Buddhability

This week’s conversation is the perfect refresher for anyone who might be feeling like they could use a little fire or motivation right now.

Our guest is Shawn Lewis, of New Orleans, who tells us the story of a period in his life when he found himself coasting, and after losing a job, also financially struggling with no sense of direction. By solidifying his Buddhist practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, he dug deep to rediscover a childhood dream to work in the video game industry that opened up a most unexpected journey, and ultimately led to him building and selling a social media channel to create his dream career.

Show Notes

This week’s conversation is the perfect refresher for anyone who might be feeling like they could use a little fire or motivation right now.

Our guest is Shawn Lewis, of New Orleans, who tells us the story of a period in his life when he found himself coasting, and after losing a job, also financially struggling with no sense of direction. By solidifying his Buddhist practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, he dug deep to rediscover a childhood dream to work in the video game industry that opened up a most unexpected journey, and ultimately led to him building and selling a social media channel to create his dream career.

CHEAT SHEET

1:07 Introduction to Shawn
1:39 When and how he started chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo
5:24 The circumstances that led him back to his childhood dream 
9:11 How he began to build his channel
11:16 What the internal battle felt like as he balanced three jobs
12:44 How he developed a habit of winning
15:18 An unexpected opportunity
19:38 The impact of striving to encourage other people
25:27 His favorite Buddhist quote
30:48 The biggest internal change he experienced
32:34 Advice for anyone who feels like they are coasting or unhappy with their circumstances

References

What is Buddhability?

The reality is, we’re already enlightened. It’s only as we face obstacles, stress and our own messiness that we start to forget it. This is a show about how to believe in yourself again, told by a community of Buddhists doing it everyday, and changing the world along the way. Hosted by journalist Jihii Jolly, who you might know from the popular SGI-USA podcast Buddhist Solutions for Life’s Problems, each week you’ll hear an honest conversation about real life and how to tap into your Buddhability. From relationships and dream jobs to lessons from psychology and activism, subscribe to Buddhability on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts so you never miss an episode. For more stories, tips on practicing SGI Nichiren Buddhism, and our newsletter, visit www.buddhability.org.