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Mayumi Kodama, Brooklyn

Researcher, Documentary Committee
I'm a fortune baby and all of my family are SGI members, so all of my dreams until this point have come true. My next dream is to be an editor for TV programs or magazines. However, I'm shy and do not express my thoughts and feelings well. I graduated SUNY Cobleskill last month and moved to Brooklyn from Upstate New York. I want to make many friends and introduce them to Nichiren Buddhism. Towards July 16th, I am challenging myself to chant one hour and participate in the Documentary Committee activity. I will develop strong mind and get self-confidence. I really want to develop a strong spirit that can overcome my difficulties and weaknesses. Therefore, I will speak up and express my thoughts and feeling to everyone through this activity.

Kenta Mitome , Hudson Valley

Photographer, Documentary Committee

My determination towards July 16th is to have regular meetings at SUNY Purchase, where I study as an undergraduate international student. In my college, there are four members who are very active in different majors. With the members who struggle in their everyday life, I would like to have a monthly meeting so that we can build trust between us and can challenge our struggles together. Also, while I am a student, I would like to build momentum so that the students at SUNY Purchase can gather and challenge themselves towards Kosen-rufu.


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