Experience
Sumiko George at her home in Anniston, Alabama, March 2021.

‘I Feel Like We Lived a Romance Novel’

Living Buddhism met with SGI-USA pioneer member Sumiko George, who celebrates her 63rd year of Buddhist practice this year. We asked her about her early years, her faith and her beautiful life with her husband, Robert George. Living Buddhism: Hello, Sumiko….

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The Meaning of My Struggles

During my senior year of high school, I began to break down mentally and emotionally to the point where I couldn’t complete my homework or even do simple tasks.

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Reclaiming My Self-Worth

My Buddhist practice awakened in me inner freedom and confidence that I want to share with others.

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Barbie with her family (l-r): son Patrick, husband, Chris, and son Joe.

Building Unshakable Fortune Through Appreciation

Living Buddhism: Thank you for meeting with us, Barbie. Can you tell us a little about your upbringing? Barbie Traynor: My parents divorced when I was very young, and my mother did everything she could to keep us afloat. It…

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Becoming A Force of Hope

By putting Buddhism at the center of my life, I transformed the karma of addiction into the mission of helping others recover.

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