Learning to Love Myself

It can be hard to embrace ourselves when society often makes us feel otherwise. In this episode, we’re talking about how chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo empowers us to appreciate and treasure every part of who we are.

Today’s guest, Joshua Thomas, of Portland, Oregon, shares how chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo helped him to live authentically, love his life and encourage others to do the same.

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Cheat Sheet

02:35 A young Joshua learns his inherent identity is morally wrong

07:12 Turning to spirituality to uproot the cause of his suffering

16:00 Finding an embracing community

22:45 Reclaiming his identities

26:50 How Buddhist study helped him transform shame into pride

40:00 Chanting to align his life with world peace

46:20 Advice for loving yourself

References mentioned:

  • The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, part 1, revised edition, p. 207.
  • The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, part 2, revised edition, pp. 335–36.
  • October 11, 2013, World Tribune, p. 9.
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