow”.

    From, The Heritage of The Ultimate Law of Life. 
           ” Be resolved to summon forth the great power of faith, and chant NMRK with the prayer that your faith will be steadfast and correct at the moment of death……
    Never seek in any other way to inherit the ultimate Law of life and death outside yourself but only from within your life……
    Only then will you realize that earthly desires are enlightenment, and that the sufferings of birth and death are nirvana…..
    Even embracing the Lotus Sutra would be useless without the Heritage of Faith.”

    The principles of ” earthly desires are enlightenment “and ” the sufferings of birth and death are nirvana “– indicate that we can lead Strong, Fulfilling lives, in which we can find Joy even in suffering and sorrow. 

    If we uphold the Mystic law and have Courage, the life force of Buddhahood– which enables us to take on any hardship, will well forth from within us. 
    If we have invincible hope that shines on undaunted by even the most bitter setbacks, then, this life force will never be exhausted. 

        Karma. ( fixed and unfixed.)
    What kind of actions form immutable karma? 

    1) Actions arising from strong earthly desires (delusions, illusions); or conversely,    actions arising from a very pure heart and mind.
    2) Actions that are continually repeated over time.
    3) Actions taken toward the correct teaching of Buddhism.
    4) Actions taken toward one’s mother or father.

    Buddhism teaches,”If I am the one who made myself what I am today, then I am the one who will create the ‘me’ of the future,” this will be our attitude as a true Buddhist.

    Karma, then is, We made what we are experiencing now, and we are at this moment making what we will be, and will experience in the future. That is karma. So to change karma means to change our lives right now; 

    That is, by the way we think, speak and do things. The best way to positively transform the effects of our past bad karma, enjoy the effects of past good karma, and create good karma for the future is to inform our actions with fresh life force and wisdom. 

    Faith and practice enable us to change our destiny and the accumulation of our good fortune. The key to breaking through the wall of our bad karma and creating future happiness lies only in ourselves—in our own actions.

    Nichiren Daishonin writes ,”On Prolonging One’s Life” that “sincere repentance will eradicate even immutable karma, to say nothing of karma which is mutable” (The Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 229).

    “Sincere repentance” here means to repeatedly refresh our determination to dedicate ourselves to the Law of Buddhism by continually carrying out the practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo for our sake and for others. 

    This is the purpose of our SGI organization—to provide many people with support in doing just this. When we freely engage ourselves in chanting daimoku and in SGI activities, powerful vitality will emerge from within us. Not only will we break the limits of our past karma, we will also build a rock-solid foundation of good fortune and happiness for the future.

    BELIEF and UNDERSTANDING.
    Belief—is a matter of utmost importance as Nichiren’s disciple. 
    1) To believe that our present self is an entity of Myoho-renge-kyo and we can attain Buddhahood in our present form in this lifetime. 

    2) To strive fully in faith, so that we have no regrets base on the spirit that ” now is the last moment of one’s life.” and achieving ” a correct and steadfast mind at the moment of death.”

    3) The important of unity in Faith–a commitment to the widespread propagation of the Law in the spirit of ” many in body, but one in mind “.
     -Anyone who believe in the Lotus Sutra will attained Buddhahood, never that one becomes a common mortal.
    - Strictness of the Mystic Law.  ( cause and effect ).
    - Kosen-rufu…. Not only doing Shakubuku, but starting from oneself and family is also important. Our H.R. is the greatest shakubuku .
    - One’s condition of Life effects all others.
    - Practice of Courage is not in the absents of Fear. 

    UNDERSTANDING— that it is only through our sufferings ( Karma) with the desire to become Happy, we make an Earnest Resolve ( a great Vow ) and by chanting NMRK can we then perform this transformation, changing all our bad karma into a great Mission in our Life ( poison into medicine ) for Kosen-rufu.
    –If you truly understand this, then, everything that happens to our lives becomes a benefit, in other words, you are already a Buddha! This is why it is so Important to maintain the Spirit of our Mentor. E.g. What would he do if he is having my this problem.

    Daishonin says ; ” If one’s heavy Karma from the past is not expiated within this lifetime, one must undergo the suffering of hell in the future…….. But if one experiences extreme hardship in this life ( because of the Lotus Sutra ), the sufferings of hell will vanish instantly.     

    ” KOSEN-RUFU,” our TRUE MISSION in this LIFE. 

    The Gohonzon is the concrete manifestation of the very existence of Nichiren Daishonin, who taught Kosen-rufu. Because of that, if you only practice gongyo and chant daimoku and don’t take any other action for the sake of Kosen-rufu or improving your own life, the Gohonzon will not have it’s true, full effect. If, however, you take actions to achieve Kosen-rufu, they will serve as extra power for your own life and help you leap to higher and higher states of mind and in your gongyo and chanting as well. 

    Life is a struggle. Buddhism is a struggle. Only by surmounting great suffering can we appreciate life’s depth and joy. That is why we must continue to move forward. We must take action. This is what the philosophers of the world teaches.

    Thank you.   

  7. Hi Snow,

    Have you realised what may have caused your bad relationships? Have you been behaving in a way that may have attracted his selfishness and anger towards you?

    Chant even more to Gohonzon to be able to see clearly the causes that you have been making that resulted in these negative effects. :)

    I have come a realisation lately of the causes I have made that may have resulted in the split with my ex-fiance or him cheating. When you know the true cause, you can take actions to transform it and attract the effects you desire.

    Continue with your Human Revolution. Never ever give up until you get there and you will get there. Some people thought that their prayers were not answered, but in truth, they gave up just before their prayers can be answered.

    You can be absolutely happy and victorious. Forge on.

  8. On Prayer…to what I belief and understand till today! Our PRAYERS are Always ANSWERED!! Just that sometime the Answer is NO!! Well…you have to belief first then eventually you will understand….when you do you’ll be filled with so much Joy…that you’ll really feel like crying!!

    Thank you iamlearning….all the Best!!!

  9. hi, i shared your experience with an sgi group on facebook, and a member from india would like me to convey a message to you:

    Vandana Shastry: “i admire ur wife and you for ur deep faith.u hv courageously fulfilled ur vow to shakyamuni buddha so very bravely,so tenaciously.u hv expiated ur family karma for the next seven generations by ur earnest resolve.a complete pleasure to know u.nmhrk nmhrk nmhrk”

    i would like to add that your experience has been a great inspiration for me as well. the gosho passage: “winter never fails to turn into spring” and “the darker the night, the nearer the dawn” is indeed very true! thank you very much! :)

  10. Hi
    Thank you for sharing this experience to us! I am so impressed by your undefeated determination!! The story of fortuntelling is quite touching my heart as Oriental all struggling with whether to believe the karma or ourselves! Thanks again!

  11. Hi Uncle Stephen!

    What a coincident to find out your blog!
    I am Alania’s eldest son.

    This website is as a daily encouragement from Sensei message.

    I will share this piece of “Sutra” out…

    Thanks.

    Zhen Ron.

  12. Thank you uncle Stephen for sharing such an inspiring testimonial and your sharing with others. I think still I have a lot to learn from you and your wife, especially your faith, conviction and fighting spirit.

    So, do continue writing and sharing in this blog.

  13. Hi Stephen,

    Surprisingly I still find myself reading your post over and over again since weeks ago! All I can say is that your’s is one of the most inspiring ever because the journey depicted here truly teaches me the correct path of attaining Buddhahood! I am currently planning to contribute my expertise in media production of Soka Gakkai media group by producing inspiring films or documentaries for our Gakkai activities. I really hope that I can interview you one day and make a great film out of it for members worldwide! Please keep up the spirit! We youth really need leaders like you!

    Thank you once again!

    From Penang members

  14. Thankyou for your wonderful experience. I`ve been practicing for 10 years and I`m going through very hard times right now. I have felt, how come I`m going through this after such a long period of practicing, and your experience has given me HOPE and I`m determined to win and be victorious no matter what. It`s time to change my deepest karma. Now that I have determined to win and I`m chanting with such determination, things seem to be getting worst, but I guess they need to get worst before they get better, and I don`t have to doubt during my process, even though is very painful.

    • Hi Bre! There is nothing more wonderful then meeting the Gohonzon in this life, there is no karma that is too big for the daimoku of the Mystic Law to change.

      Sensei Guidance- Karma and Hope.

      Buddhism stresses the importance of the present and the future. There is little point in dwelling on the past. Far more constructive is looking to the furture and moving forward. What is vital is that we achieve a bright and glorious furture through our efforts and perseverance today.

      The nature of human beings is truly bewildering and complex. Those things we seem to have no control over are called Karma. The conclusion we reach is that, when we live in accordance with the great inscrutable Law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, we can harmonize everything and change the sufferings or poison of any bad karma into joy or good medicine.

      It takes a great deal of time and effort to overcome sufferings of a karmic nature or lives, whose roots lie deep in causes we made in the past. There is a big difference between, for example, the time it takes for a scratch to heal and the time required to recover from a serious disease. The same applies to changing our karma through faith and practice.

      Each person’s level of faith and individual karma differs. By chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, however, we can bring forth from within us a powerful life state of hope, courage and great good fortune to move our lives in a positive and beneficial direction.

      Faith in our practice is an inextinguishable hope, it is a struggle to realize all our desires. The fundamental basis is our prayer. Through prayer, hope turns into great courage and confidence. This spirit will then unfolds in three thousand ways, finally resulting in the attainment of our Hopes or Desires. Therefore, we must never give up no matter what.

      Wishing you a total Victory for Kosen-rufu and with my heart prayers to you..
      Thank you.

  15. Hi Bre! There is nothing more wonderful then meeting the Gohonzon in this life, there is no karma that is too big for the daimoku of the Mystic Law to change.

    Sensei Guidance- Karma and Hope.

    Buddhism stresses the importance of the present and the future. There is little point in dwelling on the past. Far more constructive is looking to the furture and moving forward. What is vital is that we achieve a bright and glorious furture through our efforts and perseverance today.

    The nature of human beings is truly bewildering and complex. Those things we seem to have no control over are called Karma. The conclusion we reach is that, when we live in accordance with the great inscrutable Law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, we can harmonize everything and change the sufferings or poison of any bad karma into joy or good medicine.

    It takes a great deal of time and effort to overcome sufferings of a karmic nature or lives, whose roots lie deep in causes we made in the past. There is a big difference between, for example, the time it takes for a scratch to heal and the time required to recover from a serious disease. The same applies to changing our karma through faith and practice.

    Each person’s level of faith and individual karma differs. By chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, however, we can bring forth from within us a powerful life state of hope, courage and great good fortune to move our lives in a positive and beneficial direction.

    Faith in our practice is an inextinguishable hope, it is a struggle to realize all our desires. The fundamental basis is our prayer. Through prayer, hope turns into great courage and confidence. This spirit will then unfolds in three thousand ways, finally resulting in the attainment of our Hopes or Desires. Therefore, we must never give up no matter what.

    Wishing you a total Victory for Kosen-rufu and with my heart prayers to you..
    Thank you.

    Stephen Lim

  16. Hi Arnold Hooi, making an inspiring film/documentaries that can help advance the kosen rufu movement sounds like something I would love to do! I am from Singapore. See if there would be a chance we can work together or I can join your team. :)

  17. Thanks to all of you….

    IF you possess a strong life force and abundant wisdom, it is possible to enjoy the challenge of overcoming life’s hardships much in the same way that waves make surfing exhilarating and steep mountains give mountaineering its allure. Because the Mystic Law is the source of life force and wisdom for overcoming life’s difficulties, the Daishonin stated that there is no greater happiness than chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

    LIFE passes by in an instant. Therefore, become people who can say confidently at the end of your lives, “I have won! I have done my very best!” How fortunate you are, now when you are young, to be able to participate freely in SGI activities.

    THERE are many trials and challenges that await us in our efforts to advance kosen-rufu. The three powerful enemies will repeatedly assail us and many are the obstacles we must surmount. All of our hard work for kosen-rufu, however, is transformed into our boundless good fortune and benefit. In other words, every effort we make also benefits our own lives. Moreover, those with whom we forge bonds of friendship and help form a connection with Buddhism in this lifetime will share profound ties with us across eternity.

    from Daisaku Ikeda, President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI).

  18. A most inspiring piece of testimonial! It touched me so much tears welled in my eyes. It is truly beyond belief how you keep up your strong faith despite such trying times. And I must say you are one of the few MDs who have such strong faith. In my country, usually it is the WDs who are stronger in faith while the men disappear from meetings. Just look at the monthly zadankai & study meeting attendance & you will know…

  19. Darn that fortune teller for saying such ‘suay’ (inauspicious) things! Doesn’t he know that you have the GOHONZON? The debtors smashing everything on your office, that looks like an episode straight out of a drama! And that doctor poking the wrong hole into your back, that really freaks me out.
    Because you have gone through such great suffering, you are able to experience great joy. How wonderful this mystic law is!

    Please allow me to quote what you wrote in your testimonial above:-
    I told her that all our sufferings were due to the causes we made in our past lives, and all this can be changed through our strong faith in the Gohonzon. All poison will become medicine, sufferings will become happiness and misfortune will be followed by great good fortune.

    With my belief and understanding, I determined not be defeated. Defeat for a Buddhist lies not in encountering difficulties, but rather in not challenging them.

    Difficulties only truly become our karma or destiny if we run away from them without a struggle. We must fight for as long as we live. We must live and struggle with great determination to the end said Ikeda Sensei.

    I recalled a quote from Ikeda Sensei: “The practice of Daishonin Buddhism means living with the unshakeable conviction that the most painful and suffering times, are opportunity for changing our karma, for doing our human revolution and that no matter how difficult the situation… We will ultimately be able to transform them into something positive and benefits for our lives without fail.”

    I quoted them here because 2 days ago, I forwarded your testimonial to my husband as I wanted to encourage him in faith. He picked up this faith because of me whereas I am a fortune baby. Mystically yesterday was the day when I received a piece of very bad news… I was shocked & wanted to cry but I held back my tears because I want to be a strong woman in faith. Reading waht you wrote inspired me & it made me stronger. And best of all, when I broke the bad news to my husband, I expected him to give me a very black, dull, gloomy & sullen face just as he always do to me every month & say some negative things. But yesterday, he did not. In fact, he maintained a neutral face & even told me not to give up! I believe this must be because of your encouraging testimonial. Thank so much, Stephen!

    From a WD in Spore

  20. Thank you so much for this encouraging experience. I am going through adversities with finances and housing right now. I realize that I must put my practice first before anything else and apply the strategy of the Lotus Sutra before any other. I am so happy for your victories and pray for your continued happiness based on faith in the Mystic Law. Thank you abundantly!

  21. Hi Stephen,
    A truly inspiring experience.
    I want you to guide me in my practice…is there a way i can reach you ( any e-mail id?).
    It would be a privilege to get guidance from a person like you. I would wait for your reply.
    Thanks,
    Su

  22. Dear Stephen,

    You are truly bringing glory to Sensei. Really glad to have had the opportunity to read your life transforming experience.

    If its possible do you mind sharing your id as i would really want to understand your take on this beautiful philosophy.

    Chanting for your happiness and even greater victories.

    You are a true “champion of faith”.

    NMRK
    Karuna-sgi(india)

  23. The Three Eternal Principles

    First, we will always revere the Dai-Gohonzon of the Three Great Secret Laws as the foundation of everything. Second, we will embrace without fail the traditional doctrines of Nichiren Shoshu under the direction of the High Priest. Third, on the basis of the first two premises, the Soka Gakkai will blaze a trail towards kosen-rufu, by deepening our faith, practice and study, and will encourage others to do the same. 

    Without following these principles, there can be no practice of True Buddhism. As long as we follow these three principles, we will move correctly on the road to kosen-rufu, no matter what complex changes we may encounter within our organization or in society at large. Our organization exists to promote activities that exactly follow the correct path of True Buddhism and genuine faith in it.  

    From Buddhism in Action, Pg.249, Vol.1. By Daisaku Ikeda

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