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For me, the meaning of life is to help myself and other people become happy.

It sounds rather obvious and I have oft been told that this is too simple for it to be the meaning of existence. When I say helping people become happy, I mean working tirelessly to polish and perceive the truth of my life and realise that I have the unlimited potential to achieve real and lasting happiness.

When I see the blockers I put upon myself (such as thinking I can't do it - what a load of rubbish!), I can take action to free myself from these delusions and help others do the same.


How can I help all living beings quickly attain the body of a Buddha?

I'm part of a lay Buddhist organisation called Soka Gakkai International (SGI), meaning "Value Creating Society". It is based on the teachings of a 13th century Japanese priest, Nichiren Daishonin, who taught the principles of Shakyamuni Buddha's Lotus Sutra that everyone, regardless of age, gender or race, can achieve enlightenment, or absolute happiness, in their present form.


In order to deepen our faith and help us crystalise our thoughts about Buddhism, we are encouraged to study Buddhist texts and take an exam. Consequently, I've written notes to help us learn about Buddhism.


 Copyright Heledd Straker 2006

Go placidly amid the noise and haste