About TSFE

BuddhaThis is the story of my path to Buddhahood through the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin.

Very much a work in progress, I hope my experiences will ring true with others following the same path and inspire readers who are just curious about the practice.

Please feel free to leave comments about the posts, about your own experiences with Nichiren Buddhism, or just life in general.

And just in case you were wondering, Anupadin comes from the Sanskrit, meaning Seeker of Knowledge. It seemed quite appropriate when I was looking for my Buddhist name, nearly twenty years ago.

I try to post at least once every day, finding the lessons I learn from the problems encountered through the day. Some days give me more pause for thought than others, but I find it helps, by putting my thoughts down here seems to crystallise them in my mind.



30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alex
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 09:40:14

    Thank you for this wonderful blog. I have been practising this Buddhism for 10 months now and just received my Gohonzon last sunday on the 4th of september. My life has changed beyond my dreams since I started chanting Nam moyho renge kyo. I am very happy to have found your blog, You write and explane things in a very simple and lovely way. It’s a joy to read everytime,

    Take care and all the best,
    Alex, Sweden


    • Anupadin
      Sep 07, 2011 @ 13:35:34

      Hi Alex, thank you for your kind thoughts.

      Congratulations on receiving Gohonzon, I know from my own experience that it is a very emotional event.

      I hope some of my posts help you along your path to enlightenment. It’s a long road for most of us, but there are wonderful highlights along the way.




  2. Jason E. Marshall
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 03:08:06

    What a wonderful blog! Thank you so much! I am learning so much from your journey, please keep up the excellent work!


  3. Anupadin
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 12:22:12

    Hi Jason, thank you for your kind comments. It is always good to hear that my thoughts and ramblings are of use to someone πŸ™‚




  4. casallina
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 22:06:24

    Nice blog! I’ve been curious about Buddhism and I’m just starting to read up on the teachings. Good luck with your journey.


  5. erranttranscendentalist
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 23:36:14

    I have just discovered your blog, and it is so refreshing. I look forward to perusing through your archives a little at a time so as to really savor each post! Thanks for sharing your insights and experiences with the world!


  6. snowangel21
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 05:12:44

    I’ve recently started chanting everyday and it has done wonders for my life. cool post


    • Anupadin
      Aug 16, 2012 @ 09:44:42

      Thank you for the feedback, it’s always nice to get a virtual pat on the back.

      Chanting is amazing, I am pleased that you are seeing positive effects.


  7. yazrooney
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 16:47:37

    I like your every day stories. Thank you for sharing real life outlooks and feelings. Lots of love, Yaz


    • Anupadin
      Sep 03, 2012 @ 21:30:21

      Thank you Yaz, it is very nice of you to take the time to say so. Your own blog is also very interesting, though I think we are coming to a similar point from slightly different directions.




  8. shelbys5
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 05:53:44


    I have recently read the Buddha Geoff and Me. It has extremely impacted my life, I was wondering how I could get started in Buddhism?


    • shelbys5
      Nov 12, 2012 @ 05:54:59

      If you could email that would be great!

      I have emailed you, and removed your mail address from your post to avoid you getting spammed. ~ Anupadin


  9. Sonu Duggal
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 18:34:25

    Hi, even I am practicing Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism, it’s been 2 months now..


  10. teoatglipho
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 11:43:01

    Really interesting blog. I’ve had a fascination with Buddhism since being a teenager, the spiritual practices have always appealed to me- I still try to keep up my meditation, especially on particularly stressful weeks. I’ve really enjoyed reading through your posts here!
    I don’t suppose you would be interested in sharing this over at Glipho? We’re a new social blogging site with an active community of creative bloggers- I know a lot of them would find your work here very beneficial and of great interest! If you get a spare moment, perhaps come take a quick look around at http://glipho.com and see what you think. You can simply import posts over from this existing blog to Glipho, so it’s pretty easy!

    Thanks for your time, and the wonderful blog. Truly inspiring words here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me either!

    All the best,



  11. Jeanne
    Jul 14, 2013 @ 11:20:44

    Hello Anupadin,

    I came across your blog by accident really. Good thing I did. Your writings are inspirational and provide clarity for me as I have been chanting for 2 months now. I’m learning each day and it feels right as I have noticed changes in myself.

    I have been to Taplow Court a few times and enjoy weekly meetings in my local area.

    Thank you.



    • Anupadin
      Jul 14, 2013 @ 21:33:26

      Hello Jeanne,

      I am very pleased you found the blog, although I doubt it was really by accident, more a case of cause and effect πŸ˜‰

      I am glad to hear that you are noticing the changes, it is a very exciting time as your practice starts to affect your everyday life.

      We look forward to hearing about your progress soon.

      Namaste ~ Anupadin


  12. Jessica Davidson
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 17:32:59

    Hi Anupadin, I’ve nominated your blog for the ‘3 in one award’ of Blog of the Year, Lighthouse, and Sunshine Awards, for positive and inspirational blogs. The link for the post is here: http://jesdavidson.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/more-awards-than-you-can-shake-a-pen-at/


  13. Chris Wright
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 11:23:32

    Hi Anupadin, I’m new to the Nichiren (SGI) practice, i’m really enjoying your blog, is the choosing of your Buddhist name something you did before your nichiren practice?
    BTW – loved your article about the Gohonzon.
    Thanks Chris


    • Anupadin
      Feb 26, 2014 @ 11:52:39

      Hi Chris, welcome to the wonderful world of Nichiren Buddhism, prepare for some major changes in … well … everything really πŸ™‚

      Thank you for reading the blog, I hope it brings something useful to people, but it also serves to keep me on The Path too.

      Anupadin, as the About page says, means seeker (of knowledge) and it seemed perfectly appropriate 20 years ago, and it still does.

      I look forward to more comments, thank you for taking the time to write. Namaste ~ Anupadin


  14. Chris Wright
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 11:25:56

    Great site, very inspiring messages, are you aware of the Long-awaited sequel to The Buddha, Geoff and Me, released in August 2014 – Bodhisattva Blues.


    • Anupadin
      Jul 01, 2014 @ 11:30:06

      Hi Chris, thank you for the kind comments. Eddy is a friend of mine, so yes, very excited to see the new book when it is published.

      AS you know, I am a huge fan of BGAM and the new book has a lot to live up to. Having said that Eddy is a star and I’m sure he’ll nail it once again.

      Namaste ~ Anupadin


  15. cassie
    Dec 17, 2014 @ 18:13:42

    I have been chanting since July this year and I recieved Gohonzon 7th December.


  16. dadoma
    Mar 11, 2021 @ 10:39:55

    pls explain Sumi ink used by Nichiren Daishonin to inscribe Gohonzon


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