NICHIREN's Buddhism....

For just over 2 years, I've been fortunate to discover and practice Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism.  I belong to an organisation in New York City called Soka Gakkai International, or SGI-USA for short.  Our main action is to chant--we chant "Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo."  It is my personal belief and conviction that once you tap into this force, you can literally shake the world around you, starting with yourself.  We call this enlightenment.  From our website, www.sgi-usa.org:


Enlightenment is an awakening to the true nature of life, including the profound realization of the interconnectedness of all things — the inseparable relationship between the individual and the environment and the ability of each human being to powerfully influence both. This realization leads the individual to assume personal responsibility for his or her own condition of life and for that of the environment.


This responsibility is furthered by an understanding of the simultaneity of cause and effect. Each thought, word and deed has an immediate effect both on the individual and on his or her environment.


Nichiren taught that all of the benefits of the wisdom contained in the Lotus Sutra can be realized by chanting its title [Nam] Myoho Renge Kyo. Chanting these words and excerpts from the Lotus Sutra is the core of this Buddhist practice, supported by study and the propagation of teachings. Faith, practice and study are the basics of the Buddhist practice, pursuing activities for oneself and activities for the sake of others.