Experience

Remaining a Lifelong Youth by Bessie Kay

Forty years ago, I started practicing Nichiren Buddhism. I was 50 years old at the time. I hadn’t experienced any dramatic suffering, but I was nonetheless plagued by basic questions…

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A Mission of the Heart by Jay Lutsky

For years, I struggled with understanding my mission in life. I was raised Jewish in New York City, where there was strong familial pressure to become a doctor or dentist. Without…

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Revealing the Real Me By Macalai Ramos

By Macalai Ramos New York City When I was 2 years old, my mothers, Miriam and Sandra, began to notice that something was wrong with me because I could not…

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Winning the Trust of Others by Leah Damiani

I grew up in the oil refinery town of Farmington, N.M., with an Italian father and Ghanaian mother. My parents bickered and yelled constantly at each other, and I came…

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On the Stage of My Mission by Josh Joffee

In 2001, I became a first-grade teacher at a New York City public school. A senior teacher told me that I could expect a “honeymoon period,” where students are on…

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