How I Found My Purpose: Nuclear Abolition Edition

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Today we’re talking about unlocking our own agency when it comes to peace-building efforts and protecting our planet. Our guest is Emma Pike, of Boston, who is an activist in the field of nuclear abolition, an issue that is key to SGI Nichiren Buddhists because nuclear war represents the exact opposite of what Buddhism strives to protect: the dignity of all life.

Emma shares her own inspiring journey of unlocking the courage to pursue work in this field, which began from her practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. The lessons she shares are applicable to any fight you might be currently engaged in, whether it’s personal or global.

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Cheat Sheet

2:10 Why Emma started chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo

7:42: How she came to pursue a career path in nuclear abolition

17:14 A brief primer on the issues

27:03 How she found her place as an activist

33:54 A pivotal turning point in her own confidence and hope

50:23 Buddhism and nuclear abolition

54:57 Advice for anyone who wants to unlock their agency when it comes to big global issues

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