(Photo above courtesy of Chris)
Today’s episode is about learning to live your truth. Chris, of Detroit, shares the incredibly moving journey to affirm himself and how his Buddhist practice helped him find the courage to come out as a trans man. A foundational element of Chris’s experience was learning to believe that his life has unlimited value and worth, upon which he has been able to build a foundation for new dreams.
1:18 How Chris encountered Buddhism and why he started chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo
8:29 The experiences that lead to Chris affirming himself
17:53 How Buddhism helped him find the courage to pursue happiness
25:14 What it was like to come out
30:10 What it took to break out of lifelong limitations
33:16 Continually reaffirming himself through chanting
36:17 Chris’s favorite Buddhist concept
42:17 Building a foundation upon valuing your life
45:05 Advice for anyone struggling with self-conflict
- December 2016 Living Buddhism, p. 40
- Soka Education: For the Happiness of the Individual, pp. 209-10
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