Welcome to Drop by Drop, a blog about living Nichiren Buddhism in everyday life. I’m so excited to share this journey with you and to bring the joy that this practices gives me to each and every person who visits this page! I hope that you will find this place a refuge, and that the happiness I feel in writing will come to you through your reading.
I am Meadowsweet, a graduate student in Cleveland, OH studying international relations.
I have heard it been said that no one comes to Buddhism without struggle, and I believe this is completely true. We all have our own stories of coming to Buddhism through pain and heartache. While I have always been a spiritual person, I came to Buddhism after I was drugged and sexually assaulted by a stranger who I had offered a ride home. I didn’t want to let this experience break me, and I was afraid of speaking to a stranger about what was happening to me, so I began to read self-help books about how to deal with suffering. Buddhism, which is all about how to deal with suffering, felt like a ready-made prescription for my fear and pain.
There are many beautiful sayings in the Dhammapada but the one that stuck with me the most was the one from which this blog is named, verse 122: “Think not lightly of good, saying, ‘It will not come to me.’ Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.” Going through this awful experience, it felt as if none of the good I was doing – helping the homeless, being kind to my friends, giving to charity, loving my family – was ever coming to fruition. I realized, though, that every little bit of good, every kind deed, every bit of creativity, was another drop of ambrosia never to be taken for granted. I was inspired not to lose faith, but to keep moving forward even after it felt like I’d lost everything.
While interning at a refugee services center this summer, a friend introduced me to Soka Gokkai, which led me to Nichiren Buddhism, what I’d been missing for so long. Since beginning my journey I’d longed to find a group of Buddhists committed to social change who wanted to witness the transformation of Buddhahood together. Now I am excited to explore the deep teachings of Nichiren Buddhism and how they mesh with my own understandings of the universe.
I have bipolar disorder, PCOS, and fibromyalgia, which leave me with chronic pain, including joint and skeletomuscular pain. Meditation and mantras (in addition to Western medicine) help a lot with these!
In addition to my Buddhist practice, I am a poet, a bird hobbyist, and a knitter. I am a loving pet parent to an adorable pitbull and three ferrets as well.
What will this blog share?
I hope to share the beauty and mystery of Nichiren Buddhism with others in hopes to develop a dialog of transformation, sparking the human revolution one person at a time. To that end, I will share poetry, personal stories, news articles, and essays on Nichiren Buddhist thought. I would love to hear your comments and feedback along the way.
Thank you for joining me on this journey and I can’t wait to get to know you!