Reflections on 10 years of chanting
My first actual conspicuous proof of chanting nam-myoho-renge-kyo came when I was looking for a job in the music industry.
I applied for an internship at a record label, however such was the popularity of the artists at this label that I knew I’d be competing with loads of applicants.
I went to my local Buddhist centre and I got talking to a guy who suggested that whenever I’m about to chant, to picture my interviewers in my mind, then chant with the determination that they needed me. And so I did; 20 mins in the morning and 20 mins in the evening before bed until I heard from HR. Guess what happened.
I didn’t get the internship.
A few days after the ‘HR rejection email’, I got an email from my interviewers saying the label was setting up a blog and they needed me to run it for them. They said they needed me which was the terminology that I was chanting for.
I couldn’t believe it.
This role was even better than the internship because it was paid, I could plan my own hours, I could create whatever content I wanted and I did this role for 2 years (the internship would have been for three months).
If I’d not met this practice at the time, I would have gone to the interview and afterwards just had wishful thinking and little hope, mixed in with some doubts that I would be chosen out of all the candidates.
Chanting gave me the best outcome for my happiness and that of my employer.
This is just one of many examples. If I went through all of them here, this would turn into a dissertation so I’ll make this into a series.