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Reflections on 10 years of chanting

Updated: Dec 16, 2023

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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.

Reflections on 10 years of chanting is just one of many examples. If I went through all of them, this would turn into a dissertation; so I might make this into a series.

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