My First Days of Practice: Franklin & Megan
Franklin Myers and Megan Lindgren share their first experiences practicing Soka Gakkai Nichiren Buddhism.
Joined: August 2015
My depression became so bad that I found myself one night with a rope around my neck. After closing my eyes, I had a flashback of my talk with a young woman who told me about Nam-myoho-renge-kyo earlier that day. I stepped down from the chair.
The next day, she invited me to my first SGI meeting, and on my birthday, Aug. 23, 2015, I received the Gohonzon. Things began to change for the better, but when I got hit hard with new obstacles, I was a mess again and stopped attending meetings.
One day, my son suddenly started chanting and told me, “I don’t know but I feel like I need to.” I determined to practice again, and the first thing I needed to pray about was securing a job. I chanted with a couple of members, and by the end of that day, I had three job interviews! Soon after, I got a callback for a job I really wanted.
If it weren’t for this practice and my Buddhist family, I wouldn’t be alive today. With all that I have received, I’m determined to give back and support the members.
Joined: August 2015
Last summer, I was going through a divorce, extremely depressed and feeling alone in a new city. I started abusing alcohol to cope and showing up late for work. I felt my life was out of my control. One of my roommates noticed my suffering and invited me to an SGI meeting. While I had no expectations, I was desperate for a change. I received the Gohonzon soon after.
I cannot describe how quickly things shifted as I chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and threw myself into SGI activities. I began making goals for myself and felt excited about life. At work, I began showing up on time and working harder, and eventually received a promotion! I was coming out of my depression faster than I could’ve imagined.
My best friend in Arizona and my mother in Iowa both saw changes in me, and decided to receive the Gohonzon. Now, I’m a district young women’s leader, my best friend is a district young men’s leader, and my mother hosts meetings. We are all engaged in supporting others. Now, I am determined to gain more confidence and raise the bar for my life.