Never Lose Hope
by Beau Lancaster
32 years old
In my early 20s, I was in a dark place, still struggling with demons from my childhood.
I saw how my older sister, who was chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, was manifesting a life of happiness and integrity, as well as empathy for our dad—something I struggled with. I started chanting in 2013 because I didn’t want to be defined by family karma but by what I wanted to make happen in my life.
With the power of this Buddhist practice, our family has transformed for the better. In 2018, we were brought even closer together when both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer. Out of our appreciation for them, my sister and I helped them begin chanting.
Currently, my mother’s cancer is in remission, while my father’s condition has remained stable for over two years. This experience makes me very proud, because it awakened our family to the power of faith. And now, my mom actually reminds me to chant!
We, as youth, are the way of the future, and Ikeda Sensei has given us the roadmap to transform our lives and society. For me, “One Youth. Infinite Hope.” means to not lose hope—an especially important message during this time of a pandemic and social upheaval.
It is precisely because of our seemingly infinite challenges that we need to summon forth infinite hope.