“With absolute faith, Gohonzon would give us the best arrangements in life”

Chanting abundant daimoku to the Gohonzon enables us to have the Buddha wisdom to find solutions to the problems we face and open the path to achieve our dreams. Tan Kian Ann, a YMD from Singapore did not have the required knowledge and experience to pursue the dream career he wants. However, through his faith, he eventually succeeds.

Good morning. My name is Kian Ann. I am from Singapore Soka Association (SSA), a YMD from Eunos Central Chapter, District 1.

I would like to share my testimonial on my career. Hope it can inspire our members.

I took up faith in Nichiren Daishonin’s buddhism in 2007. Since then, I had received many benefits in my career, which span over 3 years.

Since young, I had always loves sports cars like Porsche, Ferrari etc. I get excited and happy whenever I see these cars on the road. I dreamt to be a salesperson for such sports cars when I grow up.

After spending 10 years in the police force, I decided to venture into the car sales industry. I want to realise my dream.

However, there were 2 challenges in hand.

First, I do not have the sales experience and knowledge on cars. Second, I am the breadwinner in the family. I need a stable income to support my family.

The income from car sales is dependent on the sales I made every month. This means that I would not have a stable income to support my family. I chanted for the wisdom and courage to pursue my dream.

I went for several interviews but was unsuccessful. I was rejected due to my lack of sales experience and knowledge on cars. I chanted wholeheartedly to realise this dream and to get into a company where I can grow and learn.

I was fortunate to be selected by a company in which the boss decided to ‘try’ me.

I joined the company in June 2008. In the first 3 months, I struggled to equip myself with good knowledge on cars. I read magazines, journals, etc., till late every night to prepare myself better.

However, in Sep 2008, the world was hit by a financial crisis. This crisis had badly affected many industries worldwide, including the car sales industry.

My family and friends were saddened that I joined the industry at the wrong time. I only had 4 sales for the first 6 months.

The sales income was not enough for me to support my family. I had to dig into my personal savings to support my family.

I was worried the crisis would prolong and affect my sales. I chanted lots of daimoku and engaged myself in all Gakkai activities despite the worries I had.

The Daishonin said: “Winter always turn to spring. Never, from ancient times on, has anyone heard or seen of winter turning back to autumn. Nor have we ever heard of a believer in the Lotus Sutra who turned into an ordinary person.”

In fact, this crisis produces opportunities. As the crisis prolonged, the price of Continental cars (German and Italian, etc.) fell drastically. The drastic fall in price became an opportunity for many to buy Continental cars.

The sales of Continental cars grew. I sold 24 Continental cars to date. These sales range from between S$150,000 to S$500,000.

They include sports car brands like Audi, BMW, Porsche and Maserati. My best deal was a Maserati worth almost half a million dollars.

This was the biggest deal any salesperson in the company had closed. I was surprised that a newbie like me would be able to achieve such fantastic results in 3 years. This career had unleashed my potential in sales. I was also able to build trust and good relationships with my valued clients.

In addition, I was able to afford to take over a van from my relative and used it for kosen-rufu. My income was sufficient to pay for the expenses in using the van without digging into my personal savings.

From this experience, I would say that we must have absolute faith in Daishonin’s Buddhism. With absolute faith, Gohonzon would give us the best arrangements in life. No second best, but the BEST!

Thank you.

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6 thoughts on ““With absolute faith, Gohonzon would give us the best arrangements in life”

  1. than x for sharing your experience.i also have a great faith in daimoku , through your experience i got a new hope to full fill my dream,and make my life more meaning full for me and other,thankyou

  2. Dear Kian Ann,
    I deeply appreciate your sharing. Indeed, as a true practitioner of Daishonin’s Buddhism, no prayers would go unanswered. The key thing is truly a matter of whether we are a true practitioner or not. Since we are here to be reborn to show great actual proof, have you ever thought of being the owner of 1 of these continental cars? Instead of just selling them. If you haven’t, may I urge you to dream BIG?
    What is your favourite charity organisation? What if you have the ability to own your very own continental car? Would you do more for those who are still suffering in poverty?
    I am working towards my dreams in creating a better me and a better world by showing actual proof too.
    NamMyoHoRengeKyo,
    Sandra

    1. hi
      miss/mrs sandra:)
      my name is radha and i want to shair to you that ,i m not a sgi member now,but i want be in near future,so i m regularly cant daimoku for my member ship,and i m little confuse in sum topics,if you have no problem ‘did u explain for me?like what is 3proof,and kosen refu?
      thanks:)
      NamMyoHoRengeKyo,
      love and regard
      radha

  3. Great one! Simple and yet encouraging!!! Keep that spirit up! We shall win! Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism is so relevant and great in this world today, why don’t we keep spreading it? I am also going through similar pace as you, will fight to achieve kosen rufu in my career and personal life as well! ^^

  4. Dear Radha,
    I am still single. Just call me Sandra. *wink wink*
    The 3 proofs are documentary proof, theoretical proof and actual proof. I have extracted the following explanation from http://www.sgi-usa.org/newmembers/resources/faqs/isitokaytotry.php
    “Nichiren Daishonin established the criteria of “three proofs” that people should apply to determine the validity of a religious practice: documentary proof, theoretical proof and actual proof. Documentary proof means that the teaching should accord with the Buddhist sutras, considered the collective and comprehensive body of wisdom at the time. Nichiren explains in his writings how chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and sharing it with others actualizes the Lotus Sutra, the highest teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha.
    Theoretical proof means that the teaching must accord with reason and logic. Nichiren Buddhism is profoundly based on the principle of cause and effect, of which all phenomena in the universe are an expression. We are not expected to believe in anything that cannot ultimately be explained in light of this principle.
    Actual proof means that the teaching actually changes people’s lives for the better, that there is undeniable improvement that anyone can see. Nichiren argued that actual proof is the most important of the three: “In judging the relative merit of Buddhist doctrines, I, Nichiren, believe that the best standards are those of reason and documentary proof. And even more valuable than reason and documentary proof is the proof of actual fact” (“Three Tripitaka Masters Pray for Rain,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 599).
    As Nichiren Buddhists, we develop ever-deepening faith through our own experience rather than simply accepting our beliefs from others. Ours is a philosophy of proof, and new members can expect to see actual proof from their practice soon after starting.”
    Like the Daishonin has argued that actual proof is the most important of the three, just like what Kian Ann is showing us. We believe something is true when we see others make the i.m.possible possible. The best thing I love about ND Buddhism is, it empowers each and everyone of us because Nichiren and our presidents told us that we too, have equally ability to show actual proof in our own lives.
    By showing actual proof in our own lives, we inspire those around us to make use of this Buddhism to overcome their challenges. This is working for kosen-rufu (the happiness of mankind).
    I have extracted the explanation on kosen-rufu from http://www.sgi-uk.org/index.php/buddhism/sgi_history
    The following are quotations taken from recent articles by Daisaku Ikeda, where he explains the meaning of ‘kosen-rufu’:
    ‘To become happy not only ourselves, but to enable others to become happy as well. To bring harmony to our local communities. And to help our nations flourish and bring peace to the whole world. The lives of those who pray and work to achieve these goals pulse with faith that is dedicated to realizing kosen-rufu.’ (NL 4584)
    ‘Kosen-rufu is an undertaking that we must pursue in society, in the real world. Kosen-rufu is an indomitable struggle for peace and justice in which we must fight unceasingly against the negative and destructive forces found in the real world.’ (NL 4744)
    ‘If we’re going to live this life, we must not waste it on trivial, self-centered pursuits, but instead live for a lofty ideal. And the most lofty ideal is worldwide kosen-rufu. Those who continue to uphold a great philosophy, a great ideal, and a great religion are unsurpassed victors as human beings.’ (NL 5226)
    Read this too, https://chantforabetterlife.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/changing-my-family-karma/ it is extremely encouraging.
    LoVe and light to you Radha.
    NamMyoHoRengeKyo,
    Sandra

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