Buddhism is a team sport

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Today we’re about talking about how to find your path forward during a period of uncertainty. We’re joined by Shota Okajima, of New Jersey, who shares how chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo helped him overcome tremendous anxiety about his path forward after college.

Until then, Shota’s identity had been entirely tied to his ice hockey career, but once he started chanting, he discovered so much more of himself.

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Cheat Sheet

1:23 Why Shota started chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo

4:05 Letting go of his ice hockey career

10:02 What shifted once he began chanting about his situation

15:25 How he discovered a new career path

20:53 What it means to win where you are by transforming your life condition

24:17 Thinking about Buddhism as a sport

25:21 The power of having a community or team

29:06 What daily effort in Buddhist practice looks like

33:06 The Buddhist quote that kept Shota going 

40:57 How Shota defines his own Buddhability

43:41 Advice to anyone who feels stuck about their future

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