Tips on starting your Buddhist practice … and why we chant for the impossible

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Today’s episode is for beginners, though the takeaways are refreshing and valuable for even seasoned chanters. Our guest is Crystal Fraser, of Colorado, who shares some basics about SGI Nichiren Buddhism and its core practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, as well as her own journey with it. We then dig into a popular question: What should we chant about and why do people talk so much about turning the impossible into possible?

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Cheat Sheet

0:49 How Crystal encountered Buddhism and why she started chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo

7:35 The basic philosophy and practice of SGI Nichiren Buddhism

13:09 What changed when Crystal started chanting

27:21 Why we chant about things that feel impossible

46:35 The concept of human revolution

48:49 Advice for anyone new to Buddhism

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