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What Does “Human Revolution” Mean to You?

Participants at the 2015 Young Women’s and Byakuren Conference at the Florida Nature and Culture Center deepened their commitment to challenge their “human revolution,” or the process by which individuals fundamentally transform their innermost state of mind.

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SHILPA DHIR
MILPITAS, CALIF.

(Above) To build a stand-alone spirit and treasure each person’s life, including my own—that’s human revolution. It’s all about learning to believe in myself and others. I’m doing this by winning in the morning and basing everything on prayer to the Gohonzon.

 

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Photo: Jolie Tea

JAQUEL PATTERSON
WALLINGFORD, CONN.

It’s committing every moment of my life to becoming a better person, transforming my destiny and expanding my capacity to do more. It’s realizing that I have a mission to fulfill in this world and become a person who creates rapid change in society.

 

 

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Photo: Jolie Tea

CATHERINE NGUYEN
IRVINE, CALIF.

Human revolution means breaking out of my shell, elevating my own life condition and helping others do the same. It means continuously challenging my current limitations. I will continue to smile, challenge myself and absolutely win over any obstacle no matter what, together with my comrades in faith and with my mentor, SGI President Ikeda!

 

 

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Photo: Jolie Tea

AMBER ROULAND
NEWARK, N.J.

It’s the fundamental process of challenging my lesser self to reveal my greater self, for my own life and humanity. Through this practice, I’ve been able to heal and revive my soul and heart from one of pain and anguish to compassion and perseverance.

 

 

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Photo: Jolie Tea

ALISHA THAPA
BOSTON, MASS.

It ultimately comes down to me. Challenging my human revolution means believing in the power of my own life to transform any poison into medicine by taking full responsibility for my life and chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

 

 

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Photo: Jolie Tea

MARLENE WATRET
EL PASO, TEXAS

It means not being content with my circumstances, but continuing to transform myself on a deep level. With my practice, I’m committed to building absolute happiness in a way that is true to myself.